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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Amazon Sponsored TV ads
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on November 11, 2023, 12:09:58 AM »
Nobody else has seen this yet? Apparently, the original announcement was made October 25, but it could getting sent to individual authors gradually.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Amazon Sponsored TV ads
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on November 10, 2023, 03:51:48 AM »
When I opened my AMS dashboard this morning, I got hit with an announcement for "Sponsored TV.'

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Reach viewers and drive brand consideration across streaming services like Freevee and Twitch.

That isn't exactly a clear description. I found more here: https://advertising.amazon.com/resources/whats-new/sponsored-tv?ref_=a20m_us_wn_ftrd2_btn_102523_spnsrdtv

Apparently, it's still in beta and only available in the US. From a video explanation, it appears that an opportunity to create video adds will appear to the right of the existing ad types, though it hasn't for me, even though Amazon pushed the announcement to me.

At first, I  assumed it was a video placed like other Amazon ads, so I don't understand how it gets on Twitch. Nor can I find any explanation for it.

I assume that if its being advertised to indie authors, it will eventually be available to us--though with Amazon, that isn't necessarily a given.

I have occasionally seen video ads in my search results but assumed that was some special perk available to trads but not us.

Anyone have any more information on this?
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: What Amazon Needs To Change
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on November 02, 2023, 12:21:57 AM »
Update: As of today, the weird stuff has disappeared from my search results. There are a few ads embedded in the results (all relevant) but none of the odd stuff I was seeing before, such as irrelevant results supposedly based on the search.

I'm not naive enough to think that Amazon responded to this thread that fast. What I was seeing might have been a glitch, or it might have been an experiment. The fact that Hopscotch wasn't seeing the problem in his search results could support either conclusion.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: WTF is up with US ranks?
« Last post by alhawke on November 01, 2023, 01:18:09 AM »
Ranking 94,681 today US. Limited sales today and yesterday. Basically, the large sale spike I published on the prior page was invisible to ranking :icon_cry:
Can't tell if my theory on categories is correct because Amazon's wonky rule of choosing whatever category they want after you enter them has made them not change the categories. And if the categories finally change to my new ones, it will be far too late to show any effect with ranking. But I'll keep the new 3rd category of Paranormal Romance for future categorization anyway.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: What Amazon Needs To Change
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on November 01, 2023, 12:40:30 AM »
I have noticed in the past that if I check out a fellow author's product page, I get deluged with suggestions from that genre, even if that's literally the only time I've ever clicked on a book in that genre. It would seem that the algorithms should pay a little more attention to the overall pattern and less to exceptional cases.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: What Amazon Needs To Change
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on November 01, 2023, 12:38:39 AM »
I can believe that, but I just tried an experiment: opening an in-private window in a different browser (so Amazon doesn't know it's me).

There's a slight variation in the ads, but I still get the same three weird ones at the bottom when I search for myself.

Searching for John Conroe gets me the same fleecy pajamas ad (supplemented by one for thermal underwear), and almost the same bottom of the page ads.

That's a small sample, but it looks to me as if a good part of what's happening would happen to anyone searching for the same authors. Could it be that it reflects general trends? (Lots of people who buy my books also buy books for people in recovery; lots of people who buy John Conroe also live in cold climates and buy long underwear or fleecy pajamas.)

Or could it be that the algorithms are in the process of having a nervous breakdown?

I don't have time right now to take a larger sample, but at some point, I'm going to check more and see if I can spot patterns. The disturbing feeling I get from looking just at Rowling, Conroe, and me is that the better you sell, the more respect searches for your name get. Rowling's is tightly focused, Conroe a little less so, and mine looks like sort of a dumping ground, particularly past the first page.

Or is that just Halloween paranoia?
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: What Amazon Needs To Change
« Last post by TimothyEllis on November 01, 2023, 12:29:17 AM »
Do yourself a favour, and purge that history.

I periodically do this. I delete off all the books I look at for others, all the products I viewed but didn't buy, and anything I wouldn't put a 5 star review on.

After you do that, the stupid recommendations get a bit better.

But I've never bought a romance novel in my life, but I still get a monthly romance email. No idea why. But purging the history does help generally.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: What Amazon Needs To Change
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on November 01, 2023, 12:25:38 AM »
So I checked search results for JK Rowling. No weird books at the bottom, just wizardry themed jewelry in the middle and at the bottom (because some people only look at the bottom of the page?) Also, fewer ads for other books in the search results, and all are fantasy.

I then checked John Conroe (indie author who was held up by Amazon as a success story. The pattern is similar to mine in that the same ads appear in the related section page after page, and most of the times with coordinated ads for one of the items at the top. But most of them are genre relevant, with what looks like one glaring exception. Oh, and one of the pages has a video on fleecy pajamas. (I bought a set once, so that could be a reflection of my history.)
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: WTF is up with US ranks?
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on November 01, 2023, 12:04:53 AM »
That's interesting, and it does sound logical.

However, I don't think mine are generally in unpopular categories, and the ranking changes are still slow, though admittedly, not as slow as yours ( 2 days vs. 6 plus).

It makes sense that Amazon would try to stop people from gaming categories. However, it needs to find a better way of doing that.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: What Amazon Needs To Change
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on October 31, 2023, 11:57:54 PM »
Maybe the Zon just has it in for me.

Today, I'm seeing the same thing as yesterday, at least on the first page--same ads, same order. I've seen this a lot. It can't be random to get the same ad (which I'm not interested in) over and over.

The related books on the product pages tend to be more reasonable. It's the ads associated with search results that tend to be more scrambled, at least for me.
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