Companies typically have to settle on strategies that align with their customers, employees, investors and regulators. The more they know about how the other side will decide, the clearer their own strategies become.
If regulators always prefer choice for consumers, then it is easy for a platform to allow multiple payment choices: Shopify allows multiple payment options from its partners, Apple doesn’t.
By regulatory intervention, it will have to now.
Nash equilibrium and Netflix time
Nash equilibrium is a fascinating, post-facto explanation for some of the interesting decisions you will often see in business.
In simple terms, Nash equilibrium states that if you have clarity on the other side’s decision, you can make yours without regret. In other words, there is no incentive to change strategy once each side knows what the optimal position of the other side is, in their combined transaction.
All physical products cannot escape retail, because ignoring retail means a smaller serviceable market. But it is a choice companies can make.
I see this playing out every weekend at home. I don’t mind reading a book alone or watching Netflix with my kid, but when I am available for Netflix and my kid decides to read a book, it is a bummer.
DTCs, DNVBs and game theory
In DTC, how companies decide their omnichannel strategy depends on how well they know what their customers’ choices are and what their ideal strategy will be. In many transactions, constraints are actually good forcing functions — they narrow down choices and help you arrive at an equilibrium faster and cheaper.
The marketing and public-market filing languages make for a fascinating read into the minds of companies.
When Warby Parker filed its IPO prospectus last month, the company referred to its digitally native status in the past tense. The model was effectively flipped in 2020, as its share of online sales to total sales dropped from 65% to 40%. Meanwhile, its physical store count increased from 126 to 145.