How often do you hear of a new merchant listing on Amazon with the hope of making a tidy sum, only to be disappointed by how slowly their stock sells. Enticed by the sheer number of shoppers visiting the Amazon’s sites worldwide, they could be forgiven for thinking a minuscule proportion of those buyers will surely find and buy their products.
The reality, however, is much different. Listing your inventory on Amazon is but one piece of the jigsaw—and part of that process is committing to making your products visible to buyers and exceeding customer expectations whenever possible. Yes, there are millions upon millions of buyers on Amazon, but there is also a huge number of merchants selling to them with whom you’ve got to compete.
Today, we’ll discuss the first element of getting your products more visible to those millions of Amazon shoppers.
Optimise your products’ visibility via search
To successfully sell to customers, you need to ensure they see your products for sale and engage in anything that can make your merchandise easily found on Amazon. Put simply, you don’t want customers looking for a needle in a haystack!
Whilst many customers do use the left navigation tool to browse shops and categories (myself included), the main search bar remains by the far the most common method of locating items on Amazon. As such, customers are putting their faith in Amazon’s ability to find the products they’re looking for via search, so you should take an SEO approach to your products’ keywords and optimise them accordingly.
In this context, Amazon is essentially an ecommerce search engine, which ensures its search results are relevant to users by looking at products’ titles and descriptions (as well as price, more on that later).
Step into your customers’ shoes—how would they naturally search for your camera, or your TV, or your kettle? Your title should be descriptive, helpful, easy to understand and reflect buyers’ search terms where possible. Avoid punctuation and caps—we don’t use them when searching for products. Don’t include title, merchant and brand information in your character search terms allowance as those details already constitute part of your search which Amazon attributes to the product.
As we’ve already mentioned, most people will find products via the search bar, but many categories of items are easily navigated to via the left-hand navigation column, so always include two browse nodes in your product listing to ensure users can get to your product when drilling down into product categories.
When you have your listings optimised in this way, you’re a step closer to customers finding them and certainly getting away from the ‘needle in a haystack’ approach that so many merchants hope will work.
Price Optimisation and Strategy
Earlier, we talked about how important it is to optimise your products’ listing for search visibility which will help buyers find your particular products much more easily—but there is much more involved in reaching the first page of any buyer’s search—the second major element to look at is related to adopting a competitive pricing strategy for your products.
Amazon Repricing Strategies
I wrote a piece for Tamebay explaining why online merchants need to adopt a repricing strategy to be successful on Amazon. Buyers choose Amazon because they trust it to deliver on customer service, availability and pricing so merchants who continually excel in these areas will find themselves awarded the Buy Box or high rankings in the ‘more buying options’ listings where customers see their products.
Buyers choose Amazon because they trust it to deliver on customer service, availability and pricing so merchants who continually excel in these areas will find themselves awarded the Buy Box or high rankings in the ‘more buying options’ listings where customers see their products.
Pricing is a key element that continually fluctuates on the marketplace so it’s imperative to monitor competitors’ prices and react accordingly. Your pricing strategy should balance the need to win sales with the need to maintain profits which can be very difficult and time-consuming if you attempt it manually.
In fact, it’s near-on impossible to implement an effective pricing strategy without the help of repricing software like RepricerExpress. With an automated repricing solution, you can choose to beat FBA, the Buy Box and certain competitors against specific criteria that suit your own business. And because an online solution like RepricerExpress is fully automated you can simply set it up the way you want it and let it run in the background.