Over the last 90 days, @SharmaBrands launched one of the most successful storefronts in traditional alcohol.

• Conversion rate: 17.74%
• AOV: 4x the price of a single bottle
• 4.84 ★ avg customer rating

Here are 3 easy hacks anyone can implement for free:
For starters, you cannot ✨truly✨ be direct-to-consumer (DTC) in alcohol, due to the silly laws around alcohol sales in the US.

If you work with US alcohol brands or sell online, you'll want to get a notepad for this story.

While we couldn't sell "DTC" we found a workaround.
When we began, this co had many positives:

• One of the fastest-growing spirits in their category

• Great founding story & operating team

• Retail distribution of a brand that's been around for 10+ years (at year 3)

We had lots of data.

Now we needed it put them to work.
Our initial thought was:

IF we can set up a "conversion event" online,

THEN we will have something to measure against, in order to make our retail, POS, & on-premise marketing stronger.

Learn more about what a "conversion event" is from @jspujji here:
To go LIVE quick, we developed a microsite with the full "funnel" in mind:

• Education (product)
• The story (brand)
• Merchandised products (offer)
• Quotes/Logos (social proof)
• Added reviews (social proof)
• Email capture (retargeting/retention)
• Recipes (content)
To sell spirits, we needed an authorized alcohol seller.

We found a marketplace in the alcohol space running on @Shopify, which allowed us to:

• Setup another Shopify store that pushes orders to the marketplace via API

• Own/retarget the customer

• Setup tracking/pixels
Having all the right tracking pixels, software, and customer data enables us to:

• Run marketing with fast feedback loops

• Understand customer frustrations, pain points, and opportunities

• Build out proper email/SMS comms with strict KPIs.

No more spraying and praying.
Once the microsite was developed & LIVE, we had 3 goals:

1️⃣ Sell in bundles to optimize shipping costs.

2️⃣ Make it easy for customers to checkout fast.

3️⃣ Have a high AOV on the first purchase (our margin is in the sale to the distributor).
Selling in bundles.

When a customer is introduced, if you have multiple variants (flavors, scents, etc) you want to encourage a variety, to sample.

We created a variety pack (all 3 flavors) + flavor-specific bundles (3x single flavor bottles).

Benefit? Free shipping + 10% off.
Selling in bundles of 3 was the goal.

The data shows that most people are buying 1.3 bundles (of 3 bottles) per purchase.

We just made it easy for them to do it, which drove up AOV.

The AOV of this store is just about 4x the cost of a single bottle.

Simple UX always wins.
Increasing site conversion rate was a big goal.

The website flow was critical. Everything was organized in a way that hits 3 main questions repeatedly:

• what's in it for me as a customer?
• why should I believe it?
• how do I get it?
To increase the conversion rate in the cart, we made checkout easy. We enabled:

@Shop Pay
@Apple Pay
@Google Pay
@amazon Pay
@shop Pay Installments (@Affirm)

More ways to checkout means:

📉 decreased cart abandonment
📈 increased conversion rate
To keep AOV high, we tested a lot of things. Here's what worked:

• adding gift card options (with an emphasis on the 3 case bundle amounts)

• incentivized bundles (free shipping + volume discount)

• build-your-own-bundle maker like this: poopourri.com/byob
When you do all these (and more) the end result is:
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