You may be a big brand or an emerging challenger looking to grow on Amazon and other marketplaces. Your goals seem simple: to grow your profits and stay in brand control. You know you need help, but who do you turn to? An aggregator or an ecommerce accelerator? Like most executives you ask, “What is the difference?”
As an ecommerce accelerator, Pattern helps brands stay in control and maximize profitability worldwide. We are acutely familiar with the confusion (aggregator vs accelerator) and will break down the differences so you can understand why an ecommerce accelerator, like Pattern, is the right partner for your brand to maximize its potential on global marketplaces.
Aggregators are typically purchase-focused. They will buy and scale third-party brands on marketplaces like Amazon. Their strategy is to acquire brands that fit their strategic vision and then grow them through operation. Think of an ecommerce aggregator like a house of brands similar to traditional businesses like Procter and Gamble or Mondelez.
In ecommerce, aggregators tend to be relatively new companies that invest in Amazon-focused brands and then apply a wide range of strategies to grow them. Strategies like technology, economies of scale with other brands, and tapping into historical data on Amazon from their portfolio of brands. Examples include companies like Berlin Brands, Perch and others, who are operating in today’s hyper competitive market.
Rather than purchasing brands, ecommerce accelerators partner with brands to apply data-driven technology and expertise to increase revenue growth for that brand across major online commerce channels, including D2C sites, ecommerce marketplaces such as Amazon, Walmart, Target, Tmall and beyond.
Accelerators can help their brand partners bridge the gap between one-off metrics and the lifetime value of a customer, which is a much more accurate indicator of the long-term growth and success of a brand. This collaboration and communication typically enables the brands to become much more strategic about both short-term investments and longer-term product development.
Pattern, an ecommerce accelerator, works with brands to accelerate sales by buying the brand’s inventory, using proprietary technology to maintain brand control on marketplaces, and accelerate growth (traffic, conversion). Pattern uses data insights and expertise to figure out where the gaps are in sales, optimizing the brand across marketplaces, and identifying insights for boosting margins.
Accelerators and aggregators are not direct competitors. Remember, aggregators buy brands, whereas accelerators buy stock in the inventory, so aggregators may hire an accelerator to move product.
But, even together, accelerators do the heavy lifting. Brand aggregators may get the press, but ecommerce accelerators often do the hard work of helping brands grow on Amazon and beyond. Accelerators bring the data and operational know-how to identify and capitalize on opportunities and the experience to help overcome common difficulties.
As a result, brand aggregators and accelerators are not competitors but different approaches to the same goal: sustained growth for brands. And with all the aggregation that has already occurred, acceleration with a partner like Pattern will be the mandate for future proofing your brand.
Most aggregators are good at sizing up an acquisition but may lack the total experience needed to operate a business on Amazon and other marketplaces. Aggregators need to become accelerators if they are going to continue to survive. It's not enough to acquire brands, you have to grow them.
Pattern is an ecommerce accelerator that helps brands succeed on marketplaces like Amazon, Walmart, Target, eBay, and globally like TMall, Mercado Libre, and more. As a partner who has stock in your inventory, Pattern applies its proprietary technology and data-driven insights to help brands stay in control and get a piece of the $6 trillion global ecommerce market.
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Entering the ecommerce landscape is a huge undertaking for any brand—it usually requires a large investment in resources and expertise to really be successful. Any brand can quickly get in over their heads trying to navigate the nuances of SEO, fulfillment and logistics, distribution control, listing optimization, and meeting the numerous other requirements and administrative tasks to show up well on marketplaces.
Unfortunately, because it’s so easy for third party, gray market, and unauthorized sellers to obtain and sell products online, many brands find themselves pressured to execute an ecommerce plan without the right resources to succeed on marketplaces and their other channels.
So, for brands looking to enter the ecommerce space or improve their current and future performance, it makes sense to partner with an ecommerce consultant.
Pattern’s global presence and proven success with hundreds of brands has allowed us to develop highly effective ecommerce consulting services. We can guide your brand to navigate issues both large and small in marketplaces worldwide. To maximize your ecommerce efforts, you’ll need to understand what an ecommerce consultant does and how to select one who drives the right value for your brand and products.
An ecommerce consultant is a specialist in the ecommerce space who can give you personalized guidance on how to market your products and grow their presence on digital marketplaces.
An ecommerce consultant should be able to analyze your brand, audience, category, opportunity, and current roadblocks and help you understand how to utilize your resources (or what resources are missing) to be most effective in capturing your opportunities in the ecommerce space.
Not sure how to evaluate a consultant? Here are 4 key attributes to look for as you make your choice.
At Pattern, we prioritize brand obsession for a reason—we know that a brand-centered mindset makes a crucial difference in the outcomes and results our partners achieve. So in our experience, when you begin your search for an ecommerce consultant, it’s important to look for a partner who is specialized in ecommerce, invested in the product, and passionate about helping brands build and improve their strategies. Typically, this means finding someone that consults exclusively for ecommerce marketplaces, rather than choosing a consultant who offers many different services.
It’s also important to avoid choosing a consulting partner who can’t deliver the right experience for your brand. The best indication of whether your potential consultant can do that is to review their history, data, and results with other brands. Ask if they’ve helped others in your selling category, if they’ve solved specific issues your brand is facing, and why they feel you are a good fit. The key is to leave the conversation feeling confident that you understand your consultants’ capabilities and whether or not they match up with your needs.
It’s best to pick a consultant who knows how to guide a brand onto and through multiple marketplaces worldwide. You’ll want to take a look at your long-term strategy and think about the regions and platforms you’re currently on and where you might want to take your brand in the future. If your consultant is truly great at what they do, they’ll be able to help you perform well enough with your current product roadmap that it’ll be a no-brainer to expand your presence at the right time.
The most effective partnership with an ecommerce consultant will be able to give you both recommendations and point you to solutions for making those changes in your planning, processes, and execution. Your time and money is valuable, so you want to make sure that you’re spending it as efficiently as possible as you follow your consultant’s advice. So, before you commit to an ecommerce consultant, ask about the resources and concrete solutions they typically recommend to the brands they work with.
Finding an ecommerce consultant that checks the boxes can be a difficult task. At Pattern, our entire focus and drive centers around giving brands the tools and resources they need to succeed on domestic and international ecommerce marketplaces.
With over 100 global ecommerce consultants across 10 global offices, we have the right tools to partner with brands across the world to achieve better ecommerce success. We give specialized advice, then make sure our partners have all the adequate SEO, social media, CRM, Amazon multi-channel fulfillment services, and ecommerce outsourcing services they need.
Interested in ecommerce consulting services? Set up a call here to learn what Pattern can do for your brand on global marketplaces.