Since we’re all stuck at home these days and trying not to go out, it makes sense that your Amazon account is getting a bit of a workout, at least when it comes to browsing.
So, for your browsing pleasure, here’s a list of the top 10 most expensive things you can buy on Amazon.
In case your taste in decor trends more toward movie posters rather than paintings, Amazon has something for you. This cult classic movie poster features the late, great Bela Lugosi, who starred in the 1931 film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” Shipping is free!
This antique burgundy, green, and ivory carpet originally from India comes with free shipping! While it would no doubt beautify any home, probably don’t plan to wipe your feet on it.
For the serious art collector who doesn’t have a million to spare, this hefty oil painting, at 40 pounds, is a steal—and it looks good enough to eat! But, expect to pay almost $25 in shipping.
Why have art you can just look at, when you can have art to wear? This hand-winding certified pre-owned watch features an 18K red gold case surrounding the black open work dial and an 18K red gold deployant buckle on a brown alligator strap. The watch comes with its box and papers and a 15-month warranty, according to the seller. There’s only 33 of them, so they’ll sell fast!
This genuine Buddhist “dzi” bead necklace, or rosary, consists of several different symbols including three eyes, four eyes, the Ruyi motif, nectar bottle, five eyes with lightning, one eye with mountain, lotus, golden hook symbol, and more. In Tibet Buddhism, according to the product post, dzi beads are believed to be powerful talismans that bless and protect their owner. Maybe it protects against coronavirus. You’ll never know until you try.
To be honest, we could have filled the rest of these spots with men’s watches, but where’s the fun in that? Here’s something for the ladies. But also, here’s a few questions: Why is this women’s diamond tennis bracelet cheaper than the men’s watch? Because it doesn’t tell time? Also, do people actually wear these while playing tennis? It’s a love-love for us.
Need something to light up all that art you’ve collected? This 48-inch Meyda Tiffany Chandelier from the Marquee Collection with a bronze finish is constructed from metal and glass and weighs just 320 pounds—and shipping is free! It takes LED lights, so it’s environmentally sound.
Bet you didn’t see this one coming. According to the product post, this 1986-87 Fleer rookie card is almost universally regarded as the MOST important Michael Jordan rookie card ever produced, serving as the focal point for a paradigm shift that occurred in the sports card industry during the same time period.
The product post, written by seller Sports Memorabilia, states that Michael Jordan almost single handedly forced trading card collectors to shift their spending dollars away from baseball and into basketball cards.
Wow. I mean, when you consider the historic sports card value, Michael Jordan’s signature is really just the cherry on top.
How do you pronounce “Daum?” Because it seems like it should be pronounced “day-um,” as in, “day-um, that’s some good looking crystal!” No? Well, anyway, Daum Crystal is French-made and tres chic—and can be delivered to your door in a month’s time. Shipping is free, of course. (Anyone else getting Han Solo frozen in carbonite vibes? Just us? OK then.)
The Beatles. Pinball. Need I say more? This pinball machine is the only one ever made by 1964 Games Available (maybe that means something to you pinball-machine-literate?). The best part is this machine will serenade you to several classic Beatles songs: A Hard Day’s Night, Can’t Buy Me Love, Ticket to Ride, All My Loving, Help Drive My Car, It Won’t Be Long, I Should Have Known Better, and Taxman. Beatlemania is real.
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Entering the ecommerce landscape is a huge undertaking for any brand—it usually requires a large investment in resources and expertise to really be successful. Any brand can quickly get in over their heads trying to navigate the nuances of SEO, fulfillment and logistics, distribution control, listing optimization, and meeting the numerous other requirements and administrative tasks to show up well on marketplaces.
Unfortunately, because it’s so easy for third party, gray market, and unauthorized sellers to obtain and sell products online, many brands find themselves pressured to execute an ecommerce plan without the right resources to succeed on marketplaces and their other channels.
So, for brands looking to enter the ecommerce space or improve their current and future performance, it makes sense to partner with an ecommerce consultant.
Pattern’s global presence and proven success with hundreds of brands has allowed us to develop highly effective ecommerce consulting services. We can guide your brand to navigate issues both large and small in marketplaces worldwide. To maximize your ecommerce efforts, you’ll need to understand what an ecommerce consultant does and how to select one who drives the right value for your brand and products.
An ecommerce consultant is a specialist in the ecommerce space who can give you personalized guidance on how to market your products and grow their presence on digital marketplaces.
An ecommerce consultant should be able to analyze your brand, audience, category, opportunity, and current roadblocks and help you understand how to utilize your resources (or what resources are missing) to be most effective in capturing your opportunities in the ecommerce space.
Not sure how to evaluate a consultant? Here are 4 key attributes to look for as you make your choice.
At Pattern, we prioritize brand obsession for a reason—we know that a brand-centered mindset makes a crucial difference in the outcomes and results our partners achieve. So in our experience, when you begin your search for an ecommerce consultant, it’s important to look for a partner who is specialized in ecommerce, invested in the product, and passionate about helping brands build and improve their strategies. Typically, this means finding someone that consults exclusively for ecommerce marketplaces, rather than choosing a consultant who offers many different services.
It’s also important to avoid choosing a consulting partner who can’t deliver the right experience for your brand. The best indication of whether your potential consultant can do that is to review their history, data, and results with other brands. Ask if they’ve helped others in your selling category, if they’ve solved specific issues your brand is facing, and why they feel you are a good fit. The key is to leave the conversation feeling confident that you understand your consultants’ capabilities and whether or not they match up with your needs.
It’s best to pick a consultant who knows how to guide a brand onto and through multiple marketplaces worldwide. You’ll want to take a look at your long-term strategy and think about the regions and platforms you’re currently on and where you might want to take your brand in the future. If your consultant is truly great at what they do, they’ll be able to help you perform well enough with your current product roadmap that it’ll be a no-brainer to expand your presence at the right time.
The most effective partnership with an ecommerce consultant will be able to give you both recommendations and point you to solutions for making those changes in your planning, processes, and execution. Your time and money is valuable, so you want to make sure that you’re spending it as efficiently as possible as you follow your consultant’s advice. So, before you commit to an ecommerce consultant, ask about the resources and concrete solutions they typically recommend to the brands they work with.
Finding an ecommerce consultant that checks the boxes can be a difficult task. At Pattern, our entire focus and drive centers around giving brands the tools and resources they need to succeed on domestic and international ecommerce marketplaces.
With over 100 global ecommerce consultants across 10 global offices, we have the right tools to partner with brands across the world to achieve better ecommerce success. We give specialized advice, then make sure our partners have all the adequate SEO, social media, CRM, Amazon multi-channel fulfillment services, and ecommerce outsourcing services they need.
Interested in ecommerce consulting services? Set up a call here to learn what Pattern can do for your brand on global marketplaces.
If you’re interested in expanding your brand internationally, you’re probably familiar with Tmall. Tmall is Asia-Pacific’s (APAC) largest marketplace, and indisputably the biggest ecommerce powerhouse in the world. It represents a huge opportunity for many brands, but entering the space is also a big challenge to take on.
At Pattern, we recommend brands looking to enter international markets should first focus on dialing in their domestic presence. Once you’re satisfied that your brand is well-represented and optimized locally, you’re ready to think about tackling new regions, like APAC, and launching on marketplaces like Tmall. Our top advice for entering Tmall is to understand and strategize around its three most important metrics: service, delivery, and content.
Service, delivery, and content ratings are the three elements that make up Tmall’s Detailed Seller Rating (DSR) score. Each component is scored on a scale of 1-5 that is displayed publicly on your brand’s Tmall flagship store page. This is meant to help consumers decide whether or not to purchase your products.
DSR scores are important because they’re highly influential in driving conversions—customers see DSRs as a way to quickly understand if a brand is trustworthy and worth buying from. They also matter quite a bit to Tmall itself—they monitor these scores and will take action to close flagship stores with low scores.
Let’s go over each element of the DSR score and some steps you’ll need to take to achieve high ratings.
Service is a huge ecommerce component in APAC marketplaces. In most other regions, product listings are static, and consumers use content and reviews to make a decision about what to purchase. On Tmall, consumers want to interact with your brand and test its validity before buying—each transaction takes at least one human interaction to convert.
So, to get a great service rating, you’ll need to have a large, established customer service team dedicated to Tmall sales that can offer real, human touchpoints and very fast response times. To get an idea of the speed your agents should be capable of producing, in our Tmall benchmarking exercise, 92.5% of brands’ customer service agents replied to queries via live chat within 30 seconds, 5% replied within one minute and the remaining 2.5% of brands took longer than a minute. So, look for a Trade Partner (TP) that has enough resources to compete with those numbers, support your sales, and maintain a good DSR score.
Another thing you’ll really want to focus on is a high-quality delivery experience for consumers. As in other regions around the world, Tmall consumers have high expectations for their delivery experience. In our Chinese consumer polling report that targeted consumers buying from Tmall Global, we found that 6% expected same-day delivery, 15% expected next-day delivery, and 46% expected 2-5 day delivery.They want to receive their products fast and they want the products to be undamaged and pristine upon arrival.
So, to achieve a high score for your delivery capabilities, we highly recommend partnering with a TP or ecommerce accelerator like Pattern (which serves as a TP) who has the ability to facilitate your distribution. Make sure your TP has the right infrastructure in place to support high-quality logistics experiences for all of your consumers—they should have an established, well-oiled delivery process in place and the capability to fluidly add you to their current fulfillment system.
As in every digital marketplace, content is a huge component of the decision-making process for consumers on Tmall—they can’t touch your product with their hands or see it in person before buying, so it’s important they’re empowered to make a good decision on whether or not to purchase based on the videos, images, and copy.
The goal is to make all of the content and relevant information on your flagship site easily-accessible—consumers should be able to visit your page and make a decision about whether or not to buy without navigating to a new site/page and taking their conversions with them. Images with text and extensive product details are a great way to do this, as well as making sure your service team can speak to all aspects of your product with any consumers (via text or chat).
As the world’s foremost brand partner for ecommerce acceleration, Pattern truly understands the significance of international expansion. With regional offices around the world, Pattern knows how to successfully launch and grow brands on Tmall and other marketplaces, with the data, insights, and marketplace intelligence to build the metrics that matter.
It’s important to have a fantastic brand presence, a knowledgeable guide, and a clear go-forward strategy for your best chance at success. With our in-country resources, expert teams, and extensive experience in growing brands around the globe, Pattern can help you get there.
Set up a call to get your international expansion strategy in motion.