Sweetwater Creates a Frictionless User Experience through SEM
With a combination of an increase in program scale after a technology transition and shifting market conditions, Sweetwater experienced a surge in purchases leading to lower-than-usual available inventory. As a result, cancellation rates started to increase as shoppers realized that items might not ship for a prolonged time.
After numerous years of bidding through proprietary technology, Sweetwater partnered with Merkle to transition to Google’s bidding technology, which fueled its customer acquisition growth through machine learning algorithms.
Merkle leveraged SA360 tools to allow Sweetwater to replenish its inventory based on current run rates to automatically pause or resume campaigns. This ensured that users only see ads for in-stock inventory and can navigate to landing pages that display in-stock items.
Through online collaboration tools and daily standups, the team worked closely on campaign execution with an agility that allowed a pivot as business priorities evolved. Working in lockstep and investing time in understanding the details of the new bidding technology, Merkle reconfigured the setup and adjusted the volume of SEM campaigns in market, to ensure Sweetwater capitalized on market opportunity amid warehouse limitations.
In addition to optimizing revenue stream, this project created a seamless user experience and allowed Sweetwater to provide appropriate follow-up to new customers acquired during this turbulent time. As a parallel, we stood up a strong foundation for future growth through subsequent purchases and loyalty.