Amazon Makes It Official: The Prime Early Access Sale Is Slated For October 11-12

This week, Amazon confirmed rumors of a second Prime Day-like sales event titled the Prime Early Access Sale with a press release announcing the event. As previously reported, the Prime Early Access Sale will take place for 48 hours on October 11th and 12th.

The Prime Early Access Sale marks the first time the e-commerce superpower will hold two major sales events in one calendar year. However, it’s not the first time Amazon has held a major sales event in October, as Prime Day 2020 took place from October 13th to 14th after being pushed back from its usual July date as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After years of wondering if or when Amazon would look to go beyond Prime Day for annual sales holidays, the Early Access Sale appears to answer those questions. But what exactly is the Prime Early Access Sale, and what can Amazon sellers expect?

Part Prime Day, Part Black Friday?

Perhaps the most notable part of the announcement outside of the announcement itself, is it appears to serve as a kickoff for the quickly approaching holiday season.

“We are so excited to help Prime members kick off the holiday season with Amazon’s new Prime Early Access Sale—an exclusive opportunity for members to get deep discounts on top brands we know they are looking for this time of year. And members can start enjoying exclusive Prime benefits and offers now, plus find gift ideas for the family with our holiday gift guides and this year’s Toys We Love list.”

Jamil Ghani, vice president of Amazon Prime

A significant chunk of the press release focuses on kicking off the holiday season with access to thousands of deals exclusively for Prime members. While Black Friday has long served as the unofficial beginning of the hectic holiday season, the Prime Early Access Sale seeks to get the party started six weeks before Black Friday.

Additionally, shopping for the holidays a little earlier this year may have additional benefits beyond saving a few bucks during the promotional period. Due to the uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing supply chain disruption that continues to have ripple effects, crossing items off your shopping checklist over a longer period helps smooth out the always-chaotic holiday blitz starting on Black Friday and lasting for weeks.

More Money, More Benefits

This year, Amazon announced a price hike for the first time in years for their signature Prime subscription for customers, with rates going from $13 per month to $15, and $119 annually to $139.

The Prime Early Access Sale indicates the subscription’s price hike comes with additional benefits, so the roughly 160 million Amazon Prime subscribers get more bang while spending more bucks.

One of the most ballyhooed benefits recently added to the Prime membership is GrubHub+, with rewards and savings on the popular food delivery service. While this may not appear like news for Amazon sellers, the additional benefits outside of the Amazon marketplace for Prime members only makes the consumer base grow even larger. With benefits such as the aforementioned GrubHub+, Audible, Prime Video, Amazon Music Unlimited and countless more perks, the Prime membership base is strong and strengthens the Amazon marketplace further.

Full Steam Ahead Into 2023

Although the event’s existence had been hinted about, the official announcement adds intrigue to what should be an interesting Q4. After two years of uncertainty and constant disruption, things are as close to “normal” as they’ve been in years.

While concerns about consumer spending linger internationally, the Prime Early Access Sale and subsequent holiday season provide a worthy source of optimism for Amazon sellers looking to close out 2022 on a positive note.

Even if the time for you to prepare for the Prime Early Access Sale is ticking, it goes without saying that sellers should not shrug off tactics to maximize visibility and sales during a period of skyrocketing sales.

Because it’s the first-ever Prime Early Access Sale, it’s difficult to know what to expect. However, if Prime Day is any indicator, this has the potential to be absolutely massive.

Amazon Prime Day sales by year, since 2015.

For Prime-eligible products, sellers can submit a Prime Exclusive Discount or Coupon before October 11, 2022 to participate in the Prime Early Access Sale.

Any measure sellers can take to put their product in a position for success should be taken, as a wave of sales during the event is sure to put you in *ahem* prime position to ride a wave of sales through the holiday season.

Consider what quick opportunities you can take to refine your business, from pricing to your product description to advertising. Now is the perfect time to check out tools like Competitor Intelligence, Viral Launch’s tool that gives you unparalleled insight into your competition so you can out-smart the competition and stop leaving dollars on the table.

Amazon Prime Day 2022 Was The Biggest Prime Day Ever — And Small & Medium-Sized Businesses Took Advantage

Despite mounting concerns about inflation, Amazon Prime Day 2022 staked its claim as the “biggest” Prime Day in Amazon’s history, according to Amazon.

At this point, it should come as a surprise to no one that Amazon Prime Day stands out as one of the premier shopping events on the calendar. But the shopping holiday further solidified its spot even further with a blockbuster 2022 showing.

Setting sales records in 2020 and 2021 in spite of a global pandemic that wreaked havoc on supply chains and created an uncertain future on the shopper side, Prime Day continued to prove its status as a market force in the face of inflation concerns in 2022.

Prime Day 2022 Fun Facts

  • Prime members worldwide purchased more than 100,000 items per minute during this year’s Prime Day event.
  • Customers in the U.S. used Prime Day to celebrate summer, purchasing more than 1.2 million pairs of sunglasses and more than 1 million swimsuits
  • Some of the best-selling categories in the U.S. this Prime Day were Consumer Electronics, Household Essentials, and Home
  • Prime members worldwide did the most shopping from 9 a.m.—10 a.m. PT on Tuesday, July 12 during the entire Prime Day event
Global Amazon Prime Day sales from 2015 to 2022 via Statista

As the ever-changing market ebbs and flows, it’s apparent Prime Day has become unassailable as a sales mega-event that brings billions of dollars into the Amazon marketplace during what was previously a lull in the retail calendar.

Zeroing In On The Prime Day Sales Bump

Using Viral Launch’s Keyword Research and Market Intelligence tools, we can get a more zoomed-in view of how the Prime Day bump can impact a product market.

For example, let’s look into a top-selling product that goes hand-in-hand with the millions of swimsuits and sunglasses: water bottles. More specifically, the insulated water bottles that keep your drink cool when the weather heats up in the summertime.

Search volume for “insulated water bottle” spikes in July. Data via Viral Launch’s Keyword Research tool.

It’s safe to assume that the warm weather of the summer will lead to scorching sales of insulated water bottles, but Prime Day boosts interest in the product to a new level.

Viral Launch’s Market Intelligence tool shows a significant jump in average sales over the past 90 days since Prime Day for insulated water bottles.

In the image above taken from Market Intelligence, you can see a small dip before Prime Day, followed by a sizable uptick in sales from customers thirsty for a good deal.

The data detailed in the Estimated Sales Trend graph represents the average monthly sales using the previous 30 days for a running average. The quick rise in sales after July 12 that continues to grow before a small drop represents the 30 days of sales including the two-day Prime Day.

As a marquee sales event, Prime Day represents a tremendous opportunity for third-party sellers to break through and prosper like never before.

We were thrilled to be part of the Amazon Prime Day promotion of small businesses, and we experienced a 326% increase in sales during Prime Day.

Renee Manzari, founder and CEO of Livity Yoga, a sustainable yoga brand based in Baltimore, Maryland.

This quick infusion of sales can be a huge boon for a profitable summer with long-lasting results. In addition to escalating sales, Amazon businesses can ride the wave of sales towards receiving coveted reviews to boost consumer trust and see a rise in organic rank to boost visibility as the holiday season approaches.

Small and medium-sized Amazon sellers crush Prime Day

Amazon’s Small Businesses to Win Big Sweepstakes, which ran from June 21st through the conclusion of Prime Day on July 11, brought massive sales to smaller online businesses, resulting in more than $3 billion in sales on more than 100 million items. During the promotion, customers were incentivized to shop with smaller storefronts by receiving entries into sweepstakes for prizes such as an all-expenses-paid trip to the Super Bowl and exclusive merchandise, among other rewards.

The promotion’s existence and substantial success lend credence to Amazon’s commitment to smaller and medium-sized sellers, as they have repeatedly stated that smaller businesses are an essential part of their greater success.

“We made a bet that bringing selling partners into our store would not only be a win for customers … but it would also be a win for small businesses …”

Dave Clark, CEO Worldwide Consumer, Amazon

Time and time again, Amazon is sure to call out and create programs targeted at helping smaller businesses succeed. Between 2019 and 2020, Amazon invested more than $30 billion in various programs, services and tools for the growth of its small businesses.

In Amazon’s Q2 2022 earnings report released on July 28, Amazon reported third-party sellers account for 57% of all items sold on its platform, the highest percentage ever reported.

Is Now Your Time To Get In The Game?

With so much positive momentum for third-party Amazon sellers, there may not be a better time than now to get off the sidelines and venture into the world of selling on Amazon.

As e-commerce continues to assert itself as the preferred method of shopping and Amazon Prime’s subscriber base in excess of 150 million and growing, it’s clear Amazon’s robust marketplace is the place to be for those looking to try their hand at entrepreneurship.

For those interested in starting their own online business, sign up for your free trial of Viral Launch’s comprehensive software suite, with invaluable insights and sales data to kickstart and maintain your Amazon business.

And don’t forget to check out our handy guidelines to becoming an Amazon seller to help you understand the Amazon terrain and avoid common roadblocks on your journey to entrepreneurial success. With years of experience closely tracking and monitoring millions of Amazon products and assisting thousands of sellers succeed in the Amazon marketplace, we’ve got the goods to fast-track your booming online business.

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Amazon Prime Early Access Sale: Could It Be Prime Day 2.0?

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According to a report from Insider, Amazon sellers reaping the benefits of July’s annual Prime Day may not be waiting too long before another retail holiday to boost sales. Leaked documents from Amazon detail plans for a potential Amazon Prime Day-like sales event in October named the Prime Early Access Sale.

While we can only speculate at this time, the “Early Access” name may imply an opportunity for Prime members to receive early access to the following month’s Black Friday deals. Amazon sellers will surely want to pay attention to more information about this potential sales event as more information becomes available.

Veteran sellers will remember this would not be the first major sales event in Amazon history held in October, as the COVID-19 pandemic pushed back Prime Day 2020 from its usual mid-summer date to October 13th and 14th.

How major could the Prime Early Access Sale be?

“This event is one of the best deals events of the year and Prime members would be crazy to miss it,” one document said. Also according to the Insider reporting, some third-party sellers report receiving invitations to submit deals for the event.

Whether officially billed as a precursor to Black Friday or not, an Amazon-led sales event in October could mark the unofficial kickoff to the holiday shopping season. 

Seemingly since the massive success of the initial Prime Day in 2015, speculation has persisted that Amazon could add a second major sales event. The duration of Prime Day has slowly increased from 24 hours to 48 hours in 2019, which is the current span of the sales period. After years of establishing Prime Day as one of, and perhaps the most important shopping event on the calendar, Amazon may be looking to the next idea to expand its reach in e-commerce.

After a period of unforeseen and fortuitous growth in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the re-opening of brick-and-mortar retail and a downturn in consumer spending have served as a reminder that meteoric growth can’t sustain linear growth forever.

By adding a second signature sales event, Amazon could provide some juice for third-party Amazon sellers to bolster sales heading into the very busy holiday season.

After yet another colossal Prime Day in July during which 24 countries participated in days of deals, any Amazon promotion should be prepared for and meticulously planned for, as it can skyrocket sales and make a tremendous difference in your bottom line.

The timing of the event adds even more weight to this opportunity, with the potential for an avalanche of sales and reviews to enhance visibility for your product and make your product more appealing to shoppers in the run-up to Black Friday and the ever-so-crucial holiday season.

The addition of a second major sales date before the busiest time of the year could be a much-welcomed accelerant to bolster sales.

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Amazon Advertising: New Budgets Page Feature In Beta

On Tuesday, Amazon announced a new feature for the Advertising console, the Budgets Page (beta). While the new feature hasn’t generated much buzz, it should be on the radar of every Amazon seller utilizing advertising. It comes with some powerful performance insights and actionable steps being added to their Seller Central account.

The value proposition of the new Budgets page is the powerful data points that allow individualized metrics and estimates for your campaign. Within this page, you can see the average time your campaigns were in budget. It covers estimates on missed sales, missed impressions and missed clicks in the time that the campaign was out of budget.

With the data provided on the page, this will also provide a recommended daily budget for each of your campaigns. It covers the goal of optimizing ad spend, and the option to apply those recommendations.

Amazon claims they are able to provide estimated missed sales, missed clicks, and missed impressions through Amazon’s machine learning technology based on historical performance.

The Potential

The potential of these estimates and metrics can go a long way for Amazon sellers looking to get the most advertising bang for their buck. Access to this information (for free) is a huge advantage for savvy sellers looking to maximize advertising efforts. Knowing how many sales you could be racking up in the time your ads are inactive would theoretically answer any questions or concerns about the efficiency of your campaigns.

It’s important to remember that the majority of these metrics are estimates. These estimates could eliminate much of the guesswork when creating and optimizing PPC campaigns. If accurate, you won’t have to wonder how many sales, clicks, or impressions were left on the table while a campaign ran out of budget.

In theory, Amazon is able to monitor your advertising campaigns over time. Plus, be able to create estimates on performance if they were to run in perpetuity.

Additionally, Amazon sellers can see which campaigns are running out the quickest, compare actual budget to recommended budget, and more.

Where can I access the Budgets page?

Sellers can find the brand new Budgets Page (beta) in a few different ways:

  1. Within Campaign Manager, select the Budgets page.
  2. Download the data into a report within the Report Center of Seller Central.
  3. Set up a subscription within Seller Central to have the results emailed to you.

Within the Reports page, information and data will be available beyond the limits of Campaign Manager, which displays information from the last 90 days.

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Summary

The new Budgets page should be something to keep an eye on for any sellers advertising on Amazon. Tracking the campaign estimates for accuracy could greatly benefit sellers in regard to maximizing return on ad spend.

Monitoring estimates and tracking performance when taking suggested actions will certainly be interesting. We’ll be sure to monitor the new page as more information becomes available.

Overall, it becomes the latest addition to the Advertising Console’s busy 2021, which has been a central point of emphasis for Amazon. The amount of time, attention, and energy paid by Amazon into revamping the Advertising Console should speak volumes as to where the future of Amazon is headed.

If you haven’t begun advertising through PPC on Amazon yet, don’t wait too much longer to start creating your campaigns. With plenty of new tools and features, there are many resources to help you get started.

Check out our Amazon PPC Playbook for absolutely free to hit the ground running with Amazon Advertising.

What do you think of the new Budgets page and how do you plan on using it? Feel free to join the conversation and let us know!

Amazon Launches Brand Referral Bonus Program

Want to make some extra cash through Amazon? Of course you do! Here’s how.

On July 15, Amazon announced the launch of a new Brand Referral Bonus Program. Available exclusively to brand owners enrolled in Brand Registry, the program further incentivizes sellers to accelerate growth from referral traffic.

In short, Amazon is giving you even more reason to level up your external traffic. Not only will registered sellers be able to profit by driving promotions from outside of Amazon, they’ll effectively be able to earn even more money from these sales.

Amazon estimates that on average, registered brands can earn a 10% bonus from qualifying sales. The bonus rate depends on the category for each product, with minor variables such as shipping and gift wrapping charges.

Before you start bumping up your marketing efforts, be sure to register for the program and then Amazon Attribution. For sellers already registered in Amazon Attribution, traffic from previous tags will still qualify for your bonus. Once you’ve registered for the bonus program.

Once you’ve successfully accomplished those tasks, you can create tags through Amazon Attribution. That will track your performance and your bonus. Without Amazon Attribution tags, traffic will not count as qualifying credits toward your eventual bonus.

For those who are interested in monetizing traffic to their Amazon listings but don’t own a brand, the Amazon Associates program presents a similar opportunity. It works by providing commissions for purchases brought in by their marketing efforts.

As you begin to see sales as a result of your external marketing efforts, you’ll be able to find and monitor your bonus amount. It is found within the Transaction Details page within the seller account.

Some patience will be required from sellers. They will have to wait two months before they can use the bonuses so that Amazon can properly account for order cancelations and customer returns.

Summary

All in all, this Brand Referral Bonus Program presents a tremendous opportunity to scale your business. Sellers who make the most of this initiative will accelerate growth while saving money. This improves the efficiency of their marketing efforts outside of Amazon.

Driving external traffic should always be on the mind of Amazon sellers. specially with the rising cost of advertising on Amazon. With an opportunity to earn money by executing strategies that were already beneficial by driving sales and boosting rank, it makes emphasizing traffic a no-brainer.

For sellers who have been executing strategies centering around external traffic, this bonus is free money. Amazon business owners unfamiliar with advertising outside of the confines of Amazon may find this to be the perfect opportunity to expand their reach. There may never be a greater time to experiment with ads on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok.

If you’ve been on the fence about ramping up your external traffic efforts, now is the time to unleash your inner influencer and make some extra dough!

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Amazon Prime Day 2021: Small and Medium-Sized Businesses See Huge Wins

Amazon Prime Day 2021 met and surpassed mammoth expectations, with small and medium-sized businesses reaping much of the benefits.

Customers taking advantage of steep discounts unquestionably weren’t the biggest winners of Amazon Prime Day. Third-party sellers on the Amazon marketplace, comprised almost entirely of small and medium-sized business. They took home record-setting sales numbers during the mega sales event.

Lasting 48 hours, this Prime Day proved to be the biggest two-day period ever for Amazon’s third-party sellers.

According to Amazon, shoppers spent more than $1.9 billion on more than 70 million products from third-party sellers during the promotional period. Compared to Prime Day 2020, held in October, these small and medium-sized businesses experienced more than a 100% sales increase.

Furthermore, the report stated the deals were available to more than 200 million paid Amazon prime members. The massive figure was first announced in late April, within a letter from Jeff Bezos to shareholders.

In January 2020, Amazon revealed it had reached 150 million Prime members. Picking up over 50 million subscribers in less than two years is a remarkable sum. Even for a company as large as Amazon. While the pandemic created issues for many industries, the surging amount of Prime subscribers showcases the strength of e-commerce that has yet to show signs of slowing down.

Indeed, these numbers are incredibly encouraging for the current and future state of the industry. Likewise, the continued rise of Prime subscribers and massive sales numbers underline the tremendous opportunity afforded to third-party Amazon sellers.

More Notes from Prime Day 2021

Amazon released a few interesting tidbits related to categories and specific products that crushed it during the sales holiday.

  • Amazon reports the best-selling categories worldwide included tools, beauty, nutrition, baby care, electronics, apparel, and household products.
  • Top-selling products worldwide for Prime Day 2021 included iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum, Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker, Apple Cider Vinegar Gummy Vitamins by Goli Nutrition, and Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips.
  • Prime members worldwide saved while gearing up for back to school purchasing more than 600,000 backpacks, 1 million laptops, 1 million headphones, 240,000 notebooks, 40,000 calculators, and 220,000 Crayola products.
  • In the United States, top-selling deals included the Waterpik Electric Water Flosser, Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder, 23andMe Health DNA Test, iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum, Instant Pot Duo Plus 6 Quart 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker.

Overall, Prime Day 2021 was undoubtedly a major success even when compared to its lofty standards.

With the accelerated prominence of Amazon and e-commerce, it’s never been a better time to be one of the hundreds of thousands of third-party sellers who have realized their entrepreneurial dreams on Amazon.

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Nearly 100 Countries Added to Amazon’s Approved Sellers List

The world of Amazon sellers just grew more extensive, adding 85 new countries to the Amazon Approved Sellers’ list.

At last, Amazon appended to its list of approved countries for seller registration to many previously barred from registration. In all, the latest update to the list includes 85 brand-new additions.

To many, it serves as a bit of surprise that such a substantial number of countries could still be added to the Amazon marketplace. Although Amazon’s grown into one of the world’s largest companies since its founding in 1994, the recent inclusion of nearly 100 new countries to the approved sellers’ list shows it’s still growing.

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Venezuela are among the notable new additions to the marketplace. With this revision, few countries are omitted from the directory of approved countries, with 188 countries now approved for seller registration. For the most part, only countries with strict sanctions, such as North Korea and Cuba, remain excluded from the Amazon Approved Sellers list.

What this means

After record growth in Q1 2021 and setting up more international marketplaces, Amazon shows no signs of slowing down. Allowing more sellers into the marketplace only figures to accelerate that upward trajectory.

For aspiring Amazon sellers in the newly approved countries, this update encourages aspiring entrepreneurs to enter the marketplace by removing a major barrier to entry. Now, they can get in on the growing number of third-party sellers cashing in on the billions of dollars generated in the marketplace.

In the past, sellers from these newly added countries could still sell on Amazon. However, they’d be forced to establish their business in a country on the approved sellers’ list.

However, exclusion from the list served as a hurdle for those looking to enter the Amazon marketplace. For example, Pakistan stands out as a new addition among newly approved countries as the home of one of the largest Amazon seller groups in the world.

While many in the group sold on Amazon before Pakistan was approved, countless others entered the Amazon marketplace as virtual assistants. Certainly, removing restrictions and breaking down barriers to entry may stimulate them to become sellers in their own right.

Our interview with Saqib Azhar, serial entrepreneur, Amazon mentor, and leader of the Ecommerce by Enablers Facebook group

In previously banned countries with a strong Amazon presence like Pakistan, many celebrated the newly opened doors. As Azhar notes, Amazon represents a massive opportunity for Pakistan to improve the country’s economy. Additionally, he believes FBA can be a promising opportunity for the country’s youth to discover financial freedom.

Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) has proven to be an incredibly rewarding opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs. After a record-setting 2020, e-commerce continues to thrive in 2021. Even more encouraging, market analysis projects Amazon to be responsible for 50% of all e-commerce retail sales in 2021.

Our guide on how to become an Amazon seller.

All in all, the excitement from newly added countries underlines the opportunity provided with FBA. While many industries experience turbulence and many unknowns, selling on Amazon offers a tremendous opportunity with an even brighter outlook.

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Get Rid of HTML Tags In Your Amazon Listing ASAP

On Monday, Amazon announced an upcoming change that will affect plenty of product listings. Starting July 17, 2021, Amazon will no longer support HTML tags in the product description of product detail pages.

You can view the entire statement from Seller Central below:

In order to provide security for our customers as well as versatility to list products on non-HTML devices, after July 17, 2021, we will stop supporting the use of HTML tags in the product description on product detail pages. Please refrain from using HTML content on detail pages as outlined on our Product detail page rules 260 Help page.

We encourage you to update any product detail page for your listings with an HTML tag. You can use Seller Central or your usual channel for such updates.

Any product description containing HTML tags in the product detail page which are not supported after July 17, 2021, will stop showing HTML formatting. For example, if you use HTML tags in one line of a product description, the line might be removed or shown without HTML formatting, depending on the usage of the tag.

Seller Central

The statement reads somewhat confusing, especially as the Product Detail Page guide referenced mentions that line breaks (written as “</br>”) can be included in the description as a special case. HTML line breaks in listings, as they break up text into smaller, more readable text blocks.

How It Appears

Additionally, the inclusion of “non-HTML devices” is a headscratcher, as most devices can read and display HTML markups without issue.

Nonetheless, Amazon sellers should prepare accordingly.

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While product descriptions don’t make a significant impact on keyword indexation, it allows an excellent opportunity to describe your product, explain crucial product details, and close the deal with a customer.

If segments of your product description are removed or displayed in an undesirable manner, it could consequently lead to lower conversions. Making sure your product description answers potential customer questions, highlights differentiating points, and is reader-friendly can certainly go a long way toward giving your product listing an edge over the competition. Any failure to do so invites customers to click off and check out your market rivals.

Of course, we’ll continue to monitor the situation as more information becomes available regarding the update. The announcement serves as the latest update in what’s been a rather busy week for Amazon news. Stay tuned for more regarding HTML tags on Amazon.

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What’s Going On with Amazon Search Results?

Recently, Amazon search results have gotten a little wonky. What’s the deal?

Over the weekend, attentive Amazon sellers started noticing strange, extreme changes in organic rank for their products. Suddenly, products that were mainstays atop organic search results vanished. Instead of appearing in the most desirable digital real estate on Amazon, they could be found deeper in the seldom seen pages of search.

As a result, sales plummeted for many top sellers as visibility severely declined. Meanwhile, product listings that typically don’t receive much traction benefitted from taking up top spots usually held by competitors.

Destaney Wishon of BetterAMS discovered the issue early on, and made a quick and helpful explainer outlining an example of the issue with Amazon search results.

At first, the sudden change flummoxed Amazon sellers. Was Amazon continuing to crackdown on sellers generating fake reviews? Did the ranking algorithm change?

According to Amazon, it’s simply an error that’s in the process of being corrected.

We are aware some customers are having issues with search results. We are working to resolve this as quickly as possible.

Amazon Technical Support

While many Amazon sellers state things have returned to normal for them, some sellers report the glitch has not been resolved as of Tuesday. Additionally, Amazon has not released a statement indicating that the issue has been completely resolved.

As any Amazon seller will tell you, organic rank remains the holy grail for Amazon sellers. Any rise or drop will significantly impact a product’s bottom line. With this in mind, monitoring your organic or advertising rank can be vital for tracking your product’s performance.

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Of course, we’ll continue to monitor the situation as more information becomes available.

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When is Amazon Prime Day 2021?

Tucked away in Amazon’s Q1 Earnings Call was an announcement of important intel regarding Amazon Prime Day 2021.

Unfortunately, Amazon did not announce an exact date for Amazon sellers and customers alike to circle on the calendar. But Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky did drop some hints and key information about Amazon’s signature sales event.

“I will remind you that Prime Day has been scheduled for later in Q2, and we’ll have more on that as the quarter unfolds.” This would mean Prime Day would take place in April, May, or June.

With April in our rear-view and roughly a week into May, it’s highly unlikely Amazon would make a surprise Prime Day without giving sellers a few weeks in advance to prepare for the massive wave of sales that come with Prime Day.

For that reason, we’d imagine that an official announcement regarding the date of Amazon Prime Day 2021 is coming soon. At the present time, we’d recommend planning on Prime Day kicking off in mid-late June.

Additionally, Olsavsky mentioned Prime Day 2021 is slated to be a two-day event. As Amazon did for Prime Day 2020, he stated it will heavily emphasize small businesses.

“Another popular benefit of Prime membership is Prime Day. And we are excited to announce that we will hold the two-day savings event during the second quarter. Prime Day is also a great opportunity for our selling partners to reach more customers and will make supporting small businesses a big focus again this year.”

Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky

When is Prime Day typically?

Since its initial launch in 2015, Amazon Prime Day has been held in mid-late July with one exception. In 2020, the mid-summer sales event was postponed until October, making one of the world’s largest shopping days the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season.

The usual mid-July date marks the anniversary of Amazon.com going live in 1995. Known for massive markdowns and discounted deals, it’s estimated that sales on Amazon surpassed $10 billion over Prime Day 2020.

Over the years, Prime Day has grown into one of the largest shopping days globally.

In summary, the tidbits of information gleaned from Olavsky’s comments certainly deserve much attention. With a blockbuster Q1 behind us, the return of a mid-summer Prime Day marks another reason to believe Amazon sellers can keep the sales momentum going.

For Amazon sellers positioned to take advantage of Prime Day, the potential for record-breaking sales is stronger than ever.

UPDATE: In order to ensure your inventory is properly stocked for Prime Day, Amazon advised sellers to the following countries by these dates:
June 1: Australia
June 6: United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey
June 7: United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia
June 13: Japan

As more information becomes available, we’ll be sure to update. Lastly, feel free to let us know how you feel about Amazon Prime Day 2021 in June in the comments!

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