Case Studies

Understanding Amazon’s Subject Matter Keywords

An optimization question we still get pretty regularly is "what should I put in the 'Subject Matter' keywords section?" And honestly, up until recently, I wasn't 100% sure how to answer that question. So, I finally conducted an experiment. In this video you can see exactly how many characters you can put in subject matter [...]

Amazon’s Top Priority is NOT Making Money

Amazon sellers regularly find themselves seeking information, data, experiences and study done on the most effective methods for running and growing a brand using the marketplace as a platform. There is no shortage of that information, but due to Amazon’s black-box style of running things, we often find a lot of conjecture and speculation intermingled [...]

By |2018-05-23T13:38:38-04:00May 23rd, 2018|Amazon, Analysis, Case Studies, General|

What’s Killing It In Facebook Ads Right Now

Lately the hot topic of conversation has been Facebook ads and how to utilize them to grow your online brand. The reason is because the Facebook ad platform has repeatedly proven to offer a greater ROI when compared to its greatest rival, Google Adwords. Prevailing wisdom suggests that newer sellers not burden themselves with learning [...]

Amazon Reviews are Fake and Third Party Sellers are to Blame

If you liked that click-bait title then you may be part of the problem. Let me explain. First, sorry for the misleading headline but this article is NOT in support of the current narrative that Amazon sellers have some huge black hat review ring and any merchant that violates even the slightest of TOS is [...]

By |2018-05-07T15:57:04-04:00May 7th, 2018|Brand Building, Case Studies, General, Mythbuster, Reviews|

What Is the Biggest Factor in Ranking Today?

It is always a topic of discussion; what exactly makes Amazon’s ranking algorithm tick. Speculation runs rampant. Everyone has theories, some founded in evidence and observation, some on wild conjecture. In the end, a small group of algorithm engineers at Amazon are the only ones that are fully in the know. For the rest of [...]

By |2018-04-30T16:26:00-04:00April 30th, 2018|Analysis, Case Studies, Mythbuster, Optimization, Ranking Factors|

How to Make Sure You Aren’t Violating Patent Laws

While perusing an Amazon seller Facebook group, I came across a member posting about her patent nightmare and asking for advice. Her situation was this: she was selling a pretty generic product (a balloon) as part of a party kit. She was contacted by another seller demanding that she remove that one element from the [...]

By |2018-04-23T15:57:56-04:00April 23rd, 2018|Analysis, Case Studies, How-To|

Hacking Vendor Express for Greater Ranking & Profits

Vendor Express is only just now a couple of years old. It’s Amazon’s gateway into establishing a wholesale relationship (referred to as 1P) with sellers. Essentially it is their vendor “lite” program. The difference between Vendor Express and the regular, invite-only Vendor Central program is that with VE anyone can sign up. Anyone can also [...]

By |2017-04-26T16:43:41-04:00April 26th, 2017|Brand Building, Case Studies|