Black Friday: Blot on the retail calendar, or awash with opportunities?

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Two years ago, the media dined out on stories of in-store fights over cheap televisions. As a result, last year we saw more web-based campaigns – an attempt to avoid in-store pressure and panic. But that brought strains of its own, as retailers’ websites buckled under the weight of demand.

We've also seen Amazon launch Black Friday offers early and other retailers following suit by extending offerings to week-long periods to get around the mayhem.

Despite retailers' best...

By Jonathan Rhodes, 24 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce.

What role do brands play in today's world of eCommerce?

As commerce changes to conform to the new world of marketplaces and networks, brands are losing their steam.

Historically, brand has been the primary way retailers differentiated themselves when products were very similar. Over time, customers’ habits have changed, and brand marketing is turning into product marketing now that shopping is no longer a destination game.

Think about last time you bought something. Did you go straight to the store or site of the brand you bought it from? Or did you read a...

By Harper Reed, 12 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce.

Why is eCommerce thriving where offline brands are not?

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Over the last couple of years it has been reported that there are more shops closing than opening on UK high streets.

Long-established retailers haven’t escaped the crisis and there has been a steady stream of high street staples going into administration, or losing profits.

Just last month, John Lewis Partnership – long time pillar of the UK retail industry -...

By Maria Wagner, 10 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: E-Commerce.

How a unified data strategy unlocks hidden sales opportunities

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Dissect almost any broken or damaged relationship, and you will find a breakdown in communication:

  • The partner who feels unloved;
  • The surprise resignation of the star salesperson who feels taken for granted;
  • The employee who is injured because of inadequate training; and
  • The community who is aggrieved because they don’t feel they were consulted.

All are the results of bad or non-existent communication.

These communication failures can be even worse when third parties are involved. They impose personal opinions, politics and Chinese whispers which all...

By Jakob Bignert, 04 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Data-driven marketing, Data Science, E-Commerce.

How BHS can become a phoenix from the ashes with its relaunch

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We all love a story with a happy ending, especially when good triumphs over bad, heroes overcome villains and twists and turns keep us on our toes. The story of British Home Stores, or BHS, is one of these stories. 

The iconic British brand, established in 1928, succumbed to the challenge of physical and digital retailing earlier this year and gave up the ghost. With tired stores, confused product lines and jaded consumers, it lost itself along the way somewhere: it became a bit...

By Kieran Kilmartin, 30 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Commerce, E-Commerce.

How are early adopters seeking human experience over online engagement?

When Dan Mitchell and co-founder John Skelton first began working on high-end clothing retailer LN-CC, they weren’t thinking in terms of buzzy phrases like ‘experiential retail’ or ‘community cohesion'.

What they did know for sure was that, fresh off the back of turning luxury menswear retailer Oki-Ni into a pioneering eCommerce success, they wanted their new venture to have an equally strong brick and mortar element alongside its formidable online offering.

By Will Rowe, 19 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Exploring mobile's role in eCommerce marketing

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In our increasingly digital world, consumers are always looking for on-the-go solutions for everyday tasks. From hailing a taxi to doing taxes, mobile solutions have quickly been on the rise at an exponential rate, and one of the quickest growing sectors of mobile technologies is eCommerce.

Given the number of shopping apps available for mobile devices, its popularity comes as little surprise but in order to better understand the extent of this eCommerce trend, we must answer the...

By Shiju Mathew, 14 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce, Mobile Marketing.

How digital can help retail brands weather the political storm

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Recent political events in the UK have left all service sectors facing an uncertain future. New ways of working are a necessity, not a prerequisite, as retailers and restauranteurs adjust to a changed landscape.

The pace of innovation across sectors in the last five years has been quicker than in any of the previous 20 put together. Mobile, 4G and a rise in eCommerce behaviours has created a new breed of consumer; demanding, impatient, promiscuous. However, this could prove...

By Helen Slaven, 08 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Why CPG brands must make eCommerce a priority

eCommerce sales for consumer goods companies have risen by 42% in the last year, a substantial figure in an industry that is experiencing only 2% growth overall.

Some consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs) have been naturally well positioned to thrive in this channel as consumers are comfortable buying things like electronics online.

But CPGs that primarily sell consumables and impulse items (e.g., snacks and beverages) face more challenges online. These brands often rely...

By Rupert Naylor, 17 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce.

Luxury brands should embrace eCommerce to engage customers, report says

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eCommerce is an opportunity many luxury retailers have been hesitant to embrace. But with the market set to explode, new research shows that thanks to information about their customers’ online activity luxury retailers have the opportunity to know 80% of their in-store customers by name.

The research, Digital Frontier 2016: Digital luxury is turning mainstream, by Contactlab in conjunction with Exane BNP Paribas, showed that brands must work harder to embrace the opportunities of connecting eCommerce...

By Liz Morrell, 15 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Commerce, E-Commerce.

Only a third of retailers have tried beacon marketing tech, report says

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Retail  brands must focus on four key areas in 2016 that include continued integration of instore and online customer experiences, according to the latest Future of Retail study from Walker Sands.

The study, which showed a general plateauing of retail activity this year, surveyed 1,400 consumers in the US and found that seven in ten of them were willing to opt into instore tracking and mobile push notifications if retailers properly incentivised them to do so. Only 6% of consumers had...

By Liz Morrell, 15 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Commerce, E-Commerce.

Spending on online fraud prevention to soar by 30% by 2020

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eCommerce merchants and financial institutions are set to spend $9.2bn on preventing fraud by 2020 – a 30% rise on current levels.

The figures, from new report Online Payment Fraud: Key Vertical Strategies and Management 2015-16 by Juniper Research, suggest such companies will be working particularly hard to prevent fraudsters targeting mobile transactions.

This is because many companies have yet to apply the same levels of protection to mobile as they have to desktop, it...

By Liz Morrell, 14 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce.

How fashion eCommerce brands can stave off the Amazon threat

Recent figures from the Office of National Statistics revealed that whilst the UK retail sales figures are on the rise, clothing retail sales are failing to hit the mark.

This should surely be a wake up to clothing brands to re-think their approach to driving sales, loyalty and devotion amongst their customer base.

The performance of online fashion may be better than offline (worth

By Jason De Winne, 13 June 2016, 2 comments. Categories: E-Commerce.

How to protect yourself against eCommerce counterfeiting

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With World Anti-counterfeiting Day in its 18th year, the global issue is a topic that every brand should be looking at. The fact is, counterfeiting is a growing problem that affects all markets.

To give an indication of the problem, in 2013 $1.7bn counterfeit goods were confiscated by US law enforcement agencies, posing a risk to many brands from a reputational, revenue and consumer perspective.

So how can brands effectively...

By Charlie Abrahams, 08 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce.

How to win the eCommerce merchandising game

Merchandising needn’t be a trade off between gains and losses, and overcoming the fundamental conflict between finite real estate and infinite merchandising options means taking a unified approach and targeting down to ever more granular customer segments.

For years, almost since the birth of eCommerce, online marketers have been playing a zero-sum game – a game of give and take in which the simple act of promoting one set of products has the effect of demoting...

By Michael Mokhberi, 01 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce.

How to split your eCommerce marketing budget

When it comes to promoting your products and services online, knowing where to invest your marketing spend can be something of a digital minefield.

The mediums of pay-per-click (PPC), search engine optimisation (SEO) and social media marketing (SMM) each boast individual merits that, when executed correctly, can boost your bottom line and generate healthy ROI’s, but how should you split your efforts?

Analytics programmes can pinpoint where web traffic comes from and what visitors do once they land on...

By Thomas Coppen, 01 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, E-Commerce.

Slow delivery leads to online basket abandonment in 60% of cases

For retailers desperate to control their whole online customer journey, the issue of delivery has always been a stumbling block where retailers face basket abandonment and potential damage to their brand.  

But a new survey shows that 60% of consumers in the US said they had abandoned their shopping cart because the retailer offered slow delivery options.

The study, of 650 respondents in the US and carried out by same-day delivery firm Dropoff, showed that 97% of customers said speed is at least...

By Liz Morrell, 23 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Commerce, E-Commerce.

How to protect your brand in China's growing digital marketplace

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The impact of the internet on productivity and growth in the Chinese marketplace has been nothing short of transformational and the revenue potential that this emerging eCommerce market offers makes China a very tempting digital business proposition. 

According to a report from the McKinsey Global Institute, the projections are that new internet apps could fuel seven to 22% of China’s incremental GDP...

By Charlie Abrahams, 16 May 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Branding, Commerce, E-Commerce.

Automation is ushering in a new era of retail and eCommerce - are you keeping pace?

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We have come a long way from the corner shop of our grandparents’ world.  We've gone from local grocers, to high street shops, to shopping malls, to out of-town mega centres, to the virtual world of eCommerce.

The landscape is forever changing and retailers need to keep apace to stay in the game

We're a creative agency with many clients at the forefront of innovation within the retail and tech sectors including Vodafone, Yo Sushi! and HCL. But, it’s not about the...

By Max Eaglen, 10 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, E-Commerce.