Kickstart data analytics for e-commerce business with unbelievable $299 Budget

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Kickstart data analytics for e-commerce business with unbelievable $299 Budget

Are you an early-stage e-commerce company founder, looking to kickstart data analytics in your business? But you have your own notions regarding it and are not able to do it? If you feel you have the right intent of being a data-driven business at your early stages, but gets stuck due to a lack of proper knowledge, skills, resources and funds, then this is the right blog for you to read.

E-Commerce Challenges

As an e-commerce startup, founders are generally faced with multiple problems like

  • How to acquire good quality customers?
  • How to provide a better customer experience?
  • How to understand customer behavior?
  • How to get the right quality of sellers on board?

and majorly, understand what is working for e-commerce businesses and what is not.

How to Solve the Above Challenges?

Almost all of these challenges can be measured and solved with the help of data analytics. A better data management strategy, optimized data storage and efficient usage of data is all any business need in order to measure the health of the business and take real-time data-backed decisions to improve it. Data science has the capability to bring the most promising action-driven insights, which most of the founders miss due to engagement in their day-to-day operations, and help them to scale their business.

Founder’s Dilemma: Cost-effective Data Analytics?

Now comes the real problem. Having understood the capability of data analytics and its impact on the overall business, a founder faces a major bottleneck in allocating funds to data analytics. Most startup founders think that in order to become a data-driven organization, they need a lot of funds to hire good quality analytical people, buy a licensed data analytics product, invest a lot in hardware and databases and then maintain it up to date for real-time insights.

The sad part is that in order to save the cost, most startup founders try to do this themselves using excel or with any other ad-hoc solution. But excel becomes unmanageable and not that intuitive once you reach a threshold quantity of data.  Moreover, by getting into the nitty-gritties of excel, making visualizations and raw data capturing and understanding, a business owner starts deviating from the major goal of scaling the company and making it profitable.

DataToBiz At Rescue –

Below is the overall architecture diagram for a custom-built analytical platform we implemented for one of our e-commerce partners.

Data Analytics Platform Architecture

We made use of Stitch and Hevo for ETL, Google big query for data warehousing & Redash for data visualization. The major motivation behind this architecture is to mostly use open source technologies, and freemium software and make the solution as much cost-effective as possible, without compromising the performance. Once we are able to set the data pipeline, warehouse all the data, optimize the data model and its accessibility, we are able to bring so many real-time insights out of this. Following are the few important Business KPIs that we helped our partner with –

  • Customer Acquisition Cost vs Life Time Value analysis
  • Customer behavioral Cohorts
  • Loyal Vs Churned Users
  • RFM-based strong business decisioning

and much more actionable Business KPI for e-commerce business.

Using this solution at a meager monthly operational unbelievable cost of $299 along with inputs from our on-demand analytics experts, our partner is able to focus more on its core business and started improving it by taking data-driven decisions.

Once a business is more comfortable with the data decisioning culture and starts making the best use of the cost-effective analytics platform suggested in the blog, they can think of implementing machine learning for e-commerce business. For such insightful and cost-effective data solutions in other domains too, feel free to contact us.

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