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Amazon Advertising Guide: Sponsored Brand Ads & Sponsored Brand Videos

According to Amazon, 69% of customer searches on Amazon don’t include a brand nameThat means that most shoppers are still in the consideration phase and have not yet decided which product to buy. Of the shoppers that do use branded search terms, 25% do so for multiple brands while shopping, indicating that they have narrowed their list but are still in the consideration phase. 

Amazon advertising is a powerful tool for reaching and winning these shoppers. Amazon advertising includes multiple ad types, and each serves a purpose in your Amazon marketing strategy. In this post, we’re going to focus on just two: Sponsored Brand Ads and Sponsored Brand Videos. 

What are Sponsored Brand Ads? 

Sponsored Brand Ads are cost-per-click (CPC) banner ads that help generate brand awareness and heighten engagement. Sponsored Brand Ads appear at the top, middle, and bottom of the search results page. Like Sponsored Products, Sponsored Brands appear for seller-selected keywords.  

While Sponsored Product Ads are known for being the highest converting ad type on Amazon, Kaspien has seen very promising results from Sponsored Brand Ads. On average, our Sponsored Brand Ads have a 14% conversion rate and a 7:1 return on ad spend (ROAS). 

Amazon Sponsored Brand Ad Strategy 

If Sponsored Brand Ads yield such strong results, why do Sponsored Product Ads still get the most attention? Even at Kaspien, we regularly recommend Sponsored Product Ads first, Sponsored Brand Ads second. 

It comes down to difficulty. Every search engine results page (SERP) offers multiple ad placements for Sponsored Product Ads, but only one Sponsored Brand Ad can appear at the top of the SERP. When Sponsored Brand Ads are the first thing that shoppers see on the SERP, and there’s only one placement available, you can see how this ad type becomes highly competitive.  

Given the challenge and the potential, what are the best ways to use Sponsored Brand Ads?  

Promote Best Performing Products 

 Amazon’s algorithm favors products with high conversion rates for Sponsored Brand Ad placements. That fact, combined with the intense competitiveness of the ad type, means you’ll see the greatest success when you run Sponsored Brand Ads for products with low rank and high sales velocity.  

Define Your Goals 

What if you are launching a new product or expanding your brand to Amazon? Should you never use a Sponsored Brand Ad?  

Not necessarily; it depends on your goals. If you want to drive conversions, you should promote your best performing products. In this case, you should bid on branded-keywords. This will place your ad in front of shoppers already interested in your brand and help pull them over the finish line. 

If your goal is to build awareness for your brand or product, then Sponsored Brand Ads can certainly support, but they’ll do so with a lower conversion rate. In this instance, you should bid on non-branded keywords. This will place your ad in front of shoppers still in the consideration phase.  

Pair New Products with Established Products 

If launching a new product, pair it with two established products in a Sponsored Brand Ad to help it generate traction quicker. The established products will help the banner ad win placements, creating more visibility for the new product. 

Target Repeat Buyers 

Generally, we recommend bidding on branded keywords because they have a higher ROAS. This is especially true in categories that have higher rates of brand loyal shoppers, such as the Pet Supplies category or Baby category.  

In these categories, shoppers highly value brands that they deem trustworthy. Because the product will be used by a loved one and safety is paramount, shoppers research their options. Once they find a brand that they like, they can skip the research step and return to the trusted brand. When this happens, shoppers use branded search terms, and that’s where your Sponsored Brand Ads can step in to meet them. 

Promote Multiple Product Lines 

Because Sponsored Brand Ads display three products, you can use them to display the breadth of your product offerings. This strategy can be particularly helpful in categories where shoppers expect to be able to purchase multiple product types from one brand, such as Electronics or Baby 

Direct Shoppers to Your Amazon Store 

In the same vein as above, we also recommend pointing your Sponsored Brand Ads to your Amazon brand store. This enables you to show all your product offerings in a branded digital storefront, removed from the competition of the SERP. 

What are Amazon Sponsored Brand Videos? 

Similar to Sponsored Brand Ads, Sponsored Brand Videos are CPC ads on Amazon that generate brand awareness and support conversions. These ads appear on the SERP for desktop and mobileAccording to a survey by Wyzowl, 68% of consumers prefer to learn about products or services through video.  

At Kaspien, we’ve seen very promising results from Sponsored Brand Videos, with our ads delivering an average advertising cost of sale (ACOS) of 9%. Amazon also reports that some advertisers see 55% lower CPC’s for Sponsored Brand Videos compared to Sponsored Brand Ads, which can be attributed to lower competition for the ad type. 

Currently, Sponsored Brand Videos can direct shoppers only to the product page, but Amazon notes that advertisers will be able to point shoppers to Brand Stores soon. 

Amazon Sponsored Brand Video Strategy 

Sponsored Brand Video strategy differs in several ways from Sponsored Brand Ads. You should still pick a top performing product if you want the highest ROAS, but if you have the budget, you can also use Sponsored Brand Videos to catapult new products to success.  

Use Sponsored Brand Videos in Competitive Niches 

Sponsored Brand Videos add clarity, excitement, and a wow factor to products, which makes them an ideal marketing lever for a competitive niche. 

Pair Sponsored Brand Videos with Coupons

As you can see in the screenshot above, the coupon tag is visible in Sponsored Brand Video ads. Pairing sponsored ads with Amazon coupons is a great way to increase visibility and add an even greater incentive to click! 

Build Awareness 

Amazon notes that CPC can be significantly lower for Sponsored Brand Videos compared to Sponsored Brand Ads. As such, you can afford to focus on building brand awareness, bidding on non-branded keywords to widen your audience. 

Reuse Videos on Other Channels 

If you go through the time and money needed to create a high-quality video, get as much mileage out of it as you can. Reuse the video in your product listing, social media, Google advertising (including YouTube), and your direct website. 

Sponsored Brand Video Selection 

If you’re asking yourself, “What video should I pick?” you’re not alone! Best practices for video selection may differ by category, but generally, videos should be informational, promote key product features, establish an emotional appeal, and be simple enough that the main ideas can be understood without audio. We also highly suggest including text overlay, enabling you to fully engage shoppers even with their device on mute. 

Example of a Sponsored Brand Video 

In the below example from Arava, a girl uses their tear stain wipes on her own eyes before taking a separate wipe to use on her dog. This demonstrates that the product is safe and gentle enough to trust on your pet’s skin. Best yet, viewers can understand this product feature without turning on audio. 

Amazon Sponsored Brand Video Requirements 

What You’ll Need 

  • Video Title(s) 
  • Video image thumbnail 
  • List of ASIN(s) to apply (300 max) 
  • What your customers should know about the product (in less than 60 characters) 

Sponsored Brand Video Do’s and Don’ts 

Amazon recommends the following do’s and don’ts for Sponsored Brand Videos: 

Do 

  • Keep the video 15-30 seconds 
  • Showcase the advertised ASIN in the first few seconds 
  • Add an end card 

Don’t 

  • Have black or white frames at the start or end fo the video 
  • Use star ratings or reviews in the video 
  • Use Amazon branding elements 
  • End the video abruptly 
  • Have black bars on any side of the video 
  • Show URL links 

Sponsored Brand Video Requirements 

  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 aspect 
  • Dimensions: 1280 x 720px, 1920 x 1080px or 3840 x 2160px 
  • FPS: 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 29.98, or 30 
  • Bit Rate: 1 Mbps or higher 
  • Codec: H.264 or H.265 
  • Length: 6-45 seconds (15-30 seconds is recommended) 
  • File Size: 500 MB or smaller 
  • Format: MP4 or MOV file (480p or higher recommended) 
  • Main or baseline profile 
  • Progressive scan type 
  • Only 1 video stream 

Sponsored Brand Audio Requirements 

  • Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz or higher 
  • Codec: PCM, AAC or MP3 
  • Bit Rate: 96 kbps or higher 
  • Stereo or mono format 
  • Only 1 audio stream 

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