5 Mistakes to Avoid when Using Amazon Advertising

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Founded in 1994, Amazon has become one of the biggest marketplaces in the world, selling products in 16 countries, and having a net income of 11.59 billion dollars for 2019. Just by taking a look at all the numbers and statistics, you can see why it would be highly profitable to sell and advertise your products on Amazon, either you have your online shop or not.

But while Amazon offers plenty of possibilities, it also brings a lot of competition with it. To help you stay on top of the game and win against your competitors, we would like to bring the top 5 mistakes to your attention so that you can avoid them when you’re launching a new advertising campaign on Amazon.

1. Selecting the Wrong Campaign

If you are just beginning your journey on Amazon, then you probably do not have a lot of data available. If there is one thing that you should always remember when it comes to Amazon, the more data and information you have, the better you can advertise your products. 

When launching your advertising campaign, Amazon will present two campaign options that you can select from; the automatic campaign and the manual campaign

Since manual campaigns provide different customization and control options to the advertisers, if you are experienced in digital advertising, you might think that the manual campaigns are the best course of action. However, that is a perfect option only if you already have plenty of information on what keywords work best for your products. If you are starting, then the best route for you is to select the automated campaigns, where Amazon comes up with keywords that are relevant to your product’s details and then advertises on them. 

After you let the campaign run for a few days, you can generate a search terms report and sort the keywords with the highest conversion rates for your business. These are going to be your main keywords, and by using an Amazon keyword planner tool, you can find other keywords associated with your main ones. Once you have your list, you can move to the manual campaign and optimize it to fit your product’s needs.

2. Avoiding Negative Keywords

Plain and simple, negative keywords are the keywords that you exclude from your advertising campaign; so that you don’t advertise and spend money on keywords that don’t bring you any profit. When optimizing your keyword list for your advertisement campaign, you must analyze each keyword in part and see which ones are not bringing in any new clients or are not very relevant to your product. 

By decluttering your keyword list, you are not only making room for new keywords that have the potential to make a profit but also saving money that could have been wasted on less efficient keywords. Be careful when eliminating any keywords though, because if your keywords are not bringing you the return that you want, that might mean that the bids they have on them might be too high or too low. What you can do in this case is to lower or higher the bids on them and see how they perform afterward. 

3. Going Over Your Budget

If you are just a startup, you might not have such a big budget to allocate to keyword bidding. But like many other businesses, you can start with a lower budget and increase it gradually as you go.

A common mistake some people tend to make is to panic when they realize that their ads are not providing a high return, and that might lead to either abandoning the ads campaigns or investing more money, therefore going over their pre-settled budget. Instead of doing that, please take a close look at your campaign, analyze your keywords, and see which ones are not bringing the profit they should and lower their bids. You can also increase the bids on your top keywords, and in this case, Amazon Ads is here to point you in the right direction by showing you what the suggested bid is.

4. Failing to Optimize Enough Times

In an ever-changing marketing world, you have to pay close attention to any developments that might happen in your campaigns, but you need to look at the bigger picture. The optimization process doesn’t only involve keyword management, but it also requires a close investigation into each keyword’s PPC budget, which might have to be lowered or raised, depending on your competitors’ bids.

One of your main goals should be increasing your organic rank, because once you do so, you can bid lower, which, in turn, means that your budget for PPC campaigns will slowly decrease. 

But getting a great organic rank is not going to happen by chance. It involves a lot of research and testing, and you will have to reevaluate your data if not daily, then once every few days. Another thing to note is that while Amazon offers you a great variety of tools to work with, you shouldn’t forget that the reports you get off of the website have a delay of about 48 hours, so make sure you plan accordingly. 

5. Not Using Artificial Intelligence to Help You 

While advertising on Amazon is highly profitable in the long run, it is also very time consuming, and it might take a lot of trial and error until you learn all the tricks that can lower your ACoS. It is easy to get lost in complexity. You must continuously optimize your campaigns, stay up to date with Amazon changing the tools and possibilities of its platform, and if you have many products you would like to sell, it might take hours until you can adjust the campaigns for a maximum return of investment. 

But Adspert can take this task off of your hands by providing fully automated optimized advertising. Adspert’s AI will use machine learning to analyze and optimize your campaigns, keywords, and bids. They will be changed regularly, if needed many times a day, according to the latest data Adspert will find. All that is needed is just a simple click from you. Concentrate on the things that matter to your business and leave the advertising to Adspert. Just start our free trial now.