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A Masterclass on D2C and E-commerce Marketing with Taylor Holiday Common Thread Collective CEO

A Masterclass on D2C and E-commerce Marketing with Taylor Holiday Common Thread Collective CEO

Today, CJ hosts Taylor Holiday, a legend in the e-commerce and D2C (Direct-to-Consumer) world. He is also the CEO and founder of Common Thread Collective, one of the leading marketing agencies for e-commerce brands. Taylor takes us on a deep dive into marketing best practices and shares profound insights from his years of experience in D2C and e-commerce businesses. He talks about bridging the gap between marketing and finance and what marketers often miss about monetization. He explains when to do marketing in-house and when to hire experts, how unit economics and expectations differ in B2C versus B2B, and why it’s so challenging to forecast inventory in e-commerce. Taylor also gives his top tip for anyone starting an e-commerce or D2C business today.

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(00:00) Preview and Intro

(02:45) Sponsor - NetSuite | Maxio

(05:28) Bridging the Gap Between Marketing and Finance

09:03) What All Marketers Need to Know

(15:48) In-house Marketing Versus Hiring Experts

(18:35) Sponsor - Mercury 

(21:05) Unit Economics and Expectations in B2C Versus B2B

(25:56) Working With Social Networks in B2C Versus B2B

(28:55) The Four Quarter Accounting Framework for Your Social Media Budget

(31:31) The Challenge of Forecasting Inventory in E-commerce

(35:52) How Gymshark Mastered the Cash Conversion Cycle

(39:16) E-commerce and D2C Companies That Hit It Big

(42:40) How Taylor Made a Fortune Selling Rubber Wedding Rings

(44:43) Takeaways From Taylor’s Years in E-commerce

(49:39) Podcasting as a Marketing Medium

(52:26) Wrap

Mostly metrics
Run the Numbers
Run the Numbers is a twice-weekly podcast about financial metrics and business models, designed for ambitious people operating tech startups. It's a collection of things host CJ Gustafson (CFO at Partstech and writer of Mostly Metrics) has learned and thought about in the trenches as a tech CFO.
This show is meant to serve as a playbook of sorts for the stuff CJ wishes he knew earlier in his career, both from experience and from copying people smarter than himself.
Topics frequently touch upon Startup SaaS Metrics, Annual Budgeting, Financial Forecasting, Headcount, Equity, Dilution, and Fundraising – and how all of these drive business performance and growth.