Walmart Advertising: Everything You Need to Know to Succeed on the Growing Marketplace

Rebecca Brown

October 20, 2022

Over the last decade, Amazon has skyrocketed to the top of the digital advertising space, now owning 37.8% market share of all ecommerce sales. Walmart.com, in second, now accounts for  6.3% of all online sales.  In an effort to attract more affordable traffic, Walmart has improved their digital marketplace so sellers can now purchase placements for sponsored product ads and search ads on the website and app. Third-party sellers have more capability to build and customize their campaigns to push more visibility to their products, ultimately driving more sales to walmart.com. 

Learn what the world’s largest retailer offers brands and why now is the right time to advertise on walmart.com.

Why 3P Sellers Should Advertise with Walmart

Walmart is a great option for any brand looking to increase their market share online. Here are a few of the many reasons why it’s worth it to advertise your products on walmart.com:

  1. 100 million unique monthly online visitors between desktop and mobile.

  2. With fewer current sellers on walmart.com compared to Amazon, means lower competition for sellers joining walmart.com advertising.

  3. Walmart.com has an impressive trajectory of growth, with the number of active advertisers having grown 175% over last year, with overall ad spend up by 95%. 

  4. Diversification across multiple advertising platforms will help expand your reach to new audiences and demographics.

  5. Walmart’s ROAS continues to climb, and is now competitive with Amazon. 

  6. CPCs on walmart.com are lower than other platforms, which allows for higher reach.

Walmart.com Advertising Cheat Sheet 

Walmart.com advertising doesn’t need to be a mystery. Here is a cheat sheet of how walmart.com advertising works along with which features are available:

  • Requirements to Advertise With Walmart

  • Setting Up Your Walmart Advertising Campaign 

  • Types of Ads

    • Sponsored Product Ads

    • Search Brand Amplifier

    • Display Ads

Requirements to Advertise on Walmart.com

Like Amazon advertising, in order to be eligible to advertise on walmart.com you are required to have two things:

  1. Product must be in stock.

  2. Product must own the Buy Box.

To ensure that you own the Buy Box, your product must be: 

  • Consistently in stock.

  • Competitively priced.

  • Have positive reviews, fast shipping, and on-time delivery.

Setting Up Your Walmart Advertising Campaign

Like many other advertising platforms, walmart.com ads can be built out as either automatic or manual campaigns.

Automatic

Automatic campaigns utilize Walmart’s built-in algorithms that decide when and where your ads will be placed based on keywords found in the title and product detail page. This is the quick and easy way to set up campaigns and is the best option for maximum exposure, meaning these campaigns will likely get you the most impressions. They are also the best option if you are new to advertising, have limited keyword data, or are launching a new SKU. 

Manual

In manual campaigns, you have control over what keywords you bid on and you can set individual CPC bids. This option is more customizable and gives you more control over your ads and on what search terms they will deliver. Manual campaigns are the best option if your product is already well established on walmart.com, or you already have relevant keyword data for your products.

Types of Ads

As part of Walmart’s efforts to compete with Amazon, their ad platform offers multiple ad types and placements to brands selling their products on walmart.com.

Sponsored Product Ads

Walmart Sponsored Product Ads

The most widely used ad type on Walmart, Sponsored Products is very similar to Amazon’s Sponsored Products. The purpose of running these ads is to help customers discover and purchase items that you sell on Walmart. It is a cost-per-click ad option, meaning you only pay when your ad is clicked. 

There are three different types of ad placements. Your Sponsored Product ad could show up in any of these three placements:

  1. Search In-Grid: found within the search results

Walmart Search In-Grid Ad Placement

2. Product Carousel: appears below search results on category and product pages.

Walmart Product Carousel Ad Placement

3. Buy Box: located on the product detail page of a relevant or complementary product, just underneath the Buy Box.

Walmart Buy Box Ad Placement

Search Brand Amplifier

Search Brand Amplifier, Walmart’s counterpart to Amazon’s Sponsored Brands ad, gives you an opportunity to improve brand recognition and showcase your product portfolio. Your logo, a custom headline and up to three of your SKUs appear at the top of relevant search results.

Walmart Search Brand Amplifier

Display Advertisements

The display advertisements come in two categories: on-site and off-site display ads.

  1. On-site: appears on walmart.com, pickup & delivery, and Walmart apps.

    Walmart On-Site Display Advertisement
  2. Off-site: allows you to retarget Walmart customers on other websites and across social media platforms.

Walmart Off-Site Display Ads

How Pattern Helps Brands Win with Advertising on Walmart

With Walmart’s projection of continued online marketplace growth and recently added advertising features for 3P sellers, now is a great time to start advertising on Walmart. As the world’s foremost ecommerce accelerator, and strategic partnership with Walmart, Pattern has the variety of resources, tools, and experience to achieve success for your brand on Walmart. 

With deep knowledge of the emerging marketplace, and first mover status, Pattern knows how to set up your brand for success and optimize your ad spend to drive the traffic and conversions. According to our ecommerce equation, using advertising as a key strategy in your ecommerce growth, will lead to overall higher revenue for your brand.

Want to accelerate your brand on Walmart? Contact us.

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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


Catch a behind the scenes moment from the Amazon Live Event:

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.