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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…

Businesses lose an average of 22.5% of their email database every year. People change emails, opt-out for a variety of reasons, and become inactive. An all too true marketing axiom is that it’s cheaper, faster, and easier to get business from an existing customer than to win a new customer. When subscribers aren’t engaging with your email, it’s essential to re-engage them before they’re gone for good. Not only will you lose business from those…

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…

Wham! Bam! Ka-zam! That’s how your call to action (CTA) should make your site visitors feel. Well, maybe not that extreme, but your CTA should be able to get an immediate response from the person seeing or hearing it. If you’re finding that your prospects aren’t taking the next step in your sales process — whether that’s making a purchase or simply asking for more information — the issue could be a weak CTA.  What’s…

When you think of content marketing, the obvious methods come to mind, such as blogging and video. However, while those methods are undoubtedly effective, there are other powerful types of content that you shouldn’t miss out on. Considering that content marketing costs 62% less than outbound marketing and generates more than three times as many leads, it only makes sense to take advantage of all avenues available. Let’s go over the popular types of content…

Seeing a product idea become a tangible reality is the ultimate thrill for any startup, but getting to that point is another story. Before a product can begin to bring in revenue, startups must travel the long road from sketch, to prototype, to a manufactured product. To reach a manufactured product, the startup needs a manufacturer — and finding the right manufacturing partner is critical. The manufacturer will have a direct effect on the quality…

Why would a person fill up the cart at an online store, make their way to check out, and then leave everything in the cart? That’s the question that many, many online retailers face, both big and small. Around 70% of all online shoppers will leave an online cart before buying anything at all. That’s a lot of cart abandoners who aren’t buying. Did they lose interest? Did they actually not want to buy from…