#514 –  Managing 200 PPC Campaigns in 10 Minutes

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What if you had the power to manage over 200 Amazon PPC campaigns in just 10 minutes each week? Imagine the time and resources you could save with the right tools and strategies. Join us in this episode as we share how we use the Helium 10 PPC tool, Adtomic, to streamline our campaigns and work smarter, not harder. Bradley shares his best tips on campaign structure and show you how to apply rules to automatically transfer successful keywords from broad campaigns to exact ones. 

Ever wondered how to navigate the labyrinth of Amazon PPC management? Allow us to guide you. We’ve harnessed the power of Helium 10’s Adtomic tool for campaign automation and optimization. Discover how to conduct regular campaign audits, use negative keywords to curb wasteful spending, and use Adtomic to pinpoint unprofitable keywords.

Now, let’s talk profitability. We know you’re in this business to make money, so we’ll show you how to optimize your Amazon advertising costs to maximize your return. We’ll demonstrate how to set goals for ACoS and TACoS and use the Adtomic tool to optimize bids. And before you think about outsourcing, let us convince you of the merits of understanding Amazon PPC yourself. Despite your busy schedule, we believe learning how to manage your own PPC should be a priority – and we’ll help you see why and how. 

Google ads, Amazon PPC techniques, factors to negate keywords, and insights beyond the attribution window – we’ve got it all covered. We know the value of data and why you need to pay attention to it. Intrigued? Excited? We hope so because this episode is packed with strategies and tools that could revolutionize your Amazon campaign management. 

In episode 514 of the Serious Sellers Podcast, Bradley talks about:

  • 01:09 – Manage 200 Amazon PPC Campaigns Efficiently Using Adtomic
  • 03:53 – Campaign Grouping and Targeting Strategies
  • 11:04 – Optimizing Keywords in Amazon Ad Campaigns
  • 11:52 – Effective Amazon PPC Strategies
  • 14:05 – Keywords and Campaign Management Simplified
  • 16:41 – Optimizing PPC Costs for Profitability
  • 17:56 – Profitability and ACoS
  • 27:39 – Keyword Negation and Pausing Decision Factors
  • 27:50 – Google Ads and PPC Techniques

Transcript

Bradley Sutton:

Today I’m going to show you guys how I managed my 200 PBC campaigns in only 10 minutes a week, plus answer all the questions you guys submitted live. How cool is that? Pretty cool, I think. Do you want to see how your listing or maybe competitors listing rates as to best practices for listing optimization? Or maybe you want to compare a group of ASINs or Amazon products to see how they compare to each other? Maybe you want to see within seconds the top keywords for a single listing or a group of listings? You can do that and more with the Helium 10 tool Listing Analyzer. For more information, go to h10.me/listinganalyzer.

Bradley Sutton:

Hello everybody and welcome to another episode of the Serious Sellers podcast by Helium 10. I’m your host, Bradley Sutton, and this is the show that is our monthly Ask Me Anything, where we go ahead and take your questions live after giving you a demo of a cool tool that can definitely give you serious strategies for Serious Sellers of any level in the e-commerce world. Today you’ll notice I’ve got my what I call my Adtomic hat and shirt on. That’s because I’m just going to give you guys kind of like a 10 minute run through of what I do to go through and manage my PBC accounts. I’ve been using Adtomic for since it was before Adtomic Used to be called At. So I’ve been using it for probably about three years now and you know I have probably over 200 PBC campaigns, over three, four accounts that I use it on, and I pretty much you know some. There can be a week where I don’t even open it once, like it’s doing everything for me. On average, I would say I spend about 15 minutes a week just checking out what’s going on and implementing suggestions and things like that, and that’s over 200 campaigns. So let me just give you kind of like a little idea about how I roll through it. Like maybe you used to use Adtomic before but trust me, it’s like way different Now. A lot of this stuff. I already just recently audited the account, so you might not see too much new information here, but let me just show you what like my process is and why it only takes me like 15 minutes Now.

Bradley Sutton:

First of all, I have everything set up in kind of like my campaigns talk to each other, all right, and regardless if you guys use Adtomic or not, this is how I feel you guys should set up your PBC. All right. You have these groups of campaigns that all go to one product, and you’ve got one that’s a exact manual campaign. You’ve got a broad or phrase match campaign I like to call that a research campaign You’ve got an auto campaign and then you’ve got an ASIN product targeting campaign, potentially a sponsor display campaign and then potentially sponsored brand headline campaign. So all of these kind of talk to each other, the auto and the broad campaigns. You can view those as kind of like keyword harvesting campaigns, discovery campaigns. You’re discovering keywords that you might not be targeting yet and then, if you find some good ones now you move it to the exact product marketing campaign. Maybe you move it to the exact match keyword campaign, all right. But again, everything talks to each other so that you know the campaigns are benefiting each other, all right.

Bradley Sutton:

So this is where I let me just show you how I set up that, that kind of like flow that I just talked about. So, for example, here is my large coffin shelf rule rule group, all right. So we’ve got a large and a small coffin shelf, or a large coffin shelf, and then there’s a variation where it’s a large and a small together. All right, I’m targeting both of those in my PPC campaigns. And here’s the rules that I have set up so that I am not having to just, you know, every day download Excel sheets and make pivot tables and things like that. What I did is I put all of those campaigns right here in a group of campaigns. I’ve got my performance campaign. I actually have two. You know I probably hit like 25, 20 or 25 targets in one. So, like now, I only add it to a new one.

Bradley Sutton:

I’ve got my product targeting campaign. It’s an ace in targeting campaign, sponsor display, my auto campaign and my research campaign, which I actually have as a broad and, as you can see what these checkbox that I’m showing on the screen for those of you watching this is. I’m saying, hey, if you find a keyword in the research campaign, like a broad right, like, let’s say, I’m targeting a broad target coffin shelf and all of a sudden I get sales on this keyword coffin shelf for gothic decor, like a long tail keyword that I wasn’t targeting, I’m saying, hey, find it here and then go ahead and put it in my performance campaign because instead of waiting for Amazon to show me in this broad match and just like hope that Amazon shows me, no, I want to target it specifically, all right. So that’s basically all of these little boxes up here is me telling Adtomic to look for keywords in certain campaigns that I don’t have in the other one and then, if it’s good, go ahead and add that keyword as a manual target, be a product or keyword. Now, it’s not just any keyword. Um, you can put your own criteria. So, as you can see what this is, just me, this is not saying oh, you guys have to copy what I’m doing right here.

Bradley Sutton:

I said I only want you to move this keyword to an exact campaign or suggest to me to do it if it gets at least two orders, cause, you know, sometimes there might be one, or like it might be complete fluke. You know, like maybe Amazon has me in an auto campaign and for some crazy reason, they showed me for my coffin shelf or, uh, you know a keyword egg tray or something like that, right, and then it could be like five days after clicking to add maybe the person actually does buy a coffin shelf. You know, it’s probably not going to happen again, right? So I I put here a minimum of two because to me I’m like, hey, I want two people to order something. Then I know, hey, this is probably kind of like a good, a good keyword. And then I said, and I want my ACoS to be 30%. You know, if I had to spend 200% ACoS just to get these two sales, probably not that great of a keyword. And so, basically, that that’s what it’s doing, it’s going to, it’s going to, it’s going to look at this.

Bradley Sutton:

I could set here the look this is, by the way, this bottom part is all new. I could look at the look back period. You know, some people might say, hey, I want to look at the last 30 days. Some people say, hey, no, I want. I’m a big seller, you know I’m doing spending $1,000 a day. I want to look every five days if there’s new ones that meet this criteria. I put last 60 days. And then, hey, how often do I want to check this? I put daily. And then, what time zone do I want this rule to be off of? Now? I could automate this, right, I could automate it, but I’m not going. I don’t automate my mind because I just like to be able to, to to click on it. Now, what about? On the flip side?

Bradley Sutton:

It’s arguably more important to have good negative match, good negative match rules set up, all right. So I’ve got a negative match on this auto campaign and let me just show you how I have that set up. In the negative match, my, my rules aren’t talking to each other, my campaigns aren’t talking to each other, all right, cause I just like to do it in isolation. So I put here hey, I don’t know why I didn’t put this, somebody put six clicks. I don’t want to get a negative match if it’s just six clicks. So I’m going to split $10 here or $5 spent. So what does that mean? So some people people have their hands on the cookie jar in the project exit count and keeps screwing up my, my things that I have to end up changing it back.

Bradley Sutton:

Anyways, what this means is I’m saying, hey, if I get 15 clicks on a keyword or a search term in this auto campaign with getting zero sales, I want Adtomic to suggest to me to go ahead and negative match this so that I stop spending. Or if I spend $5, regardless of the number of clicks on a certain search term with zero sales, I want Adtomic to suggest to me to negative match that. And that’s all this is doing, all right. So this is what. Again, I don’t care if you guys are not using Adtomic, if you’re just downloading spreadsheets. This is kind of like what you should be doing, right? I hope you’re doing something like this where you know every few weeks, you kind of uh, you know audit what’s going on on your PPC so that you’re not wasting your spend, all right. So that’s the kind of just the simple structure.

Bradley Sutton:

I can go a lot deeper into. You know budget rules and and different kinds of uh. You know situations there for what I want Adtomic to look at, but I like to keep my stuff real simple and then so, basically once a week, I come in here to my suggestions and oh yeah, by the way, one thing I forgot to tell you guys is I set everything at target ACoS, all right, there’s different rules for my bidding, all right. So I was talking about keyword harvesting, keyword negative, what my rules were? Well, there’s different rules that I could pit for uh pick for my bidding.

Bradley Sutton:

As you can see, I put everything here on uh and this is like AI powered. I want to target ACoS, like I want the campaign to perform at a 20% ACoS on almost all these. All right, I could choose max impressions or max orders, that it’s not looking too much at the ACoS, but just just for this account I have everything on uh target ACoS and then I could put min, max, max bid. You know, like, maybe I have a $10 product and I know I never want to go past $1 on a, on ACoS per click. So I could say, hey, for my bid, I never want Adtomic to try and raise this bid on this search term or on this target. I should say for more than $1, or I want to. I never want to suggest to me something lower than than this. All right, so so that’s that’s. Uh, that’s another thing.

Bradley Sutton:

So now, once a week I have my, my bidding, uh, you know, targeting, uh algorithms. Here I’ve got my rules as far as my positive keywords, my negative keywords. All I have to do is go to the suggestions, all right. And then, for example, uh, what I’m looking at here is the AI bids. So, hey, my, my target ACoS is 20% and let, on this keyword, my ACoS is 86%. So it’s telling me to go ahead and lower my bid. All right here. And then, if I, if I agree with the suggestion. All I have to do is click one button. I can actually click the whole entire page here If I agree with all these suggestions, and it happens instantly.

Bradley Sutton:

I’m not finding it in seller central. Where is this campaign? Where, you know, let me click on edit bid and let me, you know, find it. This and that that would take just by itself. You know like how, how many. I have a hundred and seventy nine bid changes I need to make. Do you know how long it would be to find these in my, in this account only has like maybe like 75 campaigns, but to go find them in these 75 campaigns and go into the ad group and everything and change these one by one, that would take forever. I could literally do it in 10 seconds right here if I just click a couple of buttons.

Bradley Sutton:

All right, here is my new keywords. I actually do have two ones, all right. So let’s take a look at what it found. All right, take a look at this, look at this keyword here Coffin shaped shelf. All right, I spent $7 on this and I got $89 worth of sales. All right, and this was from an auto campaign. And so what is it telling me to do. It’s saying hey, click me and then go ahead and add this to your manual campaign and, potentially, your broad match campaign. Now again, am I having to go find these campaigns, add a target, set the bid and all that stuff, like I would if I, if, if I’m down, if I’m working in seller central, uh, manually? No, I just click one button and boom goes the dynamite. It is now done. It is now added to that campaign so that I can go ahead and target that manually.

Bradley Sutton:

Here’s another keyword that it just found. Again, it must have found this in the last four days because I just audited this. I just went through all my suggestions. Like three days ago, wooden egg rack, I spent $5 on uh, which campaign is another auto campaign. I got $55 worth of sales. It’s saying hey, go ahead and add these to your manual campaign. All right, it would do the same thing for ascent targets as well. That it might find in the auto campaign.

Bradley Sutton:

Again, negative keywords. It’s, it’s, it didn’t find anything right now, but that’s where it would be All right. Now, what if you’re just getting into Adtomic and you don’t have all your rules set up and and you’re just setting up your campaigns? It might take a while. What I suggest doing is like audits on your account, all right, and I just did this audit. Let me show you the kind of audits that I do. I go right in here to analytics and the first thing that I want and again, nothing should come up here that’s not already negative matched, because I, like I said I already went through this.

Bradley Sutton:

But let me show you what I did to, in seconds across my account, find the worst keywords. So what I did was I said, hey, I’m looking back at the last two months of PPC activity here and I’m saying, hey, I want to see something that gave me zero sales, all right, but I had at least 30 clicks and I’m on the wrong page. I need to go to the search term page. Let me go to the search term. I can look at this at the ad group level, campaign level, target level. I’m going all the way down to the search term level in this case, all right. So again, I’m saying, hey, I had zero PPC orders, but I spent, let’s just say, $8 at least on a keyword or on a search term, and what came up? Look at this Right instantly.

Bradley Sutton:

Now, great, I’m positive. I already negative match all of these because, like I said, I just did this audit. But look, if I had done this earlier I would have saved myself $152. Right here. This is not a big account, guys. This project X account doesn’t do that much in sales anymore, but still, this is how much money I was wasting $150. I can just negative match all of these in one fell swoop. Right, right, instantly. All right.

Bradley Sutton:

What about the flip side? What if I want to find some killer keywords again? All of this is automated anyway, so that that’s why I don’t have to negative match any of these, because it already did it. But what? What if I’m like hey, is there anything that is is is doing really well for me that maybe I could increase my bid on? So I’m going to go to my target instead of search term level, all right. And I’m going to say, hey, show me something that got at least one order. But the ACOS was less than 5%, like crazy kind of ACOS. Right, and take a look, there was three targets that hit that. All right, now you can see I already change it.

Bradley Sutton:

But look at this. I was targeting this asin in an. It must have been in a product targeting or sponsor display. Look at this. It was a sponsor display campaign, guys. I spent a dollar and 42 cents and I sold $119 worth of product for a 1% ACOS. I could be leaving money on the table by having such a low bid. So my bid before was 47 cents. So you can see I already took action and I raised it up, almost doubled the bid, to see what would happen. Look at this one. Here’s one where this broad match target fresh egg holder countertop. I had the bid at 51 cents and after one click I got $18 worth of sales. So now I raised the bid to $1. Cause I’m like, all right, let’s see if I can get some more action on this keyword. But again, I click literally two things to be able to find this. So this is why, guys, I have four Amazon accounts and over 200 campaigns. This is why I can spend 10 minutes a week doing all of it and manage everything.

Bradley Sutton:

Now I was going to go into a refund gene a little bit, but I went kind of long here on Adtomic, so I want to just make sure there’s enough time for Q&A. So at this time I’m going to check back in the questions to see what questions you guys were asking. You can ask me about anything Helium 10 related here, and it doesn’t have to be about PPC, it doesn’t have to be about Adtomic. Another Facebook user says what can we do to reduce PPC? I pay a lot and every product I sell is paid for by Amazon, all right. So one thing is don’t think about it. As far as you know, reduce PPC Like, if you’re profitable, who cares if you spend a million dollars on PPC, if you’re making $8 million, right, and you’re profitable, right.

Bradley Sutton:

So it’s not just about the amount you’re spending, but if you’re be thinking more of, in terms of profitability, if you’re spending so much on PPC that you are no longer profitable when you make a sale, yes, that is something you absolutely need to tackle and there’s different metrics. You can look at that, you know. Maybe you’re looking at your TACoS, your total, ACoS. Maybe you’re looking at just your ACoS at the campaign level and you need to know what is your breakeven point, what? At what ACoS or TACoS are you able to turn a profit? And then that’s the goal you set. And again, I just showed you guys how to do an Adtomic. You put in that goal of what you’re trying to do where you know you can be profitable, and it’s gonna kind of give you these suggestions automatically on what how you need to lower your bids in order to hit that goal. And, at the same time, it’s not just about lowering bids, it’s about stopping altogether spend on keywords that just are not doing it for you. So pretty much everything that I just showed you today, that is exactly what you need to be doing. You know, even if you whether you have Adtomic or whether you don’t have Adtomic doesn’t matter. You need to be auditing your account, looking at those metrics.

Bradley Sutton:

Another Facebook user says what is the best ACoS? So the best ACoS is what you can make money on. All right, for some people it’s 5%, because they have very slim margins. Some people it’s you could be like 80% ACoS right, and you’re not making money. But guess what? It’s okay because you’ve got products in like Subscribin’ Save or some kind of replenishment right, where you’re willing to lose money on that first order, because you’re selling tea or you’re selling coffee or something like that, because you know that they’re gonna turn on Subscribin’ Save or a certain percentage of customers, so you’re willing to lose money on that first order and because you’re gonna get that money back, all right. So again, the answer to your question is there is no magic ACoS number. The magic number is whatever you can still be profitable at.

Bradley Sutton:

Somebody says my ACoS I’m not sure they’re the same person because I can’t see your name but they said my ACoS is 70%. You know, for me, if it was 70% that would be terrible. I’d be losing money, crazy money, because I do not have enough margins on my products where I can afford 70% ACoS. But three years ago me, I was doing a lot of supplements which I’m not doing anymore. I absolutely wanted 70% ACoS, all right. I’ve got an account that is a hemp cream, all right. And I’m totally fine with 50% ACoS because I’m getting people and Subscribin’ Save, absolutely fine with 50% ACoS. But you know, in my coffin shelf, brad, I want 20% ACoS, all right. So you gotta use these kind of you know reasoning here in order to know if your ACoS is good or not. I’ve got a shout out from Tony from YouTube. He or she says cheers, cheers. Back to you.

Bradley Sutton:

Another Facebook user says what subscriptions should we upgrade to so I can communicate with me more? The way that you can communicate with me, regardless of levels is here Once a month. We open this up so you can talk to me on these, on this. Ask Me Anything. If you want to be able to reach out to me in a Facebook group that I check every day, it’s the Elite Group, so only Helium 10 Elite members have direct access to me. You can even book one-on-one calls with me if you’re a Helium 10 Elite member, and we also have weekly Zoom calls that usually I’m on as well. So lots of touch points in the Elite Program. I’m not trying to sell you Elite right now because, guess what, if you want to sign up for Elite right now, you can’t. It’s closed. It only opens up certain times of year and right now it’s closed. But you know, go to helium10.me forward, slash elite. I think there’s might be a waiting list there. And if you want to join that so that you could be able to talk to myself and Kari and Chevali and Kevin King, then yeah, make sure to sign up for the wait list for that.

Bradley Sutton:

Another Facebook user says I hired somebody, but unfortunately I don’t get any profit. I pay a very high fee. For instance, the payment is 500. Are you talking about you hired somebody for PPC management? If so, don’t do it. I suggest to anybody out there don’t outsource your PPC unless it is a resourcing thing, in other words, that you, you’re, you’re trying to expand and you’re a one person one man or one woman show and you just don’t have the bandwidth to do PPC. But you know how to do PPC. Okay In that sense, go ahead and hire an agency or or a service provider to to to take care of it. But it’s important that you know PPC really well yourself first. Otherwise it’s going to be hard for you to judge the work of an agency or a service provider if you don’t know what is good and what is bad management.

Bradley Sutton:

Now my suggestion if you do have the bandwidth, you 100% should be doing PPC yourself. All right, you absolutely should be doing it yourself. Like, it’s not that difficult, it’s. It’s complicated, right, there’s a lot of moving parts, but, as you can see, tools like Adtomic just completely simplify the process and make it really fast. And that’s why, to me, it’s not even a bandwidth issue, if I can manage to I mean, guys, I work at Helium 10 full time, more than full time. Like you think I have time to be managing all the all these things on my own. I that’s. I only spend 20 minutes working on PPC and that’s that’s for four Amazon accounts and I have a full time day job. Right, it’s not that much. You should be doing Adtomic yourself or you should be doing PBC yourself.

Bradley Sutton:

In my opinion, if you have a tool like Adtomic Now, if you were trying to do it on your own and you have to do it manually and you’ve got 200 campaigns, what I do in 15 minutes would take you maybe five hours a week, if not more. All right, just look at that. Remember that bid page that I was showing you guys 179 bids after just five days to change, like what. That just takes forever to do manually and even to get to those calculations. So if you’re on your own, I highly recommend not hiring out and there are plenty of great agencies out there and there is a need for them, like, we love agencies out there, I have them on this show, right. But those, the ones who I suggest using those, are the ones who have kind of like outgrown. They’re like hey, I’m a seven figure seller and I’ve got 3000 campaigns to manage and I’ve only got one employee. I don’t want to have to train somebody from scratch. Okay, go ahead and hire an agency, but if that’s not you, I think you should be doing PBC yourself.

Bradley Sutton:

Somebody says the ACoS was 1%. Yeah, on that. On that example that I showed of how I had this crazy good search term, I had one where the ACoS was 1.18%. And then so that’s a situation where it’s like, let me raise my bid up right on this target because you might be leaving money on the table when your ACoS is so low. Because, like, let’s say, my bid where I got that 1.18%, what was it? It was 47 cents. Right, maybe that 47 cent bid is only getting me impressions 10% of the time, like at the end of the day, when other people’s budgets are out. Oh, then I start getting some bids or I start gaining impressions at that 47 cents. Maybe if I raise it to $1, I could be getting impressions all day long. All right, is my ACoS going to be 1%? No, but I don’t care. If my ACoS is 10%, 10 times as much, I’m still making money like crazy. Because if my break even point is 20, 25%, that 10% is still making me money. So that’s why you want to look at the small ACoS and don’t just like pat yourself on the back and say I’m a PBC king, no, you want to raise that bid up because you might be leaving money on the table. All right, let’s keep going with the questions now.

Bradley Sutton:

Dennis says what should be an approximate ad spend to justify Adtomic monthly fee. It depends on how you value your time. It’s $1.99 a month for Adtomic and that includes $10,000 spent. So basically that means if you are spending less than $10,000, if you’re paying Amazon in PPC fees less than $10,000 a month, you’re only paying that flat rate of Adtomic $199. So at that point it’s a matter of how do you value your time. Like, if you value your time at $50 an hour, right, if you value your time at $50 an hour and it takes you 10 hours a month to do your PPC, that means you’re kind of spending $500 of your own time on PPC and in that sense is $200 of Adtomic to take that 10 hours down to 30 minutes or less than one hour. Is that worth it? Absolutely it’s worth it. You know Every week Above that it’s still a matter of time savings. All right, if you’re spending $20,000 a month to PPC, you’ve got a pretty big operation. All right, you know you’re probably a million dollar seller. If you’re spending $20, $30, $40,000 a month on PPC, it probably would take you a full-time employee to manage your PPC, or paying an agency like $1,000 a month or something like that, right? So in that sense again, it’s probably worth it to have Adtomic, it’s all. There’s no right or wrong answer here. It’s about how you value your time. If you only value your time at $10 an hour and it only takes you 10 hours a month to do PPC now manually, is it worth it to get Adtomic? Probably not, I’ll be honest, probably not. But if you value your time more, then I would say it’s worth it.

Bradley Sutton:

Dennis, how to get initial reviews apart from the Vine program? That’s pretty much it you know like. If you’re talking about like some actual service that is, terms of service, approved, it’s Vine. You know that’s the only program that Amazon has for reviews. Now if you just wanna get a better chance at getting more reviews, you can use the Request Review. Amazon allows you to send one Request Review per order to customers. Has to be at least, I believe, eight days after the product delivers. So you can automate that in Helium 10 follow-up, right, you don’t have to click one by one each order to say hey, let’s say hey, 13 days after the product is ordered, send a Request Review. That actually triggers the Amazon Request Review inside of Seller Central. But you’re doing it from Helium 10 follow-up and then you could just say, hey, do it on this day and only orders in this marketplace or only this ASIN, this schedule, this other ASIN, this other schedule. You can automate that and basically do, set it and forget it, and then that can give you a better chance to get a review, because your customers are theoretically reminded to leave a review more.

Bradley Sutton:

Sergio says what factors do you decide to negate a keyword or pause campaigns? It’s very rare that I pause a whole campaign, right, like I don’t think I’ve ever paused a whole campaign because my campaigns will have five, 10, maybe 15 targets. Sure, will I pause a target in the campaign, but all 15 of my targets are bad and I’m like that’s very rare, you know. But to negate a keyword, I showed you what I put in Adtomic. I put, hey, I want at least 15, 20, sometimes 25 clicks and slash or a spend that’s equal to 50% or more of the retail price of my product. So if I’m selling a $30 product, I put $15. In other words, if I get $15 worth of spend on a target with zero sales, I’m probably gonna go ahead and pause that target. What if?

Bradley Sutton:

Another question from Sergio is what if the keyword is highly relevant but competitive and have to spend a lot to rank? Check your conversion rate, all right. So look at your conversion rate for that keyword in search query performance and see if it’s really bad compared to your niche as a whole. You gotta figure out why. All right. So it’s not just a matter of, oh, let me pause this or let me just keep spending a lot more money, et cetera, et cetera. It’s a matter of you gotta figure out if that is your most important keyword, why are you not converting for it? Why are people converting for others more than yours? Is it your price? Is it your pictures? Is it your bullet points? What is it? That’s something that’s very important to consider. I don’t just blindly change bids or just pause or just give up on a keyword just because I’m spending too much money. At the same time, I don’t just blindly keep it going because I know this keyword is important. I have to understand why my conversion rate is not good on it and try and fix it.

Bradley Sutton:

Matt says I’ve noticed that my overall ACoS for my PPC has almost doubled to 28% over the last two weeks. Does PPC usually get expensive around Christmas? Yes, ACoS per click goes up. A lot. People raise their budgets, they raise their bid sometimes and that’s just gonna drive up the cost. So that is. I’m not saying oh, you gotta deal with it and be happy with losing money. But no, if you’re asking, is this typical for this time of year, the answer is yes, and the reason why is because, again, people’s budgets are higher, so that means less people are running out potentially of budget, so that you’re not getting in at those cheaper prices that maybe you would towards the end of the day. Normally Other people are just like taking a blanket raising of their bids across the board so that to try and make sure they get top of search and that could be raising the bids as well. But yeah, this is a very competitive time for PPC.

Bradley Sutton:

Tony says what is the thing with the electronics category? Why don’t you get data All the time? I mean, we can only give what Amazon gives, and so a lot of products in the electronics category, amazon doesn’t give parent level BSR, so that means we can’t have a sales estimate for it. Uh, now the says I spent $500 a day in ads. Uh, I get over 200,000 impressions, 350 clicks, but zero sales from those. However, my organic sales are extremely good. Is it because my impressions, my clicks? I’d make sure you’re.

Bradley Sutton:

Uh, what is your look back period? I would not look this week. Make sure that you’re looking at least one to two weeks back, and if those are the numbers you’re seeing, that’s very strange. I don’t think I’ve ever seen 350 clicks in zero sales. Now, if that’s across, like you know, 40 keywords or something, okay, well, well, that makes a little bit of sense. But first of all, make sure you’re you’re looking outside of just the, the attribution window. If you’re looking within the seven days, it could very well be that somebody today is going to click on something or going to buy something that they clicked on maybe a week ago or something, uh, and you might be looking at the data and they’ll say zero sales. But if you look at that same data for this week, in two weeks, it’ll say you had sales. So I would make sure you’re looking back at least two weeks, first of all.

Bradley Sutton:

But then, if, if it is true that you’re just not getting sales, you got to figure out why are these keywords relevant to your listing? Now, if you’ve just got a whole bunch of those 350 clicks is across 50 keywords, right, so that each one is less than 10. I’m not sure it’s time to panic yet because, like I said, I wait until I get 15, 20 clicks with no sales before I start worrying or thinking. That’s not going to be good for me. You know, maybe only seven clicks per keyword has happened. Who knows, maybe your eighth click you’re going to get a sale. So it all depends on what kind of um, what time period you’re looking back on.

Bradley Sutton:

Oh, and your, your second question kind of alludes that uh, now that it says could clicks that haven’t been attributed to sales for that day be attributed to a high organic sales the following day? Uh, clicks can’t be attributed to organic uh sales, like it’s either one or the other. But if, if, if the sale, uh, the, the sale that you see might not be updated in Amazon as a PPC order, if that’s what you’re asking, then yes, that is possible, which is again why I suggest looking no less than uh a week, a week back and an older, instead of looking at this week. We got one more here. Let’s see.

Bradley Sutton:

Matt says I love the freedom ticket course. Great job, learned a lot. Can you recommend a Google PPC course? I’m looking to drive more external traffic from Google directly to my Amazon listing. I’ve actually been looking into trying to create some content not myself because I’m not a Google expert but we might be bringing some Google ads into uh Helium 10 as far as in our training, so that we can, you know, let people know how to drive that external traffic. But even you know something that’s very lucrative these days, even more than Google ads from right here is Tik Tok uh shop, and, and so I I suggest looking into Tik Tok shop If you haven’t done so yet, matt, and we’ll have some content about that soon as well.

Bradley Sutton:

All right, guys, thank you so much for joining us. This is something that our serious sellers club and our elite members get every single week here, which is our ask me anything, but once a month we go ahead and open it up to everybody, like we did today, and we also repurpose this as a podcast. So thank you, guys, so much for joining us and we’ll see you next week. If you’re an SSC member, we’ll see you guys next month. If you’re just in our Facebook groups and make sure to write all your questions down about Helium 10, I’ll try and get them answered right here, live on the air. Thanks a lot, guys. Bye, bye now.


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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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