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2023 Amazon Prime Day has officially been announced for July 11-12; if you’re a brand looking to take full advantage this year, then you can’t treat it like any other sale - it's a chance to showcase your brand and captivate customers like never before. Discover tips and tricks for optimizing your Amazon storefront and detail pages to win customers this Amazon Prime Day.
When you think of the best sales events of the year, you think of Black Friday, Cyber Monday. But more and more, folks are flooding to the annual Amazon Extravaganza that’s become known as Prime Day.
Typically a two-day affair taking place sometime around Amazon’s anniversary in July, Prime Day is one of the most highly anticipated eCommerce events to get all your favorites shipped directly to your house at a fraction of the original cost.
Now in its eighth year, Prime Day boasted sales of $12 billion last year and $11 billion the year before (that’s 8% growth year over year, if you’re a mathematician).
And Prime Day is especially important for small businesses selling on Amazon Marketplace – just last year, Amazon announced their “Support Small Businesses to Win Big” sweepstakes as a Prime Day promo. That campaign generated more than $3 billion worth of marketplace seller purchases by offering raffle tickets for exclusive prizes based on dollars spent on third-party seller items.
Amazon Prime Day will be July 11 and 12, 2023, which means there’s only a few business days left to get ready! Below are a list of things you should consider to optimize your Amazon readiness – because your competition likely already has.
As an example, we’ll be following the fictional company TechGear along as they optimize their Amazon storefront and listings for Prime Day 2023.
Optimizing your product pages is a vital step in preparing for Prime Day success. The worst thing that could happen is you spend lots of time and energy on getting shoppers to your product page, only to lose the sale because of poor or missing product content. Below are 5 things that you and TechGear should consider when optimizing your Amazon product pages ahead of Prime Day 2023.
Before Prime Day arrives, TechGear should meticulously review their product titles, descriptions, images, and other relevant details. It is crucial to ensure that all information is accurate, up-to-date, and consistent across their entire product catalog. For instance, TechGear could verify that their headphone listings have compelling titles that include key features such as “Wireless,” “Noise Canceling,” and “Long Battery Life.” Descriptions should be informative, highlighting the unique selling points of each product, as well as up-to-date.
Of course doing this page-by-page is impossible, so it’s helpful to have a centralized source of truth like a Product Information Management (PIM) system that gives you visibility at scale across your product catalog, allowing you to make mass changes to quickly optimize the product information.
Amazon A+ Content enahnces their product pages with rich multimedia elements, including additional images, videos, comparison charts, and compelling storytelling. This section of an Amazon product detail page is an opportunity to tell your brand story and connect with shoppers.
For TechGear, Prime Day is the perfect opportunity to ensure as many of their product pages as possible have A+ Content with lifestyle imagery and brand storytelling to showcase the benefits of their products and increase customer engagement and conversions. They could create visually appealing modules, maybe even 3D-rendered models, showcasing the ergonomic design, advanced sound technology, and wireless connectivity of their headphones. Plus, TechGear could split-test different variations of their A+ Content, enabling them to identify the most effective elements and layouts.
Customer reviews play a vital role in the Amazon shopping experience – just because they’re at the bottom of the page, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be at the top of your priority list. Positive reviews from satisfied customers build trust and encourage potential buyers to make a purchase. TechGear should proactively engage with their customers and encourage them to leave reviews, especially those with pictures and videos showcasing the product in action. This social proof will help build credibility and attract more customers during Prime Day. Additionally, TechGear should audit their existing reviews and diligently address any negative comments or customer concerns, showing their commitment to customer satisfaction and building a positive brand reputation ahead of the big day.
If TechGear has an Amazon Store (hint: they should!), they should create a dedicated Prime Day subcategory within their store. This subcategory should prominently feature their exclusive Prime Day deals and discounts with visuals and product information. When you have Prime Day ads on Amazon, pointing users to a specific landing page makes it easier for them to convert into customers.
For example, TechGear could design a banner or carousel on their Amazon Store’s homepage, directing customers to the Prime Day subcategory. This ensures that customers can quickly find TechGear’s exclusive deals without navigating through multiple pages.
Similar to social media feeds like Instagram, Amazon Posts allow brands to create a stream of curated posts showcasing their products in action. By utilizing Amazon Posts effectively, TechGear can keep their products top-of-mind for consumers during Prime Day. TechGear could publish posts showcasing customers using their wireless headphones during workouts, gaming sessions, or while traveling. Or maybe TechGear just wants to generate some buzz and awareness, so they feature their best-performing ASINs, like their highest-rated items or best sellers to capture the attention of customers who are actively searching for popular items on Prime Day.
To entice customers and maximize sales during Prime Day, offering various ways for them to save is crucial. Amazon provides several effective strategies that brands can utilize to drive engagement and conversions. Let’s explore each one and follow along with the fictional brand “TechGear” as they explore each option.
Lightning Deals are time-limited discounts on select products that create a sense of urgency among shoppers. These deals are prominently featured on Amazon’s website and can be highly effective in driving impulse purchases.
For our friends at TechGear, a Lightning Deal could be reducing the price by 30% on their best-selling wireless headphones for a limited time during Prime Day. This deal would catch the attention of shoppers casually browsing for headphones and encourage them to make a quick purchase before the deal expires.
Prime Exclusive Discounts are special discounts visible only to Amazon Prime customers. These discounts showcase the discounted price alongside the regular price, highlighting the percentage saved.
TechGear could offer a Prime Exclusive Discount on their latest smartwatch, displaying the original price crossed out and the discounted price next to it, indicating a 20% discount exclusive to Prime members. This exclusive offer would incentivize Prime customers to take advantage of the savings and potentially drive more browsers to subscribe to Amazon Prime to get access to the exclusive discount.
Coupons on Amazon are displayed with an eye-catching bright green tag, making them easily noticeable for customers. These coupons provide instant savings on eligible products.
For example, TechGear could offer a coupon for 15% off their entire range of phone accessories, including cases, chargers, and screen protectors. When customers visit the TechGear Amazon store, they would see the bright green coupon tag, encouraging them to apply the coupon and enjoy the discounted price at checkout.
Promotions encompass a variety of strategies outside of Amazon that brands can employ during Prime Day. These include social media promo codes, influencer codes, custom marketing pages, and buy-one-get-one (BOGO) deals.
TechGear could leverage social media platforms to run a Prime Day promotion where they provide a unique promo code only to their social media followers that offers an additional 10% discount on all purchases made during Prime Day.
Or TechGear could collaborate with influencers in the tech niche who would promote TechGear’s Prime Day deals through their channels, sharing exclusive discount codes with their followers. Not only would this attract a wider audience to their Amazon storefront, but TechGear can build trust with their audience by partnering with an influencer they trust.
Lastly, TechGear could offer a BOGO deal, where customers who purchase a smart speaker would receive a pair of wireless earbuds for free.
While Amazon is obviously the primary platform for Prime Day sales, don’t limit your promotional efforts solely to the marketplace. Leverage off-Amazon advertising channels such as Facebook and Google to reach a broader audience. These platforms offer sophisticated targeting capabilities, enabling you to promote your Prime Day deals and bundles to potential customers who may not be actively browsing Amazon.
TechGear could run targeted Facebook ads that showcase their exclusive Prime Day discounts and highlight the unique features of their products. By using precise audience targeting options provided by Facebook, TechGear can reach users who have shown an interest in similar products or who fit their target demographic. These ads can drive traffic to their Amazon storefront, increasing the chances of conversions during Prime Day.
Or TechGear can utilize Google Ads to capture the attention of potential customers by bidding on strategic keywords and optimizing ad campaigns, ensuring their Prime Day promotions appear prominently in Google search results.
Lastly, TechGear could utilize TikTok and YouTube for video content, enabling them to demonstrate their products in action, showing an Olympic swimmer using their water-proof headphones in the pool, or doing a collab with a popular streamer as he reviews their newest keyboard.
With so many things to consider when preparing for Amazon Prime Day – it’s important to have the right processes and technology to help you take advantage of this event by keeping your listings complete, consistent, and compelling.
Akeneo PIM helps global brands and distributors centralize their product information and assets and enrich it at scale so they can compete and win on channels like Amazon, leaving Excel spreadsheets and outdated technology behind.
With Akeneo PIM and Akeneo Activation for Retail, businesses can activate their optimized product catalog on retail sites like Amazon. With a near-real-time API integration, Akeneo pulls in the PDP requirements from Amazon Vendor Central and makes it easy for you to map and transform your PIM data to match the Amazon fields, always ensuring that your most up-to-date and accurate product information is being sent to Amazon.
Activation for Retail can help you combat third-party sellers that compete with you on your listing pages by refreshing your listings often and ensures that all of your products have A+ content.
Amazon Prime Day has grown into one of the most important annual sales events, and it’s promising to only get bigger. If you’re a brand looking to take full advantage of Prime Day 2023 and beyond, then you can’t treat it like any other sale – it’s a chance to showcase your brand and captivate customers like never before. By offering multiple ways for customers to save and expanding to channels outside of Amazon, you’ll create a buzz that can’t be ignored.
And don’t forget – optimizing your product pages is key to standing out from the crowd. Take a moment to audit your listings, ensuring accuracy and consistency in titles, descriptions, and images. And if you have the power of A+ Content, go all-in! Showcase your products in their full glory, and don’t be afraid to split-test to find that perfect formula for conversions.
However you go about it, now is the time to start preparing for Amazon Prime Day 2023. If you need some help on how to get started with your Amazon storefront, or want to talk to one of our experts about optimizing your Amazon product pages, reach out to an Akeneo expert today.
Akeneo technology can help you take full advantage of Prime Day every where. Reach out to us to get started towards a better Amazon experience.
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