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Amazon's "Project Nessie'' was designed to stop Amazon’s own price-matching rules from sending the tech giant into the red but is now under careful examination by the courts. While Project Nessie allowed Amazon to maintain profits on its own products, it may be the source of egregious price hikes across the retail industry.
Amazon didn’t take the accusations lightly and opted for “the best defense is a good offense” strategy. They claim the FTC has no idea about how retail and pricing work. Zing.
Regardless of Project Nessie’s involvement, many of Amazon’s decisions are made to keep prices for consumers lower. Pilothouse’s Amazon Team adds that unfortunately, this comes at a cost to businesses. To keep prices lower, you’ll notice a higher:
These fees ultimately contribute to a better consumer experience on the largest digital marketplace available today.
In Ads, Emails, Organic Posts, Websites, and everywhere in between, you've likely seen a minisocial asset in 2023.
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🎧 On today’s episode of the DTC pod, we dive deep into the undying value of traditional retail channels.
Larissa Hildebrandt, the brain behind Vancouver-based premium pillow company Henrie, shares her journey of creating a game-changing pillow, the challenges faced in the product development phase, and the alternative growth strategies her company has employed in a digital-centric age.
📰 This just in: Even in this digital age, traditional retail channels hold their ground, showcasing their irreplaceable value.
For brands like Henrie, this realization came when they identified their primary demographic: people above 50.
Because this demographic isn't majorly active on popular marketing platforms like TikTok, in-person experiences, such as pop-ups and shows, have allowed Henrie’s customers to physically feel and understand the product's uniqueness.
These traditional touchpoints helped solidify Henrie’s decision to prioritize retail in their upcoming year's strategy.
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One of the most common responses we get to our DTC welcome email about biggest business challenges is, “How do I actually get my brand seen with a small budget?”
We totally get it. Seeing all these big brands with massive budgets can be discouraging, but make it encouraging! They all had to start somewhere just like you.
We’ve pulled together a few tips for new DTC brands looking to gain some traction without breaking the bank.
1️⃣ Leverage social media:
Organic content: Consistently post engaging content that tells your brand story. Use eye-catching visuals, and videos which tend to get higher engagement than still images.
Collaborations and partnerships: Collaborate with micro-influencers who have a genuine following. They often have higher engagement rates and can promote your product at a fraction of the cost of larger influencers.
Engage with the community: Don’t have one-way conversations! Respond to comments and participate in relevant conversations.
2️⃣ Email marketing:
Build a list of subscribers from your website visitors using pop-ups, exit intent pop-ups, or special offers. Be sure to segment your email list and send targeted messages. Personalized content can lead to higher conversion rates. (P.S. in case you haven’t heard us say it before. A/B test!!)
3️⃣ Provide a stellar customer experience:
When shoppers have amazing interactions with brands, they’re more likely to talk about it with friends, family, and their social feeds!
Make sure your website experience, customer inquiry responses, and transparency (think: shipping times, delays, etc.) are on point.
Word of mouth is an incredibly powerful tool for a brand, the more you pour into your customer experience, the greater your chances are of positive organic mentions of your brand. Go above and beyond, it will be worth it.
Feel free to take what applies to you, or reply to this email and share your own thoughts about growing with limited cash flow. 📧
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🧵 Threads could be adding features like Trending Topics, GIFs, Voice Posts in future updates. In light of recent aesthetic changes on X, more creators, brands, and outlets could be eyeing Threads for an alternative.
🎯 Target’s Secret to $560M in Incremental Quarterly Earnings. Tandym breaks down the numbers behind the RedCard program. Use big brand learnings to level the playing field.*
🤖 A new paper calls for environmental accountability and responsibility as the uses for AI evolve. Activists are calling for tech companies to carefully consider the amount of wasted power and resources.
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