Amazon appear to have ramped back the promotion of their own products on sites across the world. Where once you’d expect to see Amazon Own Brands prominently promoted, Amazon Own Label promotions are now notably missing from many areas of the marketplace.
Amazon Own Brands are a mixture of Amazon branded products from their own private labels and Amazon Exclusives which are external brands who manufacture specific product version only available to purchase on Amazon. Amazon have in the past given high visibility to their own brands both on search result pages and also on competing single product detail pages.
In the image above from September 2018, sponsored products have been highlighted in pink, orange for Sponsored products with Amazon Own Brands in green and Amazon Choice in purple. (Red line indicates the fold on a laptop – the part of the page you can see without scrolling).
It’s now very obvious if you search for AA Batteries or a computer mouse that the Amazon Own Brands advertising has gone. Typically in the past we expected to see a sponsored brand above the fold followed by sponsored products and then the Amazon Own Brand and Amazon Choice before natural search results lower down the page. Sponsored Brands and Sponsored Products are still on the page, but Amazon Own Brands are non longer as prominently displayed and now appear lower down mixed in with natural search results or occasionally as sponsored products.
Amazon have recently come under fire with calls in the US for some of the largest tech companies to be broken up. It’s also interesting to note that in India Amazon, as a marketplace, aren’t allowed to directly sell their own brands on their marketplace as the Indian government consider this to be unfair competition.
Amazon may simply be testing product placements to gather data or they may be reacting to potential future regulation and taking evasive action before they are forced to act. Either way, for those merchants selling on Amazon and especially for those paying with Sponsored Brands and Sponsored Products it’s good news as there is (currently) less competition from Amazon Own Brands.