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Gen X is a seriously underserved market on TikTok. 92% of this group are daily social media users.

But only 5% of brands are targeting this group, even though they're responsible for 27% of global spending.

How old are Gen X’ers?

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One of the very best ways to do product research for new products and to find pain points and issues to address in sales copy for your current products is by using Reddit.

Reddit's traffic surged by 39% year-over-year in May 2024, which is a huge increase for a platform that has been around for almost 20 years.

The big driver of Reddit's traffic increase is organic search, particularly from Google (who paid $60 million this year to access Reddit’s API for AI training). Reddit had about 834.5 million direct visits in April 2024, but another 1.3 billion visits came from Google search results.

People love complaining on Reddit. Some of the best insights and copy you can paraphrase to make your product stand out as the best choice lives in subreddits.

In addition to doing research on Reddit, participate in forums related to your product and customer Avatar. You can often drive a lot of traffic to your product listings, and even create SEO that will show up on Google results.

You can scrape Reddit and find threads or subreddits where people are asking for advice about a particular problem, then insert yourself using alias accounts to recommend your own product.

Some of the best tools to use for Reddit scraping and research:


2023 was bad for Amazon aggregator funding, and this year is on track to be even worse.

Just two equity funding rounds were closed through June 27, compared to five at the same time last year and 12 total in all of 2023.

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More virtual store have been popping up lately on Amazon in a 2D world. Amazon has been experimenting with virtual storefronts for a few months.

These stores work in your browser without any special plug-ins or goggles.

Amazon has three goals in mind:

  1. To enhance product discovery and consumer engagement on its platform, similar to features like the TikTok-like Inspire feed.

  2. To explore the viability of the metaverse concept, even as public interest has waned in recent years. The article notes this could be a sign that Amazon is entertaining metaverse technology.

  3. To provide a more immersive shopping experience, though the article suggests the virtual store experiences so far have been "clunky and difficult to navigate" from a consumer perspective.

Check out Amazon’s demo here of a curated selection of coffee makers neatly arranged on shelves, including models from Cuisinart and Nespresso. Here’s another demo for Home Goods.

Virtual reality is facing a tough sledge, with Meta recently discontinuing its Quest headsets and feedback to Apple’s Vision Pro mixed (Apple is now 100% focused on a cheaper version).

The technology is not new. Styliff Tech, one of London’s leading digital product studios, has been building next-gen apps and digital experience for Fortune 500 companies and start-ups for a few years.

In 2022 they introduced a catalog concept for a Toy Store ( <= worth checking out) showcasing a wide variety of products in a 3D environment called the Sphere. Another company called Profitero also creates 3D worlds for brand.

In testing, Styliff says they saw the following results:

Conversion rate increase over 30%
Time on site increase: 48%
Page view increase by 400%

It will be interesting to see where this goes with Amazon and if smaller brands will be able to start using this.

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Boom times are back for container shipping companies. Ocean rates have more than doubled since January.

Reasons for Increased Shipping Rates

  1. Red Sea Crisis:

    • Vessel Attacks: Ongoing vessel attacks in the Red Sea have led to significant disruptions.

    • Route Changes: Ships are rerouted around the Cape of Good Hope, adding 2-3 weeks to transit times.

  2. Congestion:

    • Global Port Congestion: Increased transit times are causing congestion at ports worldwide, especially in Southeast Asia and the Mediterranean.

    • Trans-shipment Delays: Delays at trans-shipment ports are causing cascading delays in global shipping schedules.

  3. High Demand and Reduced Capacity:

    • High Demand: The demand for shipping space is high, particularly with peak season approaching in the U.S.

    • Lower Vessel Capacity: Fewer vessels are available, and those in service are experiencing longer transit times.

Rates have doubled in past 3 months to USA

Rates to Europe are close to doubling

Rate Increases

  • Current Rates:

    • Asia to U.S. West Coast: $7,052 per forty-foot equivalent unit (FEU)

    • Asia to U.S. East Coast: $8,253 per FEU

  • Comparison: While lower than the pandemic peak (over $10,000 per FEU), these rates are still significantly higher than earlier in the year.

Outlook and Fourth Quarter Impact

  • Continued High Rates: Experts predict that rates will remain elevated due to ongoing issues with capacity and high demand.

  • Peak Season Pressure: The fourth quarter, which includes peak holiday shipping, is expected to see particularly high rates and possible additional surcharges.

Mitigation Strategies for Shippers

  1. Increase Visibility and Forecasting:

    • Plan Ahead: Shippers should improve their forecasting to plan volumes and costs accurately.

    • Budget for Volatility: Be prepared for short-term cost increases.

  2. Predictable Shipping:

    • Stick to Allocations: Avoid shipping over weekly allocations to prevent additional costs.

    • Early Communication: Communicate shipping forecasts early and consistently.

  3. Strategic Decision-Making:

    • Bold Decisions: Make strategic decisions about shipping to manage costs effectively.

    • Long-Term Contracts: Consider negotiating long-term contracts to stabilize rates.

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The answer to today’s STUMP BEZOS is
Gen X are those aged between 45 and 60

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