## March 22, 2022

### Gross Margin by Category: Feature Stuff That Generates \$\$

Take a look at this set of information. Here are gross margin percentages by Category for a brand.
• 43% = Category 0
• 52% = Category 1
• 47% = Category 2
• 47% = Category 3
• 37% = Category 4
• 00% = Category 5 (this is a gift card category)
• 52% = Category 6
• 50% = Category 7
• 55% = Category 8
• 43% = Category 9
• 53% = Category 10
• 52% = Category 11
• 59% = Category 12
• 52% = Category 13
• 55% = Category 14
• 63% = Category 15
• 58% = Category 16
• 42% = Category 17
• 53% = Category 18
• 60% = Category 19
• 51% = Category 20
• 58% = Category 21
Categories 12/19 are the primary categories that customers love within this brand. Notice that these categories have hefty gross margins. Good!

As a marketer, you should ask questions about categories 2/3/9/17. Specifically, why should these categories be featured in a marketing campaign or email marketing campaign? Why are you asking the customer to spend more to generate comparable profit?

Example: Customer could purchase from Category 14 at a 55% gross margin, or the customer could purchase from Category 17 at a 42% gross margin. If the average price of an item is \$70, the customer generates \$38.50 gross margin dollars at 55% but just \$29.40 at 42%. Selling the Category 17 item sub-optimizes profit by \$9.10. Said differently, you have to sell the Category 17 item at \$91.70 to generate the same amount of profit as selling the Category 17 item at \$70.00.

Now I get it - there are a thousand reasons why Category 17 is critical to your assortment.

But as a marketer you need to ask tough questions. You control what is featured in marketing campaigns. Why ask the customer to spend \$91.70 when you could ask the customer to spend \$70.00?