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Amazon Vine – High Quality Product Reviews

 

Amazon Vine – Summary

Seller Central has a review incentive program called Amazon Vine. This program employs a hand-picked group of reviewers through Amazon’s platform to review new products. Please note that Amazon Vine reviewers have NOT already bought the product. The product can be ordered by a group of pre-selected reviewers (Vine Voices) who give an honest review on the product. They will receive a free product in exchange for the review.  This program is very exclusive, and is only available to sellers who meet certain criteria. Sellers that have new brands with limited number of reviews, that have a trademark and Brand Registry with Amazon, that are looking for a boost in their products visibility can benefit greatly from this program.

Benefits of Enrolling in Amazon Vine

  • Increased product reviews.
  • High quality reviews.
  • Trusted reviews – the reviews are unbiased, un-manipulated, and buyers will be able to trust the review, which will increase sales.
  • Increased awareness of slow sellers or new products.
  • Increased sales

Product Requirements for Enrollment in Amazon Vine

  • Be brand registered in Amazon Brand Registry.
  • Have fewer than 30 reviews on the product detail page.
  • Have a buyable FBA offer in ‘New’ condition.
  • Not be an adult product.
  • Have already launched at the time of enrollment.
  • Have available inventory.
  • Have an image and a description 
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Product Restrictions for the Amazon Vine Program

In addition to the restrictions already in place for listings on Amazon which can be found here Amazon also has the following product restrictions for the Vine Program.

  • Require us to bundle multiple products for delivery/review.
  • Require reviewers to separately order another product in order to conduct a review; accessories for widely-owned products are permitted (for example, cases for popular mobile phones can be enrolled) but you should not enroll an ink cartridge that requires a specific printer, or a replacement battery that only works in a particular camera.
  • Do not correspond to the exact product listed on the FBA offer.
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What Kind of Reviews will My Business Receive through Amazon Vine?

Amazon Vine uses high quality reviewers to post unbiased, honest, opinion. Amazon does not guarantee positive reviews, and will not remove the review unless it violates their Terms and Conditions. Furthermore, it is against Amazon Terms and Conditions to contact a Vine reviewer about a review left.

How Many Reviews can an ASIN Receive through Amazon Vine?

Each product can receive up to 30 reviews per ASIN – with the exception being 30 reviews is the maximum amount of reviews any ASIN can receive in the program. If your product already has 25 reviews for example, the maximum number it can receive through Amazon Vine is 5 reviews. However, if your product has 0 reviews the maximum number it can receive through Amazon Vine is 30 reviews. 

How Many ASINs can Participate in Amazon Vine?

Amazon limits the number of ASINs that can be active at one time to five. 

Are Amazon Voices Members Required to Leave a Review if they Order your Product?

No, Amazon Voices members are not required to leave a review once they receive the product. However, Amazon audits its pool of reviewers to ensure that only the most active reviewers are on the platform.

What is The Cost of Amazon Vine?

The cost of Amazon Vine is not clearly defined by Amazon at this time. Amazon does indicate that there will be a fee to the account, once a review is left. Amazon does not give further information regarding their fees. 

How does my Business Enroll a Product in Amazon Vine?

  1. Logon to the Seller Central Main page.
  2. Move your cursor to the Advertising Tab.
  3.  Click Vine.

4. Next you will go to your Vine Dashboard. To start enrollment you will enter the ASIN that you wish to enroll into the text bar.

5. Furthermore, once the ASIN is enrolled, the progress of the ASIN can be tracked through the enrollment details page and the user can get to the enrollment details page by clicking Details next to the ASIN being inquired about.

User Permissions for Amazon Vine

  1. Not being able to access the Vine Functionality. If not able to access the Vine Dashboard through Seller Central, check your permissions.  You can do so by going to the seller central main page, and going to your settings and then user permissions.

2. Next scroll down to the Advertising Section of your permissions, and modify the permissions for Vine, next modify the permissions for the account, and when the new permissions are selected, click continue and this will save the settings.

More Assistance:

  1. For identifying errors or managing products please refer to your Vine Dashboard. Please see above for instructions on how to access your dashboard.

Vine Errors Help Page

       2. Amazon Seller Support will assist with Vine related issues.

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How to File Brand Registry on Amazon for Seller Central A+ EBC and Storefront

Filing brand registry on Amazon is extremely important. If you do not have a trademark yet, you need to first file a trademark (This is a service we offer.)
Click here to learn how we can help you stand out from your competition and showcase your collection of products on your Amazon Brand Storefront.
Once you have a trademark, and an Amazon Seller Central account, you can file Brand Registry by following these steps:

Brand Registry Steps:

  1. Go to brandservices.amazon.com
  2. Login
  3. File Brand Registry (You need the trademark registration number for this)
  4. Trademark owner (lawyer/you) will receive an email from Amazon
  5. Respond to that email affirming approval
  6. Get code, and put it into the case log.
  7. 48 hours after you complete brand registry, you can begin building A+ content and a brand store page.

Benefits of Brand Registry:

  1. Protect your brand and take control of your Amazon listings. You can now file trademark infringement cases at https://www.amazon.com/report/infringement
  2. Stand out from the competition and showcase your brand with Enhanced Brand Content on Amazon. (Now commonly referred to as A+ Content)
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  3. Stand out from the competition and showcase your collection of products on a brand storefront.
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How to look up a trademark with United States Patent and Trademark Office

Getting a trademark is more important to your business than ever. A trademark protects your products and your brand. Without it, you have no recourse to another person or company ripping off your stuff.

Click here to learn how we can help you protect your brand and take control of your Amazon listings with our trademark services.

Today it’s never been easier to order something off Alibaba Express and start selling an item. We live in the Amazon private label age. If you spend time and money investing in a new idea and don’t get a trademark or patent in place, someone can start selling your exact product and piggy back off your success.

Sometimes even on your own Amazon listings they’ll show up with knockoffs. That not only damages your brand and product, but it could put pressure on your pricing and hurt your margins.

Trademark leads to Brand Registry on Amazon

Having a trademark allows you to get brand registry on Amazon, and you can report products and the sellers of those products for infringing on your trademark. The Amazon brand registry also allows you to build enhanced content, advertise headline ads, open a storefront with a vanity url of www.amazon.com/(your_brand_name_here), and better control your data.

It’s easier to get a trademark than a patent, so at bare minimum get a trademark in place for your brand. Trademarks currently heavily impact success on Amazon. In the near future they could impact other marketplaces and websites as well.

This video walks through how to look up a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Which is a starting point for figuring out whether a trademark is in place for your brand name.

  1. Go to https://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-application-process/search-trademark-database
  2. Click “Search Trademarks” (lands you at http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/gate.exe?f=tess&state=4810:tt6qdr.1.1)
  3. Click “Basic Word Mark Search (New User)”
  4. Type the name of the brand or trademark in, it is case sensitive.
  5. Find the live trademark in question to find the needed information.

You will need to do this if you’re trying to figure out if a brand has a trademark, whether you want to create a trademark, of if you have an Amazon account and want to file for Brand Registry but are unsure if a trademark exists.

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