As we all know there has been a boom in D2C startups in the past few years brands like Dr. Vaidyas, Mcaffiene, My Glamm, and many more have scaled from small house brands to brands with large valuations claiming billions in venture capital funding.
But there’s one thing common amongst all of these D2C conglomerates – the fact that they advertise on Google and Meta (formerly known as Facebook) to drive awareness and growth. However, in the recent years there has been a major shift from these platforms to Amazon
Amazon as we know it – is one of the largest ecommerce marketplaces in the world and they have data – A lot of data. Overall Amazon has 300 million active users (to put it into perspective that’s twice the population of Russia!) So how do they plan on using this large base of data?
Well to start off in 2012 Amazon started allowing their listed sellers to run advertisements on their website and app. However these were primarily in the form of banners on their homepage. With Digital Advertising Spends set to grow significantly over the next few years ( today it is estimated to be a whopping amount of 455.3 billion US dollar in 2021) Amazon started focusing on allowing their sellers to target prospective customers via various forms of advertising on their platform.
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Since the beginning – Google and Facebook have dominated the Digital Spend market share with a cumulative total of owning 35% of all digital spends in 2020. This equals to a total of 160 billion dollars in revenue. They’re closely followed by smaller players like Albaba and Tik Tok who are at about 8% of the entire market share. A chart below shows the current global ad spend and market share holders
Amazon works on the same pay-per-click model as Google with one massive difference their users are already on the app to shop
So let’s dive into Amazons new interest in capturing the Digital Advertising space and see why they are growing at a fast pace in India
According to recent estimates, India’s digital ad spend is expected to grow 20%, and Amazon is projected to control around 20% of India’s digital advertising market share, with a revenue of $500 million. This is due to the fact that Amazon is currently the 3rd most visited website in India, after Google and Youtube. Compared to Google and Meta, Amazon has its own user base, which provides a higher level of accuracy in tracking and targeting the right audience for Amazon SEM advertising.
When running advertisements on both Google and Amazon, Amazon’s unique user base and ownership of the entire purchase funnel means that sellers have access to customers with a higher intent to purchase, resulting in a higher return on investment for advertisers. With the increase in online purchases from Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities in India, Amazon has become one of the primary platforms used for purchasing, allowing sellers to gain access to an even larger market for Amazon SEM advertising.
So how does Amazon Advertising work?
Amazon SEM Advertising works in a pretty similar fashion to Google. Bids are made on keywords that are related, in the same category or are similar to your brand and product and when a user searches for that keyword your product shows in specific places on the Amazon application/browser basis the amount that you are willing to bid vs. your competitors. There are multiple permutations and combinations that can help you get a higher return on your investment however you would rather leave that to the experts in Amazon SEM Advertising.
Here are the type of Amazon Placements you could bid for –
1. Home Screen Display
Usually one of the most expensive placements in Amazon, your product is usually shown on the top banner or other smaller banners on the home page.
2. Sponsored Brand Placement
Generally when you outbid your competitor by bidding higher for specific keywords/ terms Amazon tends to showcase your brand page at the head of the search page. This allows customers to see your brand during the initial search which can over all increase awareness. An image below shows where your brand will be showcased when you get a Sponsored Brand Placement
Quick Tip: Being able to rank or showcase your brand page at the top of the search page for certain keywords can create massive brand awareness which in the long run will increase conversions amongst
3. Sponsored Product Placement
This is the most common placement on Amazon Ads usually present right under the brand placement mentioned above. Here customers can interact and go to your product page
Quick Tip: It is always advisable to run campaigns with competitors keywords here so that you can rank under their brand page showcasing your product and moving the customer to your product page
4. Sponsored Brand Videos
Video advertisements can be a great way to showcase your brand, especially when it comes to amazon digital brand advertising. Amazon offers the option to display video advertisements after the initial scroll, which can be a great mechanism for creating brand awareness and encouraging user interaction. Brand videos usually attract more interest, making them an ideal way to showcase your products or services. With the increasing popularity of video content, it’s no surprise that many businesses are turning to amazon digital brand advertising to reach their target audience. By utilizing this platform, businesses can take advantage of the video advertising feature and create compelling ads that will grab the attention of potential customers. With the right strategy, businesses can use amazon digital brand advertising to significantly increase their brand recognition and drive more sales.
5. Sponsored Display Advertisements
When you move to the product page usually there are various products that are seen over, next to and under the main product already displayed this placement can allow you to do the following
- Cross sell multiple related products that can be sold along with your product
- This can also be used to showcase your products that are related to that product page. For eg. if you are selling Iphone covers you can run this advertisement to complement the main Iphone page
- Run ads on your competitors product page so as to create easily comparison on price and other features
Quick Tip: There are tools like Helium 10 that you can use to ascertain which of your competitors and their product pages are getting the most views/ traffic and manually bid for those keywords
When it comes to amazon digital brand advertising, there are a few indicators that point towards Amazon eating Google & Meta’s market share in digital advertising spend. Amazon’s growing dominance in the e-commerce market and its ability to offer targeted ads to a highly engaged audience could potentially give it an edge over other advertising platforms. However, there is one factor that might be Amazon’s ultimate downfall in the digital advertising game. The fact that Amazon can only run advertisements for products that are listed on their platform limits the scope of their advertising offering. Additionally, Amazon takes a commission off each sale, which may not be feasible for some D2C brands in terms of profitability. This could lead to these brands focusing more on other advertising platforms rather than solely relying on Amazon digital brand advertising to increase their overall reach and profitability.
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