313 Amazon Private Label Launch – Classic Mistakes
This episode is for anyone getting ready for their Amazon Launch or who has recently launched a Private Label (or custom) product on Amazon, and it covers the common errors people make in 3 areas that are vital for launch: Keyword Ranking; Getting Clicks; Getting Conversions.
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Pre-Launch Plan consultation with Michael: www.amazingfba.com/RARE
3 Areas to Examine When It Comes to Launching
- This is imperative for showing up in the search results for particular keywords
- When people see your listing, are they clicking on it?
- Are people actually buying?
It starts and ends with this.
You need to have a clear set of keywords that you want to rank for to show up on page one, near the top.
- Create a target list of keywords for your listing and for your PPC.
- Get 3-5 main keywords for volume.
- Also, get 15-20 more medium and long-tail keywords for profit.
Set this up BEFORE your Amazon Launch!
Use a keyword ranking tool, such as the one in Helium10, to measure your target keywords.
- Take all your short-tail keywords (4-5 keywords ) you’re targeting
- Take all your medium long tail keywords you’re targeting (20 keywords )
- If you can afford to, measure around 100 keywords per listing
- Reverse ASIN search top relevant competitors to get these
- Put those into keyword tracker
Measure your keywords before you change anything, so that you know what will be most successful.
Manually finding ranking
If you don’t yet have a tool to measure keyword rankings, you should check 3-4 keywords manually on Amazon.
- Search on Amazon and keep scrolling through the search results until you find your listing.
- Keyword rank = page number x listings per page + position on page.
- Example: If your result is on page 5, on position six, assuming about 14 results per page (make sure to double check this!)
- Keyword rank = 5 x 14 + 6 = 76
Before you start running PPC advertising, you want to make sure you have your keywords in the right place in your listing.
- Important keywords should be in your title close to the front, in the bullet points, in the description, and in the back end.
- If it’s a secondary keyword, yet still important, you want that keyword in the bullet points, description, and back end.
- If you don’t put your keywords in those places, it is going to be more difficult for Amazon to rank you for them.
Once you built the listing correctly and you’ve started tracking your keyword ranking, you should then be running PPC, or pay per click, advertising.
If you find that you’re getting very few clicks, one thing is that you aren’t bidding enough.
If you’re in a competitive niche, you need to bid quite aggressively to stand out.
If you have a cost per click of about ￡1.50 and your budget is ￡10 per day, you’re only going to have a budget enough for about 6 clicks, which won’t do much.
- It doesn’t send strong signals to the algorithm.
- It’s not probably going to make sales very fast.
- I would recommend ￡30-50 per day if you’re launching a product.
Click Through Rates
In terms of click-through rates, CTR, you want to be getting a decent minimum, around 1% if you can.
If yours is too low, it means people aren’t clicking on it.
People are looking at the overall offer:
- You need to have a good main photo
- Make sure it’s not priced too high
- Social proof in the form of reviews
- If you don’t have reviews, you may want to lower the price until you get reviews
- Bid aggressively on advertising
Once you have reviews and the rankings you want, you can then feather down the advertising spend and feather up the price over time.
- If you try this, but your listing does not succeed after you feather down on advertising and feather up the price, then you may be in an overly competitive market that maybe you shouldn’t have entered in the first place.
Once you get out of the launch period, you need to think carefully about your break-even point.
Your profit is made when you buy, not when you sell.
It’s fine to have a loss-making test, but when you’re at scale when you’re trying to make profit, you really are going to struggle to make break-even point if your buy-price is too high.
Over-optimistic sales price projections are very dangerous because they are speculative and you don’t know until you try and sell, whether or not that will occur.
What you do know is what you paid for in advance in the form of your cost price. Therefore, you have to really negotiate a low-cost price when you get to scale.
- Total Landed Cost = Manufacturing + Freight + Import/Export Costs, etc.
- Target TLC, or total landed cost, should be, max, 33%, preferably 25% of a REALISTIC sales price; average or slightly below average for that market.
If you want to work with me on your launch, check out the Pre-Launch consultation with me at www.amazingfba.com/RARE. If you’re serious about launching, this will be a great investment of your money and time.
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labels and jelly spoons, boys and girls. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. And Mrs. Man, Lord Mayor,
justice, and everybody else who’s listening. Thank you very much for listening. So I just get bored. I’m
going to vary it up.
You humor me here, guys. So I’m going to cut straight to it. Today I want to talk about launching on Amazon. What I mean by that there’s a few different things you can call launching, I suppose is the whole process of
deciding what you’re going to sell going and get it and then putting it out on Amazon, you could call launching. I’m going to talk specifically though, for those who are in the early days or, you know, early few first few products, possibly the first several products if you’re not
very experienced, or haven’t had any input or good training,
and you’re launching a product on Amazon itself. So that’s one thing addressed today. I’ve had a few calls recently with clients as part of my new a launch planning service, which is you can find that amazing fba.com forward slash ra ra E, where
it stands for review, analyze, recommend, and and something else. I forget experiments, I think. So it’s basically my way of checking over
people’s work on their launch. And there are often some very common areas, I think you can correct yourself. So I was working with a client who launched about a week before she spoke to me it is quite common and be working for a long time about a year to get a product off the ground. It was like quite a quality products in some ways, who’s getting sales, but there’s a lot to improve on. So I would say there are basically three areas to examine when it comes to launching. And this is the philosophy that I take with everything now including the PLP course the private label process course the first is ranking. So that means if you want to show up on the search results
for particular keywords, that’s what ranking means. Have you ranked number one for the keyword
I know, coffee cup, like
I’ve got one here, then that’s what it means that you will be the first search results once somebody puts the word coffee cup in
on Amazon and click Search. Right. So ranking, that’s the first thing. So you got to be visible, if your product is invisible for the right kind of keywords, you’re you’re going to get nowhere, right. The second thing is clicks are people when they see your adverts, and when they see your listing, which are organic listing, which is somewhat different things, but are they clicking on it. And the third thing is conversions are people actually buying. So the one client recently, for example, which is quite typical, came up with the problem that they weren’t getting the clicks. So at
least that’s what she thought. And we went into it more detail. So let’s, let’s review those three areas, ranking clicks, conversions. And you can use this as a kind of test for how well you’re doing the process and what needs work and where the work needs to go.
First thing I’m ranking
I think you need to
have a very, very clear set
of keywords you’re aiming to rank for meaning to show up on page one, probably of Amazon,
preferably someone near the top.
the first area that people can go very wrong in.
And that comes back to their product research with a keyword
research really what people often call product research, but it’s not really strictly speaking about a product is the keywords that people are typing in that comes down to in my philosophy on this is person in the pain in other words, who is looking and what problems they want solved. And then the key words that they use. And if you pick an area where the if you pick a fight, you can’t win, then that’s a problem that happened at that stage of the game. When you decided which keyword
market you were going to go into. For example, if I wanted to sell coffee cups, or coffee mugs or something
that’s going to be quite full of a lot of people
selling a pretty cheap it made this one’s actually quite expensive. I can’t remember who created it cascades
down there you go. So bit of free advertising against him. But that’s actually brand actually broke this a mug that looks exactly like this, and then replaced it from my wife. So I know it cost me 50 pounds or something, which for me was an outrageous some. But
so they’re probably doing okay. But the average person is not going to be able to sell a coffee mug for 15 pounds. But there will be a lot of people selling mugs. So that’s the kind of example of a market where you’re making a rod for your own back. Because the selling price is going to be a few pounds, there’s gonna be lots of people advertising on sponsored ads, there’s gonna be lots of people selling a lot of volume and therefore getting a lot of sales and ranking well, it’s going to be a tough markets going to.
So very often
that is such a general problem that it shows up in everything else that follows that decision, right.
So this comes down to the decision and
you don’t really know to be fair to everybody, myself included, but anyone who’s selling on Amazon, you can read the market and try and get it right. But you don’t really really know until you actually try and sell. So
one of the hypotheses that we’re experimenting with when we sell is
the hypothesis I can sell coffee mugs, I can get to position one or somewhere position 4567 on page one actually make some money from this.
So that’s one of the first things so you need to look at what you’re targeting and how competitive
that is. And you know, with with clients will often look at their
top one or two keywords that are targeting
and you know, see how realistic it is to actually sell into the market. And that’s a keyword research thing. Which is one reason again, why it’s better off
to you’re better off employing a
coach or somebody to help you review your keyword research
before you even buy the product rather than at the point of launching when you may simply made some poor
once you’ve got your target keywords and you’ve selected the right ones, I would say there are sort of between one and five that are normally the really main ones and maybe another 15 to 20 the your medium tail sort of target keywords.
So one of the most important things you should do is immediately before you even launch ideally or if you forgotten to do it as soon as you hear about it
is to use a keyword ranking tool for example helium 10 has its part of it suite of products
many many tools do whichever one it is just just use one
make sure you put in not only those 20 keywords you think you’re targeting your listing but also
maybe if you can afford it in their space in your ranking tool particularly only got one product
then you need to look at look at getting maybe 100 or so keywords that you should be tracking the ranking for and the easiest way to do that as reverse eight in search so you put in the ACI Amazon identified number for a product into reverse ation tool like the one that haven’t helium 10 for example, or whatever else you want to use. And then it will spit out the top hundred keywords or 200 or whatever it is that that product is ranking for. So that is a good use of that tool to put that into keyword tracking. And then that gives you a baseline before you pull any leavers because the next thing people want to do is run PPC advertising on their target keywords. And so they should that’s the right way to do it. But there’s no point in doing that. Unless you can see that it’s having an effect on the ranking. You can’t do that until you measure it. So the first first thing to do measure everything before you change anything and then you can see whether it has an effect so that’s the first thing we got this lady’s gonna put into place I’m somebody recently working with had only about four keywords in their ranking tool. I said look tracking tool I mean keyword tracking tool and I said How many can you track. So while I got this free version, so I can only track 20 so well at least track that many. And I think it’s probably worth paying for the paid version to track you know, up to 100 or so bear in mind. Most of those wouldn’t do anything.
But if you get some nice longtail keywords that sharp there that can meet you nice profitable sales. Even if there aren’t many of them. It was profitable, you still want to have those. So don’t want to miss out on that information
is another reason to
track keyword ranking.
Good. So once you’ve done that, by the way, if you haven’t done that, you should manually find it on your by putting in some of your most important keywords and
scrolling through the results until you find out where your product is. So even if you do it manually, just just make sure you know, at least for the for the top few keywords is normally obvious what they are I’m selling this catalyst and coffee mug, it’s in remote coffee mug, Merry Christmas, coffee mug, coffee mug, white something like that. It’s kind of obvious right a lot of the time. So the next thing to do before you start running PPC advertising is to make absolutely sure that you have
not only put all those keywords that you want to rank for into your listing. But you also need to make sure that you have them in the right sort of place. So it’s a very important key word for you you’ve decided so winnable fight, but also worth winning, ie you can beat the competition rank somewhere on page one, and make some nice sales from that, then you need to rank it accordingly. So if it’s very important keywords, you want it in the title, probably at the front in the bullet points, and the description and the cycle back end keywords as well. If it’s a secondary but still important keyword you want to in the bullets description back end. So if you don’t put your keywords in those places, it’s going to be much harder to get Amazon to rank you for them. Amazon will do a bad job of figuring it out. But make it obvious make it easy for the algorithm to figure out. So only where you want you built the listing correctly. And then once you started tracking your keyword ranking, should you then be doing something more active, which is running PPC or pay per click advertising
things about that. And if you find that you’re one of the things you you need to check out is your click through rates. If you find that you’re getting very, very few clicks. And there are a few possibilities. One thing is you’re not bidding enough. And if you’re in a competitive market niche, like one of the ones I looked at the client Recently, there are out of the whatever it was 16 odd, maybe 20 positions on page one, they were about eight sponsored ads as it showed up on a laptop anyway, which is a hell of a lot. So if you’re going to stand out in a situation like that, you need to bid quite aggressively. And okay, that may be a reason for us to rethink your keyword niche choices. Because that sounds like that’s pretty competitive. And if the price point is low as well, that could be a reason to stay out of that arena completely.
But assuming that you want to stay with that keyword, you’re gonna have to bid aggressively enough to stand out. And that’s the thing
Second thing is budget. If you’re
if you’re going to cost per click of about one pound 50, for example, per click, and your budget is 10 pounds a day or something, you’re going to only have about budget enough for six clicks. And that probably not going to make you very much not gonna do anything much really doesn’t send strong algorithm cell signals, it’s not going to make sales probably are not very fast.
So don’t be Don’t be too
shy about it. And in bed
as high as you need to. And have a strong budget. So you know how long’s a piece of string. But I mean, I think if you want to get clicks at a pound to click, you want to be getting a decent number of clicks, 3050 pounds a day, if you’re launching a product and or something like that, in terms of click through rates of the CTA, you want to be getting a decent minimum, maybe around 1% if you can, which shows that it’s relevant.
And if that’s too low, it may be that your listing looks irrelevant. Now, what does that mean? It means people aren’t clicking on it. But the overall offer is what people are looking at, you’ve got your typical launch, which is you’ve got, if it’s priced too high,
you’ve got a reasonably decent main photo, or even a really good one. But no reviews, guess what, you got no social proof, your price is too high, you’re not going to get anyone clicking on it.
And that I’ve seen that
quite a lot recently, with with suppliers have been working with. So the solution is, I’m afraid very simple, which is number one low price a particularly until you get some reviews number to get some reviews. By whatever way you can mostly grey hat, black hat, but that needs to be in place. And number three bid aggressively on advertising. And then only once you’ve got some reviews. And you’ve got the rankings you want, which is the key thing that drives it all Can you then start to further down the advertising spend and further up the price over time. It’s a very simple, robust strategy. It works. It’s very, very simple. The people who are killing it in the million pound mastermind do this exact strategy. It’s not rocket science. But because it’s simple, it tastes it costs a lot of money, people aren’t so keen on doing it, guess what it’s effective. In fact, the only thing I’ve seen consistently effective over the last few months are a lot of the usual hacks was different URLs. And complicated things have been very iffy, or just simply not effective amongst the power sellers that I know personally. So that’s the main thing I have to say, really, I mean, it’s like anything else.
If you do that,
and then you try and feather the price up and the ad spend down in your ranking falls off a cliff, you’re probably just in an over competitive market, and you shouldn’t be there in the first place. See point one for either one I said at the beginning. So that’s pretty much it really accept the economics, which we need to touch on as well, if you’re trying to sell a product for 12 pounds in a in a place where the averages can, and you have no reviews, you’re onto a loser straightaway in terms of sales, right, so you’re gonna have to drop the price. But of course, if you want to make profit, once you get out of the launch period, then you need to think very carefully about your breakeven, I’ve seen people with a product where the breakeven points about 12 pounds, and that’s the maximum you can even ever sell it for baking being all of their costs added up to the total landed cost plus Amazon. Just bear in mind or ways it’s fine to have a loss making test. But when you’re at scale, when you’re Look what you’ve done, no launch and you’ve done your test and you’re trying to make profit, you really are going to struggle to do that. If you’re landed cost. In other words, all the cost of manufacture plus shipping it over import whatever it is getting it to Amazon, basically. Because really, if you’re by price is too high, you’re absolutely screwed. They do say that your profit is made when you buy not when you sell in general in life. And I think that is true. You’ve got to see what markets what the market will bear in terms of your pricing for your product. But over optimistic sales price projections are very dangerous, because that’s speculative. You don’t know until you try and sell whether or not that will occur. But what you do know that is concrete that you paid for in advance when you an Amazon seller. Mostly, at least when you start off. If you haven’t got great credit terms, what you do know is your cost price. So that is the only definite part of that equation between the selling price uncertain cost price to you. So and therefore you have to really work on negotiating a low cost price at scale. I don’t mean for your first sort of test order but your second or third order of private label product or custom product indeed needs to be such that within realistic prices it’s going to make profit that’s one of the hardest things to get right and that’s not an easy solution but that truth is still clear so I want to put that across loud and clear you cannot get away with ridiculous cost pricing in the hope that you’re going to achieve very high pricing just bear in mind the drivers behind Amazon first of all visually everything is like a price comparison site par excellence right there is nothing that is quite as price comparisons it as an Amazon search results page. And that’s by design Amazon have consistently and Jeff Bezos has consistently articulate the three things that customers want and he’s been going on about that for years and working to deliver it number one, greatest selection number two low prices number three quicker delivery quicker delivery is great for everyone including us because customers love it but guess what lower prices in greater selection work against us so there’s always a downward pressure on price on Amazon that’s a given so never ever do your cost pricing side of things and what you spend money on with an over optimistic sales price This is another thing that I see a hell of a lot Be realistic make things work at that level and guess what if
the economics don’t work or the market is too competitive
just get out if you made a mistake that’s okay learn from itself for your own country move on to a new product you don’t give up on Amazon that does that mean I was in doesn’t work whatever that means no just just complete nonsense I know people making millions of people you’ve got to the point of doing a million or so internet for within two years it’s perfectly possible with pretty modest investment but that said you know not every products a winner so if it isn’t a winner Be honest about it sell through learn the mistakes and then go get your next product thanks for listening hope that was a bit of helpful inside of details input into the launch side of things on Amazon if you wanted to work with me on your launch just go to amazing FBA. com four slash rare ra e that is a paid service currently costs I think under 47 pounds so sort of the sort of towards the $200
you know that’s payable attire booking so it’s not going to be for everyone. But if you’re serious about launching and you spent thousands on a product already, I think that’s a very good investment of your money and time. Thanks for listening.
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