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The Merchant Mastery Podcast

The Merchant Mastery Podcast

Author: Merchant Mastery

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The #1 resource helping independent eCommerce merchants scale sustainably and compete globally.
40 Episodes
Michael James started selling his line of men’s grooming products named after his grandfather, the original Frederick Benjamin, out of the trunk of his car into barber shops. He started to get a nice following, and from there began moving to other locations. Gradually, Michael noticed upticks in his eCommerce store as he was out there beating the streets, trying to hustle this product. Tune in as we chat with Michael in Harlem, New York.
Jose Diaz didn’t start selling cowboy boots because he thought he could turn a quick buck. He did so because he was a fan and believed there were other cowboy boot fans out there. While Jose dropships some of the boots on his site, he also has a line that he manufacturers. Tune in for a very real look into the hustle of this business owner, and find out how he became a sensation on Tik Tok!  Please note: You may want to listen to this episode when the kids aren’t around due to some colourful language. We get VERY excited talking about cowboy boots! 
The team behind Mine & Yours, a consignment store based in Vancouver that specializes in luxury items, spends a lot of time on Instagram showing off their latest arrivals and one-of-a-kind items. They also spend a lot of time updating their website because, as is often the case, they only have one of each item, and once it’s gone, it’s gone! If you’ve been thinking about starting a consignment store, this episode is full to the brim with helpful tips and advice!
Cassandra is the founder of women’s lounge and sleepwear brand, hernest project. Her #1 tip for entrepreneurs? Do everything with intention. While she admits that her brand is not perfect and not everything works or looks the way she wants it to, every part of her business is very intentional and very centered around how she wants her customers to feel.
  When Flax Sleep first launched as a business, they had to figure out how to acquire customers with very limited capital. The majority of their capital went towards inventory and a website, so there wasn’t much room left in the budget for things like marketing and customer acquisition. Vivian and the other co-founders of Flax Sleep shifted their attention towards building community. That was either by way of social media or via the strong community of supporters they had in the Vancouver area, where the business is based. They supplemented their eCommerce business with launch parties and popups that would bring people into the physical store. This generated the momentum they needed to keep the ball rolling.
Hin Lai is the CEO and founder of Sidekick, which develops the highest quality muscle recovery tools trusted by professional athletes worldwide. Hin emphasizes the importance of providing value to customers through excellent products. This core philosophy requires a quick method to validate product fit and connecting with their customers through influencers and ads. 
Non-alcoholic, or "NOLO", drinks grew in popularity over the past year. In the U.S. alone, nonalcoholic beer sales went up 44% in May, 2020 compared to 2019.   In this episode we interview Mitch Cobb, CEO and Co-Founder of Upstreet Craft Brewing and Libra, a non-alcoholic craft beer.    When you want to enjoy a tasty beverage sans the alcohol, you shouldn't have to compromise on flavour. This is where Mitch and his team at Libra have managed to hit a sweet spot. They created a light and refreshing pale ale with all the flavour you'd expect from its alcohol-ier cousin, and only 30 calories!   Grab your favourite beverage and listen in on our conversation with Mitch.
On Season 2, Episode 3 of the Merchant Mastery Podcast we're chatting with Janey Ganson from My Daughter Fragrances, an indie perfume house with ties to the perfume capital of the world: Grasse, France! In this episode we discuss:  How Janey has scaled her online store while maintaining her day job. How she managed to land in retailers across North America, Australia, and in Hong Kong. Where they'll be selling next. *Ahem* China *Ahem*  Why sometimes you'll make your daughter scrambled eggs and chocolate pudding for supper and that's okay.
Sina Zere, Co-Founder of Buff Experts, shares SO much incredible information in this episode, we had a hard time wrapping it up at one hour. You don't have to operate in the beauty industry to get some key takeaways from this episode, including: - How to find a manufacturer. - Why standing behind your brand is the single most important thing you can do. - What to do when a big retailer like Nordstrom comes knocking. - Why "naive optimism", as Sina likes to call it, has helped her navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of entrepreneurship. Trust us, this is one episode you'll want to bookmark.
Hands up if you've ever heard of or used the Strava app...   Now both hands up if you've successfully used it to build a virtual community that led to sales...   How can you use an app to build community and monetize your audience organically?   We kick off our 2021 Merchant Mastery Speaker Series with Michael Ng, Founder of Anti Social Running Club.   Michael is a community-building pro with tons of initiatives under his belt. In this episode he shares some of his biggest tips and advice on what he's learned over the years.
In this episode, Dan Jordan, who is currently running dozens of Black Friday campaigns, gives merchants a detailed breakdown of what it takes to pull off a successful BFCM campaign, including proven strategies that yield sales.  Next, we pass the mic over to YOU to hear about your BFCM experience so far. We discuss how to create compelling offers, sending out value-based emails, what to do when you run out of inventory, whether or not it can be effective to extend your BFCM sale, and how you can create demand for your products.  We also let you in on a top secret project: our Merchant Mastery merch!
Simon Trafford and Dan Jordan from Social Lite, an eCommerce sales and marketing agency, break down the massive impact that Facebook and Instagram advertising and product pages have on maximizing BFCM sales. They explore specific strategies and case studies to further build on these key BFCM tips, leaving merchants with a tangible action plan for the holiday season.
This week we’re joined by Ryan Boonstra from Sezzle, a financing solution platform that focuses on improving the financial livelihood of its shoppers and financially empowers the next generation. Ryan answers questions about payment plans for eCommerce shopping. He explains how interest-free and risk-free payment plans can increase sales and lead to a larger cart value; what sets Sezzle apart from its competitors; and he gives us a glimpse behind the scenes of  what exactly happens when a payment is processed through Sezzle.
Cade Proulx from Carro, a brand partnerships platform, navigates us through the fascinating world of influencer marketing and how it can benefit merchants and eCommerce store owners, especially during the holiday season. Cade leaves nothing out and breaks down how Carro works, and how you can get started with influencer and affiliate marketing
Laura Woolner is the Brand Manager at Fancii & Co., an Edmonton-based eCommerce business that specializes in beauty tools. Laura shares why they’ve decided to change things up this BFCM and start their Black Friday deals early. She also dives deep into their creative marketing ideas and the concept behind their most recent advert. We look at how they get their brand out there, how they go viral, and the importance lead generation forms and emails play in their BFCM strategy.
In this episode we talk to Vessi Footwear and 100 Ways Vintage and Modern Jewelry about their plans for BFCM. Hear what they did last year, what they learned, and what they plan on doing this year.
Rachel Tyers from Okendo, a customer review platform, shares the science behind getting more customer reviews, and gives you tips for how to get to those crucial first 10 reviews. Customer and product attributions, FAQs, loyalty options, integrations with Klaviyo and Foursixty, segmenting your customers, and more -- Rachel shares it all in this episode.
Gabriel Scaglia Dias, Head of Digital and Growth at Vessi Footwear, has been with the brand  from day one, and has led the tremendous growth of Vessi across Canada and North America since  their very first BFCM.  In this episode, Gabriel shares the strategies Vessi is implementing for this year’s BFCM based on what they have learned over the past 3+ years.  Gabriel dives deep into the importance of understanding and developing the “why” of the brand, and striking the perfect balance between product ideation and marketing.
For merchants who don’t want to spend on traffic but still want to ramp up sales, Marco De Paulis from Privy dives straight into three crucial tactics to help you optimize your website and drive sales this BFCM and holiday season. Marco shows you how to do all of this while using your existing traffic.