September 25, 2023
Amazon Ads have emerged as a powerful tool for businesses looking to reach potential customers across the eCommerce landscape. To shed light on effective Amazon Ads strategies, we sat down with Jochem Timmers, one of Channable's seasoned product experts. In this interview, Jochem discusses the nuances of Amazon Ads best practices, from marketing strategies to campaign structures, helping businesses enhance their online presence and boost sales.
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Amazon Ads have become an indispensable tool for businesses seeking to expand their reach within the eCommerce landscape. On this topic, we had the privilege of sitting down with Jochem Timmers, Amazon Ads product owner at Channable, to delve into the realm of Amazon Ads best practices.
From marketing strategies to campaign structures, Jochem shared invaluable insights that can empower businesses to enhance their online presence and bolster their sales, so let's jump on in.
A: Amazon Ads differ from platforms like Google Ads and Facebook Ads in that they are tailored specifically for the Amazon marketplace.
While Google and Facebook ads target users at various stages of their online journey, Amazon Ads focus on users who are already in a purchasing mindset. Amazon Ads are displayed within Amazon search results and product pages, increasing the likelihood of conversions.
A: The main types of Amazon Ads are Sponsored Products, Sponsored Brands, and Sponsored Display.
Sponsored Products are the most used, with around 80% of ad spend going to this type of ad, it promotes individual product listings and is keyword-targeted.
Sponsored Brands is exclusively for brand owners and promote a brand or product range, featuring a custom headline, logo, and products.
Sponsored Display reaches customers both on and off Amazon, using targeting options based on interests and behaviors.
A: Keyword research is crucial in Amazon Ads to ensure your ads appear for relevant search queries.
Consider competitor analysis and monitoring search terms in campaign reports for refinement. Once you know which ads are performing well, Channable can help you boost them even further with Rules to focus and increase ad spend for more visibility and sales.
A: Best practices for "Product Targeting" involve displaying your ads on specific product detail pages. For instance, if you sell a brand of hiking boots, your ad could appear on a related hiking backpack's detail page.
This method leverages complementary or competitive products to reach a relevant audience and with automation rules can be a very effective way of targeting with your ads.
A: Amazon's algorithm determines ad placements based on relevance and bid amount. Advertisers can improve placements by optimizing keywords, targeting, and bids. High-performing ads and products often receive better placements due to increased conversions and relevance.
A: Product content optimization directly impacts ad performance. High-quality images, clear titles, informative bullet points, and engaging product descriptions enhance both organic and ad-driven traffic.
Optimizing content improves the likelihood of conversions once users reach the product detail page. All of this can be optimized and organized with a solution like Channable.
A: First of all it's good to state that audience targeting is only possible with Sponsored Display ads. Audience targeting on Amazon Ads involves refining targeting based on demographics, interests, and behaviors.
Best practices include analyzing past customer data, utilizing Amazon's targeting options, and leveraging third-party data sources for more granular audience segmentation. For Sponsored Products and Sponsored Brands, keywords and product targets are the only targeting methods.
A: "Sponsored Brands" are ads that promote your brand and product range and are only available to brand owners. They appear at the top of search results and allow you to direct shoppers to a custom landing page or Amazon Store.
Sponsored Brands are more focused on brand awareness and consideration compared to product-focused Sponsored Products.
A: Manual targeting is recommended when you want precise control over targeting, such as bidding on specific keywords or products. This method can be a great choice when you know which of your ads are performing best and want to boost their performance further with specific targeting.
Automatic targeting is useful for gathering data on converting search terms. Manual campaigns require ongoing optimization, while automatic campaigns leverage Amazon's algorithms for targeting.
This can be a good way to launch a campaign and gather data to see which ads and products are performing well, before moving them to a manual campaign for more specific targeting.
A: Key performance indicators (KPIs) for measuring Amazon Ads success include Click-Through Rate (CTR), Conversion Rate, Cost-Per-Click (CPC), Total Advertising Cost of Sales (TACOS), Advertising Cost of Sales (ACOS), and overall Sales.
The most important KPIs depend on campaign goals, such as visibility, sales, or brand awareness. All in all it's up to you to choose what is most important for you to measure and reach your goals.
Amazing Jochem, thank you for all the information and insights, let's shift gears here a little and dive a little deeper into the technical side of things with campaign structure and strategy.
A: Amazon Ads campaigns have three main levels of structure: Campaign, Ad Group, and Keywords/Targets. The Campaign level sets the budget and targeting settings, the Ad Group level organizes ads by themes or products, and the Keywords/Targets level specifies the keywords or products the ad will be triggered by.
A: For sure, as stated earlier when defining campaign types, "Sponsored Products" ads promote individual product listings and are keyword-targeted.
"Sponsored Brands" ads promote brand visibility and feature custom headlines and multiple products, but can only be used by brand owners.
"Sponsored Display" ads target customers both on and off Amazon and appear on product detail pages and other Amazon pages. When you use each type is up to you and your campaign goals.
A: A best practice for a product launch is to create multiple campaigns for the product. Starting with an automatic campaign. After about two weeks you can create one or multiple campaigns with manual targeting.
You then move your best performing keywords and product targets to these manual campaigns and exclude them from your automatic campaigns using negative keywords.
This way you have the ultimate control on how much you spend on keywords. This can be a time-consuming job, so automation is recommended.
A: Negative keywords prevent ads from showing for irrelevant search queries, which can save you a lot on ad spend. Review campaign search term reports to identify irrelevant queries and add them as negative keywords. Regularly update negative keywords to refine targeting.
A: Allocate budgets based on the performance of each campaign type and product. High-performing campaigns and products should receive higher budgets.
Consider distributing budget to campaigns with high ROI and potential for growth. This can be difficult to do manually, and is a great case for using Automatic targeting in the beginning to get an overview and see what ads are performing well.
A: When selecting bidding strategies, a best practice is to consider campaign goals and the competitive landscape. "Dynamic bids - up and down" is flexible and adapts bids for conversions. Use it for campaigns with varying conversion rates. "Fixed bids" offer control, suitable for campaigns with predictable performance and certain types of budget.
A: Optimize product content by ensuring clear, compelling titles, high-quality images, informative bullet points, and accurate descriptions. Monitor product performance and adjust content as needed to improve conversion rates. Automation can be a lifesaver in this situation and can really help you boost and scale your ads.
A: Ad placements determine where your ads appear on Amazon. Advertisers can influence placements by adjusting bids for top-of-search or product page placements. Strategic bid adjustments can improve ad visibility.
A: Dynamic bidding options like "Dynamic bids - up and down" offer flexibility in bid adjustments. Use this option when you want to automatically optimize bids based on the likelihood of conversion. These options can help balance cost and conversion goals.
A: To optimize Sponsored Brands campaigns featuring multiple products, showcase a variety of products relevant to the brand and use engaging headlines. Prioritize products that have high visibility and conversion rates. Test different combinations to find the most effective arrangement.
Thank you very much for all the info and insights Jochem, we've covered a wide range of Amazon Ads marketing strategies and campaign structures.
Whether you're a seasoned advertiser or new to the Amazon marketplace, these insights can help you elevate your Amazon Ads game and drive better results.
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