E-Commerce


4 Ideas to Improve Your Product Imagery

Thanks to Andrew Maffettone of Seller’s Choice for contributing this guest post on improving your product imagery.

When people shop online, your product is only as good as its pictures. Photos are one of the most powerful tools you have to create a compelling narrative which will convert your brand into sales. Product imagery is a key component of a complete brand strategy that can dominate e-commerce sites.

There is no such thing as a good product image. There are only images that contribute to compelling brand stories, and images that don’t. A non-blurry image with a white background may sell screwdrivers, but an out-of-focus shot in a forest might sell mountain bikes. The good image is the image that works. Consumers make decisions by locating products in values, goals, and strategies. Let’s go through four ideas to help you move toward compelling, story-driven images that sell products:

  • Have a diverse portfolio of images to use for different situations.
  • Use the right tools, either through in-house setups or outsourcing.
  • Tell a story with bold images
  • Work from images to brand, not brand to images
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Amazon Product Photography: How to Get Started

Since Amazon shoppers can’t hold your product in their hands, they rely on photos to experience an item and decide whether to buy it. That’s why high-quality Amazon product photography is essential.

Amazon product pictures need to convey the basics — size, shape, texture, what’s included — but they also need to create positive feelings in your audience. When shoppers look through your photos, are they attracted to the product? Do they trust the quality of your brand? Do they feel the drive to buy?

This guide will tell you everything you need to know about how to take product pictures for Amazon.

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What’s the Best Amazon A/B Testing Tool for You?

An Amazon A/B testing tool helps e-sellers figure out what exactly about their product listing drives customers to act. In a traditional Amazon split test, sellers run variants of their product listing, collecting data over time to figure out which listing garners more conversions and sales.

These four tools can help you carry out an Amazon A/B test. The first three gather data from live tests on the Amazon marketplace. The data comes from actual customers who browse your products—although they do not know their shopping behavior is being monitored for a test.

The fourth helps you choose which variants (such as title, images, and description) customers will like best before you go live with your product and outside of the Amazon marketplace, giving you more control.

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Which One Won? A simple way to add action to a product image

In this week’s Which One Won?, we’ll learn a trick for instantly adding color to a product that may not be very interesting to look at by itself.

In this poll, an e-commerce seller asked a targeted audience of Amazon Prime members which image they preferred for a smartphone tripod set.

Option A is a view of the tripod and accessories. Option B shows a smartphone attached to the tripod with a beachy photograph on the screen. On the left, a hand is using one of the accessories.

Can you guess which one won?

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How to Advertise on Amazon with PPC Ads

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Zhané White of Sellozo for contributing this guest post on how to advertise on Amazon.

PPC, or pay-per-click advertising, means exactly what it sounds like: you pay every time a potential customer clicks on your ad. These sponsored ads may show up in search results when people look for a certain item. Below is an example of how sponsored ads look compared to the organic listings:

How to advertise on Amazon with PPC ads

You should continually optimize your PPC ads. If you’re not, chances are they’re not performing as well as they could be. Let’s go over how to advertise on Amazon and improve your campaigns.

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How to Encourage Customers to Write Reviews on Amazon

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Henson Wu from FeedbackWhiz for the following guest post.

Product reviews are an important part of the Amazon marketplace. Almost everyone checks product reviews before making a purchase, and around 84% of people will trust a product review as much as a recommendation from a friend or family member.

Unfortunately, most customers do not leave product reviews. Product reviews are critical to your success, but they can be hard to come by. So what is a seller to do? How do you prompt customers to leave product reviews on Amazon without violating Amazon’s strict terms of service?

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