AKUDESIGN's Recovery Journey After Losing 70k+ Instagram Followers to Hacker

By Kelie Wong · 16th August, 2023

AKUDESIGN's Recovery Journey After Losing 70k+ Instagram Followers to Hacker | EasyStore

Malacca-born streetwear brand AKUDESIGN, founded by two artistic brothers Amirel Amen Anuar and Afiq Afify Anuar, has captivated fashion enthusiasts with its unique blend of streetwear and graffiti art.

Instagram Account Missing Overnight

Just a month ago, AKUDESIGN team experienced a devastating surprise when their Instagram account, with over 70k followers, was stolen overnight. This not only put their branded username @akudesign at risk but also jeopardized the sales that were generated through their Instagram channel. 

Despite their exhaustive efforts, they explored every possible avenue to recover their Instagram account, yet regrettably, there were no signs of retrieval.

With heavy hearts, 

the team came together and devised a strong plan to move forward. They realized three key things were essential for this recovery:

  • Informing customers about the compromised account and urging caution.
  • Quickest way to rebuild their account following.
  • Recapturing any lost sales from this incident.

Here's What They Did Next... 

To start off, they made the most of their existing customer database, which was stored in EasyStore's CRM Tools. This database was automatically compiled with each customer's purchase at their shop, resulting in a high-quality list! 

Next, Amirel utilized EasyStore's Broadcast Tools to inform their customers about the incident and directed them to follow their new account. This has helped them to achieve 7k followers in just 2 months and definitely more to come! 

The great news that followed was that the hacked account was removed from Instagram Database, which made the username available again. Without wasting a moment, we quickly reclaimed it.

This experience taught them a crucial lesson, not to rely too much on just one platform. They recognized the need to diversify their sales channels while having a unified customer database. This way, they could access it anytime and anywhere, ensuring that the customer database remain genuinely theirs.

A Memory On This Comeback

Turning this unfortunate event into a testament of resilience, AKUDESIGN introduced a new "Hacked Series," serving as a reminder that no matter what challenges come their way, they can always overcome and continue to progress.

Inspired by their comeback? Grab their AKUHACKED Tshirt here!

An Omni-channel Strategy Delivering 5x Surge In Revenue

This year, they've expanded into a second retail store, AKUDESIGN HOMEGROWN, while selling on 10 top sales channels including Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok!

 With the rise of online-merge-offline (OMO) trends, they harnessed EasyStore's Retail Solutions and achieved impressive milestones:

  • 5x year-to-year increase in retail sales,

  • 6x increase in repeat purchase rate,

  • Streamlined inventory across 2 retail outlets and 10 sales channels,

  • Built a strong team of 7 key players, ready for further expansion!

Read about their latest omnichannel strategy here.