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Case study Leonine Studios: bestseller with Sponsored Ads

Since Leonine Studios (formally Universum Film) first entered film production in 2005, the company began making a successful name for itself. The FACTOR-A/DEPT® team offered full Amazon Ads services for the optimization of all Leonine’s available titles. The full offer to Leonine included creating Sponsored Products (SPs), Sponsored Brands (SBs) and Product Display Ads (PDAs) with various Keyword strategies: generic, defensive and competitor.

Increase visibility rate

Sponsored Ads (Amazon Advertising) were first run for Leonine in August 2018. FACTOR-A/DEPT®’s expertise was meant first and foremost to improve the visibility and sales rate of Leonine’s DVDs and BluRays, in order to make Amazon’s Best Sellers list, in a given category. In addition to Sponsored Products, a Pre-Order campaign was announced in advance of the release of Sponsored Brands (SBs), extra Claims and Product Display Ads (PDAs), in order to make customers aware of available titles.

For the release, the SBs and PDAs were set with new release claims. In order to maximize the sales outcome for Leonine’s titles, and reach sales goals, the campaign was updated and optimized at regular intervals. Particularly positive examples to mention here include the Death Wish Series and Babylon Berlin. As soon as a title would lose, according to an agreement with the customer, it would be removed from the focus segment. These titles would then only be supported with ongoing automatic campaigns.


Sponsored Product and Sponsored Brand Leonine Studios (Source: Screenshot amazon.de)

Increase brand awareness through sponsored brands


Our aim was to push Leonine’s brand awareness by implementing Sponsored Brands (SBs) and Product Display Ads (PDAs). Campaigns were generated with varying keyword optimization strategies:

Generic: generic keywords, for instance: Drama or leading actors’ names

Defensive: defensive keywords, like: Babylon Berlin

Competitor: keywords naming competitors such as Red Sparrow DVD

Auto: automatic direction to Sponsored Products (Keywords generated and privileged advertising position on product detail page)


132 Mio.  Impressions
12.5%  Average Advertising Cost of Sale (ACoS)
$0.14  Average CPC (Cost per Click)

Example Babylon Berlin

16 Mio.  Impressions
7.59%  Average Advertising Cost of Sale (ACoS)
$0.13  Average CPC (Cost per Click)

The author

Nils Zündorf
Managing Director