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Amazon is introducing a program that will make it easier for sellers to reach out to their customers on Amazon to request product reviews. But what’s at stake with this new program? Why have some sellers and software providers been suspended? What should you do if you are yet to be suspended?

Even though Amazon has made these big changes, there are still a lot of “black hat”  tactics going on and it’s very unfortunate for honest sellers. Competing with sellers engaging in these techniques can be very challenging. 

James Thomson is a seasoned entrepreneur and an Amazon expert who joined Buy Box Experts in 2013. He is the co-author of The Amazon Marketplace Dilemma and co-founder of The Prosper Show. He holds a PhD in Marketing Strategy from Northwestern University. 

In this episode, Eric Stopper is joined by James Thomson to talk about Amazon’s new Request a Review button, automatic vs. manual buttons, and Amazon sellers’ use of “black hat” tactics. 

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [01:03] Amazon’s new review button
  • [03:41] Should people expect correspondence from Amazon?
  • [07:54] How should Amazon roll out new functionalities?
  • [08:33] Are automatic buttons better than manual buttons?
  • [10:42] Detecting rampant black hat techniques
  • [12:50] How software providers are helping their suspended clients
  • [14:21] The future of the program & software providers
  • [16:20] What to do if you haven’t been suspended

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