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Times of crisis tend to leave permanent imprints on the people that live through them. For personal crises, these marks are often similarly personal — idiosyncrasies, habits, quirks. But when the crisis is global, the marks are often left on whole societies, and sometimes on the entire world. These global scars shape consumer behavior in large ways, changing expectations and norms in ways that seemed unthinkable before they happened. These changes happen fast, and can…

The perfect marketer in today’s ever-evolving landscape wears many hats. They decode data, write compelling copy for any format, come up with creative ideas to overcome challenges, use psychological principles to understand their target audience, sniff out trends, keep up with the ever-changing algorithms across the web and social, optimize every aspect of an email campaign and so much more.  Newsflash: the perfect marketer also doesn’t exist. That’s where tools and technology come into play — they pick up…

There’s no easy way to put this: Uncertainty sucks. It’s also an unavoidable part of life and business. While there’s nothing that any of us can do to avoid uncertainty completely, there are definitely ways for marketers to build a good foundation that has the best possible shot at weathering the storms that come from time to time. Below are some concrete actions you can take now to prepare for any situation: economic uncertainty, a global…

Every startup begins with a great idea. With a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck, that idea can become a tangible, real-life product. However, developing a product is only the first hurdle that companies have to clear. The next challenge is to find (and attract) customers who will buy that great idea. If a startup doesn’t have a strong plan to attract customers from the early stages of development, getting that…

Like all retailers, direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands have one main goal: to sell as much as possible. However, these companies face a challenge that not all retailers encounter. They need to attract, convert, and retain customers in an entirely online environment without the support and exposure that retail partners provide. Many brands that get their start selling directly to consumers engage in brand partnerships with brick-and-mortar retailers to expand their brand presence in the real world…

This probably doesn’t come as a surprise, but it’s much cheaper to retain customers than it is to acquire new ones. Because clicks and conversions are continually increasing in cost, customer retention is especially important for e-commerce brands that are looking to succeed in a saturated market. This is why it’s essential to track how receptive your existing customers are by measuring purchase frequency.  Let’s take a look at what purchase frequency is, how to…

For many direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands, it can be tempting to only consider the end goal: driving immediate conversions, or in other words, sales. But ignoring the first interactions with customers can mean missing out on opportunities to add value for in-market audiences who are unfamiliar with your brand. Essentially, building awareness is a crucial function for any D2C brand’s marketing function. That being said, what is brand awareness really about? Creating brand awareness is mainly…

Remember when you were a kid, and you just HAD to have the latest McDonald’s Happy Meal toy? Whether it was a Beanie Baby or a Hot Wheels car, you probably devoured many chicken nuggets and french fries to collect all the toys you could. Your little kid brain probably didn’t realize it, but you were witnessing one of the most underrated tools in a marketing professional’s arsenal: co-marketing.  Even though your Happy Meal days…

Trying to drum up brand awareness without the right partners is like trying to build a house with only a hammer and nails. Though it might be possible, the process will be complicated, take longer than necessary, and may not turn out the way you originally planned. Similarly, the landscape of brand awareness tools on the market is arguably more complicated than the world of power tools (and less likely to cause an ER visit…

While creating video was once considered a luxury that only big companies could afford, it’s now easier than ever to inexpensively film and publish your video. However, before you unfold your director’s chair, you need to have a strong video marketing strategy in place. This part of the process is critical because video isn’t just one piece of your overall marketing plan — it’s central to your outreach and campaign efforts. Set the Goals of…