Every Amazon Product Hunting technique is unique and has its market destiny. Just like the essence of each product, the ‘go-to-market strategy for each will also be unique. Any Amazon Product Hunting technique can be a sensation if the right strategy is assumed.
New vs Experienced Sellers
New sellers are either too frisky or are too risk-averse whenever they are needed to take a progressive decision. Based on your cases, a balance is needed on the sea-saw of risk. This guide is for those who are either starting or have started but are working at the moment. Some are either thinking to cease completely or want to restart selling differently.
Some experienced sellers usually search for an Amazon product with exact accuracy and treat every decision mathematically after using market spying tools which is not a correct approach as well. You need data analysis in your right hand, unbiased judgment on the left and then join your hands together to make the best decision.
1. High Demand & Low Competition
You must find an Amazon product that has a high or even medium demand. What does that mean? Demand will determine how much time your product will take to sell off once it is up for sale on your Amazon storefront. Consider demand as the flow of a river and that every product niche has a distinctive flow. You would want to enjoy a canoe ride where the pace of the water is extraordinary, enough to take you to your destination quickly without toppling you over on the way.
We will also be looking at our competition and the number of competitors in total to analyze if this will be the right market for us to dive into. The more the competitors, the more the depth of the river and the more chances for your Amazon product to drown. So your product would have to swim more to come to the surface level for visibility.
Egrow is another emerging tool in the market that delivers the same kind of results as Jungle Scout does but of course with a different interface.
2. Keyword Search Volume
This should stand second on your checklist in terms of its importance and relevance. You should always treat keyword search volume the same way a Sales & Marketing Professional looks at footfall in a mall or a marketplace.
Several tools are out there that share different types of data while showing keywords. We always recommend our readers to use ‘authentic’ tools and advise them to investigate how different tools are acquiring their data. What do we mean by ‘authentic’? In a layman’s language, you should work with an accurate tool, make unnecessarily complicated projections, and do not exaggerate results. You can go through our detailed blog on this topic by clicking here. i.e. Amazon Product Hunting, Backend Keywords, PPC Campaigns & Bidding, Product Title, Product Features, etc.
The product that we select should not be a hot selling item for just one season or is in demand once a year. The product demand trend can easily be checked using Google Trends by punching in the product keywords. Products with low seasonality will first of all be unpredictable wrt their sales and secondly will only deliver for a specific duration. So, it’s a no-go area for the new sellers especially because it will only be a battleground for factories or whole sellers in these categories.
4. Monitoring the Consistency of Product Behavior
Demand, Keyword Search, Seasonality, checking their results once it is like taking a snapshot of the situation for that particular moment. You need to keep in your mind that whatever results you get are for that specific time only. So you need to set a specific time, spanning from weeks to a month or maybe more than that based on the product, just for monitoring the Amazon product Hunting technique behavior and see whether it is behaving consistently over some time. Using Keepa will also be helpful here to see the age of your competitors and the selling price patterns over time. Its results look like this:
5. Product Title
When using Jungle Scout or AMZ Wordspy, you should not make a mistake by using the product title but you should use the main keywords while analyzing the product being investigated. It’s a common rookie mistake to get excited with JS Opportunity Scores or AMZ Wordspy ratings by using incorrect terms.
6. Healthy Margins
This is quite often a pitfall for newbies. They get excited looking at product results erroneously and finalizing a product declaring it to be a hot seller. What they fail to take into account is the fact that how much will they be able to source the product for and how much are they going to sell it for. You are putting so much time, effort, and money not to earn cents but dollars and lots of them. So we recommend that the selling price of the product should be between $15 – $40 (at least for newbies). To check margins and have a reasonable idea, you can check the FBA calculator by clicking here.
7. Average Revenue & Average Monthly Unit Sales
As per experienced sellers, the average revenue for the targeted product niche should be more than $5,000. This is an indication of the sales volume, the total market in terms of $ the product is currently operating within. Similarly, another indication of the sales volume is the number of units, if 300 units of the product are sold, there might be enough room for a new entrant to squeeze into.
Reviews constitute social proof, the more the merrier. Why is the number of reviews critical after all? First of all, everyone knows that Amazon has laid a strict hand on reviews lately and that raising reviews is one ‘helluva’ of a job itself. Unless you are glued up to a product and you have ample time & money on you, you should avoid products with reviews in the bracket of 500 – 5,000. Put yourself in the customer’s shoes, there is some sense of security and safety when you see several reviews. ‘That figure of 2,500 reviews has gotta mean something, I mean there might be some paid/fake reviews but they can’t be that many, can they?’ These are some questions that usually cross your mind.
9. Small & Light Weight
Our advice is to choose a product which is of less than 1 pound weight and does not have extraordinary dimensions. Why do we suggest this? Sellers are extremely sensitive about their expenses at least in the beginning and they usually get frustrated about surprise costs that just uselessly pop up now and then. Heavy and large-sized products will increase the transportation cost which is computed based on volume i.e. from supplier to Amazon warehouse to the final customer.
10. Seller’s Rank
Although no one except Amazon truly knows exactly how the seller’s rank is calculated but based on experience, we can define it as a number that denotes the popularity of a product within its category. Highest the BSR of the product, higher the sales volume (not talking about the competition).
Some examples of categories with advised BSR ranges are below:
Home & Kitchen
Primary product BSR range 100 – 20,000
Competing product BSR range 250 – 20,000
Home Improvement Tools
Primary product BSR range 100 – 7,500
Competing product BSR range 250 – 80,000
11. Margin for Improvement
You need to go through the comments of new and established brands within your Amazon Product Hunting technique category to see any suggestions from customers or any improvement points they want the brand to improve upon. Innovate the product, add value in the market place and provide a solution to the customers.
12. Stay Away Features
Amazon, Fulfilled by Merchant (FBM), Brands
You might have noticed AMZ or FBM written on JS Extension results. Ideally speaking, consider their absence from a product category as a blessing but if they are present and you feel optimistic about the product then they should not be in a dominating position within the niche.
Fragile, Glass, Ceramics Products
The product leaves the warehouse, reaches the Amazon fulfillment center then is later dispatched to the final customer, most likely you won’t be present at or during any of the product commute. You can easily earn a negative review without any ill intentions on your part. If you are passionate about the product then take extra precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the product at all costs.
Products with Multi Parts, Chess, Letter Board
For instance, if there is complexity in the assembly of parts of the product then there is an inherent chance for things to mess up e.g. missing pieces, pieces not joining up correctly, etc. This can leave an unhappy customer which will ultimately make you unhappy.
Some categories require prior approval from Amazon like Health & Beauty Products & Grocery items. Beginners should begin with unrestricted categories or commonly known as ungated categories to avoid any unwanted speed breakers.
Electronics & Battery Items
Since you have an acute margin for acceptable error allowed by Amazon, you do not want a teeny tiny transistor ruining your Amazon selling experience. We need to leave the electronics category to the factory or wholesale suppliers that will remain unaffected as they are working on humongous volumes and returns won’t inflict much harm to them. For battery items, there are some changes in the Amazon policies, please see the Amazon FBA Policy changes in 2019 by clicking here.
Patents & Legal Issues
Search on the internet or higher a specialist’s services on Fiverr to dig up any legal limitations that you might have to face unknowingly after your product has reached the warehouse.