In 2023, it seems that everything starts with a keyword. Want to book a flight, find a hotel room, or a great place for dinner when traveling? Keywords are your first step. It’s the same thing when it comes to selling a product on Amazon. However, there’s one big difference. If you pick the wrong place for dinner, you’re probably still going to be able to make your mortgage payment. As an Amazon seller, picking the wrong keyword has much greater consequences.
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In 2023, it seems that everything starts with a keyword. Want to book a flight, find a hotel room, or a great place for dinner when traveling?
Keywords are your first step.
It’s the same thing when it comes to selling a product on Amazon. However, there’s one big difference. If you pick the wrong place for dinner, you’re probably still going to be able to make your mortgage payment. As an Amazon seller, picking the wrong keyword has much greater consequences.
Identifying the right keywords to use in your product listing is one of the most important things you can do as an Amazon seller. The best keywords can help ensure that your product is seen by potential customers when they search for products like yours. As importantly, keywords are also what will help you to keep your Amazon pay per click (PPC) advertising costs in line.
In this post, we’ll go over some best practices for identifying keywords to use when selling on Amazon. We’ll also focus on a “hidden” tool that uses Amazon’s massive search-engine capabilities to help you understand how shoppers use search terms to find the products they’re looking for.
Understand Your Customer
Whether it’s a product listing, or Amazon advertising, if you don’t have a good sense of WHO your potential customers might be, it’s very hard to tailor the message to a specific demographic.
That’s why a good first step involves really understanding your would-be buyer. Who are they, and what are they looking for? What words and phrases do they use when searching for products like yours? By gaining a better understanding of your customer, you’ll be better able to identify the keywords that they’re most likely to use when searching for products like yours.
Take the time to develop a customer avatar that represents the audience that you are trying to reach. Then, make sure to test those theories through market research.
Keep an Eye On Your Competitors
You’re not out there (on Amazon’s marketplace) all alone! Another important strategy involved in identifying the keywords that will help you compete – and win – is to make sure that you know what your competitors are doing. A good first step is simply looking at the keywords that they’re using in their product listings.
If a particular competitor keyword jumps out at you, you might consider implementing them in your own listings. Make sure to use tools like Google Keyword Planner, Helium 10’s Magnet or Jungle Scout’s Keyword Scout keyword research tools to compare keyword volume and competition to be able to determine that the cool-sounding keywords really do connect with shoppers.
Audience Target (and Save Money) with Long-Tail Keywords
Long-tail keywords are longer phrases that help searchers be more specific with their internet queries. They’re important for Amazon sellers because they are more targeted to a particular group of customers. Using long-tail keywords in their listings help Amazon sellers to better carve out a less competitive selling niche. By implementing long-tail keywords, you may be able to rank higher in search results, gain visibility, and eventually reduce your Amazon advertising costs.
Higher Purchase Intent
Customers that are searching with long-tail keywords are typically further along in the buying process and have a higher purchase intent. That’s invaluable for Amazon sellers trying to optimize their marketing and reduce their advertising costs.
Long-Tail Keywords’ Natural Language Advantages
Long-tail keywords simply sound more like organic speech. When it comes time to use them in your Amazon product listings, the resulting copy will appear more authentic and relevant to potential customers.
Use Google AND Amazon’s Autocomplete Features
The Google Autocomplete feature, also known as Google Suggest, is a great tool for identifying potential keywords for your website or product listing. But, don’t forget that there’s another huge search engine that might have a more powerful connection with your potential customers; Amazon.
Amazon’s autocomplete feature is a fantastic tool for identifying keywords. Just like Google, as soon as you start typing a word or phrase into Amazon’s search bar, it will automatically suggest related keywords that you can use in your product listing.
This feature can help you identify keywords that you may not have thought of on your own. More importantly, it gives you a peek behind the curtain of the massive online marketplace that will ultimately decide your fate as an Amazon seller.
What’s interesting about the two search engines are the similarities AND the differences in how they expand on the seed keywords you’ve inputted into the search bar. Using both will help you make sure that you don’t let great keyword ideas slip through the cracks.
These two screenshots show examples from the two search engines in a query I ran for the seed keyword, “best headlamp.”
Following is a list of strategies that you should consider when using Google and Amazon’s autocomplete feature for keyword research:
Begin with a Seed Keyword
Start by entering a seed keyword into the search bar. A seed keyword is a broad term that is hyper relevant to your product or service. Then, begin to type a variety of longer associated phrases and both Google and Amazon will automatically suggest a list of related keywords that you can use in your research.
Look for Long-Tail Keywords
Your goal is to assemble a list of long-tail keywords. Longer, more specific phrases that are less commonly searched for. More importantly, they’re not only more specific to a smaller, less competitive niche, when it comes time to assemble your keywords for your Amazon PPC advertising campaign, they’ll be less expensive and offer a better ACoS and return on your investment.
Check for Search Volume
Use your keyword research tools to check the search volume – the number of times a keyword is searched for in a given period of time – of the keywords you found on autocomplete. A keyword with a high search volume is a popular and in-demand term that is more likely to drive traffic to your website. At the same time, when you pivot to your advertising campaign, you might need to lower your sights a little bit to keep your cost per click (CPC) expenses in line.
Make sure and implement modifiers such as “best,” “top,” and “brightest to create new keyword phrases that allow you to aggressively compete with other Amazon sellers. By identifying keywords related to buying and comparison research, you can target these keywords that are important to consumer reports and comparison websites.
Review and Adjust Periodically
Keyword research is not a one-time job. It’s certainly not a “set it and forget it” process. The same keywords that are effective for your product today are not guaranteed to work for your product in the future. Marketplaces are constantly changing (particularly for Amazon sellers with seasonal products). Review and adjust your keywords periodically to make sure you’re still reaching the right customers.
How Canopy Management Can Help
As Amazon’s marketplace becomes increasingly competitive, Amazon advertising has grown in complexity. It’s no longer enough to have “good business instincts” as many entrepreneurs do.
It’s a different ballgame now.
That’s why many experienced Amazon sellers reach out to the team at Canopy Management. Our expert Amazon Creative Services, PPC and DSP pros are a big part of why Canopy partners show an 84% average profit increase.
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