Consumer budgets are expected to be better this holiday shopping season, which could result in better sales outcomes for retailers. It continues to be a challenge to capture those consumer dollars amid myriad messages coming at consumers from all directions.
However, one startup thinks it has cracked the code on how brands and retailers can most effectively target and connect with customers.
Meet Birdseye, a Toronto-based company focused on retail and e-commerce artificial intelligence. Matt Bogoroch started the company in 2021 with his brother, Adam Bogoroch, and Shardul Frey to provide e-commerce analytics for Shopify brands to improve their marketing and advertising efforts and put them in an even playing field with larger companies.
They recognized that smaller, online retailers don’t have the dedicated analytics teams to provide the data needed to boost their marketing, thus leaving sales on the table.
Two years later, the company has grown into a platform for large brands and retailers offering the skills of an AI-powered chief marketing officer, including executing hyper-personalization email and SMS campaigns and insights from retail transaction data, from one dashboard.
Its technology computes millions of marketing actions for the retailer so they can match their customers with the products they most likely would be interested in purchasing at any given time and price.
This includes excess inventory so that retailers don’t have to run discounts or do mass email campaigns. In addition, Birdseye is able to alert retailers about potential customer churn so they can proactively respond with personalized offers to help retain them.
“Each message and discount is unique, crafted by an advanced large language model, ensuring relevance and appeal to each recipient,” CEO Matt Bogoroch told TechCrunch via email. “Imagine Nike having 800 units of size 16 yellow shoes that are struggling to sell due to their unique size/color combination. Birdseye’s AI can identify customers who prefer yellow and wear size 16, then reach out with personalized pricing for the shoes — all without human intervention.”
The company is working with approximately 120 logos, including Midori, bag & bougie and Eva Franco. That is an increase of 100% since the beginning of the year, Bogoroch said. He declined to go into specifics about revenue growth.
Birdseye secured $500,000 in a pre-seed round from Drive Capital in March. Today, the venture capital firm infused additional capital into the company, this time $3 million in seed funding. As part of the investment, Drive Capital partner Masha Khusid will join Birdseye’s board of directors.
With the funding, Birdseye has two years of runway and will focus on growing its customer base to include more mid-market and enterprise companies. It will also grow from eight to 14 engineers, mainly on the machine learning side, Bogoroch said.
Courtesy by: TechCrunch