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For the fourth year running, our annual conference in collaboration with Digitl is back! On 23rd May 2019 we will be at UKFast in Manchester to talk about all you need to know about selling on Amazon. Amazon is perfect for anyone wanting to sell online or people who want to expand their presence into a new marketplace, and there will be a variety of experts present to share their success stories and to provide information.
Thank you all sponsors: Caribou, ShipStation, ZonSupport and Khaos Control
Amazon currently controls around one half of the online retail market and have over 1.7 million sellers with products listed for sale on their marketplace. This is MASSIVE, so it is clearly the place to go if you want to advertise products for sale! It is because of this that we have decided to hone in and focus solely on Amazon at the conference this year, as opposed to last year where we discussed online selling in general.
59% of millennials ‘always’ or ‘often’ start their online shopping journeys on Amazon, with 1 in 5 16-36-year-olds always heading to Amazon when looking to make an online purchase.
Based on feedback received from our attendees in the past 3 years, we will be introducing more panel discussions this year as our audience found these most helpful and engaging. There will be 2 panel discussions: one on Amazon private labels and one on Amazon vendor central. Attendees can expect to receive information that they can implement themselves on their own Amazon stores, and with many success stories being discussed people can be inspired and motivated to create their own success story.
The amazing news is that Amafest is open to everyone, not just people who are already selling products on Amazon. There will be many experts present so a real insight can be gained for both people who want to start selling and established Amazon sellers. We have people who are working for start-up Amazon businesses, all the way to global enterprises like Amazon Sellers Lawyer, so a wide range of knowledge will be contained in one place! For more information, a list of speakers is available on the website at https://amafestuk.com/speakers/ who are all invited based on their expertise in certain areas. Each talk will be approximately 25 minutes long and there will be time at the end for questions.
If you are interested in learning all aspects of the world of Amazon, the burning question would be “how can I get my hands on a ticket?!” The good news is registration is simple and completely FREE, so head over to https://amafestuk.com now to secure your ticket.
After a successful three years, we will be back in Manchester for another full day Amazon Sellers Conference. Whether you are a Seller Central user or a Vendor Central, you will learn something new.
Register Free --> https://amafestuk.com/
The event is perfect for anybody who is already trading on Amazon or thinking of selling on Amazon. If you are looking to grow your business through the powerful Amazon channel in the UK and globally make sure you don’t miss out.
We have 10 topics for the day:
#1 Direct Amazon Vendor to Hybrid - 1P & 3P
David Hindle, MPM Products Ltd.
#2 Looking at PPC Through a Different Lens
Danny McMillan, Seller Sessions.
#3 Amazon Product Pricing Strategies
Paulina Masson, Shopkeeper
#4 Private Label Brand Protection
CJ Rosenbaum, Amazonsellerlawyers
#5 Panel Discussion: How To Build Your Amazon Private Label In 2019?
#6 Increase Conversions & Sales With Amazon Listing Optimisation
Jess Howes, Daytodayebay
#7 Bidx: Fully Automate Your Amazon Advertising
Nadine Schöpper, BidX
#8 Panel Discussion: Challenges And Opportunities for Amazon Vendors
#9 Social Selling For Amazon Sellers In 2020
Beth Blake, SocialB
#10 Proven Strategies To Boost Your Amazon Sales On Non-English Markets
Jana Krekic, YLT Translations
With great networking opportunities, the opportunity to meet new suppliers who will be there to share hints and tips (and not ‘sell’) you will gain invaluable insights to help you.
Sponsored by UKFast, the event will take place close to the City Centre and refreshments will be provided too.
Register Free --> https://amafestuk.com/
For more details please you can call +44 (0) 161 3272 923
2018 was a big year for Amazon (and we’re expecting the same this year!) But one thing, in particular, that was rather exciting, was Amazon’s partnership with Apple. Now, customers can buy directly from Apple with the added bonus of the popular delivery service, Prime.
The partnership begins in the US, Europe, Japan and India, and everything Apple except the competing product, the HomePod, will be sold on the marketplace. Many shoppers will have come across a number of fake Apple products on Amazon, but with the new partnership, this will be eliminated.
For those who already sell genuine Apple products, with Apple selling via Amazon the brand will win the buy box and kill off any third-party vendors. This is a potentially worrying situation for third-party retailers. What if other brands start to partner with Amazon, will third-party sellers survive?
That being said, just because you have a partnership with Amazon, does not mean as a brand you are the winner. Amazon’s algorithm will still favour reviewed and long-standing listings. We all know there is only one winner in this game, and that is Amazon.
Start engaging with Amazon in the right way and build a strong presence to reach out to millions of customers. We are the UK based Amazon Consultancy helping brands expand their presence on Amazon. Find out more and schedule a call with Amazon expert, Prabhat Shah.Chris.reed likes this.
Starting February 2019, we are launching a monthly webinar series covering all things e-commerce. If you consider yourself an expert in e-commerce, including Amazon, eBay and Google Shopping, then we’d like to hear from you.
The webinars will take place once a month between 14:00pm to 14:30pm (London time), and will last for 20 minutes + 5 minutes for Q&A. They will be streamed on YouTube Live, and recorded for release immediately after the event.
The aim of this new webinar series will be to:
- Engage with the Online Seller Community,
- Provide sellers and businesses improve their e-commerce, and
- Raise awareness of your expertise.
If you’d be interested in speaking, please complete the following form:
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST >>
- Engage with the Online Seller Community,
Due to Amazon’s increased growth, brands, re-sellers and manufacturers are using the platform to reach out to Amazon’s very loyal customer base. The platform has proven successful, not only for large sellers but for anyone like you and me. With so many “private label” success stories we see new sellers all the time in our Amazon training courses.
To help sellers launch their product/s on Amazon, we have created a simple, easy to follow a checklist that will help you to grow product ranking progressively, and help you plan your next steps. This can be used in for product/s you are going to launch. Depending on your product, you may have to skip some steps but it is still useful.
Because this is a working document, I would love to hear your comments. Please get in touch here.
The latest London Amazon Seller Meetup (5th November 2018) was another brilliant meetup, providing new and existing sellers with lots of knowledge, tips and insights. Talks covered Amazon Advertising best practices, ERP and selling on Amazon Japan.
Thanks to our sponsor Khaoscontrol.com and our brilliant host fire.com. We had a great turnout with 60+ businesses in attendance.
What was covered…
Amazon Advertising Best Practices for the Holiday Season
Prabhat Shah – Online Seller UK
Black Friday and Christmas are fast approaching us, which means this is the optimal time to be catching as many shoppers as possible. Prabhat shared with us some actionable tips on improving your Amazon Advertising to boost holiday sales.
✔️ Slide deck can be found here: https://www.slideshare.net/daytoday...zon-advertising-prabhat-shah-online-seller-uk
How ERP can help you make key business decisions
Jason Thickpenny – Khaoscontrol Cloud
Jason talked us through how an ERP solution can help online sellers, discussing how an ERP system will help you to make SMART decisions. It takes away having to guess whether or not something is a good idea, allows you to do targeted marketing, and is a central place to see what is going on in the business.
✔️ Slide deck can be found here: https://www.slideshare.net/daytoday...decisions-jason-thickpenny-khaoscontrol-cloud
Should you be selling on Amazon Japan?
John Cant – Risingsuncommerce.com
John discussed why and how you should be selling on Amazon Japan. Going through what products sell well, disadvantages and advantages of selling on Amazon Japan; advantages including the fact Amazon Japan is growing quickly, and the Yen is strong vs £.
✔️Slide deck can be found here: https://www.slideshare.net/daytoday...n-presentation-john-cant-risingsuncommercecom
Meetups and events like this help online sellers to learn new things about the industry that they can apply immediately to their businesses. Not only that, but you meet with other online sellers and industry experts who share their experiences and advice. Be sure to check out future events, they are free to attend and packed full of knowledge!
Another brilliant London Amazon Seller Meetup in October, with a great turnout. Thank you to our host Brendan, to Khaoscloud for sponsoring the event and to our speakers who gave us lots of useful takeaways.
Jason Thickpenny - Khaoscloud
Jason talked about ‘The Importance of Integration’ and how it could benefit your business to integrate everything. Jason discussed the complex journey of just ONE order and how without integration it could be slowing your business down.
Slide deck can be found here: https://www.slideshare.net/daytodayebay/the-importance-of-integration-khaoscontrol-cloud
Prabhat Shah - Online Seller UK
Prabhat discussed ‘Best Practices of Selling Internationally with Amazon’ and how to get your business started with selling internationally on Amazon. Prabhat talked through FBA, EFN and PAN EU, why you should avoid auto-translation, why you should leverage sponsored ads and the importance of Amazon SEO.
Slide deck can be found here: https://www.slideshare.net/daytoday...ionally-on-amazon-best-practices-prabhat-shah
Lizzy Greenburg - Taxjar
Lizzy spoke about ‘The 5 Basics of US Sales Tax’ and how you can save time with sales tax automation.
Slide deck can be found here: https://www.slideshare.net/daytoday...s-sales-tax-explained-lizzy-greenburg-tax-jar
Joseph Cox - eCommerce Accountants
Joseph talked about ‘VAT - The Basics and Beyond’, discussing what e-commerce and online businesses need to know about VAT.
Slide deck can be found here: https://www.slideshare.net/daytodayebay/vat-the-basics-and-beyond-joe-cox
London Amazon Seller Meetups are held regularly and are free to attend the event with informative and experienced speakers. They are perfect to attend for any business aiming to grow online nationally or internationally, or even if you’re looking to start selling online. You will learn proven strategies and tactics!
Sign up for the next London Amazon Seller Meetup
Looking to grow your business online? Are you considering selling online? Or, do you just want to keep up to date with the latest eBay and Amazon tips, tricks and strategies? Then you should come along to the Manchester Online Seller UK Meetup in October!
Date: Monday 11th October 2018
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Innospace, The Shed, Chester St, Manchester, M1 5GD
It is a free event for online sellers and retailers. You will take away a whole host of tips, tricks and strategies to help you improve your e-commerce presence and increase sales!
Topics for the evening:
1. eBay competitive intelligence for online sellers
2. Amazon tools for fast-growing sellers
3. How ERP can help you make key decisions
On top of hearing from industry experts and taking away many practical tips, you will also get the chance to network with other sellers, suppliers and e-commerce experts. The perfect chance to get your questions answered, and to discuss and exchange information and advice!
Register for your FREE space here.
If Manchester is too far to travel, check out London Online Seller UK Meetup.
Looking to grow your business online? Are you considering selling online? Or, do you just want to keep up to date with the latest e-commerce tips, tricks and strategies? Then you should come along to the London Online Seller UK Meetup in October!
Date: Monday 8th October 2018
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Rise London, 41 Luke Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4DP
It is a free event for online sellers and retailers. You will take away a whole host of tips, tricks and strategies that you can go away and implement almost instantly!
Topics for the evening:
1. Best practices for selling internationally with Amazon
2. The 5 basics of US sales tax, explained
3. EU VAT for Amazon Sellers
4. Benefits of integrating e-commerce with ERP
Not only will you hear from industry experts and take-away many practical tips, you will also get the chance to network with other online sellers, suppliers and e-commerce experts. With whom you can discuss and exchange information and advice which could help you grow your business online.
What are you waiting for? Get your FREE tickets here today!
If London is too far to travel, check out Manchester Online Seller UK Meetup.
Despite no physical stores, Amazon has had huge success selling mainly non-essential items, and they continue to grow. In fact, Amazon is growing quicker than many of its rivals; and its market value is thought to have risen by 22.5% in 2017, compared to the total online spend rising 8.4%.
With their market share rising significantly, this would suggest that Amazon is stealing share from competitors.
Amazon’s success has opened up many doors of opportunity for new sellers. With the backup and trust of the Amazon and Prime brand, anyone can have success on Amazon, if the product is right.
To help sellers, we have developed a two-part comprehensive course aimed at new and early-stage sellers. The course will give you the tools and skills you need to develop your own private label and sell successfully on Amazon.
This covers sourcing from China and logistics. This is a comprehensive, hands-on session delivered by our in-house sourcing expert.
You can expect a high level of engagement and to have all of your questions answered. Additionally, we have an Amazon Private Label Masterclass Facebook Group for general Q & A.
The second part provides you with knowledge on how to get the best out of the Amazon platform.
This is a full-day course, and you will be provided with practical notes, digital course content and lunch/refreshments.
The course will be held in Central London, just a short walk from London Liverpool Street Train Station.
To find out more & book online.
Our next London Online Seller meetup is on 8th October and it is going to be held at Rise, 41 Luke Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4DP.
Thanks to kind support from our sponsors Ecommerce Accountants and Khaoscontrol Cloud and partners Fire.com and GS1UK.
The agenda for this evening is focussed on cross-border trade and there will be an opportunity for you to meet experts and other online sellers.
We have pizzas and beer too! Sign up free https://onlineselleruk.com/events/online-seller-meetup-london/
Topics for the evening are:
#1 EU VAT for Amazon Sellers
Joseph Cox, E-commerce Accountants
#2 The 5 Basics of US Sales Tax, Explained
Speaker: Jennifer Dunn, TaxJar
#3 Best Practices of Selling Internationally with Amazon
Speaker: Prabhat Shah, Online Seller UK
E-commerce is growing rapidly each year, and in fact; in 2017, retail e-commerce sales worldwide amounted to 2.3 trillion US dollars! And as e-commerce grows so does the cross-border trade. Research has found that by 2022 cross-border shopping will make up 20% of e-commerce with sales of 630 billion dollars.
If planned and implemented correctly, selling internationally for many businesses could see sales doubled; which makes it no surprise that more and more businesses are expanding internationally.
Are you looking to expand internationally? Here are 5 reasons why you should attend Payoneer Manchester Meetup:
1 You’ll have the chance to gain valuable industry insight and learn how to grow your business by expanding online to new regions, marketplaces and partners.
2 You’ll hear from Payoneer’s global partner companies who will provide you with the strategy and tips to expand your business internationally.
3. It’s a FREE to attend an event where you will obtain a wealth of knowledge from industry experts.
4. Expert speakers attending include ChannelAdvisor, Payoneer, Top Hatter, Avalara and more!
5. Finally, there will be a room full of other online sellers, suppliers and industry experts, with whom you can discuss and exchange information and advice which could help you to grow your business online.
Are you ready to start trading internationally and see your sales soar?
Get your tickets here.
Date: Thursday 12th July 2018
Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Where: Etc. Venues, 11 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 3HU
It has been just 7 months since Amazon first launched in Australia, back in December 2017, where there was initially no sign of Amazon Prime. With only the promise that it would be available in the not so distant future.
Amazon kept their promise and here we are 7 months later and Amazon Prime is now available in Australia.
But how does this suggest that Amazon is set to take over the world?
They may not be the dominant player in Australian e-commerce just yet, but at the rate in which it is growing in other countries… Amazon’s net sales revenue in 2017 was close to 178 billion U.S dollars… We can only expect it to be soon.
Currently, Amazon has online stores in China, India, Japan, Singapore, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, United States, Australia and Brazil. With Amazon Prime available in 13 of these countries.
It is estimated that roughly 50% of consumer product searches now start on Amazon, which makes it no surprise that more and more retailers and sellers are now finding themselves listing on Amazon.
High street stores are slowly becoming a thing of the past, making room for Amazon to expand more and more online. So, a question for you… If you’re a brand and seller reading this, are you listing on Amazon?
If the answer is no, why not? Success on Amazon is just a stone’s throw away…
If the answer is yes, how is it working for you? Are you getting the results you’d hoped for, are you new to selling or an experienced seller? Whatever your current situation is, we offer an in-depth Amazon Account Audit Service which can help you determine whether you’re making the most out of Amazon.
Our team of experts will review your account and offer an independent analysis of its performance. We can analyse in Seller Central, Vendor Central and Amazon Marketing Services (AMS). With our systematic approach, we will identify strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities for improvement.
Remember, it took Amazon just 7 months to make Amazon Prime available in Australia…
Amazon dominates UK online spending, accounting for 33.5% of all UK spend online (in 2017 from GlobalData).
Amazon has become the go-to place for many shoppers due to the fact you can buy almost anything on the e-commerce platform, and it will arrive the next day. With the rise in popularity it is no surprise that there is an increasing number of retailers, and now an increasing number of brand owners, distributors and wholesalers, who use Amazon to sell and advertise their products.
There is now more choice than ever for consumers, but this is becoming increasingly difficult for sellers, who struggle against the competition. This is where Amazon SEO and PPC plays a huge role.
There are various factors that affect Amazon SEO, including:
1. Selling via Amazon FBA – products sell quicker with FBA which helps to improve product ranking quicker,
2. Products shipped on time – shipping products on time keeps your account healthy and this has a positive impact on SEO,
3. Positive reviews improve rankings,
4. Optimised content including title, key features (bullet points), description, search terms and technical details are crucial. All Amazon content gets indexed, and so every part of the content is important.
Ensuring your Amazon SEO is up to scratch is one of the first and most important parts of your Amazon strategy to encourage sustainable business growth. But, we cannot rely only on this.
Amazon PPC is becoming increasingly relevant and popular amongst sellers. Looking at the first page of search results on Amazon, we can see it is dominated by paid ads.
On top of this, working with many clients, we have seen on average 30% of turnover generated from paid ads. This just goes to show how important it is to be working not only on Amazon SEO, but ensuring you are utilising PPC too.
However, it can be tough running ads whilst staying profitable (check out some Amazon Sponsored Ads best practices here >>). This is where we can help.
Over the past few months, we have delivered many Amazon Marketing Services and SEO Training Courses in both London and Manchester. Our attendees cover a variety of product categories including books, DIY, kitchen, garden and toys – just to name a few!
These training courses are delivered in a small group and are designed to help you improve your Amazon SEO and teach you ways to utilise PPC whilst staying profitable. Highlights from our sessions include:
- Getting all of your account specific questions answered,
- The sessions are practical and engaging,
- You will leave with a draft Amazon Marketing Services and SEO Growth Plan
- Email support for one month after the training.
“Very informative Amazon Marketing and SEO training. I learned a lot and liked that the session was practical. Prabhat was helpful and ready to answer all our questions.”
Find out full details of these Amazon Marketing Services and SEO training courses.
- Getting all of your account specific questions answered,
“An excellent conference which acted as the motive for me to start selling online with my company Baby Casts & Prints. I attended last year as a guest and this year as a speaker recounting my experiences of the last 12 months.”
Chris Buckley - Manchester
This year's Manchester Online Seller Conference was yet another brilliant, informative and highly attended event. It was held at the UKfast Campus and I am humbled by their support for the third year running.
We’d like to thank our sponsors Khaoscontrol Cloud, Vdepot and Khoo Commerce who provided us with insightful talks and a wealth of knowledge throughout the event.
In attendance were over 80 online sellers and businesses, and the talks covered a diverse range of topics including:
- Content Marketing,
- Sourcing and
- PR & Branding.
If you have never attended the Manchester Online Seller Conference before, sign up for our newsletter to get notified about all future meetups and conferences.
Please find all speaker slide-decks below:
1 Using technology for your business growth
Speaker: Jason Thickpenny is a consultant helping businesses streamline their processes to support growth. Supporting the change from a good business into a great enterprise.
Company: Khaos Control Solutions Ltd
2 How 3PL’s are changing the retail landscape
Speaker: Iain Hill is General Manager at Vdepot and is extremely passionate about eCommerce. Having first-hand experience of selling online, Iain is well aware of the problems of a small start up business and aims to help every online business that he comes across.
3 Sourcing the right products for your retail business
Speaker: Vicky Powell specialises in the entire sourcing process from Asia; covering product development, finding the right supplier, branding, packaging and shipping.
Company: RBQ Consultancy
4 Amazon Vendor: What it means to sell wholesale to Amazon
Speaker: Katherine Khoo manages the eCommerce platforms iPages and Khoo Commerce, supporting numerous multi-channel eCommerce retailers online.
Company:Khoo Systems Limited
5 Amazon business growth case study
Speaker: Chris Buckley is an experienced web designer and current owner of Pixel Kicks who decided to start an online business specialising in casting products
Company:Baby Casts & Prints
7 GDPR – Don’t Panic (Yet!)
Speaker: Steve Kuncewicz specialises in intellectual property, media and communications-related issues, working mainly with the creative, digital, technology and advertising sector with a nationally-recognised niche specialism in issues involving social media.
8 What questions should you ask your eCommerce agency?
Speaker: Darren Ratcliffe has almost 20 years industry experience in the digital sector and has been running his own agency for the past 10 years.
9 Content marketing for e-commerce: driving customers & improving visibility through content
Speaker: Stacey MacNaught is a Freelance SEO and Content Marketing Specialist based just outside Manchester. She began writing web copy in 2006 before starting an SEO career with a Manchester agency in 2009. Her 9 years of agency experience saw her progress from an SEO trainee to Head of Search and ultimately Director responsible for the delivery of SEO and content marketing for all agency accounts.
Company:Stacey MacNaught Ltd
10 Avoiding suspensions & getting accounts back
Speaker: Anthony Famularo is a Partner and Managing Attorney at Rosenbaum Famularo, P.C. (“Amazon Sellers’ Lawyer), the only law firm in the US that focuses on the needs of Amazon sellers. Anthony has been with the firm since it was founded. As Managing Attorney, he has experience in handling hundreds of cases for Amazon Sellers of all sizes dealing with both buyer and rights owner complaints, as well as other suspension issues.
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