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eCommerce Evolution

eCommerce Evolution is hosted by Brett Curry, CEO of OMG Commerce. Tune in for fresh interviews with the merchants, vendors, and experts shaping the eCommerce industry. We take an in-depth look at what's new and what's next in eCommerce.
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Jun 5, 2019

My buddy, Johnny Pinto has a unique product, a unique story, and a unique approach to eCommerce growth.  He’s the CEO and Co-Founder of BoomBoom. BoomBoom produces an essential oil based inhaler that refreshes and energizes you.  These types of inhalers are super popular in South East Asia, and BoomBoom is determined to make them popular in the US too. The story of BoomBoom is chock full of fantastic marketing and entrepreneurial lessons.

John got his start in business working for an LA start-up that would later become SnackNation which is now a 200 person thriving company.  When John joined he was one of 3 employees. That’s also where he met our mutual friend and host of the Ecommerce Influence podcast - Austin Brawner.  

I thoroughly enjoyed this interview and I’m confident you will too.  Here’s a look at what we cover:

  • How John has masterfully used bootstrap marketing and “sampling” to propel his company’s growth - you should too!  
  • How John and his wife Chelsea got on Shark Tank.
  • What he learned from being in the tank and why the ultimately walked away from a deal.
  • How the went viral on Twitter AND ended up on Ellen.  
  • How he’s perfected the art of boot-strap marketing.  Most ecommerce companies overlook this to their detriment.  
  • Their philosophy for building long-form PDP pages that convert!
  • What’s next for BoomBoom!
May 29, 2019

Ro Bhatia has some serious eCommerce chops.  He started his career at Google, then spent 5 years at Yahoo, then worked for eBay with merchants, then ran the dot com division for Home Depot.  Now he’s the Chief Product and Strategy officer at Limelight Ecommerce.

In this episode we dig into growth tactics that you probably either haven’t thought of or aren’t leveraging properly.  Ro has a wealth of experience and he dishes it out in this episode. Here’s a quick look at what we cover:

  • If you’re using chat on your site, you’re probably making one fatal flaw.  Here’s how to fix it quickly, plus Ro’s favorite chat tool.
  • Cross-sells and upsets make up 30% of eCommerce sales! We talk about Ro’s favorite ways to boost cross-sells, upsells and downsells.
  • In the new relationship economy cost of acquisition is high, and bumping AOV is critical.  If you don’t have a high enough AOV your marketing options will be limited.
  • How to properly use data to create buckets of users to show them the right message at the right time (plus an embarrassing eBay story).
  • How to delight your customers like Netflix does…(and how “stale” is a kiss of death)
  • How to build loyalty and beat friendly churn.
  • The best remarketing cohorts to build and how to communicate with them differently.  
  • How to put all of this together to create a compounding growth effect!
May 15, 2019

I just got back from a trip to the Amazon HQ in Seattle. Chris Tyler, our Director of Amazon Services, and I were there visiting with our Amazon DSP reps (more on DSP in a minute).  We recently found out we were the fastest growing agency in 2018 in terms of DSP spend. We got to preview new audience targeting options, discuss new ad options coming soon to the Amazon ecosystem and more…Blow your mind kinda awesome stuff.

If you’re not familiar with it, Amazon DSP (stands for Demand Side Platform) is a way to run display ads on and off Amazon targeting Amazon shoppers.  With DSP you can run retargeting ads targeting people who’ve visited your product listings on Amazon but didn’t purchase. You can also target people who’ve visited your competitors' products on Amazon but haven’t purchased.  And there are a TON more audience targeting options to consider. Here’s a quick look at what we cover on the episode:

  • Highlights from our Amazon trip including dogs, domes, and, of course, great coffee!
  • What about Amazon DSP makes it “blow your mind awesome?”
  • What are the top audiences to target with DSP and where should you start?
  • What kind of return can you expect from DSP?
  • How to use DSP to build loyalty with Recapture, Reorder and/or Cross-sell/Up-sell campaigns.
  • How does Amazon DSP compliment Sponsored Products and Sponsored Brands - the core of Amazon advertising?
  • Plus more!
May 1, 2019

My guest today is John Li, co-founder of Pickfu.  John is a really sharp dude, with a very unique service.  A service that started as a side project and became a standalone business sort of on accident…more on that in the episode.   

Pickfu is a consumer feedback tool that allows you to get real customer feedback in minutes.  This has driven insights into product page enhancements, better product imagery, better ads, better Amazon listings and more.  

In this episode, we dive into some of the top learnings John and his team have gained from the myriad of tests run on their platform.  Some are quite surprising. I’m confident that you’ll take away a few things you need to test or change to improve your sales on and off Amazon.  Here’s a highlight of what we cover:

  • Surprising learnings from testing images and how your biases might be hurting your results on and off Amazon.
  • 3 keys to better descriptions on your Amazon listings that consistently outperform the norm.
  • How to find out what features and benefits a customer is really buying when they buy your product so you can highlight those features and benefits in your ads.  
  • How there are probably some things that you think are “good enough” that are probably costing you sales.  

 

  • How to properly run a test and how to ask consumers good questions.  If you ask bad questions, you’ll get bad feedback...the kind that’s unhelpful and not actionable.  

 

  • Plus more!
Apr 24, 2019

Steve Chou is an eCommerce podcast host, eCommerce store owner, and former microprocessor designer.  In fact, the microprocessor running the phone in your hand was likely designed by Steve’s team. All of that to say, Steve is a pretty smart dude.

I recently saw Steve in San Diego at Social Media Marketing World where we were both speaking.  We had lunch and talked a little about Chatbots. I was instantly intrigued. Chatbots and Messenger ads have huge potential to create more helpful, more personal experiences with your brand.  All with the goal of increasing sales and building loyalty.

Here’s a quick look at what Steve and I discuss...

  • The rules behind using Messenger as a business.  Facebook is very strict here. If you don’t know the rules, you’ll likely get yourself into trouble.
  • How often should you send promotional messages on Messenger?
  • When to run true Messenger Ads vs. when you can run other ad types on Facebook but tie in Messenger in a stealthy way (this will save you some money on ads).
  • How Steve is using Messenger bots to cut down on customer service calls by 70%.
  • How Steve sees using chatbots in the future.
  • Steve’s favorite tools for chatbots.  
  • Plus more!
Apr 17, 2019

My guest on this show is a legend in the eCommerce space.  He’s the founder of the Shopify Agency, Ethercycle. He’s the host of the wildly popular Unofficial Shopify Podcast.  And, he’s just an overall really smart dude.

When most ecommerce companies consider conversion rate optimization they usually immediately think of split testing, multivariate testing, cart optimization, etc.  BUT, most merchants fail to ask a very important question - “where should I start with my conversion optimization efforts?” And, according to our guest today, the answer to that question is rarely - if ever - split testing.

I knew the general direction of this interview before we started to record, but I didn’t know specifics.  I was blown away by the simplicity, but also the power of Kurt’s suggestions. EVERY store owner would benefit from going through the exercises discussed in this episode.  Here’s a quick glimpse at what we covered:

  • The power of surveys for your best customers and how a recent survey totally transformed a brick oven seller.
  • How to ask questions of your best customers including Kurt’s 3 favorite questions to ask.
  • What information to glean from people who visit your site and don’t convert.
  • How to harness the power of heat maps and scroll maps.
  • The little known “coffee shop gift card” test for watching how users interact with your site.  
  • Some of Kurt’s favorite tools for testing
  • Tips for split testing if you chose to go that route.  
  • Plus much more
Mar 4, 2019

Video ads on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram continue to rank among the best performing ads right now for ecommerce companies.  The difference between a great video and an OK video is HUGE. To really scale on any of those platforms though, you have to know how to craft a video that converts.   

Enter Andrew Eckblad.

Andrew Eckblad was killing it with online video before it was the cool thing to do.   Andrew has spent the last 10 years serving as Frank Kern’s video guy. He’s also the Manager of Video Marketing and Production for Kartra.  And he’s the founder of ConvertViews.com a collective of direct response video editors. His videos have directly grossed over $100 million in product sales.

Here’s a glimpse of what Andrew and I cover in this interview:

  • Andrew’s simple but profound 2 keys to a video that sells
  • Nuances to consider for videos that work on Facebook vs. Videos that work on YouTube
  • How to apply the “do I care” test to your videos.
  • The importance of pacing, transitions, and on-screen text
  • Using the principles of a good headline to craft the perfect video opener
  • How to use pattern interrupts
  • How Andrew got the job working for Frank Kern
  • The difference between videos for gurus vs. videos that sell ecommerce products.
  • How to get people to take action
  • Plus much more!

 

This is one of my favorite interviews of late.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did….then go out and create some killer videos!

 

Brett

Feb 14, 2019

There probably isn’t a more consistent rule in business or in life like the 80/20 rule.  Usually, 80% or more of your results and success come from just 20% of your efforts. I’m all about finding the 20% of activities, changes, etc. to focus on to deliver the biggest impact.  

In this episode, I bring back my business partner Chris Brewer to outline the 7 key areas you should focus on to grow your business both on Google and on Amazon this year.   These are 7 factors that should provide a big return for you.

We’ll cover a variety of topics including:

  • How and why you should invest in YouTube ads
  • What to expect and what to consider with Google’s automation and smart bidding options
  • How the SEO practices that everyone has forgotten may be a secret weapon for you.
  • How Amazon is pouring more money and time into their ad platforms and what that means for growing your business.  
  • Plus more!
Feb 1, 2019

Ross Beyeler knows a thing or two about ecommerce sites that convert.  He’s built a few sites that I really love. Charley Hustle (mostly because I’m a huge Chiefs Fan and KU Jayhawks fan), Bottle Keeper,  Johnny Cupcakes, Assoline and more.    

 

We get into several key design, UX and conversion rate optimization topics and examples including:

 

  • Home page optimization and how the approach shifts if you have a large vs. small SKU count
  • Storytelling in ecommerce and why successful ecommerce brands are great storytellers
  • Product Detail Page (PDP) “must haves” for a better experience and better conversions
  • Creating better collection and improved navigation
  • 4 conversion killers to avoid like the plague
  • Site search and recommendations for doing this better especially for larger SKU counts
  • How to mine site search data for improvements
  • Plus more!
Jan 25, 2019

Tom Wang is a true Amazon success story. He builds a very successful brand on Amazon after a pretty big crash and burn experience. Literally a “burn” experience as his first venture was in hoverboards.

 

In this episode we breakdown Tom’s success and talk about what is relevant for growth on Amazon in 2019.  We tackle Tom’s advice for some pretty critical Amazon tasks.

 

  • How to get reviews now and not violate Amazon’s terms of service.
  • How to diversify traffic and boost organic rankings
  • Product line extension and how to launch your next product on Amazon
  • How to successfully use Amazon Giveaways and lightning deals
  • Plus more!

 

Don’t miss it!  

Jan 9, 2019

Matt Ward built an Amazon business from nothing with a goal of selling it for $1million in 12 months.  His goal once the sale was final was to work on stuff that mattered more to him….He reached his goal of selling his company and now he’s running a podcast and writing books on some pretty interesting topics.  He’s had the privilege of interviewing some pretty stellar people including one of my marketing heroes - Seth Godin.

 

Matt is a fascinating person and extremely bright.  

 

In this episode we get into some pretty interesting territory, including:

  • How Matt scaled so quickly,
  • What AMZ sellers should consider now and what the future holds
  • What’s next for Amazon
  • What’s Amazon’s goal with Echo devices and owned brands (like Amazon Basics) and who will continue to win as Amazon’s domination grows.  
  • Voice Search and Smart home - and what it means for Amazon and Google and YOU.
  • Facebook Portal and our predictions on it.
  • Why 10x results doesn’t require 10x effort
  • Plus, more...
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