When it comes to ACoS on Amazon, however, you need to know more than how to calculate your ACoS. You also need to learn your break-even point, because that number will help you build a cost-effective advertising campaign and pricing model.

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## What is ACoS?

ACoS, also called Advertising Cost of Sale, measures the performance of Amazon ad campaigns using the following formula: ACoS = Ad spend / Ad revenue * 100. Using ACoS, your company can see how much you spend on Amazon advertising compared to how much you earn from it.

## How to calculate ACoS

As mentioned, you can calculate your ACoS with the ACoS formula:

Insert the above data into the Advertising Cost of Sale formula:

ACoS = 2000 / 4000 * 100

ACoS = 50%

In this example, your ACoS is 50%.

That means for every \$0.50 your company spends on advertising, you earn \$1.

## What is a good ACoS on Amazon?

A “good” ACoS on Amazon depends on several factors related to your company, like your market and whether your business strategy focuses more on maximizing sales or profits. Generally, the lower the ACoS, the better.

The average ACoS, however, is around 30%. Most Amazon sellers aim for an ACoS between 15 and 20%.

## What is the difference between ACoS and ROAS?

Before discussing break-even ACoS, as well as how to calculate yours, it’s essential to talk about Advertising Cost of Sale and return on advertising spend (ROAS). While the two terms seem different, they’re incredibly similar.

Both measure the ratio between your ad spend and revenue. The difference is their platforms.

## What is break-even ACoS?

Your break-even ACoS is the point where you will either start making or losing money from advertising.

## How to calculate your break-even ACoS

You can calculate your break-even ACoS with the following steps:

Get a walkthrough for each of the above steps below:

#### 1. Calculate your profit margin

Find your profit margin with the following formula:

Profit margin = (Value of sale - Item cost) / Value of sale

Your item cost will include everything that goes into producing, importing, and selling your product. That means your item cost should consider your Amazon selling costs, like your referral, storage, and order fulfillment fees.

Here is an example of how to calculate your profit margin:

1. Value of sale: \$100
2. Item cost: \$30

You would then input this data into the profit margin formula:

Profit margin = (Value of sale – Item cost) / Value of sale

Profit margin = (\$100 - \$30) / \$100

Profit margin = \$70 / \$100

Profit margin = 70%

In this example, your profit margin is 70%.

If you want to break-even with advertising on Amazon, your ACoS (in this instance) cannot exceed 70%.

Now, find if you break even by calculating your ACoS with the following formula:

Let’s work through an example with the following data:

Next, you’ll input this data into the ACoS formula:

ACoS = \$1000 / \$4000 *100

ACoS = 25%

In this example, your ACoS is 25%.

Once you calculate your profit margin and ACoS, you can determine your break-even ACoS.

Remember the following rules when finding your break-even point:

1. An ACoS higher than your profit margin means you’re losing money from advertising
2. An ACoS lower than your profit margin means you’re making money from advertising

In the above examples, the profit margin was 70% and the ACoS was 25%.

Since the ACoS is lower than the profit margin, you’re making money from advertising. If the numbers got reversed, however, and the ACoS was 70% and the profit margin was 25%, your company would lose money from advertising.

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## 3 tips for lowering your ACoS on Amazon

If you’re looking to lower your Amazon ACoS, these three tips can help:

Negative keywords can help your business immediately reduce your ACoS by preventing Amazon from bidding on useless keywords. For example, if your company sells red flats for women, you don’t want Amazon bidding on keywords that include colors other than red.

Browse your campaign data and look for unnecessary keywords.

You can also check different keyword metrics, like click-through rate (CTR), to find keywords that may not work well for your product, even though they seem relevant. Generally, if a keyword receives 15 clicks, but zero orders, it’s probably worth using as a negative keyword.

Once you have a list of keywords, add them as negative keywords with these steps:

4. Click “Negative keywords”
6. Click “Add keywords” and “Save”

You can always update your list of negative keywords, so don’t worry about adding a keyword to the list. If you notice a drop in clicks or conversions after updating your negative keywords, you can remove keywords and return them to your campaign.

#### 2. Use exact match keywords

With this keyword targeting option, you tell Amazon to only bid on this keyword versus variations of that keyword. For example, if you targeted, “red womens flats,” Amazon would not bid on similar keywords like, “red womens flats size 8,” which is useful if you don’t have that size currently in-stock.

You can find keywords worth targeting as exact match by browsing your ad reports. Look at the performance of different keywords. How many impressions, clicks, and sales do they have compared to other keywords?

Once you determine which keywords deliver the best return on investment (ROI), create dedicated campaigns for them. Moving these keywords into a separate campaign (and removing them from your existing one) allows you to refine your ad strategy and deliver more targeted ads.

#### 3. Take a proactive approach to bid management

In comparison, if you have a high number of sales from advertising, it makes sense for your business to take a more aggressive bidding approach. With this approach, your company’s ads can earn more impressions and more chances to convert shoppers.

Either way, a proactive bidding strategy can help maximize your ROI and lower your ACoS.

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## Improve your Amazon ACoS with WebFX

Achieving a good Amazon ACoS isn’t easy.

Your business needs to launch and maintain an aggressive ad campaign to keep your profits and sales high. As a midsized company, it’s even more challenging because you have a smaller team and fewer resources.