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2020 Amazon Advertising Updates You Need To Know About



It’s a new year, a new decade and a new look at Amazon’s marketing and advertising platform. Amazon is the number one e-commerce seller in the world and is making changes across the entire platform for advertisers. Here’s my round-up for what changes to be aware of, and how these changes will affect your account, and strategy moving forward.

Sponsored Products

Ad group changes for vendors

Overall across all these updates, it is apparent that Amazon is trying to build out a standard for both sellers and vendors. Prior to 2020 vendors were not allowed to segment their sponsored ads with ad groups, it was just an ability for sellers on the platform. Obviously this is a huge step forward for vendors and will help overall control and the ability for segmentation across different product categories.

Negative keywords For Auto-Targeted Campaigns

Negative keywords were originally only active withing manual campaigns, now they are available withing auto-targeted campaigns. These keywords can be set at either the campaign or the ad group level.  This step will be pushing us towards moving to more and more towards automated campaigns within Amazon. As well as turning Amazon to more standard processes and format that digital marketers are familiar with.

Sponsored Brands

Suggested Bids

Sponsored Brands have replaced win rate (win rate used to measured how high of a win share of keyword auctions you won) with suggested bids. Suggested bids will give visibility into the keywords that resulted in at least one click and how they performed. Obviously this is very similar to what we see on regular search interfaces such as Google Ads. This gives you a better way of optimizing your campaigns to fit what keywords people are searching and buying your products rather than how often you’re winning the auctions.

Taller Mobile Carousel

The sponsored brands mobile ad creative has changed in a big way. The ad creative is now more than double the size than it was prior to 2020, as well as now features a carousel format. This format can show three products, a headline, and a logo to fit a similar format to what we are used to seeing on the Facebook platform.

Sponsored Display

The sponsored display campaigns were initially created as a beta in the United States. Now the Sponsored display has expanded into the UK, Germany, France, Italy Spain, Japan, and Canada. This is big news for international vendors in need of expanding awareness and demand for their products, across multiple different markets.

One thing we can expect to see moving forward is more change for Amazon. With large brands such as Nike pulling diverting away from Amazon, one can expect others to follow. For a more detailed update from Amazon here is their own blog post about the upcoming changes.

Amazon’s goal seems to be to draw in more marketers and potentially capture more brands. On the flip side, check out the article
9 Reasons Why Ecommerce Marketers DON’T Advertise on Amazon.


Binance’s BNB Chain to Offer New Decentralized Storage System



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The release of the decentralized storage system’s white paper was having a modest effect on the price of other storage tokens on Wednesday. Filecoin (FIL), storj (STORJ), and arweave (AR) are now trading 2%, 5% and 6%, respectively, above their pre-announcement prices.

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Set Sounds Absolutely Delightful, Thanks To Rachel Brosnahan’s Adorable Pig Story



Rachel Brosnahan playing Midge in the Season 4 trailer for Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Over the course of four seasons, and soon a fifth installment, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has managed to one-up themselves and make the scale bigger, the set pieces more extravagant and the monologues snappier. While all of this has been amazing for us viewers, one-upping yourself every time must be quite stressful, and it has been according to Rachel Brosnahan. However, she also came up with an adorable way to de-stress and help the cast and crew by hiring therapy pigs. This also goes to show just how delightful the set of this Prime Video show seems, even during stressful moments. 

Filming Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which went on to win many Emmys in 2019, the cast and crew had taken on a much bigger challenge than they did in Season 1. By traveling around the world, and upping the ante overall the stress levels were high. However, Rachel Brosnahan revealed that she had a “delightful” stress relief activity planned involving therapy pigs, truly showing how wonderful this set seems. The actress behind Midge Maisel started her story about therapy pigs by setting the scene on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, saying:  

So this is actually from our second season, we shot ten episodes during our second season, that’s the only time we ever did that, we never tried it again. We started the season in Paris, we traveled to the Catskills, we were on the move a lot. It was a really, really tough season. The crew was really tired. And toward the end of the season, someone had told me about this service in New York, where you can order therapy pigs to come to your workplace and make you feel better. And so, I brought therapy pigs to set and it was kind of incredible.

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Amazon’s renewable energy portfolio swells to over 20 GW



Amazon's renewable energy portfolio swells to over 20 GW

Amazon increased its renewable energy capacity by 8.3 GW in 2022, bringing its total portfolio to over 20 GW, enough to power millions of US homes.

Growing to become one of the largest global companies by market cap comes with great responsibility. The bigger the operations, the more damaging they can be to the environment with more energy use, carbon emissions, etc.

After the pandemic shuttered most people inside their homes, online shopping became a go-to for many.

As a result, e-commerce giant Amazon saw its business surge, with an over 200% rise in profits as shopping habits turned digital. To offset the company’s explosive growth, it has been investing in renewable energy projects and other sustainable activities to reduce its environmental impact.

Since 2014 Amazon has been on a mission to decarbonize its business globally by adding renewable energy capacity and electric vehicles to its fleet while striving to make packaging more efficient.

The e-commerce giant committed to rolling out over 100,000 EDVs from Rivian by 2030 as part of its Climate Pledge. According to Amazon’s latest update, over 1,000 Rivian EDVs debuted this past holiday season to make zero-emission deliveries.

Amazon Rivian EDV (Source: Amazon)

Amazon’s renewable energy portfolio expanded in 2022

Meanwhile, the company added significant clean energy capacity last year to help it reach its goal of powering operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of its goal.

Amazon announced today it set a new record for the most renewable energy purchased in 2022, adding an additional 8.3 GW through 133 new projects in 11 countries.

Altogether, Amazon now has over 20 GW, enough to power 5.3 million US homes. The clean energy capacity is spread throughout 401 projects (164 wind farms and 237 rooftop solar projects) in 22 different countries. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Amazon remains the most prominent corporate buyer of renewable energy, maintaining the position since 2020.

Once complete and operational, Amazon expects to generate 56,881 GWh of clean energy annually.

Head of sustainability research at BloombergNEF, Kyle Harris, says Amazon’s clean energy portfolio is now among the leading utilities globally, adding:

The fact that it announced a new annual record of clean energy in a year mired by a global energy crisis, supply chain bottlenecks, and high interest rates speaks to its forward planning and expertise in navigating power markets and executing long-term contracts.

Despite economic uncertainty, Amazon stood by its commitment last year, doubling down on its renewable energy efforts.

Electrek’s Take

You have to give credit where credit is due. Amazon is doing its part by deploying hundreds of clean energy projects across the globe.

Amazon says renewable energy reached 85% of its business in 2021. By doubling down this past year, the e-commerce giant is now on track to hit its goal of powering business operations with 100% renewable five years ahead of schedule.

However, the company still has a lot of work to do to lessen its environmental impact. According to research from Statista, packaging accounts for the most significant share of greenhouse gas emissions in the e-commerce industry, accounting for 45% of total emissions.

Amazon has also made strides in reducing emissions by reducing per-shipment packaging weight by 38% (eliminating over 1.5 million tons of packaging), optimizing materials, and offering vendors incentives to use fully recyclable materials.

The e-commerce giant is making significant progress in its renewable energy goals, yet there’s still a long way to go in reducing packaging waste and energy usage overall.

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