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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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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...
Dec 21, 2018

The Cyber Five (Thanksgiving - Cyber Monday) this year broke all kinds of records and was an interesting departure from years past in several ways.  In this episode I welcome back to the podcast my business partner, Chris Brewer. We look at this holiday shopping season from a few different perspectives.  We talk in general terms about how our clients who are mostly in the $5 to $50 Million per year in sales did during the Cyber 5 and after. We also looked at trends and data from the largest ecomm companies.  

 

By the numbers….a Look at the Industry as a Whole.  

Here are just a few of the highlights we look at in this episode.

  • Thanksgiving weekend was up 23% - total spend was $24.2 billion.  Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday.
  • Mobile spend was $10 billion of that (approaching half) and that’s up 44% from last year.  So doubling the growth rate of the holiday trend as a whole.
  • Main Drivers of online sales
    • Email at 26% - up 2% YoY
    • Paid Search at 22% - up 6% YoY
    • Social - minimal impact 1.3% of sales….(remember this stat is from the big guys, not mid-sized companies).

Surprises from our clients:

  • Black Friday was our clients biggest day by a long shot with Cyber Monday finishing 2nd.
  • Social continues to be a big investment for our clients but getting the same results as last year has been difficult mainly due to rising ad costs.
  • YouTube big as well - one of the top 3 channels for several of our clients.

 

Winning Formula:

We talk about what our most successful clients did well so you can properly plan for next year.  We look at several winning tactics including:

  • Email - build, cultivate and prime your email list for Cyber 5.  Multiple email reminders - often 3 per day.
  • Start early - Wednesday even.  We found our most successful clients started sales or at least started promoting sales early. Consumers have finite dollars to spend, get their attention early and you’ll have a better chance to grab your share of wallet.
  • Build your retargeting audiences early - our clients who had the most success had large lists of people who’ve visited their site in the past or viewed a YouTube video who we could then retarget.  
Dec 5, 2018

If you’re like me then you’re not overly familiar with affiliate marketing.  It is a bit of a mystery for a lot of us marketers and ecomm entrepreneurs.

 

However it does have some huge positives:

  • Scalable: Once you attract the right affiliates and have the right offer, you can go from 0 to thousands of orders in no time.  
  • Predictable - As you know, I’m a PPC guy.  I’ll always love PPC, but there are variables there.  With Affiliate marketing you pay the same cost per acquisition every time giving you some predictability.  

 

My guest on this episode is Nate Lind.  Nate is an eCommerce entrepreneur, a marketer and the founder of the Online Seller’s Summit.  He’s also a guy who knows a thing or two about affiliate marketing. Nate’s best single day using affiliate marketing was $4.6 million in sales.  He now has a student doing up to $1million in sales per day from affiliate marketing. Not only has Nate built multiple businesses off the profits from affiliate marketing, he also built a tool to better manage affiliate marketing called Offer Profit.  This tool was so successful - he sold to Limelight.

 

On the podcast we discuss what it takes to succeed with affiliate marketing:

  • Keys to a good offer
  • Making the math work - how to structure your affiliate offers to both motivate affiliates and maximize your growth.
  • Customer lifetime value and Nate’s favorite marketing mantra
  • The best businesses for affiliate marketing
  • How Nate lives a 4 hour workweek
  • Why getting punched in the mouth is OK
  • Plus more!
Nov 29, 2018

Recently I had a chance to catch up with my friend and fellow entrepreneur, Dave Woodward.  Dave is the Chief Business Development Officer at ClickFunnels. He’s a motivator, a marketing mastermind, and an all around awesome guy.

 

I first met Dave in 2009 or so when my business partner, Chris Brewer, and I were partnering with Russell Brunson (Co-Found of ClickFunnels) on a project.

 

It’s been amazing watching click funnel scale from just an idea to a $200million + per year software as a service (SaaS) company in just a few years.  

 

So how do you achieve that kind of growth?  That’s what I wanted to hear from Dave. Here’s a look at what we covered.  I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did!

 

  • Philosophy and mindset that allows for meteoric growth
  • How the founders of Click Funnels got the team side of things right in order to scale
  • How ClickFunnels acquired customers at a profit or breakeven when approximately zero SaaS companies have achieved that mark
  • Marketing channels that are the most important to the growth of ClickFunnels
  • What makes for a great eCommerce funnel
  • What’s next for ClickFunnels
  • Plus more!
Nov 20, 2018

Interested in better email campaigns, more persuasive product detail pages and more irresistible videos?  Maybe you need to start incorporating a little humor.  

 

By now we’ve all seen a Harmon Brother’s video (Think Poo Pourri and Squatty Potty) and we’ve seen the magical effect those videos can have when launching a product….Or maybe you recall the simple, Dollar Shave Club video that launched an empire that Unilever bought for $1 Billion.  But...we’ve also seen some funny ads that did zero selling. Sometimes we can’t even remember what product the ad was for after we saw it, but it did make us laugh.

 

So what’s the difference? How can you use humor to actually sell?

 

A few months ago I was speaking at a Blue Ribbon Mastermind event run by Ezra Firestone and I heard another speaker and immediately fell in love with her topic - using humor to sell more.

 

Lianna Patch is the Founder of Punchline Copy.  She has a wealth of experience as a standup comedian, and improv actor, and a copywriter for eCommerce brands.  In this episode we dive into the following:

 

  • How to blend humor with persuasion for better conversion rates
  • Where you should use humor first
  • What ecommerce companies properly use humor
  • How a jewelry store leverage humor for double digit improvements in conversion rates
  • How to use humor in emails even if (or especially if) your product category is “boring” or even “B2B”.
  • Plus more

 

Check it out!

Nov 7, 2018

If you want an inside look at Amazon you’d be hard pressed to find a better person to talk to than James Thomson co-founder of Buy Box Experts and the wildly popular Prosper Show.  

 

In this episode we get into the details of what sellers on Amazon should be thinking and doing right now on a variety of important topics including:

 

  • Sales Tax! This can be some scary stuff.  We talk about the Wayfair Supreme Court decision, the recent ruling in California and what it all means to you.  Not the sexiest of topics, but one that could kill your business if you’re not taking action now.
  • Brand equity.  There’s never been a better time to build a brand on Amazon.  We’ll talk about what it means to build and try to hold on to brand equity on Amazon.  
  • 1p vs. 3p vs. Hybrid - what’s best and why.
  • Most common mistakes sellers are making right now and how to avoid them
  • How Amazon approaches their private label game and when are they coming for your category.
  • Prosper Show 2019 details
  • Plus more!
Oct 26, 2018

The best eCommerce companies I know are on a quest to constantly improve conversion rates.  Every lift in conversion rates means more money for product development, or traffic to grow your brand or just more money for your pocket.  

 

On this episode I interview Jon MacDonald, CEO of the Good.  Jon and team have worked on Conversion rate optimization projects for companies like Nike, Xerox, Adobe and the Economist as well as many other ecommerce companies.  

 

Jon’s perspective and approach are unique and I’m confident you’ll pick up several CRO nuggets including:

  • The 4 types of data that should influence your conversion rate optimization
  • What data to ignore vs. what’s critical and actionable
  • Must have elements for UX
  • Product detail page essentials
  • Making the complex simple and bringing products to life on your site
  • Great eCommerce examples for UX to pay attention to
  • Plus more
Oct 16, 2018

In recent years SEO has lost its luster as a “hot” traffic source. Panda and Penguin updates have made it all but impossible to “game the system” and trick Google into ranking your site.  That said, organic traffic can still be insanely powerful for your brand.  SEO can help drive relevant traffic at nearly every stage of the shopping funnel - helping your build a following and sell more stuff.

 

While there are no viable SEO tricks now, there are proven strategies that will help you rank well and rank relatively quickly.  

 

While I’ve been an SEO practitioner since the early 2000s and even though OMG Commerce offers SEO services for eCommerce - I still wanted to have Dale Bertrand on to talk SEO.  Dale is the Owner and Digital Strategist for fireandspark.com and he knows his SEO.

 

Here’s a look at the SEO topics we cover in this episode.  

  • Link building that works in 2018 and beyond.  Quality backlinks are still one of the most powerful ranking signals in Google’s algorithm.  The catch is that Google is better than ever at sniffing out and ignoring or penalizing spammy backlinks.  In this episode we discuss the right way to approach link building.
  • Building content without being a writer.  My guess is that creating content isn’t your favorite activity.  But good content is CRUCIAL for effective SEO strategies. We discuss how to generate content without the pain of writing.  
  • How to make category and product detail pages rank.  Category and product detail pages are your money makers, but getting them to rank can be a challenge.  We discuss how.
  • The value of “pillar content” and how to create it.  Without “pillar content” your SEO will be at a disadvantage.  We discuss what it is and how to go about creating it.
  • Technical structure for a solid page.  We nerd out a little bit on technical SEO, but not too much.
  • Plus more!
Oct 10, 2018

This episode is a treat both in terms of topic and guest.  I have my long-time business partner Chris Brewer on to talk about the most important topic of the year for most eCommerce companies - Holiday Sales.  

 

For most eComm companies the Holiday season will determine whether you have a good year or a not so good year.  For some companies every day of holiday sales is the equivalent of a week or two the rest of the year. Having a great holiday season requires planning, attention to detail and some creativity.  

 

I see things lining up for most eCommerce companies to break sales records this Holiday.  Will you be one of them?

 

Here’s a look at what we cover:

  • Getting Your Google Ad Campaigns Ready - getting your search, shopping and brand campaigns ready to “make hay” this holiday season.  
  • Getting Your YouTube Ads Ready - Do you have remarketing in place?  Are you capitalizing on your competition? Do you have a unique holiday message?  All of this and more is important to maximize YouTube results.
  • Getting Your Amazon Ads Ready - Amazon is poised to CRUSH IT this holiday season.  Are your ad campaigns ready?
  • Getting Your Email Marketing in Place - Email marketing could be your x-factor this holiday.  Remember to segment and remember the rule of 3!
  • Planning your promotions - Get your promo calendar finished now!
  • Staying on Top of Everything - We talk about ways to stay on top of everything and make sure nothing is missed this holiday season.  

 

Here’s to making Holiday 2018 your best ever...

Sep 19, 2018

There are two critical ways Patent Law impacts online merchants:

  1. Making sure you protect your unique products and intellectual property (IP)
  2. Making sure you don’t infringe on someone else’s patents

 

My guest for this episode is Patent Attorney, Rich Goldstein.  Rich is a wealth of knowledge on patent law and has carved out a niche in the eCommerce space.  I am NOT a legal expert, to say the least, so I was really excited to dive into this topic and learn more myself.

 

Here’s a look at what we covered:

  • When should you consider a patent and how much do they cost?
  • What’s the number 1 reason for a patent?
  • What are the 2 factors to see if a product is patentable?
  • Talk about the different enough test?
  • 2 Types of patents and when to consider each type
  • How to protect against knock off and specifically protecting yourself on Amazon.
  • How do you avoid patent infringement?
  • Top resources and guides for patents and IP.  

 

Sep 5, 2018

I’m convinced that the most successful eCommerce companies in the years to come will be those who build a brand.  

Building a community, telling a brand story that resonates, building products that people are passionate about, differentiating from the competition - all are part of what it asked to build a successful brand.

Companies that just learn a few tricks and tactics to sell more on Amazon or those that rely on just a few google traffic hacks, or those who only sell products that are available from other sellers are in a much weaker position than those who build a brand. That’s why I was super excited to bring on the show a brand building powerhouse like Rick Cesari. Rick has been involved with some pretty stellar brands over the years including the George Foreman Grill, GoPro Cameras, Sonicare Toothbrush, Oxiclean and others. He knows what it takes to position and market a product to make turn it into a massive winner.  

Here’s a look at what we cover:

  • Using direct response ads principles and building a brand at the same time.
  • Tips to building a great brand including feedback loops, crafting a USP, getting to the benefit and more.  Learn how Rick helped the Juiceman brand go head-to-head with Krups and Braun and generate $75 million in sales in just 4 years.
  • How to differentiate.  We both love Sally Hogshead’s quote “Different is better than better.”
  • Tips for great videos.  One of our favorite topics and an area that Rick is an expert in.  We talk about what makes for a great video. 
  • Using Ricks brand-building and marketing tips on Amazon.
  • Plus more
Aug 29, 2018

Whether you’re planning to sell your eCommerce business in 1 year or 3 years or never, the information in this podcast is pure eCommerce gold. Regardless of your exit plans, it’s important to know how to make your business more valuable now.  

 

My guest for this episode is Joe Valley, Director of Brokerage Services at Quiet Light Brokerage.  Joe is a seasoned eComm expert and a former business owner. As a broker of eCommerce businesses his perspective is unique and insightful.  Here’s a look at what we discuss:

 

  • What is my eComm business worth?  Everyone wants to know this. Joe lays out some quick guidelines to keep in mind.  
  • The 4 Pillars of a sellable company.  The beauty of these pillars is that they also will help you run a better business NOW!
  • Biggest mistakes people make when they decide to sell?
  • Biggest success story of someone who sold?
  • Most important financial metrics to determine value?
  • The story of profitability and why cash flow isn’t the whole story
  • Trend analysis and how it impacts value
  • How long does it take to sell an eCommerce business
  • How does a company being on Amazon vs. not being on Amazon impact value?
  • Plus more!
Aug 22, 2018
The company with the best data feeds wins.  That’s maybe not the kind of comment you hear too often and it’s not going to be the headline for any motivational posters.  But, there is some truth to it.
 
On this episode my guest is Brian Roizen, Co-Founder and Chief Architect for Feedonomics, a full-service product feed platform.  While it’s not always true that the company with the best data feed wins, I do believe that your marketing efforts can only be as good as the data that feeds them.  
 
In this episode we get slightly nerdy, but also really practical.  Here’s a look at what we cover.
 
- Why it’s worth the time to build a good feed.  In a saturated environment you have to differentiate.  A good data feed is one way to help your products stand out.  
- How the perfect feed + perfect campaign structure is where you can really gain a competitive edge in Google Shopping and other channels.  
- Top feed mistakes to avoid  
- Amazon feed tips for world-class Amazon product listings
- How to automate Amazon repricing for competitive niches
- Benefits of Amazon Brand Registry
- Facebook feed tips
- How Walmart is growing ecommerce through acquisition and how to profit from their marketplace.  
- Google Manufacturer Center why and when you should take control of it
- Plus more!
Aug 9, 2018
While I’ve spent most of my marketing career focused on driving traffic that converts, I know the importance of a good landing page and sales funnel.  A few months ago I met The Lady Boss. Kaelin Poulin and her husband Brandon when I spoke at an event in Atlanta.
 
I was struck by how good they’ve been at building funnels, building community, and selling products.  First a little about Brandon, then an overview of our discussion.
 
Brandon Poulin is CEO and Co-Founder of LadyBoss, the first global weight loss system and support community for women. With the help of his rockstar wife Kaelin and their leadership team, he has helped transform the lives of over 140,000 customers across the world. With its 4 unique product lines having accumulated tens of millions in revenue, Brandon and his team at LadyBoss are disrupting the weight loss industry by simply focusing on helping women lose weight while loving themselves again.
 
What we cover in this episode:
  • How to approach building a new funnel?

  • Keys to a successful funnel

  • Diagnosing and improving struggling funnels

  • Building a community and a following like a Boss

  • Plus more!

Jul 27, 2018
When I first met Charlie Youakim the CEO and co-founder or Sezzle I was surprised by a few things he told me:
  • Millennials prefer to pay with debit cards

  • Only 1 in 3 millennials have credit cards

  • Not having credit cards impacts the way millennials shop online and most don’t like the hassle of applying for a card.

 
Some regulations put into place after the recession in 2008 like prohibiting credit card companies from marketing on college campuses and raising the legal age to sign up for a credit card to 21 instead of 18 have all played into this.  
 
Sezzle has put together an interesting product that allows both merchants and customers to get what they want.  The interesting thing is that Sezzle didn’t start with their current offering. As a long-time entrepreneur I was fascinated to hear how Sezzle pivoted from their original idea (which just didn’t take off) to its current offering with great success.  
 
  • How outerwear company 686 raised AOVs by 22% and increased total sales by 5% by offering payment plans

  • How athleisure store Inflow Style raised AOVs by 40% and increased totals sales by 8% by offering payment plans

  • How and when to pivot as an entrepreneur

  • The 3 ways to grow a business and how payment plans can help with all 3.

  • Plus the history of credit cards (call me a nerd, but this was interesting to me)...

Jul 19, 2018
While exit pops, lead magnets, page takeovers are not necessarily new, I love the approach that Lindsey and her team at Hello Bar take to improve online conversions.
 
I met Lindsey through a good friend of mine and was immediately impressed with her approach. She’s strategic in her use of conversion tools.  Many merchants just sort of throw tools together and hope that something works. Anyone who’s listened to this podcast for any length of time knows that I’m a huge fan of good data and letting data speak.  Lindsey takes a data driven approach to creating better use of conversion tools and lead magnets.
 
Here’s a quick look at what we dive into on this call:
  • Why customers actually prefer page takeovers to other exit pops (and the numbers back it up)

  • Headline tips from marketing masters and why your current headlines might suck

  • How Neil Patel gets more conversions on his properties

  • Headline formulas to get more clicks, signups and sales

  • Lead magnet ideas that drive conversion vs. lead magnets that lead to eye rolls.

  • Plus more conversion optimization gold
 
Want a free 30-day trial of hellobar? Check it out here.
Jul 5, 2018
f you aren’t using YouTube at least for remarketing - you’re missing out.  With over 1 Billion monthly users and average session durations of over 40 min. (longer than what most people spend on Facebook in a day) YouTube has the attention of your prospects and customers.  
 
Not only does YouTube have your prospects and customers eyes and ears, they also have a really attractive advertising offering - TrueView.  With the TrueView pre-roll (aka “before” videos) you as the advertiser only pays if someone actually watches your video or clicks through to your site. If someone skips before the :30 mark, you pay nothing.  Pretty cool.
 
Throw some really advanced audience targeting features on top of that and you have all kinds of options for both top and bottom of the funnel marketing on YouTube.  
 
This episode is a recording of a talk I gave in San Diego at Social Media Marketing World.  In it I cover the following:
 
  • How your prospects are using YouTube and how that should influence your strategy

  • The best audiences to target with your ads

  • 5 Tips to creating great video ads that hook prospects and get them to take action

  • YouTube for Top of Funnel - the bulk of this talk is about remarketing, but YouTube has some great benefits for Top of Funnel which I outline here.  

  • Targeting options - If you go Top of Funnel what kind of targeting options should you consider.

  • Plus more!

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