Helium 10 Buzz 11/23/23: Amazon Review Police | Amazon Posts Videos | Black Friday

We’re back with another episode of the Weekly Buzz with Helium 10’s Chief Brand Evangelist, Bradley Sutton. Every week, we cover the latest breaking news in the Amazon, Walmart, and E-commerce space, interview someone you need to hear from and provide a training tip for the week.

How Amazon is using AI to ensure authentic customer reviews
https://www.aboutamazon.eu/news/policy/how-amazon-is-using-ai-to-ensure-authentic-customer-reviews

Temu, Shein far lag Amazon as online holiday shopping ramps up
https://www.reuters.com/business/retail-consumer/temu-shein-far-lag-amazon-online-holiday-shopping-ramps-up-2023-11-22/

Amazon to Launch Live Shopping Deals During Black Friday Football Game on Prime Video
https://variety.com/2023/shopping/news/amazon-black-friday-football-game-prime-deals-1235805778/

Hyundai to Sell Vehicles on Amazon Starting in 2024
https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a45896102/hyundai-amazon-car-sales-2024/

Stay tuned as we discuss the latest new features from Helium 10 and share some valuable newsletters to keep you in the loop. Later on, we share some game-changing strategies with Mina Elias for auditing your Amazon PPC campaigns. You’ll learn how to manage campaigns effectively and monitor and improve campaign performance. Join us for this exciting episode!

In this episode of the Weekly Buzz by Helium 10, Bradley covers:

  • 01:02 – AI Review Police
  • 03:20 – Temu, Shein Lagging
  • 04:53 – Black Friday Football
  • 06:45 – Amazon Posts Videos
  • 08:15 – Hyundai Buy Box
  • 10:00 – Billion Dollar Seller Newsletter
  • 11:00 – Commerce Accelerated
  • 11:35 – Weekly Buzz
  • 12:19 – Helium 10 New Feature Alerts
  • 16:20 – ProTraining Tip: How To Audit Your PPC Campaigns with Mina Elias

Transcript

Bradley Sutton:

Amazon is employing AI to police fraudulent reviews. Timo and Sheen are lagging in holiday sales. This week is the first ever Amazon Black Friday football game. You soon can have videos for Amazon Post. These and much more stories on today’s weekly buzz. How cool is that? Pretty cool, I think.

Bradley Sutton:

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 is our Helium 10 Weekly Buzz, where we give you a rundown of all the goings on as far as news goes in the Amazon, Walmart, e-commerce world. We give you all the latest new Helium 10 features that have been released this week and we give you training tips the week that will give you serious strategies for Serious Sellers of any level in the e-commerce world. Let’s see what’s buzzing. All right, today is Thursday. Yes, I’m recording this on Thursday. Yes, it’s an American holiday, but we at the weekly buzz do not take any time off, guys. We want to make sure you guys know what’s going on out there, so let’s go ahead and hop right into the news.

Bradley Sutton:

The first article of the day is actually a was a press release by Amazon, and it’s entitled how Amazon is Using AI to Ensure Authentic Customer Reviews. All right, you know a lot of us worry, sometimes complaining about, you know, a lot of competitors doing some black hat strategies in reviews, right, and so this article goes in to talk about how advanced AI helps publish authentic reviews and weed out the fake ones. You know it mentions how the vast majority of reviews pass this Amazon bar of authenticity and they get posted right away, but that they’re using AI to kind of look or try and detect if there’s potential review abuse and if that happens, they either delete the review, they take action against the reviewer A lot of interesting things this article talks about. Now, the thing that almost kind of like worried me was that I still see, in 2023, a lot of obviously fraudulent reviews. You know where it’s reviews that have to do with, you know products that you know are not even part of. You know the listing and a whole bunch of other things. This article was talking about how, in 2022, amazon observed and blocked more than 200 million fake reviews. So it’s like that’s kind of crazy if you think about it. Like that’s last year and this year I’m still seeing reviews like man. That’s a lot of reviews and a lot of you know, fake reviews and bad reviews. So it’s funny because you know, we’ve been talking about that FTC lawsuit and I I’ve always mentioned how there is like so many other things I think that Amazon sellers are worried about. Uh, as far as Amazon goes, that the things that that FTC thing is and I would say the like, the fake reviews is one of them where all of a sudden, some new competitor comes in and within like three days, there’s like a thousand reviews or or all of us, and they, they merge a whole bunch of listings and or resurrect some dead listing, those reviews for a phone case, but you know it’s really for a coffin shelf or something. I mean, these are the things that, uh, you know I think a lot of Amazon sellers hope that you know Amazon would crack down more on. Hey, this article might be a move in the right direction If it’s utilizing more advanced AI. Obviously, ai in 2023 and 2024 is not what it was in 2022. So maybe there is uh kind of like light at the end of this tunnel.

Bradley Sutton:

Next article is from Reuters and it’s entitled T moon Shane lag far behind as online holiday shopping uh ramps up. So you know, like I’ve been talking about this cause it comes up in the news a lot, how you know they’re making a lot of waves, so many people are going to their websites and stuff. But I’m not. I never really was worried, uh, about you know, t moon she like biting into Amazon sales. Even Amazon’s not worried. We talked about in the weekly buzz before how Amazon is not even doing price matching on these websites Cause it doesn’t even really consider it like on the same level. Now, uh, similar web in this article said that hey, nine out of 10 visitors to T moon and sheen and when I say a lot, you know visitors there’s millions of uh, uh visitors coming this holiday season. This article says nine out of 10 are window shoppers, not buyers. All right, sheen’s website drew 28.6 million unique visitors in October, which is up from a year before, but visits that resulted in actual transactions, you know, a visit to the website that ended up in a sale went down to 4.1%. How does Amazon compare? 56% of Amazon’s 268 million monthly visits in October resulted in sale. So, again, like I don’t think Amazon is is scared or we as Amazon sellers need to worry about all this traffic that’s going to, like T moon and sheen, people are not really buying on there right now. You know things could, of course, change, but as of now you can. You could see that. You know, buyer intent is really lacking on those other websites.

Bradley Sutton:

Uh, speaking of Amazon, uh, this next article is from Variety. The title is Amazon to launch live shopping deals during black Friday football game on prime video. All right, so the very first ever black Friday football game is happening. Usually, you know, thursday, thanksgiving, Thursday, football is kind of a big thing. Now, the first ever Amazon black Friday game and it’s going to be broadcast on Amazon and says deals are going to go live during pre game, half time and post game sales. All right, and there will also be one big limited time deal per quarter.

Bradley Sutton:

Now there’s rumors about what these might be. You know some say it’s like. You know, might be some big uh from beats by Dre and Lego and different things. Now you might think, well, you know that it doesn’t. That’s not me, you know I don’t have my deals on there. But again, we’ve been talking about kind of like a move by Amazon to start having more deals with their prime video and their video assets, and even though this might not have regular third party sellers.

Bradley Sutton:

You know we’re not going to afford uh, you know, a spot in this once a year. You know, you know football game. But imagine, you know if millions of people are watching football and you know a certain percentage of them are going to go to buy these beats by Dre, or these legals or these other things. Now, all of a sudden guess what? It’s a you know, commercial time, or it’s a break, it’s halftime, they’re on the Amazon app and they’re buying something else, but now that they might go ahead and browse other other things, you know. So this is good for for Amazon sellers. Even though you might not be taking advantage of this exact kind of advertising, you are advantaged by it because Amazon is sending all of this new traffic directly to Amazon and hopefully you know that they can find their way to one of your listings if they start browsing, you know, while they’re waiting for the second half to start, or something like that.

Bradley Sutton:

So, interesting, interesting things, how you know, the world of advertising for, for Amazon and the world of sports and entertainment is coming a little bit more together. Next, one article is actually just from you know, from my buddy, jeff Cohen’s LinkedIn. I’ve been seeing this. You know multiple people post about this. I don’t have access to this in my account but I wanted to, you know, show Jeff’s post here because he was the first one that I saw talk about it. But on LinkedIn he says that Amazon post is going to soon support video. So Amazon post, you know, hopefully you guys are utilizing that. We’ve talked about how you can use the Amazon AI and the helium 10. I had to create images and captions completely automatically with Amazon or for for Amazon posts, but soon you’re now going to be able to upload video. You know I personally have been seeing Amazon posts come up more in search results than in the past. Perhaps you’ve seen that before. So imagine if now in the search results you can see Amazon posts that have video. All right, so it’s going to be pretty cool. Jeff talks about here in his his LinkedIn posts that he says that, hey, shoppers who interact with a post end up performing 45% more branded searches, and brands with 10 plus post have, on average, compared to brands with fewer than 10 posts, two and a half more time store visits and almost four times more followers. And so you know, the thought being that, hey, that’s just with static images. How much more could, potentially, having video now increase your branded search and some of your traffic? So if you don’t have it in your Amazon post section yet, you know, like me, it’s probably going to come in the next few days for you. All right.

Bradley Sutton:

Next article is actually from car and driver First time we’re quoting car and driver here in the weekly buzz and it’s entitled Hyundai to sell vehicles on Amazon starting in 2024. All right, says looking for a 2024 Hyundai, look no further than your Amazon Prime account. Now, again, does this affect third party sellers? You know, maybe, maybe not. I just thought this was an interesting kind of like article here, because that’s just kind of crazy If you think about where things are going now. Basically, this article is saying that, hey, you’re going to be able to like, pick your color and everything. You’re going to use the buy box. There’s going to be different dealers that maybe have different offerings. Different dealerships are now playing the game of fighting for the buy box like arbitrage sellers. There’s no, there’s no haggling here, and I just think it’s like kind of like fascinating where the world of online commerce is going to. You know, buying brand new cars online is not new, but Amazon obviously is going to be the biggest website ever to sell new cars. And who knows, you know, maybe I’m just waiting for the first dealership to make a mistake on their coupon and they don’t realize there’s some coupons or deal of the day stacking and I’ll be able to get a new Hyundai Santa Fe for like 50% off or something. My very first ever new car was a 1999 Hyundai Elantra. So yeah, I kind of only drive like he is and things now, but I still love my Korean car. So, who knows, maybe I might be one of the ones to be one of the first ones to buy a brand new car on Amazon.

Bradley Sutton:

All right, that’s it for the news articles this week. Actually, not that much going on Now. Before we get into the helium 10 new feature alerts, I wanted to call attention to a couple of newsletters. I’ve never really been one to promote newsletters, never even had my own until a couple of weeks ago, but there’s only three newsletters that I subscribe to, or that I actually read out of all the ones out there, and so the first one is actually the billion dollar sellers newsletter. All right, so that’s made by, obviously, kevin King from the helium 10 elite program and the AMPM podcast. It’s very, very valuable. All right, there’s not BS in here. There’s actionable strategies. There’s not a whole bunch of fluff. A lot of humor in there, though. So if you guys want to get strategies that you can use right away and some no BS newsletter, go ahead and go to h10.me forward slash BDSN. H10.me forward slash BDSN. Completely free to subscribe to that newsletter and a lot of great stuff. That’s the first kind of like outside newsletter I ever read in my life, just because it’s the only one worth it to me.

Bradley Sutton:

Another one that I’ve been subscribing to for a little while is made by Pacvue’s own Melissa. All right, so this is on LinkedIn and this is called commerce accelerated. So if you guys want to subscribe to it, go to h10.m/melissa. Another great newsletter. A lot of advertising in there and a lot of, you know, high level strategies as well as stuff that affects, you know, third party sellers. The last article was a recap on Amazon unboxed that Melissa was at, and so I highly recommend subscribing to that newsletter. And then, of course, you know shameless plug. The last newsletter is the new weekly buzz newsletter that I’m doing. It’s not just like a transcript of this weekly buzz. I go break down all of the news articles and have some video on there and some other. You know strategies as well. So if you guys want to subscribe on LinkedIn to my Helium 10 weekly buzz newsletter, just go to h10.me/newsletter. h10.me/newsletter. All right, now let’s get into the Helium 10 new feature alerts. Every week, we are launching new tools, new features, new functionality. A lot of it comes from you, the users. So what do we have cooking for this week? Even though it’s a short week, we still launching things. The very first one I want to talk about is for Cerebro and Magna, and these are custom filters.

Bradley Sutton:

This has been asked for by a lot of you out there and you know you guys all have maybe your own strategy of how you run Cerebro as part of your process, like right, like maybe. Hey, I’m going to analyze, you know, 15 different niches and for everyone, one of my criteria. For example, what do I have? Here I’m showing a search volume of a minimum 400. And then a minimum number of one competitor. Maximum two are ranking between one and 20. And these keywords have a title density of three, like, like. There’s like six filters that I’m using right there. Now, if you’re having to do this search 10 times a day, right, because you know you’re just doing some bulk research, it’s probably a hassle for you to have to, one by one, re-enter all of these filters in. So now what we have is, once you enter some filters, at the very bottom of Cerebro, you are going to want to go ahead and hit this button called save as filter preset, right. And once you hit that button, another window will come up allowing you to go ahead and put a preset name and you can say, hey, this is my, you know, keyword research version one or whatever. And now this is going to show up as a one click filter at the very top of Cerebro, so that when you get into Cerebro, you enter the ASINs, you can just hit one button and it automatically populates your filters. Same thing for magnet. All right, let’s say I have this process where I’m like hey, I out of all these keywords from what came out from, you know, these thousands of keywords that came out inside of my magnet search show me everything that has 500 search volume, that’s at least three words, and that there’s only 300 competing products for this keyword. Right, again, it might take a little bit of time to enter all these filters in. Once you do that again, just hit the save as filter preset and what’s going to happen is you can just name this filter and then now, when you enter in, go into a magnet search, you are going to be able to just, you know, hit that button and your exact filters are going to come out.

Bradley Sutton:

The next and the only other update for the days is for those of you who are on the Helium 10 supercharge. You know, plan our supercharge plans for like eight, nine figure sellers. You guys have some pretty crazy graphs that you’re going to be able to do, all right. So on your insights dashboard you’re at the very bottom there’s a, there’s a button that says add a chart, right, you know everybody else has access to this too, but you got supercharged members have access to kind of like a crazy, crazy next level charting system. All right, and this is just the beginning.

Bradley Sutton:

So it takes you to a new page and then basically, what you’re going to want to see is you can choose any two metrics that you want to compare, like, hey, I’m going to compare my ad click through rate with my unit soul. I want to compare RoAS, ACoS, ad spend and net profit. You know, all in the same chart. I want you know the dates to be preset. At this. I mean, like, pretty much, you’re going to be able to now take anything that is in your, you know, helium 10 account, which comes from seller central, obviously all of your data, and then start putting it on graphs and tables and compare different things that you normally wouldn’t be able to compare, because a lot of again, why do we have this? A lot of people were saying, hey, I love the data that’s in Helium 10, but I end up having to, like, download it into Excel files and make my own power points and reports. No longer you can just compare anything you want, download the graphs and, and you know, make tables, et cetera. So that is for supercharged members. All right, that’s it for the Helium 10 new feature alerts for this week.

Bradley Sutton:

Last up, we have our training tip of the week and it’s actually a PPC training tip, and it’s with a guest speaker, mina Elias, who you guys all know and love, and this one is going to be about how you can audit your account. Like, maybe you haven’t been paying enough attention to your PPC, well, how can you go in there and give it an audit, mina, let us know how. Mina question that we’ve gotten from our audience is hey, you know, I’ve been running PPC for a while. I’m running it on my own for now. How can I run like an audit to know if I’m doing well or not? What are the things that you look at so that somebody can really understand like, hey, I’m doing excellent. Or you know what? I need some improvement here and there?

Mina:

Yeah, so I’ll walk you through our audits and basically how I do an audit like step by step. Step number one I’m looking at portfolios. Are you organizing your products into portfolios, you know? Do you have like multiple child ASINs that are that have different campaigns, or are you lumping all of your, your child ASINs into the same campaigns? So then I would create the portfolios.

Mina:

Next is my campaign naming convention. So are the campaigns named? Easily? For us it’s like product code space dash space. You know the type of the ad, like close match, loose match, complements or substitutes, if it’s auto, broad phraser, exact, product targeting, expanded ASIN, so what’s the type of the ad? Space dash space. And then it’s like the purpose of the ad. So if it has a purpose like ranking or you know branded, something like that, if it’s like brand, brand name, and then you know space dash space, the source of the keywords, and so that’s like if it came from helium 10 or if it came from the search term report or if it’s like a main keyword or something like that. And that allows me to sort through campaigns pretty quickly, because whenever I’m looking at like show me all of the performance of my, like exact, you know keyword campaigns, then I can just type in exact in the search and it pops up.

Mina:

Next I’m looking at the budgets of the campaigns, especially for campaigns that are either running out of budget or have a good row as. So if your campaign has a low a cost or a good row as, there’s no reason that the budget should be low, even if you feel like, okay, my budget’s $50 and I’m only spending $25 a day, it doesn’t matter. Because what I’ve noticed is if I go from 50 to 250, I’ll go from spending $25 a day to $80 a day, and if the ACOS is good, then you’re just going to make more sales with the good ACOS it’s definitely worth trying. And then if you’re running out of budget, obviously that’s also red flag. You should always control your spending based on a bid level. So lower the bids to spend less, as opposed to capping, you know, your spend on a budget level, because that I’ve seen just kind of effects performance negatively.

Mina:

Then from there I’m going to click into the campaigns and I’m going to make sure that each of them have only one ad group. What I’ve noticed is multiple ad groups cause like, let’s say, you have $100 budget, it could be $80 to one ad group and 20 to another ad group Again doesn’t make any sense. I don’t know why it happens, but it’s something I want to avoid, because it could be that the $20 ad group is the one that has the better row, as but Amazon is. Primary objective is to make you sell more. And then, once I’m in the ad groups, the next thing I’m looking for is how many keywords do you have in there? If you have, you know, more than five keywords, I start suspecting that you might have keywords at the bottom not getting enough like budget. So I’ll just sort by sales or sort by spend and then I’ll see. Okay, you know keyword number one, two, three, four, five, they all have sales. But like six, seven, eight, they have like one sale in the last 30 to 60 days. And then keyword number nine onwards, they don’t have any sales. So those keywords are all areas of opportunity. If I pause those keywords in that campaign, move them to, you know, create a new campaign with those keywords, give them another, another chance. With a good budget they could end up spending a lot more money on making sales. So that’s the next thing that I look for.

Mina:

Then I go into the placements tab. So, you know, do I find any placements like top of search or product pages where the ROAS and the click through rates are significantly better than they are in the rest of search? So, for example, if I look at, you know, in a campaign, I look at the placement tab and I see the top of search has like a 8% click through rate instead of like a 0.4 in rest of search and it has like a 7x ROAS instead of a 3x ROAS. What I’m going to do is I’m going to increase the bid by placement, you know, by 25% or something like that, just a small number, to what I’m telling Amazon is, if my bid is a dollar, I’m allowing you to spend up to a dollar and 25 cents. If it means that I’m going to show up on the top of page one, because, you know, I’ve seen, based on the data I’m converting, well, there, then I’m going to go into the targeting tab or the bulk sheet. You know, if you don’t know how to use the bulk sheet, just stick to the targeting tab.

Mina:

In the targeting tab I’m sorting for keywords that are not profitable, so only exact and product targeting. I’m going to, you know, just do either two types of keywords. One where I’m like orders equals zero and spend is greater than a certain number. So orders equals zero means it didn’t make me any sales and I spent money. Let’s say I spent more than $15, or like half of my product costs, with no sales.

Mina:

I’ll tell you how to handle them in a second. So those ones, I’m going to lower the bids or eat or pause them. You know, if it’s spent $30 in the last 90 days and it didn’t make any sales, just at this point it’s not going to make any more sales. It could in the future, once you conversion rate significantly higher, but not right now.

Mina:

So, and then the other thing is okay, I’m going to just sort by a cost. So show me everything that’s greater than 75% echoes and again all of those. And warning guys, you know, for anything that’s greater than 75% echoes, do not touch things that have a really good, like a really high number of sales, because the ACoS could be bad but in reality it could be driving a lot of sales, even on the organic side that it’s just not being attributed. So again, ACoS is high. I’m going to lower the bids and then vice versa, I’m going to sort by anything that has like a row as greater than, let’s say, 5x, for example, and then I’m going to increase the bids of all of those keywords, meaning I’m willing to show up higher in the search. And you can always do like a cross check with you know cerebral and see where you’re ranking organically for those keywords. If you’re ranking organically and sponsored high, you don’t need to increase the bids, but if your organic and sponsored rank is low and your row as is good, it’s worth trying to increase the bids, get more visibility, more clicks and more sales. Then I’m going to go into the search term report. That’s the final piece. And in the search term report, again two directions.

Mina:

Number one keywords that are not working. This is for auto broad phrase and expanded ASIN. The reason is for a broad keyword, it could be 30 different keywords that are being triggered in the search terms that are, you know, resulting in bad performance. So maybe five of them, 10 of them are bad, like low row as or spending, no sales, and then five or 10 are very good. So you want to keep the good ones and then negative the bad ones. So, again, a filter sales equals zero, spend greater than $15.

Mina:

Take all of those keywords and go into the campaigns and add them as negatives, negative, exact, and then you know a cost greater than 85%. Again, be careful for keywords that are generating a lot of sales. But I can take all of those keywords, add them as negatives in the campaigns and then vice versa, I can identify any keywords with like greater than five RoAS. Take all of those keywords, find which match types they’re not currently being targeted in. So maybe they’re in broad, they got discovered in broad but I’m not actually targeting them in an exact campaign or a broad campaign or whatever. And then I take those keywords and start launching them in new campaigns so I can get more visibility on those keywords. But that’s essentially what I’m doing, that, step by step, awesome.

Bradley Sutton:

Awesome, all right guys. So if you want to get more tips from Mina about how to you know run PPC, make sure to check out his company and hubhealium10.com. You can look for Trivium. Or if you have a platinum account or higher, make sure to check out PPC Academy. It’s in your learning hub on your Helium 10 dashboard. He’s got tons of great modules there. Mina, thanks a lot for joining us.

Mina:

Thanks for having me All right.

Bradley Sutton:

Thanks very much, Mina, for that, and thanks to all of you guys for tuning in. Hope you guys enjoyed this edition and we’ll see you next week to see what’s buzzing.


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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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