Mutesix helps D2C e-commerce brands drive paid media performance to grow and scale. We are pioneers in digital marketing, and employ a comprehensive cross-channel approach where our brands spend over $500 million annually. 

While the retail landscape has adapted over the years to meet the rise of digital, a global pandemic fast-tracked the shift towards e-commerce and away from brick-and-mortar. Shoppers are continuing to stay home in record numbers, but consumer spending online is trending upward. 

E-commerce is booming like never before, and we are the experts when it comes to navigating the digital economy. Our strategy team updates this page on a weekly basis with relevant and timely data to help our community stay informed. 

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Postscript powers SMS for thousands of Shopify stores. E-commerce businesses can use the platform for free for 30 days. During their free trial, Postscript sees brands earn 5 digits in attributed revenue.

Shopify allows new and established businesses alike to create ecommerce websites backed by powerful tools that help you find customers, drive sales, and manage your day-to-day.

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Okendo enables merchants to build a community by capturing powerful customer content including product ratings and reviews, customer photos, videos, questions & answers and comments.

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Klaviyo helps businesses own their marketing. By storing all of your customer data, it allows you to build experiences across email and owned channels and measure the results in revenue — not just opens or clicks.

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MuteSix Events Here

We aggregate data in the following ways: 

• All Vertical Spend and CPM Trends

• Spend Against Benchmarks

• Spend and Conversion Rate Trends


The data is then broken up into the following verticals:

• Health & Wellness

• Home Fitness

• Supplements

• Beauty & Skincare

• Fashion & Apparel

• Food & Beverage

• Home Goods

It’s That Simple. 

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All Verticals
Spend + Conv. Rate - Paid Social 

  • All Verticals media spend trends:
    • +1.3% from previous week
    • +7.3% from month average
    • +16.1% month over month
  • All Verticals conversion rate trends:

    • -4.1% from previous week*
    • -0.1 from month average*
    • +1.5% month over month*


  • All Verticals CPM trends:

    • -11.4% from previous week
    • -3.2% from month average
    • -8.6% month over month

Health & Wellness 
Spend + Conv. Rate - Paid Social 

  • Health & Wellness media spend trends:
    • +13.1% from previous week
    • +12.8% from month average
    • +18.1% month over month
  • Health & Wellness conversion rate trends:
    • -13.0% from previous week
    • -1.3% from month average
    • -7.3% month over month

Home Fitness
Spend + Conv. Rate - Paid Social 

  • Home Fitness media spend trends:
    • +21.8% from previous week
    • +20.5% from month average
    • +27.8% month over month
  • Home Fitness conversion rate trends:
    • -12.0% from previous week
    • -2.4% from month average
    • -11.2% month over month

Supplements
Spend + Conv. Rate - Paid Social

  • Supplements media spend trends:
    • -15.7% from previous week
    • -10.9% from month average
    • -14.8% month over month
  • Supplements conversion rate trends:
    • +5.9% from previous week
    • +8.1% from month average
    • +8.8% month over month

Beauty & Skincare 
Spend + Conv. Rate - Paid Social 

  • Beauty & Skincare media investment trends:
    • -20.2% from previous week
    • -9.1% from month average
    • -8.2% month over month
  • Beauty & Skincare conversion rate trends:
    • -2.3% from previous week
    • +9.6% from month average
    • +7.9% month over month

Food & Beverage 
Spend + Conv. Rate - Paid Social 

  • Food & Beverage media spend trends:
    • -4.3% from previous week
    • -8.2% from month average
    • -12.2% month over month
  • Food & Beverage conversion rate trends:
    • +6.6% from previous week
    • +8.6% from month average
    • +5.0% month over month

Fashion & Apparel 
Spend + Conv. Rate - Paid Social 

  • Fashion & Apparel media spend trends:   
    •  -8.4% from previous week
    •  -1.2% from month average
    •  +3.7% month over month (MoM)
  • Fashion & Apparel conversion rate trends:
    • -14.0% from previous week
    • -12.1% from month average
    • -11.7% month over month

Home Goods
Spend + Conv. Rate - Paid Social 

  • Home Goods media spend trends:
    • +4.0% from previous week
    • +7.3% from month average
    • +16.2% month over month
  • Home Goods conversion rate trends:
    • +12.9% from previous week
    • +12.0% from month average
    • +24.6% month over month

All Verticals
Spend + Conv. Rate - Paid Search 

  • All Verticals media spend trends:
    • +9.5% from previous week
    • +13.0% from month average
    • +16.9% month over month
  • All Verticals conversion rate trends:
    • -3.1% from previous week
    • +1.3% from month average
    • +6.2% month over month
  • All Verticals CPM trends:
    • -12.2% from previous week
    • -2.3% from month average
    • -2.6% month over month

Health & Wellness 
Spend + Conv. Rate - Paid Search 

  • Health & Wellness media spend trends:
    • -0.7% from previous week
    • +1.4% from month average
    • +0.6% month over month
  • Health & Wellness conversion rate trends:
    • -16.1% from previous week
    • -13.3% from month average
    • -28.3% month over month

Home Fitness
Spend + Conv. Rate - Paid Search 

  • Home Fitness media spend trends:
    • +1.8% from previous week
    • +2.9% from month average
    • +9.0% month over month 
  • Home Fitness conversion rate trends:
    • -14.6% from previous week
    • -16.2% from month average
    • -31.2% month over month

Supplements
Spend + Conv. Rate - Paid Search 

  • Supplements media spend trends:
    • -15.9% from previous week
    • -5.9% from month average
    • -21.0% month over month
  • Supplements conversion rate trends:
    • -21.1% from previous week
    • -13.7% from month average
    • -22.9% month over month

Beauty & Skincare 
Spend + Conv. Rate - Paid Search 

  • Beauty & Skincare media investment trends:
    • +16.9% from previous week
    • -7.1% from month average
    • -6.5% month over month 
  • Beauty & Skincare conversion rate trends:
    • -10.2% from previous week
    • -8.4 from month average
    • -17.9% month over month

Food & Beverage 
Spend + Conv. Rate - Paid Search 

  • Food & Beverage media spend trends:
    • -19.1% from previous week
    • -10.6% from month average
    • -33.9% month over month
  • Food & Beverage conversion rate trends:
    • -3.9% from previous week
    • -5.7% from month average
    • -3.8% month over month

Fashion & Apparel 
Spend + Conv. Rate - Paid Search 

  • Fashion & Apparel media spend trends:  
    • -0.8% from previous week
    •  +12.6% from month average
    •  +9.4% month over month
  • Fashion & Apparel conversion rate trends:
    • -24.7% from previous week
    • -27.8% from month average
    • -34.4% month over month

Home Goods
Spend + Conv. Rate - Paid Search 

  • Home Goods media spend trends:
    • -22.1% from previous week
    • -5.6% from month average
    • -13.4% month over month
  • Home Goods conversion rate trends:
    • -1.0% from previous week
    • -9.6% from month average
    • -17.6% month over month

PAID SEARCH INSIGHTS

Paid Social Download:


Paid Social conversion rates were down last week versus the previous week, but still exceeded month over month marks. Though overall Paid Social CVR’s were down, verticals such as Supplements, Food & Beverage, and Home Goods saw increases week over week. CPM’s are trending down week over week, versus the month average, and month over month leaving space for advertisers to take advantage of higher impression shares.

PAID SOCIAL INSIGHTS

Paid Search Download:

Media spend was up last week across Paid Search, indicating increased consumer intent to purchase Ecommerce goods. Conversion rates were down week over week for Paid Search, but are still up compared to the month average and previous month. We’re still seeing the effect of the negative trend of conversion rates attributed to the natural dip after weeks of high demand due to the stimulus checks. Similar to Paid Social, CPM’s are down week over week, leaving brands an advantage of higher impression shares and opportunities to meet consumer demand while scaling spend.

FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM
by Josh & Moody

  • CPM’s across the board are at record highs as advertisers deal with the effects of the election and the move from retail into E-commerce. In response MuteSix is focusing on developing compelling creative to drive up CTR’s and funnel optimization to increase conversion rates. 

  • Fall products are in full swing with significant increases in categories such as pants, jackets & sweats and movements away from shorts, swimwear and more summer orientated products. 

  • With the constant uncertainty around consumer privacy and browser changes we are recommending clients to implement the conversions API with Facebook. For vendors on Shopify there will be an easy 2 step integration that will be rolled out within the next few weeks. From October 5th Facebook will be removing the 28-day click attribution window and instead defaulting to 7-day click attribution. This is a big change especially for higher ticket items and brands that have a higher consideration phase. We are being advised that the conversions API will still allow advertisers to view performance from a 28-day click perspective.

CHANNEL UPDATES

GOOGLE / YOUTUBE
by Harrison and Elmar

Google Search / Shopping

  • CPCs seem relatively stable. As we go into the Q4 holiday period, we can expect most ecommerce verticals to rise 20% - 30%.

  • Promotional pushes across search & shopping will include countdown ads, promotion extensions and Merchant Center promotions.

  • We are seeing much more value in organic clicks across the shopping tab since Google changed to a free modal. We are putting more emphasis on setting up your product titles, descriptions and images according to best practice and tracking organic clicks from Shopping in Google Analytics.

YouTube

  • We are seeing a lot more success with TV4A formats as CPVs have remained relatively stable this quarter. We have put an increased emphasis on distinguishing YouTube creative from that that runs on Social channels, hitting on key value differentiators like sound, production quality, and direct to camera content.

  • We are testing into the new Trueview For Action betas to see if we have better engagement at lower CPCs.

Display/Gmail

  • We are putting a bigger emphasis on new product releases combined with promotion across all visual products, which has been a huge success.

STUDIOSIX Bespoke Creative Production
by David

  • Current growth in the ecommerce space means that creative production is more important than ever. It’s time to start thinking proactively about q4 and q1. With increase in productions and needs with clients, the sooner you can start thinking about what your marketing calendar needs creatively, the easier it will be to make sure things are trafficking on time.

  • When it comes to holiday, think evergreen in your content, specific in your messaging. It’s always important to have creative to address specific sales and promotions like bf/cm, but creative production is expensive. Instead of going out and producing full content productions for promotions, think modularly, either using small portions of evergreen productions to address sales and events, and/or using post production to make it pertinent in messaging. Take a look at our Creative Capabilities.

STUDIOSIX Content Creation
by Stacey

  • Organic looking content works!  If you feel stuck, lean into user generated video and photos from the people who enjoy your product the most.

  • Cellphone footage feels native to the feed.  High production value can oftentimes let a viewer know the video is an ad too quickly.  Cellphone content feels organic to the platform and has a higher chance of getting viewers attention

  • This user generated content also has built in social proof. If you can get a real person in their real home, selfie-style filming while talking about why they love your product, the production quality won’t matter!

EMAIL / SMS
by Sammy & Chanel

  • Email is playing an even more important role in customer engagement and overall revenue as paid CPMs are on the rise in this competitive holiday season/election climate. Leveraging your current list as much as possible is crucial right now.

  • SMS is on the rise to be the most important channel, allowing you direct access to your customers, especially during competitive holiday times. Brands are seeing at least a 5x ROI on SMS. Start collecting opt-ins ASAP so you have a healthy list to send to for your holiday promos.

INFLUENCER
by Sarah

  • Influencers will be the equivalent of "holiday window shopping". 

  • Now that most retail stores will be taking their BFCM deals 100% online, influencers should be the ones to promote the deals and get the hype started.

PROGRAMMATIC
by Camille and Matt

  • eCPMs for Programmatic Display advertisers have increased by an average 7% since the beginning of September. This trend towards increased eCPMs is especially marked in Southern states, as a result of lower Summer eCPMs which are now normalizing.

  • While overall media consumption is down from its COVID peak in late April, Smartphone use within both mobile web & app is up significantly vs this time last year (+37%).

  • Connected TV adoption has plateaued since its explosive growth in February and March, however, CTV viewership & adoption remains at an all-time high and ad-supported CTV use has continued to grow through Summer 2020.

AMAZON
by Aaron

  • Prime Day officially announced for October 13-14 which will allow consumers to explore up to 48 hours of exclusive deals. While the window for Prime Day specific deals has closed, brands are still encouraged to run coupons for increased traffic and conversion on their focus products.

  • Amazon Advertising will allow dynamic Call to Actions for Sponsored Brands campaigns which speak to Savings and Deals. This allows brands to still use an on-brand headline while having Amazon establish Savings and Deals messaging as supplemental copy.

  • FBA shipments using less established Seller Central accounts are being limited to 200 units per SKU as of September. Scanning inventory remains inconsistent, taking between 1-3 weeks depending

TIKTOK / PINTEREST / SNAPCHAT
by Sarah & Josh

TikTok

  • As of September 28, 2020, no US TikTok ban will occur (source). 

  • TikTok bans ads for fasting apps and restricts those promoting 'negative body image' (source).

Snapchat

  • Snapchat continues to impress from a return and revenue perspective and is gradually taking up larger amounts of the media spend across clients and verticals.

  • With CPM’s anywhere between the $2-$3 range, Snapchat is a perfect compliment to Facebook and Instagram where CPM’s are at all time highs.

  • The investment in technology and platform optimizations have really paid off for Snapchat over the last 12 months.

  • Dynamic Ads for prospecting is proving effective at acquiring new customers at great cost per acquisition.

  • The latest news is that the iOS 14 update will go into effect in early spring. The update will restrict signals for marketers, and we are prepared to overcome these challenges with our data science and measurement teams. With fewer signals and shorter attribution windows measurement, compelling creative will be more critical than ever. iOS 14 will mean advertisers need to beef up their measurement capabilities. Our customer propensity modeling uses statistical measurement solutions that allow advertisers to correlate their marketing efforts across channels including Facebook and Instagram, Paid Search, and even Amazon.

FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM

  • TikTok introduced the 100 Black creators and emerging music artists who will be participating in a three month creator incubator program, TikTok for Black Creatives.

INFLUENCER

  • YouTube is moving from TrueView for Action campaigns to Video Action Campaigns. This will come as no surprise as Google’s recent initiatives have been about consolidation and ad inventory is no different. This further emphasizes the need for your creative to be cohesive. 

GOOGLE & YOUTUBE

  • Klaviyo recently launched its 2-way conversational SMS capabilities. With SMS as an emerging retention channel, it’s crucial to start building your SMS list now, no matter what platform you’re currently on. 

EMAIL

  • Start thinking about your summer content now! With the change in seasons as well as the loosening of Covid restrictions, people are out and about and ready to shop. Make sure that your creative content feels refreshed and appropriate for the season.

STUDIOSIX Bespoke Creative Production

STUDIOSIX Content Creation

  • Don’t wait until it's too late to capture some summer content!  Take advantage of sunny days in early spring to gather creative assets that can run all summer long!
  • As counties begin to open up, the weather is getting warmer, and people are spending more time outside and away from their computers. It’s key to ensure your media mix includes screens and formats that can reach your audience wherever they are. Mobile targeting and digital out of home will be key in reaching newly mobile shoppers!

PROGRAMMATIC

AMAZON

  • Amazon Prime Day is coming up fast! The actual date has not been “officially” announced, but it is most likely going to be in the middle of July. Planning starts now! Amazon announced that all Prime Day deals must be submitted for approval by 4/16.

Note that the insights for today’s page are comparing how we are pacing this week compared to the same timeframe last week and also the average over the last 30 days; charts are updated daily.

Note that the insights for today’s page are comparing how we are pacing this week compared to the same timeframe last week and also the average over the last 30 days; charts are updated daily.

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  • The Shopify integration with TikTok has significantly improved TikTok’s ability to track conversions from advertising. As a result, conversions have significantly increased and we have some advertisers achieving profitability at scale for the first time. 
  • Another new feature from TikTok is DPA (Dynamic Product Ads), a great strategy for multi sku brands in remarketing.

TIKTOK & SNAPCHAT