Amazon offers a variety of advertisement products to give you control over who or what your ad is targeting, as well as where your ad can appear. Sponsored Display Ads (formerly “Product Display Ads”) are a unique remarketing advertisement product from Amazon that allows you to show your ad to consumers who have previously viewed your product or similar products.
Sponsored Display Ads (SPAs) are CPC display ads that can boost visibility for your product’s details page and can even target your competitor’s products.
While Sponsored Product Ads and Sponsored Brand Ads use keywords to target audiences, Sponsored Display Ads use Amazon’s audience demographics data to target audiences based on their shopping behavior. These audiences may be in the market to buy your product because they viewed your product, similar products, or relevant categories.
So let’s jump right in to how display advertising can help your brand! Here’s what you can expect to learn today from the Badger:
What are the benefits of Amazon Sponsored Display Ads?
The main benefits of Sponsored Display Ads:
- Increase brand awareness in your niche
- Bring traffic to a product’s details page
- Place your best product under your competitors’ listing
- Boost exposure for new product listings
Because these ads don’t display on Amazon’s Search Engine Results Page (SERP), Sponsored Display Ads tend to have slightly lower conversion rates. For that same reason, these ads tend to be less competitive than Sponsored Brand and Sponsored Product ads, so your CPCs and overall spend will likely be less than your account average.
Lastly, because you can place your ad under your competitor’s listings, you can pit your best products against theirs. However, be careful. Make sure to match your ads where you have a real chance of getting clicks and beating out the product.
Where do you find Sponsored Display Ads?
Like we said before, they’re usually found right under the right sidebar’s buying options, but actually they’re a little bit of everywhere. Sponsored Display Ads can appear on:
- Product Detail Pages on Desktop and Mobile
- Customer Review Pages
- Top of the Offer Listing Pages
Note: In the above image, you will notice two Sponsored Display Ads that look a little bit different from each other. The one on the right is an archaic “Product Display” ad which allowed you to include your logo and a customizable headline in your ad. Product Display was replaced by Sponsored Display which is not customizable and simply displays your product image, title, price, and reviews.
Although Amazon discontinued Product Display ads in 2018, you may see a couple of these lone survivors popping up every now and again.
How to Create Sponsored Display Ads on Amazon
Sponsored Display Ads are simple to create and won’t take more than a few minutes.
Step 1: Head over to Campaign Manager.
Step 2: Then click “Create Campaign.”
Step 3: You’ll be prompted to select what type of ad campaign you want to create. Select Sponsored Display.
Step 4: Pick a product to advertise by either typing its name or ASIN.
Step 5: After choosing which of your products you would like to advertise, you will be able to set a CPC bid. If you need help figuring out how to calculate this, we recommend you check out our guide to Calculating a Bid Strategy for Amazon Ads.
Step 6: Set your campaign name, budget, and duration.
- The minimum daily budget is $1 and the minimum cost per click is $.02 according to Amazon. They also suggest running your campaigns for a month to get a full grasp of the results.
Step 7: Preview the ad & submit the campaign. Congratulations, you’ve made your first Sponsored Display Ad!
Our Strategy Recommendations
Like all Amazon PPC ads, there are many strategies you can take. Just allow yourself time to test out strategies to see what works.
Talking to Andrew Maffettone of Seller’s Choice, he suggested experimenting with one ASIN and hitting your ACoS before changing anything. (Check out this article if you want to learn how to hit your ACoS.)
I recommend choosing Sponsored Display Ads for ASINs you know are going to sell, brand new products you are launching, or ones you really want to get rid of.
The safest bet is to take your best selling product and put it up against your competitor’s products, equipped with copy and images that highlight different features than their product.
That’s a wrap for Amazon Sponsored Display
Hopefully we’ve convinced you to start using Sponsored Display in your own PPC campaigns. If boosting brand awareness and competing right under the buy box are your objectives, you can’t go without display ads.
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