Expect Pet Products and Electronics to See Biggest Lift During Prime Day 2022

Electronics continue to be in high demand for consumers on Prime Day. In 2022, we expect household smart devices (including Amazon products) and other home-adjacent electronic gadgets and appliances to lead the day.

As we’ve seen in year’s past, Amazon’s Prime Day is a major driver of consumer interest in electronics. Indeed, Amazon sales of computer and consumer electronics are expected to increase by 12.2% in 2022, making up 24.4% of total US Amazon retail ecommerce sales by the end of the year.

After analyzing 2021 Prime Day data to spot emerging trends for 2022, we pinpointed marketplace shopping data to help brands understand how events like Prime Day impact consumer behavior. Our data-driven insights indicate there to be a focus on household electronic items, as well as appliances. Among these are Amazon products like the Echo Dot, Fire TV, and Kindle — another trend we expect to follow into Prime Day 2022, especially given new incentives like Amazon’s “Prime Stampcard.”

Prime Day 2022 will be July 12th and 13th this year, and is already expected to bring in a record $7.76 billion in sales. Since 2021marked the first Prime Day held in a typical mid-summer timeline since the inception of COVID, this analysis breaks down overall categories, search terms, and products that saw an increase on Prime Day in 2021 to inform 2022 trends.

Why Brands Should Take Note

Based on Pattern’s proprietary data, all brands can learn from the amount of overall sales volume that happens on Prime Day and the most popular categories. For instance, if you offer a higher priced or premium product on Amazon, then consumers who have waited to buy will likely take advantage of the Prime Day price drop. Therefore, inventory, logistics, and fulfillment need to align with the promotional pricing strategy. If you are a brand that is in the top selling categories or offer goods that complement the most sought after products, tailoring your advertising and marketing campaigns with purchase messaging, conquesting, and retargeting could win you incremental sales, too.

Electronics Expected to Lead Prime Day

Based on our reporting, electronics, in general, leading the pack comes as little surprise, given most electronics are more expensive items that potential buyers are likely to ruminate on before making a purchase (e.g. cell phones, laptops, fitness trackers, etc.). After all, Prime Day discounts have and will continue to present the perfect opportunity for the conscientious consumer to move from consideration to purchase.

However, the focus on household electronics, smart devices, and lifestyle gadgets (fitness trackers, pet cameras, smart TVs, etc.), is a telling focal point of consumers eager to ease aspects of home — and work-from-home — life with technology, even as the global pandemic restrictions have lifted in many areas.

For example, here are a few household electronics and appliances that saw increases in consumer demand on Prime Day in 2021:

  • Smart Plugs – 246% increase
  • Smart Home – 166% increase
  • Roomba – 146% increase
  • Pet Cameras & Monitors – 59% increase
  • Coffee Makers – 62% increase

Prime Day 2021 Top Product Categories

In 2021, consumers used Prime Day to level-up their pet-parent game — or rather, their pet watching game. While it may seem like pet products took the lead over electronics, it was actually pet cameras and monitors (more home technology) that accounted for the increase.

Following pet products, electronics, video games, and exercise equipment (led by fitness monitors, yet another electronic device) all saw increases in demand on Prime Day. Only beauty and vitamins and supplements saw decreases in demand during Prime Day.

Change in Demand for Top Search Terms

Could Prime Day be the perfect time to find any long-lost relatives through a DNA test? Last year, the search term “23 and me” had a nearly 250 percent increase on Prime Day — the most of all the search terms we analyzed. Given the high price point of 23andMe tests (between $100-$350), this tracks with the underlying theme of electronics: if it’s expensive, use Prime Day discounts to buy it.

Immediately following 23andMe were Smart Plugs and Smart Home, followed by household electronics like Roombas and Air Fryers. As we saw with pet cameras, if an appliance or technology can make home life easier, consumers are likely to seek it out on Prime Day.

In addition, we specifically wanted to see how Amazon devices would fare on Prime Day, and were not disappointed. Fire TV, Echo Dot, Kindle, and Alexa-friendly devices all saw an increase in demand among the terms we analyzed.

As we mentioned above, it’s highly likely for the demand of Amazon household electronics to continue on Prime Day 2022. In fact, Amazon has even introduced a new Prime Day incentive for consumers to enter their technology ecosystem in the form of a Prime Stampcard. This year, consumers can earn a $10 credit for their Prime Day order by completing four different activities between June 16 and July 13:

  1. Making a Prime-eligible purchase
  2. Streaming a show on Prime Video
  3. Listening to a song with Prime Music
  4. Borrowing an eBook on Prime Reading

In short, Prime Day continues to be an opportunity for Amazon to promote its own technology ecosystem, and consumers are taking advantage of it.

Insights by Category

Baby Products

Larger, more expensive baby items such as swings (35%), activity centers (25%), gyms and playmats (24%), walkers (23%), and bouncers (22%) all landed near the top of the baby products category for Prime Day 2021, indicating the importance of Prime Day to make investment purchases vs. day-to-day ones.

In that same vein, smaller, more inexpensive baby products such as skin care, oils, and books all saw decreases in demand on Prime Day.

Electronics

Among electronics, OLED TVs led out the category with demand increasing by 132%, yet again following the theme of expensive electronic and household devices drawing consumers to make Prime Day purchases. Vacuums, security cameras, and laptop computers were next among the top electronic products we analyzed for consumers.

Overall, very few electronic products had a decline in demand on Prime Day. Indeed, these typically were electronic accessories, again suggesting Prime Day’s main draw is good deals on expensive items.

Tools

Power and woodworking tools both saw bumps in demand on Prime Day 2021, at 18% and 41% increases, respectively. However, hand tools saw a 10% decrease, again indicating that consumers are more likely to purchase bulky, expensive items and appliances on Prime Day rather than everyday household ones.

Vitamins & Supplements

One of the few categories to have an overall decrease, demand for vitamins & supplements decreased by 17% on Prime Day 2021. We suspect that seasonality is the main driver for the decrease, as the new year is typically when consumers find the best deals for health-related products (and are also seeking them out).

Beauty

Beauty also saw an overall decrease on Prime Day last year, as beauty tools and accessories (-6 %), grooming (-10%), age-related beauty products (-64%) all dropped in demand. This data again suggests that we can expect consumers to spend less on day-to-day items and more on big ticket ones on Prime Day.

Exercise Equipment

Consumer demand for exercise gadgets — fitness trackers and monitors in particular — increased during Prime Day last year. Interestingly, men’s fitness apparel saw a marked increase (20%) while women’s fitness apparel saw a decrease (-3%). If we assume that men are more likely to make the investment of purchasing fitness equipment, this could explain the difference in demand between men’s and women’s apparel.

Video Games

For video games, consoles led out on Prime Day last year, with PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox all driving demand up by 30% or more. Similarly, expensive video game accessories like gaming mice, chairs, and controllers were also likely to attract consumer interest.

Interestingly, sports and teen video games saw decreases in interest on Prime Day.

Office Products

Given that remote and hybrid work is here to stay, it should come as little surprise that last year’s Prime Day demonstrated increased consumer demand for office products. Home office furniture led out with an 18% increase in demand, followed by office lighting with an increase of 13%. After all, it’s never too late to improve your Zoom setup.

Pet Products

Demand for pet monitors and cameras increased by 59% during last year’s Prime Day while demand for pet food and nutrition decreased by 4%. Again, consumers are likely to prioritize one-off, expensive purchases on Prime Day rather than daily or recurring ones, and the pet category is no exception.

Kitchen & Bath

As with the other categories we’ve analyzed, more expensive electronics and appliances led out for kitchen and bath products. Stick vacuums and electric brooms had a massive 112% increase, closely followed by fitted sheets with demand increasing by 85%. Other appliances like steam mops and coffee makers also saw jumps in demand on Prime Day.

Everyday items like towels, cleaners, and grocery all saw decreases in demand.

Final Takeaways

Our data shows that electronic devices were a major draw to Prime Day in 2021, something we think is unlikely to change this year. Household electronics, lifestyle gadgets, and Amazon products will lead out among electronics — especially as Amazon increasingly incentivizes their Amazon ecosystem of digital products for Prime Day deals.

Although the days of the pandemic are mostly over, consumers have embraced the benefits of technology in their homes, exercise routines, and home office setups. From installing a camera, to keeping an eye on the cat, to finally buying a PlayStation 5, consumers look to Amazon Prime Day to purchase big-ticket items they’ve been holding out on the rest of the year.

For any brand looking to get into the game during Prime Day 2022, it is important to control your pricing strategy and promotional cadence so that you can leverage the increase in traffic and search volume on Amazon, as well as execute effective advertising and marketing campaigns to retarget the most sought after products and categories.

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Improve Your Amazon Advertising Strategy With One Simple Metric: True RoAS
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Improve Your Amazon Advertising Strategy With One Simple Metric: True RoAS

The purpose of advertising on Amazon is simple: increase traffic and conversions. But the approach to get those conversions is not always so simple. Your Amazon advertising strategy is based on current ad data and performance results such as your return on ad spend (RoAS). 

At a minimum, your RoAS number tells you how well you’re maximizing your ad spend. The problem is the RoAS you’re getting from Amazon or an advertising agency isn’t always accurate. 

As a top 3P seller on Amazon, Pattern helps brands improve their Amazon advertising strategy and results by providing them with one simple metric: true RoAS.

Understanding True RoAS

To understand why true RoAS is helpful to brands, you need to understand how Amazon and other agencies calculate and present your RoAS.

The key to growing your brand and maximizing your ad spend is to drive incremental traffic, rather than cannibalizing what has already taken place. For example, if you are selling probiotics, and paying for sponsored ads to win the keyword “probiotics for women”, but also organically ranked in the top results with the same keyword, that’s cannibalization. The RoAS score you would receive from Amazon includes that level of cannibalism, which inflates the number, causing you to pay more on ad spend. The best ads drive incremental growth instead of cannibalizing organic sales. 

At Pattern, we’ve created the acceleration software to make sure brands are getting their “true RoAS”. Pattern’s patented tool applies artificial intelligence to advertising to maximize incremental growth or true return on investment. 

Our software helps brands optimize their efforts by providing live and updated information on where your brand is not organically ranking, and what you should be paying for. If your ranking improves in one area, the ad spend will automatically decrease for those words or phrases until the software detects a drop in ranking, signaling that your ad spend should go up again. This dynamic monitoring of ad spend will help you maximize incremental growth and improve your RoAS.

Improve Your Amazon Ad Strategy with Pattern

Knowing your true RoAS is key to improving your Amazon performance. Advertising agencies and marketplace account managers often give you an inaccurate RoAS ratio or value, which only incentivizes you to spend more on advertising, ultimately increasing revenue for the agencies and/or marketplaces.

At Pattern, a 3P partner on Amazon and other marketplaces, we view our brands just as that: a partnership. When you win, we win. You succeed on Amazon by maximizing your ad spend and we have the data and resources to help you do just that. Accurate, transparent data and reporting will help improve your advertising strategy to drive more traffic to and conversions on your products. 

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Slowing Inflation is Music to Consumers’ Ears
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Slowing Inflation is Music to Consumers’ Ears

**Instrument Pricing Changes Tune Amid Record Inflation** Compared to 2022, consumers should expect to pay more for musical instruments, but the rate of inflation shows signs of slowing. **The backstory:** America’s most popular musical instruments saw a notable price increase in 2022 compared to 2021, but the rate of inflation eased in Q4 ’22. **Why it matters:** Slowing inflation within this product category could indicate economic pressures like increased demand, rising labor costs, and supply chain disruptions are easing across the consumer landscape. **What we’re seeing:** The average cost of musical instruments increased 7.5% from 2021 – 2022; however, when analyzing individual increases year over year, some instruments saw price increases as high as 21%. <iframe title="YOY Price Change for Instruments — 2022 vs. 2021" aria-label="Bar Chart" id="datawrapper-chart-02Lwk" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/02Lwk/2/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="379" data-external="1"></iframe><script type="text/javascript">!function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",(function(e){if(void 0!==e.data["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.querySelectorAll("iframe");for(var a in e.data["datawrapper-height"])for(var r=0;r<t.length;r++){if(t[r].contentWindow===e.source)t[r].style.height=e.data["datawrapper-height"][a]+"px"}}}))}(); </script> * Trombones experienced a 21.73% increase compared to 2021 * Trumpets +20.08% * Flutes +18.6% * Recorders +16.13% * Saxophones +13.63% * Clarinets +10.55% * Drums +5.41% * Ukuleles +5.17% **However:** Inflation among these same instruments was significantly less in Q4 ’22 compared to Q4 ’21. In some cases, prices decreased from Q4 ’21 – Q4 ‘22: <iframe title="Price Change for Instruments — Q4 2022 vs. Q4 2021" aria-label="Bar Chart" id="datawrapper-chart-6X6GZ" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/6X6GZ/2/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="379" data-external="1"></iframe><script type="text/javascript">!function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",(function(e){if(void 0!==e.data["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.querySelectorAll("iframe");for(var a in e.data["datawrapper-height"])for(var r=0;r<t.length;r++){if(t[r].contentWindow===e.source)t[r].style.height=e.data["datawrapper-height"][a]+"px"}}}))}(); </script> * Trombones +11.23% * Flutes +10.41% * Saxophones +5.94% * Clarinets +5.59% * Trumpets +3.10% * Recorders +2.85% * Drums -2.59% * Ukuleles -8.46% **Moreover:** Certain instruments saw inflation reverse in 2022. On average, prices for melodicas, guitars, and violas saw their prices decrease by 4.41%, 3.19%, and 0.97%, respectively. <iframe title="YOY Price Change for Instruments — 2022 vs. 2021" aria-label="Bar Chart" id="datawrapper-chart-0Tefk" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/0Tefk/3/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="259" data-external="1"></iframe><script type="text/javascript">!function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",(function(e){if(void 0!==e.data["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.querySelectorAll("iframe");for(var a in e.data["datawrapper-height"])for(var r=0;r<t.length;r++){if(t[r].contentWindow===e.source)t[r].style.height=e.data["datawrapper-height"][a]+"px"}}}))}(); </script> **Diving Deeper:** Inflation was more significant when comparing Q4 ’21 to Q4 ’20 than when comparing Q4 ’22 to Q4 ’21, indicating a slowing down of price increases for consumers. <iframe title="YOY Q4 Price Change for Instruments — 2020 – 2022" aria-label="Stacked Bars" id="datawrapper-chart-p6iqt" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/p6iqt/1/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="206" data-external="1"></iframe><script type="text/javascript">!function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",(function(e){if(void 0!==e.data["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.querySelectorAll("iframe");for(var a in e.data["datawrapper-height"])for(var r=0;r<t.length;r++){if(t[r].contentWindow===e.source)t[r].style.height=e.data["datawrapper-height"][a]+"px"}}}))}(); </script> * In Q4 ’21, average prices for all instruments were up 8.89% compared to Q4 ’20. * When comparing Q4 ’22 to Q4 ’21, the average price for all instruments only increased by 2.65%. **The takeaway:** While consumers should expect to pay higher prices for instruments this year, overall inflation impact within this product category appears to be slowing down. With National Ukulele Day coming up on February 2, now is a great time for ecommerce brands to take advantage of slowing economic worries and reach new consumers. * Want Pattern’s data science team to power your brand with consumer insights like these? Contact us to [request more information](https://pattern.com/contact-us/) today.

Slowing Inflation? What Musical Instrument Pricing Tells Us
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Slowing Inflation? What Musical Instrument Pricing Tells Us

It’s safe to say consumers and brands alike are eager for a change to the pattern of rising inflation, steadily increasing in many ecommerce categories . Pattern’s internal team’s data scientists analysis of instrument pricing shows a glimmer of hope that inflation may be slowing, which would be great news for brands selling online.

At Pattern, we’re interested in and monitoring trends and news related to pricing since price is a key factor in a brand’s profitability (as explained in the Ecommerce Equation). When brands are able to optimize their price, conversions, and traffic, they can optimize their profitability. And profitability leads to better allocation of resources, better brand control, and gives leaders the ability to expand their presence to new markets worldwide.

YoY Instrument Pricing Increased at a Slower Pace

When analyzing the pricing changes of instruments from 2021 to 2022, our teams found that prices increased, but at a slower rate than from 2020 to 2021.

As shown below, the year over year Q4 changes show quite a lower rate of increase.

Inflation Improvements Raise Profitability

Because inflation impacts online shopping behaviors, lower inflation can lead to better overall profitability for brands. This idea, of course, is nuanced, but Pattern’s Ecommerce Equation can help illustrate the general principle.

When inflation rises, consumers change their spending habits. Shoppers spend more time researching products, forego premium, higher-priced brands, and buy more in bulk. Brands tend to see a loss of loyalty as they’re forced to raise prices.

Price is a key variable in the Ecommerce Equation: price x conversion x traffic = profitability. As inflation lowers, brands can expect better performance in all of these areas—more traffic as spending habits return to normal, higher conversion from returning customers, and price that better fits consumer demand. As inflation lowers and these variables stabilize, brands will see profitability increase.

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As an ecommerce accelerator, Pattern is obsessed with gathering data that helps our brand partners succeed. We’ve created best-in-class technology, models, and analytics to understand changes on the horizon and inform our decisions. With an incredible team of data obsessed Pattern employees, we see what makes the difference in truly great ecommerce performance and apply those learnings for brand partners. 

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