Amazon Prime Day 2019 – What You Need to Know

With just five days left until Amazon’s Prime Day 2019, here’s an outstanding article from bqool.com for third-party sellers (3Ps) on to take advantage of this highly unique mid-summer two-day sales event.

Amazon Prime Day 2019, one of the biggest ecommerce events of the year for both Amazon sellers and buyers, is making a return this summer 2019. The event creates plenty of opportunities for sellers to greatly boost sales and entice buyers to take advantage of many excellent deals on Amazon. Let’s see what we can do to get ready for Amazon Prime Day 2019.

What is Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day is Amazon’s very own Black Friday, all the existing deals on Prime Day are available exclusively to Amazon Prime members, who can enjoy lightning deals, price cuts, and various types of promotions.

An official date for Prime Day has not been announced, but we can expect it to begin in mid-July this year based on the fact that it ran for 30 hours from July 16th through 17th in 2018.

Shoppers expect deeper-than-usual discounts and the best prices for products across nearly every category: electronics, home & outdoor, kitchen, TV and personal audio, smart home, and many Amazon’s house brands products such as Amazon Music, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Amazon Echo Spot, Amazon Echo. It’s never too early to start planning your shopping list by reviewing the best Amazon Prime Day deals of 2018.

How sellers can benefit from Amazon’s Prime Day?

According to a recent report, the amount of sales made on global Amazon Prime Day 2018 was nearly 4.19 billion U.S dollars, and more than 100 million products were sold during the event. Amazon Prime Day 2019 is no doubt a huge opportunity for all online retailers to maximize their sales.

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So how can sellers best prepare to convert Prime Day enthusiasm into sales?

  1. Inventory management

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Make sure you are stocked up to meet massive demand on Amazon Prime Day 2019 to avoid going out of stock on popular items because this sales event will bring tons of traffic.

  1. Pricing and discounts

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Amazon Prime Day 2019 is all about deals, so if your pricing is not competitive enough, your Prime Day sales number may fall short of your expectations. Other than offering decent discounts or exclusive promotions, you can create a repricing strategy to adjust your prices based on your competitor’s prices with an automated repricer to protect your profit margins and beat the competition.

  1. Product bundling

The ultimate goal for many sellers on Prime Day is to increase total revenue. What better way to get more revenue than selling product bundles? Amazon sellers can encourage shoppers who have a hard time deciding what to purchase by offering product bundles as they are a good value for money.

Sellers can clear out slow-moving inventory by bundling less popular items with more sought after products. Most importantly, a product bundle can win the Buy Box easily because it is identified as a unique listing with its own ASIN. Your competition will have a difficult time listing against your product bundle so you can avoid falling into a price war with potential competitors.

  1. Promote your listing

You should also consider running your own promotion to make the most of Prime Day. Here are the three popular marketing strategies you should adapt to promote your listings to the top of the search results page.

  • Amazon Sponsored Products
    As Amazon’s Prime Day grows, so does the competition, and Amazon Sponsored Products is the best way to increase your product visibility and make your store rise above the crowd.
    Amazon Sponsored Products is a cost-per-click advertising program in the Advertising tab. If you are already using this program, you can consider increasing your advertising budgets to capitalize on the higher traffic in Prime Day.
  • Amazon SEO
    You should review and improve your product page for optimal product searchability and conversion to ensure your listing will rank in the top position on the search result page. Make sure you are using the right keywords for the product title, high-quality images, and clear yet informative product description. Here are some helpful tips for optimizing Amazon listings.
  • Off Amazon marketing measures
    Besides Amazon listing optimizations, you may want to drive external traffic to your Amazon product pages. Whether it is paid or non-paid channels, this approach can boost traffic, drive sales, improve your search ranking, and build a brand.

There is a number of options on how to drive external traffic. Some popular sources outside of Amazon are social media, emails, blog posts, coupon/deal sites, affiliate/influencer marketing, and even paid ads like Google AdWords and Facebook Ads, etc. Each channel has its own ways to communicate with the audience so you can create different ad campaigns to promote your Prime Day deals.

  1. Automate your review request emails

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The best time to get more product reviews is sending out review request emails during the biggest shopping event. While you are busy handling a high volume of orders during the event, sending a large number of review request emails to your buyers will likely overwhelm you. With the help of automated email software, you can save plenty of time on a review request routine.

  1. Offer Lightning Deals

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Lightning Deal is a promotion that FBA sellers can participate to showcase their products with a limited quantity for a short time on Amazon. Since this is a limited-time offer that runs for up to six hours, it will urge shoppers to make an impulse purchase. Furthermore, Lightning Deals provide many benefits for sellers so that they can bring more exposure to their products or brands and clear out overstock and seasonal inventory. You will receive an email invitation if your products meet the criteria for a Lightning Deal.

Take advantage of Prime Day to drive sales and awareness

If you want to take advantage of Prime Day, the key to winning a Prime Day sale is preparation. We hope the above tips will work wonders on your preparation.

Good selling!

 

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Combine These 7 Simple Tactics To Successfully Launch New Products On Amazon

To launch a new product successfully on amazon.com, make certain all seven of these simple steps are checked off. This will maximize your visibility and selling potential. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself among the many who believe that Amazon is a brutally hard space to gain sales traction for new products.

I should note that all of these tools must be used. Drop any one and it will take you far too long to achieve any momentum with your product launch. This is especially true if you are a smaller brand, like we are at General Tools.

  • Generate Buzz with Pre-Order Sales – Creating hype over a new product launch will not only help generate customer awareness in advance of the product launch date, but will help boost initial product sales. To do this on Amazon, the item is setup, ASIN is obtained, NIS Pre-Order Submission Template is completed (providing Amazon with a product release date), product page is then live on Amazon. Amazon may not have placed orders for the product yet, but with pre-order sales rolling in, it will prompt Amazon to make certain they have inventory on hand for quick fulfillment of the product.

  • Participate in Vine Reviews – Vine Voices are Amazon’s most trusted reviewers. Positive feedback from trusted reviewers help customers make informed decisions, which in turn generates more sales and creates additional positive reviews. Note: $2,500 per ASIN to access the Vine program. The number of units per promotion are limited to 15.

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  • Born to Run – Amazon program for new products. When new products are set up in Amazon, vendors are allowed to participate in a Born to Run program. Amazon agrees to buy the product as long as the vendor spends on AMS equal to 10% of purchase value.
  • Amazon Advertising – Paid Amazon service allows vendors to be more visible and stand out against their competition while increasing sales potential and providing sales lift.

There are three Campaign types to advertise products on Amazon Advertising:

  1. Sponsored Products* – Promote products to shoppers actively searching with related keywords
  2. Sponsored Brands – Showcase a collection of products
  3. Product Display Ads – Deliver relevant ads targeting shoppers’ interests or related  products/categories* Note – Sponsored Products have always been our best performing campaign type but this is not a set it and forget it ad platform.
  • Add Optimized Title and Bullets/Images/Videos – General follows Amazon best practices when it comes to a highly optimized product page. New products are setup with optimized titles and bullets (5 bullets allowed) that describe the top features of the product along with highly searchable keyword terms. Images we include: a hero product shot, side L/R angle shots and several application shots. If available, we also include a video. Amazon is now asking vendors to add 360 degree photography, a new capability on the platform.Amazon SEO Strategy and Search Term Optimization
  • Twist/Product Variation – Twisting products on Amazon allows customers to compare, choose and click thru to similar products within General’s product line. The variations all appear on one page giving customers the ability to peruse the grouped ‘family’ product line without having to hunt for these products thru Amazon.  Twisted products give customers a better shopping experience, gives lift to the entire product line, boosts sales and increase reviews. Less popular items can ‘piggy back’ off the success of the more popular/best-selling items.Image result for amazon variation products
  • A+ content – Provide customers with richer, more detailed information with A+ Content. A+ Detail Pages have helped to increase customer conversion, retain customer interest, educate shoppers about model variations/features, and promote brand awareness. A+ content is a free Amazon service and offers a very visual display of our products with additional application images, product comparison charts etc. to promote products.

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Using all of these tactics together maximizes sales opportunities for new products on Amazon. Believe me when I say it works – we’ve launched many of our now best selling products this way!

Good Selling!

 

 

Four Steps To Better Data-Driven Marketing

Data Disruption By Greg BonsibCheck out the newly published Mighty Guides eBook Data Disruption and my chapter on data-driven marketing.

Data has always played an important role in marketing. What has changed in recent years is the sheer volume of data now available from so many different sources.

If we were once challenged to see the forest through the trees, we’re now challenged to see the forest through the leaves.

“I look at data strategically, with the essential premise that the customer is the ultimate focus of interest.”

Here at Zenith, we primary sell our products through our network of retail partners. We do have a product website, but it is not a major source of our sales. In my role at Zenith Products Corp., I look at data strategically, with the essential premise that the customer is the ultimate focus of interest. With that in mind, I have a four-step approach to using data in customer marketing:

  1. Start small. For example, we often use Amazon Services (AMS) ads to test the effectiveness of promotional strategies. We will focus on a product or a phrase or an idea and watch how it performs. By doing so, we can create a test with a focused objective, and we can keep the cost of our tests very low. Amazon Webstore provides an excellent data environment in which to try something small at low cost and capture meaningful performance data around it.
  2. Test and learn. By keeping the test small and the cost low, we can try many different variations. For instance, I used AMS to test category ads, product ads, brand ads, ads based on search words, ads based on competitors, even ad placement that AMS recommended. The good thing about this method is that Amazon provides data that allow us to track ad performance directly to Amazon Webstore sales. In this way, we can identify ad strategies that perform well and those that are total duds. Failures are as important as successes. The best-performing ads returned $5 in sales for every $1 spent on marketing—a 500 percent return on investment (ROI) on marketing spend.

“In this way we can identify ad strategies that perform well and those that are total duds. Failures are as important as successes.”

  1. Build on success. Using the proof point of a 500 percent marketing ROI, I can then build that ad concept into a larger marketing strategy that involves product packaging, in-store promotions, and many other things. Then, I start looking at other kinds of performance data. For instance, if a store is running a promotion on a product, I pay close attention to the halo effect of that product on the sales of other products.
  2. Document your knowledge. It is incredibly important to document what you do. Documentation enables you to build a body of knowledge about what works and also to share that knowledge through your organization.

The power of this kind of data-driven marketing is that when you have data that prove your strategy, you can gain credibility and resources to do it again.

Key Lessons for Better Data-Driven Marketing

  1. When testing ideas, it is important to create a test that has a focused objective and to keep the cost of tests low.
  2. The power of data-driven marketing is that when you have data that prove your strategy, you can gain credibility and resources to do it again.

Good Selling!

Greg Bonsib is an author of the new Mighty Guides Ebook Data Disruption.