In the early days of the company, there just weren’t any systems and processes. Everything was done on a manual, ad-hoc basis. This approach resulted in inefficient collaboration, no single source of truth for product information, or any way to track changes to past content.
We have a very talented team. But regardless of how talented your team is, if you don’t work within a system, you won’t be able to fully maximize those talents. Salsify lets us build a system that helps the team’s talents shine.
For a time, we tried a piecemeal approach where we used different systems alongside Salsify. Our creative team initially used Trello alongside Salsify, but they quickly realized that this approach had limitations.
When we brought everything under one roof, our efficiency skyrocketed.
Now our workflows and processes are very well-defined. The commerce experience management (CommerceXM) platform enhances collaboration and efficiency and allows us to do our job the best that we can.
Having the ability to define tasks in the order that they need to happen, have the tasks go through multiple reviews — and have that all maintained in one system — has allowed us to build truly efficient workflows that make scaling possible.
Added Ecommerce Growth Without Added Work
Initially, we had just 35 products, and our own website didn’t even have all 35 products listed. Only Amazon did. I was brought on to manage the ecommerce platforms, but the expectation was that I would spend all day manually checking and updating individual listings. We quickly realized that we wouldn’t be able to scale with this approach.
We wanted to add additional products to our catalog and launch in additional marketplaces. However, if we’d done this with our existing methods, we would have needed a whole team to manage it across platforms. Salsify plugged right in and allowed us to supplement this manual process using workflows and syndication. It accomplishes what otherwise would have required a lot of time and additional support to accomplish.
Salsify has also enabled us to be more flexible with our content. We’ve gone through many internal audits to ensure we’re compliant with the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission. We are also continually reviewing and revising content to ensure we mitigate risk.
Without Salsify, we would have had to weigh each compliance project against the time it would take to update all listings across every platform manually. Salsify takes that hurdle away and helps us tackle these large-scale projects.
Weighing the ROI of Ecommerce Platforms
The advice I’d give other companies looking for a solution to scale with is to measure the return on investment (ROI) continuously. You don’t want to overinvest, so if you can scale at the same rate with two different solutions, you obviously go with the cheaper solution.
But if you cannot scale at the same rate with both, then you really have to weigh if the additional cost of Salsify is worth the expected growth. That’s ultimately what made the decision for us. We asked ourselves if we could grow as quickly as we wanted to with a cheaper option — and the answer was no. So we decided to make the investment, and Salsify has paid extreme dividends for us.
More Growth To Come
With the help of Salsify, we’ve now grown to over 70 products. We’re currently selling on Amazon U.S., Canada, and U.K. — as well as Walmart, eBay, and our own website. And we’ll soon be launching on Amazon in Germany, Italy, France, and Spain.
We’re launching four products every month, so we’ll have more than tripled our SKU count by the end of the year. And since implementing Salsify, we’ve more than doubled our gross revenue.
Without Salsify, it would have been difficult to launch products at scale, and our ceiling would have been capped. Salsify gets rid of those limitations and allows us to scale as quickly as we want.
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