Despite Amazon’s undisputed claim as the leader of ecommerce, Walmart continues to hold on to its prized position as the largest retailer in the world. Walmart benefits largely from its physical footprint, operating nearly 11,500 stores worldwide.
Considering all this, getting your Walmart Advertising strategy honed now is important for any brand wanting to grow sales and advertise on the Walmart.com marketplace. We break down Sponsored Products and how to launch automatic vs. manual advertising campaigns on Walmart so you can be successful on the marketplace.
Before the explosion of online retail shopping, maintaining important products at the eye level of customers in the shopping aisle was of premium importance. So, how is this maximum visibility achieved when it comes to online retail? What is considered to be the eye level of Walmart.com?
One of the best ways to get a premium location for your product on Walmart.com is to utilize the Search in Grid placement through the use of Sponsored Products. Search in Grid allows your product to appear on the first page of search results. With approximately 185 searches per second on Walmart.com, being in this position should be a primary objective.
Sponsored Products serve as a catalyst for boosting product sales, growing or protecting market share, presenting your products to a massive audience that’s ready to buy, and improving brand as well as product visibility. Another advantage to Sponsored Products is that it’s the only self service ad type that Walmart currently offers.
Now that we’ve established the importance of Sponsored Products, what are the qualifications, campaign types, and how do they work?
First and foremost, you have to ensure that the product you are selling is in stock and is winning the Buy Box on Walmart. In order to show up on the Search in Grid placement, your product must also fulfill the following Walmart criteria:
You have two options during the setup of your Walmart advertising campaign—to create either an automatic or a manual campaign. For maximum exposure, automatic campaigns are preferable; for a greater degree of control, however, manual campaigns are advantageous.
When deciding which type of campaign to run, your goals need to be held in consideration. Beyond that, what distinguishes an automatic campaign from a manual?
Brands unfamiliar with advertising, launching a new product, or with an emphasis on growth will benefit from automatic campaigns. Walmart automatically chooses relevant placements for this type of ad.
Features of automatic campaigns include:
For well established products on Walmart or brands already aware of which keywords are successful among their customers, a manual campaign provides for a more custom-fit alternative.
Features of manual campaigns include:
Step 1: Sign in as a seller on Walmart Media Group’s (WMG) advertising platform.
Step 2: Go to the “campaigns tab” and select “create new campaign.”
Step 3: Choose your campaign targeting preference—this is where you will select whether you want to set up a manual or automatic campaign.
Step 4: Enter a campaign name and set a start date. This is also where you will select the total budget for your campaign as well as the daily budget. Your total budget has to be at least $100 and the daily budget needs to be at least $50.
Step 5 (optional, only applies to manual campaigns): Utilize the new feature of selecting a placement inclusion. Select two placement types known as Search Ingrid and Search Carousel. The first is turned on by default and cannot be switched off. The second is optional but is highly recommended to expand reach and only applies to keyword based campaigns. This option features the product in search carousel ads on search pages.
Step 6 (optional): Select any desired bid multipliers. These are optional and simply allow you to have some control over where your ads appear. The bid multiplier is a % amount that you are willing to increase your bid by in order to show up in certain Walmart ad placements.
You have the option to put a bid multiplier on the Buy Box (automatic campaigns only) and Search Ingrid placements. Furthermore, you are able to select whether you would prefer your Walmart ad to show up on desktop or mobile (app or web browser on mobile). You can read more about the different Sponsored Products placements below.
Step 7: Create the desired ad groups you would like to include in your campaign. Enter an ad group name and add the items (products) that you would like to advertise. If you’re setting up an automatic campaign, this is the last step in the setup process. It is recommended to group at least 10-20 items together in an ad group for automatic campaigns in order to collect enough data and volume to be effective.
Step 8 (manual campaigns only): This is where you enter your desired keywords. You can either utilize the suggested keywords that Walmart recommends or upload your own keyword list. This is also where you will select the bid (CPC) you are willing to spend on each keyword.
Walmart has a first price auction system, which differs from other platforms like Amazon and Google. For example, if you set your CPC at $2 and the second-highest bid is at $1, then you would pay $2 on Walmart but on only $1.01 on Amazon. This is something you will want to keep in mind as you decide on bid amounts.
The Sponsored Product ads can show up in a few different places throughout Walmart.com. They typically either show up in Search in Grid, below the Buy Box, or in a product carousel on search pages or product pages.
Search in Grid: This placement is based on a CPC model and is governed by keyword targeting.
Buy Box Placement: The Buy Box is located on product detail pages and serves as the place where a shopper clicks to purchase a product. Sponsored Products can show up below this box on the product detail pages of relevant or complementary products to the one you are advertising for. This is a competitive placement that you can achieve by utilizing automatic campaigns only.
Product Carousel Placement: These appear below search results on category and product pages. Each carousel can hold a maximum of 24 products. These products do not need to be within the top 128 organic search results for a given product. This is also a placement that is only offered through automatic campaigns.
The future of Walmart’s online platform is bright—getting into Walmart’s advertising space while there is still a lot of runway could be a huge advantage for your company. With some luck, this step-by-step guide will serve as a blueprint for your business’ successful Walmart advertising launch. If growth and expansion are your destinations, you don’t want to miss this train!
Don’t have time to set this up yourself? Not on Walmart.com yet? Reach out to Pattern today to see how our partnership could grow your sales.
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If you’re in the global ecommerce space, you are most likely aware of Amazon, and probably selling your products on the marketplace. With over $470 billion in sales in 2021 alone, Amazon stands as the third largest company in the world based on revenue. The ecommerce giant is a household name in the U.S. and working hard to grow its market share across five continents worldwide.
Having your products available on Amazon and being competitive there, though, are definitely two different things. If you want to really succeed on Amazon, you’ll need specialized insight into how Amazon works and how to make it work for you. So, for many brands, it’s a great idea to work with an Amazon Search Engine Optimization (SEO) agency.
At Pattern, Amazon SEO optimization service is one of our key competencies. We understand that technology, data-driven insights and expertise are the most important tools brands can leverage to win top listing spots on digital marketplaces. With expert teams and years of experience, we help brands conquer the Profitability Death Spiral as they compete with other products and sellers online. We offer Amazon SEO agency services as a core solution to brands that need more resources to get ahead.
An Amazon SEO agency serves brands by improving their products’ rank and listing performance on Amazon. They make strategic decisions about ad spending and placement that lead to higher traffic, conversions, and revenue for ecommerce brands.
A great Amazon SEO Agency partner will:
Unfortunately, many Amazon SEO agencies profit in unfair ways from your brands’ perceived success based on the ROAS numbers they provide. This is done through including branded search terms in ROAS reports, which naturally skew listing performance.
Let’s say, for instance, your brand is called “Annie’s” and you sell lollipops. Your brand has a very high likelihood of winning the top listing spots on Amazon for lollipop search terms that are paired with “Annie’s,” your brand name. So, SEO agencies will spend your ad money on those terms and report a very high ROAS.
To avoid scenarios like these, it’s best to look for an agency that either calculates their profits on metrics other than your ROAS scores or weighs branded search terms differently in the performance metrics reports. Regardless of your Amazon SEO agency’s cost structure, you should align onbranded search terms before committing to a scope of work.
A great indicator of a high-quality Amazon SEO agency is the level of insight they can provide into your competitors’ listing positioning and how it compares to yours. Data fanaticism is so important at Pattern that we’ve developed proprietary technology to display this exact information with precise detail for every brand we work with. In fact, you can find our free version here to see how you compare to some of your top competitors based on ASIN.
It’s certainly possible to improve your Amazon search performance with blind spending strategies. But a truly great solution will help you to know where your dollars are at their most powerful and competitive.
Amazon’s A10 algorithm prioritizes customer satisfaction—it wants to show consumers the best products that align with their search intent to improve conversions and sales. So, the best way to gain momentum on Amazon is to work on incremental wins.
Improving your performance on more obscure search terms that align with your customers’ search intent is a great way to increase ROAS for the long term. A10 will reward your success with better rankings on higher-volume search terms and the virtuous cycle can help you conquer your most-coveted listing spots. And the best part? This process of gaining momentum, if done right, will naturally decrease your ad spend over time as Amazon recognizes your value and works with you to keep your products at the top of consumers’ search results.
As an Amazon SEO specialist, Pattern knows how to help your brand win better success for long-term profitability on Amazon. With our data-driven tools and brilliant teams of ecommerce experts, we help brands with listing management, content optimization, Amazon ad strategies, and more.
Contact us to learn more about our SEO optimization services.
Entering the ecommerce landscape is a huge undertaking for any brand—it usually requires a large investment in resources and expertise to really be successful. Any brand can quickly get in over their heads trying to navigate the nuances of SEO, fulfillment and logistics, distribution control, listing optimization, and meeting the numerous other requirements and administrative tasks to show up well on marketplaces.
Unfortunately, because it’s so easy for third party, gray market, and unauthorized sellers to obtain and sell products online, many brands find themselves pressured to execute an ecommerce plan without the right resources to succeed on marketplaces and their other channels.
So, for brands looking to enter the ecommerce space or improve their current and future performance, it makes sense to partner with an ecommerce consultant.
Pattern’s global presence and proven success with hundreds of brands has allowed us to develop highly effective ecommerce consulting services. We can guide your brand to navigate issues both large and small in marketplaces worldwide. To maximize your ecommerce efforts, you’ll need to understand what an ecommerce consultant does and how to select one who drives the right value for your brand and products.
An ecommerce consultant is a specialist in the ecommerce space who can give you personalized guidance on how to market your products and grow their presence on digital marketplaces.
An ecommerce consultant should be able to analyze your brand, audience, category, opportunity, and current roadblocks and help you understand how to utilize your resources (or what resources are missing) to be most effective in capturing your opportunities in the ecommerce space.
Not sure how to evaluate a consultant? Here are 4 key attributes to look for as you make your choice.
At Pattern, we prioritize brand obsession for a reason—we know that a brand-centered mindset makes a crucial difference in the outcomes and results our partners achieve. So in our experience, when you begin your search for an ecommerce consultant, it’s important to look for a partner who is specialized in ecommerce, invested in the product, and passionate about helping brands build and improve their strategies. Typically, this means finding someone that consults exclusively for ecommerce marketplaces, rather than choosing a consultant who offers many different services.
It’s also important to avoid choosing a consulting partner who can’t deliver the right experience for your brand. The best indication of whether your potential consultant can do that is to review their history, data, and results with other brands. Ask if they’ve helped others in your selling category, if they’ve solved specific issues your brand is facing, and why they feel you are a good fit. The key is to leave the conversation feeling confident that you understand your consultants’ capabilities and whether or not they match up with your needs.
It’s best to pick a consultant who knows how to guide a brand onto and through multiple marketplaces worldwide. You’ll want to take a look at your long-term strategy and think about the regions and platforms you’re currently on and where you might want to take your brand in the future. If your consultant is truly great at what they do, they’ll be able to help you perform well enough with your current product roadmap that it’ll be a no-brainer to expand your presence at the right time.
The most effective partnership with an ecommerce consultant will be able to give you both recommendations and point you to solutions for making those changes in your planning, processes, and execution. Your time and money is valuable, so you want to make sure that you’re spending it as efficiently as possible as you follow your consultant’s advice. So, before you commit to an ecommerce consultant, ask about the resources and concrete solutions they typically recommend to the brands they work with.
Finding an ecommerce consultant that checks the boxes can be a difficult task. At Pattern, our entire focus and drive centers around giving brands the tools and resources they need to succeed on domestic and international ecommerce marketplaces.
With over 100 global ecommerce consultants across 10 global offices, we have the right tools to partner with brands across the world to achieve better ecommerce success. We give specialized advice, then make sure our partners have all the adequate SEO, social media, CRM, Amazon multi-channel fulfillment services, and ecommerce outsourcing services they need.
Interested in ecommerce consulting services? Set up a call here to learn what Pattern can do for your brand on global marketplaces.