Today’s consumers are becoming increasingly self-directed in their buying habits, leveraging the internet to research products as well as make easy purchases without setting foot in a brick and mortar store. In fact, 96% of Americans have made an online purchase in their life, with 80% having made a purchase in the past month alone, Amazon.
As a result, eCommerce has exploded, and countless online-only retailers and marketplaces such as Amazon, social media marketing and social media marketing have emerged to meet consumer demand—as well as give well-established brands a run for their money.
Of course, as digital entities, most eCommerce brands embrace several digital marketing tactics—especially social media marketing—to build their brand, engage with current and prospective customers, provide personalized customer service, and get the sales. And we can all learn a little something from what online-only brands are doing.
From creating a great user experience to personalization, below I highlight several eCommerce brands—both large and niche—that are rocking social media in a variety of awesome ways.
#1 – Etsy
Etsy considers itself more than a marketplace—but rather as a brand on a mission to reimagine commerce to “build a more fulfilling and lasting world.”
When it comes to social media marketing, Etsy has embraced Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Twitter as its go-to platforms for sharing and engaging. Of course, each post includes an image or video, and the text and call to action are tailored to the audience.
But it was the Etsy Success Facebook page—which is dedicated to supporting shop owners—that really caught my eye. On its main Facebook page and other accounts, Etsy is marketing to the end shoppers. With its success page, Etsy is giving special attention to the makers, providing tips to better market their businesses, Q&As with shop owners, and more.
#2 – Gilt
For those who love high-end fashion, but hate the high-end price tags—Gilt is right up your alley. It’s a members-only shopping destination that gives fashion-lovers first-come-first-serve shopping at up to 70% off retail.
As for its social media marketing strategy, Gilt can be found on Twitter, Twitter and Instagram. While I’d say Gilt’s Twitter and Facebook pages are pretty run-of-the-mill, its Instagram is so well done.
Not only is there beautiful imagery and fun fashion tips, anything available for purchase is tagged with #LinkInBio—and that link takes you to a Like2Buy page that allows you to shop by Instagram photo. Not only is this incredibly convenient for their audience—but super smart marketing as I’d wager the investment in this platform is more cost-effective than click-to-shop ads. I’ve seen other marketplaces such as Go to the full article.
Source:: Toprank Blog