As the ecommerce space continues to expand, it’s increasingly critical to meet your customers where they are. However, digital brands that depend on platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Amazon face a string of challenges, including rising acquisition costs; a limited ability to manage their performance, attribution and audience targeting; and the risk of losing brand authenticity. These issues are costing many companies a good night of sleep—but not Hatch. Having seen it all, the fast-growing health and wellness brand decided to focus on its ad experience in coping with these changes. They found that the secret to sweet dreams is striking the right balance between performance and brand creative, while always staying close to your authentic brand look and feel.
In the latest episode of In a Monk’s Opinion, our SVP, Global Performance and Enterprise eCommerce Kashif Zafar sits down with special guest Holly Elliot, VP Growth Marketing at Hatch, and fellow Monks Robbie Wiedie, VP Creative Services, and Jackie Andreetta, Associate Director of eCommerce, to discuss the smart-sleeping giant’s approach to marketing and advertising and their most recent strategic decisions. Furthermore, they talk about Hatch’s partnership with Media.Monks, the value of starting a creative mission with data, the importance of keeping track of trends and meeting customers where they are, and why advertisers shouldn’t miss out on Amazon. The golden thread? Whatever you do, always test and learn.
In case you missed it—you can watch the full conversation below.
Hatch has had creative consistency and an unquestionable brand ethos since day one, which was instantly clear to Holly when she joined the team in 2021. As any growth marketer knows, starting a new role shortly before Q4 can be quite intense, but luckily she was given a warm and well-branded welcome. However, in preparing the marketing and advertising for the upcoming holiday season, Holly discovered two gaps: channels were optimized in silos and creative work was conducted based on campaigns rather than evergreen performance—in short, nothing that Media.Monks can’t solve.
Acting as an extension of Hatch’s creative team, our main task was to make memorable content that could also perform, keeping in mind the company’s paid efforts. “We like to think of performance creative as fuel for the media engine,” says Robbie. The secret to success is starting with the data. So, our team first looked at the performance data on all the creative work to date, and then took existing assets, learned to speak the brand language, and created iterations of the top performers. Through a post-production-only methodology, our team repurposed existing creative assets into channel-specific iterations in a fast and efficient way—with the first social ads going live within a couple of weeks, before moving on to user-generated content and larger campaign stories. “We often say data is our creative director and this really holds true,” says Robbie, noting the role that insights can play in refining creative ideas.
While Hatch’s internal creative team primarily works on brand marketing, Media.Monks focuses on the performance part. “The speed at which we work with Media.Monks is so essential,” says Holly. “We’re able to test content on new platforms very quickly, which we couldn’t have done on our own.” On top of that, media learnings make the process seamless. This is crucial, as the health and wellness brand plans to focus on media diversification even more in the future. “It’s all about making sure you find new places to reach people,” says Holly, to which Robbie adds: “And that it’s based on the learnings, because you can’t argue with data.” Curious to hear what else the future of Hatch will hold, and how the brand readies itself for the upcoming holiday season? Take a look at the video above to find out more.
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