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The Brand Registry provides tools to help you build and protect your brand on Amazon. With more than 700,000 enrolled brands, this global service offers numerous features and benefits. This guide covers everything from A+ Content to Project Zero, so let’s get started!
At its core, Amazon Brand Registry is a service that provides tools to help you protect your brand’s intellectual property. It also makes it easier to find and report IP violations to Amazon. However, there are a variety of other features and benefits available to assist brands with discoverability, improving conversions, and building customer loyalty.
Brand registered sellers get exclusive access to features designed to help build and increase brand presence on Amazon. Being enrolled in Brand Registry also allows brands to access detailed analytics and other information to help increase sales and continue to provide a better experience for Amazon customers.
Amazon Brand Registry was initially introduced in 2017 to help brands protect their trademarks and intellectual property. Counterfeit products, fake reviews, and other challenges are still an issue for brands as well as for Amazon, but Brand Registry continues to add sophisticated features to help brands protect their presence on the platform.
This program is available in United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Singapore, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sweden, Poland, and Belgium.
Before you get started, make sure you know the Amazon Brand Registry requirements and have all of the information you need to provide to Amazon.
You'll need to include an active registered trademark or a pending trademark application in each country where you want to enroll. Your trademark should be a text-based mark or an image-based mark with words, numbers, or letters. Trademark text must match the brand name included on your application. If you have an image-based trademark, be sure to upload a copy of the image exactly as it looks on your trademark record. Your Amazon Brand Registry trademark should also appear on your products or packaging. You’ll also need to review all country-specific trademark requirements.
Sign in to Seller Central and enroll in Brand Registry by clicking Enroll now on the eligibility page.
Then you’ll need to provide your brand name which has an active registered trademark that appears on your products or packaging. You’ll also include your brand’s trademark registration number from the Intellectual Property office. You can enroll in Amazon Brand Registry without a trademark if you’re currently waiting for your trademark to be registered with a trademark office. You'll need to provide the application number from the office in your Amazon Brand Registry application.
Provide the list of product categories your brand should be listed in.
After your Brand Registry application is submitted to Amazon, it will verify that you are the Rights Owner for the brand trademark. Amazon will also send a verification code to a contact that meets its requirements. You’ll need to get the code to send back to Amazon to complete your Brand Registry enrollment. After your information has been verified, you’ll have access to Brand Registry features to help protect your brand.
If you’re interested in the Brand Registry but don’t have a registered trademark, Amazon’s IP Accelerator program may be a good option for you. IP Accelerator connects brands with trusted Amazon-vetted IP law firms that offer trademark registration services at competitive, pre-negotiated rates that cover a single brand for a single class of goods or services.
Additional fees will apply for other services, and service fees will apply. For example, a high-level brand search of Trademark Office records for relevant pending applications or registrations will cost you $650. You can receive a comprehensive brand review, including Trademark Office records and unregistered uses, for $1,800. Keep in mind that you may also work with law firms participating in IP Accelerator for other IP-related services like filing design patent or copyright applications.
Trademark registration is a lengthy process that can take months or even years to complete. However, once Amazon sees that a trademark application has been filed, you’ll receive an invitation to the Brand Registry and can begin receiving brand protections. In this way, it’s essentially a fast track to the Brand Registry.
You're probably wondering how much Amazon Brand Registry costs. Good news! It's free to apply. However, you should expect to pay approximately $750 to $1000 for your trademark. The USPTO charges a flat rate of $250 or $350 per class of goods. Trademark attorneys typically charge $500-700 for their services in addition to the filing fee. You can fast-track the application process with participating Amazon IP Accelerator law firms.
Get access to features designed to increase discoverability, improve conversions, and build customer loyalty.
Brands can include additional images and text on product detail pages. Providing more detailed product information with A+ Content can help increase conversion rates.
Upload product videos to the product details page to highlight benefits, educate shoppers, and increase sales.
Gain visibility into who is selling your products, the customer experience, and the projected sales opportunity for products without a Brand-direct offer. You can also easily add offers for inactive listings here.
Earn a brand referral bonus for your off-Amazon advertising efforts.
Get recommendations for using search terms in accordance with Amazon's best practices.
Send emails directly to Amazon customers to build brand visibility and increase sales. The Amazon Tailored Audiences tool was added in 2022 and allows you to target repeat, high-spend, and recent customers.
Drive sales with an interactive livestream on Amazon that allows you to engage with shoppers in real-time.
Run randomized A/B tests on product images, titles, and A+ Content to learn which content drives sales.
Sell multiple products as a single unit, making it simpler for buyers to shop for products that complement one another. Increase discoverability for your brand's catalog.
The Subscribe and Save program makes it easy for Amazon customers to sign up for recurring deliveries of your products.
Brand owners have the ability to respond to negative Amazon reviews.
Brand owners can see reviews received on their products with the Customer Reviews page on the Brand Dashboard in Seller Central. Customer reviews can help brands identify product defects or listing quality issues. Reviews can also aid brands in detecting and reporting abuse.
Review data is shared here within 24 hours of the review being published on the product detail page. Reviews are retained in the Brand Dashboard for 30 days. You can mark reviews as done by using the check box in the top left corner. This removes the review from the default views on the Customer Reviews page.
If you find a review that violates Amazon’s customer review policies, you can report abuse right from the product detail page. Click “Report abuse from detail page” under the review in the Brand Dashboard and then click the “Report abuse” link to send in your report. If the review violates Amazon policies, it will be removed. Note that Amazon takes review abuse very seriously; any brand that has a pattern of improperly reporting reviews as abusive can lose access to the Brand Dashboard.
If you prefer more detailed customer review and rating data, FeedbackFive offers powerful review analytics along with sales trends to help you identify what’s working for your brand.
Brand owners can also use the Contact Customer tool from the Customer Reviews page to respond to critical (1-3 star) customer reviews. The person responding to customers needs to be assigned to the “Brand Representative” role in Brand Registry to access this feature and must be the seller of record for the order associated with the review.
The Contact Customer option will appear on the top right of eligible critical reviews. The brand owner can either offer a full refund or ask the customer for additional details about what went wrong with the order. In both cases, an automated email will be generated and sent via Buyer-Seller Messaging. The brand owner cannot edit this email. Brand owners may contact customers who placed an order and left a negative review in the past six months if they sold the product directly to the customer for the order in question.
Level up your listings and improve the shopping experience for your products.
A+ Content is probably one of the biggest perks of the Brand Registry. Once a tool only available to vendors, A+ Content opened up to third-party sellers in 2017. It operated under the name Enhanced Brand Content until 2019 when Amazon merged EBC and A+ Content into a single program.
The highly sought-after feature allows brands to change the product descriptions of branded ASINs using a variety of more visually appealing formats outside of the standard plain-text offering.
There are currently two types of content opportunities available, which will show up in separate placements on the product page. Note that the “From the Manufacturer” section is reserved for vendors and cannot be edited by sellers.
Many of the most successful brands on Amazon employ A+ Content. Why? Because the saying is still true: a picture truly is worth 1,000 words. Making your detail page more visually appealing helps bring your product and brand to life. It can help you communicate much better than plain old copy can.
Click the images below to see two great A+ content examples on Amazon for inspiration.
A+ Content is a great way to differentiate your product from the competition. It can be used to answer common customer questions, provide more detailed product information and usage instructions, and create a loyal brand following. When done well, it improves the customer experience, heightens brand awareness, and increases traffic, conversions, and sales. Amazon has said that A+ Content can encourage repeat purchases and increase sales by an average of 5%.
Basic A+ Content is free for Professional brand registered sellers and includes preformatted text and image-based modules. Premium A+ Content, also known as A++ Content, is a paid, invite-only feature that can fill your product page with even more interactive options, including video. It is currently only available to very large brands selling through Vendor Central.
To create your enhanced content, you’ll first need to visit the A+ Content Manager on Amazon. Then, follow Amazon’s instructions for applying A+ Content to your ASINs.
You can publish content to all of your branded ASINs if you so choose (a recently released bulk upload feature makes it much easier!) and have up to 20 pending submissions in review at a time. You may also apply A+ Content to parent or child ASINs (or both) within an ASIN family and also across ASIN families. Your text and images must meet Amazon’s guidelines.
There are multiple A+ Content modules available for configuring your content, and you may use up to five per page. Now is the time to get creative and develop a highly engaging description that makes people want to purchase and become fans of your brand.
Amazon Advertising helps brands get discovered by shoppers.
Amazon Advertising offers numerous ways to promote your brand and products. You can create coupons and offer promotions, Deals, or Prime Exclusive Discounts. Here are a few highlights that Amazon features as benefits for brand registered sellers.
Get reviews from the most trusted reviewers on Amazon by enrolling products in the Vine program. Enrollment fees will apply, and products must also meet certain criteria.
Earn a brand referral bonus for your off-Amazon advertising efforts. External advertising can be a great way to broaden your customer reach and increase sales.
Quickly launch display advertising campaigns to reach relevant audiences on and off Amazon. Target different levels of the sales funnel to create more effective campaigns.
Sponsored Brands ads include your logo, custom headline, and up to three products. They appear in multiple locations on desktop and mobile, including above shopper search results. See an example below.
Boost visibility and brand recognition with video creatives that target shoppers through keywords, categories, and products.
Streamline your campaign management by organizing ads by relevant classifications like brand, keywords, product, category, and more.
Get to know your customers and improve your Amazon brand positioning.
Understanding your customers’ behavior as they interact with your products allows you to operate more strategically in everything from inventory to advertising.
With the Amazon Brand Analytics tool, brand owners are given exclusive access to multiple consumer search and purchase behavior reports that turn aggregated customer information into actionable insights for your business. More than 500,000 Amazon sellers use Brand Analytics.
The Amazon Brand Analytics Dashboard can be found on the main Brand Dashboard under Brand Benefits. Once there, you’ll see your Amazon Brand Analytics Search Terms report and get access to several reports that give you insight into consumer behavior.
The Amazon Brand Analytics Search Terms Report shows you the most popular search terms during a set period of time as well as each term’s search frequency rank and the top three most clicked products. Amazon will let you know if any of your ASINs are among them. Use this report to gain a better understanding of what your competition is doing and develop more effective advertising campaigns of your own.
While you always want to acquire new customers, driving repeat purchases is a top priority as it signals brand loyalty. The Repeat Purchase Behavior Report looks at the number of orders your products received along with the number of unique customers who placed them. Can you identify what led to this trend and replicate it among other products?
The Market Basket Report reveals the top three products most frequently purchased at the same time as your items so you can better identify bundling and cross-marketing opportunities. This report could also impact your product lineup. If you’re not carrying a frequently purchased item, you may need to consider adding it.
The Demographics report delivers a detailed breakdown of your average Amazon customer by the following identifiers:
Are you attracting your ideal customer? If not, this could be significantly impacting conversions. Use this information to improve your product pages and branding strategy.
The Item Comparison and Alternate Purchase Behavior dashboard was retired in June 2022.
The Amazon Attribution console has also found a home on the Brand Analytics dashboard. This beta program provides detailed analytics that measure how well your non-Amazon marketing is impacting shopping activity on Amazon. Attribution tags placed on your off-Amazon ads and email reveal key data that can be used to better understand your brand’s customer journey and optimize your marketing efforts.
Learn how to use Brand Registry features to protect your brand.
Brand Registry provides key protections for brands on Amazon. For example, registering your brand gives you more control over your product listing content. This allows you to provide more detailed information for your products while protecting your brand identity.
Brands can decide whether to authorize others to sell their products with Brand Registry. Enrollment in Brand Registry is one of the most important steps a brand can take when it comes to managing unauthorized resellers. By authorizing only your brand or trusted partners to sell your brand’s products, you can better manage brand identity and the resulting customer experience with your brand, as well as MAP pricing. The brand monitoring tools included in the Brand Dashboard also make it easier to discover and manage concerns.
Registered brands also get access to enhanced Amazon support thanks to a dedicated internal team. Report marketplace violations, including product review manipulation and “not as described” complaints to this team. You can also report listing issues, such as incorrect product details or technical problems related to page loading for your listings, submit IP infringement claims, or escalate claims you’ve previously submitted.
Black hat sellers have been known to register brands under patents and trademarks they don’t own. Registering your brand is critical to prevent issues like this from impacting your business. After the brand is registered under your name, another seller can’t register the brand and make false claims to ownership.
While the rise of third-party sellers and imported goods on the marketplace has continued to grow Amazon’s presence, it has also presented a major problem for brands: counterfeiting. If a cheap knockoff of your best-selling product gets into your customer’s hands, your brand will be the one taking the hit. The fallout to your reputation and sales can be severe.
The Amazon Transparency Program was launched as an anti-counterfeiting measure that helps ensure only authentic items are reaching your customers. Here’s what you need to know about the initiative.
Transparency by Amazon is an item-level authentication service that individually identifies your units and proactively prevents the sale and shipment of counterfeit products to customers. There are four main steps involved:
The Amazon Transparency Program provides protection outside of the marketplace, too. You must apply an Amazon Transparency code to the packaging of every Transparency-enabled unit that you manufacture, even if it’s sold off of Amazon.
For FBA sellers, Transparency codes will be scanned within Amazon’s fulfillment centers. If you fulfill your own orders, Amazon will generate the codes for you but you must print and place all of the Amazon Transparency labels yourself.
There are currently three eligibility requirements. You must:
If you meet these requirements, visit the Transparency page to get started. At this time, the program is available in the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK, Japan, Australia, and India.
The Amazon Transparency App (available on iOS or Android wherever Transparency is available) is what empowers customers to verify a product’s validity for themselves. Plus, once consumers scan the code (a green checkmark or a red x will let them know if the product has passed), they can also see additional information like the item’s manufacturing date, location, ingredients, and more.
In 2021, Amazon made this experience much more interactive for customers with the addition of the Customer Engagement feature, which allows brands to:
At this time, the Amazon Transparency cost isn’t publicly listed. However, it’s been widely reported that brands can expect to pay anywhere from $0.01 to $0.05 per code based on unit quantity.
Don’t forget that you’ll have to factor in printing and labeling costs, which can really eat into your budget if you enroll a high number of units. You may want to start out by enrolling the products most vulnerable to counterfeiting first and follow with more later on.
The ever-growing number of fake products on Amazon has continually forced the marketplace to find new ways to combat the problem. Shortly following the launch of the Transparency program, Amazon Project Zero was introduced as a way for sellers to take more action themselves.
The Amazon Self-Service Counterfeit Removal tool allows brand registered sellers to remove counterfeit listings themselves. Amazon uses this data to strengthen automated protections to help catch possible counterfeit listings in the future.
This Amazon authenticity program is free to brand registered sellers with a government-registered trademark who have submitted reports of potential infringements with an acceptance rate of at least 90% in the past six months. Project Zero gives sellers the ability to remove counterfeit sellers from their listings through the use of automated protections and a self-service counterfeit removal tool. A product serialization service is also available for a price.
The Counterfeit Crimes Unit was launched in 2020. This global team of data analysts, experienced investigators, and former federal prosecutors is dedicated to preventing counterfeit items from being listed on Amazon.
In April 2023, Amazon announced a new feature that makes it easier to view your brand protections across the marketplace.
The recently launched Impact dashboard on the Brand Registry portal provides valuable information on how Amazon safeguards your intellectual property and listings for your brand-registered ASINs. You’ll get insight into:
Additionally, you have the option to view trends and filter protection data by store, brand, or category.
Managing your brand's reputation on and off Amazon is crucial for continued growth.
Without the proper brand protections in place, you’re leaving your biggest asset vulnerable to bad actors looking to profit off your good name. Proactive brand protection is one of the pillars of the Amazon Brand Registry.
Although you don’t have to be brand registered to report policy violations, the program’s dedicated support team, automated protection features, and self-guided reporting tools make resolving these issues much easier and more timely. Plus, you’ll have access to many other exclusive benefits to set your brand up for success.
While the brand registry can absolutely help you build and protect your brand, you’ll still want to contribute to the effort elsewhere. Our free brand monitoring checklist is a great resource to help you create a system for monitoring your brand reputation.
FeedbackFive by eComEngine offers excellent Amazon reputation management features for professional sellers. Available in 17 Amazon marketplaces, the industry's first feedback and review software is trusted by tens of thousands of Amazon sellers.
You can use FeedbackFive to automate Amazon feedback and review requests, monitor ASINs for ratings and reviews received, and get real-time text and/or email alerts for new ratings. Negative review alerts are particularly useful so that you can respond to offer a refund/replacement or get more information right away. Your product and seller reputation are priceless, and FeedbackFive keeps you in tune with both.
New for 2023: FeedbackFive now makes it easier to protect your branded or private-label products from hijackers looking to benefit from your brand’s good name. Hijackers are prone to changing product details without your knowledge, which can cause confusion among buyers and negatively impact your brand reputation and sales. They may even be selling counterfeit goods or items that were obtained in an unauthorized way.
With FeedbackFive’s number of offers change (hijacker detection) alert, you’ll be notified whenever a new seller appears on your listing and of the recommended next steps, which could include conducting a test purchase or sending a cease and desist letter. (Click here for a free downloadable template!) You’ll also receive a notification when an offer disappears from your listing, signaling that your removal efforts were successful. You can also receive product alerts for other listing status changes, like when your pages have been search suppressed by Amazon, changed to inactive/active, or deleted.
eComEngine is dedicated to helping sellers succeed on Amazon through our secure, cloud-based tools: FeedbackFive and RestockPro. For more helpful resources, check out our blog, webinars, and free guides to get strategies and inspiration to continue building your brand.