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The Hype is Overrated, Here's What's Not:

You've been inundated with promises of explosive growth and revolutionary strategies that often fall flat. Not anymore. Welcome to the era where substance outshines the buzz – welcome to HaloProfits.

The E-Commerce Mirage

Enter HALO, the anti-agency that's rewriting the rules of e-commerce growth. With HALO, it's not about who shouts the loudest; it's about who grows the smartest. This is where the long game is played and won.

Shattering Conventions

While others chase the latest fads, HALO harnesses the power of actionable intelligence and experienced industry strategists. We don't follow trends; we set them. Our approach is disrupting norms and shocking experts with its quiet efficiency.

The Secret Sauce

What's our secret? It's a unique blend of tools and resources that track not just financial performance but sustainability metrics. Customized strategies align with your specific needs, ensuring every move you make maximizes impact.

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This is your moment. A chance to rise above the buzz and embrace a strategy that delivers. Join the elite group of DTC brands who are not just playing the game but changing it. With HALO, you're not just surviving; you're leading. Welcome to the long game. Welcome to the future.

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Begin your marketing journey with HALO through our in-depth financial analysis. This critical step is crucial for crafting marketing strategies that align perfectly with your financial goals.

In10 Days you'll have a Comprehensive Financial Plan And The Foundation of Your Marketing Strategy.

WHY START WITH FINANCIAL ANALYSIS?

Our financial analysis lays the groundwork for targeted marketing decisions, ensuring your investments yield the highest returns and your marketing strategies are cost-effective and impactful.

WHO IS HALO?

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DUSTIN FINKEL

Finance + Distribution

BRANDS DUSTIN 's WORKED WITH

Goldman Sachs, General Mills, Awakened Foods: KaPop! + B.Fine Foods, WhiteWave Foods: Horizon Organic, Famous Brands: Mrs. Fields Cookies, Abbott: ZonePerfect

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LARRY OLSON

Brand + Campaigns

BRANDS LARRY's WORKED WITH

Apple, Google, K2, Adidas, Virgin, GOOD, Burt’s Bees, Jansport, Patagonia Provisions, Detroit Bikes, Jackson’s Honest, Pearl Izumi, The North Face, SONOS

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DAVID SIDNEY WILLIAMS

eCommerce + Data + Media

BRANDS DAVE's WORKED WITH

Nestle (Coffee Mate), Kodak, Time Inc., The Wall Street Journal, Warner Brothers Motion Picture Group, InStyle, Canon USA, Life Magazine, People Magazine, Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated

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tyler kemp

Acquisition Strategist

BRANDS TYLER's WORKED WITH

LeadRev, Intentflow, Uber, Hombot, Guild Mortgage

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JAMES CLARK

Category Design + Jobs To Be Done Customer Insights

BRANDS JAMES has WORKED WITH

Sanrio + Hello Kitty, Haribo, Stio, Travel Channel, Charlotte’s Web, Udi’s, EVOL, Glutino, Pearl Izumi, Sports Authority, Forever 21, Horizon Organic, Maple Hill, Mrs. Fields Cookies, Qdoba, TCBY, Alltel Sponsorships for the NFL and NASCAR, LEMS, Carafem, Augason Farms, Chugach Powder Guides, Where There Be Dragons

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What's It Cost?

Each engagement starts with a $2,900 commitment. In 10 business days we deliver an expert financial analysis and projections.

The question really is what’s the cost of not doing this?

How Do I Improve Customer Acquisition Costs?

Improving Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC) starts with understanding your gross margins per product, establishing a known payback period, then optimizing your marketing strategies to target high intent buyers for acquisition. Data-driven insights highlight areas for refinement, from budgets to conversion funnels.

What Is Growth Marketing?

Growth Marketing is an integrated approach that focuses on the entire customer lifecycle using data-driven strategies and incorporating marketing strategies like Jobs To Be Done Theory and Category Design. It goes beyond traditional marketing to drive sustainable growth and customer engagement.

What Is Category Design?

Category Design is a discipline to help businesses create new markets, gain a competitive advantage, experience faster growth, create loyal customers, and generate outsized profits.

It is about creating a unique company, an unrivaled product, and an entirely new market space at the same time. 

The journey of category design starts with understanding the problem you desire to solve. The problem is the proxy for the category and is the strategic element you see missing in the world. That unsolved problem is what keeps you up at night and drives you to build a product, company, and category to solve it. 

The most exciting companies create and give us new ways of living, thinking, and doing business. They solve problems we didn’t know we had or didn’t pay attention to because we never thought there was another, perhaps better way. Category design is a byproduct of digital transformation, and mobilization is a crucial step in category design. To mobilize your workforce, you must foster a strong company culture that thrives upon disruptive innovation and technology.

What Are The Benefits of Category Design?

Category Design brings significant benefits to businesses that successfully implement it. Here are some of the advantages of Category Design:

1. Creating new markets: Have a unique POV on the problem the company is solving for the customer.. By doing so, businesses can create a unique company, product, and category, which can lead to exponential growth and value creation.

2. Competitive advantage: Category Design helps businesses define the terms of competition in their favor. It changes the way a company thinks about what it's trying to do and how it plans to get there. Every department will be affected by the effort, making it a whole-company effort.

3. Faster growth and higher valuations: Companies that create new categories or successfully redesign existing categories experience much faster growth and receive much higher valuations from investors than companies bringing only incremental innovations to market.

4. Loyal customers and brand ambassadors: By offering people a new way of doing things, businesses can solve problems that customers didn't know they had, creating loyal product believers and brand ambassadors.

5. Outsized profits: Research published in Harvard Business Review supports that if executed correctly, category design can deliver outsized profits.

What Is Jobs To Be Done Theory?

Jobs To Be Done (JTBD) is a framework that helps you understand your customer's needs by focusing on the "job" they are hiring your product or service to do. By using a JTBD approach, businesses align their brand, messaging, and even product offerings align with the progress their core customer is trying to make. 

One of the key advantages of the Jobs to Be Done Theory is that it enables your business to identify pain points and frustrations your customers may experience but not explicitly express. 

For instance, Joan is trying to lose weight. She works a demanding job and frequently stops for takeout on the way home because she doesn’t have time to cook. She wants to "hire" a company that offers easy-to-grab on-the-go meals and is a healthier option than takeout. 

Flourish is a B2C prepared meal company that delivers healthy, pre-made meals on a subscription basis. Using the Jobs to Be Done Theory, they learn that most of their customers are busy professionals like Joan. 

Flourish decides to change their product offering from a paleo meal subscription for athletes to a high protein and fiber meal subscription service for busy professionals trying to lose weight or stay healthy. 

By understanding what “job” their customer really needs to be done and what their real rival is (takeout), they create a new landing page with this value proposition, which soon nets a 30% conversion rate. 

Once the customer needs are identified, we find ways to address them and not only create products or services that better meet your customers' requirements, but also create content and campaigns leading to higher customer satisfaction, increased loyalty, and even higher revenues. 

Using Jobs to Be Done Theory to Develop Customer Personas

By understanding the jobs different types of customers are trying to do, your business can create more accurate and effective customer personas based on customers' motivations and needs, rather than simply demographic information.

For example, let's say you're developing a customer persona for the busy professional who stops by your coffee shop on the way to work. Rather than simply listing their age and income level, focus on their need for a quick and convenient caffeine fix and their preference for a no-fuss ordering process.

On the other hand, if you're developing a persona for the group of friends who come to your coffee shop on weekends, you might focus on their desire for a cozy and comfortable atmosphere and their need for a variety of menu options to accommodate different tastes and dietary restrictions.

How Do You Define Gross Profit?

In the context of a direct-to-consumer (DTC) e-commerce company, gross profit is a critical metric as it gives insight into the core profitability of the business, excluding many of the operational, administrative, and other indirect costs. Here's how gross profit can be defined and calculated for such a company:

Definition of Gross Profit:

Gross profit is the difference between the revenue generated from goods sold and the cost of goods sold (COGS). COGS includes direct costs attributable to the production or procurement of the goods sold by the company.

Formula:

Gross Profit = Total Revenue - COGS

Where:

Total Revenue: This is the total sales generated from selling products. For a DTC e-commerce company, this would include all sales from the website, minus returns, allowances, and any discounts provided.

COGS (Cost of Goods Sold): These are the direct costs attributable to the production of the goods sold by a company. In the context of a DTC e-commerce company, COGS might include:

• Cost of manufacturing or purchasing the product.

• Packing materials.

• Direct labor costs associated with packing and shipping the product.

• Shipping costs (if borne by the business and not passed directly to the consumer).

• Payment gateway fees or commissions directly associated with the sale (some might argue to keep this separate, but it's a consideration)

• Quality Inspection and Testing: If products undergo any kind of quality assurance, testing, or inspection before being listed for sale, those costs would factor in.

• Warehousing and Storage: Costs directly related to storing the products until they're sold. This can include rent for the storage space, utilities, and any specialized storage conditions (e.g., refrigeration for perishable items).• Packaging Design: The cost of designing specialized packaging. This is beyond just the basic packaging material costs.

• Labor Associated with Inventory Management: This can include receiving, sorting, labeling, and shelving goods.

• Wastage or Shrinkage: Costs associated with damaged goods, lost items, or products that become obsolete before they can be sold.

• Licensing or Royalty Fees: If the products sold are under a license or if there's a royalty fee associated with using certain intellectual properties, then these fees would be included.

• Customs and Duties: For imported goods, the costs related to customs, tariffs, and duties to bring products into the country.

• Product Photography and Listing Costs: For e-commerce, presenting the product online requires high-quality images, videos, or other visual presentations. The costs involved in creating these presentations would be part of the direct costs.

• Assembly or Final Preparation: Some products require assembly or some form of finishing touches before they're ready for sale.

• Sample Costs: If samples of products are produced and distributed (either for quality checking or for marketing purposes) before the final product is produced and sold.

• Costs of Raw Materials: If products are manufactured in-house, then the costs of all raw materials and components used in the product's production.

• Equipment Depreciation: If specialized equipment is used only for producing specific products, a proportionate amount of its depreciation can be allocated to the COGS.

• Product-specific software or tech costs: If there are specific software solutions or technologies (like RFID tags) used exclusively for some products.

It's essential to keep in mind that the direct costs can vary significantly based on the nature of the product, the business model, and the company's operations. The key is to identify and account for all costs directly tied to making the product available for sale to the customer.

It's worth noting that while gross profit gives insight into the core product-related profitability, it does not account for other operational expenses like marketing, salaries (unrelated to production or direct sale), rent, utilities, etc. Net profit will consider all these other expenses and provide a more holistic view of the overall profitability of the business.

For accurate and insightful financial analysis, it's crucial to consistently define and calculate gross profit, ensuring that you're comparing apples to apples when evaluating the performance over time or against competitors. 

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