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Apple Music to Debut on Amazon Echo Devices Soon

Anymore, one has an equal amount of music streaming services to choose from as there are smart home speakers.  Two of the most popular have been Apple Music for streaming, and Amazon’s Echo devices for a smart home speaker.  Before you only had one option if you wanted to utilize Apple Music.  The HomePod.  Now the service and smart speaker are about to be united.

How to Start Marketing Through Amazon

You may already know about the popularity of marketing through Facebook, Google, and a whole host of other social platforms.  Did you know though that you might be able to save yourself some time by marketing through another behemoth whose mantra is “everything from a to z?”  Guest contributor Ilan Nass explains.

What Amazon lost (and made) on Amazon Prime Day

What Amazon lost (and made) on Amazon Prime Day What Amazon lost (and made) on Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day is over and what a ride it was this year. Widespread technical glitches in the first hours of Amazon’s massive annual Prime Day promotion cost the e-commerce giant an estimated $1.2 million a minute.

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Amazon's subscription services are some of the best Prime Day deals this year

Amazon's subscription services are some of the best Prime Day deals this year

Amazon's subscription services are some of the best Prime Day deals this year

Looking for the best deals during Amazon Prime Day 2018? Amazon's subscription services, including Audible and Pantry, are the top deals to shop this year.

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Learn How To Sell on Amazon For a Bargain Price!

sell on amazon Summer can be a great time to have a side gig to bring in a little extra income.  We recently highlighted a bargain package of courses (make sure to sign up for our emails so you don't miss out!) to help you learn how to sell on Amazon, as well as other side gig ideas.  While the course package deal has since expired, The Selling Family is back with their annual Fourth of July sale, where all their materials are 50% off!

Learn To Sell on Amazon The Easy Way

Below is a list of all of the courses that are offered on their site.

The sale runs from, Sunday July 1st –  Friday July 6th, and you can grab any (or all) of these courses for 50% off the normal selling price.

Whether you are just starting an Amazon business, or growing an already existing business, they really do have something for everyone!

Even better, all of their courses come with their no questions asked money back guarantee!

The Amazon Boot Camp

This is their Go To course for starting an Amazon FBA business.  They will walk you step-by-step through the entire process so that you can build your business on a solid foundation.  It also comes with an amazing support community on Facebook, and contains the most up to date training you will find for starting a retail arbitrage business!

Niche Book Profits

Are you looking for a way to get into the “used book” business? This guide will show you exactly how to find highly profitable niches that will save you a ton of time scanning and help you focus just on the best books!

Liquidation Gold

Liquidation is the secret behind how we quickly scaled a 6 figure Amazon business with very little investment capital.  Stores often get rid of their overstock to surplus stores and we find those outlets and cash in!  Often we buy products for well below retail value, leaving very high profit margins.  See how we do it in this ebook.

Grocery Goldmine

Grocery Goldmine will show you how to source groceries from regular grocery stores that you are already going to every day (or however often you shop).  This is a great strategy for finding replenishable items!  Need to be approved in the grocery category prior to utilizing this strategy.  See how we do it in this ebook.

ABC's of Online Sourcing

Adding a second way to source products is a great way to add more inventory and grow your FBA business. If shopping at big box stores is your least favorite part of this business, skip the crowds and do most of your shopping online. This video course is set up in easy to follow modules and I’ll walk you through each step of the way, pointing out pitfalls and sharing my best tricks of the trade.

Back To School Profits Course

Don't let summer slow down your Amazon business!  Families are spending almost as much on Back To School as they do for the Christmas Holiday.  Don't miss out on the opportunity that the going back to school season provides Amazon sellers.  We show you how to know which trends to follow, and make sure you know what kids are looking for, even if you don't have kids going back to school in your own household.

Q4 Profits Strategy Guide

If you’re ready to take home your share of the profit pie and learn how to take advantage of the Online Christmas Shopping Frenzy then this guide is for you. We’ll keep this short and sweet and let you get right to work. If you’ve been at a mall or seen the UPS packages delivered to your neighbors’ houses in the weeks leading up to Christmas, you know there’s a whole lot of shopping going on during the 4th Quarter.  This course is made up of a downloadable ebook and videos.

Amazon Seller Account Reimbursements Training

Amazon more than likely owes you money for products that have been sent into FBA and then lost or damaged in the process.   In this course I will walk you through the process of checking out the many ways you can find “lost” monies in the Amazon warehouse!

Profitable Product Pages

Have you ever listed a product on Amazon and then had it just sit there, no sales, nothing?  I mean, it’s supposed to be like “If you build it they will come”…Right?!?  Don’t worry, it’s actually pretty common.  But the thing is, it’s not your fault.  Most of us have just never been taught what goes into making a product page for Amazon that actually sells!  This course will walk you through the process of creating an awesome product page.

Go Daddy Bookkeeping Tutorial

In this course I walk you through the process of setting up and using the Go Daddy Bookkeeping accounting software to keep records for your Amazon FBA business.

How To Merchant Fulfill On Amazon

In this course I will walk you through the process of setting up your shipping templates, listing your items merchant fulfilled and sending out your orders once they sell!

Pricing Strategies For Amazon

In this live training I shared the different strategies we utilize for making sure we have the best pricing to be selling our items on Amazon.  There are different ways to approach pricing depending on if Amazon is a seller, there are other FBA sellers or if there are no sellers at all.  Grab this recording to know what to do in any pricing situation and make sure you are always getting the highest price!

Online Sourcing Bookmark Folder

We have an awesome tool you can use that will easily add over 150 recommended online sourcing sites to your Chrome Bookmark Bar.  It includes all of the stores shown in the picture, plus more!  You will never again be wondering where to source from.  You can have this installed and available for you to use in less than 5 minutes!  This tool will add a folder to your browser bar, where you can click the folder and make a selection from any of the over 150 stores that are good for online sourcing.

How To Fast Track Being Able to Sell on Amazon

sell on Amazon UPDATE: This deal is now over, but be sure to check out the latest sale on The Selling Family's courses, going for 50% off!

You may already be interested in Amazon, but did you know you sell on Amazon?  Specifically, Amazon’s Fulfillment program, otherwise known as Amazon FBA?

Well, you can.  It is certainly a lot easier than you think, however, there can be a bit of a learning curve for some.  If you’re already familiar with the nuances of selling on eBay, then you may pick it up quite easily.  However, if you’re looking to perhaps make an investment into your education of selling on Amazon, this week, there is an EXTREMELY valuable offer going on that ends June 19th!  Read on!

Amazon continues to grow and expand, offering us many ways to find our gifts for our loved ones, save money on groceries, as well as making our own merchandise.  However the tried and true method many have found success with, is selling goods on Amazon, be it their own, or through various arbitrage methods, such as which Jessica Larew is famous for perfecting.

How To Sell on Amazon – Meet The Selling Family!

Jessica Larew has always been a bit of a mainstay when it comes to coaching others in selling on Amazon.  Per their website, it was learning to sell items on Amazon that really helped turn their family’s finances and future around, and even allowed her husband to quit his job and work full time at home:

If you had told me back in 2008 that losing my job would be the best thing to ever happen to me, I would have said you were crazy…Through a bunch of tears and anger!  You see, I had big plans for “climbing the corporate ladder” and making good money as someone who was in charge.  But, the economy had a different plan, and working in the housing industry left me in a position that could be done without.

I got let go from my job, and decided that would be the last time someone else was in charge of my financial future.  Now, at this point in life, I have been an entrepreneur for more years of my life than I was an employee.  AMEN

Losing my job, really gave Cliff and I a chance to decide what was really important in life, and how we were going to move forward.  So, we decided that I would work from home, we would start a family, and we would let go of the house we had bought during the housing BOOM (that had declined in price more than 50%).

Things changed quickly as we got pregnant right after starting to try and Cliff quit his job to come work from home with me less than a year after I started selling on Amazon.

During the foreclosure process (which takes For.ever) we were able to tighten up our budget, and save up some money.  So, when the process was finally over, our business had actually started booming, and we had a good amount of money in savings.

We were able to basically start our lives over!  We were working for ourselves, making good money, and showing our son what it was like to work together as a family.

Sound like something you might be interested in?  Keep going!

That’s Great!  But What’s The Deal?

Well, to really get sellers to be on the fast track, Jessica was able to partner with some of the top sellers in the Amazon selling world to be able to offer a huge bundle for $97 ending June 19th, that would normally well cost over $1000 for everything being charged.  This is over 90% off the regular purchase price, if everything was purchased separately.

I have personally used some of these myself, so if you should have any questions, let me know!

Here’s what you get in detail!

Amazon Boot Camp Starter Course (Regularly $27)

This course will walk you through the 5 most important aspects of starting your Amazon FBA Business.

  • *What it costs to sell on Amazon, so there won't be any hidden surprises!
  • *Walkthrough to set up your Amazon account.
  • *How to install and use the Amazon Seller App.
  • *What Amazon Best Seller Ranks are and how they affect your buying decisions.
  • *What the buy box is and how it affects your Amazon FBA business!

How To Sell On Amazon From Canada (Regularly $45.78)

You’ll learn everything you need to know about how to sell on Amazon.com as a Canadian.

Including how to easily ship products to the US from the comfort of your home and even the option to never have to deal with borders at all.

Pricing Strategies For Amazon Sellers (Regularly $47)

In this live training, different strategies are shared for making sure we have the best pricing to be selling our items on Amazon. There are different ways to approach pricing depending on if Amazon is a seller, there are other FBA sellers or if there are no sellers at all. Grab this recording to know what to do in any pricing situation and make sure you are always getting the highest price!

Outsourcing Sourcing Ebook (Regularly $39.99)

If you have a successful Amazon selling business but feel like you’ve hit a wall in terms of growth, there’s a good chance you’ve simply taken the business as far as you can by yourself.

In other words, it’s time to start thinking about hiring people to take on your most time-intensive activities.

Things like sourcing and shipping.

Outsourcing Sourcing contains my exact strategies for having other people (like friends and family) source products and ship them to Amazon – including the not-so-obvious best practices of creating and operating these arrangements.

Hiring And Training Virtual Assistants (Regularly $197)

We talk to a lot of clients that want to outsource by hiring in their business. However, they have been stopped by fears on “how to” hire, not having the time to create the processes, or not knowing what to outsource. In this course, delivered with weekly lessons, you will not only get valuable information on how to hire your first virtual assistant (VA) but also include a non-branded video course and assign up to 10 of your VA's to train them in our method of wholesale and retail arbitrage sourcing.

The Reseller's Guide To Sales Rank (Regularly $14)

Amazon sales rank is easily one of the most complicated and misunderstood aspects of selling online. Too many Amazon sellers assume if an item on Amazon has a certain “good” sales rank, it will automatically sell quickly. This assumption falls apart when the seller realizes most their inventory is not selling at all, and to make things worse the prices of their inventory items have tanked. This courseis a combination ebook and video course that will walk you through how to best understand and interpret sales rank numbers on Amazon. The book is over 30 pages filled with teachings and illustrations that will help you understand not only how sales rank works, but also how to best use sales rank info to dramatically improve your inventory sourcing buys. The video course contains about 2 hours of content where you can see every aspect of sales rank explained in detail.

Amazon Altitude Bookselling Course (Regularly $247)

This course will teach you everything you need to know to grow a six-figure book business on Amazon FBA. There are 40 extremely detailed video tutorials to take you from launch to scaling up your book business.

Book Sourcing Secrets (Regularly $147)

This course will share over 40 places where you can source cheap book inventory to resell on Amazon.

Q3 Sourcing Master Classes (Regularly $59.99)

This is a bundle of two classes that will help you focus on Q3 sourcing. You get the Back To School Class and a Halloween Class.

Each of these classes was recorded live. The sessions include retail arbitrage tell-all with real examples of products and product bundles that have sold successfully for me with real numbers, profits and ASINs. Lots of insider tips and no holds barred. Many of my most successful bundles cost $3 or less from Walmart and even the dollar store.

Plus, where to start with white label. How to find workable niches and get your own products made quickly and affordably so you can own your own listing and start building your own brand. Our focus will be on super-low minimum orders from US suppliers.

Dollar Store Arbitrage Gone Wild (Regularly $49.99)

Did you know that there are items at the Dollar Store that are profitable on Amazon? Learn how to find these profitable products on Amazon. Also learn how to create profitable bundles using items from the dollar store. You will also get real-life examples of bundles that created from dollar store products and sold for a profit on Amazon.

Merch and the World of Print On Demand (Regularly $57)

This 365 page book is your guide to all things Merch and the World of Print on Demand. This guide includes step-by-step instructions on exactly HOW to use POD services. There are also tips for settings, conversions, tech specifications and additional tools and resources to help you improve your sales.

Comes with over 300+ resource links and dozens of videos.

How To Research Products and Find Your Niche On Amazon (Regularly $97)

In this class you will learn two skills that have the potential to double your profit. Research is the key to profit. Learning to do research to find profitable inventory is the best thing you can do for your business. The second best thing is to put your research skills to good use by finding a special set of products to sell within a niche. With this combination of skills, the sky's the limit for your bottom line.

Profit First Workshop (Regularly $97)

For this workshop we teamed up with Cyndi Thompson, a Profit First Professional. She walks you through the basics of using this entrepreneur-friendly method of finally getting your financial control. This course teaches you how to specifically implement the teachings of Mike Michalowicz, author of Profit First.

Married To Reselling - Balancing Family Life With Your Online Business (Regularly $27)

Working from home sounds easy, but if you’ve done it for any amount of time, you know that it can be difficult. There are times at home when you need to be working, but your spouse or kids are demanding your attention. You don’t want to ignore them, but sometimes it could really interfere with the work that needs to get done. And the opposite is true as well. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the life of a reseller that we begin to neglect the people we love most, who are often in the next room wondering when we’re going to take a break and spend some time with them. In Married to Reselling, Stephen & Rebecca Smotherman will walk with you through ways we can all find success in balancing our time with family while working from home. We’ll tackle both the business and personal sides of life as a reseller, and we’ll help you explore a system that works best for you and your family.

Tools For Amazon Sellers

Check Permission Chrome Extension (Regularly $47)

Savvy Amazon.com (U.S.) sellers use CheckPermission for instant, on-page notification telling them whether not they are authorized to sell any physical Amazon product. Works on MAC or PC (requires the free Chrome browser). 100% Amazon and browser compliant. Also shows alerts on-screen for you InventoryLab users!

OA Highlight Chrome Extension (Regularly $29.99)

OA Highlight is a chrome extension that will help you quickly search any text on the website of your choice.

How it works: 1. Highlight text 2. Right click 3. Search that text in any of the included sites.

There are 42 different search engines that online sellers use daily. (ie. Amazon.com, Retail stores, Ebay, Social Media, Reverse UPC, Overseas sourcing like Alibaba and more)

Sellozo - Amazon Ads, Automated (1 Month Free & 50% Off First Month)

With advanced data analytics, Sellozo’s platform provides continuous automated bid optimization to keep your Amazon PPC ads as cost-effective as possible. The average Amazon seller using Sellozo to optimize their Amazon ads has a profit increase of 28%. By automating Amazon ads with Sellozo, sellers can increase their organic product ranking and lower their ACoS. Bulk product ad launching, automated keyword identification (both positive and negative), and automated manual campaign launching are just a few of the time-saving features Sellozo offers. Don’t waste time entering custom rule sets or digging through spreadsheets. Let our fully-automated platform optimize your Amazon ads while you focus on other aspects of your business.

So make sure you grab this limited time only bundle today, as it probably won't be offered again any time soon, if ever!

Whole Foods Shoppers to Get Extra 10% Off With Amazon Prime

whole foods Whole Foods, which, while offering healthy foods, has sometimes gone by the moniker, “Whole Paycheck.”  In a bit of a price reprieve, Amazon, which purchased Whole Foods last year, is offering its Prime members an additional 10% off sale items when they shop at Whole Foods.

Whole Foods Discounts To Start in Florida

It is expected that the new discounts will start in Florida and expand nationwide later this summer after a brief test.  Prime members will receive the additional discount on hundreds of products throughout the stores.

However, in order to get the discount, Prime members will have to first scan the Whole Foods app at checkout, after having already signed into the app with their Prime membership.

Earlier this year, the companies launched free two-hour delivery on Whole Foods groceries in 10 test cities, through Amazon's Prime Now service. Amazon is expecting to expand that offering later this year. Eligible Prime members also receive 5% back on Whole Foods purchases when using the Amazon Prime Visa card.

Is Whole Foods Just The Start?

As CNN Money notes, the situation will ultimately be a win-win for Amazon.  The goal actually appears to be quite simple.  Amazon wants to sign up more Prime members, but wants to get more Prime members into Whole Foods.  "Maybe grocery is to Amazon in the next decade what books was in the '90s," said Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush.  With more than 100 million Amazon Prime subscribers around the world, at least 60 million subscribers are in the United States, Pachter estimated.

One would think that with such a large amount of customers, Amazon would have a huge cut of the market.  However, it’s a small cut when it comes to groceries.

Right now, Whole Foods accounts for about 2% of US grocery sales, Pachter said. That leaves a ton of room for growth.

"Amazon has a relationship with [about 60 million households] in the US, and [these people] are definitely big consumers," Pachter said. "Why not drive their traffic into Whole Foods?"

In addition to the aforementioned 10 percent discount, Jim Fosina, CEO of Fosina Marketing Group, a marketing firm for subscription services, thinks the benefits will likely continue for grocery shoppers.

"I think you're going to see much more of Amazon using Whole Foods to become the dominant provider of grocery," he said.

Similarly how Target has done with their redCard, giving customers the option to save 5% on all purchases with a debit or credit card option, Amazon is doing the same with their Prime membership.  If you shop at Whole Foods, it becomes less sensible to do so without Prime.

"Amazon's goal is to increase Prime membership," according to Scott Neslin, a marketing professor at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business. "They believe this locks in the customer and induces them to buy more from Amazon."

The increasing uptick of Whole Foods discounts should only help to boost Prime's value.

"At some point, the Amazon Prime membership may become as critical to the consumer as their cell phone and data plan," says Fosina. "That's what I believe Amazon is aspiring towards."

 

Amazon Releasing Echo Dot to Be Geared for Kids

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Echo Dot: Premium Edition?

On the surface, aside from the colorful case, it would appear that there's "not much to see here."  However, Amazon was able to find some items to help justify the new premium.

Brian Heater, reporting for TechCrunch:

From a hardware perspective, there’s not really a lot different here. The Echo Dot Kids Edition is essentially a standard Echo Dot, with a color bumper to help it withstand your standard kid jostling and the same “two-year worry-free guarantee” the company introduced on its kids’ Fire Tablets. That means it’s covered for accidental and intentional breakage, should the little one take the thing apart out of curiosity.

At $80, it’s a $30 premium over the standard Dot. That price jump is largely due to the software included herein, making the device a bundle of sorts. It covers two years of FreeTime Unlimited— which includes a new premium version of the company’s smart assistant built for kids. That includes a bunch of child-friendly content, including 300 Audible books, an ad-free version of iHeartRadio Family and skills and content from the likes of Disney and National Geographic. Amazon’s also partnered with Disney and Nickelodeon on alarms, so kids can get woken up by the likes of Coco each morning.

Like the free version of FreeTime, it also includes a number of parental controls that can be adjusted directly from the Alexa app, similar to what the company has already rolled out on the tablet side of things. Parents can adjust time limits, filter out explicit content and review their kids’ Alexa activity from the new parental dashboard. The Dot also features the new intercom functionality rolled out from Alexa, but disables the ability to call Echos outside of the home network.

However, there aren't any new privacy features that are built into the hardware.  There is still the mute button and parents can also prevent the device from answering questions.

For those who are interested, the [easyazon_link identifier="B077JFMVGP" locale="US" tag="scriptnotes00-20" localize="y"]Echo Dot Kids Edition[/easyazon_link] is available for pre-order today and will start shipping on May 9.

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Amazon Robots - Coming Soon To a Home Near You?

  Amazon Robots

While Apple's HomePod is struggling to keep up with Amazon's Echo, Amazon may already be on to the next "smart" product in the technology world.  Amazon Robots.  First it was the Kindle, allowing users to put their reading library, all on one digital device, eliminating the need to lug books around.  Then came the Echo, with families across the globe setting multiple timers, while preparing various stages of that evening's dinner.  And now?

Amazon Robots

According to Mark Gurman and Brad Stone, reporting for Bloomberg:

The retail and cloud computing giant has embarked on an ambitious, top-secret plan to build a domestic robot, according to people familiar with the plans. Codenamed “Vesta,” after the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family, the project is overseen by Gregg Zehr, who runs Amazon’s Lab126 hardware research and development division based in Sunnyvale, California. Lab126 is responsible for Amazon devices such as the Echo speakers, Fire TV set-top-boxes, Fire tablets and the ill-fated Fire Phone.

The Vesta project originated a few years ago, but this year Amazon began to aggressively ramp up hiring. There are dozens of listings on the Lab 126 Jobs page for openings like “Software Engineer, Robotics” and “Principle Sensors Engineer.” People briefed on the plan say the company hopes to begin seeding the robots in employees’ homes by the end of this year, and potentially with consumers as early as 2019, though the timeline could change, and Amazon hardware projects are sometimes killed during gestation.

An Amazon spokesperson said the company doesn’t comment on “rumors and speculation.”

A Mobile Alexa?

While it remains unclear as to what sort of tasks any Amazon robots might perform, those familiar with the project are envisioning a mobile type of Alexa, accompanying homeowners in spots where they might not already have an Echo device.

Some prototypes of the robots that have come up have advanced cameras as well as computer vision software that allow them to navigate through homes.  Self driving cars use similar technology.

These types of robots would differ from Amazon Robotics, a subsidiary of the company in Massachusetts and Germany.  That company utilizes robots within Amazon warehouses for moving around goods and had originated as a company named Kiva Systems, that Amazon acquired in 2012 for $775 million.

The ongoing advances in computer vision technology, cameras and artificial intelligence, along with voice activation make it promising for Amazon to be able to bring a potential robot to the marketplace.

It is also estimated that the consumer robot market will be worth about $15 billion a year by 2023, according to Research and Markets, which would be up from about $5.4 billion this year.

One can't help but wonder though, in this day and age of privacy breaches, will customers be willing to allow even more 'smart' technology into the home?  We can only hope that any product will be friendly enough like another robot of the future:

Amazon Robots