#533 – Finding Products To Sell On Amazon in 2024

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Ever wonder how an Amazon seller jumps from zero to hero with a product that defies the odds? In our first-ever Monthly Training Series episode, let’s explore success stories, product journeys, and every tactic that will help you find your first or next E-commerce product. Special guest Shivali Patel, brand evangelist at Helium 10,  joins us bringing the heat with a story of how a $45,000 revenue bomb was dropped in just two weeks after launching in Q4, proving that with the right strategies, such as leveraging BlackBox for product research and adding unique value, anyone can stand out in the crowded Amazon marketplace.

Finally, for those ready to expand their horizons, our brand, Manny’s Mysterious Oddities, is branching out into the bat niche, where opportunities lurk in the shadows. Using Amazon’s Product Opportunity Explorer and Helium 10’s BlackBox, we dissect how to scout and validate new product extensions for your Amazon brand. This episode isn’t just about telling you what worked; it’s about showing you how to pivot and roll with the punches, finding those hidden gems in the market, such as bat-shaped bath mats, that could become your next big win. And for the cherry on top, resources and podcast episodes are flagged to help you turn these insights into action. Join us to learn about these actionable strategies, and let’s raise the stakes in your Amazon selling game.

In episode 533 of the Serious Sellers Podcast, Bradley and Shivali discuss:

  • 00:00 – Monthly Training Series
  • 00:31 – Strategies for Finding Profitable Amazon Products
  • 04:50 – Discover New Business Opportunities at Trade Shows
  • 15:55 – Profit Margin and Sales Success 
  • 19:16 – Discovering Product Opportunities on Amazon 
  • 24:16 – Bat Niche Product Opportunities Exploration
  • 30:47 – Launch New Product At A Higher Price
  • 31:29 – Advanced Keyword Research and Product Opportunities
  • 37:27 – Combining Amazon Brand Analytics and Helium 10 BlackBox Data
  • 42:36 – Brand Analytics and Launch Strategies
  • 43:38 – Accessing and Listening to Podcast Episodes

Transcript

Bradley Sutton:

Today is our first-ever Monthly Training Series. In this episode, we’re going to go over how I found a brand-new product that I can come in at a price point twice as much as the competition, and how Shivali was able to sell $45,000 on her brand-new product in only two weeks. How cool is that? Pretty cool, I think. One, two, three, four. Hello everybody and welcome to another episode of the Serious Sellers podcast by Helium 10. I am your host, Bradley Sutton, and this is the show. That’s a completely BS free, unscripted and unrehearsed organic conversation about serious strategies for serious sellers of any level in the e-commerce world. And, as mentioned, this is the first in a new series that we’re going to do monthly where we go over a different topic in our monthly training webinar. I actually recorded this in front of a live audience, so this episode might have a little bit different sound than normally and there’s definitely some interactions there, but we have here cut up the highlights from that training and basically I’m going to show you how Shivali took some steps to have a product that nobody can compete with her in and it was over $100 and she was able to get 40% profit and sell $45,000, even though she launched right after Black Friday Kind of crazy. And then how I am launching a product like in the next couple of weeks and I’m going through all the steps on exactly how I found it and how I can have a higher price point as well, and we go over some other product research strategies that I think will definitely be able to help you guys. So this is a new series. Hope you enjoy it.

Bradley Sutton:

This is 100% based on value that can help you find your first or next product to sell on Amazon. Here we go, welcome to our new monthly workshop. We call it Monthly Training Series, and this one is entitled How to Find your First or Next Product to Sell in 2024. So we are going to start off with a real life experience. I’m going to interview somebody right now who launched a product and had a lot of success on Amazon, especially in Q4, which is kind of like when people say, oh, you should never launch a product during that time. So we’re going to ask Shivali to come on the show right now. Shivali, you there?

Shivali Patel:

Yes, I am Awesome.

Bradley Sutton:

I want to talk to you about your product launch. We had you on the podcast a few months ago and you were talking about this long journey of getting it ready, but then you actually launched in December. But for those who maybe didn’t hear that podcast, let’s start on this. You were selling on Amazon years ago and then you’ve always been selling for years, like books, but you really wanted to have a physical product to sell. A lot of people here they’re looking for their first product, so they might have been kind of like in a it wasn’t your first product but you were restarting it, so there might be a similar situation to you. So how do you tackle it? First, like, were you like hey, I want to try to find a product that just there’s a lot of demand for it. Or you like hey, I want to find a lot of demand, but it’s got to be something that maybe I’m passionate about. What was your thought process when you first started?

Shivali Patel:

I was quite open to whatever opportunity I was finding. I was using Blackbox, which I love because I come my first brand I launched years ago. I did manually. I was inside of Amazon, going through best sellers list, looking at BSRs, trying to understand the reviews, figure out what I could do better, and that’s great, it works. But it takes a long time, and so that’s where software like Blackbox is really, really helpful, because the process is over 2 billion data points daily right, Something that you can’t actually do. So going in I was pretty open. I did many, many searches inside of Blackbox and then from there, started narrowing things down based off of different parameters. So whether that was profitability I mean all these things are important but profitability, what I can add? Value creation, the price point, checking out the market, the competition, what sort of reviews there are yeah, and I also did go to trade shows as well, so I went. I actually flew out. At the time I was considering a cocktail smoker kit.

Bradley Sutton:

What is a cocktail smoker kit.

Shivali Patel:

It’s those for anybody who drinks. I mean you don’t have to necessarily have it be a cocktail but a mocktail or even smoking. Your food comes with a little blow torch and then a different oak piece.

Bradley Sutton:

Yeah, I see that.

Shivali Patel:

Yeah, it’s really nice. But I was considering that and a supplier ended up saying, hey, I’m actually in the US, and so I flew out to meet that supplier in person, which is a really, really cool experience. There was many vendors there, people that have flown in from Indonesia, from China. I got to see actual products, field them, try to negotiate a price point, get a basic understanding. Cool Enough is I ended up meeting somebody who helped me design a brand new product which I’m hoping to launch eventually as well.

Bradley Sutton:

This was at the trade show that you went to.

Shivali Patel:

At the trade show. Yeah, so they designed in a completely new style of a product for me.

Bradley Sutton:

Okay, so that’s the first thing that’s probably interesting to. Maybe some of you guys haven’t thought about that, but you know, maybe you think that, oh, the only place you can go to trade shows which is 100% accurate, like it’s a great place to go, is like in China. But what she’s always talking about, I believe, was in Chicago or somewhere in the United States. So sometimes you know a lot of Chinese factories, indian factories and other factories. They’ll come to US based trade shows and it’s also a place where you can go and meet a supplier. Maybe you’ve been talking to online, like she was doing, but also you might meet somebody else. That is completely not even why you went there. So in her situation, she met somebody who’s helping her design another product. So then that original product, the Smoker Kit you went to that trade show. You kind of like I’m probably not going to do this. How did you land on this makeup bag that you ended up going with?

Shivali Patel:

I found it inside a black box and I saw many different keywords. Actually, I was using the keywords tab. I went through and I did a few other things. I did the regular products tab, I did the keywords tab, I went into product opportunity explorer inside of Amazon. I was looking at Etsy and Pinterest trends as well. Anytime I was scrolling on social media. I mean the list was massive. And then eventually I found, I think, five to six different keywords inside of the keywords tab that were all related to the bag, so obviously there was a growing demand for it. And then from there went into the product validation and I felt like I could actually contribute something to that space, because I grew up in fashion and in the beauty personal care sector. I guess is something that I’ve taken time to educate myself on and spent many hours with, and so when I started having conversations after that with you, I think we also had a very unique pitching point that I felt I could go onto the market with a premium price point, because anytime I’m selling something, the value of creation is important, but you also want to make it worth the person’s while. So if I’m going in with a premium price, I want to over, deliver on it, and I think this bag really hit all those spots.

Bradley Sutton:

And this was a high. The current the market was kind of high, aren’t most products there like 80, 100 bucks or so?

Shivali Patel:

Now. So when I was looking at this product, everything was 30 bucks and I wanted to sell it for 120. And I knew I wanted to sell it for somewhere between 120 and like 140. But by the time that I actually launched, there was a couple bags on the market that were selling for 160 with a lot less value. In my opinion, they’re nice, but also, if you think about anything else in the world you have your cars, you have your coach bags there’s always a market for something. So I suppose at that point it’s just what you’re planning to or who you’re really getting.

Bradley Sutton:

So then you know a lot of people here in this room. You know they might not be able to afford a product that requires an investment, you know pretty high, because you know if you’re having a 100, $120 product, you know your costs might be like 30 bucks or 40 bucks a unit. And then, if you’re, what was your MOQ, by the way?

Shivali Patel:

My MOQ was 500.

Bradley Sutton:

500, all right. So, like, you guys can do the math, if you’re buying a product that costs $30 and you have to order 500 or 1000, you know you’re already talking about 15, $20, $30,000 before you even consider shipping. However, on the flip side is if you can afford that. This is just by itself a way that you can differentiate yourself from from these saturated niches, because not that many people can afford to go into a niche like that. So you’re immediately kind of like disqualifying a lot of the potential people that you might that you might, you know, be going up again. So let’s fast forward. You know, you took a few months. You started designing the product. You’re looking at different, different needs and you actually built in like your own program. Since you’re kind of like your own influencer, you’re like, hey, I’m going to sell this product with also like this course, and so just, you know, briefly, like in a minute or so, can you talk about how that idea came? And then what’s the deliverable? Like, like, are people getting this, this card inside the thing that says, hey, sign up for my beauty course, or how did that work?

Shivali Patel:

I have always sold physical and digital products separately, and I thought it would be interesting to combine the two, especially because a lot of the competitors inside of the makeup bag market were selling, essentially as the add-on, a 10x magnifier. It was like a bonus piece that people throw in for bundling options. And I know for me, while a magnifying mirror is helpful, I don’t actually use one on a day-to-day basis, so it has no real value for me as a consumer, not to say that it doesn’t for somebody else, but for me. Outside of that, they also had these little travel jewelry compartments, which is great, but again, what’s something that would be more of an experience, right, that would justify $120 price point. And so I started looking at the intersection of a digital course or a live coaching element, which one increases your touch points with the customer you get to hopefully get with, of course, in like, I’m not saying anything, black hat, I’m just saying that you can get to know, maybe, your customer a little bit better and then you’ll know their order number so you can ask them to request a review a little bit later on. But yeah, the delivery aspect of it for the actual course is the product insert, which I created a QR code using Helium 10s portals and then just put that in so they get access to exclusive course that pretty much no other competitors can replicate, right? Because it takes a significant amount of time to go through and film a bunch of videos and then also end up taking time to do live coaching as well.

Bradley Sutton:

Yeah, hold on. I want to pause you right there because this is important. I want to make sure people understood the main point here. We hear so much and maybe you who haven’t started on Amazon yet you’ve probably heard oh my goodness, it’s too late to sell on Amazon, or there’s just too much competition, or no matter what I sell, everybody’s going to copy me. And then everybody’s going to do it and have a low price. And, guys, let me tell you that’s, first of all, that’s not true. Like in some, you know, like categories, maybe, okay, maybe that’s true. Like, if you just have a generic product, could everybody copy you? There’s not much room for differentiation? Sure, but there are so many opportunities out there where you as, like you know, if you’re selling in Europe, you’re Europe based. You’re selling in America, you’re US based. There’s things that you can do, there’s skills that you have, or maybe, utilizing the network you have, that you can kind of like competition proof what you’re trying to make. So, Shivali, she was like what can I do that? You know, probably the bakeries that are trying to sell direct on Amazon can’t do All right. And one of them was like, hey, she’s like let me make an actual course that nobody you know no Chinese factory or Indian factory or any other country that makes this are going to take the time to find an American based influencer and film this whole course and have that be a threat.

Bradley Sutton:

Like literally nobody is going to do that. So this is something that she has like a 100% exclusivity on that she never has to worry about competing with other people and it’s going to allow her to keep a higher price point as well, because there’s this added bonus. So don’t let people tell you, oh it’s, it’s impossible to compete on Amazon because of the competition. No, you, absolutely, you know, can do that. Now let’s just fast forward. Now you launched on what doesn’t have to be the exact date, but when did you actually launch your product? November 30th or right, wait, November 30th. Was that during Black Friday weekend or?

Shivali Patel:

Okay, I was trying to get ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the issue was it’s an electronics item and I had some sort of request that they asked for like an MSDS safety sheet, and then it got classified as a dangerous good. So all my inventory was at the facilities but it was in reserve. I couldn’t access it, I couldn’t sell it. And then eventually, when it finally happened, I pretty much didn’t know when it like went live. I was checking but I couldn’t tell because it was like some of the products looked okay and then I made the stupid blunder of trying to check if it was available by buying, but then it wouldn’t let me buy because I’m a seller. I didn’t process that. But finally, November 30th, I had my first sale. It went live and I had my first sale and then I actually discounted that product for I think it was like 20 bucks or not 20 bucks, 20%, and then I had like that nice strike through price so I dropped from 120 to $90 and then went back up because my end of the November.

Bradley Sutton:

You’re doing all this which, by the way, guys, she’s talking about like what we call the Maldives honeymoon strategy. I’ll give you, guys, links to how to launch your product. You know, based on the Maldives honeymoon strategy. It has to do with PPC and putting a heavy discount on your product. Now some people in the chat are asking about if they can see the product. I can throw it up here. Is it out of stock right now? Like, did you sell out or is it actually live still?

Shivali Patel:

No, it’s still live.

radley Sutton:

Fast forward guys. She kind of like was doing stuff that some people say, oh, you should never do, like never launch a product in Q4., don’t launch a product during Black Friday weekend. But she did that and then, right away, what did you get your kind of like daily sales up to? 70 units a day 70 units a day at $100 price point. But, guys, this is the product that we’re talking about. It’s a live, real live product that was just launched on Amazon a couple months ago. Here we go, brand new. She doesn’t even have the video on here yet, like she even didn’t even do the brand registry at first, I remember, because she just like got this, got this up, but where does it? Man, these are some nice images. So here’s the image that talked about her makeup lessons. Okay, there she is. She’s her own influencer. Totally fine, you’re not going to see me put my picture on a coffin shelf, which is the product.

Shivali Patel:

I sell. I don’t know. I think a lot of people right now that are watching would buy things if you were the influencer.

Bradley Sutton:

I don’t know, I don’t know. That’s not the way I roll, but you can see, like if you go back in her BSR like when she launched the product and look at these crazy BSRs that she was having. Now obviously the sales have gone down after Christmas. This was a heavy, heavy item in Christmas. But long story short, like how much money did you sell in December of this product? What was your gross sales at?

Shivali Patel:

$46,000.

Bradley Sutton:

$46,000.

Shivali Patel:

And what kind of profit margins?

Bradley Sutton:

did you have?

Shivali Patel:

So after all the time, I originally thought I had like a 57% profit margin, but after all the calculations I think it was closer to 45% profit margin 45.

Bradley Sutton:

Now, guys, we’re not going to be here and say that, oh, everybody who sells on Amazon using her strategies and using Helium 10, it’s going to be able to sell $45,000 in three weeks and 40% profit margins. She obviously worked really hard to do this, but it shows that what is possible. Because she didn’t use any special hack because she’s a Helium 10 employee or some backdoor into Amazon. She just used the same exact strategies that you could have it. And somebody asked hey, after ad spend, what was the margin? No, that is after everything, after her cost, after PPC, after everything, 40%. Yeah, Ron says she doesn’t even have A plus content. Yeah, she didn’t have brand registry. She got this out so fast. She didn’t even have brand registry yet and she just sold out almost completely. All right, well, that’s a cool story. I’m going to give one of mine. So let me give you guys one more story about something that hasn’t even launched yet. But let me walk you through the process, and this has a. She talked about how she found her opportunity in helium 10.

Bradley Sutton:

Let me show you something where I found an opportunity, and originally it came not from black box, but another tool that’s not even designed for product research? All right. So does anybody in here use the regular market tracker? All right, this is not market tracker. You know 360 regular market tracker. Let me show you guys, let me retrace, what I did a few months ago. This is the regular market tracker and, as you guys may or may not know, so if you’re new to, if you’re new to helium 10, you probably haven’t seen Project X, but we launched this product called a, a coffin shelf. All right, and so I’ve been. I’ve sold hundreds of thousands of dollars of these coffin related items, and so I have this coffin shelf market and basically what it does is I’m tracking my market share, I’m tracking like where my market compared to the others, and actually I did so well in Q4. I sold out, until just like a week ago, of of coffin shelves.

Bradley Sutton:

Okay, now let me show you here what I was looking at, what the purpose of this tool is. It allows me to track what is going on with my direct coffin shelf competitors, right, but then it also suggests to me like, hey, there’s a new coffin shelf or a new potential player that might be like coming into your niche, right, and so you can see here those of you watching this and if you’re listening to this later, you might not see this visual here, but there’s a button that says track or ignore. So it’s saying like hey, here’s a new player in this niche. Do you want to start tracking him to, to, to track how, how your market share is going, all right. And so I was scrolling on here and then look, do you guys see what this is? Let me know in the chat, do you guys? If you can see it, it’s kind of hard. These two things that are not coffin shelves, what does it look like to you guys? Bats yes, exactly, these are bat shelves.

Bradley Sutton:

Okay, so now, all of a sudden, let me just explain how my thought process went. I’m like, wait a minute, this is kind of interesting. All right, like these people are not my direct competitors, but they must be ranking for similar keywords, and I’m like that makes sense. Like in in, coffin decor is like a bat shelf might be kind of like a kind of spooky thing, right? So I went into a, an Amazon tool. All right, that is the product opportunity explorer. Okay, this is another thing that anybody on this call should have access to. Whether or not you, whether or not you guys, have brand registry you should have product opportunity explorer. So I typed in the keyword coffin shelf because, again, that’s what I was selling and I’m like all right, let’s take a look at what are the top clicked products after coffin shelf. So after people search coffin shelf and the related search terms, what are people clicking on? Okay, now, this is. This is not helium 10. This is directly from Amazon. All right, I like to kind of validate to see a little bit deeper what’s going on.

Bradley Sutton:

Once I saw that, initially inside of helium 10, and then, sure enough, look here in the top 10 products after my products. A lot of these are my products that I’m selling. I saw I start seeing these bat related products and so I’m like, okay, that’s interesting, but I want to. I want to take it a step further, like I could launch a bat shelf and I still might do a bat shelf, but are there any other bat related items? Maybe I could start a line of bat related items.

Bradley Sutton:

So here’s what I did, all right. So Shivali situation was kind of like hey, she was looking for her first product on a new brand. A lot of you guys haven’t found your first product yet. You follow that technique, right? I’m talking about what, if you’re ready, are selling a brand, how can you expand it out? And this is the kind of process for you guys.

Bradley Sutton:

All right, so I went back into helium 10 black box. Okay, let’s go ahead and go into that tool. So now this is what I want you guys to do. We’re literally retracing my steps. I’m going to try and remember what I did. I’m selling, you know, there’s probably a lot of bat related products that maybe you might be in the pet niche, like people making bat houses and stuff like that. There’s probably a lot of Batman stuff in the memorabilia, right. But I wanted to do stuff in my niche. So hit the category and subcategory, drop down in black box and select home and kitchen All right.

Bradley Sutton:

So I wanted to find products in the home and kitchen niche, all right, okay. The next thing I wanted to do was I wanted to make sure that you know we weren’t going to have some like $5 products or, at the same time, products that cost, like you know, $60 or more. So I put in the sales price field minimum 10, maximum 60. I wanted to find products that we’re selling already, like is there a product in this bat niche that is selling pretty decently already. So under monthly sales okay, under monthly sales I put minimum 100 per month. All right, that means, hey, here’s a bat related product that is in the home and kitchen that’s priced between 10 and $60. And it is 100, selling at least 100 units per month. I didn’t want to have a bunch of variations, like a product that had a whole bunch of sizes. So what I put, I think again, I’m trying to retrace this, I’m doing this live here, guys, I think I put a maximum one under variation count.

Bradley Sutton:

Okay, now what else do I do? Okay, you might be wondering well, how in the world am I looking for bat related products? All right, well, what I did was, like, I figured if it’s a bat related product, it’s probably got bat in the title. Okay, and Nicole says variation yes, max should be in the max right here under one. This is the minimum. I don’t put anything, max, I put one. Okay, that’s why, that’s why the, the, the min is blank, all right. So under title keywords I put bat. So like, that means that I’m trying to find a product that had the word bat in it. Because I like again, couple steps back, I saw in market tracker, there’s bat related products showing up in my market. I looked and validated that in Amazon opportunity explore. There’s bat related products and I’m just wondering is the only bat related products shelves, or are there other bat related products? Okay, I’m not sure if I, if I entered more things, I’ll know by the number. Go ahead and hit search now, guys, and let’s see how many, how many things come up. Let’s see 14 items. Okay, this is probably it.

Bradley Sutton:

And then I started seeing some super interesting things. Now, of course, some things were completely unrelated, because obviously a baseball bat, you know, might, might show up. But take a look at this, guys, a bat, I don’t know what. This is like a remote control holder or a decor box. Look at this one a bat shaped wine and beer opener. Now, all of a sudden, my like creative juices were flowing. Here is a bat shelf. And then, as I was scrolling down, boom, I was like, wow, look at this, a bat Bath mat or bath rug. I was like that is such a novel idea. And so I started looking at this. I’m like, hey, there is some opportunity here to make a bat bath mat. But here’s the problem. When I looked on Amazon, I was like the price is a little bit low, all right, compared to my cost. So I was like, is there any way I can differentiate this? So let me just show you what I was looking at. Um, let’s just go here to Amazon and let’s type in bat bath mat.

Bradley Sutton:

Now, at the time the prices were actually higher. But let me just walk you through, kind of like my thought process here. Okay, so take a look here. I started seeing this and, by the way, when I was looking at this, I think it was kind of like around the Halloween time and there were like hundreds and hundreds of these being sold, like now there’s only a couple, that there’s like a hundred or so being sold, but I’m like this is a super cool product. What I like to see is like the number one product, like the one who, who is selling the most.

Bradley Sutton:

What can somebody in the chat tell me about? What is wrong with this? Like, what are they doing wrong that could get them literally suspended they’re listening, suspended at any time. Yes, alexander says no white background. Everybody, a lot of you professional stuff. I was like I love to see this. We’re the number one seller in the niche Probably doesn’t even know how to sell on Amazon because they’ve got this ugly image of a tile floor and it. This literally could get suspended by Amazon at any time because it’s not white background.

Bradley Sutton:

And then, as I scroll down here, this is what I love to see. I’m already like, not even halfway down the page. All right, these, these are organic results. What do you guys notice here about these organic results? Is this one a bath, a bat bath mat? No, it’s unrelated results. Who said that? Jonathan says that unreal. I’m not even halfway down page one and I have completely different results, like, like, here is somebody who’s advertising here with a stone bath mat has nothing to do with this. Here’s some spider web bath mats. This is what I love to see. Now, guys, this is now four months later.

Bradley Sutton:

It was even more drastic when I was looking at this, where I like nobody had bath bath mats but at that time that all of these were like around 20 bucks and I’m like, ah, man, this is like this is. You know, I want to have some higher Profit margins. I’m like, look at, some of these guys are just blowing stuff out because, because you know, they probably had overstock. But I’m like, how am I gonna have a product that’s gonna go for like 20 to 30 dollars when people have, at the time, like 16 17 dollars? So this is what I what I looked at. I was like, let me just look at regular bath mats. All right, bath mat. Okay, this is has nothing to do with bat shaped or coffin shaped or anything. And then this is what I saw, like a lot of people had it for cheap prices. I’m like, okay, fine, but you know, since I have a bat one, I I don’t have that much competition.

Bradley Sutton:

But look at this, I didn’t know much of Beth Matz at the time, but look at this. Do you guys anybody see the difference between these and those ones that were the bat, the bat ones? Anybody know about bath mats and like could see instantly I know I’m zooming in here the difference. So what the difference is is the material. Do you guys see how thick this is? This is what’s called and I don’t know if I’m pronouncing this right this is what’s called chenille, if I, if I’m mispronouncing that, I apologize. I literally know nothing about this. This niche Chenille. This is a lot more expensive material than I thought it would be. This, this niche Chenille. This is a lot more expensive material and it is like it’s kind of cool, like your foot sinks into it and your foot almost disappears into this material and it’s much more absorbent and I’m like, okay, all right. So here’s the thing I want to make some bat bath mats and that could launch some other products, like maybe some coffin bath mats and everything, but everybody’s selling for this cheap price. So what I want to do is sell a bat shaped bath mat, and I’m going to be the only one that’s going to make it Chenille. So let me show you.

Bradley Sutton:

I went to, I got the product made and then I went to AMZ One Step and paid them to go ahead and have a photo shoot done at their factory, and my product is not yet launched. Guys. I just got this. I’m gonna open up a Google Drive, guys. This is like real stuff. This is just a Google Drive that was sent to me two days ago. I got the images ready and take a look at the products that I was able to develop based on all of these steps that I went. Here’s a same thing Chenille bat shaped Bath mat. Let me show some more images here. I did some research and I’m like all right, some of these are not machine washable. I’m going to make sure to have an image where people can clearly see that this is machine washable. That’s another way that I can differentiate my myself with the other competitors.

Bradley Sutton:

What else did I put here? I made some detail about how the non-slip you know backing right. What else did I have in the images? I did like a really expensive photo shoot, guys. I really wanted to go out. Look at this, this is not 3D, this is like a real. This is a real Airbnb, not Airbnb. I don’t know if it was Airbnb, but it might have been Airbnb. But they literally rented a house to have this that had like these kind of like minimalistic, gothic vibes and we did a photo shoot to really kind of like differentiate. Now take a look at some of these images and compare it to the images that we saw on the bath you know, bath mat over there. All right, completely different. Right, very high quality. So basically, guys, this is a product that I am going to launch either maybe this week or next week, and I’m going to launch at over $20, when everybody else was selling it for um for a lot cheaper. All right, so there’s two different cases. Shivali will open up a brand new brand.

Bradley Sutton:

Here’s me. I was selling coffin shelves and I wanted to open up a kind of new line of products that aren’t coffin related but are from the same kind of like um customer profile. I guess you could say you know somebody who’s weird enough to buy a coffin shaped thing, probably weird enough to buy a bat shaped thing. So those are a couple of techniques. Let me give you guys a couple more techniques that those are real life examples. Let’s go back into black box, guys. All right, let’s go back into black I can’t even say that right back into black box. And then everybody, let me know in the chat if you’re with me. We’re going to do something together. We’re going to pick a imaginary product research situation right now and somebody said will the US consumer buy this all year long? Absolutely, believe it or not, people buy coffin shelves all year round. They would absolutely buy this. The people who are into Gothic decor, they just love this kind of stuff. All right, everybody’s ready.

Bradley Sutton:

Now I want you guys to click into keywords. This is the keywords tab. All right, now, everybody, give me some sample ideas of categories to choose. I’m going to give you kind of like an advanced technique and I’m going to do one more advanced technique and then we’re going to open up to Q&A for about five minutes here. Somebody says kitchen, somebody says pet, a bunch of people saying pets. Okay, let’s go with those. So everybody. Go ahead in your black box keywords select kitchen, kitchen and dining, home and kitchen just for kicks and giggles. And then what was the other thing that people started? Yeah, pet supplies. All right, select pet supplies. Now I’m on a tool that looks at keywords. So who can tell me in the chat what signifies demand for a keyword? Is it sales? What is the metric that signifies demand for keywords? All right, it is search volume, exactly. So I’m going to say, hey, let me see a keyword that has at least 2000 search volume, maybe a maximum of 10,000. And I might have to like, lessen these because I might be doing something a little bit too narrow here. All right, and let’s go into a price range where the average product on the search results, on average of the top products, are between, let’s say, 20 and 50 dollars. All right.

Bradley Sutton:

Now here’s what I like to do. I’d like to go to the very bottom of black box keywords and, under competitor revenue, I’m going to do something that’s opposite from logic. All right, this is opposite from the way that you might have learned how to do this tool. I’m going to say competitor revenue more than $5,000, a maximum of four and a minimum of one. Traditionally you might. And, by the way, guys, there’s not a right way and a wrong way here. I’m just trying to show you that you can have an opposite technique and you could still get a good result. The traditional teaching here is you want to find a keyword where most of the products are selling at least $5,000. I’m trying to do something different, where maybe only a couple products are really doing well and the rest are just kind of like throwaways. Why do you think, guys, why do you think this could give me something that might be opportunity? Let me know what you think in the chat. Why would I want to see when a keyword where not that many products in the top 10 are making good sales?

Bradley Sutton:

Ritu says improvement opportunity. Max says bad listings yes. Kl says try to be in the top yes, very good. Louis says low PPC. Guess what, guys? Everybody’s correct. These are all reasons on why I’m doing this. Now, it doesn’t mean that the opposite way is not going to get me good results too, but this is what I’m doing for this one. Now, competitor reviews out of the top 10, what I’m going to say is hey, I want to see a minimum of, let’s just say, six products have less than 150 reviews. So that’s what I’m doing in black box keywords Again competitor reviews at less than 150, minimum six. Now there might be either a whole bunch or not enough.

Bradley Sutton:

I’m not sure what’s going to come up here. Yeah, I have too much hair. Oh, my goodness gracious, I found a pretty cool product right away, guys. I’ve never looked at, I’ve never seen this keyword in my life Goat blankets for winter Search for 3,000 times a month. Like there are 3,000 people out there trying to find blankets for their goats. Or is it blankets made from goat fur? I don’t know. We can take a look at that. What else do we see here? Oyster shells, cat collar, camera, wedding table numbers, tree wall art guys, these are all Good opportunity stuff. Pottery apron like I guess a pottery apron would be different than a regular apron. Like it maybe needs to be more thick. Alright, to Taylor Swift Betty, I’m not gonna do that one, because that’s probably Branded there, trademarked, I should say. Bulldog storage decoration what the heck like storage that? Is that a brand name or is that, like people want storage with pictures of bulldogs on it? Table numbers for wedding reception here’s a Vietnamese keyword that I don’t know. A Heart-shaped charcuterie board.

Bradley Sutton:

Guys, I literally just came up with one search. I came up with about 15 product opportunity ideas that all of these are pretty good. Jonathan says these are blankets for goats. I used to have goats myself, believe it or not, like here in San Diego County. I have one acre here property. I used to raise goats. I I never bought them blankets. You know, I’m sorry, sorry to say, but I guess I was, you know. But but I’m in Southern California so it doesn’t get too cold so I think my goats were doing fine. But anyways, guys, that was just one search I just did with you guys right here and we found 10 Opportunities that could be worth looking at.

Bradley Sutton:

One last quick one I wanted to do before we get five minutes of of Q&A. Another new tool here in black box. Now, those of you who have the diamond plan, you’ll be able to see this. It’s a BA top search terms. All right, this is combining Helium 10 data with what’s we’re called Amazon brand analytics. Okay, amazon brand analytics is something directly from Amazon and we could see in here what are the top three clicked items by any keyword. This is directly from Amazon. This is not a helium 10 metric. I mean you’re looking at it in helium, but that’s what this is. So, right here, guys.

Bradley Sutton:

Um, this is Gold because, like, for example, I could say, hey, show me something, let’s say a keyword that has the word bat in it. Going back to my original example, but where? If I take a look at the top three clicked ASINs, okay, I want to see their total click share, maybe at least 50%, meaning that let’s just let’s just see if anything comes up. That might be nothing, might come up here, let’s just take a look. But what that means is, if I take the three products that have the most clicks after this keyword, it makes up more than 50% of the clicks overall. Okay, so that’s what I would want to do phrases containing bats and look at that. I might do the top three conversion share. That’s another thing that I could look at as as well, but these are unique data points that somebody could use, where you combine Amazon data with helium 10 data to find something completely new and different.

Bradley Sutton:

Alright, I’ve got five minutes now, maybe less, for question and answer. Let me take a look in the Documents here in the chat, what you guys have sent in. Alright, here we go. This is from Frank what is better to use a coupon or discounted price? Great question, frank. So he’s talking about when you launch a product, like she volley did, either. Or yeah, I personally use discounted price. I try and get a strike through and have a big discount and then sometimes it’s like it’ll put a little red symbol that says, like you know, 50% off. But then other times, if that doesn’t happen, using a coupon might be better because it gives you that green bar in the search results.

Bradley Sutton:

Alexandra says what was the product photography company? Oh, the one that did the batch of that was AMZ One Step. So you can see them at. Go to hub.helium10.com, Alexandra. hub.helium10.com and you can contact them right inside helium 10. Just type in AMZ and then one step. And then Make sure that. Make sure that you say that helium. You know you learned or heard from a helium 10 or from Bradley on this workshop. Shivali, who can you let us know? Who made your images? Alright, so I think you. One step, Shivali. So James is wondering who? Who did you use? I?

Shivali Patel:

Used myself.

Bradley Sutton:

You actually took yourself for like your phone.

Shivali Patel:

I did my own images. I also made my own infographics. Wow, I did the only. I did the course on my own.

Bradley Sutton:

I you had to have outsourced something, though, like anything. I’ve outsourced nothing wait, you know how to do Photoshop and stuff like that. Yeah.

Shivali Patel:

I didn’t even Know. I make all my own videos for TikTok, for Instagram. Anything I post, I do. I did my own product photography with a camera I have at home. Although I For social, I typically just I phone it and then use Canva for Infographics. So that’s free, which contributes to the very high profit margins.

Bradley Sutton:

Yeah Well, yeah, that definitely helps. Like me, me, I have no Photoshop skills. Maybe a lot of you don’t have Photoshop skills, so you’ve got an outsource.

Shivali Patel:

I Didn’t use that much Photoshop, all I did like. If you wanted to do this yourself, they actually the same thing that you pay $1,000 for you can do on your own. All I did is take a white sheet, put it up on Like a wall at home, got a phone I ordered like a 20 or $30 circular thing, but that was for video, it wasn’t even for just photography and then I put it on to like a white table and then threw it into a free app free iPhone app for background remover and then put everything into Canva. Okay, so canva Able to do a pretty, pretty impressive if you guys want to do this on your own, you can also. I believe we have a module in Freedom Ticket For making your own product images, so you guys can watch that too. I filmed that one.

Bradley Sutton:

If you are at all artistically inclined, it doesn’t even take Photoshop to do this. But you could be like me and be completely Illiterate from artistic sense, and that’s why I outsource my stuff to different companies who are the Professional. So there’s not a right or a wrong way to go about it. Hosam asked how does brand analytics help you? Could you please explain with an example? So, brand analytics that the number one benefit of brand analytics is that Amazon is telling you, after the search of a keyword, which three products are click the most and of those three products, what kind of sales share do they have of the people who end up buying a product after that, after searching that keyword. Super, super valuable information that you can see inside of helium 10. That comes directly from brand analytics. Um Frank says I would like to some launch help, for example, vying coupons, giveaways what would you recommend these days? So if you’re talking about, like the old school Giveaways, you know that that’s against terms of service. Now, on Amazon, what Shivali did, what I’m gonna do is Fully within terms of service is mainly just using PPC, all right. So if you guys want to know the three episodes, you guys have some homework. You guys want to know how to launch a product in the same exact way that Shivali and I launch our product. This is what I’m gonna leave you guys with.

Bradley Sutton:

Right this time, everybody have a pen and paper ready. All right, right down these three episodes h10.me/466, all right. Or it’s Serious Sellers Podcast, episode 466. You can look it up on your. I want everybody actually typing it in right now go into your Apple iPhone and go to Apple podcast and go into Serious sellers podcast and hit subscribe the three episodes you want to look at for how to launch your product, to get ready for it is 466 and 467, so you can go on your podcast. Or you can just type in h10.me forward, slash 466 or 467. The one to actually launch, it is 500, all right. So there’s three episodes that you want you guys to listen to 466, 467 and 500. Thank you guys for joining and we’ll see you later. Bye, now you.


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Bradley is the Director of Training and Chief Evangelist for Helium 10 as well as the host of the most listened to podcast in the world for Amazon sellers, the Serious Sellers Podcast. He has been involved in e-commerce for over 20 years, and before joining Helium 10, launched over 400 products as a consultant for Amazon Sellers.

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