3 ways to extend your holiday momentum using Sponsored Display

DECEMBER 26, 2019

Nina Brentlinger
Sr. Product Marketing Manager

If you’re an advertiser who saw increased impressions and purchases between Black Friday and Christmas, you may be wondering when your next big advertising opportunity will be.

The answer might be sooner than you think. Here are three reasons why advertising with Sponsored Display ads after the holidays can help you make the most of your holiday momentum.

1. More views means you can reengage a larger audience

During the holiday season, Amazon shoppers around the world browse for products across multiple categories as they shop for top holiday gifts and trending products. In fact, customers shopped at record levels this holiday season with billions of items ordered worldwide.1

As a result of holiday shopping, many advertisers see higher page views for product detail pages. Product page views are typically a more meaningful demand signal than metrics like impressions, because it indicates shoppers are taking action to learn more about your product. With Sponsored Display, you can remarket to audiences who have viewed your product detail page – and post-holiday, you’ll likely have larger audiences to reengage.
Pro tip: We recommend prioritizing products with the most detail page views for Sponsored Display campaigns. Products with the most page views will also be the ones with the largest total potential remarketing audience.

2. Holiday shoppers often browse for themselves while shopping for others

If you’re wondering whether remarketing after the holidays is useful because you might end up remarketing to audiences who were shopping for gifts that are no longer needed, think again.

Research suggests that many holiday shoppers discover and purchase products that pique their own interest while they’re shopping for others. For example, a recent study from Deloitte found that 51% of consumers shop for themselves while gift shopping for others.2 Sponsored Display can help you reignite interest among these shoppers and encourage repeat purchases among audiences who discovered your brand during the holiday season.
Remarketing can also help you reach audiences who discovered your product while gift shopping, but didn’t make a purchase because they weren’t shopping for themselves. After the holidays is a great time to remind these shoppers of your products and brand (they may even have a gift card in their wallets that they’re ready to use).

Pro tip: For the best chance of engaging shoppers who discovered your brand during the holidays, we recommend setting a daily budget that’s high enough to keep your ads showing throughout the day. If you underestimate the size of your addressable audience, your campaign might run out of budget before the end of the day. If this happens, your ads will pause until midnight, when the daily budget resets, and you might miss out on valuable impressions.

3. Longer campaigns are more likely to outperform category trends

Our research suggests display campaigns should run for a minimum of 90 days. In a study of 266 first-time display advertisers, we discovered that advertisers who ran display campaigns for 90 days or more were 20% more likely to outperform category trends in traffic and 36% more likely to outperform category trends in sales than advertisers who ran campaigns for less than 90 days.3

Based on these findings, we believe that campaigns running for at least 90 days drive the best results for advertisers, and recommend running your holiday campaigns through February 2020.

Pro tip: Running campaigns for more than 90 days also gives you more time to experiment. We recommend testing and optimizing to find the right creative and messaging that works for your audience. For example, some customers are more responsive to coupons whereas others are motivated by “Shop now” calls to action (CTAs). For a simple experiment, clone your campaign and change one variable at a time to compare two versions of a single variable.

Ready to make the most of your holiday campaign return on investment? Learn more about Sponsored Display or get started with a campaign.

1. Amazon Press Release, December 2019
2. 2019 Deloitte Holiday Retail Survey
3. Source: Amazon internal 2018. Based on a study of 266 advertisers that launched their first display campaign between February 2017 and November 2017. Study looked at increases in average sales and glance views, by comparing the average value 8 weeks after the campaign launch to the average value 4 weeks prior to campaign launch.