Smart Products for Brands
Smart Products for Brands

Become a Smart Brand and Grow Your Brand on Bridge

Bridge is a free, secure platform on which your business can store and share 1,000s of products (with pictures, prices, and descriptions) with your retailers.

Your retailers can use your products shared via Bridge to power their websites and gift registries. You can control how your items appear and are organized on your retailers' websites.

Currently, 100+ brands use Bridge to promote 59,478 products on 400+ retailers' websites.

Benefits:
  1. More easily show and sell your products on your retailers' websites.
  2. Increase the quantity of your product offered on retailers' websites.
  3. Increase the number of retailers selling your product.
  4. Get new customers.
  5. Control how your brand is presented online, including more control over your pricing, picture quality, and descriptions.
  6. Use Bridge as an advertising platform to efficiently promote your products to existing and potential clients.
  7. Sell 13% more: Read the study showing how stores sell more

Save Money & Time

Do you hate giving out thumb drives or e-mailing Dropbox links with pictures and Excel files? Most brands do.

Skip these out-dated tools. With Bridge's Smart Products service, your items instantly appear in all the right retail spots.

Smart Products let you bypass Dropbox and Excel. You can use Smarts Products to speed products to market, cut costs and unify distribution.

Excel vs Smart Products

You Send Retailers an Excel File Retailers Sync with Your Smart Products
Slow. Often requires manual processing and uploading to a website. Fast. Products can appear on retailer sites instantly.
Expensive. Costs your retailers more than $.50 on average to add and maintain. Super cost efficient: Less than $0.005 per item/month
Requires your retailers having a computer savvy staff. Doesn't require more staffing. Maintenance-free product management.
Inaccurate. An indie store maintaining tens or hundreds of brands' prices and content is nearly impossible. Accurate prices and product content because Smart Brands maintain their respective items.

Dropbox vs Smart Products

You Send Retailers a Dropbox Link Retailers Sync with Your Smart Products
Slow and expensive. Requires constant downloading of Excel files and images, and then uploading this to retailer's website. Fast and cost efficient. After one-time sync, all data from your brand is 'live' on your retailers' websites.
Brands often send files to multiple emails and accounts, thereby creating many files in different locations. Use one Bridge account to share products and pricelists with hundreds of retailers.
Not intuitive. Files don't appear in context. Dropbox files are often unorganized and not organized like a website nor catalog. Intuitive. Products appear next to relevant files. Eg: Waterford products appear next to Waterford files.
Stores often show just a fraction of what the brand offers online. Reason: the stores have to manually download content from Dropbox and add it to their sites. Stores often display 100% of a brand's products online. The Smart Products platform makes doing so quick and easy.

Let's imagine your retail stores would like to add 500 of your products to their websites. If a store were to add these items without Bridge, it would pay someone $100s and require a week or more of time. With Bridge, it costs the store $0 and the items are online in minutes.

bridge diagram for brands

How Do Smart Products 'Work'?

When you make your products 'Smart Products,' you're placing them in Bridge's database. This database only shares your products with those retailers, sales reps, and businesses with which you've told it to share your products.

Retailer's Average Percentage Increase in Sales

Do You Want to Sell 13% More?

Retailers reported that they sold 13.5% more product when they used the Smart Products service. In another study conducted by DeVine Corporation (which distributes Anna Weatherley, Royal Crown Derby, and Couzon), retailers that used Bridge also reported selling 13% more than those that did not use the program.
Herend costing savings by using Bridges

Which Retailers Use Smart Products?

300+ retailers use Smart Products including:

  • Tableware and gift shops
  • Florists
  • Jewelry stores
  • Furniture stores
  • Hardware stores
  • Bedding & linen shops
  • Restaurant & hotel gift shops

View retail businesses that use Bridge »

site comparison: Bridge vs. non-Bridge retailer

Retailer Example

Most retailers show on their websites a fraction of what a brand offers. Due to this, they are receiving fewer orders from the general public and from other customer bases such as gift registry customers. This hurts the retailer and the brand. The Smart Products service fixes this problem. View an example of how Smart Products help a brand show more product on retailers' sites.

Start Selling Today

  1. Sign-up for Bridge.
  2. Email us an Excel file with your products.
  3. Bridge will help you import your product data.
  4. Bridge will show you how to manage your items via your Bridge account.
  5. You choose who sells your product via Bridge.
  6. Your products will appear on authorized retail Bridge partners' websites.
  7. You can add, edit, and delete products. Your changes will take place in real-time on the retailers' websites.

Read more about how Bridge works for brands on the How Does Bridge Work? page.

Excel is a poor tool to share products between many businesses--but it does serve a purpose. It's one way to enter your products into Bridge. You can either use our user interface to enter products or e-mail us an an Excel file.