The Popularity of Direct-to-Consumer Brands


A business model that is steadily gaining ground and conquering the market.

In the dynamically evolving landscape of commerce, the emergence of companies offering products directly to consumers (direct-to-consumer – DTC) has sparked a revolution that transcends traditional business norms. Direct-to-consumer brands have not only reshaped the distribution of products but have also profoundly influenced the way consumers interact with businesses.

According to a PwC study (June 2023), consumers increasingly prefer brands that offer products directly to the market, bypassing traditional intermediaries. The majority (63%) state that they have purchased products directly from a brand’s website, and according to data analysis, this number is expected to rise. An additional 29% indicates that, though not yet done, they are seriously considering the direct-to-consumer option. According to data presented by Omnia Retail for 2023, in the United States, the number of consumers preferring DTC brands is expected to reach 111 million within the year, constituting 40% of their total population. Globally, DTC brand buyers make up 64% of the total, showing a 15% increase compared to 2019.


A model offering business autonomy

One of the main advantages offered by direct-to-consumer brands is the level of control they provide to businesses. Their autonomy extends to various areas, with pricing strategy being a characteristic example. Unlike traditional retail models where pricing may be influenced by intermediaries, direct-to-consumer brands have the power to design their pricing policies according to their identity and market position. Equally crucial to success is autonomy in designing and implementing internal processes and systems that reflect the vision and ethics of each company.


More opportunities in marketing

Businesses following the direct-to-consumer sales model have advantages in the marketing sector as well, as they have complete control in creating and executing their strategy from start to finish. For instance, they can allocate a separate marketing budget—a necessary step to enhance brand visibility and increase sales, especially online. They also have the ability to leverage various digital marketing strategies tailored to their unique audience. From harnessing the potential of social media platforms to collaborating with influencers, DTC brands can organize campaigns and engage directly with consumers, strengthening their brand and attracting new customers more easily.


Strengthening relationships with existing customers

DTC brands can easily develop authentic and long-term relationships with their customers. In contrast to traditional retail models where the relationship between consumer and brand is not as direct, DTC brands create close interactions, easily connecting, communicating, and serving their customers. This makes their relationship more than a typical transaction. The ability for direct communication fosters a sense of trust and loyalty, which is rare in traditional commerce and acts as a catalyst for converting first-time buyers into loyal supporters. Acquiring supporters can, in turn, serve as a significant marketing tool through positive reviews, personal recommendations, and other actions.


Utilizing data for strategic evolution

Direct access to customer data is another factor contributing to the success of DTC brands. Having a complete picture of their business, they can leverage valuable insights derived from consumer behavior and preferences. Using this data, they can make better decisions, such as creating personalized product offers and improving their overall strategy.


Adaptation and innovation

Keeping track of modern market trends is another significant factor in the success of the DTC model, leading to rapid adaptation to the needs and trends of the time. For example, if sales through social networks increase significantly, a DTC brand has the flexibility to adjust its strategy promptly. This is a crucial advantage that makes it easier to adopt innovations that are often challenging to implement in more traditional retail models.


Increase in profit margins

Lastly, we cannot overlook the substantial economic benefits of the DTC model. By avoiding intermediary levels of intermediaries, DTC brands can significantly reduce operational costs, paving the way for increased profit margins—a perspective that is particularly attractive in a competitive market.


As DTC brands continue to breathe new life into the retail landscape, we can envision a future where markets are not just transactions but genuine experiences—a future where consumers and brands connect deeply beyond traditional boundaries. This future is not merely a speculation; it is a reality actively shaped by DTC brands in how they interact with their customers.