To win on ecommerce marketplaces, brands need to maintain strong year-over-year revenue growth. But without a holistic view of their current ecommerce health, they’ll never know the blockers stopping them from reaching their full revenue growth potential.
To help brands capitalize on missed revenue growth opportunities and understand the full picture, Pattern’s data analysts developed a rating index called the Marketplace Performance Score™, or MPS™. MPS is a standard brands can use to take a holistic approach at analyzing their marketplace revenue performance based on three strategic drivers:
MPS: Traffic X Conversion X Price = Revenue Growth
If you are looking to take a holistic approach to your marketplace ecommerce strategy and revenue results, MPS can help you accurately and quickly gauge your ecommerce performance.
MPS is the standard executives use to benchmark their revenue potential and competitive position on ecommerce marketplaces around the world. Pattern’s data scientists developed the MPS score based on key revenue drivers of the fastest growing brands on marketplaces around the world.
This MPS Benchmark Report takes a look at a sample of 10 Plush Toy brands on Amazon.
We analyzed 10 Plush Toy brands by Marketplace Performance Score (MPS) on Amazon. Here are the results.
To determine MPS, we analyze a variety of metrics related to traffic, conversion, and price to determine individual subscores that then tally into the total MPS score. Here’s a breakdown of the Amazon Plush Toy MPS scores by traffic, conversion, and price.
The top three Traffic MPS scores in this sample for Plush Toy brands on Amazon are:
Traffic is the first strategic lever to drive revenue on marketplaces. The MPS score on traffic breaks it into three key areas:
Paid Traffic takes into account advertising efforts—analyzing the keyword strategy, ad program(s), and ad tactics being leveraged. Organic Traffic looks at how well the brand is currently capturing organic traffic in the category and the potential to grow organically vs. its upside for organic growth. Marketplace Coverage refers to how many global marketplaces (Amazon, eBay, Walmart, etc.) the brand’s products are being sold in. The more marketplace coverage, the higher the score.
We break down this sample of 10 brands for Plush Toys on Amazon in each of these categories in our full report.
The top three Conversion MPS scores for this sample of Plush Toy brands on Amazon are:
Conversion is the second strategic lever to drive revenue on marketplaces. The MPS score on conversion breaks it into five key areas:
Listing Titles, Bullets, and Descriptions looks at the degree to which the brand is utilizing best practices on its products pages in titles, bullet points, and descriptions. Images and Videos looks at how well the brand is using quality and optimized images and videos to help convey product features and benefits.
Content is how well the brand is conveying its voice and branding across the marketplace (e.g. Amazon A+ Content, branded storefront page, etc.). Ratings & Reviews explores how well the brand’s products are being accepted by marketplace shoppers according to ratings and reviews.
Competitiveness examines the use of effective promotional elements on the product such as the Amazon Prime badge, sponsored listings, coupons, Best Seller or Amazon’s Choice badges, Subscribe & Save, etc.
We break down this sample of 10 brands for Plush Toys on Amazon in each of these categories in our full report.
The top three Price MPS scores in this sample for Plush Toy brands on Amazon are:
Pricing is the third strategic lever to drive revenue on marketplaces. The MPS score on pricing breaks it into four key areas:
Channel Conflict compares marketplace prices to other ecommerce marketplaces and websites to assess the perceived risk of channel conflict occurring between the brand’s retail partners. The higher the score, the less the likelihood of Amazon undercutting the brand’s retail partners on other platforms and sales channels. We compare our samples of 10 Plush Toy Brands on this key metric in our full report.
Number of Sellers looks at how many unique sellers are selling the brand’s products. The fewer the sellers, the higher the score. Too many sellers incentivizes price erosion to increase individual sales attribution, which negatively impacts brand integrity and negates advertising efforts (artificially inflating bids, etc.).
Product Compliance looks at the marketplace price of the brand—how stable prices are kept and how frequently prices change. Price drops may increase short-term sales, but negatively impact long-term sales potential.
Cross-Channel Consistency is the level of price consistency across ecommerce marketplaces and D2C websites.
There you have it—the MPS Benchmark Report for a 10-brand sample in the Plush Toy category on Amazon for 2021. In this small sampling of the full MPS report, we demonstrated how overall MPS rankings for traffic, conversion, and price play into revenue driving ability.
In the full MPS benchmark report, we give individual scores for each brand in our sample, breaking down traffic, conversion, and price on a more granular level, as well as providing more comparative statistics about each score. To read the detailed benchmark report, download it here.
If your brand was featured in our report and you would like more information, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your brand wasn’t featured but you would like to know what your Marketplace Performance Score is, request one here.
Our MPS methodology helps brands quickly identify strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in their revenue growth on ecommerce marketplaces. With a simple score of 1-10, you can see how your brand stacks up against the competition in your respective category. The higher the MPS score, the more revenue you’ll generate on an ecommerce marketplace.
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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.