Since 2015, Amazon has hosted its two-day sales event, Prime Day, every year in mid-July. Over the years, it has become Amazon’s biggest sales event of the year, surpassing Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
So what can you expect from Prime Day in 2023 and how can you succeed as a third party Amazon seller? Your deals are due April 28, 2023 so it’s time to start preparing. Here’s everything you need to know to maximize sales during this two-day event.
Amazon Prime Day Opportunities
Amazon launched Prime Day to not only encourage more sales but to also drive sign-ups for Amazon Prime. And it’s been a massive success year over year — for both Amazon and its third party sellers.
In the company’s most recent report, Amazon reported a whopping 148.6 million Amazon Prime members in the United States alone — a number that is sure to increase during Prime Day. Sales are expected to jump as well. After all, Prime Day sales have grown every year since its launch in 2015.
Prime Day Sales Trends
In 2022, Prime Day garnered $12 billion in sales, a nearly 20% increase from 2021. It’s likely that sales increased because:
- Shoppers were getting a headstart on their holiday shopping given Prime Day’s October date.
- Consumers were still shopping online more avoid exposure to COVID-19.
Marketplace sellers earned 35% of all Prime Day sales. Digital Commerce 360’s report on Prime Day 2020 mentions that “sales of marketplace sellers’ products grew nearly 60% and — most notably — grew faster year over year than sales of Amazon’s own products.”
Amazon isn’t the only marketplace that sees a sales surge on Prime Day. Other large retailers have started launching sales on the same day since they know shoppers are looking for deals.
Needless to say, Prime Day 2023 is sure to be a big opportunity for Amazon’s third party sellers.
How to Succeed on Amazon Prime Day 2023 as a Seller
So how can you take advantage of all the opportunity that Prime Day has to offer? Generally speaking, you want to entice shoppers with exclusive discounts, convert them with awesome product listings, and ensure you have enough inventory to cover demand. But that’s not all. Here, we break down 8 ways to stand out and succeed on Prime Day this year.
1. Optimize your product detail page(s)
The more accurate and descriptive your listings, the higher the chances you’ll get a conversion — especially on Prime Day when sellers are fighting harder than ever to drive sales. To get yours in tip-top shape, double check everything — the product title, bullet points, images, and full descriptions — to make sure everything is accurate, clear, and includes the right keywords.
If you are part of Amazon’s Brand Registry, you’ll want to look at your A+ Content in addition to the areas listed above.
2. Create exclusive discounts
Amazon isn’t going to automatically add discounted prices to your listings on Prime Day, so you need to take the lead on this. There are three ways to do this:
- Amazon Coupons: Amazon Coupons are a great way to display your discount. They show a bright orange tag next to the list price on your product detail pages, making it obvious to shoppers that you are running a deal. Keep in mind that the deadline to submit Prime Day coupons is May 28.
- Manual Price Adjustments: You can also manually adjust your listing price. The only downside to this strategy is that shoppers won’t be able to see that you’ve lowered your price the way an Amazon Coupon shows an obvious discount. The optics of a sale go a long way in driving conversions.
- Lightning Deals: A Lightning Deal is a promotional offer that is featured for a limited time on the Amazon Deals page and can be part of Prime Day’s featured sales. While the deadline to apply for Lightning Deal eligibility has already passed for this year (it was April 16), keep them in mind for future sales events.
3. Stock enough inventory
The last thing you want to experience during Prime Day is an Amazon stockout.
To avoid running out of stock, start by checking your current inventory levels and, if you’ve been selling for a while, your sales history from previous Prime Days.
Getting a sense of your numbers — especially how much your sales have spiked during Prime Day and/or other sales events — will help you estimate how much you might sell this year. From there, you can determine roughly how much inventory you should have on hand.
Important note on inventory: if you’re an FBA seller, you must get your Prime Day inventory in by May 31.
4. Boost product reviews
Product ratings and reviews do a lot to convert your listings. These days, it’s practically second nature for shoppers to look at what other buyers have to say about a product before they buy it for themselves.
Consider using a tool like JungleScout to automate review requests now so you can beef up your ratings ahead of Prime Day. Then, be sure to ask your Prime Day customers for their feedback as well. Assuming you generate a lot of sales, you could also earn a lot of reviews to help you keep sales momentum going long-term.
5. Increase advertising budget
There’s going to be a lot of competition for clicks and conversions this Prime Day — more so than usual. That’s why we recommend optimizing your Amazon PPC campaigns and increasing ad spend for Prime Day.
For an additional boost, consider promoting your deals on social media as well. Depending on what you sell, you could even partner with an influencer or two to help spread the word. To maximize your ROI on all of your marketing channels, check out our guide to Amazon Attribution.
6. Remember your other channels
As we mentioned previously, other retailers see a spike in sales during Prime Day. If you sell on other channels, make sure you also optimize those listings, incorporate any discounts, and update any marketing campaigns you’re already running. Here are some niche marketplaces to consider.
7. Consider top Prime Day categories
Last year, top selling products on Prime Day included Amazon’s devices (like the Echo Dot and Fire Stick 4K), iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum, LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, Lego Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmet, and other electronics like laptops, TVs, and Apple products. Electronics are sure to be a hit again this year.
For third party sellers, top selling categories last year included: Bedding, Wireless Accessories, Nutrition & Wellness, Arts, Crafts & Sewing, and Health Care.
We’re willing to bet that other popular categories this year will include travel and outdoor gear, with people embracing the warm weather and feeling more comfortable getting away thanks to the COVID-19 vaccine.
8. Maximize cash flow
Part of preparing for Prime Day means upping your expenditures to ensure you have enough inventory and are reaching the right shoppers online. But it can be difficult to take advantage of Prime Day opportunities if you don’t have a lot of cash-on-hand.
Let’s face it: as a seller, you’re stuck waiting at least two weeks for Amazon to pay you, which means opportunities like Prime Day could pass you by depending on when you get paid.
It doesn’t have to be this way though. With our Instant Access program, you always have cash available from your Amazon sales to spend on opportunities like Prime Day. You wake up every morning with up to 80% of the previous day’s sales already in your account.
Assuming you want to keep momentum going all summer long, you’ll also want to continue quickly reinvesting in inventory, marketing, and more. Instant Access can help by providing constant cashflow to your Amazon business.
Conclusions for Sellers About Amazon Prime Day 2023
Prime Day is a big opportunity for sellers like you—but to make the most of it, you’ll have to prepare. Whether you’re getting a late start or have been waiting your whole life for Prime Day 2023, these tips will help you take your sales to the max during Amazon’s big summer sale.