Sweetheart Kitchen Raises US$17.7 Million In Series C Funding Round To Launch New Brands And Kitchen Units Across MENA


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Cloud kitchen operator Sweetheart Kitchen has successfully secured €15 million (US$17.7 million) in a Series C funding round backed by strategic investors, led by the company’s founder and CEO Peter Schatzberg.

As a delivery-only multi-brand virtual kitchen, Schatzberg notes that the Dubai-based company is keen to invest their funding into supply chain technology, food design and hiring talent, as they had previously done, and which they plan to continue to do so. “Scaling units is certainly one important objective for us, but we are also investing in streamlining our processes and systems to achieve profitability.”

As a company that is only 15 months old, it’s noteworthy to point out its impressive milestones. The startup (which, according to a Wamda report, is backed by Germany’s Delivery Hero) has previously raised €21 million ($24.8 million) in a previous round. Thus, as of date, the startup has raised a total of $43 million. The brand boasts a portfolio of 30 brands, such as Wingo, Avocado Bravo and Affordabowls, among others.

That’s not to say that cloud kitchen startup hasn’t had their fair share of hurdles during the pandemic. Schatzberg comments, “Almost overnight, we pivoted from scaling volume and units, to demonstrating profitability through aggressive cost-cutting measures that would ordinarily take place in a mature enterprise.” They had to close live units in Kuwait, as well as make reductions, and lose cash flow as they were waiting to open a number of completed units, but was vacant due to citywide lockdowns. He adds, “Any incremental revenue we might have received as a function of the pandemic was more than offset by the various costs and challenges that the pandemic

3 Fatal Mistakes Brands Make When Hiring SEO Copywriters

Search marketing is a popular inbound marketing strategy.

Search influences a purchase enormously.

Up to 72% of buyers start research for a product or service by consulting Google.

Smart SEO marketing guarantees you a steady, ever-increasing flow of traffic, leads, and sales. But to nail it and reap all these benefits you need excellent SEO copywriters. Sadly, most brands trip up when hiring writers. Consequently, they don’t see results.

In this post, I will reveal three common mistakes companies make when hiring an SEO copywriter. Better yet, the post will suggest fixes for the missteps.

Mistake #1: Asking for academic degrees

A significant number of companies require degrees like BA In Communication Science or Creative Writing for writers to join their staff.

But that’s a massive blunder.

First, there are very few universities that teach SEO copywriting. Most college classes teach dry, formal, offline media stuff that doesn’t work online. Second, not all gifted writers have writing degrees.

So if you insist on a degree, you miss out on many talented result-getting writers who don’t have a formal qualification. After all, SEO writing isn’t about fancy degrees, it’s about getting results in the actual world.

What you should do instead:

  • Ask for case studies of results the writer has achieved in the past.
  • Find out what if the prospect has undergone any Search Engine Optimization training, whether free or paid.
  • Ask how much the prospect has invested in SEO skills development. Serious contenders spend money on career growth because they always want to get better. Pretenders don’t want to part with a penny to sharpen their skills.
  • Commit to writer training and development to improve the skill levels of your writing team. Train them after you get them.

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A significant number of business

Shogun raises $35M to help brands take on Amazon with faster and better sites of their own

E-commerce has boomed this year, with more businesses and shoppers than ever before turning to websites and apps as a safer, socially distanced alternative during the current global health pandemic. Today, a startup that has built a platform to help individual companies and brands design better websites is announcing a round of growth funding to help them step up to that challenge with faster and better designed interfaces.

Shogun, which lets companies build sites that sit on top of e-commerce back-ends like Shopify, Big Commerce or Magento to let them sell goods and services, is today announcing that it has raised $35 million in funding after seeing its business growth 182% over the last year, with 15,000 companies — including Leesa, MVMT, Timbuk2, Chubbies and K Swiss, as well as household Fortune 500 brands that it declines to name — now using Shogun’s tools, up 5,000 in the last eight months.

Finbarr Taylor, the CEO who co-founded the company with Nick Raushenbush, said that the startup plans to use the company to continue enhancing its two main products — Page Builder for bigger companies and agencies; and frontend, a headless commerce solution for smaller businesses that offers faster page-load times — and to help improve its market strategy.

To date, much of the company’s growth has been organic, with a marketing team of two, and also only two sales people. “So it will be about scaling up those teams as well as our engineer and design and product teams, to deliver on the promises we made to our customers,” Taylor said.

The Series B is being led by Accel with participation from Initialized Capital, VMG Partners, and Y Combinator. The round also has a number of high-profile individuals in it, which speak to Shogun’s credibility in the worlds of e-commerce