Picture this: You’re brand new to Amazon. You’re confident you have a stellar product, and you know it will be successful if you can just get more people to find their way to your listing and click “Add to Cart.” But you’re not sure which steps to take or where to direct your resources to increase traffic and conversion.
Now take a moment to consider a slightly different scenario: You’ve been selling on Amazon for a while, but you’re not seeing your sales increase like you hoped they would. Maybe you’re starting to lag behind competitors or your sales have hit a wall. Your customers love your product once they get it, but for some reason, you’re still not achieving your target Amazon conversion rates.
For most brands, the scenarios above aren’t difficult to picture. Developing a product and launching your brand are mammoth tasks, but they’re still just starting points in your journey to ecommerce success. To truly achieve your ecommerce potential, you must also increase and maximize your Amazon sales. Below are 25 expert-curated tips to help you do just that:
1. Enroll in Amazon Brand Registry
Enrolling in Amazon’s Brand Registry is a crucial first step for any brand selling on Amazon, as it unlocks additional marketing tools and advantages within the platform. Since Amazon automatically removes counterfeit listings that mimic those of registered brands, the brand registry also acts as additional brand protection.
2. Publish only high-quality images
Your product listings should be what we call “retail-ready,” with a key element being your image stack. Since customers can’t touch or feel your product on ecommerce like they can in a retail store, images should mimic the retail experience as much as possible. Images should include lifestyle photos that help customers see themselves with your product and photos that show your product from all angles and clearly demonstrate the size.
3. Add video elements to your listings
Most brands don’t take advantage of the opportunity to add videos to their product listings, giving brands who do use video an edge over the competition. According to one study cited by Feedvisor, incorporating video on an Amazon landing page can increase conversion by 80%. To maximize your resources, you can reuse video elements in your listings, advertising, and social media content.
4. Conduct keyword research
It’s critical to know which keywords matter to your audience and what potential customers are typing in Amazon’s search bar to find a product like yours. Once you know which keywords to target, incorporate them in your listing title, bullet points, description, and backend keywords. Doing so helps boost your product ranking and improve SEO.
5. Incorporate A+ Content into each product listing
A+ Content, which is only available to registered Amazon brands, gives brands the opportunity to add visually rich content below the fold on their Amazon listings. Doing so reduces your bounce rate, reinforces brand equity, improves mobile optimization, and helps you rise above competitors.
6. Engage with customers through customer questions and answers
Amazon customers can ask product questions directly on Amazon listings. Review these questions often, both to answer them and to revisit your listing description to preemptively address these concerns for future customers. You can also use trends you see in your product reviews to enhance your listing content. If customers frequently praise a certain aspect of your product that isn’t included in your product description, update your product description to include it.
7. Update your product to respond to customer needs
Your customer feedback shouldn’t just influence your product listing but also your product itself. Adjust your product or packaging to meet the needs of your audience. For example, if customers complain in reviews or returns about how you package your product, you should be adaptable enough to update your packaging to keep customers happy.
8. Solicit customer reviews
While many customers heavily rely on reviews to make a final purchasing decision, it’s against Amazon’s rules to offer incentives for customers to leave a product review. However, you can still solicit customer reviews through Amazon. We recommend all brands do so. Having more reviews—preferably positive ones—lends your brand more credibility.
9. Consider participating in Amazon Vine
Even though you can’t send customers free products in return for a review, you can boost your reviews through the Amazon Vine program. Through this program, vendors can send their products to Amazon, which in turn sends them to invited customers (called “Vine Voices”) who will provide an honest and unbiased review of the product.
10. Win the Buy Box
Conversion happens in the Buy Box. If you’re not consistently winning the Buy Box, it will be impossible to increase your sales. You can read more about the Buy Box here, but a good general tip is that providing the best customer service and value for your product will help you win the Buy Box.
11. Launch an ad campaign
When you’re just starting out, you won’t be organically ranking on Amazon. An ad campaign can help drive initial traffic to your listing, which will increase sales on Amazon and help your product eventually rank organically. We recommend starting with a sponsored product campaign, then adding a sponsored brand campaign, and eventually targeting video campaigns.
12. Establish price consistency
Your product should be priced the same across all platforms. Otherwise, you run the risk of losing the Buy Box on Amazon or burning bridges with other online sellers. Establishing and enforcing a MAP policy can help your brand achieve pricing consistency.
13. Utilize FBA
By using FBA, your products qualify for Amazon Prime—a huge selling point for customers. Selling through Prime can also help boost your product ranking, putting your product in front of even more shoppers. FBA also simplifies selling logistics for you, gives qualifying products the option of Subscribe & Save, and provides your products with the fastest shipping available.
14. Sign up for Subscribe & Save
Like we mentioned above, qualifying brands who use FBA can also enroll their products in the Subscribe & Save program, which gives customers a discount for signing up for recurring purchases of your product. We’ve seen this program to be a great way to increase sales on Amazon through repeat business and a loyal customer base.
15. Prioritize a good inventory history
Focus on having a solid inventory history and a consistently healthy inventory. Avoid going in and out of stock frequently, since this is detrimental to your account health and will make it more difficult for your brand to win the Buy Box.
16. Respond to customers quickly
Amazon judges you as a seller, in part, by how quickly you respond to your customers. Set a goal to respond to all customers within 24 hours. Doing so will show Amazon that you’re a reliable seller and make it more likely for you to win the Buy Box. Solid customer service will also help improve your product rankings and reviews.
17. Host an Amazon Live stream
Amazon Live allows you to host a live stream where you can feature your product in real-time and connect with your customer. It also helps you build a brand following on Amazon. One of our partner brands saw a 10% increase in sales during the week of their Amazon Live event. The brand’s best-seller ranking also increased by 70% during the week of the event.
18. Run promotions
Consider offering a coupon, Lightning Deal, or Deal of the Day to give customers a discount on your product. These promotions are especially effective for holidays and special events but can be used year-round. Any short-term discount can help temporarily increase sales.
19. Work with influencers
Shoppers look to their trusted social circles—including social media influencers—to make their purchasing decisions. Working with influencers is a powerful tactic for many brands, especially when paired with a promotion. At Pattern, we’ve seen great results when running a Deal of the Day discount on the same day we contract with an influencer to promote a product.
20. Build your own social media presence
Focusing on your brand’s own social media presence is important, too. Publishing quality content on social media, including reels on Instagram or YouTube videos, can reinforce the message you’re communicating on Amazon.
21. Publish on Amazon posts
Amazon Posts—social media outside of social media—is a free way to drive impressions and increase sales. Posts are viewed directly on Amazon’s platform and are very similar to an Instagram post with an image, text, and product link. Amazon encourages brands to use lifestyle-led imagery to maintain their presence on the platform.
22. Invest in off-platform advertising
Amazon loves when you drive outside traffic to your Amazon listings. Using Google, Pinterest, Reddit, Facebook, or other social ads are all great options to drive additional traffic to your listings.
23. Initiate email marketing campaigns
Email marketing campaigns are another off-platform strategy that can increase Amazon sales. Consider sending a campaign to your existing customer base to inform them about products or promotions on Amazon. If you don’t have an existing email list, you can run social ads that offer a digital product or discount in exchange for a customer’s email.
24. Curate an Amazon Storefront
Creating an Amazon storefront that tells your brand’s story can help you reinforce your brand and connect with your customers. When you have a sale running, your Amazon Storefront helps you put all your sale products in one spot. Your storefront can also be an effective landing place for your sponsored brand ads.
25. Expand internationally
Once you’ve reached your selling potential in your target market, it’s time to consider expanding to international Amazon markets. While expansion may not be a good choice for every brand, it’s worth considering if you have an international audience eager to buy your product.
How can Pattern help?
When you’re maxing out your time and resources to keep your day-to-day business running smoothly, it can be difficult to find the time to implement any strategies to increase Amazon sales, much less all 25 that have been listed here. It requires a skilled team, an abundance of time, and a significant amount of money to perfect your listings, social media presence, customer service, and more.
That’s why we’re here. Partnering with Pattern is like clicking the “easy” button for ecommerce. As a leading ecommerce accelerator, we take the guesswork and logistics off of our partners’ plates, making it easy for our brands to focus on what matters most.
Everything listed above can be simplified by partnering with us and accessing our marketplace management services. Our expert creative teams can handle your product listings, armed with data that shows exactly what works and what doesn’t. Our international teams throughout the globe make internationalization as smooth and easy as possible for brands ready to expand. Our proprietary software makes ecommerce reporting, keyword research, ad campaigns, and shipping logistics simple and effective.
The best part? We offer all our services at no extra cost to you, since as your partner, we’re just as motivated to see your brand succeed as you are. Interested in learning more? Get in touch with our team today.