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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…

Two types of loyalty are fundamental to businesses: customer loyalty and brand loyalty. While they’re two separate concepts, the common denominator is that they’re both indispensable to customer retention. Let’s go over customer loyalty vs. brand loyalty — the difference between the two, and why they have to be addressed in distinct ways.  What’s Customer Loyalty? Customer loyalty is born from excellent customer satisfaction — it’s when a customer has such a positive experience with…

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…

We recently brought direct-to-consumer (D2C) marketers together at the first-ever Growth Guerilla Collective (GGC) community meetup in San Francisco, where members brainstormed ways to fuel brand awareness in 2020. The room was jam-packed with ambitious marketers eager to meet one another, learn about each other’s experiences, and grow personally and professionally.  SF-based industry leaders Shann Alipour, Director of Marketing at Oliso, and Neha Mittal, Sr. Digital Marketing Manager at Cora, kicked off a group discussion…

There’s no doubt that social media has changed the face of the marketing world in recent years. Social media has evolved from being a digital storytelling platform that connects people to a powerhouse marketing tool. Thanks to this growing medium, marketers have access to more customers than ever before. Amid the tons of social media platforms out there, Facebook Ads still reign supreme when it comes to social media advertising (a whopping 94% of social…

As a direct-to-consumer (D2C) brand, expanding your business may be one of the toughest challenges you’ll face. However, it’s also an exciting time — if you want to grow your business, it means that customers are receiving your brand well, and you’re bringing in a profit.  While many things have the potential to go wrong, you can get ahead of the game by creating a marketing strategy that you’re confident about. This means not just…

Retargeting is a crucial e-commerce marketing strategy for direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands. Retargeting not only helps companies bring back the whopping 90% of website visitors who leave without purchasing, but it also provides personalized advertising experiences that increase return on investment (ROI) and improve conversion rates.  Advertisers find success with retargeting indecisive shoppers and bringing them back to complete purchases. You can find success with retargeting across a broad network of platforms and devices, including social…

Social media has quickly taken over our modern world. As a society, we can’t go anywhere without someone taking a selfie of an experience or posting their Instagram-worthy meal. Social media is now the primary way we communicate with each other and consume information, making it the best place for brands to connect with their target audiences. In order to effectively reach consumers and keep up with the ever-changing social landscape, marketers must keep a pulse…

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…

Since 2009, thousands of business owners have appeared on Shark Tank to pitch “million dollar” ideas to the sharks, a group of investors who provide funding for a percentage ownership share of a company. Now a worldwide phenomenon, the show features inventors, entrepreneurs, and everyday people seeking funding for their direct-to-consumer (D2C) product or service.  While each episode may only feature a handful of segments, not every company gets funded, mostly due to a lack…