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There’s quite a few, actually. First - SMS marketing and the fact that brands often don’t understand how to do it right, focusing on SMS blasts instead of having actual conversations with their customers. Costs play a huge role here - it could be difficult to manage those 1-to-1 conversations if you have thousands of customers and then, of course, you have to calculate the ROI on hiring additional staff to manage this channel.
Then we have Augmented Reality and 3D product models. Overhyped for years, now the technology is widely available (and a lot cheaper to implement), most downplay its potential for improving the customer experience and increasing conversion rates. And finally - the price stack and testing different prices in your store.
With the increased competition on the market, there's a lot more feature overlap between tools, and then there’s the choice paralysis. Start by asking yourself some questions, such as is this an enterprise solution? Is this a bottom of the market solution? Does it scale as I grow? If you’re a small brand and expect to remain small for the next 5 years, you should be investing in a relatively low-end tool that doesn't cost that much and doesn't have all the bells and whistles.
But if you’re a small brand but expect to see significant growth in the next 5 years, find a solution that can handle it and won’t require switching the provider. Look also at cues like pricing and what types of tools they integrate with and the logos of the brands that are on their homepage.
Without a doubt, the shiny object syndrome. Too often marketers become blinded with a brand new tool’s features and functionalities, buy it because they can’t imagine their lives without it and then pay for it monthly but never use it. Instead of purchasing all of the latest tools, start building your stack gradually as your business unlocks different stages of growth.
Brands moving away from in-house solutions. Sure, some aspects of business are better handled in-house but there’s no need to be doing things like SMS marketing or post-purchase flows yourself. Instead, you can spend a lot less money every month on a platform that already exists, and who for that same fraction of the cost is going to do all that maintenance, upgrades and security.
Brands talking about themselves and what their product can achieve but not how it can help the customers. Another pet peeve of Derric’s is when tech companies have got a brilliant product on their hands but lack majorly in the sales department. It’s all about showing the value, how it’ll benefit the customer and building a relationship with them. Also, sales demos that walk you through how to use the platform but don’t tell you why you would want to in the first place.