How to improve your products for advertising

Tips for refreshing your product detail page to help increase your chance of generating a click or a sale when advertising with Sponsored Products.

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11 ways to enhance your product detail page

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Chapter 1

Looking to increase your chance of success when advertising? You’ve come to the right place.

Arguably one of the most important parts of a successful advertising campaign is to set up your products properly. At Amazon, we’ve analyzed what makes your products most likely to perform well when they are advertised. We’ve developed machine-learning models that assess the information a customer can view about your product, such as the description, imagery, and shopper reviews.

We have identified 11 simple steps you can take to help increase the likelihood of your product receiving impressions, being clicked on by a shopper, and then potentially purchased.

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This guide takes you step by step through each recommendation to find opportunities where you can improve your detail pages for stronger outcomes. We’ll use a fictitious brand, called KitchenSmart, to bring our recommendations to life so it’s easy for you to replicate with your own products.

Note: the recommended changes we have listed throughout this guide can help improve your chance of a click or sale when you advertise that product with Sponsored Products, but there is no guarantee.

Create a strong product title

First up, write an interesting and eye-catching product title

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How to hook your audience with a strong product title

Think of your product title as a way to make a first impression with shoppers. It will appear prominently in your Sponsored Product’s creative, not to mention on your product detail page.

An informative, easy-to-read title lets shoppers quickly know key facts about your product and can help encourage them to click on your ads. We recommend making titles approximately 60 characters long. Being concise helps ensure that your title won’t be truncated in your Sponsored Product’s creative, which helps provide shoppers with an accurate view of what your product is.

What should you include in your title? Consider the following:

  • Brand
  • Product line
  • Material or key feature
  • Product type
  • Color
  • Size
  • Packaging/quantity

Here’s an example.

KitchenSmart sells an espresso machine. They might create a product title like this:

KitchenSmart [brand] SmartEspresso [product line] Silver [material] Espresso Machine (15’’) [Product type, height]

Where to make these changes: Vital Info tab

Product detail page

Feature high quality images

Images of your products can be enticing for shoppers

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How to promote your product with pictures

When customers browse your product detail page, images can help capture their attention and educate them about what you offer. Include four or more images showing your product from different angles, highlighting important details and features, and demonstrating how it can be used. If your product includes variations (a lipstick that comes in five shades, for example), show pictures of those variations.

Make sure your images are set against a plain white background and that your product fills at least 80% of the image area. Also, as a best practice, use images at least 1000 pixels in height or width. Meeting this minimum size requirement enables the zoom function on Amazon, letting customers get a closer look at your products and potentially helping you make more sales.

Here’s an example.

KitchenSmart have used high quality images for their product detail page, and made sure they are zoomable, so shoppers can get a better look before buying.

Where to make these changes: Images tab

Product image for product detail page: KitchenSmart Coffee machine
Product images for product detail page: coffee machine near shots

Include 3+ bullet points

Give a clear overview of your product’s most important features

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How to best use bullet points to capture an audience

Once a shopper clicks on your ad and lands on your product detail page, you want to provide them with the information they need to make an informed purchase decision.

One way to help do this is by including at least three bullet points that give them a clear overview of your product’s key features: contents, uses, dimensions,operational considerations, age rating, skill level, and country of origin are all ones to consider. Keep your bullet points concise and written with shoppers’ needs in mind.

Use these tips to craft your bullet points:

  • Begin with a capital letter
  • Format as a sentence fragment (don’t use end punctuation)
  • Reiterate important information about the title and description, where applicable
  • Avoid promotional or pricing information

Here’s an example.

Let’s look at how KitchenSmart might write bullet points for its espresso machine:

  • Fully automatic espresso machine [contents]
  • Grinds beans, brews specialty drinks, and prepares milk froth [uses]
  • Operates at the touch of a button [operational considerations]
  • Crafted in Italy [country of origin]
  • 10" x 17" x 15" high [dimensions]

Where to make these changes: Description tab

KitchenSmart espresso machine

Craft a helpful product description

Here’s your chance to delve deep into your product’s features

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How to write a detailed description

With your product description, you can go beyond the simple features included in your bullet points and capture your product’s benefits, uses, and value proposition in detail.

As a best practice, you should always write descriptions for your products. Treat your description like a short narrative: use complete sentences, check your spelling and grammar and be concise but informative. Accurate, engaging copy can help you turn ad clicks into purchases.

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Here’s an example.

When writing a description for its espresso machine, KitchenSmart takes the opportunity to show shoppers what makes their product special (and their brand interesting):

  • Get a café-style brew right at home in minutes
  • Combining a modern design with classic Italian craft, the SmartEspresso Espresso Machine is simple to use, easy to clean, and delivers rich, flavorful espresso drinks whenever you want them. (Morning, afternoon, evening, or all three)
  • The unique milk system mixes milk and air in the built-in frothing chamber, adding an irresistible layer of foam to your cappuccino or latte
  • Sleek silver construction complements any kitchen. Imported

Where to make these changes: Description tab

Include relevant Search Terms

Adding Search Terms can help to connect your products with shoppers

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How to curate relevant Search Terms for your audience

To help customers find your products on Amazon, it’s important to add words they might use when shopping for what they want to buy. Search Terms should focus on elements that are most relevant to your product, so aim to include generic words that enhance the discoverability of your product: key features, materials, size, use, and more. You can add Search Terms within Manage Inventory on the Inventory tab.

Advertising can also help you gain insights on which Search Terms to apply to your product detail pages. Leveraging the Search Term report available in advertising console, you can find the queries shoppers use to find your products and add these to your product title, bullet points, and/or product description. Also include synonyms and spelling variations.

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Here’s an example

When entering your Search Terms, use single spaces to separate them. Don’t use commas, semicolons, stop words (‘and,’ ‘by,’ etc.), or subjective claims like ‘best.’ Amazon accounts for misspellings, capitalization, and pluralization, so you don’t need to worry about those.

What are some Search Terms that KitchenSmart might add for its espresso machine?

coffee cappuccino latte espresso frother kitchen automatic beverage barista cafe coffeehouse drip tray water tank stainless steel dishwasher

Where to make these changes: Keywords tab

Keyword search terms

Keep your products reasonably priced

Cost can be important, so aim to offer a fair price

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How to review your price point

For many shoppers, price plays an important role in their purchase decisions. In addition to your product title, image, and other information, Sponsored Products ads include the price of your item. Shoppers may be more motivated to click on your ad, and ultimately make a purchase, if you offer great prices for your products. Consider these steps when determining your price point:

  • Research other products and offers similar to yours
  • Take shipping costs into account
  • Consider free shipping to help increase sales

Where to make these changes: Offer tab

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Include products that are in-stock

Add products with sufficient stock levels to your campaigns

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How to check inventory levels and promote in-stock products

Your products need to be in-stock in order to be the featured offer and be eligible for inclusion in a Sponsored Products campaign. If a product you are advertising goes out of stock, it will be automatically paused within your campaign.

Manage Inventory

Our tip: have a plan for products that tend to sell out quickly. Remember, advertising can increase the traffic to your product detail pages, which can result in more sales. You can monitor your inventory under “Manage inventory” in Seller Central, or within the Inventory Dashboard in Vendor Central.

Here’s where to go to check your inventory status for your products

Adding A+ content to your product

Help increase engagement when using A+ content

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How to enhance your product detail page with A+ content

How can you help make your products even more compelling to shoppers? Be sure their detail pages feature A+ content.

Available to vendors as well as sellers enrolled in Amazon Brand Registry, A+ content lets you describe your product features with enhanced images, text placements, and stories. These can help you increase engagement with your detail page and drive more conversions. You can find out if you are eligible for Amazon Brand Registry, here.

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A couple of tips for using A+ content:

  • Focus on what makes your brand unique and curate your content with that in mind. Include your logo, choose visuals that share a consistent color scheme, and use images, including lifestyle imagery and high-res product shots, that bring your product to life.
  • Take the opportunity to answer known questions about your product or address possible friction points (how to use it, etc.). The more information you can proactively offer about your product, the more likely customers may be to purchase it.

Here’s an example.

You can see here that KitchenSmart have really enhanced their brand presence, and showcased their product, by utilizing the features that A+ content allows.

Where to add A+ content

product detail page with A+ content

Choose products displaying the featured offer

Adding products that qualify for the featured offer can help increase sales

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How to select products with the featured offer

The featured offer is the section of the product detail page where customers can add items to their cart or buy now. When multiple sellers offer the same product, Amazon combines the offers into one product detail page, so we can present customers with the best experience.

In order to advertise, your product must be eligible to be the featured offer. We recommend choosing products that regularly display the featured offer to help maximize your visibility and sales. You can refer to your business reports to see how often your products are the featured offer.

How can you become the featured offer? Taking these steps may help boost your chances.

  • Keep your products reasonably priced
  • Review your inventory
  • Offer multiple shipping options, and free shipping if possible
  • Offer great customer service, which can help generate positive ratings and reviews

Here’s an example.

This product from KitchenSmart is likely to become the featured offer.

How to sign up to be the featured offer perhaps

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KitchenSmart featured offer

Advertise products with a Prime badge

Products with the Prime badge are attractive to shoppers

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How to select products with a Prime badge

If your advertised product offers Prime Shipping, the Prime badge will automatically appear in your ad creative. This can be a compelling feature for shoppers as it lets them know they can get their product quickly, with no additional shipping costs. We recommend advertising products that offer Prime Shipping to potentially engage more shoppers.

What if none of your products offer Prime Shipping?

If you’re a seller, consider using Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA). With this, you can store your products at Amazon fulfillment centers and take advantage of Amazon’s customer service and returns. In addition to that, your products will be eligible for fast, free Prime Shipping.

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Here’s an example.

This KitchenSmart product displays the Prime bade when shoppers are browsing through Amazon.

How to enroll your products in Fulfillment by Amazon

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Advertise products with positive reviews

Opinions of other shoppers matter to your potential customers

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How to advertise products with positive reviews

When it comes to buying a product, sometimes the most important factor for shoppers is the opinions of other shoppers. That’s why we recommend advertising products with five or more customer reviews, plus a rating of 3.5 stars or higher. You’re investing in ads to help drive traffic to your product and encourage sales, so help improve your opportunities by choosing well-reviewed, well-rated products.

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What should you do next?

We’ve given you the information, now here’s what to do

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Applying our recommendations

We’ve now gone through our 11 ways to help improve your product detail page. It’s best practice to apply all these recommendations. However, even if you apply just one of these recommendations, you are increasing your chance of getting a click, or a sale.

Remember, the recommended changes we have listed throughout this guide can help improve your chance of a click or sale when you advertise that product with Sponsored Products, but there is no guarantee.

When multiple sellers sell the same product through a single detail page, Amazon automatically combines the best product data from across various seller submissions to ensure customers get the best experience. You, other sellers, and manufacturers can contribute product information on a product detail page, as we’ve listed in this guide. When evaluating your contributions, we consider your sales volume, refund rate, buyer feedback, and A-to-z Guarantee claims. You can see more about this on our help page.

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Next Steps

We encourage you to review your products and implement these changes.

Follow these simple instructions to get started:

  • Login to your Seller Central account
  • Hover over the Inventory tab and select the ‘Manage Inventory' sub-tab
  • Review your products and select one that you believe can be improved
  • Select ‘Edit listing’ and update the product with our recommendations in mind
  • When you finish editing, click ‘Save’ and finish
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If you would prefer to update multiple products at once, please visit this Help Page on how to modify an inventory file and bulk edit.

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How to improve your products for advertising