10 Common Pricing Strategies For DTC Brands

When it comes to making purchase decisions, price is often the deciding factor. Several studies have shown that pricing is critical and relevant to consumer buying behavior. With so many options available in the world of DTC, getting your pricing strategy right can be a make-or-break moment for your business.

In this article, we’ll dive into 10 common pricing strategies that DTC brands can use along with examples of each. Keep reading to learn more!

What Is A Pricing Strategy?

Setting the best price for goods or services is a process known as pricing strategy. This method helps to level prices and margins according to market demand in order to boost profits and enhance shareholder value. 

There are several things that need consideration when selecting your pricing strategies such as marketing aims, business revenue aspirations, target audience, brand placement, and consumer demand. An effective pricing technique will reduce expenses while creating value for your customers; thus assisting with the expansion of your venture.

A Few Things To Check Before You Choose Your DTC Pricing Strategy 

  1. Know the total cost of your product 

Before you set your prices, be sure to know the total cost of your product. If you order products, add up their cost per unit — that’s your cost of goods sold. When crafting each piece yourself, consider the bundle of raw materials you need and how much time it takes to create one item for sale. You can also take into account the following costs, so that your business turn out to be profitable:

  • Production Cost 
  • Marketing Cost  
  • Shipment and Handling Cost
  • Business Cost
  1. Identify your ideal customer profile 

It’s important to note that your hard work won’t amount to anything if you don’t have any buyers. 

It pays to think about your customer’s disposable funds. Some may search for the best bargain, while others have no qualms with parting ways with a few extra dollars if it means getting something of quality. Understanding these preferences will give you a better footing in gauging what prices to offer in order to maximize customer satisfaction!

Thus, it follows that you must calculate a value-driven profit margin, so your product is attractive to the desired target market and makes financial sense for you as well.

  1. Find your USP/value proposition 

What sets your business apart? Finding the perfect pricing strategy is key to highlighting the unique value you’re offering to consumers. Take the story of Tuft & Needle for example: they carved out a special place in the mattress market with their affordable prices and exceptional quality. Similarly, find what sets you apart, and let it guide your pricing decisions to make sure no one has any trouble recognizing how unique your business is!

10 Common Pricing Strategies Used By DTC Brands

Competition-based pricing strategy 

As the name suggests, competition-based or competitive pricing strategy is based on understanding competitors’ prices and using them as a benchmark. Customers often compare prices when making their purchase decisions, making small price differences crucial for success in this type of market.

You can opt to go a few cents lower of the price your competitor is offering, offer the same as your competition, or exceed the prices of your competition to be in the game.

For instance, D2C brand Dollar Shave Club launched the first subscription-based business that sends fresh razors and other grooming products to your doorstep via email.

Yes, a D2C startup came onto the scene, took on a global brand like Gillette, and won with a quality product and a competitive pricing strategy. In fact, Dollar Shave Club eschewed the traditionally high margins on razors and delivered them at a competitive price.

Cost-plus pricing strategy 

A cost-plus pricing or also known as the markup pricing strategy involves charging customers a price that is higher than the cost of producing the good or service.

Cost-plus pricing can be effective when there are high fixed costs associated with production, such as manufacturing materials and labor. By charging customers more than these costs, businesses can increase revenue while limiting their exposure to price risk and market fluctuations.

For example, let’s say you started an online shoes business and want to calculate the selling price of one shoe:

  • Material Cost: $50
  • Labour Cost: $200
  • Shipping Cost: $10

So now, the cost of your product will be $260. Now, you can add a 45% markup of the total cost of the product to have a profitable business. The formula, then, for the total price of the product would be: 

Total production cost ($260) * Markup (260*45/100) = Selling Price of your product ($377)

Value-based pricing strategy 

Value-based pricing strategy is when the price of a product or service is based on its value to the customer, rather than on the costs incurred to produce it. Businesses show the product is premium and exclusive for buyers. 

In a value-based pricing strategy, price is set high enough to cover costs (including variable costs and overhead), but competitive enough so that customers feel they are getting a good deal. This approach may be more effective in competitive markets where customers can switch providers easily.

For instance, fashion lifestyle brand Ralph Lauren often follows a value-based pricing approach. 

Price skimming strategy 

This E-commerce strategy refers to the business tactic of starting off at a high price in order to satisfy consumers who don’t mind paying extra for its products. As other businesses start to join the market, then reduce their prices in order to entice a new, more budget-conscious customer base. 

For instance, Apple is a brand that uses a price skimming strategy, especially during the launch of its latest iphone. It starts off at high prices and slowly lowered prices over time to attract budget-conscious consumers.

A skimming pricing strategy can be a great way to make a lasting profit from your products, but it can also backfire. If you lower the prices too much, consumers who paid full price may get irked and competitors will sense an opportunity to swoop in and imitate your ‘fake’ margins.

Penetration pricing strategy

Contrast to skimming price strategy, the penetration pricing strategy is when the company sets a low price for its new product or service to gain customers’ attention and raise awareness.

It is also known as the discount pricing strategy and works best for price-sensitive customers but is not sustainable in the long run for businesses. This strategy is usually best for brands that are new in the market and want to attract customers. However, there is always a risk of losing those customers once the business increases its prices back to normal. 

Pro-tip: To truly make an impact with your product, emphasize its value instead of the price tag. 

Netflix pulled off one of the greatest feats in pricing strategy history with their ‘penetration pricing’ model: charging a low fee for access to their instant streaming service with subscriptions, they boosted their customer base exponentially and gained an unbeatable market share. In doing so, Netflix managed to establish a monopoly over the industry. 

Psychological pricing strategy 

This marketing strategy has been used by businesses across various industries to optimize pricing and boost sales. It does exactly what the name suggests – targets human psychology to increase sales. 

Take example of the 9-digit effect. Customers see a product worth $99.99 as attractive and a good bargain even though the price is almost the same as $100. The “9” makes all the difference in perception.  

Apart from this, a BOGO offer or changing the colors and fonts of the pricing tag have also proven, in various stances, to be effective.  

For instance see how Indian D2C brand BoAt uses the psychological pricing strategy to up its sales:

Example of psychological pricing strategy

Credit: Boat Website 

Keystone pricing strategy 

Keystone Pricing is an approach that involves setting a price for a product or service that is double the cost of production (or the wholesale price). This method can help businesses maximize their profits while also keeping prices competitive and attractive to customers. It is usually used by retailers. 

Here’s an example to help illustrate the concept. Let’s say a company produces a product with a cost of production at $100. Using keystone pricing, they would price that product at $200 – effectively doubling their investment with a 50 percent markup!

Bundle pricing strategy 

A bundle pricing strategy involves selling multiple products or services together at a discounted price (than the total amount of all the products individually). This allows the business to increase their revenue by selling more products per unit than if each product was sold on its own.

Let’s understand this with an example – a combo meal from Mc Donald’s. The combo includes small fries, a small drink, and a burger. If the customer only wanted the small fries they would have to pay some extra for it separately. However, if the customer buys the combo meal consisting of all 3 items, then they can keep all 3 items for a discounted price. 

Example of bundling pricing strategy

Credit: Mcdonalds 

This strategy is effective because customers value having multiple products in one package more than paying extra for each product individually.

Anchor pricing strategy 

Anchor pricing is a product pricing strategy that businesses use to create a favorable comparison between their discounted prices and the original prices. This way, consumers can quickly and easily see the savings they’ll get when they make their purchase. The comparison can also be between the price of your and your competitor’s product. 

One way businesses show this is by cutting the anchor price prominently and displaying the discounted price near it! You can find this strategy being used by many businesses, in the malls, and on online marketplace such as Amazon. 

Example of Anchor Pricing Strategy

Credit: Ring Alarm

Economy pricing strategy 

An economy pricing strategy is an approach that involves pricing your products low and gaining more revenue through higher sales volume. This type of pricing works particularly well for commodity goods like groceries, drugs and medications, etc. where there isn’t a lot of brand recognition. 

This business model relies on regularly introducing new customers to the product in order to generate the desired revenue.

Again, Dollar Shave Club is the perfect example of a D2C brand utilizing economy pricing, as they outrun Gillette and their pricey razor blades. 

Find The Right Pricing Strategy For Your Business 

There is not one single way of establishing a successful pricing strategy; what works for one D2C business may not be ideal for another. Therefore, doing a thorough research and figuring out which method is right for your product, marketing plan, and buyers is essential.

With the knowledge gained from this article, you can make sound decisions and find the optimal pricing to provide customers with an enjoyable shopping experience.

About ANS Commerce 

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From creating your online store, running profitable performance marketing campaigns, managing marketplaces to order fulfillment & warehousing – we do it all to supercharge your brand’s growth!

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Kartify integrated what3words- Now win customers with efficient deliveries!

With the increasing popularity of online businesses, the requirement for accurate geolocation has become a MUST. It doesn’t matter whether you live in a mountainous area, an overcrowded city or a village in the desert there is always a need of the hour where you have to place an order online and expect to get your delivery on time. 

However, the places with the same name, thin lanes and sometimes empty spaces make it difficult for the personnel to reach their customers on time. Thereby, causing problems not just for personnel and customer but also for the brand as it loses its reputation and loyalty. 

This is why an in-depth location detector is required to give the exact location of the customer or the site where the delivery needs to be done. There are dozens of navigational tools that are available online, Google Map which is the most prominent one…helps to find out a way around an unknown area, making it possible for mankind to explore more.

These applications DO meet critical needs, but lack at some points— are unable to give accurate results when it comes to telling the precise area.

What is what3words?

what3words is a new era geolocation technology that has taken over the world with its simple but precise addressing system. While you walk through lanes, travel to new places and order different products, the problem you face at every stance is to tell the exact location where you are. You might be able to tell the street, nearby shop or store number, but when it comes to conveying the same thing to another person it becomes frustrating. what3words removes this frustration from your life and tells the exact three-meter square areas where you are present. 

It is a finely thought geolocation app that is carved out of the needs of people to help them find locations faster and easier. It has divided the earth into three-meter square areas and assigned each square a combination of three random words. These 3 word addresses are unique, remain the same and do not hold any meaning. For example,///drones.feels.objecting

Well, it’s not that someone is having objectionable feeling for drones, but rather he is giving you the exact location of the ANS Commerce entrance as given in what3words.

Why did Kartify integrate what3words?

The ANS Commerce brand store, Kartify, has come up with a significant development on its checkout page. It has now included what3words to help our client serve their customers better. The exceptional geolocation service of what3words can make deliveries very smooth both for companies as well as customers giving a win-win situation. All your customers need to do is provide their 3-word address while checking out for accurate deliveries.

With the integration of what3words in Kartify, you will not only get the ideal destination or the optimum location to drop off a package but will also be able to build a brand reputation with a better customer experience.

The what3words address starts with three forward slashes without any spaces, followed by three lowercase words separated by a dot, again without any spaces. When the customer enters what3words address while checking out, it gets instantly recognized by the API making the location an exact callout destination for the customer as given. 

For instance: ///wager.skate.swanky is the three-meter square location of the entrance of your customer’s house that has been provided while checking out. The delivery person will get this location as the callout location for handing the package safely. 

How can customers use what3words on Kartify?

Do you have a store on Kartify? If YES, then you don’t have to worry as we have got everything covered. All your customer needs to do is get their three-word address from the app and enter the address on the space provided while checking out. A hassle-free deliverywill be on its way.

The technology is already in use, we are just fine-tuning it for you. 

If you are among the one who is still running their business in the traditional way. It’s time to evolve when the world is running so fast. Bring your store online with Kartify and avail of maximum benefits in an instant.

How can ANS Commerce help?

ANS Commerce is a full-stack e-commerce enabler that helps businesses attain an online presence with the ultimate brandstore service, Kartify which is easily customizable and integration ready. We also help businesses get rid of all the stress of digitalization and focus on their core services, by helping them with performance marketing, marketplace management and warehouse and fulfillment.  

Brand Management – an Effective Tool for Successful Business

A brand is not just a name, product, or service. It is the soul of a business! It is the impression of a business that links, interacts, and creates a bond with customers, employees, suppliers, and stakeholders.  

It encompasses everything from the initiation of a normal business to its extension in various dimensions. It carries the reputation and associates it with various other businesses in the industry. It is also the face of the company that is navigated by the search engines to reach the appropriate customer and client base. In other words, it is the mark that distinguishes your company from start to end.

When people see a brand, they find it to be a set of visual and verbal cues but, for any organization, it can be referred to as –

Business, Reputation, Association, Navigation, and Dimension

“A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn a reputation by trying to do hard things well.”

Jeff Bezos

Brand Management 

Branding is a long-term process that requires high commitment throughout, especially in its initial phase. Nurturing and monitoring it over time to build a strong image is called Brand Management. 

It maintains the voice of the company through all the channels, whether retailer, editorial, or advertising. It creates a clear view of the company on the traditional as well as a digital platform so that the customer’s purchase process is maintained. It includes two components,

  • Tangible, such as product, price, packaging and customer experience
  • Intangible, such as the emotional connection of the customer with the product

Benefits of Effective Brand Management

The process of brand management might be challenging but the result is always furthering. Some of the benefits you attain are –

  • Increases your brand equity
  • Expands your brand identity
  • Optimizes your brand value
  • Boosts your brand awareness
  • Enhances your brand sustenance
  • Measures your brand growth
  • Build loyal customers 

Basic Principles of Brand Management

To evaluate your branding efforts and eventually succeed, you must include some factors. These specialized factors will help you break free of the ordinary norm and come up with a unique way to promote your brand. The components that build up these ideas are easy to understand and even easier to implement.

Brand Awareness is the likelihood, with which the customers link a certain brand with a specific product. It is the familiarity that people have with your brand when they are out for purchase or to acquire any service. It goes hand in hand with brand recognition and brand recall.  Sometimes brand awareness is even improved to grab the attention and make it easy for consumers to spell, like in the case of Coca-Cola, now known as Coke.

Brand Recognition is the identity of your brand that customers recall while making a purchase, like the color, logo, tagline, slogan, packaging, etc. It plays a very important role in instantly keeping a top place in people’s minds and when they are out to purchase, it signals their minds.  

Brand Equity is the differential impact, perception, and impression of the brand on the consumers. It defines the value and strength of any brand that becomes the consumer choice in the marketplace. Thus, the brand often links their products with the situations to associate with their customers in the memory and help them make choices whenever they make a purchase. The equity is often measured with the increase in sales volume, price premium charged, return to shareholders, and several other parameters.

Brand Loyalty is the consistency of the customers that are engaged with you over any competition. It is measured with brand trust, price sensitivity, commitment, the mouth of the public, and so on. This involves the efforts of customer service more than the marketer, as the satisfaction of the customers also plays a huge role.

Quick Tip – Brand Loyalty is not Customer Loyalty, it is the loyalty of the brand to provide its customer the right kind of product with the right kind of service and be available for them at every point.

Strategies of Brand Management

Simply following the traditional strategies won’t be effective as there is a lot that has changed in the business world in the past few years. With globalization, the competition has become hardcore and it needs some groundbreaking ideas to set the stage at large.  

Unique Selling Proposition

USP is the strategy that makes you different from your competitors. The most opinionated and deliberated USP influences branding, marketing, messaging, and copywriting, making your business stand out.

Before creating your USP, you should understand your products and see if it fits correctly in your market. You can ask yourself some questions and check where you belong. 

Is my product durable? 

Is it cost-effective? 

How is it different from my competitors? 

Is it innovative? 

Will it last long in the market? 

Does it focus on what customers value?

When you are clear with your question, you will be able to come out with the USP for your brand. Using the USP to market and promote your brand will instantly help you show the face of your company to the audience and grab their attention in the marketplace.   

Quick Tip – USP is not the offer, discount, or facility that you give to your customer. It is the message that you wish to convey to the consumers so that they choose you over your competitors. 

Comprehensive Model

Shift your focus to a comprehensive approach rather than just an evaluative approach. Evaluation is not a complete strategy instead, just part of the strategy. Most businesses concentrate on the link between marketing campaigns and the firm’s brand value, while others investigate the relationship between the brand and the premium price of the company’s products. Only a few focus on the trilateral relationship i.e. interaction between marketing campaigns, brands, and sales.

You need to make a basic plan followed by a sustainable plan so that you can evaluate and then re-evaluate the strategy using the trilateral relationship.   

Brand Assets

Brand Assets include all the tangible characters of branding that the audience can see, perceive and remember. Crafting the elements and maintaining their consistency throughout can be a tough task, so it is important to organize your assets and restrict access to maintain the consistency of your brand. Moreover, a routine check is also necessary to avoid overlooking.  

There are many assets but the main ones include Brand Name, Brand Color, Website, Brand Message, Marketing Channels like Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and others.  

Tips to Boost Management

After exploring the principles and the strategies, you must be clear about the amount of effort you need to put in to make your brand promising. But it is also important to understand that while handling business there are a lot of aspects to be taken care of like production, service, sales, shipment because of which brand management becomes a very difficult task.

So, there are a couple of choices that businesses can take to uplift their brand while reducing pressure.

Use Software System

Businesses can internally use software to maintain and organize different brand assets. The most exceptional features of the software may provide access to style guides for logo, pictures, and font and they can also take care of the copyright and the security issues that are of great concern.

Outsource Service

There are many B2B companies that take responsibility for branding your assets. The most specialized ones help you from scratch to meet your needs so that you are free to handle other issues well. 

How can We be a Great Help?

At ANS Commerce, we help companies to expand their brand position with increased sales. We help businesses focus on their core while providing them with all the other services like performance marketing, marketplace management, warehousing, and fulfillment. We provide e-commerce consultation via. technology interventions for the brandstore so that they are aware of the current gap and can adopt the best industrial practice to funnel improvement. We also serve businesses with our integral product, Kartify that lays the base for setting up an online presence. For any assistance, you can request your DEMO now!

7 Tips to Escalate your Business by using Email Marketing

Email Marketing is used by almost all businesses across the globe. We have known this marketing strategy even before the hype of online marketing started. But with the changing landscape, people have become busier than ever and they don’t have time to follow bulk email messages. That’s when your email marketing strategy fails your strategic marketing campaign.

Well, fret not! Do you want to convert your customers in the most direct and effective way while nurturing them with occasional updates? Email marketing is your only savior. But before you start the campaign, let us walk you through the tips and tricks, making your email marketing a win-win!

7 Tips to use Email marketing in the right way

1. Select an eye-catching subject line 

A subject line can either attract a customer or deter them from reading further. Not only does a subject line form the base of your message, but also acts as a parameter, deciding whether your email will gain traction or not. No matter how enticing your promotional mail was, if the subject line is not attractive, nobody will give it a read. 

Quick tip: Want to make an eye-catching subject line? Following are a few examples of some impressive subject lines!

1. Tonight only: A denim lover’s dream can be fulfilled
2. Is this the hottest career in marketing?
3. Hey Rahul, this is what you have been missing!

2. Curate short-crisp content 

An email is generally read when a person is either riding a cab to reach their office, or sitting in a metro, waiting for their station. Your email goes to waste the moment you start using complex tones with hard-to-understand language. Thus, the content should be short and precise, letting the recipient understand your message in a single go.

“As every word counts and explains its significance, it is crucial to use the right set of words!”

Quick tip: It’s important not to use high mounted and fancy words in your email content as every customer has a different level of understanding. Usage of trendy slang with short copy is what catches the attention!

3. Avoid shouting loud

There is a misconception that using ‘upper-case’ & ‘exclamation marks’ multiple times could drive the attention of the customer. This is not at all true, as it might look like the brand is shouting out loud. There are even chances that a spam filter could flag your message, ultimately affecting the email open rate. Just stop using capitals and exclamation marks in the subject line as well as the body of the Email as it is a big turn-off for readers.

Want to know how to make a persuasive email newsletter? Read on to find the best tips!

4. Use mobile-friendly UI/UX

Today, a large number of people prefer opening mail on their smartphones as it is quite fast and easy to access. But, there is a huge difference in the presentation when mobile devices are compared to computer screens. Thus, you must optimize and personalize your users’ experience by making it easier for them to read emails on mobile devices. 

Quick tip: Following are some easy tips you must follow to make your emailer mobile-friendly:

1. Put your call to action at the top so your customer don’t have to scroll
2. Do not rely on large-sized images as sometimes they don’t load on mobile phones
3. Keep the email copy neat (Don’t write long paragraphs)

5. Pay attention to the metrics

It takes a lot of effort to create interesting, beautiful, and engaging emails. But these efforts can go in vain if your customers never get to see them. You should never take the delivery process lightly. If you are assigning it to your email service provider, don’t think your work has ended there. You must give priority to analyze the open rate, bounce rate, and unsubscribe rate. After this, you can actually check your performance and learn what worked well and what didn’t, helping you make corrections. 

6. Clean your Email list

Cleaning your Email list is the process of deleting the obsolete domains! Sending emails to the domains that don’t exist anymore will only affect your email open rates. By cleaning your email list you are not only enhancing the open and bounce rate but also minimizing the risk of being spammed.

Quick tip: To improve your email open rate, and reduce the bounce rates, try cleaning your list after every 6 months!

7. Make the most out of the A/B Testing

Getting everything right in a single try is not possible every time. Sometimes, you can check the effectiveness of your campaign by running two different campaigns together with minor changes. This is called A/B testing.
For example, to check the efficacy of your email subject line, you can run two different emailers with the same content, but different subject lines. This will help you check which subject works the best. 

How can we help you? 

If you want to improve the online marketing strategy of your brand, then fret not and invest in our performance marketing solutions. From checking your brand logo to creating account progress reports to optimizing the load time of the website, ANS Commerce provides you with performance marketing solutions across various channels with a special focus on sales and ROAS. Request your free DEMO now!

A well-done email marketing strategy can help you drop your customers in the sales funnel in no time. Don’t forget to keep a track of the time your users read your emails the most. Also, keep the tone of your content the same for all emailers as it’s the voice of your brand. Follow our tips and promote your brand effectively. 

Social Justice Day 2021 | 6 Corporate Social Responsibility Activities Every Online Business Must Indulge In!

Social Justice is not just a responsibility but a path every individual should walk on. Moreover, it’s the duty of each organization to follow norms along with indulging in social activities while helping society as a whole. To communicate the importance of Social Justice, February 20th every year is celebrated as Social Justice Day. 

During the last decade, there has been a constant expansion in digital technology, resulting in an increase in the digital and online businesses. Especially after the pandemic, the dependence in this fast-paced industry has increased. But this has also worsened the growing digital divide in terms of the access of the internet, affordability, and availability of skills. 

“To address this issue of digital divide, the United Nations (UN) has come up with the 2021 Theme: A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy.” 

The theme outlines the efforts by the international community to look for solutions to bring about sustainable development, the promotion of full employment and good working conditions, universal social protection, gender equality and justice for all! 

The advent of the internet has brought great vitality to the development of e-commerce. Many small and established e-commerce brands are taking social initiatives to build a sense of honesty in their work culture. 

“Integrating social responsibility to your organization not only helps the society but also fuels your business as it gives better brand recognition, ensures growth, and increases sales!”

To celebrate and embrace Social Justice Day 2021, we have come up with the 6 best CSR activities you should swear by.

6 CSR activities every e-commerce business should swear by!

“Corporate social responsibility is the concept of management, focusing on social and environmental concerns of companies in their business operations.”

1. Protecting the environment against pollution

The environment is the most important part of our living. All our core life functions depend on the environment. After the inception of e-commerce, we have experienced both the positive and negative impacts of technology on the environment. On one hand, it has initiated the idea of paperless billing but on the other hand the packaging of products for home delivery demands more paper and plastic usage. 

If you are willing to do something for nature, you must start doing a few changes in your operations. Instead of using plastic in the packaging, go for biodegradable packaging. It will cost you higher, but you can compensate the cost by manufacturing products with reusable and recycled raw materials. It will cost you less and will be more feasible to carry out your business operations.

Quick Tip: To communicate the same, you can start with social media campaigns, reflecting on the need to save the environment and how you are selling products with reusable raw materials. Nowadays, consumers are looking for more sustainable and eco-friendly products.

2. Joining hands with an NGO

Corporate Social Responsibility is all about companies playing their part in society and giving back, making an effort to associate for a good cause. To support a communal cause, you can also tie-up with an NGO/NPO. Consumers love to engage with brands that support a social cause. By launching corporate social responsibility campaigns, you can grab the attention of your users. Cause marketing events make your organization look more credible and reliable. Check your brand’s mission statement and find what you as an organization genuinely care about. Share it with your community. It creates a sense of trust in the minds of the user, persuading them to swear by your products.

Our take: To support the communal cause, ANS Commerce is associated with an NGO called The Earth Saviors Foundation, donating clothes and sponsoring meals to old-age and intellectually disabled people. This initiative not only gives us a sense of satisfaction but also brings a smile to our faces when we see those people getting cared for. 

3. Giving jobs to marginal workers and artisans

Unemployment is one of the major social issues, making people do unethical things such as burglary. As an organization, you can definitely bring a change by giving jobs to small artisans and marginalized laborers. For instance, if you are a fashion and clothing brand dealing especially with ethnic wear, you can hire small artisans for handicrafts. This will give a sense of authenticity to your products both in terms of the quality and the cause behind them. With this amazing idea, you can put a smile on both – marginalized workers’ and consumers’ faces.  

4. Engaging employees in CSR

If you want to practice social responsibility in your organization, you should first pass on the practice to your internal stakeholders.To engage your employees so they feel an emotional attachment towards their work, it’s important to organize fun office activities while promoting a work-life balance. You can also start with buddy programs to welcome new employees in the organization. Furthermore, you can also plan employee recognition programs wherein you can award the best employee of the month basis their overall performance.

Our take: To prioritize the mental health of employees, ANS Commerce introduced one monthly mandatory leave policy to promote work-life balance! 

5. Protecting Customers’ Privacy

With the rapid expansion of e-commerce, privacy has become the major concern of customers as it is almost impossible to complete a transaction without giving your personal information. So it is imperative that your e-commerce platform is secure and provides customers reassurance regarding their data, especially during transactions. Also, after the pandemic, people are preferring cashless transactions over COD. This has raised the need for data privacy even more! 

“Protecting customer privacy is not just a law but a moral and social obligation to treat our customers’ private information safely and fairly.”

Quick Tip: Kartify puts forward multiple layers of security for all the brandstores it hosts. Having come with cloud armor, Kartify enables security audits with regular backup and version control. Request you free DEMO now! 

6. Focusing on Educational Programmes for underprivileged students

Education is not just a necessity but a mandatory thing to improve the quality of life. We see many underprivileged students who are eager to study but are unable to because of their family’s financial instability. To bring a little change, you can support the children by providing educational programs while motivating them to give the best of their potential. Additionally, you can also start with donation campaigns on your brandstore. To communicate the idea, add an option of the donation during the checkout time, making it easier for customers to support the cause.  

Quick tip: You can give free textbooks to the children. You can also hold online webinars and workshops covering the social concepts helping them to get the idea of society and its values.

There are many ways to make your business socially responsible. Be sincere and transparent about the information you share. The CSR concept should be natural for every e-commerce company and should focus on CSR activities. 

Now that you know all about CSR, so when are you integrating it to your organizational structure? 

Delight your Customers: 6 Attractive Valentine’s Day Marketing & Branding Tips!

Valentine’s day is globally recognized as a day of love and affection. While some of us consider it a day to charm our romantic partner, many acknowledge it as a day to strengthen the bonds with family and friends. No matter what your idea behind this day, one thing is sure, you definitely need to revamp your digital attire to entice the people. 

“In the 1300s, Valentine’s Day officially became a holiday associated with love.”

If your business offerings do not revolve around traditional love gifts such as chocolates, jewelry, cards, and flowers, worry not, as your business can still ace the day with a few charming marketing tips. Let’s have a look at the Valentine’s Day Marketing and Branding Tips!

Valentine’s Day Attractive Ideas to Delight your Customers!

1. Improvise your product packaging

People love the idea of customization, especially during occasions like these. Offer custom packaging to your customers. Instead of using plain plastic packaging, improvise it a bit with heart-shaped transparent plastic sheets. You can also include love quotes inside the box.

Quick tip: You can offer free gift wrapping on Valentine’s Day. Include an option at the checkout time asking customers for the name of the recipient. You can also communicate this idea over emails, or on the homepage of your brandstore. 

2. Market the idea behind E-Gift Cards

Last year, amid the Diwali season, the idea of giving e-gift cards or online tickets to loved ones became a big hit! E-gift cards are an amazing option at times when you are in a complete dilemma and can’t think of a thing to gift. Around the love week, start your promotional campaigns by introducing your digital gift cards.

3. Generate time-sensitive offers to create a sense of urgency

Time plays an important role during special occasions. People don’t want to lose a hold on discounted prices and amazing deals, and you can take the advantage of this. Create deals and promotions on your landing page with countdown timers that you can easily customize with ad customizers. After you have started a time-sensitive campaign, go ahead with persuasive marketing copies that say “HURRY only 2 left”. This not only boosts your sales with a sense of urgency but also viral your campaign for a specific point of time.

Quick tip: Tailor your campaign ideas with love-themed coupon codes such as LOVEU20!

4. Send Valentine’s Day themed emails

The whole idea behind email marketing is to remind your customers about the upcoming trend/season, thereby dropping them in the sales funnel. Around this day, make a Valentine’s Day-themed email with a short crisp copy. Here are a bunch of ideas you can formulate your email content around: 

  • Announce upcoming offers and discounts 
  • Curate a ‘gift guide’ blog, including your offerings with images redirecting to the product page
  • Include competitions and contests around love week

5. Support a local cause by showering love

Club with a local charity, organizing Valentine’s day fundraiser. To communicate the idea, add an option of the donation on your website, making it easier for customers to support it. You can also communicate it via different social media channels. Though this won’t boost your sales immediately, it’s an incredible idea to show how you care for society. This will make your business more credible and will give a reason to people to choose you over others. 

“Corporate social responsibility campaigns are a great way to manage your brand’s reputation. Moreover, you get support from social activists and philanthropists.” 

Quick tip: While communicating, don’t forget to highlight the details such as the name of the non-profit-organization you will be collaborating with and the cause you are supporting through this action. It gives people a reason to believe your brand. 

6. Put on a romantic dash on your website

Colors play a major role to reflect your corporate identity. Add a hint of romance to your website while playing with colors. You can also tailor the logo of your brand to make it valentine’s day ready. A logo is the voice of the brand and playing with it is not an easy thing to do. You can’t change your logo altogether for a temporary festive season. But adding a few festive elements will build a connection with your audience. 

“Keeping harmony between bright hues and minimal design is the key to steal your customer’s heart.”

How to do it?

Don’t know how to do that? From checking your brand logo to creating account progress reports to optimizing the load time of the website, ANS Commerce provides you with performance marketing solutions across various channels with a special focus on sales and ROAS. Request your free DEMO now!

What can you expect from us?

  1. Account Hygiene: Be it checking your brand’s logo, getting ad copies approved, or creating account progress reports, we keep our eyes open to assist you anytime.
  2. Tech & Product: We help you in everything from building XML feed for fetching product info to auto sorting of products basis CTR.
  3. Business & Analytics: We have in-house tools for driving market automation and insight mining.

Want To Drive Traffic? Here are 10 Concrete Ways To Get More Traffic On Your E-commerce Brandstore!

You have just started up your e-commerce brandstore to introduce your offerings to wider audiences. The idea was to expand your already existing brick and mortar shop to an e-commerce brandstore. But you have just now realized that your website isn’t getting any visitors. Or let’s just say you have a great brand presence on your social media and you get good traffic on your website but lately your website has hit a plateau. You’re neither getting any leads nor are you able to drop your audience into your sales funnel. What should you do now?

Your website is the digital storefront of your business wherein drawing in traffic to your digital destination is the most crucial aspect. In the cyberspace of information overload, how can you persuade bits and bytes to floats to your brandstore? How can you get your prospects to notice your business in the never-ending market of sellers and buyers?

No matter how hard you try to get more visitors if your website is not properly optimized for conversions then forget about traffic. Whether you’re new in the e-commerce line or you want to boost up your sales further, your first step has to be introducing significant integrations to your website. 

Quick tip: If you’re struggling to get more traffic on your brandstore, then you can get your hands on Kartify – handcrafted to deliver an exceptional e-commerce experience. Having come with 60+ integrations, Kartify offers your fully customizable UI/UX. Request your free DEMO now!

10 verifiable ways to attain more traffic on your brandstore!

To attain victory in the sea full of data overload, you must practice these doable and incredible tactics to drive traffic to your e-commerce store!

1. Put an emphasis on On-Page SEO

You might have heard people saying that SEO has fallen! Well, ask them to reckon again. Google’s algorithm can change over time but SEO can never be outmoded, especially when it comes to on-page SEO. From making internal links to your new content to adding Meta descriptions, it’s crucial that you optimize your website’s content using on-page SEO to boost your traffic. To optimize it further and outrank your competitors, you can make use of long-tail keywords. They are the ones that impact more than your single head keywords. Not only does it provide a context to your content but also accounts for a larger part of your Google searches.

“Long-tail keywords charge your content marketing strategy, making it one of the best ways to rank SERPs.”

2. Send samples of your offerings to influencers

With an increase in the consumption of social media, influencers have attained enormous power to guide their audience. Influencer marketing enables you to make use of the creativity and control that the influencers have made over time with their audience. You can harness the benefits by sending free samples of your offerings. Getting them to feature your products can help your brands to get a wider reach of the audience in a specific niche.

3. Initiate with Guest Blogging

Guest blogging or guest posting is the process in which you integrate your website’s content with another business’s website. You can join hands with the business of your niche to curate guest posts. This idea can help you get traffic from their audience, not to mention that it will increase your reach, supercharging your results.

Quick tip: If you’re having a hard time maintaining the hygiene of your brandstore then you can swear by our e-commerce solutions. ANS Commerce strives to enhance customer relationships on various marketplaces such as Flipkart, Myntra, Amazon, etc. Request your free DEMO now!

4. Respond to people’s questions on Quora

Quora is a useful platform to attain more traffic on your website. You can look for questions that are relevant to your offerings. For instance, if you deal in sustainable fashion apparel and you come across a question that says, “What are the methods used to design a cloth using a cruelty-free process?”  You can answer the question with a detailed process that you generally indulge in. In the very end, you can include a link to a specific product to attract their attention. This can help you get verified visitors in no time.

“Give people detailed yet concise answers by cleverly inserting fitting keywords with links, redirecting them to your website/brandstore.”

5. Boost the enthusiasm of your prospects with giveaways and contests

One of the best ways to drive traffic on your brandstore is that you indulge in social media marketing and put your focus on audience engagement. Organizing occasional contests and giveaways can help you get social media shoutouts. Through this, you can easily get more traffic on your brandstore, as your audience won’t be able to resist a chance to win exciting prizes and incentives. This will enhance your social presence, leading them to visit your brandstore. 

6. Get the most of Email Marketing

To rise above in the ocean of marketers, email marketing is an amazing approach to vouch for. Be it any upcoming offer, or new offerings, email marketing always does the job for you! Gear up to curate content for your newsletters, free consultations and get more leads. This will also help you drop your customers into your sales funnel.

7. Organize webinars with industry thought leaders

Webinars are a great way to attract more traffic to your website. When you organize a web-cast with an industry thought leader, you don’t only get credibility but also get more clicks and views on your website. The event can revolve around the industry-related topics of your niche. It could be anything from tips to strategies, to a general q&a session!

“Popular industry leaders can often do the job of influencers! There’s a chance that their followers might become your potential customers.”

8. Don’t ignore to update expired content on your website

Refreshing bygone content is a good thing to approach more visitors. Imagine this, you go on the website of your favorite brand and see exciting offers, leaving you elevated. But the moment you click on the offer, it says “expired”. You might get disappointed and leave the website! This can affect both the credibility and trust of your prospects. Refresh your content timely to get verified visitors.

9. Scrutinize the analytics to inspect visitor’s data

One of the most important techniques to drive website traffic is examining the analytics of your website. The invaluable tool enables you to formulate your website content basis visitor’s demographics and other metrics. Along with that, it also helps you check from where and at what time does your data come.

Quick tip: Don’t just focus on the most popular posts rather take a look at the less popular ones to get an idea of where you went wrong.

10. Post your popular products on Pinterest

Pinterest is one of the most sought-after platforms for niche businesses such as DIY crafts, fashion apparel, home décor, etc. You can easily get clicks on your website by curating creative pins with your contemporary collection. The aspect of niche users makes this platform uber useful, hooking them to your brandstore.

How to do it all?

Not sure how to execute everything at once? Well, you can leave everything to us while you focus on your core operations. We offer you full-stack e-commerce solutions scale brandstore and leverage marketplaces such as Myntra, Flipkart, Amazon, etc. With our brand tech – Kartify – we deliver an exceptional e-commerce experience right at your storefront.

To know more about how we can assist you to boost traffic on your brandstore, request a free DEMO today!

Festive Season 2020 Trends: ANS Commerce facilitates 2.5X more festive sales at 25-30% lower cost for its partner brands

In inclusion with sentiments and happiness, the festive season comes with deals and offers for buyers to swear by. But with the COVID-19 still being the reason for the forbiddance of offline purchase, usage of e-commerce websites and marketplaces have increased.

Undoubtedly, the Indian e-commerce industry has surged, especially after the onset of this pandemic. Not only has established e-retailers boosted their businesses over this time, but we can see many Direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands entering the market and earning profits. To showcase the same, the Indian festive month has solely witnessed a huge difference in terms of sales figures that e-retailers have acquired.

Covering and comparing all the e-commerce festive trends, ANS Commerce’s report throws light on the sales volume along with new marketing ideas and warehousing trends, its partner brands have followed this festive season. Right from the difference in the sales volume from that of the last year, to new marketing trends including digital products, to segment-wise changes, we have curated a whole bunch of trends for you. So let’s dive deeper and take a look at the festive season sales insights!

Increased Adoption Of Online! How and Why? 

Comparing offline sales and online sales, many rational minds are opting for the latter than the former. To count a few reasons, no contact delivery is the major intention for people to go online. Not only can you get your products on time, but can also avoid the transmission of the virus. This notion has gotten said popularity from online retail brands, especially amid the Diwali season. 

Hoarding clothes and other items was a trend amidst Diwali, but this year, there is an upsurge in the trend, especially on e-commerce websites including both marketplaces and independent brandstores. There is seen 2.5X more sales at 20% – 30% reduced cost with the assistance of marketing optimization, multi-city logistics, and lower order return.

Decoding the Sales: Thousands of offers, millions of sales, and countless excitement!

Let’s unpack the sales volume exhibited amid the festive season. The sales have turned out to be a megahit this year as our partner brands reported to have done sales of ~34 Cr. Gross Merchandise Value (GMV). Enumerating the volume of items shipped this year, brands have pegged shipment volume of ~5.7 lakhs of products this year. The upsurge unravels how new-age digital channels such as D2C and omnichannel have become a necessity for e-commerce businesses.

How was this festive season different from last year?

No one can forget the first four months of this year when there was an absolute fear of the pandemic, resulting in a lower number of sales. But did we ever imagine that this Diwali will bring light and prosperity to e-retailers? 

To add in the facts there is a clear-cut difference between 2019 and 2020. The report counts in the average order size with an increase of ~20% from that of last year’s. From this. you can absolutely sense how individual customers have spread the hype of online purchases this year. 

The major upside to online sales during this pandemic is the non-COD payment option. In fact, there are many brandstores that are declining the option of cash on delivery as cash transfers can potentially become a carrier of infection. This has resulted in a rise of ~58% of the share of pre-paid (non-COD) payments.

“The proportion of orders from non-metropolitan cities have solely increased by ~11%, making a contribution of more than 50% to the festive sales. With metropolitan cities such as Delhi and Mumbai contributing to only 35% sales.”

Warehousing and fulfillment also play an eminent role when it comes to e-commerce sales. With an almost ~155% increase in the GMV as compared to the year 2019 for the same set of brands, it’s quite obvious that warehousing and supply must have played an incredible role to execute the operations. So, talking about the trends, the Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) on brandstore has increased by 20% – 25%, resulting in better depth and breadth of inventory.

Along with the drift, the preference of brands has also seemed to change with the rising number of stock-keeping. To enable simple, fast, and reliable delivery, brands are seen to get fascinated by multi-city warehouses and omnichannel delivery options.

New Marketing trends observed with a special focus on D2C segments!

With sales and warehousing, there’s another aspect to e-commerce that’s been transitioning amid the festive season. Marketers around the nation have come up with seasonal marketing ideas to change the digital attire of their brandstore. Offers and discounts sound like traditional concepts when it comes to incorporating them into marketing ideas, especially in 2020. Each year brands perform something new in terms of marketing, but this year the creativity seemed to go a step further. And, the result has been fruitful as the share of new shoppers has increased.

To head towards victory, marketers, and e-retailers have introduced many digital products to encourage their prospects. This year, there is an upsurge in E-gift cards and warranties. 

The main focus remained on customer-loyalty plans, the brands have chosen to use loyalty programs and payment offers to lower customer acquisition costs. 

Loyalty programs are a great way to engage your customers with you. Click here to know more about it among other ideas to get customers reviews and ratings!

Diwali is the season where you can come up with new offerings as it’s the peak time of the year when people look for new and creative options to gift their loved ones. Keeping that in mind, many new and established brands have expanded their product portfolio and introduced a varied combination of product mix for their customers.

“Brands also witnessed a boost in the sales of gift packs and combos, especially in the dry fruits and beauty & personal care segment.”

Sectors in specific that saw major sales!


We are well aware of festive traditions – buying new clothes is one of them. Like each year, this year also Fashion & Lifestyle continued to win the race as it is the major contributor in sales.  

Health has been a major concern this year especially for new mothers and infants, leading to a spike in the Mom & Baby Care category with 14X.

“Beauty and Personal Care segment contribution has increased by 2.2X as compared to last year, making it the fastest-growing category.”

In the current scenario of washing and sanitizing each item, there is a surge in the hygiene and germ control category itself. The brands under this segment have forced people with their aggressive marketing campaigns to stockpile products such as vegetable wash, surface disinfectants, and sanitizers.

This indicates the fact that this year has been full of prosperity and happiness for e-commerce brands. ANS Commerce has supported its brand partners with brandstore tech, warehouse & fulfillment, performance marketing, and marketplace management. 

If you’re planning to claim your stake in e-commerce real-estate and want to be one step ahead of your competitors, then request your free DEMO now!

A Complete Step-By-Step Guide To Persona Driven Content Marketing For Your E-Commerce Brandstore!

In the age of digital technology, one of the most sought-after strategies – that marketers have been exercising – is content marketing. You might be considering content as the king, till today, but little do you understand that your audience is the one which rules. 

Your aim might be to create a great quantity of key-word stuffed content. But note that, audience-friendly content – that’s rather engaging than persuasive – is equally important, if not more.

Imagine this, you love to solve puzzles over social media and have a thing for luxurious fragrances. You come across a blog post that includes a quiz, and solving it might give you a chance to win a perfume. Would you not get attracted and engaged with the idea behind the post? You might even end up checking the brand’s website and their other offerings. 

What is a Persona, and what’s the need for it?

Content-driven by persona is absolutely essential to hook your audiences with your e-commerce brand. The personas are the fictional figures that you make to represent your audience. They generally are the reflection of your target audiences and help you to keep them glued to your brand. 

“Personas are not just made to catch your audience’s attention; they guide your overall content strategy including deciding the right tone, content format, and topics to explore.”

Construction of personas with a marketing angle is not everybody’s cup of tea. The term per se articulates different challenges of research related to your brand’s vision and mission. Not to mention the fact that the content piece must be informative, entertaining, and useful.

To craft the content basis persona, you can’t afford to avoid the following mentioned steps. Read on to take your content on the right track!

5 Steps To Craft Persona Driven Content Marketing!

1. Construct your ideal buyer’s persona with the help of data

The foremost step is constructing the sketch of the customer you want to target. Some marketers often make mistakes by imagining and visualizing the persona without going deeper into their company’s data. But, your data has all the answers to build a 360-degree factual character sketch and will become the foundation of the persona. Look for the answers including – what does s/he does, her/his job title, what does s/he loves to eat (if you’re a food brand). 

Quick tip: Don’t hesitate to use your customer database including social media analytic tools such as Facebook and Twitter analytics. This will give you an in-depth understanding of your customer’s behavior and preferences.

2.  Examine the specific challenges, and obstacles your character witnesses

In this step, you have to put on the shoes of a salesman and put an emphasis to articulate the type of content that can convert. For that, you must look for the problems and challenges your fictional persona might encounter on a day-to-day basis. While making your content plan, tick all the troubles you think – from your data – your character sketch encounters. By doing that, you are actually making a list of struggles that your actual customer base witnesses. This will brief you about their expectations and assist you to incorporate your product into the content at the right time!

“This can help you create the problem-solution type of marketing content – where you create a fear appeal by showcasing a problem. Then you immediately incorporate your product and give them a solution to the problem.”

3. Sense the niche topics and content pieces you want your audience to consume

Now that you have made your fictional character basis your audience, don’t take a halt as your work has just begun to get started. In this step, content takes the front seat. You can start by checking up the stories and posts you want your customers to feed on. You can also design the industry-related topics in which you can incorporate your offerings. The aim is to associate your story with the buyer’s persona’s interests and hobbies.

“Numbers don’t count to shape your content strategy, but the quality and relevance do.”

4. Check the communication patterns and the media form they use

Keep a check on the form and type of media your personas swear by! If they love to binge upon OTT platforms, then curate content strategy basis that type. Create a media mix that’ll help you produce a variety of content for your audiences.

Click here to know about how to gain social proof and get customer reviews & ratings on your e-commerce brandstore!

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5.  Map your content at the right time

Time is one of the most crucial aspects when it comes to delivering content to your audiences. Checking upon the facts such as, when your buyer persona comes on social media, or when he/she is available to check e-mails often helps you define a successful content marketing strategy. So don’t throw your content without planning strategically. Decide the time and occasion and then make your delivery to increase the traffic.

If your e-commerce store is not gaining brand visibility, then fret not and invest in our performance marketing solutions. From checking your brand logo to creating account progress reports to optimizing the load time of the website, ANS Commerce provides you with performance marketing solutions across various channels with a special focus on sales and ROAS. Request your demo now!

Always remember that there’s a lot of content online that people don’t pay attention to. But with the advancement of technology, consumption has also increased. So, keep an eye on the delivery of the right content at the right time to the right people.