Direct-to-consumer brands

Best practices and resources specifically for DTC brands to help them grow strong. Those brands are disruptive and need new strategies as they are going after incumbents.

Successful DTC brands: Not unicorns but $10 Million ponies

The future of consumer goods and ecommerce is not unicorns. It’s niche $10M ponies.

Bonobos, Glossier, Casper – we have heard all about those darlings of the consumer goods space. Investors love them as they love any disruptors – venture funds specializing in direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands are popping up in Europe and the US.

Forerunner Ventures alone raised $360M to invest in those companies. DTC brands (also known as DNVB – Digitally Native Vertical Brands) are the hope and future of a stagnant market. For a bit, it seemed like consumer brands are following in the steps of SaaS, shooting for the stars.

Can DTC be the new SaaS or gig Economy? Can the new AirBnB be a mattress, razors or underwear company?

Yes and no.

The brands of the future are not for everyone

A hundred years ago, consumer products were a symbol of democratization – everyday items became available in large quantities at an affordable price as people didn’t need to make their own soap, sew their clothes or knead their bread.

Convenience and the new-found joy in being able to buy things without making them led people to believe slogans like “the best canned tomato soup” and buy it in scores. It worked in those early consumerism days before society started to change faster than products on the market.

Ecommerce benchmarks for beauty brands

Beauty is one of the sectors where direct-to-consumer brands are taking a lead. The traditional market for cosmetics seems to be lacking in variety and accessibility while customers want more and better solutions for their beauty needs. Direct-to-consumer democratizes the access to specialized products, high-end makeup and natural products, to name a few consumer trends to watch. This is why we have every reason to believe more and more DTC beauty brands will be successful.

To help smaller brands get there, we gathered data from the beauty brands we work with on a daily basis to make key ecommerce metrics benchmarks available.

Consumer trends DTC brands should watch

It’s easier than ever to go to market with your own product. Paying in cryptocurrency, VR fitting rooms and AI shopping assistants may be all the rage now but the winners are the companies adjusting to shifting consumer trends.

Mad Men marketing doesn’t work anymore as Millenials step in as the driving force of buying power. Even their parents are changing the way they shop. Let’s look at the top consumer trends now and how brands can be relevant.

Native’s tactics: what the DTC cosmetics brand did to succeed

Native is one of the few wildly successful DTC brands that got acquired – by no other but Procter & Gamble for the incredible sum of $100 million in cash only 2.5 years after launch. They had only one product at the time of the acquisition and 8 employees.

We are insanely happy to have shared Native’s journey from 0 to hero as their trusted analytics platform. Native’s founder Moiz Ali, who now is on our advisory board, doesn’t hide he uses Metrilo daily and this level of control over the business performance helped hugely to get where they are today.

That’s why we’d like to go over the tactics that Native used, the concrete focus points that brought them success.

Metrilo report: DTC Food brands ecommerce stats

This report looks at the current state of ecommerce food brands in terms of marketing and sales performance, customer retention and lifecycle.

While it is not representative of food brands globally, it may serve as an essential ecommerce metrics benchmark for ecommerce companies starting out in the field.

Participants: Direct-to-consumer (DTC) food brands we work with that agreed to be part of the survey.

The csub-categories identified are: coffee, tea, chocolate, wine, meat and meat products, fresh juices, ready meal deliveries and miscellaneous food.

Methodology: The data is aggregated through the Metrilo accounts of consenting companies.

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