Amazon Brand Registry: 6 Benefits Your Brand Needs

Jared Mason

May 24, 2021

As an ecommerce business on Amazon, protecting your brand from fraud needs to be one of your biggest priorities. From third-party sellers changing the name of your products to competitors using your brand name to sell their low-quality items, there’s a lot of things that can go wrong if you’re not careful.

That’s why online stores should get serious about Amazon Brand Registry, the ecommerce platform’s suite of tools to protect their brand. It’s going to offer you more security while also creating a better brand experience for your customers.

  • What is Amazon Brand Registry?
  • The 5 Benefits of Amazon Brand Registry
  • How to Register for Amazon Brand Registry

What is Amazon Brand Registry?

Amazon Brand Registry is a program that allows store owners on Amazon to gain access to a wide range of advanced tools to improve their business, protect their brand, and deliver better customer experiences. It can make a significant difference if you’re trying to take your Amazon store to the next level.

Whether it’s to measure your store performance or find new ways to reach customers, Amazon Brand registry has a tool for you. Some of the solutions that it offers include:

  • Brand Protection: Amazon Brand Registry comes with all the tools to protect your online store. It comes with accurate listings for your product pages, removes suspected infringement of your brand, and allows you to report any perceived violations.
  • **Brand Experience Optimization: **Stores that register for Amazon Brand Registry get unlimited ways to promote their brand online. For example, that includes sponsored ads and high-quality content to showcase products.
  • Advanced Store Analytics: With Brand Registry’s advanced analytics, you’ll gain a complete understanding of how your business is performing. From there, you’ll be able to make better data-driven decisions to improve your store.

There’s currently over 350,000 Amazon brands worldwide that are part of the Amazon Brand Registry program. According to Amazon themselves, the program was able to stop over 2.5 million bad actors and block around 6 billion suspected bad listings.

The 6 Amazon Brand Registry benefits for store owners

There are many advantages that come with getting your store qualified for the Amazon Brand Registry program. These main benefits include:

1. Gain complete protection of your brand’s product listings

With Amazon Brand Registry, you gain complete protection over your product listings. That means that you gain control of how your product listing’s information displays on the platform and how you want to promote your products. In other words, you can rest assured that all your brand information is in the right hands.

You won’t have to worry about third-party Amazon sellers changing your product listing’s information. Amazon will always prioritize the data you registered for your brand first when it showcases your products on its platform.

Aside from your product information, Amazon Brand Registry can also help protect your advertising data. As a registered brand, Amazon is going to recognize you above others selling your same product, and can prevent other stores from running suspicious ads that use your brand to drive traffic to their own products.

Also, other Amazon sellers can use your brand name to sell their low-quality products without the proper brand protection. Brand Registry blocks this from happening the minute it identifies fraudulent activity, so you still protect your brand’s image.

2. Boost your product sales and drive more conversions

So what happens when Amazon better protects your brand data and removes any fraudulent listings related to your brand from its platform? You’ll naturally see an increase in sales. When customers type in your search terms on Amazon, they’ll always find your products and not others.

3. Better understand your customers with data-driven analytics

Ask yourself: how well do you know your customers? Understanding the needs of your audience and what drives them to purchase will be vital to delivering the best results on Amazon.

With Amazon Brand Registry’s advanced analytics feature, you get access to data on customer search and the buying behavior of your target customers. You’ll be able to instantly identify which products are working the best with your audience, what search terms your audience is frequently typing in, and key demographics.

From there you can use the insights to improve your store experience and your products. There won’t be any guessing involved anymore when it comes to enhancing your Amazon strategy.

4. Get access to Amazon’s A+ Content feature

Amazon’s Brand Registry program comes with the A+ Content Manager that stores can use to improve the display of their product listing. You can add extra text to your item listing, add high-quality images, include unique brand stories, and more.

With all of this new enhanced brand content, it’s going to be easier to showcase your product’s unique value proposition and overcome any objections your customers may have. Great content will always have a positive impact on sales.

Sometimes, all it takes to improve your sales and conversions is a simple tweak in your listing copy or your image. With the A+ Content Manager, you can quickly test which different product listing structure produces the best results, saving you time from guessing what’s going to work the best with customers.

5. Deliver a better shopping experience for your customers

With Amazon Brand Registry, you can instantly improve the experience of your online store and find better ways to engage your customers. You’ll have all the tools to make your Amazon store stand out from your competitors.

For example, you can easily create a custom Amazon storefront for your store with Brand Registry’s easy-to-use store builder. You have various templates to choose from, or you start from scratch if that’s what you prefer.

To boost your brand awareness and drive more traffic to your products, you can leverage the use of Sponsored Brand Ads. These ads appear on top of Amazon’s search results page to help draw more attention to your product offering.

6. Better support from Amazon

If you notice any fraudulent activity surrounding your brand and products, you benefit from exceptional support from Amazon. The platform will handle all of your complaints quickly and efficiently.

Amazon has its own dedicated team that reports any suspicious activity and counterfeit products. If you’re part of the Brand Registry program, the platform will address any complaints you may have within only a couple of hours.

How to register for Amazon Brand Registry

So how can stores on Amazon start taking advantage of all the benefits that come with the Brand Registry program? Here’s what you’ll need to do to take part in the program to improve your store:

Amazon Brand Registry Steps

Step 1: Make sure that you’re eligible for Brand Registry

Not every store on Amazon can benefit from Brand Registry. Before you get started with Brand Registry, there are a couple of requirements to comply with.

For example, the first thing Amazon will ask you is for Trademark Registration or Serial Number. If that’s something that you don’t currently have for your business, you won’t be able to proceed with the following steps.

To apply for a trademark number, you can go to the www.uspto.gov website and complete a form. However, keep in mind that the process can take as long as nine months, and you’ll also have to cover application costs that vary on the type of products you’re registering.

Next, Amazon will want to know if your products come with branded logos and packaging. Just as with a registered trademark number, the same rule applies: if it's something you lack, you won't qualify for the Amazon Brand Registry program.

Step 2: Create your Amazon Brand Registry account

After meeting Amazon’s requirements for its Brand Registry program, it’s time to create your account. You can use your username and password credentials from your Amazon Seller account to sign into Brand Registry.

Step 3: Enroll your brand

Once you create your Amazon Brand Registry Account, the next step will be to enroll your brand in the program officially. Here’s the information you’ll need to provide Amazon with to get started:

  • Brand Identification: On this page you’ll have to upload all of your product images, logos, packaging, and your social media and website links.
  • Intellectual Property: For this step you’ll need to select your brand’s trademark type, trademark name, registration number, and registration office. This information will be vital to making sure Amazon can protect your brand online.
  • **Account Characteristics: **In this section you’ll have to drop in crucial information about your brand. It will include information such as manufacturing details, seller account information, vendor account details, and which countries you're distributing your products to.

After providing Amazon with all of this information, all you have to do is click “Submit,” and you’re good to go. You’ll then receive confirmation from Amazon within a couple of days that you’re now part of the Brand Registry program. Congratulations!

Step up your business with Amazon Brand Registry today

Stores on Amazon have a lot to gain out of signing up for the ecommerce platform’s Brand Registry program. From better brand protection to endless ways of engaging customers, you’ll have everything you need to drive more sales and boost awareness.

It all comes down to creating the best brand experience. By using all the tools you have access too, you’ll be one step closer to maximizing your potential on Amazon and standing out from the crowd.

Want to learn more about delivering a better brand experience on Amazon? We can help. Countless Amazon stores have boosted their sales and improved their search results thanks to our expertise. Contact Pattern today to learn more about our services for Amazon businesses.

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MAP Pricing vs. MSRP: What's the Difference?

“MAP” and “MSRP” are two of hundreds of acronyms floating around in the world of ecommerce, and they’re two of the easiest to confuse and misunderstand. While MAP and MSRP do play similar roles, they also have key differences that can work in tandem to support and protect your brand on marketplaces.

So what are MAP and MSRP and why do they matter? Here’s what you should know: 

What is MAP?

MAP (or minimum advertised price) is the minimum amount that a manufacturer or wholesaler recommends resellers advertise their products for. MAP pricing policy is essentially a one-way boundary you set to protect your brand, protect the margins of your resellers, and maintain fair competition across all of your distribution channels.

When setting a MAP policy strategy, remember the important things you’ll want your MAP policy to do are:

  1. Protect the interests of your brick-and-mortar resellers, giving them the margins they need to display and carry your product as well as sell it.

  2. Stay small enough that it discourages resellers from heavily discounting your products and keeps competition fair.

  3. Accurately reflects on the brand image and value you want to reflect.

“Advertising” and “recommends” are the key terms here. MAP policies should only recommend the price that is advertised online or in-store for a product, not attempt to fix the actual selling price of the product—that’s illegal—or recommend the actual selling price. That’s MSRP’s job.

Benefits of MAP

MAP not only keeps competition fair, but allows you to control your brand identity and promote consumer trust of your product and brand. Here are some of the benefits of having MAP policies:

  • Better brand protection and control

  • Creates a level playing field for retailers

  • Reduces bad customer experiences

  • Provides an accurate performance analysis

How Can Brands Effectively Enforce MAP?

It’s critical that MAP policies are structured in such a way that a brand avoids violating anti-trust laws. One way brands can effectively enforce MAP is by simply monitoring online product prices across digital channels to identify fluctuations in the market. 

At Pattern, we help brands not only develop a MAP policy, but also enforce it. Enforcing MAP policies and gaining marketplace control includes finding unauthorized sellers, which Pattern’s data finds. Once Pattern finds the unauthorized sellers, Vorys eControls (Pattern’s legal partner) steps in and handles the takedowns of unauthorized sellers, continuous enforcement of brand management, and reseller policy enforcements.

What is MSRP?

MSRP (or manufacturer’s suggested retail price) is how manufacturers standardize pricing across their resale channel and determine what price is fair for their product. The key difference between MSRP and MAP is that MSRP is the actual price manufacturers set and recommend retailers charge for their goods while MAP is the advertised price. 

MSRP doesn’t necessarily have to be the final price of a product—it’s most often a starting price—but it is determined by taking into account all of the costs associated with the distribution and manufacturing process for a product and the margin amount resellers need in order to make a profit. MSRP also establishes value. For example, if a brand wants to build a premium brand, the MSRP can reflect the actual or perceived value of their product.

Benefits of MSRP

Setting up an MSRP for your product includes the following benefits:

  • Maintains brand equity

  • Establishes brand and product value

  • Standardizes costs across marketplaces

How Can Brands Effectively Enforce MSRP?

Like MAP pricing, MSRP has to be set up as a one-way policy and not an agreement between a manufacturer and a reseller to avoid landing a manufacturer on the wrong side of the law. It’s a recommendation, not a contractual bind. As mentioned for MAP policy, Pattern helps brands effectively enforce MSRP with our proprietary data and expertise to protect their brand. 

How Do MAP and MSRP Work Together?

MAP and MSRP have different applications that may prove useful in different scenarios. For example, MAP policies are typically more useful in marketplaces where competition is fierce and price erosion happens easily if sellers are left unchecked. Ideally, however, MAP and MSRP are a dynamic duo that work together to serve the interests of your brand, support your resale channels, and protect your resellers.

Setting an MSRP establishes value for your product and lets your resellers know you’re serious about controlling channel conflict, maintaining pricing equity, and protecting their margins so they’re more confident setting pricing at the MSRP level.

MAP is the second half of setting a pricing policy. Setting a MAP price for your product, in addition to an MSRP, further standardizes pricing across your resale channel and gives legitimate resellers a fair environment to compete in while setting boundaries against unauthorized sellers harming your brand.

MAP combined with MSRP creates a stronger level of brand protection, giving your brand more sustainable, profitable growth.

Maintain Brand Control With Pattern

MAP policies can be tricky to draft, because there are so many legal lines to tiptoe around and so much nuance that goes into pricing. They can also be tricky to enforce without the right tools. At Pattern, partnered with Vorys, we have the tools and resources to help you maintain brand control on all marketplaces. 

As an ecommerce accelerator, Pattern can help you identify MAP violators and regain control of your brand online so that your image and your resellers are protected. To learn more, contact us today.

Athlon Optics Walmart.com Launch Has Record Setting Sales within 3 Days
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Athlon Optics Walmart.com Launch Has Record Setting Sales within 3 Days

Athlon Optics sells scopes and other optical accessories like binoculars for anyone who may be hunting, shooting recreationally, or competing.  After achieving significant success on Amazon, the brand wanted to launch on Walmart. As a growing marketplace with huge growth forecasts, Athlon saw their competitors already staking claim on walmart.com and saw opportunities for increasing their sales.

As a prestigious brand in its category, with loyal consumers, Athlon does so much with very few resources. With less than twenty employees in the entire company, managing everything from customer service to product development, their ecommerce team needed support to scale to a new marketplace.  And, they needed a partner who had a relationship with and deep understanding of walmart.com to accelerate their growth. Pattern is a one-stop shop for Athlon, providing the resources and expertise, so Athlon could also save budget and stop outsourcing so many different aspects of their marketplace business.

Athlon Optics Prepares for a Seamless Launch

Sometimes brands who transition from 1P to 3P with Pattern have no proprietary sales, marketplace data or content such as product images, video, or optimized copy. These circumstances create a more hands on transition for Pattern and may interfere with launch expectations. 

But Athlon was the consummate partner and overly prepared to transition to 3P– buttoned up, organized, and ready to take on walmart.com’s list of launch needs. Athlon provided all the required assets on time and was very organized.  The images were shot, formatted, and categorized as A+ content that Pattern ported over.  This process dramatically reduced wait times and lag times within the platform.  Plus, since the content was optimized for marketplaces, all images, copy, and listing information uploaded in the first pass. 

Pattern’s Walmart Expertise Leads to Success

But the content worked because of Pattern’s resources and marketplace expertise.  Pattern provided Athlon with a very clear outline of needs and expectations for seamless launch and this process has become a playbook for other brands on walmart.com.  The team’s mutual partnership and Pattern’s diligent follow up with and detailed attention to Walmart processes and logistics prevented Athlon from getting lost in the weeds. 

Three Days is All it Takes

The successful, thorough, and quick transition to 3P with Pattern secured Athlon most likely the fastest ramp-up periods for any brand on Walmart.com.  

Together we achieved success such as:

  • 'Best in class' turnaround–98% faster onboarding than average brand on Walmart.

  • First sale within the first week of landing at Walmart. 

    • Unprecedented turnaround considering the ramp up usually needed to gain momentum and traction with reviews on Walmart. 

  • Exceeded initial first month growth projection by 34%.

Athlon was so impressed by the ease and simplicity of its launch and execution on Walmart that the brand wants to grow our 3P relationship with other marketplaces such as Amazon Canada and Target+.

And, in the meantime, look out for Athlon Optics in Walmart Deal Days in 2022.  A huge win for any brand tied to organic advertising and new traffic opportunities across all media.

Pattern Helps Brands Expand Marketplaces 

Pattern has the 3P partner experience and deep expertise on Walmart and other global marketplaces to help a brand expand their footprint to maintain sales momentum and a competitive edge. Pattern, an ecommerce accelerator, takes on the responsibility of your stock and provides the expert resources needed to successfully launch and continue to grow your revenue on global marketplaces. 

Learn more about Pattern’s expertise and partnership on Walmart.  Contact us today.

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Amazon A+ and Premium A+ Content: Pros and Cons Brands Need to Know

Long gone are the days when Amazon listings were limited to a simple product description, five bullet points, and eight pictures. As the platform, and number of sellers, has grown, sellers have had to be more and more strategic and eye-catching to increase traffic and conversions on their listings.

Brands on Amazon have plenty of attractive options available to design their Amazon storefront, which reside in two of Amazon’s content tools: A+ Content and Premium A+ Content (or  A++ Content).

Here’s the pros and cons of brands using A+ Content vs. Premium A+ Content:

What is Amazon A+ Content?

Amazon A+ Content is a standard feature available to all Amazon Sellers and free as one of the many benefits of Amazon Brand Registry. 

With A+ Content, a product listing can have more than a plain text description and standard photo reel–it can include high quality multimedia photos and videos alongside eye-catching information to share the product story, and not just the product appearance.

Some noteworthy features that Amazon A+ offers are:

  • Multiple, varied images of a product

  • Strategically concise introduction

  • Video

  • Bullet points

  • 360° product views

  • Matrix comparison charts

  • “What’s in the box” section

What is Amazon Premium A+ Content?

Amazon Premium A+ Content, or Amazon A++ Content, is a tool that goes a level beyond basic A+ Content, giving brands the ability to showcase their product’s most important features and benefits with a modern, visually appealing structure. 

In August 2022, Amazon announced Premium A+ would be available on Seller Central for free usage during a promotional period. Previously, Premium A+ content was available only by invite for brands using Vendor Central and could cost anywhere from $250K and $500K per product. 

With Premium A+ content, a brand visually communicates using imagery and video, and relies much less on text due to strict character limits for product descriptions. According to Amazon, implementing Premium A+ content can increase your sales by 20%.

For the first time ever, Premium A+ expands the usable real estate of the page, using the entire width of the screen for a sophisticated and modern feel.

Some noteworthy features that Premium A+ offers are:

  • Video

  • Full-width imagery

  • More space

  • Clickable Q&A

  • Interactive comparison charts

  • Carousel modules

  • Mobile-friendly and voice-friendly product pages

  • Testimonials

Pros and Cons of Amazon A+ vs. Premium A+ Content

Although their purposes are similar, there are some key differences between A+ Content and Premium A+ Content. Here are the pros and cons for each tool:

Basic Amazon A+ Content

Pros:

  • Free and unlimited use for all Vendors.

  • An effective tool to enhance customer experience and product listings.

Cons:

  • Less features than Premium A+.

  • It's not as visually appealing as Premium A+.

Premium A+ Content

Pros:

  • There are 16 extra modules to choose from that are media-rich and make an impact.

  • You have two more available module slots than Basic Amazon A+.

  • Overall, there are more possibilities for hyper-engaging content.

  • You can expect a sales rate increase of up to 20% with Premium A+, according to Amazon.

Cons:

  • Amazon has positioned Premium A+ content as more of an exclusive tool, requiring eligibility based on past content to qualify for Premium A+ content. 

  • Character limit restrictions are more strict than Basic Amazon A+.

Elevate Your Amazon Content with Pattern

Ultimately, both of these tools exist to help you and your brand provide customers the best online shopping experience possible. Although Premium A+ offers plenty of exciting new options for enhancing customers’ buying experience, it may not be for everyone. Optimizing your Amazon listing with A+ or Premium A+ Content can provide the best opportunity to build a strong reputation for better brand-recognition and customer affinity. 

Our creative and digital marketing experts at Pattern can help brands use A+ Content and Premium A+ Content to increase conversions and give buyers an amazing experience.

Learn how Pattern can help you increase conversions on Amazon. Contact us