NoSHAVEmber? No Problem for Online Razor Retailers

Pattern Data Science

October 28, 2022

How Novembeard Celebrations Impact Consumer Demand for Shaving Products

Each November, men and women around the world raise awareness for different kinds of cancers by forgoing their usual shaving habits. With NoSHAVEmber around the corner, our team analyzed how U.S. consumer demand is impacted by the annual worldwide movement. Highlights from the report include:

  • Gillette: The most popular brand among U.S. consumers
    • Most popular types of Gillette razors
    • Men vs. women: What types of Gillette razors do consumers search for most?
    • When are Gillette razors in highest demand?
  • Aftershave vs. beard oil: What are consumers searching for most?
    • When is beard oil in highest demand?
  • Planning around consumer trends for your ecommerce shave shop

Whether you call it NoSHAVEmber, Novembeard, or No-Shave November, this annual global celebration sparks the conversation around various cancers. It’s no surprise that the month-long movement has some implications for ecommerce razor brands.

To help online shave shops plan better for changes in consumer demand, we analyzed search data from U.S. Amazon shoppers between 2019 – 2022. With these insights at their disposal, shop owners will have the competitive edge they need to meet their business goals.

Gillette: The Most Popular Brand Among U.S. Consumers

Looking at total search data from 2019 – 2022 across the top eight most popular razor brands, Gillette razors (33%) were the most popular among U.S. consumers. Rounding out the top three were Venus razors (25%) and Dollar Shave Club (19%):

Since Venus is technically owned by the Gillette brand (Venus is Gillette’s women’s razor line), it’s fair to say that Gillette holds the top two spots in terms of search popularity.

Most Popular Types of Gillette Razors

We wanted to know which of Gillette’s razor lines were most popular among U.S. consumers. By far, the Gillette Mach 3 was most popular with 36% of total searches between 2019 – 2022. The Gillette Fusion and Venus rounded out the top three at 20% and 10%, respectively:

Men vs. Women: What Do Consumers Search for Most?

Since Gillette’s men’s razors eked out Venus in both brand and razor type, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that men’s razors, in general, are more popular among U.S. consumers. In fact, searches for Gillette men’s razors held 87% of the total share of searches between 2019 – 2022:

Using this data, razor retailers should ensure their inventories reflect the high-demand products among their target consumers.

Gillette Razors Demand Increases in Warmer Months

Knowing what’s popular is helpful, but it’s also important to understand consumer preferences in the context of when demand is at its highest. Using 2021 as the baseline for consumers’ “new normal,” we analyzed how weekly searches for Gillette razors compared to the annual average.

Unsurprisingly, during No-Shave November, demand for Gillette razors takes a dip. By the week of November 21, consumer demand falls 12% below the annual average. However, demand surges after the holidays hitting 15% above the annual average during the week of December 26. Increased demand during this time may be attributed to the fact that consumers have spent the entire month prior growing out their hair and are now in desperate need of grooming.

Demand for Gillette razors is highest during the late spring and early summer season. This is likely because warmer weather makes it less comfortable to sport a beard.

Aftershave vs. Beard Oil: What are Consumers Searching for Most?

Additional insights can be gathered about Novembeard’s impact on shaving products by comparing demand for aftershave to beard oil. In general, there are more searches for beard oil than for aftershave among U.S. consumers. Beard oil searches accounted for 91% of total searches compared to aftershave between 2019 – 2022:

With the shutdown of barber shops and hair salons from 2020 – 2021 due to the global pandemic, many people opted to grow out their facial hair. This could be a possible reason why beard oil searches were so much more popular than aftershave from 2019 – 2022.

Beard Oil Demand Increases in Colder Months

While beard oil is the clear winner among U.S. consumers, there are specific times of year when beard oil is in highest demand. During No-Shave November, consumer demand for beard oil soars to 28% above the annual average. By comparison, demand for aftershave products only increased to 3% above the annual average during the same period:

Demand for beard oil is at its highest during the coldest months of the year (November – February). This makes sense since it’s more comfortable to grow and maintain a beard when the temperature is lower. The same relationship between aftershave demand and warm weather can be observed: From April – May when temperatures rise, demand for aftershave skyrockets to 23% above the annual average.

It's also interesting to note that demand for aftershave increases again from September – October. One possible reason for why this could be the case is because many people prepare for Novembeard by getting in one final, close shave before their month-long hiatus.

Leverage Consumer Trends for Your Ecommerce Shave Shop

Using what we uncovered about consumer search history for shaving products, online razor retailers can prepare their stores better for changes in demand. First, ecommerce shave shops should ensure they have plenty of Gillette razors in stock since this is the most popular razor brand by far among U.S. consumers. Since men’s razors (particularly the Mach 3 series) are most popular, it’s a good idea to have more of these available.

While Gillette razors are in highest demand during the warmer months, there is a small uptick following Novembeard in December. Knowing this, retailers should plan to market to consumers during this time and coordinate with their inventory and shipping departments to satisfy demand.

Beard oil is increasingly popular among U.S. consumers thanks to changed grooming habits induced by the pandemic. However, there are still clear seasonal demand patterns for beard oil. November – February is when beard oil is in the highest demand, so retailers should coordinate their marketing, inventory, shipping, and service departments accordingly.

Data like these are the driving force behind a successful ecommerce strategy. Request a demo from Pattern to discover how to use powerful insights like these to reach your selling potential.

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Important Holidays to Prepare for on Marketplaces in China
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Important Holidays to Prepare for on Marketplaces in China

Brands selling their product throughout the Asia-Pacific region may wonder how to keep up with the fast market and make plans for next year. The good news is that in China, and the surrounding areas, there are many ecommerce holidays year-round for brands to prepare for and increase their sales. As brands plan for 2023, here are some important holidays brands should prepare for in China:

Q1 (January-March)

  1. Chinese New Year: (usually late Jan.–mid-Feb.) Spring Festival—also known as Chinese New Year—is a week-long holiday that is quickly becoming an incredible growing opportunity for brands.

  2. Valentine’s Day: (Feb. 14) Despite being an inherently Western holiday, Valentine’s Day on 14th February is another major event that has been wholeheartedly adopted in China, especially among younger demographics. 

  3. International Women’s Day: (Mar. 8) The global holiday, which is celebrated annually, is not only focused on women in particular, but in China also the sale of items related to the needs of women. 

Q2 (April-June)

  1. 520 Festival: (May 20) The Chinese pronunciation for the numbers “5-2-0” sounds similar to “I love you”, hence “520 Festival”. May 20th gives Chinese lovers another chance to showcase their affection to one another through gift giving–China’s version of Valentine’s Day.

  2. 6/18 - founding anniversary of JD.com: (Jun. 18) This is the founding anniversary of JD.com, one of the most prominent ecommerce companies in China. The event,  colloquially known as 618, is celebrated annually for 18 days leading up to June 18th. 

Q3 (July-September)

  1. Qixi Festival: (7th day of 7th month of Chinese Lunar Calendar, Aug. 22 in 2023) Qixi Festival signals the annual meeting of the cowherd and weaver girl in Chinese mythology, creating China’s Valentine’s Day and a huge retail event.

  2. Mid-autumn festival: (Sept. 29) Also known as the Moon or Mooncake Festival, this traditional festival is celebrated in many Asian countries. The mid-autumn festival is a very popular time to give gifts to friends and relatives. 

Q4 (October-December)

  1. Golden Week: (1st week in Oct.) This week-long public holiday in China is not necessarily an ecommerce holiday, but everyone takes work off for the week and it could have a direct impact on your ecommerce business. Being aware of public closures in the Asia-Pacific regions will help you plan ahead in inventory levels and necessary communication.

  2. Singles’ Day: (Nov. 11) Singles’ Day, or Double 11 festival, is the biggest 24-hour online shopping festival in the world and originated in China. Singles’ Day is a type of “anti-Valentine’s day”, originally created for those with a single relationship status, due to the symbolism of the number 1 (11/11). The shopping event has broken sales figure records each year since its birth and is often likened to Black Friday in the US.

  3. Double 12: (Dec. 12) Double 12, or Couples’ Day, is another massively popular shopping event in China that was originally established for smaller businesses that might have missed out on the benefits of Singles Day. 

How to Prepare For These Ecommerce Holidays in 2023

Now that you’re aware of the ecommerce holidays in 2023 that could benefit your brand, it’s important you prepare well and can use them to your brand’s best advantage. Here are four things to keep in mind when preparing:

1. Make sure you have a good trade partner. 

All brands expanding to or selling in China on any marketplace need a trade partner they can trust. A good trade partner should have experience, transparency, a data-driven mindset, brand obsession, and the right tools and resources to help you succeed.  

2. Stay ahead of the logistics. 

A good trade partner will help your brand understand various regional consumer demands and give you marketplace-specific logistics to help you to stay in stock. Every marketplace demands various amounts of stock, mostly depending on the consumer demand in that region, but also the upcoming holidays celebrated in those regions.

3. Prepare your customer-service teams for the holidays.

If you are planning to participate and sell your products during the holidays mentioned above, it’s important your customer-service teams are aware and know how to handle the influx of consumers during those times. 

 4. Be aware of local and regional holidays that may affect your business.

Knowing which holidays can directly affect and improve your business is key to selling across marketplaces in the Asia-Pacific region. Although not all holidays may be obviously relevant to your brand, it’s worth looking into and elevating an opportunity for increased sales.

Accelerate on Chinese Marketplaces with Pattern

The opportunity for your brand to increase traffic and conversion during holidays in China is exponential.  As the world’s foremost ecommerce accelerator, Pattern can handle your end-to-end strategy to grow your brand both domestically and internationally. 

Pattern is an option to be your brand's trading partner since we know local languages, customs, and cultural nuances to clearly communicate your brand as we plan, strategize, and execute your products’ success in China. We make your success our business, dedicating expert teams, years of experience, and proprietary technology to find the best ways to take your products to consumers throughout the world.

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One Amazon Live Event Wins Owlet the Best Seller Rank in Two Categories
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One Amazon Live Event Wins Owlet the Best Seller Rank in Two Categories

Owlet is dedicated to providing innovative baby monitor products that can track a baby's vital signs, giving parents peace of mind. With such a compelling product solution, Owlet wanted to raise brand and product awareness.  

Working with Pattern as its 3P partner on Amazon, Pattern decided to host an Amazon Live event to feature Owlet products in use. That way, Owlet could demonstrate the efficacy of their baby monitoring products dispelling any consumer doubt, skepticism, and addressing all questions.

Download the one-page case study here.

Amazon Live Kicks Off Owlet Sale Event

Pattern produced and executed an Amazon Live to kick off a sale with Owlet. Pattern’s creative team set up a studio at our global headquarters complete with a baby crib, Owlet products, and two charismatic hosts who acted as brand advocates. After the event, Pattern's digital marketing experts measured the impact to overall sales.

Read more about Owlet's Amazon Live event.

During and After Amazon Live, Owlet Sales Spike

During the event, Owlet traffic, defined by Amazon page views and sessions, spiked. The event’s attention to product detail, compelling video, and host engagement improved conversions too. Owlet's sales increased by over 10% during the week of their Amazon Live event and sale. 

But the success didn’t stop there–the event improved Owlet's Best Seller Ranking as well.  Their sock monitor went up ~70% and their camera by ~69% during that week. 

Owlet Traffic, Conversion, and Rank Skyrocket 

  • Owlet sales, page views, and sessions all spiked during the Amazon Live event.

  • Owlet increased sales by approximately 9-16% throughout the whole week of the Live event and sale.

  • Owlet’s Best Seller Ranking Jumped:

    • Sock monitor improved by 70% during the week of their Amazon Live event and sale.

    • Camera improved by 69% during the week of their Amazon Live event and sale.

Pattern’s Amazon Expertise 

As the world’s top ecommerce accelerator and Amazon 3P partner, Pattern knows how to take advantage of the various advertising channels on Amazon and other marketplaces to build your brand.  Pattern’s strategy is grounded in data-driven trends and consumer shopper behavior on Amazon, which is applied to our ecommerce equation.

How can we increase traffic and conversion to your brand? Contact us today.

“Partnering with Pattern has expanded our ability to capitalize on sales-driving opportunities that we wouldn't be able to tackle on our own. ”

– Jared Anderson, Owlet VP of Sales


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5 Crucial Considerations When Building Your Global Marketplace Strategy
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5 Crucial Considerations When Building Your Global Marketplace Strategy

As a brand creates revenue and gains momentum on domestic marketplaces, executives may start to wonder if they should grow their brand internationally. Expanding to international marketplaces is complicated, can be overwhelming, but building a solid strategy before expanding internationally will streamline the process. 

At Pattern, we’ve helped countless brands build their international strategy with our proprietary data, global marketplace experience, and local expertise in established and emerging regions. 

Building an international strategy must be calculated and methodical, and here are five considerations at the core of going global: 

1. Distribution by Country/Region

First, it should be no surprise that the methods and strategies companies use to transport products from the distribution centers to customers can vary by country or region. Handling order fulfillments may look different from shipping and packaging options, to delivery and transportation. Although the basic steps of global distribution may remain the same, the nuances of regional distribution may vary. 

If your brand already has a high-level distribution strategy in place in the areas you are currently selling, then it’s possible to modify and use it to go global.  

2. Consumer Demand

Before expanding to a specific country, marketplace, or entire region (across multiple marketplaces), it’s important you thoroughly research and understand the consumer demand for your product. Do you have data to show that your expansion market(s) has a need for your product? 

Beyond product-market fit, additional parts of consumer demand analysis include: consumer behavior, awareness of differences in cultural norms, and the beliefs and values of international buyers. Having access to data-driven insights and analysis on traffic and conversion, like Pattern’s reporting, is key to understand consumer demand in certain regions. 

3. Product Registration and Regulatory

Countries around the world set up regulations and processes to protect their consumers from any hazardous imports. Because of that, it only makes sense that these countries may have different product registration requirements and standards. Before expanding to new regions, a brand should make sure their products are registered with the appropriate government institutions and follow all production best practices to prevent any roadblocks.

At Pattern, our regional experts have the resources to manage marketplace setup and understand administrative requirements necessary to help scale global growth for your brand. 

4. Localized Pricing

When it comes to localized pricing, international ecommerce retailers should keep in mind two things–currency conversion and customer perception of price. As brands look to expand internationally, thorough research should be done to understand the currency conversions at each stage of the product life cycle in order to figure out the optimal localized pricing, while still retaining a net profit.

Remember, because of cultural differences, final pricing may be perceived differently by customers on international marketplaces. For example, in the western countries, it’s common for prices to end in a 9, but in other countries, it may be best to use a round number instead. High market saturation of certain products may also affect consumers’ perception of pricing, making them more likely to pay a higher price for the product than in a low-saturation market. 

5. Localized Labeling

Different countries and regions may have unique requirements for product labeling. Awareness and understanding of these requirements is key to a successful international strategy. For example, labeling may need to be in a certain language, and some countries may require brands to include certain product information. 

Your domestic team may not be equipped to handle all translations and regulatory conversations, so having the resources in place before attempting to expand globally will help prepare you for expansion. As a global ecommerce partner, Pattern has a team of regional experts and end-to-end resources to ease the pain of complying with local product labeling requirements.   

Build a Successful International Marketplace Strategy With Pattern

Moving into global markets requires a significant amount of research and planning–that usually starts with these 5 considerations. Having a solid strategy in place before your brand starts expanding to international marketplaces will make the overall process much smoother, easier to manage, and with a higher likelihood for success.. 

Going global can be intimidating, costly, and overwhelming to grow revenue, but with Pattern as your 3P trade partner, you’ll have the experience, resources, and data to successfully expand your business internationally. Our global expertise and footprint makes international growth on marketplaces frictionless and profitable. 

Is your brand considering global marketplaces? Contact us


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