Many major pet product retailers and brands saw gains in 2020. “The pet industry reached a milestone in 2020, with total sales of $103.6 billion, a historic high, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA) State of the Industry Report released last week. That marks an increase of 6.7% over 2019 retail sales of $97.1 billion,” reported Michael Browne for Supermarket News. People love their pets, and, from high-quality pet food to toys, treats and pet insurance, the pet products market is growing. To reach pet owners, many brands are leaning into the popularity of ecommerce with smart customer acquisition strategies to support their growth.
Boutique Online Pet Food Brands Get Into The Game With DTC Ecommerce & Effective Customer Acquisition Strategies
Feeding pets isn’t just a bag of kibble anymore, at least not for many pet owners who are becoming more interested in the complete health and wellness of their pets. Direct-to-consumer (DTC) boutique pet food brands provide cat and dog owners with options from freshly made meals to customized menus. With innovative customer acquisition strategies, including online subscriptions and smart discount programs, many boutique online pet food brands are able to offer consumers what they want, encouraging engagement and recurring sales.
Spot & Tango Promotes New Subscriber Discounts To Gain New Pet Food Subscriptions
Quite a few online boutique pet food brands are sold through subscription models, creating recurring revenue for brands and seamless shopping and shipping experiences for consumers. Spot & Tango, which sells only “fresh dry” food for dogs, billed as “unkibble,” offers new subscribers 20% of their first orders and two-week trial periods.
Discounts and trials, especially those that are limited time offers, can encourage website visitors to give new products a try and make purchases. Exclusive offers can be especially effective when delivered to broad audiences via an ad network, like DMS Performance Ad Market. Contact DMS to learn more.
NomNom Personalizes Pet Food Selections
Anyone with cats or dogs knows they can be finicky, turning their noses up at foods that don’t meet their approval. At NomNom, pet food subscribers can choose personalized meal plans created by answering a series of questions about their dogs or cats. NomNom then offers suggestions for the foods that might be the best fit. Shoppers can also save money by choosing half-portions that can be mixed with a pet’s current diet. New subscribers get 50% off their first orders and can opt for the variety packs to help their pets transition to new foods.
Farmer’s Dog Offers Expert Advice With Blog For Pet Owners
Content marketing can reassure consumers that brands are to be trusted, particularly when it comes to something near and dear like pets. Farmer’s Dog, a dog food brand that leverages the growing interest in home-cooked meals for pets, created an online magazine called Digest. Digest offers answers to questions plus articles about nutrition, health, training and behavior, while also directing readers to discounts and Farmer’s Dog products. In addition, shoppers can sign up for the Farmer’s Dog enewsletter for more information and, likely, more opportunities to make purchases.
Do you have strong content but not enough readers? A subscriber acquisition program can help build your database of enewsletter subscribers and fill it with hand raisers who opt in to hear from you. Contact DMS to learn more.
Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Promotes Corporate Social Responsibility
For many people, feeding their pets well is linked to caring for the earth and ethical practices. Darwin Natural Pet Products reflects the increasing consumer desire to shop with brands that match their values, and taps into that desire with a dedicated section on the Darwin website. The pet food brand explains their commitment to fair and conscious sourcing, ending animal homelessness and the brand’s investment in service dogs. A strong and well-communicated brand purpose can help companies connect with like-minded consumers.
Hungry Pet Nutrition Offers A Diverse Range Of Products
In a crowded market, differentiation is essential. Hungry Pet Nutrition, which sells products under the Hungry Bark brand name, offers a variety of different products that may set them apart from competitors. In addition to offering kibble and protein “mix-ins,” Hungry Pet Nutrition sells a number of supplements including calming chews, probiotics and multivitamins. Supplements for pets were up 21% in 2020, making the supplement product line from Hungry Pet Nutrition an ideal item to promote, alongside the brand’s premium foods.
Clear differentiation is part of almost every effective customer acquisition strategy. For these pet food brands, unique products and purchasing options create interest, delivering sales and encouraging loyalty. Contact DMS to learn more about best practices of customer acquisition.
Pet Product Retailers Reach & Re-Engage Consumers With Messaging Campaigns
In order to maintain momentum after a banner 2020, retailers like Chewy and Petsmart are deploying digital advertising strategies to reach consumers with deals and promotions. Chewy, for example, has a current email campaign offering $15 off for orders over $49, while also promoting its pharmacy services. Another digital tactic brands can deploy are push campaigns, reaching consumers on desktop and mobile with reminders about full carts and upcoming promotions. SMS campaigns can also be effective. For example, Petsmart shoppers can sign up for mobile messages that share deals, reminders and updates on upcoming grooming appointments.
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Pet Insurance Brands Prioritize Digital Enrollment And Outreach To Align With Consumer Behaviors
Pet insurance is a growing market, with market valuation expected to reach $10 billion by 2025. Many pet insurance brands are promoting digital tools to encourage quick enrollment and claim reimbursement. At insurtech brand Lemonade, pet insurance shoppers visiting the Lemonade website can quickly enroll and, once enrolled, efficiently get claims paid out. A “hassle-free digital experience” that eliminates time-consuming paperwork and phone calls, as explained by Lemonade, is what many consumers increasingly want when shopping for insurance. Many insurance providers are now also leveraging app usage to create portals for claims filing, reminders and payments. Pets Best insurance promotes its app features, including uploading photos of invoices, a 24/7 pet helpline and referral rewards.
As the year winds down, many insurance brands are looking to scale insurance inquiry volume. With a partner like DMS, which represents a comprehensive suite of products that can deliver high-intent consumers to our nation’s largest insurers, insurance brands can scale customer acquisition efforts and write more policies.
It doesn’t take much to convince pet owners that their animals need the very best, but in a crowded market that’s continuing to grow, creating lasting relationships with seamless, customer acquisition strategies that encourage engagement and conversions can be the key to standing out and gaining new and loyal customers.
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