ACOS (Advertising Cost of Sales)

ACOS (Advertising Cost of Sales) is a marketing metric used in e-commerce to measure the effectiveness and profitability of advertising campaigns on platforms like Amazon. It calculates the percentage of advertising spend in relation to the revenue generated from those ads. ACOS is commonly found in Amazon Advertising campaigns and reports within Amazon Seller Central or Amazon Advertising Console.

How to calculate ACOS

ACOS = (Ad Spend / Sales) x 100.

By dividing the advertising spend by the sales revenue and multiplying it by 100, you obtain the ACOS as a percentage.

How to use ACOS and what does it tell you

The metric provides insights into the efficiency and profitability of your advertising campaigns on Amazon. A lower ACOS indicates higher profitability, as the advertising spend is relatively lower compared to the generated sales. Conversely, a higher ACOS suggests that the advertising spend is eating into profits and may require optimization.

To optimize ACOS:

  1. Keyword Optimization: Continuously refine and optimize your keyword targeting to attract highly relevant and converting traffic.
  2. Ad Copy and Imagery: Craft compelling ad copy and engaging imagery to increase click-through rates (CTR) and conversion rates.
  3. Bid Optimization: Adjust your bids based on performance data to ensure you’re bidding competitively while maintaining a profitable ACOS.
  4. Product Listing Optimization: Optimize your product listings by improving product images, descriptions, and reviews to increase sales conversion rates.

By optimizing ACOS, you can maximize profitability from your Amazon advertising campaigns. Monitoring and improving ACOS allows you to allocate your advertising budget effectively, identify areas for improvement, and make data-driven decisions to enhance your marketing strategies on the platform.