3 Keys to Ecommerce Content Marketing That Drives Conversion

Emilee Valken

January 26, 2021

Your ecommerce revenue is the product of three basic factors—traffic, price, and conversion. If you're serious about increasing your revenue on online marketplaces like Amazon, your strategy needs to revolve around increasing one or more of these factors. Learn more about the ecommerce equation here.

Traffic can be expensive to increase, especially if your strategy includes paid advertising. Increasing your price isn’t usually a wise option because of the intense competition on online marketplaces.

Focusing on conversion, on the other hand, is one of the simplest ways to up your revenue on ecommerce without investing in advertising or raising your prices. But what does a conversion-based ecommerce strategy look like in practice? Pattern ecommerce experts answered that question, and many more, in a Jan. 20, 2021, webinar titled, “Marketplace Content Conversion: Dialing in Your 2021 Creative Strategy.”

3 keys to creating marketing content that converts

Content is the key to conversion on Amazon. Everything you curate to educate your customers about your products—listing titles, descriptions, photos, videos, A+ content, and below-the-fold marketing content—influence whether they click “add to cart” or keep shopping.

But not all ecommerce content is created equal. At Pattern, we don’t want our partners to create content that just takes up space, but content that directly translates to increased revenue. To create marketing content that converts, we focus on three key goals: engage, educate, and connect.

“We make some really beautiful visuals, but that’s not the goal,” said Pattern VP of Creative Josh Mendenhall in the webinar. “The goal is to do these three things of keeping someone engaged in this product.”

1. Engage

To successfully engage a customer, Mendenhall explained, brands need to focus more on high quality photo and video elements.

“Just because you have a product on Amazon and there’s a picture of it doesn’t mean that someone’s going to buy it,” Mendenhall said. “Educating consumers through the visuals of the product is the biggest thing that might be overlooked.”

Your photo stack should feature professional-quality images in a variety of settings. Here are a few best practices for ecommerce marketing content engagement on ecommerce:

  • Focus on lifestyle-led images that show consumers how your product can fit into their day-to-day lives.
  • Highlight your product’s key features by using photos showing it in use and in its environment.
  • Include aspirational photos with situations that customers can see and hope for in their own lives.

Mendenhall highlighted Pattern’s work with Popsockets, a popular phone grip brand, as an example of engaging photography. Pattern’s creative teams didn’t just create an image stack with a product 7 different times in 7 different angles. Instead, we showcased the glow-in-the-dark feature by shooting the product images in a set with black lights, and incorporated different types of photography to keep the consumer interested and engaged.

Ecommerce Content Marketing That Engages Customers (2021) | Pattern Blog

2. Educate

It’s a misconception that product education only happens through the bullet points, Mendenhall emphasized. He called image stacks a “huge opportunity” when it comes to educating consumers and pushing them closer to converting. The average person will view every image in an image stack but only read 20% of the webpage.

Make sure your photos show key features and benefits of your product. You can use iconography or infographic images to educate in a way that still engages. It can also be helpful to layer your images with powerful testimonials that would otherwise be buried by reviews. Consider showing your product’s actual size by comparing it to a common object and show consumers how to use your product.

Consider Pattern’s work with the health brand Thorne, pictured below. Highlighting the supplement’s key features—including that it’s dairy, soy, and gluten free—educates customers about the product through the photo stack instead of through the product description that’s often ignored.

Ecommerce Content Marketing That Educates Consumers (2021) | Pattern Blog

3. Connect

Connection is the third and final key to creating ecommerce content that converts. Consumers want to buy from brands they can feel emotionally connected to and passionate about.

Prioritize establishing and maintaining a consistent brand voice, branding, and style. It’s important to only work with partners and agencies that understand your style and are committed to maintaining it. Understand your demographic and highlight them in your visuals. And like we mentioned before, use aspirational photography when it makes sense.

The marketing below is a great example of a brand that uses its image stack to both highlight their demographic and use aspirational photography. Pattern partner Owlet creates a sock that monitors a sleeping baby’s heartbeat and oxygen levels. Since Owlet’s key demographic is mothers, particularly mothers who are seeking for reassurance that their babies are safe at night, the images highlight mothers who look rested, relaxed, and happy.

Content Marketing That Connects with the Consumer for Ecommerce (2021) | Pattern Blog

Best practices in ecommerce marketing content creation

While engaging, educating, and connecting form the basis of our content creation strategy, Mendenhall mentioned several additional tips and best practices that brands should keep in mind. Below are just a few:

  • Update and refresh your marketing content. While your brand should stay consistent, it’s important to periodically refresh your content. This is especially relevant for brands whose products perform best during certain times of the year. Make sure these updates are always data-based.
  • Create personas for your target demographic. Before you can implement any of your creative content, it’s important to understand who your client is and what kind of marketing content they’ll likely connect with.
  • Adapt listings for an international audience. When selling internationally, remain true to your brand while also appealing to the target international audience. Make sure all translations are accurate. You may also consider international live streaming or microblogging.
  • Consider investing in video content. Using video in your product listings improves conversion by up to 85%, helps SEO, increases email click through rates by 96%, and reduces returns by a quarter.
  • Maximize every opportunity to tell your brand’s story. This means using every available image slot, taking advantage of tools like A+ Content, creating an Amazon storefront consistent with your brand, and hosting Amazon Live events.

How working with Pattern can help you increase content conversion on ecommerce

For this webinar, we invited two of our partners, Spectra Baby USA and Zebra, to share how partnering with Pattern helped them improve their brand equity and increase conversion. Before partnering with Pattern, both brands struggled with more than 100 vendors selling their products on Amazon with inconsistent product listings and poor quality creative content. Now, Pattern is the sole seller for both brands, which has increased their conversion and revenue.

Spectra Baby USA manufacturers breast pumps and initially made up to 98% of its revenue through the insurance market. After updating the company’s branding to be more appealing to mothers and partnering with Pattern for a more unified message, National Sales Director Chris Mayhew said Spectra quadrupled its revenue, 20% of which comes from Amazon and retail partner sales.

“We weren’t in control of our brand,” Mayhew said. “Once we were finally in control of our brand and we conveyed what we wanted to do for moms, our conversion rate just skyrocketed.”

Zebra Ecommerce Strategy Advisor Cathy Lowery shared a similar experience with Pattern. Lowery said Zebra started partnering with Pattern 3 years ago to fix what she called a “mess” on ecommerce. Unauthorized sellers had started to cause a disruption in the marketplace because of poor image quality and inaccurate product listings.

“When we decided that the right strategy was to engage with one authorized seller, which was Pattern, that took us down the journey and the path of fixing all of those images and listings and so forth,” Lowery said. “And we’ve been extraordinarily happy with the results.”

Are you ready to take control of your brand and start creating ecommerce marketing content that converts? Pattern is here to help. Email hello@pattern.com or fill out the form here to schedule a free consultation today.

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Improve Your Amazon Advertising Strategy With One Simple Metric: True RoAS
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Improve Your Amazon Advertising Strategy With One Simple Metric: True RoAS

The purpose of advertising on Amazon is simple: increase traffic and conversions. But the approach to get those conversions is not always so simple. Your Amazon advertising strategy is based on current ad data and performance results such as your return on ad spend (RoAS). 

At a minimum, your RoAS number tells you how well you’re maximizing your ad spend. The problem is the RoAS you’re getting from Amazon or an advertising agency isn’t always accurate. 

As a top 3P seller on Amazon, Pattern helps brands improve their Amazon advertising strategy and results by providing them with one simple metric: true RoAS.

Understanding True RoAS

To understand why true RoAS is helpful to brands, you need to understand how Amazon and other agencies calculate and present your RoAS.

The key to growing your brand and maximizing your ad spend is to drive incremental traffic, rather than cannibalizing what has already taken place. For example, if you are selling probiotics, and paying for sponsored ads to win the keyword “probiotics for women”, but also organically ranked in the top results with the same keyword, that’s cannibalization. The RoAS score you would receive from Amazon includes that level of cannibalism, which inflates the number, causing you to pay more on ad spend. The best ads drive incremental growth instead of cannibalizing organic sales. 

At Pattern, we’ve created the acceleration software to make sure brands are getting their “true RoAS”. Pattern’s patented tool applies artificial intelligence to advertising to maximize incremental growth or true return on investment. 

Our software helps brands optimize their efforts by providing live and updated information on where your brand is not organically ranking, and what you should be paying for. If your ranking improves in one area, the ad spend will automatically decrease for those words or phrases until the software detects a drop in ranking, signaling that your ad spend should go up again. This dynamic monitoring of ad spend will help you maximize incremental growth and improve your RoAS.

Improve Your Amazon Ad Strategy with Pattern

Knowing your true RoAS is key to improving your Amazon performance. Advertising agencies and marketplace account managers often give you an inaccurate RoAS ratio or value, which only incentivizes you to spend more on advertising, ultimately increasing revenue for the agencies and/or marketplaces.

At Pattern, a 3P partner on Amazon and other marketplaces, we view our brands just as that: a partnership. When you win, we win. You succeed on Amazon by maximizing your ad spend and we have the data and resources to help you do just that. Accurate, transparent data and reporting will help improve your advertising strategy to drive more traffic to and conversions on your products. 

Ready to finally get your true RoAS? Contact us.   

Slowing Inflation is Music to Consumers’ Ears
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Slowing Inflation is Music to Consumers’ Ears

**Instrument Pricing Changes Tune Amid Record Inflation** Compared to 2022, consumers should expect to pay more for musical instruments, but the rate of inflation shows signs of slowing. **The backstory:** America’s most popular musical instruments saw a notable price increase in 2022 compared to 2021, but the rate of inflation eased in Q4 ’22. **Why it matters:** Slowing inflation within this product category could indicate economic pressures like increased demand, rising labor costs, and supply chain disruptions are easing across the consumer landscape. **What we’re seeing:** The average cost of musical instruments increased 7.5% from 2021 – 2022; however, when analyzing individual increases year over year, some instruments saw price increases as high as 21%. <iframe title="YOY Price Change for Instruments — 2022 vs. 2021" aria-label="Bar Chart" id="datawrapper-chart-02Lwk" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/02Lwk/2/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="379" data-external="1"></iframe><script type="text/javascript">!function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",(function(e){if(void 0!==e.data["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.querySelectorAll("iframe");for(var a in e.data["datawrapper-height"])for(var r=0;r<t.length;r++){if(t[r].contentWindow===e.source)t[r].style.height=e.data["datawrapper-height"][a]+"px"}}}))}(); </script> * Trombones experienced a 21.73% increase compared to 2021 * Trumpets +20.08% * Flutes +18.6% * Recorders +16.13% * Saxophones +13.63% * Clarinets +10.55% * Drums +5.41% * Ukuleles +5.17% **However:** Inflation among these same instruments was significantly less in Q4 ’22 compared to Q4 ’21. In some cases, prices decreased from Q4 ’21 – Q4 ‘22: <iframe title="Price Change for Instruments — Q4 2022 vs. Q4 2021" aria-label="Bar Chart" id="datawrapper-chart-6X6GZ" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/6X6GZ/2/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="379" data-external="1"></iframe><script type="text/javascript">!function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",(function(e){if(void 0!==e.data["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.querySelectorAll("iframe");for(var a in e.data["datawrapper-height"])for(var r=0;r<t.length;r++){if(t[r].contentWindow===e.source)t[r].style.height=e.data["datawrapper-height"][a]+"px"}}}))}(); </script> * Trombones +11.23% * Flutes +10.41% * Saxophones +5.94% * Clarinets +5.59% * Trumpets +3.10% * Recorders +2.85% * Drums -2.59% * Ukuleles -8.46% **Moreover:** Certain instruments saw inflation reverse in 2022. On average, prices for melodicas, guitars, and violas saw their prices decrease by 4.41%, 3.19%, and 0.97%, respectively. <iframe title="YOY Price Change for Instruments — 2022 vs. 2021" aria-label="Bar Chart" id="datawrapper-chart-0Tefk" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/0Tefk/3/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="259" data-external="1"></iframe><script type="text/javascript">!function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",(function(e){if(void 0!==e.data["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.querySelectorAll("iframe");for(var a in e.data["datawrapper-height"])for(var r=0;r<t.length;r++){if(t[r].contentWindow===e.source)t[r].style.height=e.data["datawrapper-height"][a]+"px"}}}))}(); </script> **Diving Deeper:** Inflation was more significant when comparing Q4 ’21 to Q4 ’20 than when comparing Q4 ’22 to Q4 ’21, indicating a slowing down of price increases for consumers. <iframe title="YOY Q4 Price Change for Instruments — 2020 – 2022" aria-label="Stacked Bars" id="datawrapper-chart-p6iqt" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/p6iqt/1/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="206" data-external="1"></iframe><script type="text/javascript">!function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",(function(e){if(void 0!==e.data["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.querySelectorAll("iframe");for(var a in e.data["datawrapper-height"])for(var r=0;r<t.length;r++){if(t[r].contentWindow===e.source)t[r].style.height=e.data["datawrapper-height"][a]+"px"}}}))}(); </script> * In Q4 ’21, average prices for all instruments were up 8.89% compared to Q4 ’20. * When comparing Q4 ’22 to Q4 ’21, the average price for all instruments only increased by 2.65%. **The takeaway:** While consumers should expect to pay higher prices for instruments this year, overall inflation impact within this product category appears to be slowing down. With National Ukulele Day coming up on February 2, now is a great time for ecommerce brands to take advantage of slowing economic worries and reach new consumers. * Want Pattern’s data science team to power your brand with consumer insights like these? Contact us to [request more information](https://pattern.com/contact-us/) today.

Slowing Inflation? What Musical Instrument Pricing Tells Us
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Slowing Inflation? What Musical Instrument Pricing Tells Us

It’s safe to say consumers and brands alike are eager for a change to the pattern of rising inflation, steadily increasing in many ecommerce categories . Pattern’s internal team’s data scientists analysis of instrument pricing shows a glimmer of hope that inflation may be slowing, which would be great news for brands selling online.

At Pattern, we’re interested in and monitoring trends and news related to pricing since price is a key factor in a brand’s profitability (as explained in the Ecommerce Equation). When brands are able to optimize their price, conversions, and traffic, they can optimize their profitability. And profitability leads to better allocation of resources, better brand control, and gives leaders the ability to expand their presence to new markets worldwide.

YoY Instrument Pricing Increased at a Slower Pace

When analyzing the pricing changes of instruments from 2021 to 2022, our teams found that prices increased, but at a slower rate than from 2020 to 2021.

As shown below, the year over year Q4 changes show quite a lower rate of increase.

Inflation Improvements Raise Profitability

Because inflation impacts online shopping behaviors, lower inflation can lead to better overall profitability for brands. This idea, of course, is nuanced, but Pattern’s Ecommerce Equation can help illustrate the general principle.

When inflation rises, consumers change their spending habits. Shoppers spend more time researching products, forego premium, higher-priced brands, and buy more in bulk. Brands tend to see a loss of loyalty as they’re forced to raise prices.

Price is a key variable in the Ecommerce Equation: price x conversion x traffic = profitability. As inflation lowers, brands can expect better performance in all of these areas—more traffic as spending habits return to normal, higher conversion from returning customers, and price that better fits consumer demand. As inflation lowers and these variables stabilize, brands will see profitability increase.

Raise Your Profitability with Pattern

As an ecommerce accelerator, Pattern is obsessed with gathering data that helps our brand partners succeed. We’ve created best-in-class technology, models, and analytics to understand changes on the horizon and inform our decisions. With an incredible team of data obsessed Pattern employees, we see what makes the difference in truly great ecommerce performance and apply those learnings for brand partners. 

Ready to improve your profitability? Contact us here.