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Four of the Greatest Myths About Going DTC

As the DTC model continues to rise, many people are still not convinced that this business model can help them generate more profit. Maybe they’ve got personal reasons why, or maybe they’ve heard of reasons that made them decide not to enter the world of direct-to-consumer. Maybe you have heard of a few, and while some are true, some are just myths and are made to take away the confidence of people who wanted to try going DTC, and here are some to name a few.

Myth: DTC is too complicated

Fact: Starting a DTC business is now easier

Starting your own DTC business is easier than you might think. The hardest part of starting one is to know your brand. Plans on what to sell, where to sell them, and to whom these products should be sold were the hardest part. But after you get through that, you just need to choose and set different platforms so that you can have good communication with your potential customers.

Myth: DTC is time-consuming

Fact: Setting up a DTC business can be completed in as early as 4 weeks

The tallest buildings haven’t been constructed in just a few days, even the most fruitful crops didn’t grow in just the blink of an eye. Everything takes time, and so is establishing your own DTC business. But the process won’t take you longer than an eternity. Starting a DTC business won’t take you long, it’s careful planning and careful concept that needs time. After that, the next steps will just make you feel like time is just passing by.

Myth: DTC will not last

Fact: It is not just some kind of trend, because it is here to stay

People often think of the DTC business model as just some sort of trend that will fade away and be forgotten as time goes by. But it won’t. DTC brands have been predicted to continue rising this year, and probably in the succeeding years. Well, it’s of no surprise that this kind of business model will achieve success since it benefits both the retailer and the consumer.

Myth: DTC won’t be competitive in the market

Fact: Of course, it can

Sure small DTC businesses can’t compete with giants such as Amazon and Alibaba, but let’s not underestimate what a great product and an effective marketing strategy can do. It can’t move mountains, but it can move people. Because what a DTC should focus on is quality and not quantity. So making sure that you have a product that would capture the people’s interest and fulfill their needs at the same time, then success is as good as found.

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5 Great Ways That Will Help Your Direct-To-Consumer Brand Go Big

Doing business has always been a tough job, it needs careful planning and proper execution. This is true for all kinds of businesses but with direct-to-consumer (DTC) businesses the complexities increase. Production, marketing, selling, and even distribution of the products are all shouldered by the brand. And to not let these efforts go to waste, you should come up with strategies that could help the brand grow. 

Here are some ways you can do to make your DTC dreams come true:

1. Let Your Story Be Heard

In marketing, storytelling means delivering a message for people to hear. It’s either you tell a funny story or share your personal inspiring story to captivate your audience. Because the goal here is to leave a mark and make your audience feel something that will urge them to take action, to be invested.

2. Be Transparent

Letting your audience know about what goes behind your business operation is a great thing to do. Consumers nowadays prefer to know and are fully aware of how the products they purchase are made, from materials to the manufacturing process. And that makes it a key for consumers to love and patronize your brand.

3. Respond to Customers’ Needs

Who wouldn’t want their concerns to be addressed? No one, right? One of the advantages of a DTC business is that the brand can directly communicate with its customers, and responding to their needs makes them feel valued and important. This will help you build strong relationships with your customers and establish customer loyalty.

4. Deliver a More Personalized Customer Experience

With today’s technology, it is now possible to make a personalized experience for your customers. This shows that you care about each and every customer’s needs and helps satisfy expectations to make repeat sales among customers possible. Tailoring a personalized experience also helps in building trust, loyalty, and brand recall with customers.

5. Maximize the Usage of Social Media

Speaking of going big, what else can help you reach a wider audience more effectively than social media? Social media platforms give off a lot of benefits to numerous businesses. Things such as increasing your market reach, attracting more customers with effective advertising, and more. Social media can really do wonders for your DTC business. So make sure that you’ll be using this channel wisely.

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The Key Opportunities for DTC brands in the Live Streaming Commerce

DTC, also known as D2C, is short for Direct-To-Consumer eCommerce, where merchants can sell their products online directly to consumers. The DTC business model first emerged in the 2010s but has continued to gain popularity among today’s consumers who appreciate the advantages of buying items directly from brands, specifically, the totality of experience they receive from the authentic connection built between them and the brands.

With the influx of competition, fueled by the pandemic where a lot of people were forced to be entrepreneurs, there have been really high standards placed by the consumers on the brands they choose to give attention to, and there lies the need for brands to offer the most authentic, one-of-a-kind experience designed to produce customer-delight.

And this is where the DTC model shines brightest- a space where there are no middlemen or retail stores that go between the relationship of the brand itself and its consumers, just exactly how consumers today want it.

Why is Live Streaming Commerce a Huge Opportunity for DTC Brands? 

This business model carries the DTC trifecta – social media, influencers, and online shopping making it the most logical next step for DTCs. It also fills the gap that seems to be the missing piece people crave from retail shopping: the human connection it offers. 

With live-streaming commerce, the buyers can shop online via the platform of their choice, with the influencers they support, straight from the brands they love. It’s been the rave in China, the biggest e-commerce marketplace including live streaming commerce, where netizens enjoy live online shopping, where their favorite influencers-turned-celebrities answer all their inquiries about the items while entertaining them both at the same time.

What does Live Streaming Commerce Look Like Today?

China, the e-commerce marketplace that international brands continue to tap but it’s so vast the marketplace only keeps on getting bigger, earns an estimated $6 billion annually from live streaming eCommerce alone according to Forbes. 

The rest of the world, on the other hand, particularly the West, has slowly but surely been penetrating the live-streaming market. They may be a couple of years behind their eastern counterpart but they are getting there. International brands like Tommy Hilfiger for example recently extended their live-streaming efforts in the US and Europe where 1,300 hoodies were sold in 2 minutes. The biggest western eCommerce companies such as Amazon, and Google making plans to make YouTube an integrated e-commerce destination, Walmart, to name a few has been making huge investments gearing toward the relatively new business model. 

A Call for Early-Adapters 

The best time to embark on the live-streaming eCommerce ship was yesterday but today would be a pretty solid business move too. As DTC brands in general pay very close attention to their relationships with their consumers, the enhanced engagement that live streaming strengthens this relationship even further. It’s an effective stage to showcase and sell your products in real-time, with the help of real-time feedback from your Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) and returning customers present and watching the live stream.