Amazon Launches Basic A+ Content
For quite some time now Amazon A+ content has been the way for vendors to tell their brand’s story & convert sales. Doing this through engaging content such as images, detailed descriptions and product feature matrices. This has resulted in in an average sales lift of anywhere up to 10% on a given product. Up until now, A+ content has been charged for on a module by module basis which resulted in quite a large outlay if you have a large product inventory. This has also priced out smaller brands, leaving them behind competitors. However, Amazon have now launched Basic A+ Content to vendors for free.
What does this mean for me?
If you are a seller, then on the surface not a lot as A+ is only for Vendors. Sellers continue to have their own version – Amazon Enhanced Brand Content (one of the differences of Vendor Central vs Seller Central) which will continue to be available. What I would take from this is that Amazon are willing to give away this feature for free. This therefore could likely lead to new features rolling out on Seller Central in the near future too.
If you’re a vendor this is great news, especially if you're a smaller vendor who hasn’t been able to afford A+ content in the past. From our initial inspections it looks like the modules available are the same as for standard A+. This means you can really start to build your brand presence on Amazon. If you’ve already paid for A+ modules this may seem like a bit of a kick in the teeth. What I would say is that if Amazon have renamed A+ as Basic A+ then it most likely means that A+ Premium is round the corner. We aren’t yet sure for definite what this will entail, when it will be released or if those with current A+ agreements will get it for free. We have heard however that video is likely to be part of it, allowing visually engaging content on the platform.
Using A+ Content
To start using A+ content the option should be available in Vendor Central under the merchandising tab. From here you can add individual modules in any appropriate order to create a branded product detail page that falls inline with your brand guidelines. From there you can insert your text and upload your images and once done you simply submit. Building A+ content can be a timely process, especially if you have a large number of SKUs, however the benefits it brings through increased traffic and conversion rates are worth it.
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