AMS ADVERTISING VIA KDP NOW AVAILABLE IN THE UK AND GERMANY
Amazon KDP has its expanded its AMS advertising option to books that are available at Amazon’s UK (United Kingdom) and DE (Germany) stores.
On the one hand, if you are among the first to test this out, you might get ahead of the competition. On the other hand, if a big swarm of authors shows up all at once to test this out, some people may vastly overbid and hog all of the clicks (at an expensive cost) just to test out how it works. So if you’re not getting much activity for several days, my suggestion is to be patient, don’t raise your bid insanely, wait for people to spend more money than they can afford and for the bids to drop down to reasonable values (and then maybe even start a new ad later, which is sometimes better than continuing an unproductive ad).
Note that UK bids are in GBD, not US dollars. You might want to Google a currency calculation to see how much you’re really bidding if you’re used to US currency.
If you already have an AMS account setup for the US, you have to be careful about how to test this out.
Note that existing or even new ads placed in the US will NOT display in the UK or DE. You have to setup new ads using the AMS site specifically for the UK or DE.
Don’t go to Reports. (Because if you reach the UK or DE site that way, it might seem like you have to setup an account from scratch. So try my suggestion first.)
Don’t go to AMS for the US.
Go to your KDP Bookshelf.
Find a book that is live in Amazon UK (or DE).
Hover your cursor over the gray ellipsis (…) button to the right of the title on your KDP Bookshelf.
Click the Promote and Advertise option.
Now select your marketplace.
If you already have an Amazon Author Page setup in the UK, you probably already have an Amazon account setup for the UK. However…
You might need to update a credit card or add billing info for it (even if it is currently working for your US advertising with no problem).
The reason is that Amazon AMS has different sites for advertising in the US, UK, and DE stores. So you might need to do a little work to get your billing info setup.
If you advertise in both the US and the UK, for example, you’ll need to monitor your reports separately at the US and UK sites for Amazon AMS.
For authors who live in the UK or DE, or whose work is highly relevant for these countries, you are probably eager to test this out.
Otherwise, first ask yourself if you have any books that may be a good fit for this audience. If they expect one thing, but get something else entirely because your book is a much better fit for the United States, the ad probably won’t work out.
If you have regular sales in the UK and also some good reviews in the UK, then you have some reason to believe that your book may be a decent fit for the UK audience.
Search for AMS on the search bar on my blog. I have several articles on advertising with AMS (including one specifically about changes in 2019).
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