Should you learn how to Raise Prices as a DTC (Direct to Consumer) eCommerce Brand? Yes, youshould.
Is it easy to increase prices for an eCommerce business? No, it’s not.
Can businesses increase prices, and why? Yes, because they can [& You can]
So, how to increase product prices? Read on.
Will you lose customers if you raise prices?
TL;DR: you won’t. There’s proof (with a caveat)
If customers love your business or brand, and if they see value. They stay.
Rising Prices; Sticky Customers = Good News For Businesses
Product markups -- the difference between prices at eCommerce checkout and the marginal costs incurred by your business to make (or deliver) the product went up 25% between 2006 and 2019. Take key household items, for instance. According to research, prices already reached the sky in the years leading up to the pandemic. Consumers still purchased products with increasing prices -- for a full decade and a half even before the pandemic began.
But customers were 30% less price sensitive in 2019 (meaning they could care less about price increases, as long as these brands were their favorites, than they were in 2006.) Now, the world is riding on higher prices with an overall rising inflation globally.
In the United States alone, new data shows that most businesses in the United States have been making profits. In fact, 2022 has been the best year for most businesses since 1950, according to a Bloomberg report.
You might think that raising prices as a DTC (Direct to Consumer) business will turn customers away. In most cases, this doesn’t happen. As long as you hold up the ethos of your brand, value your customers’, and deliver products that surpass their expectations.
Here’s how to raise prices as a DTC eCommerce business [with examples]:
Send an plain text email letter (from the founder)
Use an plain texte letter format -- a simple, no-frills, no-HTML, text-based email -- from the “founder’s desk” with your name and a photo to let your customers know that your prices -- across the eCommerce store -- are going to increase.
Here’s how Nicole Gibbons -- Founder & CEO of Clare Paint -- wrote out an email doing just that (https://www.clare.com/)
A simple, text-based email backed by reflections on “problems” everyone is facing.
When you are a solo entrepreneur providing services, this is a no brainer. But even if you have a small team (or a large team) and especially when you are a super-large eCommerce enterprise, this simple email method holds a lot of meaning.
We’ve also seen similar emails being sent out as “clarifications” on events based on news reports, as a way to handle PR (Public Relations) or brand image disasters.
Give Your Customers a Chance [To lock into existing prices]
Kimai Jewelry (https://kimai.com/) uses a smart two-step email marketing sequence (less for marketing, but more as a reminder) with a “Shop Now” button to help existing customers latch on to existing prices.
The first email is much like the simple email (as above) explaining the situation, expounding on the “Why”[ See more of this below], and exact date from which prices are going to increase.
It’s always a smart thing to keep your customers posted.
The second email in the sequence, however, continues with the help extended by the brand (Kimai, in this case) to help customers purchase products at existing prices (saving money, as an appeal, never ceases to work).
How about doing both? Like, a mix of both the “simple letter” approach and the email sequence approach?
That’s that Weezie Towels did:
Clearly Explain the “Why” [More Powerful Than You Know]
In all of the above approaches and ways to increase prices for your products, you’d have noticed a recurring theme: a clear explanation as to why you are increasing prices:
- Your own increasing input costs
- Higher shipping costs
- More costs due to rising operational expenditure
- The pandemic,
- Any other black swan events
- …a change in product positioning or branding decision or a competitive pricing decision, or
- just because you want to focus on profitability of your eCommerce business.
Explain the why.
You can't be clearer than Weezie :
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