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“I was asked what I thought about the recession. I thought about it and decided not to take part.” These are the famous words of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, who instinctively knew what every successful entrepreneur knows — booms and recessions are an inevitable part of life.  From the Great Depression of 1929 to the post-WW2 recession, the 1980 meltdown, the 2000 dot-com bubble, and the 2008 housing bust, one thing is certain…

The internet presents opportunities and challenges to direct-to-consumer (D2C) sellers, but unlike the early days of online selling — which wasn’t all that long ago — there’s now a wide range of channels available to help you reach customers and sell your products. From Amazon, eBay, Rakuten, and even your own branded website, your products can appear to hundreds of thousands of buyers at any given time. With so many channels and resellers available in the…

Data-driven marketing has enormous advantages over traditional marketing strategies. For example, it enables segmentation and allows marketers to customize and personalize messaging for the customer profile of each segment. It also makes it easy to track what messaging is working and to modify and optimize campaigns in real-time. Messaging isn’t the only area in which data-driven marketing can be very valuable. It’s also a key tool in one of the most critical components of any…

How do you know if your marketing strategy is working? By measuring the success of your marketing tactics against the goals you’ve set. Measurement uses metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) to figure out how your efforts are impacting your business. Measuring your marketing efforts is more than just figuring out how you’ll define success for your marketing campaigns. It involves using powerful analytics tools that can help analyze your campaign data, figuring out what…

Marketers understand that to compete in today’s business environment, it’s essential to form bonds and connections with your audience. Some experts estimate that consumers are exposed to as many as 4,000 to 10,000 marketing messages every day. To cut through the noise, brands must appeal to the unique interests and needs of their audiences and connect with them in a way that they appreciate. This is where buyer personas come in. Over half of modern…

A common misconception is that your ads need to be perfect before they go live. However, a big part of marketing is testing and changing your methods accordingly. If you create something that you are reasonably happy with, pull the trigger and start promoting. Interactions with your initial ad will provide feedback you can use to iterate upon throughout your digital advertising journey. Before you begin testing, it’s important to understand the three most common…

Since direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands directly communicate with their customers, creating quality content assets has never been more important. Content assets are ads, blog posts, videos, and other visual or written pieces that will engage your target audience and convert them into customers. Keep in mind that every piece of content needs a goal: to highlight new products, create some buzz, or encourage visitors to buy from you. You can create a lot of different types…

A marketing strategy is your overall game plan for reaching your audience and turning them into your customers. For D2C brands — who have the end-to-end control of making, marketing, and shipping — this is particularly crucial because it establishes where you can allocate your resources for maximum growth, and helps you understand what leads to success. As with any game plan, you’ll need to know the players, your strengths, how to “score,” and how…

Unlike your strengths and weaknesses, key differentiators separate you from the competition. They can be an advantage for you and should also be something that your team can rally around, like your startup story or your core values as a company. For D2C brands especially, it’s critical to have defined key differentiators because it’s a way to stand out in a saturated marketplace. Let’s delve into how to identify your key differentiators and examples of…

Competitive research doesn’t have to involve hiring professionals to track and assess your competitors, like straight out of a spy movie — there’s plenty of data on the internet to collect. By investing even a small amount of time, businesses can gather intelligence on business rivals,  identify opportunities and threats in the marketplace, and refine their messaging.  To build an effective framework for competitive analysis, we’ve included a basic step-by-step process to follow as well…