Stuck on Football: U.K. Shoppers’ Sticker Album Obsession & World Cup Favourites

Pattern Data Science

October 14, 2022

Analysing U.K. Consumer Demand for World Cup Memorabilia & More

Ecommerce football retailers seeking to score with U.K. shoppers need to first understand their consumers’ preferences. In this analysis, we uncover surprising facts about U.K. shoppers’ favourite football-related items, along with when demand is highest. We’ll discuss:

  • U.K. shoppers’ not-so-secret obsession with stickers
    • When are sticker albums in highest demand for U.K. shoppers?
  • Favourite team and player shirts for U.K. fans
    • When are football shirts in highest demand?
  • What this means for ecommerce football retailers

Football fans throughout the U.K. and beyond are gearing up for the FIFA World Cup set to kick off on November 20, 2022. To help ecommerce retailers better prepare their online shops for the global event, we analysed which products U.K. shoppers prefer and when demand is highest. From sticker album obsessions to traitorous team preferences, our data tells a surprising story about the demands of U.K. football fans.

U.K. Shoppers’ Not-So-Secret Obsession with Stickers

While it might sound strange to “soccer” fans overseas, sticker collecting has been a pastime in the World Cup community since 1970. For over 50 years, the Panini-FIFA partnership has created a World Cup sticker collection for every tournament. Most people thought this craze would die out with the introduction of new technologies. However, despite the digital age, this football tradition has kept its stronghold over U.K. shoppers. In fact, our data reveals U.K. consumers prefer sticker albums to any other type of World Cup memorabilia:

While the albums themselves have the highest popularity, the stickers to fill each book aren’t very popular at all. This is probably because half the fun of sticker collection (as any true World Cup devotee would tell you) is trading with fellow fans. Those who can display a full sticker album aren’t demonstrating their purchasing power, but rather their bargaining prowess.

When are Sticker Albums in Highest Demand for U.K. Shoppers?

To illustrate when Panini World Cup sticker albums are in highest demand, we evaluated the seasonality of consumer demand throughout 2021. While there was no FIFA World Cup tournament in 2021, many other football-related events appeared to have an influence on when consumer demand peaked for specific products. Namely, demand for sticker albums surged both during the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament and the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup tournament:

In addition to sticker albums, we also observed a relationship between the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup, 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and demand for World Cup trading cards. As the 2022 FIFA World Cup approaches, now may be a good time for ecommerce retailers to stock up on trading cards for their customers.

Favourite Team & Player Shirts for U.K. Buyers

Part of any proper football preparation is going above and beyond to support one’s team. Before retailers start stocking up on England team shirts, they may want to look at what their customers are searching for. As it turns out England team shirts are the fifth-most popular among U.K. shoppers (right behind the USA team). Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil are the top three team shirts U.K. shoppers search for on Amazon:

Having won 6 out of 11 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, it’s no wonder why Mexico team shirts are so popular among U.K. football enthusiasts. And, with Argentina’s even more impressive winning streak (8 out of 11 qualifiers), it’s easy to see why Argentina team shirts are second in popularity. This is also likely a reason why U.K. shoppers have an obvious preference for Lionel Andrés Messi shirts. The Argentine professional footballer captains the Argentina national team and most recently led the team to victory in the 2021 Copa América tournament.

When are Football Shirts in Highest Demand?

Demand for team-specific football shirts is typically highest when the most important games for that region occur. We broke it down by North American, South American, and European teams to illustrate how demand fluctuated throughout the 2021 season. Across the board, demand for European team shirts was the highest during the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament from June 11 – July 11, 2021. While it’s unclear why Switzerland shirts saw such a spike in demand during this time, it’s a little more obvious why team England and the Netherlands saw increased demand. The Netherlands took third in the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship leading up to the event while England took second place at the UEFA Euro 2020.

For South American team shirts, demand was the highest during the 2021 Copa América and 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup events, which occurred from July – August 2021.

In North America, demand for Caribbean team shirts was at its height during the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament as well. However, demand for USA team and Mexico team shirts remained steady throughout the year, despite major wins for both teams across several tournaments.

One thing is for certain: The FIFA Club World Cup did not have an influence on consumer demand for team shirts in any category. For this reason, ecommerce retailers can infer that the upcoming World Cup tournament likely will not cause a spike in demand for team shirts.

What This Means for Ecommerce Football Retailers

As our data reveals, U.K. shoppers are much more interested in celebrating their football fandom with sticker books and collections than with apparel. Ecommerce retailers should take heed by stocking up on Panini World Cup sticker albums ahead of the upcoming tournament in November. When the World Cup season is not in action, retailers can prepare by keeping their shops well-stocked with the most in-demand team and player shirts. Specifically, retailers should plan on restocking their shirt inventories during the summer when various football leagues are preparing for their year-end tournaments. If you’re interested in powering your ecommerce strategy with granular insights like these, Pattern can help. Request a demo to learn more today.

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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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4 Key Considerations To Win on International Ecommerce
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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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Panic Week Prep: Analyzing Patterns in U.S. Shopping Behavior Before Christmas Day
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Panic Week Prep: Analyzing Patterns in U.S. Shopping Behavior Before Christmas Day

**Find Out What’s in Highest Demand During Panic Week** The holiday season is in full swing, and ecommerce retailers need to be prepared for the mad dash to squeeze in every online order before Christmas Day. In this analysis, we help internet retailers prepare by highlighting some of the most noteworthy patterns in U.S. consumer behavior during Panic Week. We’ll cover: * Onesies for the Win: Boy’s Novelty One-Piece Pajamas in Highest Demand * Stockings for Stuffing: Panic Week Reminds Shoppers to Deck the Halls * High Demand for Sports Video Games * Electronics & Computers Insights: Mobile & PC VR Headsets See Highest Demand * How to Prep Your Online Shop for Panic Week No matter how early you start your holiday shopping, there’s something about the final days leading up to Christmas that triggers panic deep within us. Did I remember to get a gift for my neighbor’s cat? Is there still time to order the latest VR headset for my recluse teenager? Oh shoot — the lights just went out on the tree… These final “panic” moments are entirely natural, and, as a result, online retailers can expect an uptick in consumer demand. To help ecommerce shops prepare, we’ve provided a comprehensive summary of which products see a spike in demand and which products consumers are searching for most during the final week leading up to Christmas Day. **Onesies for the Win: Boys’ Novelty One-Piece Pajamas in Highest Demand** It turns out Ralphie won’t be the only child to open a box of onesie pajamas. According to our analysis, boys’ novelty one-piece pajamas see the highest spike in demand during the week leading up to Christmas. In fact, boys’ onesie pajamas saw a 398% and 393% increase in demand when compared to the annual average for 2020 and 2021, respectively. <iframe title="Seasonal Change in U.S. Consumer Demand for Clothing &amp;amp; Jewelry in 2020" aria-label="Interactive line chart" id="datawrapper-chart-qSUvx" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/qSUvx/2/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="692" 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> <iframe title="Seasonal Change in U.S. Consumer Demand for Clothing &amp;amp; Jewelry in 2021" aria-label="Interactive line chart" id="datawrapper-chart-Xa9FA" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/Xa9FA/2/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="692" 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> Along with boys’ onesies, women’s novelty one-piece pajamas also see a spike in demand during this time. Demand for women’s onesie pajamas rose 139% above the annual average for 2020 and 142% above the annual average for 2021. Perhaps there are some mother-son Christmas Story style memories in the making here. Along with onesie pajamas, there were also noteworthy demand spikes for women’s socks, girls’ rings, and women’s rings. In 2020, demand for these items rose 121%, 106%, and 93% above the annual average, respectively. Demand for women’s socks rose 150% above the average for 2021 while both women’s and girls’ rings each saw a 42% spike in demand above the annual average. Since small items like socks and jewelry make perfect stocking stuffers, it makes sense that these items would experience increased demand in the days leading up to Christmas. **Stockings for Stuffing: Panic Week Reminds Shoppers to Deck the Halls** These days, shoppers aren’t just scrambling to stuff their stockings — they’re waiting until the last minute to buy them altogether. According to our analysis, demand for Christmas stockings and holders is the highest compared to all other items within the Home, Decor & Kitchen category during Panic Week 2020 and 2021. <iframe title="Seasonal Change in U.S. Consumer Demand for Home, Decor &amp;amp; Kitchen in 2020" aria-label="Interactive line chart" id="datawrapper-chart-PsGCA" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/PsGCA/5/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="692" 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> <iframe title="Seasonal Change in U.S. Consumer Demand for Home, Decor &amp;amp; Kitchen in 2021" aria-label="Interactive line chart" id="datawrapper-chart-L609K" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/L609K/5/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="692" 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> Along with stockings, there is also a significant rise in demand for both Christmas ornaments and tree toppers during Panic Week. Demand for ornaments rose 110% above the annual average for 2020. In 2021, demand spiked again at 96% above average. The same story is told for Christmas tree toppers: During Panic Week 2020, demand rose 66% above the annual average while Panic Week 2021 saw a 60% increase in demand over the average. **High Demand for Sports Video Games** Within the Video Games category, we discovered sports fan video games and accessories saw the highest increased demand during Panic Week. In fact, sports fan video games saw the highest demand all year during the weeks leading up to Christmas when compared to the annual average for both 2020 and 2021. Demand soared to 207% above the annual average for 2020, and in 2021, it reached 192% above the annual average. <iframe title="Seasonal Change in U.S. Consumer Demand for Video Game Products in 2020" aria-label="Interactive line chart" id="datawrapper-chart-DkzcX" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/DkzcX/4/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="692" 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> <iframe title="Seasonal Change in U.S. Consumer Demand for Movies, Music &amp;amp; Games in 2021" aria-label="Interactive line chart" id="datawrapper-chart-dbg67" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/dbg67/4/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="692" 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> On what consoles will these video games be played? The answer to this question appears connected to what’s happening in the gaming world. In our recent analysis on [what factors impacted consumer demand for video games from 2020 – 2021](https://pattern.com/blog/what-factors-impacted-consumer-demand-for-video-games-from-2020-2022/), we illustrated how shoppers are heavily influenced by updates within the gaming industry. When evaluating consumer behaviors during Panic Week in 2020 and 2021, we can see these same trends emerge. For example, 2020 marked the release of the Xbox Series X console. Consequently, demand for Xbox Consoles and Xbox Series X Consoles rose 87% and 77% above the annual average during Panic Week 2020. In 2021, however, Nintendo DS games, consoles, and accessories saw a 85% spike in demand during Panic Week. This was probably due to the fact that Nintendo saw [many significant game releases](https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/2021) for the 3DS in 2021, including Metroid Dread, Super Mario 3D World, and Mario Party Superstars. **Electronics & Computers Insights: Mobile & PC VR Headsets See Highest Demand** Virtual reality has taken over the digital landscape as evidenced by U.S. shopping behavior on Amazon. Cell phone virtual reality headsets saw the highest increased demand at 153% above the annual average for 2020 and 144% above the annual average for 2021. <iframe title="Seasonal Change in U.S. Consumer Demand for Electronics in 2020" aria-label="Interactive line chart" id="datawrapper-chart-oKCyF" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/oKCyF/3/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="692" 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> <iframe title="Seasonal Change in U.S. Consumer Demand for Electronics in 2021" aria-label="Interactive line chart" id="datawrapper-chart-cSIAW" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/cSIAW/4/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="692" 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> Likewise, PC virtual reality headsets saw the highest increased demand during Panic Week. In 2020, demand rose to 125% above the annual average, and in 2021, demand increased to 144% above the annual average. <iframe title="Seasonal Change in U.S. Consumer Demand for Computers in 2020" aria-label="Interactive line chart" id="datawrapper-chart-5NjC8" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/5NjC8/3/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="600" 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> <iframe title="Seasonal Change in U.S. Consumer Demand for Computers in 2021" aria-label="Interactive line chart" id="datawrapper-chart-uwjs6" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/uwjs6/3/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="692" 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> **How to Prep Your Online Shop for Panic Week** Online retailers will need to prepare their shops differently according to their specific industry. We’ve outlined the top takeaways for ecommerce shop managers as they work to satisfy customers during the holiday chaos: * **Clothing & Jewelry:** Boys’ and women’s onesies see the highest increased demand during Panic Week, with women’s socks, rings, and girl’s rings also high on the priority list for last-minute shoppers. Be sure to have pajamas and jewelry in-stock during this time, and market to customers accordingly to keep the most wanted products within easy reach. * **Home, Decor & Kitchen:** Christmas stockings and holders, ornaments, and tree toppers are in the highest demand during Panic Week. Be sure you have these products in-stock for the scrambling decorators shopping for these items. * **Video Game Products:** Sports fan video games see the highest demand all year during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Now is a great time to generate promotional materials for these products. Since demand for gaming consoles appears connected to updates within the industry, it will be imperative for game shops to keep their fingers on the pulse of what’s happening so they can anticipate their customers’ changing needs. * **Electronics & Computers:** Virtual reality headsets and accessories are a hot commodity for both mobile and PC users. Give customers access to the metaverse this Christmas by keeping these items in stock during times of peak demand. If you’re looking to reach your target consumer using insights like these, Pattern can help. [Contact us](https://pattern.com/contact-us/) online to request a demo today.