Today we’re delivering the last leg of our DTC Sneaker Diagnostic, focussed on Google Ads. Thanks for reading along with our sneaker series, and stay tuned for more DTC Diagnostics coming your way! 👟💥
📦 A breakdown of Cariuma, Atoms, and Vessi’s Google Ads.
📦 Eighteen SMS Strategies from Yotpo you can use to craft a winning SMS strategy.
📦 The two-step opt-in tactic our email team loves.
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📦 Determine where in the funnel your Facebook Ads will perform best with this killer strategy.
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Welcome to the final part of our deep dive into the marketing strategies of DTC sneaker brands Atoms, Vessi, and Cariuma.
If you haven’t read last weekend’s website analysis, you can catch up here. 👀
Today we’re focusing on Google strategy with the help of Pilothouse’s Google Team!
After visiting Vessi’s site and adding a product to cart, we were retargeted with the dynamic ads below.
The creative isn’t anything to write home about. We assume it’s from the Facebook network, which explains why it looks a bit bland. This is definitely an area to improve on.
Vessi utilizes a great range of Google text ad extensions including callouts, site links, and structured snippets.
For brand search, a Vessi shopping ad is the first to appear at the top of the page. However, there are four competitor ads featured in the same section. 😢
Google is picking up 1,000+ reviews from Vessi’s product pages. The brand sports a 4.5-star rating - nice work! ⭐️
Vessi places first for the search term "waterproof shoes," which is great since it’s their main USP.
The brand displays product ads for "men’s waterproof shoes" and "women’s waterproof shoes," but both terms rank significantly lower when organically searching.
Of course, this could be a result of budget constraints, bidding strategies, etc.
The brand is doing a stellar job with its GA strategy; however, we suggest utilizing retargeting ads on YouTube.
The Pilothouse team has had HUGE success on YT.
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Unfortunately, Atoms doesn’t have any retargeted ads. 😥
Atoms takes up the first three slots and utilizes callout and link extensions to enhance the overall listing.
The Pilothouse team noticed there’s another shoe brand bidding on "atoms shoes."
After following the link, it appears that a European shoe brand named one of their shoes "atoms." This might confuse searchers and hurt Atoms.
Notice the number of reviews each shoe has - over 800 for the middle pair and almost five stars on all three. Awesome!
Searching "most comfortable shoes," the title tag on the Atoms home page, brings up a product ad but no text ad in the search results.
Atoms is doing exceptionally well with their Google strategy. The only thing we’d suggest is to focus on retargeting ads.
Similar to Atoms, Cariuma, unfortunately, doesn’t have any retargeted ads. 😔
They’re crushing the branded search with the first two spots.
Further, the brand occupies all five shopping spots and has hundreds of reviews with close to a 5-star rating. Heck yeah!
Cariuma is number one for the search team "sustainable shoes," which is their main USP. Check it out 👇👇
A search for "canvas sneakers" brought up a Cariuma product ad but no text ad at the top of the page.
As you scroll down to the bottom, there’s a Cariuma ad. We’d suggest adjusting the bid strategy, so the ad ranks higher up.
A search on YouTube for "sustainable shoes" didn’t show an ad for Cariuma, but when searching "green canvas shoes," a product and text ad appeared. 👊
Cariuma is doing really well on the brand and shopping side.
We’d suggest the brand focuses on retargeting ads and making sure ads are closer to the top of page.
That’s all the breakdown we’ve got for now! If there’s a category or brand you’d like to see us analyze, reply to this email and let us know!
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