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How to Create an Amazon Storefront in 2021

Amazon continues to invest in new tools, features, and programs that benefit the growth of small businesses on Amazon—especially those operated by brand-registered sellers.

One of the Amazon Advertising features available to sellers enrolled in Brand Registry is the ability to create a dedicated Amazon Store

An Amazon Store is basically your own custom branded website on Amazon that allows registered brands to showcase their products—without any distractions from competitors’ products or ads. It’ll have the look and feel of a real ecommerce store, with Amazon’s huge audience reach.  

Want to know how to make your own Amazon Store? Stay tuned—we’ll take you step by step through the process by building one for Jungle Scout’s Jungle Stix brand of bamboo roasting sticks. Let’s get started. 

 

What is an Amazon Store?

Amazon Stores is a free self-service advertising tool for creating a dedicated brand destination on Amazon. Creating a Store is an incredible way to showcase all your products and increase your brand awareness through an easy-to-navigate interface. 

In the past, Stores were only available to Amazon Vendors. Now, any third-party seller enrolled in Amazon’s Brand Registry can create an Amazon Store. 

It’s easy to design a multipage Amazon Store with simple drag-and drop-tiles or pre-designed templates. You can customize your store by adding your own images, videos, and descriptions. 

Benefits of Amazon Stores

Curated brand destination

Your Amazon Store educates your customers about your brand while showcasing your best-selling products. Instead of having to search for each one of your products individually, shoppers can explore your entire product portfolio in your Store. You’ll also have your own custom “Amazon.com” URL. Ex. Amazon.com/BRANDNAMEHERE

No competitor ads

In my opinion, one of the biggest benefits of having an Amazon Store is the freedom from competitor ads. Sponsored Product and Sponsored Brand Ads create a lot of distractions on Amazon search results pages and even on product listings. But on your Store, customers will only see your brand. 

Get creative 

You have the opportunity to flex your marketing creativity with great images, infographics, or even videos for your products. We all know how important your main product images and A+ content are—now, you’ll have even more space to completely customize the look and feel of your brand. 

Drive traffic directly to your Storefront

With Sponsored Brand or Sponsored Display Ads, you can drive traffic directly to your Amazon Store. This allows you to funnel customers away from your competitor’s products. You can also use your own social media accounts or email marketing to send traffic to your Store.

Customers can also find your Store by clicking “Visit the [BRAND NAME] Store” underneath a listing’s title.

Add multiple pages and subcategories

If your brand includes multiple subcategories of products, you can create subpages to host them. For example, if you sell a range of kitchen appliances, you can set up pages for coffee machines, toaster ovens, air fryers, and other groups of items.

Store insights dashboard

The dashboard allows you to find out where your Store traffic is coming from, see how well your Store is driving sales, monitor page views, and more. These KPIs allow you to make accurate decisions about how you market your products and Store. 

Requirements to create an Amazon Store

Stores are available for Vendors and sellers enrolled in Amazon Brand Registry. For more information on how to become brand-registered, check out our updated guide

 

How to build an Amazon Store

In this section, we will build a real Amazon Store for the Jungle Scout brand, Jungle Stix! Since there’s only one product in the Jungle Stix brand, we won’t need to build subcategory pages, but I’ll still show you how to set them up. 

We recommend creating new images and infographics specifically for your Amazon Storefront. Don’t use the same images you have on your listing page—take the opportunity to change things up to attract customers and give them more visual information about your products. I’ll share some good examples below to give you ideas. 

As always, before creating images or videos, make sure you review Amazon’s creative guidelines for Stores. If you’re not great at graphic design or confident about your product photography, we recommend hiring an Amazon professional to create high-quality, Amazon Store compliant images from the Jungle Scout Market.

Step 1: 

In Seller Central, go to the “Stores” tab, then click “Manage Stores.”

Step 2:

Click “Create Store” and choose your brand. 

Step 3:

Now you’ll be in the Store builder. This first step is to enter your brand display name and brand logo. Then, click “Next.”

Step 4:

Now, let’s create a Home Page—this is what customers will see first upon entering your Store. Amazon will give you a few different templates to choose from; you can tell a story about your brand, highlight a best-selling product, or display all of your products at once in a grid. You can also start from scratch with a blank page. For Jungle Stix, we will choose the “Product Highlight” template. 

You also need to enter a meta description for the home page, which provides information about your page for search engines. Not only will this short snippet of text help your Amazon Store rank in a Google search, it’ll give viewers a preview of your brand or products. Make it informative and catchy. 

Step 5: 

Start building your store! Here’s where you can add page sections, images, and thumbnails for product listings. 

Take some time to familiarize yourself with each section. 

How to add new pages for each subcategory:

By default, the “Home Page” already exists. We’ll build subcategory pages that customers can navigate to from the home page. 

On the left-hand side, click on “add page.”

Enter the title you want to use for the page, a description for the subcategory, and choose a template. As an example, let’s pretend  we need a subcategory page for Jungle Stix air fryers. For this page, we’ll select the “Product Grid” template so we can display all of our different air fryer products at once. 

After you hit “Create page,” your subpage will show up in your Store home page as a new tab, as pictured below:

I’ll add another subcategory labeled “toasters,” so you can see how multiple subcategory tabs populate the home page. 

If you want to further categorize products within a subcategory, you can create a drop-down menu from the subpage’s tab. For example, if my air fryers come in a range of colors, I can create a drop-down menu to filter them by color. 

Add drop-down menu options by clicking on the tab you want to customize (in this case, “Air Fryers”), then “Add page.” In the image above, you can see that I’ve added “blue air fryers” and “red air fryers” to the “Air Fryers” subcategory drop-down menu. In the preview, you can see a tiny triangle next to “Air Fryers, indicating the menu. 

Jungle Stix does not sell air fryers, so I’m going to delete that section before I publish my Store. To delete unwanted subcategory pages, click the three vertical dots next to the page name on the left-hand navigation menu, then “delete page.”

Adding a header

Now, I am going to add a banner image in the “header” section of our Store. The header is important—it allows you to establish your brand with your logo or a branded image, so your customer knows they’re at your Store. Remember, check Amazon’s creative guidelines to get the exact dimensions before creating the banner. Amazon will also remind you the size of image you need in the upload widget.

To upload a banner image, click on the header section of your Store shown above. As the name suggests, it’s located at the very top of your home page. 

Here’s how it looks after uploading:

The customer can now see the Jungle Stix logo, with some lifestyle images of the product. 

Customizing your Store

Now, you can start adding new sections to your homepage and subpages. 

You can use these sections to display product images, listing previews, video, or text. To add a new section, click on one of the blank tiles on your home page, and choose  your desired tile type.

Note: You can link image tiles to product listings, so if a customer clicks on an image, they’ll navigate to the product pictured.

To add a split tile section, click on “Add new section,” then “split section.” Amazon will provide you with multiple split-section layouts to choose from.

Note: At any time during your Store creation process, you can preview it on desktop or mobile to see how it’s shaping up.

Play around with the various tile options to see which looks best for your brand. You can reposition the sections section by dragging and dropping the tiles. Here’s how the Jungle Stix Store looks so far:

Here are the tiles I’ve used:

  • Header
  • Text description
  • Split tile
    • Image
    • Image
  • Split tile
    • Image
    • Image
  • Product

Amazon displays your tile choices so you can keep track of what you’ve created.

If you have many different products in your brand, you can feature multiple products in a “Product Grid” or “Gallery” tile. 

Featuring your entire product line in your Store is a great way to showcase some of your newer products. This brand, called Better Boats, breaks up their home page with a “product grid” tile below two lifestyle product images. 

Let’s go to one of Better Boat’s subpages to see how they feature each subcategory. We’ll try “Ropes.”

On this page, they used the “product grid” tile again to show all products that fall under the “Rope” subcategory. Customers can click a thumbnail to view a product’s full listing, or, if they already know what they want to buy, they can conveniently add the product to their Amazon cart straight from the subcategory page. 

Step 6:

Once you are done building out your new Amazon Storefront, the last step is to click “Submit for publishing.” Once submitted, Amazon will review your Store within 24 hours. Once it’s approved, be published for customers to see on Amazon. 

Below is the final design of the Jungle Stix Amazon Store. I added plenty of lifestyle images so customers know how to use the product and product listing thumbnail for easy purchasing. I also added a split tile to let customers know—with a video and text—that the proceeds from Jungle Stix sales go to charity. 

What do you think? Pretty nice, huh!

Overall, building a Store on Amazon is fairly simple. You just need to take some time to experiment with the layout until it looks exactly the way you want. Play around with different sections and the order of the tiles to make your Store unique. 

 

Our way of giving back

Jungle Scout launched Jungle Stix, along with a few other products, as part of our Million Dollar Case Study. The purpose of this series is to show sellers like yourselves exactly what it’s like to sell on Amazon, step-by-step. We guide you through everything from product research, to ordering inventory from your supplier, to actually launching the product on Amazon. 

And it’s free to watch!

Our goal, as you can tell by the name, was to hit one million dollars in sales and prove that selling on Amazon is a viable way to earn real income. But that’s not all—we also set out to donate 100% of the profits to charities like Pencils of Promise and Doctors without Borders—and we’ve done exactly that.

To date, Jungle Scout has donated more than $150,000! And we couldn’t have done it without the power of ecommerce.

Season 5 of the Million Dollar Case Study is going on right now! Go check out the first few episodes and follow along for expert guidance on launching an ecommerce business and much more.

 

More Amazon Store examples for inspiration

 

Start building your Amazon Storefront

If you are brand-registered on Amazon, there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t be taking advantage of Amazon Stores. 

We hope this step-by-step guide inspires you to continue growing your brand on Amazon. 

Do you have more questions about Amazon Stores? Let us know in the comments!

 

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