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Be Sale-Ready: Stock it up to score big on the Black Friday & Diwali Season Sale

Is it too early to talk about it? Is It? Not Really! Time is running out! To a shopper, it may seem like a couple of days of sale but for brands the preparation begins at least a month early, we have already entered the festive season followed by a mega season sale on Amazon, Flipkart, and Myntra building up to the Diwali Weekend. Every brand must be aware of who, when, and where to target and what their competitors are up to. The path to score big on sale event season is not easy. Black Friday sales globally broke records in 2022, shoppers in India increased their orders by 65 percent as compared to 2021 and their spending by 64 percent during the sale week compared to the usual period. And new milestones are expected to be set in 2024. So, what are we waiting for let’s dive deeper to understand the challenges on event days and how brands can make optimal use of these opportunities during the sales season and beyond. Identify the event days to target Every eCommerce platform has different reach and preferences. Knowing where you more picked up and where you need to target is key to optimizing your marketing strategies. Event days like Black Friday and Diwali sales witness a rapid increase in order volume. Brands need to identify the gaps in the market during these event days and target ads & promo offers to reach new shoppers. Every platform has different shopping patterns and different event days, therefore brands need to keep up with platform-specific requirements. Every year consumer activity is dispersed more evenly throughout the sale period and is less focused on just Friday. A lot of companies extended the sale period to include the days leading up to and following Black Friday till the following Monday known as Cyber Monday. Even Indian festive season sale runs before the Diwali week with product expected to be delivered before Diwali. Shoppers are always eager to take advantage of the limited-time deals, which results in a higher number of orders within a short period. Brands need to ensure their systems can handle the increased load and that their logistics are well-equipped to manage such a surge in orders. Amazon Great Indian Festival 2023 witnessed a record 9.5 crore customer visits within the first 48 hours. 80 percent of the shoppers were from non-metro cities. Source: Amazon India Match product demand with Order Fulfilment One of the critical aspects of these event days is ensuring efficient order fulfillment. Brands need to ensure that they have enough stock available in their warehouses to meet the increased demand during the sales period. Having the right amount of inventory is crucial to avoid stock-outs and ensure customer satisfaction. Also maintaining a well-stocked warehouse is essential to cater to the surge in orders during these events. Brands need to anticipate the demand and stock their warehouses accordingly to prevent any inventory shortages. Keep Track of In-stock and out-of-stock items: Brands must keep real-time track of their stock status, in-stock product availability tracking, and monitoring when & where the products are going out of stock. The stock situation is key during the festive season. Brands must keep track of the trends to set promo offers and match stock to meet expected demand. Monitor Price & Promos trends: Brands must be aware of key trends across marketplaces and what competitor brands are targeting. For example – In 2022, low ticket purchases and demand for unbranded fashion products from Tier-II towns and beyond propelled Meesho ahead of Amazon in terms of order volume (Source: Redseer Report), but Amazon sold items of higher values during the same period with massive rise in numbers. Flipkart and Amazon together clocked 88% of $5.7 Billion GMV during the first week of the festive season. With strong positioning in the fashion segment, the likes of Myntra and AJIO earned good numbers. Finding the right balance between pricing and volume is crucial. Offering attractive discounts and deals can drive higher sales volumes, but brands need to ensure that they don’t compromise their profitability. Strategic pricing strategies can help achieve this balance. Keep Track of Industry Trends The success of these event days often relies on the performance of specific product categories. In this context, mobile phones have consistently been a leading product category during festive season sales. They attract a significant share of the Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV), indicating strong demand. The fashion segment also plays a substantial role in driving sales, appealing to shoppers looking for clothing, accessories, and related products. For example, in the consumer durables industry, products like electronics and appliances see increased demand during these events. Similarly, the gifting industry, which includes items like cookies and chocolates, experiences a boost in sales as people often buy gifts for their loved ones during festive seasons. Optimize Sponsored Banner (Season specific): eCommerce ad banner performance is key to upswing sales during the festive season. Brands must keep track of banner keyword performance, display targeting, and category targeting. Using season-specific banners and advertisements helps brands grab the attention of shoppers who are actively looking for deals during these events. Ensure your banner theme and keywords are compelling and drive more traffic to their online stores. Final Thoughts The eCommerce event days open new opportunities for brands to boost their sales and engage with customers. This is the moment when brands also extend their reach and are able to attract new shoppers. Identifying gaps in competitors and taking timely advantages is key to excel in the competitive landscape. Also, strengthen your strategies with a data-driven approach. Business intelligence gives brands a much-needed edge during aggressive shopping bonanzas. Proper planning, inventory management, effective pricing strategies, and appealing marketing campaigns are essential to making the most out of these opportunities. mScanIt, digital commerce intelligence can pave the road map to navigate through the challenges of season sales and beyond. Actionable insights and in-depth analysis on PIs (Key Performance Indicators), availability, pricing, keywords share, Product detail

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Hit a 6 This Festive Season with the Right E-commerce Intelligence

eCommerce has indeed gained momentum during the unprecedented Covid19 pandemic. The gain can be seen across all product categories and sectors alike. This has paved way for new players to enter the market, thus democratizing the retail marketplace for good. Last year, brands and retailers were navigating and pivoting to digital commerce and now, with the upcoming festive season, it is important to deliver to customers holistic shopping experiences and to remain relevant in today’s digitally competitive space. The amazing side to this story is that we, at mFilterIt have got you covered to make the best out of your eCommerce business in this upcoming festive season. Our 6-pillar approach will capture all the eCommerce intelligence dynamics and ensure you hit the bull’s eye! Discoverability Can your consumers find your products easily? Unless a customer can’t find you, you’re not doing something right. To be able to make sure that your brand comes to light within the first two pages of the search and understand why your competitors make it to the search, our tools give an insight into such key aspects. The tool also gives an analysis of the discount offers run by your competitors which will further help your brand develop strategies to how better offers can be made to attract more customers this festive season. Visibility Are your products being promoted? Running a successful business on an eCommerce platform and getting potential customers to buy is only half the battle. Giving them what they need at the right time with the right search is what makes a customer hooked on you. Our tool gives your business an edge by providing the right kind of visibility and also analyses the banner ad placement, competitor’s communication tactics, flash sales, and much more to help you strategize business decisions to make the most of your com sales. Availability Are your products in stock? Imagine a prospect buyer abandoning your page and heading on to your competitor’s page only the wanted product was out of stock! Such a loss! Our tool ensures that you not only get an overall stock availability but also gives a deep dive by providing availability of stock seller-wise, zip code-wise. Don’t let stock unavailability be the reason to lose out on customers this festive season. Search Analytics Is the SEO/SEM search working for you? Is your business the one that appears when a customer searches for a product you cater to? Or is your competitor outbidding you? We help you by not only giving an insight into what are the keywords doing good or bad for your business but also analyzing the ad content copy to ensure that your business does not incur wasteful ad expenditure. Performance How is the customer evaluating you? An important parameter for any business is to understand what are their customers talking about them and how well can they improve as per their customer’s liking. Our tool is adept at analysing all the ratings and reviews basis sentiment and revenue which will help you improve your product’s performance and live up to your customer’s demand. Brand Safety Are safety norms being followed? Given the festive season, it becomes a great opportunity for fraudsters to compromise on your brand’s safety by selling counterfeit products that hurt your brand reputation. Not only this, there are unauthorized sellers on e-commerce marketplaces who deal in your products which has become a major brand safety concern. Speak with us to get your free trial today!

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What Does Your Search Rank on Marketplaces Say About Your Brand?

Turning visitors into customers starts with achieving high search rankings. The higher search rank directly results in high visibility and more probability of getting picked up by the shoppers. It is just like a physical shopping scenario where your product is placed at a perfect place to catch the shopper’s eye and at a distance to be easily picked up from the shelf. In an eCommerce marketplace, most shoppers buy the top product on the list unless they are looking for something specific not featured in the list. A higher search rank also means the product will be available to more shoppers online based on the search. The goal is to create an attractive Product page, grab shoppers’ attention – convert that add-to-cart decision to an instant buy. eCommerce platforms like Amazon use their own search algorithm to list a product that is completely different from Google’s. When a buyer searches for a product on Amazon, results are delivered through a two-step process. Firstly, they pull relevant results from their catalogue and then they rank them according to relevancy. They continually evaluate their algorithms using human judgments, programmatic analysis, key business metrics, and performance metrics. Here are some important things that your search rank on the eCommerce marketplace says about your brand 1. Identifies your product position vis-a-vis competitor product in the products category or sub-category The product with the best search rank on the digital shelf gets the highest visibility and, eventually, has a chance at achieving higher sales. The search algorithm of eCommerce marketplaces shows results based on historical purchases, best sellers, reviews & ratings, and other factors. Brands try their best to make their product easily discoverable, especially on the top keywords. One of the methods of optimizing the pages is by identifying the most relevant keyword for a specific product and product category on the product’s page. By doing so, they can evaluate the leader and measure their overall performance on the organic and sponsored search results. Analyzing the search results would show the top-ranking product under a category and enable making strategies around the same too. But a more diversified method of knowing the top performer and runner-up would include measuring search results across the platform, variants, pin code, and other levels. 2. Does your product have the best SEO? Or could the product achieve a higher organic ranking? Brands only select a few keywords on which they display their sponsored listings. One of the key components affecting the search rank of the digital shelf of the remaining organic product listings is SEO. Regularly monitoring such search results on the organic keywords helps to find the product with the best page optimization. Analyzing the top search results against the competitors enables brands to find the brand leading the search rank on the digital shelf. A higher search rank on organic results only requires efforts from marketers. So, the brand saves money whenever the product has a high search rank without additional bidding costs. This is how high search ranking will impact your business: Established authority and good reputation Round-the-clock promotion Higher Organic search traffic High-quality visitors and increased conversion Such product listings help brands to achieve a higher conversion rate. The biggest factors influencing page optimization include the images, video, title, description, and any other form of content in the hands of the brand. The most effective method of measuring the performance of each of these components is by analyzing them with the competitors. Once the results display the product pages with the best results, marketers can use the information to enhance the page performance for each listing. 3. Does your Product Listing have the Potential to Influence Customer’s Buying Decisions? The urgency to buy a product is higher on quick commerce apps like BlinkIt or Dunzo than on Amazon or Flipkart because they offer fast delivery. If you want brown bread and search for it, the tendency to buy from the top results due to urgency is the highest. Wouldn’t you agree? Maybe not, but many do the same. Most visitors across a pin code often see similar results on eCom apps, so the demand for products on the top search results is higher than others. Therefore, the top results often go Out-of-Stock (OOS) faster than others. The top results on Amazon and other eCommerce marketplaces can change the buyer’s perspective. For example, if you searched for ‘shoes for men’ and saw a variety of sporty shoes, you might not go for a known brand and opt for a new one, just because of the design and features. The designs shown in the top results convince the online shopper that the results display the trending forms of shoes, and sport shoe buyers must have them. The top results on the keyword searches influenced the buyer’s perspective about the sport shoe designs. Final Thoughts The search rank of a product on sponsored and organic keyword-based results tells a lot of tales to brands and e-commerce marketers. Brands need to focus on the results of the digital shelf as it enables them to achieve higher visibility and, eventually, sales. Moreover, digital shelf analytics enables brands to understand more about the areas of improvement of their products. Measuring the product’s performance at this level would require measuring the performance of the competitors with real-time actionable insights. Our eCommerce competitive intelligence solution, mScanIt, is helping brands to measure the performance of their product pages. It also helps brand marketers to find factors enabling competitors to achieve higher results and earn the trust of customers.

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Out-of-Stock: Just Lost Sales or More?

The number of shoppers on established ecommerce marketplaces like Amazon or Walmart is in billions. And thus, the movement of products in terms of sales is at large scale compared to any mom n pop shop. This large movement of products often lead to problem of out of stock (OOS) which can happen due to negligence at multiple steps of the value chain. Brand stakeholders and ecommerce retailers understand that the OOS is going to remain an ongoing problem. The increasing number of visitors to online shopping stores often impacts product demand. eCommerce managers use the best measures to forecast their product demand percentages before informing their authorized sellers of the inventory. Unfortunately, determining the exact product demand is a slippery slope for eCom managers, as the customers’ needs continuously change. The inaccurate forecast of product demand is also linked to other reasons. For example, if your brand is running an online campaign for a specific product and delay in informing the authorized retailers about increasing the inventory of the product. Under such circumstances, the retailers would update the stocks per the previously stated demand. A similar situation could arise if the brand stakeholders delay informing the retailers about updating the stocks of specific products. The unavailability of products on an ecommerce marketplace could also be linked to technical issues, non-compliance with a product page guideline, and other reasons. Although the stockouts reasons are concerning enough for a brand’s stakeholders, the repercussions are equally damaging and sometimes irreversible. OOS not only causes lost sales but also leads to lost customer loyalty and lower visibility on ecommerce marketplaces, to name a few. 3 Biggest Repercussions of Stockouts on Ecommerce Marketplaces Customers opt for an Alternative Product Shopping became easier with the introduction of the ecommerce marketplace. With the launch of quick commerce platforms like BlinkIt, Dunzo, and Zepto, even delivery has become faster. The ecommerce stakeholders continuously work on identifying and resolving the customer’s problem; however, OOS is an ongoing problem. Online shoppers have limited reactions whenever a product becomes out-of-stock. The online shopper may click the ‘notify me when available’ button or buy a substitute. As far as I know, the probability of waiting for a product, especially if it is grocery, is far less than most of the other categories. For example, the likelihood that a customer waits to buy brown bread of a particular brand when it is available is meager. The scenario is more common in quick commerce apps, especially when offering instant home delivery. Under this scenario, the brand has lost sale to competitors and will experience the same until the product become available. Brands Witness a Shift in Loyalty Once an online shopper buys a product and becomes exceptionally satisfied with it, the inclination to buy it repeatedly increases. Such buyers are often referred to as loyalists. But, when the product becomes unavailable on the ecommerce marketplace, one of the subsequent choices of the loyalist is to find a substitute. After using a competitor’s product, the loyalist may change their opinion about the previously bought item and compare its qualities with the new one. As a result, the brand’s loyal customer base shifts to competitors if the product is OOS. Brand stakeholders must expect a higher shift of loyalists towards their competitors if the product remains OOS most of the time. Hampers Search Ranks Significantly Products that become out-of-stock are removed from the search results of ecommerce marketplaces because they spoil customer experience and hamper sales. Instead, new products acquire their search rank and increase their visibility. On Amazon, even if an ecommerce manager updates the inventory, it takes 24-48 hours to review the changes and make the product listing visible to buyers. Re-acquiring the top search rank for the product listing becomes challenging, as the customer’s loyalty has shifted to a competitive product and the consumer’s interest in buying the new & regularly available product has increased. The search rank on ecommerce marketplaces depends on product purchases, best seller, SEO, and other factors. The search results algorithm of the ecommerce marketplaces recognizes the new products attracting the customer’s attention and its visibility as well as search rank improves significantly. Moreover, customers that had the product in their cart but faced stockouts during the final step of the purchase journey often leave negative reviews and ratings. Such feedback further hampers the search rank of the product listings and makes acquiring a high position on keyword search results more challenging. Conclusion We agree that the biggest issue of stockouts is loss of sale, but it also has many other repercussions. It shifts the customer’s loyalty to the competitive brand and hampers the search rank. Inaccurate demand forecasts, sudden demand surge and delayed reporting by inventory managers are the most prominent factors leading to OOS. Ensuring the correct availability of products with authorized online retailers requires diving deep into the stockout vs. stock availability percentages of your brand. It requires identifying the change in these percentages at SKU, platform, variant, and other levels every month . Such in-depth analysis enables brands to diminish their stockout percentage and enhance customer experience. Connect with us to learn the advantages of using our e-commerce competitive analytics solution, mScanIt Ecommerce Analytics Solution, for predicting your product availability at minuscule levels.

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Price Not Visible on Keyword Search Results: How it Happens and What Can You Do About It?

Have you ever come across products without price tags on e-commerce platforms? Well, it happens a lot and causes a lot of distress. Price tags on online shopping stores hold the capacity to captivate the attention of millions of potential buyers and increase online sales/revenue. When the price of a product is not shown, the consumer might choose other options or platforms, as the buying intention remains consistent. Moreover, listings without prices may diminish the search rank on the keyword search results of an e-commerce platform. Most online shopping stores offer products in stock, with prices and titles to entice buyers. The collaborative effort of the brand and the e-commerce marketplace enables higher revenue for both. The price of a product is not shown if some other seller has won the buy box, the product is out-of-stock, or the seller is facing disputes in the e-commerce marketplace. It could also happen due to a technical issue or enlisting a wrong option/variant of a product listing. Neither of these scenarios is good for a brand. What’s more? Products without price tags that rank high on keyword search results are wasting your marketing efforts, as they are stealing the position of your product variants that have price tags. Sure, they are generating brand awareness but they are diminishing the impact of potential revenue or sales from an e-commerce platform. Moreover, products without price tags on keyword searches of an online shopping store give an edge to your competition, as they have price tags and become more enticing for a consumer before making a final buying decision. So, what can you do about it? 3 Ways to Avoid Invisibility of Price Tags on E-Commerce Platforms The global e-commerce retail sales figure is bound to reach $7.4 trillion by 2025. Imagine the loss your business can face by not paying attention to products without price tags on e-commerce platforms. How to resolve this problem? Here are three ways: – Manage Stock Availability Did you know that 39% of U.S. retailers are very concerned about stockouts during the holiday season? The impact of out-of-stock is directly linked to global supply chain disruptions. In the past few years, our clients have discovered that stockouts also happen during the rest of the year. One of our FMCG customers was facing 65% unavailability of products until it started reviewing and analyzing availability at pin code, SKU, platform, category, and other levels. Post-analysis, the brand took measures to resolve the problem by informing the respective Key Account Managers and Category Managers of their e-commerce marketplaces. Their actions resulted in the higher engagement of product listings with the target audience and conversions/revenue. The stock unavailability diminished to less than 30% in nearly three months after taking action. However, the availability of products also resulted in the visibility of the price tags. So, whenever consumers look for specific items under multiple categories or sub-categories of the e-commerce marketplace, they can compare the brand product price to the competitors before making a final purchasing decision. – Optimize the Product Pages Most people will ignore products without price tags on keyword search results. Therefore, you should also ensure that search results of the digital shelf always have variants. How can you manage this? Is it impossible? Well, No! You could probably check the keywords working for your product listings and rank new product variants at the top of the digital shelf results by using them. However, it will take time to rank and will depend on the product page optimization results too. Use the top-performing keywords in the product listings currently in stock across multiple geo-locations. Our solution, e-commerce analytics tool, mScanIt, monitors the Share-of-Shelf of your brand vis-a-vis the competition. You can check the average page position of your listings using a keyword sub-type under the SOS dashboard. By doing so, you can achieve your goal of boosting the digital shelf rank of your e-commerce product listings on brand, competition, and generic keyword search results. The solution also defines your product page scores. So, you can easily monitor the score of the competitors and check the product page content working for them. Doing so would help to build strategies to optimize the product pages further. – Win the Buy Box – Strategically The buy box is the column that consists of the add-to-cart and buy-action buttons. It has become popular among the e-commerce marketplace sellers, as they are assigned based on the marketplace algorithms. However, winning the buy box is also dependent on stock availability. We believe that brands that have associations with the best marketplace sellers have a higher tendency to win the buy box. Simultaneously, keeping the brand reputation intact through seller-wise analysis and reporting unauthorized third-party sellers can become a stepping stone. Moreover, brands can divert the buyer’s attention to their authorized sellers and increase their market share. Isn’t this mind-boggling? Well, it isn’t. There is a whole market of counterfeit sellers on e-commerce platforms. According to a report, 74.8% of people around the globe became victims of online shopping scams through e-commerce marketplaces. Brands lost revenue, but their biggest concern is damage to brand reputation. So, stopping unauthorized 3P sellers can help avoid such repercussions and increase the chance of winning the buy box. Bottom Line Products without price tags on e-commerce search results can damage brands in multiple ways. On the other hand, ensuring price tag visibility can increase visibility, brand awareness, product discoverability, and conversions/sales. The best method for ensuring this is by avoiding stockouts, diminishing counterfeit seller activities on online shopping platforms, optimizing the product pages, and strategically winning the buy box. Connect with us to learn how monitoring products through mScanIt can help to achieve these goals. Get in touch to learn more about keyword search results.

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Out-of-Stock? Loss of Availability or Lost Opportunity?

Search engines like Google, Microsoft Bing, DuckDuckGo, Opera, etc., supplement the sale of products on e-commerce platforms. The leading inspiration for online shopping for 39% of global users is ‘search engines.’ Therefore, brands understand and put in heavy budgets in search engine advertising for sales of their products. As the e-commerce revenue has become dependent on the discoverability of the product listings on search engines, so does the need to optimize the product pages. Unfortunately, some of the out-of-stock product pages could also rank high on different forms of ads. The problem is often witnessed until the search engine revokes soft 404s, which are landing pages with out-of-stock products. The Out-of-Stock (OOS) product listings not only drain the advertising dollars of the brands but also derail the objective of ad placement in the first place. The consumer discovers the product listings, clicks to visit the landing page, and feels disappointed due to product unavailability. Such actions could increase the bounce rate of the e-commerce website and impact its SERP. Besides broken expectations, customers drift towards other brands ending up buying your competitor’s product, including add-ons. The lost sales, peaking bounce rate, and diversion to rivals are just a part of the problem. Although the problem might not be that huge for brand loyal audience, if the customer is in real need of that product, alternatives are always on the cards. This leads to customer’s loss of interest in the brand. Ensuring Availability and Happy Customers The good part about your listings is that your product pages match the SEO criteria of search engines. It is the same reason they are becoming more discoverable when customers search for brand, competitive, and generic keywords. It’s important to notice that Google, the maximum traffic provider to e-commerce platforms, has changed its guidelines for shopping ads. As per the new compliance metrics, the search results will be based on product data and not keywords. Therefore, it is more than necessary to optimize the product landing pages and also to ensure that the details on the ads should match the details on the product pages. Now that your products are listed higher on searches and ads, you also have the option of offering recommendations for similar products on the e-commerce platform. The next best step is to focus on managing the stock availability of your top-performing listings. For this, you would need to deep-dive into your products ‘stockouts vs. stock availability’ percentage across e-commerce platforms, especially during the holiday/festival season. Our solution, mScanIt, offers dashboards for your Product Page Benchmarking and Stock Availability. It measures these two aspects of your brand vis-a-vis the top competitors. Moreover, the data is collected on several parameters like availability at the category level, platform, pin code level, and a lot more. Using the Perfect Page Benchmarking dashboard, marketers can identify the best-performing product listings based on the product page title, description, bullet points, etc. Furthermore, you can manage stock availability using the platform, category, SKU, and many other filters. The exportable reports make sharing the ‘stockouts vs. stock availability’ percentage reports easier by using multiple filters with the e-commerce managers and managing stock availability. Conclusion When Out-of-Stock product listings appear on search engine ads, it causes larger implications for brands than just sales/revenue loss or waste of advertising dollars. The brand discoverability or awareness remains intact, but the customer interest in the product/brand might diminish significantly. Unavailability of stock often diverts the consumer’s interest in competitor’s products and toward new interests or products. Therefore, managing stockouts at pin code, category, platform, and other levels becomes crucial for brands. It enables them to capitalize on the lost opportunity of their competitors and hence, supplements the sale/revenue of the brand. Our eCommerce Competitive Analytics helps keep track of stock availability and stockouts across multiple degrees. Want to learn more about what mScanIt can offer to your brand? Get in touch to learn more about the Out of Stock.

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