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Discontinuing it was always the plan, though. I liked it, too, but I've gotten used to the new one.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: KDP old vs new reporting discrepancies
« Last post by alhawke on June 18, 2024, 01:24:07 AM »
Nope, it's still live:
https://kdp.amazon.com/reports-old
Then again... maybe it isn't. Perhaps that's the issue.
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I thought the old reports had been discontinued a long time ago.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / KDP old vs new reporting discrepancies
« Last post by alhawke on June 18, 2024, 12:48:47 AM »
We must have talked about this before? Don't know. Well, there's the old KDP reports and the new one. Turns out the new Kindle Direct Publishing reports says I sold books yesterday and the old reports only reports nothing. I toggle back and forth because it's unreliable, but over the past year, it's been pretty consistent. Just to let everyone know in case you're running a big sale for data, or watching ad data, this is the first time in a long while I'm seeing a long lag with old KDP reports. It used to happen all the time. Are they finally fully discontinuing the old reports? I hope not 'cause the new KDP reports kinda sucks, imo.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: New Sponsored Brand Format AMS ads
« Last post by R. C. on June 09, 2024, 11:14:31 PM »
I was eager to try those because Amazon said ads with images other than products got better results.

I've tried both single images and multiple ones (which produce a slideshow). My results are worse than with the old sponsored brand ads.

...

I can confirm this was my experience also.

R.C.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / New Sponsored Brand Format AMS ads
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on June 08, 2024, 11:13:51 PM »
I was eager to try those because Amazon said ads with images other than products got better results.

I've tried both single images and multiple ones (which produce a slideshow). My results are worse than with the old sponsored brand ads.

I selected keywords carefully and checked daily to deactivate nonperformers and put some actual customer searches in the negative targeting area. Results didn't improve.

Is it a mistake to use the keyword targeting? Would product targeting be better?
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It's not just for trads. I just checked two authors I know to be a high-selling indies, and the rough number of sales this month is present. But it's probable it will appear more with trads because of the household-name authors.
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It may also still be in the experimental phase. I've heard reports of some people not seeing it, even on very high-ranking books.

But since it's only likely to benefit high-selling books, wasn't the ranking enough? This seems a little bit like overkill.

It sounds to me like a keep Trad happy thing.

When they hit a winner, they want Amazon to acknowledge it with something special.

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This has been a nice little distraction for the past couple of days (checking on my favorite books' sales estimates), but honestly, I'm not clear on the purpose of all this. Will it help with marketing? Will it help increase sales? At the moment, it feels more like clutter to me. :confused:
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It may also still be in the experimental phase. I've heard reports of some people not seeing it, even on very high-ranking books.

But since it's only likely to benefit high-selling books, wasn't the ranking enough? This seems a little bit like overkill.
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