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TikTok Shop has raised selling fees—is it still worth selling there?

As you all know, the first-ever Amazon spring sale ended 10 days ago. It hasn’t even been 2 weeks yet talks about the Amazon event—Prime Day 2024—are rolling out like marbles.

That’s why it’s fitting to talk about alternatives and ideas you can explore to plan your event strategy. 

PS. If you plan to participate in this year’s Prime Day, make sure to submit your deals by May 17.

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When TikTok Shop launched, it ran a referral fee promotion from April 3 to September 30, 2023 to attract new sellers and help them get started. Back then, only after 90 days would a 2% referral fee be implemented.

💔 Sadly, the happy low-fee days are over. According to a recent report from WIRED, there’s no stopping the scheduled fee hikes for 2024:

  • But the good news is TikTok Shop’s seller fees are still lower than Amazon’s (5%–20%).
  • Plus, it still offers seller subsidies, such as seller shipping reimbursement.

❓ What does this mean for sellers?

Jasmine Enberg, principal analyst for social media at Insider Intelligence, commented that many sellers benefitted from the incentives. So, they may struggle with the increase.

Sellers who raise their fees risk losing their “shockingly cheap” factor, something buyers are used to. Ultimately, they’ll be challenged to find a new angle other than affordability to stand out.

Still, other sellers on the platform believe this won’t be a big deal. Case in point: Paul Jauregui, who co-founded BK Beauty with his wife YouTube creator Lisa J, says their brand will shoulder additional costs and adjust advertising and flash sales strategies to cope with the increase.

Do you think TikTok Shop’s fee increase will affect its growth? Let us know your thoughts by replying to this email! 💭

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Why you should advertise on Facebook over other social platforms

Why you should advertise on Facebook over other social platforms

ICYDK, 4.74 billion people around the world use social media. No wonder brands try their best to expose themselves on these platforms.

And just as Amazon is the star in the ecommerce industry, Facebook dominates the social scene. In a recent article by Investopedia, Meta’s golden child overshadows other social media platforms in the U.S. and worldwide.

✨ Aside from its vast user base and advertising and analytical tools, here are the main advantages of Facebook and what it means for brands:

  • Sophisticated advertising. Facebook offers granular targeting, which allows you to target users based on age, interests, behavior, location, etc.
  • Detailed analytics. Through Facebook Insights, page owners receive comprehensive data on their audience's behavior, post engagement, reach, and paid campaign performance. 
  • Easy engagement. You can quickly build brand loyalty and an exclusive community with features like Groups, Events, and Pages.
  • Wide variety of content. You can choose from a wide variety of content formats, including text posts, photos, videos, live videos, and stories. This way, you can cater to different audience preferences.
  • Cross-platform marketing. Meta owns other known platforms like Instagram and WhatsApp. You can cross-post content across these platforms simultaneously, reaching users from across the meta-board.
  • Ecommerce integration. You can sell directly on the platform with Facebook Marketplace.

The ultimate pro: Strategic partnerships

Did you know other platforms and apps can now connect with Facebook users by offering “Log in with Facebook Account” options? Even Amazon has partnered with Facebook to allow seamless in-app purchasing for meta users.

If you haven’t made Facebook a part of your marketing strategy, your brand could be missing out on a game-changing METAmorphosis. 🦋

SELLER REFRESHER

Increase your brand awareness with these 3 unique marketing ideas

Increase your brand awareness with these 3 unique marketing ideas

Speaking of strategies, Shopify recently released a list of marketing tactics for those itching to break free from traditional practices. We’re talking about not-usually-seen tactics, which might be the key to standing out in the Amazon competition. 👌

1. Guerrilla marketing

Just like the concept of guerrilla warfare, this approach leverages the element of surprise. These are usually low-cost, unconventional campaigns (like flash mobs) that aim to generate loud talks and, ultimately, high profits. They’re also a foolproof way to bridge the gap between online and offline experiences. 

Example: Coca-Cola’s Happiness Machine campaign

2. Viral marketing

This technique is used by brands to spread information about their product rapidly. It heavily relies on the sharing of interesting content, so you need to up your advertising game (especially visuals) if you plan to dive into this strategy. 🖼️

Example: Samsung is one of the big brands that uses YouTube to establish a stronger online presence.

3. Neuromarketing

True to its name, this tactic blends science with marketing to get the perfect reaction from customers. Those who use this method perform actual trials similar to A/B tests but on aspects like packaging, brand experience, etc. to see which will appeal more to buyers.

Example: Let’s not look far—Amazon is a prime example of neuromarketing practitioners. Its personalized user layouts leverage the singularity effect principle to surely catch people’s attention.

🎟️ Sticking to proven and tested marketing ways can ensure your survival on Amazon. But trying out-of-the-box ones will likely make your brand a box-office hit.

Author : SellerBites
Faith began working on SellerBites in 2021, a weekly newsletter that provides sellers with the latest news and updates in FBA. With first-hand experience in managing various seller and vendor accounts, she understands what sellers face on this platform. Her background led to the conception of SellerBites, which main goal is to help people become better, more informed entrepreneurs in the Amazon marketplace.
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