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ICYMI: Amazon Seller News, Updates, Events, Resources, and More to Help You Sell Better

Every week we round up the most-important, most-interesting, most-relevant, and sometimes most-bizarre news for and about Amazon sellers. Check in each Friday afternoon to catch up on what’s making news this week. Amazon policy changes, FBA, logistics, fees, expansions, counterfeits, advertising and PPC, black-hat tactics, law and government involvement, warehouses and workers, privacy and data usage, intellectual property, seller liability, Prime Day, Q4 prep . . . if it’s news that affects Amazon sellers, you’ll find it here.

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The Amazon Buy Box (and How to Win It) Explained

The Amazon Buy Box is special real estate given to an offer on an ASIN’s product page. The Buy Box solves the “too many options” problem by separating the featured offer from the other offers so that the buyer sees what Amazon deems the best deal (not always the cheapest). The Buy Box is an effective solution. It stands out and the offer featured there accounts for over 90% of purchases on Amazon. Needless to say, for Amazon sellers, having their offer featured in the Buy Box is enormously important.

Amazon Communications Policy Changes & Buyer-Seller Messaging Updates [September 2020]

With every rule change from Amazon, sellers struggle to understand and comply with the new information. What’s okay to do? What’s not okay? What could lead to suspension? At Seller Labs, we understand and we’re here to make this Amazon communications policy update as clear as possible. First thing to know: We’re really excited about the update for two reasons: 1) Amazon has made it clear that you can ask buyers for reviews. We’ve always understood this to be true, but the latest update explicitly says it. Once again: YES, YOU CAN ASK A BUYER FOR A REVIEW. 2) Amazon has made it clear that you can use Seller Labs Pro, powered by Feedback Genius, to communicate with buyers. The new rules state that you can use an approved third-party application listed in the Marketplace Appstore. Seller Labs Pro is absolutely approved. To be clear: YES, YOU CAN USE FEEDBACK GENIUS TO ASK A BUYER FOR A REVIEW.

Sell Better on Amazon: Harness the Power of Seller Labs Pro

Getting started with Seller Labs Pro can be intimidating. Most sellers we speak with focus on one of the main centers, leaving the others to become less important to their businesses. Keep in mind that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In this case, Seller Labs Pro is so much more than four powerful success centers.

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Know Your Numbers: How to Not Drown in Advertising Data

In the world of Amazon, there’s no shortage of data points. Between IPI (Inventory Performance Index), account health, product reviews, conversions, it’s hard to stay on top of it all. Chances are, you’ve gotten lost in Seller Central once or twice. Logically, looking at a smaller subset of data, like advertising data, should be less overwhelming. However, it’s still easy to get overwhelmed, especially when it comes to understanding which numbers mean what. Jeff Cohen, VP of Marketing, and Bret Darby, Account Director, take a deep dive into the key advertising data points you need to understand to make the most of your campaigns. You’ll also learn how these numbers work together to understand their fluctuations in tandem. A decreasing ACoS may result in an increasing TACoS. Jeff and Bret are also sharing their favorite advertising features inside Seller Labs Pro, PLUS their favorite reports from Seller Central.

Amazon Brand Store: Definition, Benefits, and New Features [Updated for 2020]

Amazon is constantly rolling out new ways to help sellers scale their businesses, and the most recent is the Amazon Brand Store. With this in view, Amazon is opening up more eCommerce features for third-party sellers that had been exclusively reserved for wholesale vendors, like A+ Content, for example. By adding more opportunities to showcase brand stories, smaller sellers can get their products in front of a bigger target audience

Amazon DSP: Understanding Demand Side Platform Advertising [2020]

Online sellers are always looking for new and exciting ways to reach potential buyers. High-quality display ads and video ads are a terrific means of letting the public know about the amazing products you have available. This is why Amazon has created its own Demand Side Platform (DSP). How does it work and is it relevant to your business? Find out here!

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4 Tips to Optimize Your Amazon Product Listings

It’s no secret that you need compelling Amazon product listings if you want to turn shoppers into buyers. To do this, you must commit to a process of ongoing Amazon product listing optimization that resonates with both the Amazon search algorithm and human shoppers. Here are 4 tips to improve your Amazon product detail pages and boost conversions.

4 Tips to Get Your Amazon SEO Strategy in Shape

To reach as many shoppers as possible and to convert those shoppers into buyers, Amazon sellers need to ensure that their search engine optimization (SEO) tactics are effective and ongoing. Achieving Amazon SEO success entails creating and maintaining product detail pages that perform at the highest-level possible — even before a shopper visits the page. That’s where a well-formulated Amazon SEO strategy comes in. Here are 4 tips to help you build that strategy.

Amazon SEO: How to Get Your Products Found on the Amazon Marketplace

Regardless of the quality of your products or your brand reputation, Amazon shoppers can’t buy what they can’t find. If your products aren’t showing in the first few Amazon search results, you’re quashing sales opportunities before shoppers even have a chance to see your goods, let alone consider them or compare them to similar products. This is why understanding Amazon search engine optimization (SEO) and having a strong Amazon SEO strategy in place is vital to getting your products found, displayed, and ultimately purchased.