5-Step Guide to Selling Trending Products on Amazon in 2022

Updated: Mar 26

Amazon is a highly competitive platform, and selling the right products ahead of the competition can be a tricky affair. Even finding the right products can be a challenge for many sellers.


In this post, you'll learn:

  • How to find products that are in high demand

  • How to list your products for sale on Amazon

  • How to build a profitable Amazon FBA business


Table of Contents

Introduction

How can you find out what is trending on amazon?

1. Product Research

2. Competition and Market Size

3. Sourcing

4. Cost Considerations

5. Timing and Purchase Frequency

 

Introduction

Decide on selling something too popular, and the competition is a tough nut to crack; or select something very niche, and probably no one actually needs it or has even heard of it before!


Offering the right products at the right time is one of the most critical aspects of selling successfully on Amazon. About 53% of the US adults now start their product searches on Amazon when wanting to make an online purchase, as against only 23% who start off first with search engines like Google or Bing.


However, many sellers are unable to sail during these difficult times as they find it difficult to maintain a record of the products gaining popularity. Given the fierce competition and the availability of a myriad of products in the market, it becomes a complicated task.


In this post, we are going to deep dive into some key aspects to assess the market opportunity of a trending product.



How can you find out what is trending on amazon?


1. Product Research

Find out what buyers are looking for online, and identify a gap in the market. One of the best ways to do this is through manual research for trending ideas on Amazon (more on this below). For instance, when we simply search for “men’s tracksuits” on Amazon.com, there are about 4000 results; while when searched for “men’s track pants”, we are down to only 600 results.


This is a very simplified example, but such small tricks can help you explore a category and then narrow it down to a niche.


Furthermore, when a product has many popular or highly searched for keywords, it is an indirect indicator of high purchase intent for the product on Amazon. For example, if the top 3-4 keywords for a product have about 100,000 monthly search volume each, then you know that the product is popular. However, always ensure that you strike a balance between high demand vs. intense competition in the product category.


Another way to identify in-demand products could be through Amazon’s Best Seller Rank.


If you find a category that has only one product with a high BSR, while none of the others are best-sellers, this is not a positive sign. So, as a loose guideline, try to look for categories that have 3-4 best seller products on the first page.


This indicates that the category is not dominated by a single seller or product.


2. Competition and Market Size

As a seller, you don’t want to step into a category that has no clear differentiation and highly cut-throat competition. Moreover, the market size should be adequate enough to accommodate new players.


Estimating the size of the market, assessing the top players in the category, and then benchmarking against these popular competitors, therefore, becomes the foundation of your market entry strategy.


For instance, a few of our clients ventured into the designer, reusable face masks category right at the beginning of the pandemic last year, to serve the increasing demand for fashionable hygiene items that are there to stay for the foreseeable future.


The initial growth may require an aggressive push in case your product falls into a particular niche that is yet not established. Sellers must also assess any government regulations or trademark restrictions associated with the products that might not permit you to sell them.


Additionally, when trying to gauge the competition in the category, try to analyze the reviews of similar products. For example, if the competitors selling the same product on Amazon have got thousands of reviews, it is an indicator that the category might be very challenging to even begin with.


3. Sourcing

In case the category is dominated by a few players, with cost and supply-chain advantages on their side, it implies that the barrier to entry is significant. No matter how lucrative a product seems, it will lead to longer delivery periods if you can’t source products on time. However, locally sourced and manufactured products may act to your benefit by reducing your go-to-market time.


For instance, one of our clients involved in the bedding category opted for a local supplier to avoid delay. This resulted in reduced lead time for inventory by 50%. Additionally, try to evaluate profitability while considering how to source the product.


4. Cost Considerations

Evaluation of costs associated with each stage is needed to be done when launching a new product. It becomes all the more important, in the case of trending products, to understand the cost of accelerating the efforts. Your bottom line will be directly impacted if sourcing, manufacturing, fulfillment, and marketing costs combined form substantial figures to launch it in a given time frame.