The new Mean Girls movie is getting some heat for feeling like a two hour e.l.f. Cosmetics commercial. Savvy audiences are not thrilled with the over-the-top product placements, calling the move “excessive.”
For advertisers, this is a friendly reminder to find that sweet spot between showcasing products while providing value.
Keep that brand authenticity intact, because today's consumers want content that's more than just a sales pitch.
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Headlines are important, but that doesn’t make writing them any easier.
Here’s the good news though.
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time you write a blog post, sales page, Meta ad, or even subject line.
There are proven formulas you can use to write better headlines, faster –and we’ve compiled 10 of them for you (with examples).
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The Pilothouse Amazon team has audited tons of Amazon ad suites and shared some valuable insights on how you can do it yourself.
While every brand has its own unique naming conventions and campaign structures, one thing remains the same.
Ad reports don’t lie.
To start, head over to advertising.amazon.com and find your sponsored ad reports.
The Pilothouse Amazon team does an analysis to really get to the heart of how things are doing.
Although brands should be doing branded defense on Amazon, your ads should, in the majority of cases, be primarily spent on prospecting, and hopefully getting a decent ROAS (the team finds this is typically somewhere in the 1.0 - 2.5 range for most brands - lower for products with a higher LTV, higher for those that are typically single purchases).
A lot of brands don’t realize their ad suite is spending primarily on branded terms/ASINs.
These terms are typically hidden because they’re matched through broad match, phrase match, and auto-campaign targeting.
On the surface, these look like prospecting campaigns, but the search terms tell a different story, and the amazing ROAS they thought they were getting isn’t nearly what they thought it was.
Don’t ignore your ad report!
Follow the steps outlined in this guide to auditing your own Amazon ad suite so you have a better idea of your ad performance and where your dollars are going.
Spending mostly on branded terms can impact your ROAS, so it’s crucial for brands to do audits and optimize their ad strategies so there’s a balance between branded and prospecting campaigns.
Want the team to perform an audit? The Pilothouse Amazon team can leave you with actionable insights to improve your Amazon account.
In this episode of the pod, we sit down with Wylie Robinson from outdoor blanket brand Rumpl and Josef Nystrom Baksaas from Houdini Sportswear to talk about their collaboration “The Reconnect Puffy Blanket” and commitment to being climate neutral.
In this podcast, we cover:
👉 You can listen to the full episode with Wylie and Josef here.
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