If you’re an ecommerce or multichannel retailer, you know that it’s critical to have up-to-date, accurate information to help you make smart decisions. That’s never more true than when unexpected external factors cause major shifts in your business - from your supply chain to your advertising performance to your daily sales.
One thing every business owner has in common right now is a lot of questions.
The best way to answer those questions and chart the right course for your business through external uncertainty? By using the data you have at your fingertips - from across your tech stack - to understand your performance and continue identifying opportunities for growth. We’ll show you how.
Performance trends can change dramatically by the day or week under normal conditions - not to mention in times of uncertainty. That means it’s critically important to stay on top of your core KPIs - the metrics that help you understand your business health and guide your strategy on a day-to-day basis.
You should have an easy, automated way to see things like:
on a daily and weekly basis - and to share them with all the members of your team who need to be in the loop, too.
One of the biggest questions on merchants’ minds right now is whether they should stay the course with paid advertising - or cut or reallocate spend across channels.
The important thing here? Don’t make a snap decision based on emotion. Evaluate your channels and your customer acquisition to see whether it makes sense to adjust your strategy.
Unpredictable external factors can cause your customers’ buying behavior to shift in unforeseen ways. Your usual best-selling products might take a hit while you find success with a category that was supplemental before - think a fashion brand that sees sales of dresses decline but loungewear spike while everyone stays indoors. Monitoring your product performance can help you understand and capitalize on these shifts:
When there are factors outside of your control impacting your business, it’s more important than ever to focus on what you can control - like connecting with your customers to build loyalty and drive retention.
Segmenting your customers - using data points like products purchased, amount spent, discount or promo usage, abandoned cart activity, time since last purchase, loyalty status and more - can help you target your communications more effectively and drive better results. Consider:
If you’re seeing sales dip or stall, a promotion or flash sale can help you keep acquisition steady - as well as incentivize existing customers who might be trying to stock up on your products. One thing to remember: monitor your discount or promotion performance closely to make sure your sales remain profitable.
When external factors impact your warehouse or supply chain - or your customers’ usual buying habits - it can be hard to know when to reorder products to avoid running out. An easy way to stay on top of it? Automate your inventory reporting.
Setting up automated, scheduled reports will notify you when certain products are close to depletion, which products have the biggest shifts in velocity and more - so you can keep up with demand and any changes in lead time.
External changes don’t just affect your business - they affect your team, too. If your team is working remotely, it’s critical to keep everyone on the same page and working from the same playbook.
Ensure your entire team has access to the shared apps and documents they need. And, most importantly, create and schedule shared reports to give everyone access to accurate, up-to-date performance data. These reports can be helpful:
Have questions about your data or need help identifying the best opportunities for growth right now? We’re here to help. We’ve helped hundreds of ecommerce merchants, omnichannel retailers, DTC brands and more navigate their data and drive growth. And we know that the best way to keep your business on track is to look at the numbers.
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