9 Amazon PPC Auto Campaign Tips, Tricks, and Hacks [VERY EASY]

Dr. Travis Zigler Discusses Amazon Auto Campaigns
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Do you have a strategy around your Amazon PPC Auto Campaigns? Or do you just turn them on and hope they do well?  In this article I will be showing you different tips, tricks, hacks, and strategies behind automatic campaigns inside your Amazon PPC account.  Also, watch the video above for more information. 

If you have been following along in our 8-week journey to scaling your Amazon PPC and doubling your Amazon PPC, you have learned how to track and measure your results, research your competitors, simplify your Amazon keyword research, make sure your Amazon listing is optimized, how to structure and set up your Amazon PPC campaign, SCALE your campaigns, and finally how to determining what to bid on keywords

In this article we are moving on to step eight, which is what to do with your auto campaigns inside campaign manager.  When you should turn them on, how you should use them, and even one strategy that we run that is low risk and high reward (low cost and high sales).   

I would highly recommend going back and reading/watching the previous examples if this is your first time joining us, as they will all play a role in scaling, or you can check out my FREE 8-week Amazon PPC Masterclass by clicking here. 

With that said, this is a step that we recommend implementing AFTER you have done your manual campaigns, but if your budget allows it, you can start auto campaigns at anytime. 

Our strategy around auto campaigns inside Amazon Sponsored Products is to increase your impressions on the Amazon platform.  Increasing your impressions will make it look like you are everywhere to a buyer. They will see you all over your competitors listings and as the old rule goes, after seeing you seven or more times they almost HAVE to purchase your product and try it.  It will always be on the top of their mind, also called TOMA (top of mind awareness).  

Like stated earlier, TOMA campaigns, or auto campaigns, should only be done AFTER you have maximized your manual search campaigns.  Manual search campaigns are the way to scale and I would really focus on those before ever worrying about auto campaigns.  Use your auto campaigns to get all over the other product pages in your space. You can also use product targeting ads to do this more targeted as well, which we will go over in the next step.  

9 Amazon PPC Auto Campaign Tips, Tricks, and Hacks  

1. Don’t Start Auto Campaigns Until AFTER Search is Scaling

We discussed this a little earlier, but it is worth repeating.  Focusing on your manual search campaigns is a much higher priority than worrying about your automatic campaigns.   Search will bring you 80-90% of your sales.  

2. Auto Campaigns are for PLACEMENT and Not Search

Placement is when you are on your competitors product pages.  Search is for when someone types in a search term and you show up.  You want to control both of these as much as possible, but search will drive 80-90% of your sales, which is why I want you to focus on manual search campaigns first, and then move on to automatic placement campaigns second.  

Once you start to scale your manual search campaigns, you can then start finding the keywords that are really working for your product.  After finding those keywords, you want to be all over the product pages of your competitors for that particular keyword. That way when someone is searching for your competitors’ product, they will see you over and over again.  

Here is an example of placement on a product page.  

Focus on dominating search for that search term first. 

3. Goal is for Impressions or Top of Mind Awareness (TOMA)

Top of Mind Awareness, or TOMA, is simply being in front of your customer as much as possible so that when they think about what your product is, they think of your brand.  

When I say facial tissues, who do you think of?  Kleenex… Most people don’t even call them facial tissues, but rather “hand me a Kleenex.”  This is because Kleenex has built a huge awareness of their product.  

When I say burger and fries, who do you think of?  McDonalds? McDonalds is one of the most recognizable logos and products in the world for a reason. They have built amazing TOMA.

Are you going to be the next McDonalds or Kleenex?  Maybe not, but you can be in your space. Whenever someone thinks of an eyelid wipe, we want our brand to be all over it.  

4. Start with a LOW Cost-Per-Click (CPC)

This is pretty simple to explain.  When starting out, start out with a bid of around $0.25 to $0.75 depending on how aggressive you would like to be.  

5. Goal is to Mine ASINs and NOT Search Terms

When you mine your search term report every month, you will start to see ASINs show up.  If you are getting profitable sales on certain ASINs, you will want to target these ASINs more and possibly with higher bids inside a product targeting ad IF they are profitable. 

6. Heavy Negative Phrase Keyword List

When we did our keyword research, we made a pretty long list of negative keywords.  Be sure to add these into your automatic campaigns. We used the Helium-10 Magnet tool for our keyword research and to help determine our negative keyword list.  Click here to see how we do keyword research

Put these in as a negative phrase match.  

7. Each ASIN Should Have Its Own Auto Campaign

You don’t want to mix a bunch of different ASINs into the same auto campaign.  Then you just get mixed up data, and it’s tough to tell which product it is you’re looking at.

8. Auto Campaigns Are Not Scalable… Manual Campaigns Are

Amazon controls almost all of your auto campaigns.  It controls where you show up and where you do not.  It is easy to do, but does not allow you to scale like focusing on your manual campaigns does.

9. Low Bid, Low ACoS, High Sales Amazon PPC Auto Campaign HACK

In addition to the above campaign that I mentioned, we also do a separate auto campaign inside our Amazon PPC that can lead to a lot of sales with a low cost.  I have seen ACoS under 5% with this final strategy. This will take place in a SEPARATE auto campaign. 

If you want to start an auto campaign right at the beginning of your product, this is the one I recommend.  

Put all your products that are similar into this campaign.  In the video above, I did sunglasses.

Then, set a budget of $20 per day, a bid of $0.05, down only bidding strategy, and increase your bids on your product pages by 20%.  

It will never spend more than $0.05 to $0.08 per click and may get you a lot of impressions on your product for cheap!

How to Set Up an Automatic Campaign

First head over to your campaign manager inside Amazon seller central.

Next you want to click Create campaign and select Sponsored Products.  

I name my campaigns with the name of the product, ASIN, type of campaign, and the breakeven or target ACoS

For example: Eyelid Wipes ASINS | Auto 47

Then choose a low daily budget of around $20 to $100 depending on your budget and always allocate more budget to your manual campaigns for search.  For targeting, select automatic targeting.

For your campaign bidding strategy, choose dynamic bids – down only and increase your product page bid by 20%.  This will help you show up more on product pages and increase your impression share instead of going after top of search, which is what your manual campaigns are for. 

Add your products.  Select only ONE ASIN for this (not the two like pictured).  I name the Ad Group in auto campaigns the same as the campaign name. 

For your default bid, I recommend starting (at the most) half of your bid for your manual campaign.  I never recommend going more than $1, and I usually start at $0.25.

Also, add your negative keywords into that section as a negative phrase match. 

Then click Launch campaign and you are all set.  

What’s Next With Your Amazon PPC?

This was step 8 in your new Amazon PPC Strategy.  Click here to get all the Amazon PPC lessons emailed right to your inbox once per week.    This is an actionable lesson every week to take your Amazon PPC to the next level.  

Step 1 – Track and Measure Your Results

Step 2 – Research Your Competitors

Step 3 – Simplify Your Amazon Keyword Research

Step 4 – Amazon Listing Optimization

Step 5 – Set Up Your Amazon PPC Campaign

Step 6 – SCALE your campaigns

Step 7 – Optimizing Keyword Bids for Increased Profitability

Step 8 – This article going over Amazon PPC Auto Campaigns Hacks

FAQs about Auto Campaigns on Amazon

Auto campaigns should only be done AFTER you have maximized your manual search campaigns. Manual search campaigns are the way to scale and we recommend really focusing on those before ever worrying about auto campaigns. Use your auto campaigns to get all over the other product pages in your space. Here are a few tips: 1. Don’t Start Auto Campaigns Until AFTER Search is Scaling 2. Auto Campaigns are for PLACEMENT and Not Search 3. Goal is for Impressions or Top of Mind Awareness (TOMA) 4. Start with a LOW Cost-Per-Click (CPC) 5. Goal is to Mine ASINs and NOT Search Terms 6. Use Heavy Negative Phrase Keyword List 7. Each ASIN Should Have Its Own Auto Campaign 8. Auto Campaigns Are Not Scalable... Manual Campaigns Are 9. Use Low Bid, Low ACoS, High Sales Amazon PPC Auto Campaign HACK
The short answer is yes! We have helped hundreds of Amazon sellers maximize their potential on Amazon with Amazon PPC campaigns, and we've seen it work countless times in our own businesses. Our strategy around auto campaigns inside Amazon Sponsored Products is to increase your impressions on the Amazon platform. Increasing your impressions will make it look like you are everywhere to a buyer. They will see you all over your competitors listings and as the old rule goes, after seeing you seven or more times they almost HAVE to purchase your product and try it. It will always be on the top of their mind, also called TOMA (top of mind awareness). However, you should not begin Auto Campaigns until you have dialed in your Manual Campaigns.
If you have been following along in our 8-week journey to scaling your Amazon PPC and doubling your Amazon PPC, you have learned how to track and measure your results, research your competitors, simplify your Amazon keyword research, make sure your Amazon listing is optimized, how to structure and set up your Amazon PPC campaign, SCALE your campaigns, and finally how to determining what to bid on keywords. This training is a great place to begin, and you can find it here: https://salesfunnelhq.com/amazon-ppc-masterclass/
This largely depends on your particular business. You want to spend enough to be relevant, but not enough to lose more money than your business can handle. The minimum amount you can spend is $5 per day, so you'll at least have to budget $150 per month. That being said, there are ways to calculate an appropriate budget for your company, and you can find that here: https://salesfunnelhq.com/how-to-set-up-ppc-on-amazon/

If you want support in this Amazon PPC journey, this is where I can help. 

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