Until this point, most work with traditional ads focused on making as many impressions as possible – relevancy optional. Facebook and Google took advertising to the next level, by allowing advertisers to target users based on interests, searches, and demographics. With Amazon ads, you can go one step further: making intelligent assumptions based on concrete information.
Some of the examples from a recent New York Times Pieces are amazing:
- A physical therapy chain wanted more patients, so it aimed online ads at people in close proximity to one of its offices who had recently purchased knee braces
- When a credit card company wanted new customers, they targeted people who used cards from other banks on its retail site
- A financial services provider wanted to promote its retirement advisory business, so it directed ads to people in their 40s + 50s who had recently bought books in the personal finance genre.
Wisconsin’s Just the Cheese was able to achieve a 20% conversion rate (6m impressions / 22,000 clicks / 4,000 orders) by targeting Amazon users who they were believed were on keto diets (cheese is a very popular keto food).
Our friends at York Athletics consistently see return-on-ad-spend (ROAS) over 2.5x.
Google, Facebook, and Amazon are the titans of digital advertising, which are currently tallying about half of all advertising spend according to Jeffries analyst Brent Thill.
He predicts Amazons ad business with grow at a compounded annual rate of 35%, which would put them on track to do $33 billion in digital advertising by 2022. He then goes on to predict Facebook, Amazon, and Google will combine to represent 72% of the digital advertising market by 2022.
Morgan Stanley values Amazon’s ad business at 125 billion – more than Nike or IBM
I hear marketers reminisce all the time about wishing they got into Google ads back in 2004. One of the best kept secrets in marketing is targeting people you know are a good fit for your product on Amazon. With recent efforts made by Amazon to lower spend requirements and open the platform up to more companies, now is the time to take the upper hand on your competition.