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As Amazon faces its largest antitrust lawsuit to date, the company has continued to roll out programs and expand capabilities to further cement its dominant position in the industry.
💭 Imagine you’re a brand that produces a product overseas…
Your product is sold in brick-and-mortar retail stores, on Amazon.com, and your own website. Amazon could be the freight carrier that brings your product across the ocean to the US, the warehouse that stores the inventory and restocks both brick-and-mortar and Amazon fulfillment centers (FCs).
Your website, hosted within Amazon, has orders fulfilled by those same FCs and delivered by Amazon. You run ads on Prime Video and Thursday Night Football and get direct conversion data from customers who buy your product from Whole Foods, Amazon, and your site.
In this scenario, Amazon generates revenue on:
That’s also not to mention they host the servers every step of the way, as they are the leading global cloud infrastructure provider (Netflix, Airbnb, and even Fortnite all run on Amazon Web Services).
Is this consolidation advantageous for the average consumer?
That’s up for debate. On one hand, Amazon’s growth in supply chain market share has led to impactful moves towards more sustainability, notably, their continued rollout of electric delivery vans and the switch to more sustainable packaging. However, Amazon is already facing scrutiny for its “monopoly power,” and is now facing a lawsuit from the FTC. Further expansion and control of the industry will likely draw even more regulatory inquiry.
Despite this, Amazon’s growth shows no sign of stopping anytime soon, and its increasing vertical integration continues to make the company an evermore appealing (and possibly necessary) platform for brands to ship, sell, and advertise their products.
For Clifford’s full report on how Amazon’s evolution is shaping the future of ecommerce, click here.
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If you’re selling on Amazon, eBay, and/or Shopify and are struggling to craft a compelling product listing, we’ve got good news for you. Each of these platforms have their own AI tools to help you smash that creative block.
We’ll explain what each platform offers and help you decide if these tools are right for you.
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Ever wondered if AI played a role in your recent Amazon Prime shopping spree? 🛒 Amazon reported 150 million items sold by third-party sellers during Prime events and how did AI help?
Amazon’s AI helps craft robust product descriptions.
Generative AI tools are revolutionizing ecommerce, making labor-intensive tasks a breeze. They help create high-quality listings, optimize content for search algorithms, and even tackle data analytics.
🤔 Why should marketers care?
1️⃣ Effortless content creation: AI transforms hours of work into seconds, even for non-writers.
2️⃣ Time and effort savings: Amazon's AI generates quality content from brief descriptions, saving sellers time.
3️⃣ Enhanced customer experience: Richer product descriptions lead to better shopping experiences, potentially boosting sales and reducing returns.
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Jimmy Donaldson, better known on YouTube as Mr.Beast just surpassed 200 million subscribers on his YouTube channel.
Reed Duchscher’s recent LinkedIn post outlines that the first 100 million took almost a decade while the second was significantly faster paced. Growing at that pace is no accident, here are some key things Mr. Beast did to maximize the growth of his channel.
🔑 Here are the key highlights:
1️⃣ Mr. Beast expanded the international reach of his content by dubbing it in over 15 different languages to engage a global audience.
2️⃣ Additionally, he developed a more consistent content strategy and increased frequency of video uploads.
3️⃣ He made the effort to go cross platform. Different platforms capture different audiences — He’s made a considerable effort to grow both his TikTok and Instagram accounts to further the reach of his videos.
While Mr. Beast's success on the platform may seem unparalleled, these strategies are valuable and applicable for anyone looking to scale their presence on YouTube. Have you experimented with any of these (or any other!) tactics to boost your own YouTube growth? We'd love to hear about your experiences, reply to this email and share your insights!
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🎵 TikTok videos will now have captions turned on by default. The update aims to enhance the accessibility of the app and broaden its audience while easing the process of generating accessible content for creators.
✖️ Australian online safety regulators slap X with over $300k in fines regarding its content moderation strategy and its failure to limit harmful content. Google, Twitch, and Discord are also under their watchful eye.
🌴 Amazon’s Transparency program has expanded to include brands who serialize their own products. Amazon is increasing its efforts to ensure authentic products are sold on its platform.
🤖 According to a new study, Mac users are using AI-based applications daily. The study was limited to Mac users in the US but was comprehensive enough to also include third-party AI applications like Google’s Bard.
🎯 Youtube now leverages AI for ad targeting. These new features can help brands accurately target their campaigns throughout Google’s platform.
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