[PPC Den Podcast Ep. 4] The Advanced Basics of Amazon PPC

In this episode, Mike and Brett jump into the new product targeting features that were released last week by Amazon. Join us as we discuss theory and strategies that you can implement when you create your very first product targeting and category targeting campaigns.

Amazon’s New Targeting Features

Amazon recently released its new Beta targeting features for Amazon marketers to explore. These new targeting features allow you to hone in on your customers by choosing specific products, brands, categories, or other product features to target your ads.

If you’re anything like us here at Ad Badger, you just can’t wait to launch one of these new ads. If that’s you… you’re in luck! Follow along below and you’ll have your first product targeting ad up and running in no time!

Step 1: Begin by logging into Seller Central, click “Advertising”, and then you’ll be taken to the Campaign Manager and see “All Campaigns”. From there, click on “create campaign”. You’ll be shown these options below:


Step 2: Go ahead and click “Continue” under the “Sponsored Products” option.

Step 3: At this point, you’ll see all of the usual options and settings you normally see when creating a new campaign. Fill in your Campaign Name, start date, end date, daily budget, and choose your targeting. Since we’re making a new product targeting campaign, select “Manual targeting” here.

Step 4: Fill in your ad group name and select the product(s) you want to include in this new campaign.

Step 5: Now that you’ve selected manual targeting, filled out your campaign info, and selected your product(s), you’ll see this (above) box that lets you select your intended targeting. Select “Product targeting” here.

Step 6: You’ll now have a few options to customize your campaign. You can select from a list of relevant categories (above) and even refine those categories to be more specific if you’d like. If you’re happy with the category as is, just click “target”. If you’d like to refine the category further, click “refine”.

Step 7: If you click “refine”, you’ll be presented with these (above) options. You can select specific brands, set a certain price range, and even refine your selection by review star ratings.

Step 8: If you’d like to target individual products instead of targeting by category (or refined category), you can select those individual products from the “Suggested” tab above. This will give you a long list of products suggested by Amazon to be relevant to your product. Alternatively, you can search for a specific product by typing its name, ASIN, or SKU. You can also enter a whole list of products by name, ASIN, or SKU. 

Step 9: Amazon also released “negative product targeting” with this update. This allows you to exclude certain brands or products from your targeting. This will prevent your ads from being shown on listings of certain brands or products. 

Step 10: You’re good to go! Just press “Launch Campaign” at the bottom and you’ve successfully launched your very first product targeting ad!

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