Sunday, May 25, 2014

Amazon introduces a new way to buy books without leaving Twitter

Amazon has a new way to shop for books with out leaving Twitter.  All you have to do is connect your Twitter and Amazon accounts.

Then, when an author tweets an Amazon link for their book all you have to do is reply to the tweet and include #amazoncart. The book will be added to the cart on your Amazon account. When you’re ready to check out, go to your Amazon account and sign in all your fictional finds will be in your shopping cart waiting.

Okay, #amazoncart can be used for more than just books. As long as the tweet contains an Amazon link you can add it to your account’s cart with this magical new hashtag without leaving twitter.  

This simple little tool is going to be a great way for authors, and other vendors to sell their wares. Our marketing on Twitter usually includes a link to our books, now if a reader thinks it’s interesting they can toss it right into their #amazoncart.

When tweeting your books for potential readers, be cautious of which link you’re using. The link must be the full Amazon link or link automatically shortened by Twitter. Not a bitly or other shortened link by an outside source. Remember don’t include #amazoncart in your own tweet unless your book added to your own Amazon cart a zillion times. :)

So what do you include in a book tweet to tease shoppers?

Book title
Brief teaser such as: Tag line, brief snipit of dialog or text
Book Cover (you can upload the cover to your tweet directly on Twitter or Tweetdeck                     
                     and it will show in Twitter streams as an image and not a link to the image)
Amazon link

Here is an example of one of my book tweets…

How cool is that! Amazon has made things easier for their customers to make purchases but also has given authors an awesome new marketing tool!

So what are you waiting for go HERE to link your Twitter account with your Amazon account then get to twitter and add some books to your #amazoncart!


Anonymous said...

I was hoping someone would write about this!! Skimmed blog, will read later with more concentration.


Amy Romine said...

Thanks for posting this, I would never have known! You are a God-Send!!