#492 – Walmart Seller Event Updates, Common Issues, & PPC Tips
Ready to catapult your Walmart selling journey to a whole new level of success? For today’s special Walmart Wednesday episode, buckle up for an exciting chat where our host, Carrie Miller, sheds light on the latest developments that were revealed during the recent Walmart conference. You’ll discover how the launch of new international marketplaces like Chile, same-day pickup, brand stores, and more, could potentially revolutionize your E-commerce business in Walmart.com. Additionally, we’ll tackle the complexities of COMP errors, and most importantly, how to fix them – a game-changer for every Walmart seller!
Shifting gears, we delve into the art of optimizing pay-per-click advertising on Walmart. Strategies revolve around using Helium 10’s Cerebro for Walmart, listing optimization, grouping keywords into campaigns, and using attributes effectively. Can’t wrap your head around it? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
Listen in as we break down these concepts and tips on finding the right keywords, and using Cerebro to save on advertising costs. These concepts are helpful if you’re selling on Walmart.com and if you’re brand is on Walmart WFS. Now is the time to sell on Walmart.com! Are you ready to take your selling journey to dizzying new heights? Let’s get started!
In episode 492 of the Serious Sellers Podcast, Carrie talks about:
- 01:14 – Updates From The First-Ever Walmart Conference
- 01:57 – New International Walmart Marketplaces
- 02:08 – Walmart Brand Stores
- 02:42 – Same-Day Pick up
- 04:21 – Add Credit Or Debit Cards For Walmart Ads Payment
- 05:10 – Common Issues On Walmart.com Right Now
- 05:23 – Navigating Through Walmart’s COMP Errors
- 11:19 – Finding Keywords For Your Walmart PPC Campaigns
- 16:20 – PPC Ads In Walmart Is Important
Today we’re going to be discussing all the updates that were given at the recent Walmart conference. We’ll also be talking about a new payment method option that you have on the Walmart marketplace and I’ll show you some techniques and strategies for your pay-per-click advertising on Walmart.
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Hello everyone. Welcome to another episode of the Serious Sellers podcast by Helium 10. I’m going to be your host today. My name is Carrie Miller and this is our Walmart Wednesday, where we talk about all things Walmart. I answer questions we have. Sometimes we have guests, we do demos about how to utilize Walmart and how to sell on Walmart. Let’s go ahead and get into it. I’m going to go ahead and get into some interesting information.
Today I actually went to the Walmart conference. I think it was about two weeks ago. There were some interesting updates there and I wanted to share them with you, just in case you weren’t there. There were about 1,500 sellers there. It wasn’t invite only, but hopefully in the future it’ll be open to more sellers, because that would be, I think it’s a really great opportunity not only to learn from Walmart, but also to meet other Walmart sellers and get encouraged and see how everyone else is doing.
The first thing that I want to talk about is that they’re actually opening another marketplace, which is really exciting, because that means more opportunity for sellers. The first marketplace is obviously the US. We also have Canada, Mexico and now Chile. If you ever had any interest in selling in South America, they are opening a marketplace up in Chile. That’s a great opportunity there if you’re able to do that. Another thing I wanted to share is that they actually mentioned that they are still rolling out brand stores. If you haven’t gotten access to it, don’t fret, because they should be giving access to everyone soon. They’re slowly rolling it out, just like they did with WFS, and they slowly just added people to those. Just keep an eye on that so that you can start creating your store just like they have on Amazon. You can put all of your products in there and showcase your brand. All they have to do customer has to do is click on your brand name on your actual listings.
The next thing that I have on my agenda here is that they also mentioned that they are going to allow same day pickup. The same day pickup basically means for anyone who is a local store owner, If you have a brick and mortar store, that means that you can actually offer your products for pickup and people can actually come to your store and pick it up. Or if somebody wants same day delivery, then Walmart has a last mile pickup service that you can utilize to get same day delivery. That’s pretty cool for anyone who owns a brick and mortar store in any location. It would be mostly for wherever people are local to that brick and mortar, but a really good opportunity for anyone who is local with a brick and mortar.
Another thing is that large items are now available to be fulfilled through WFS. Before it was only up to 150 pounds, but now you can actually ship big things like multi-boxes, like maybe a patio set or trampolines or canoes or anything like that. Very exciting, especially because you get a lot more visibility and it helps your ranking when you’re utilizing WFS. Now you can use WFS if you have big products. Another thing is that and I actually posted this in our winning with Walmart group Side note, if you’re not in our winning with Walmart group by helium 10, go ahead and join that so that you can get access to other sellers and ask questions and we can answer them for you. Video ads are now available if you’re a brand registered owner. If you are brand registered on Walmart, go ahead and check it out. You should be able to get access on ads because you have brand registry, but if not, you would probably want to open up a ticket. If you can’t find access to that, Then this is one of my favorite updates and I actually got an email about this, I think, two days ago and that is that you can actually put a credit card or a debit card on your ads now, before it.
Just they basically Always take out the amount out of your total sales, but I like using a credit card because I like to use travel points and so. On Amazon, I use you know, you know those travel credit cards to get a bunch of points and by the end of the year I have, you know, tons of points. I know a lot of other sellers like to do that too, but it was such a bummer that you couldn’t do it on. On Walmart, too, but now you can actually add a credit card on there or a debit card so you can pay for your ads that way, which is really awesome. So that’s something, to you know, look forward to if you are one of those people who likes to take advantage of the opportunity for travel points, All right.
So I’m gonna go and get some into some discussion about just some issues that people have had. I have been looking in the group and I noticed a lot of people talking about so different situations and one of the things is comp errors. So comp errors are Basically kind of like the pesticide errors that you get on that you get on on Amazon. So if you ever get those pesticide notices where you get your product taken down, Comp error is similar but they don’t really actually tell you. Usually when you get a comp error it just says comp error and your listing is seen down. You’ve no idea how to fix it. But usually it’s because you use a product, a word that is, you know, forbidden. So what I would recommend is kind of going through those words that you know you can’t use on Amazon. If you used any of them, a Walmart, delete them from your listing. A lot of times your listing will literally just come Pop back up within 15 minutes. So I think that’s a really good, you know, A good thing to just try if you have the comp errors, and so I mean I’ve been seeing a lot of these comp errors. So that is something to take a look at and you know kind of refine that if you really have to delete the whole thing and start from scratch, I would recommend doing that too.
Another question that somebody had is that they wanted to know why they weren’t, you know, seeing any spend their ads and they had budget in there and they’ve set it up. And I have a few thoughts about this. Number one is that you’re probably not targeting the right keywords and maybe your bids aren’t high enough because you need to get those impressions. So I’m gonna actually, towards the end, I’m gonna talk to you a little bit about Cerebro and how you can do some exact campaigns for your PPC. But it’s really important to make sure that you do keyword research and helium 10. We do have our Cerebro tool, which is literally the best keyword research tool. There’s nothing else like it for Walmart and you can find, you know, all the best keywords by using Cerebro. So how they recommend doing that.
And then another question that people have been asking is that if they Add an ace, if they should add an ace in on their product when they’re actually uploading a product. So when you upload your product, you know it’ll say you know what is your Amazon ace in? I don’t recommend putting it there. I don’t see why you would want to do it. I know there’s one way to upload where you can literally just connect all of your Accounts, like you can just upload to Walmart via Amazon or Target or Etsy or eBay. I really don’t recommend that method. My best suggestion for you to get your products and listings up properly is to use the flat file or bulk Uploads. Okay, it’s a little bit harder, but once you learn the flat files, you have more control, the update faster, you can add variations in there, you just have a lot more control over your listing in there. So I highly recommend just uploading your listing with the flat file instead of these other ways, and you do not need to add an ace in there. There’s really no reason for that. So I would suggest not doing that.
I have a question. You said someone said I have nothing on Amazon. I still have comp errors. Okay, so somebody has saying they’ve compared. So what I would suggest doing is maybe kind of looking through your listing and seeing if there are any kind of Comp errors type errors maybe something like maybe you use antibacterial. There’s lists on some forums about Amazon words. That’s kind of what I have looked at is those words that are forbidden on Amazon and just kind of see if you have any of those. Or you could delete your listing completely and see if you can start over and just kind of slowly see if there are some trigger words in there. Another thing is I definitely recommend, you know, opening up a case for that If you still have issues. SellCord they’ve actually been on our podcast and Jake was on last month, sellcord.co if you contact them they always are able to help with. You know, account deactivations and compares. So if you really can’t solve it on your own, I would just contacting them because they can help you expedite that whole scenario.
Okay, and then another thing you know with all of that is it just has Matt in general. So I’ve kind of run into this issue. I was doing some, you know work on getting up a hemp cream and it was very difficult experience. You need to. You know, for any liquids you always have to submit a safety data sheet if you want to get your product in WFS. So if you’re selling like a shampoo or a lotion or something like that, you always need to do that and submit that. When I first uploaded the hemp cream, it was denied, denied, denied, and then I got it approved. So I had, you know, the product up enlisted because there are other hemp products on Wal-Mart. However, apparently it’s actually not. You’re not really supposed to sell this product, even though there are some on Walmart and it’s for sure forbidden from WFS. So some kind of has Matt type products you can sell on Walmart but you have to ship them yourself. So just keep that in mind. If you sell anything like hemp or you know any liquid issue products, you could have these kinds of issues and you might have to ship them yourself. It’s kind of a stressful thing, but you know, I think it’ll change in the future where you can send these things in, but for now you can still get on there for the most part and do F fulfilled by merchant. So that is what I recommend on that.
So let’s go ahead and get into what I wanted to talk about. To show you just I get a lot of PPC questions and so I wanted to share with you some strategies about just PPC in general. So we have a reverse product ID lookup on cerebral for Wal-Mart. So when you go into helium 10, you’re going to want to go over to Cerebro and what you’ll do is you will put in product ID. So the product ID is actually in the URL. So if you go to a product so I actually looked at men’s genes as an example here and let’s just go with the George. Okay. So George Sheens, and what you do is you basically find the product ID up in the URL or, if you have the X-ray extension, you actually can pull up the X-ray extension and then oh, I’m having issues there you can actually pull up the product ID there and just copy it straight from the extension. So that is one way to find it. So this is what we have here and we’re just doing a reverse product ID and just to see what that product is ranking for.
So this particular product is ranking for quite a few things sponsored and organic. You can sort by sponsored ranks so you can see, when you put these things in, if they are even advertising. It looks like this person isn’t or this brand isn’t even advertising. But you can also sort by search volume and look through things. So a lot of people like to go for these main keywords, but I recommend kind of looking for the lower search volume as well, and I don’t necessarily think you should look at brand names. But you can find a lot of keywords in here. That would be very profitable, but maybe they’re only 1,000.
Let’s see big and tall. If you have big and tall jeans that’s a good one to kind of look for. Men’s Baggy jeans is only 94. I have some literal keywords that have only 17, such as a month, and I’ve made multiple sales on those. The more relevant keywords, the better Work. Jeans for men it’s only 200 search volume, but again, if you have really good work jeans, then you can use this and what you can do is find a bunch of these little search volume keywords and they actually add up to a lot. So what I would suggest doing is putting five to 10 keywords in campaign of the lower search volume. If you have higher search volume keywords, you really should put those in their own campaign. I recommend doing exact sponsored product ads because I’ve really had a hard time making sure that I’m staying profitable.
Maybe some of you are different, but the broadened phrase I’ve not been able to get control of as much. So what I’ve been doing is I’ve been going to Cerebro often and I’m looking for keywords and what I do is I find those keywords and I kind of group them into the lower search volume together, the high search volume. They’re gonna be in their own campaign and that’s how you’re gonna do this. Okay, so that is what I recommend for your PPC and because we have access to these keywords, you actually can sort through, like, if you wanted to find phrases containing genes, you can find anything that has something to do with genes. So all of these keywords are genes related, but they’re just kind of iterations of the phrases that you can find all kinds of great potential keywords to target if you’re selling something like that. So what I would say is kind of go around bigger keywords as well. Make sure that you’re also capitalizing on those smaller keywords.
Another thing is attributes. So in your actual listing there are places where you need to put color and size. Put the color and size into your actual title where they say it Usually, if it says men’s jeans, is there a certain color? Are they black denim or regular denim? And put that in the actual title so that people can find you. Put it in the back end on the attributes. Put all the colors, all the sizing, everything that you can possibly do, so that you will show up in these searches. So that’s what I would recommend Make sure that you have everything fully optimized and look for a bunch of these keywords to target. Now you can do the video ads. If you’re brand registered, you can do the headline ads. So it’s really, really a great time to utilize this feature.
If you’re not doing pay-per-click advertising, you’re definitely leaving money on the table. So pay-per-click advertising is the best thing that you need to do to start on Walmart, other than optimizing your listings. I actually talked to a lot of people that they basically they say I’m not having much success on Walmart and I asked did you optimize your listing? Well, I just copied it over from Amazon. That’s no, no, number one. You should definitely not just copy over from Amazon, because Walmart does not like that. They will suppress your listing and not put you in the search. And then also then I’ll ask hey, have you started doing advertising? And people will say, no, I have not done any advertising. So if you haven’t started advertising, that’s really, really important to get some exposure for your products, get some ranking for your products. So if you haven’t done that, I mean I don’t actually don’t know one seller who would say, oh, I launched a new product on Amazon, but I didn’t optimize it and I didn’t do any ads. It just unheard of.
So think, keep the same energy that you have for Amazon from Walmart, so that you can, you know, just be successful. I talked to a lot of people at the Walmart conference and there were a lot of very successful Walmart sellers. I think the top was, you know they were doing about 700,000 a day in sales a day. So there is a lot of opportunity and a lot of possibility for Walmart. You just have to really push through and figure it out and just put that effort in to you know, making sure you optimize your listing and start the PPC campaigns. If you don’t have, you know something to help you manage your campaigns. We do have Adtomic for Walmart. We also have a sister company, Pacvue. That is also has some Walmart advertising tools. So lots of great you know opportunities to find, you know software to help support you in the PPC journey.
So I highly, you know, encourage you to go ahead. Make sure you start advertising. If you haven’t started advertising, get your ads going. If you need help, you can always go into the Walmart winning with Walmart group and just get some assistance there. And also make sure you use Cerebro to find the keywords that I you’re going to save so much money by finding these exact words. I did some auto campaigns at first and it was just out of control, not even helping me at all. So once I started using Cerebro I started becoming very profitable, so highly recommend doing that and good luck with everything. Let me know if you have any issues with anything and in the Walmart group, and I’d be happy to answer any questions. But hope you all have a great rest of the day and happy selling. Bye.
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