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, 0 comments. 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.

Opinion: Personalise your eCommerce content or lose customers

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With 30% of internet users now shopping online weekly, eCommerce is enjoying something of a golden age.

But in today’s new world of growing consumer demands, fierce competition and endless choice, brand loyalty (as we know it) is dead.

According to Ometria's recent study of consumer attitudes to digital marketing, 46% of UK customers will leave their favourite...

By Ivan Mazour, 06 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce, Personalised Marketing.

Latest martech launches focus on personalisation and beacons

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Marketing automation specialist Force24 has released two new features to its platform that it claims will allow even more personalised communication with clients’ customers.

The company releases four major updates a year with the two latest features in the first update of 2016 comprising an SMS decision engine and a programmatic integration feature.

The first addition claims to mimic the responses of a human being, managing thousands of concurrent conversations whilst maintaining real life...

By Liz Morrell, 19 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce, Personalised Marketing.

Examining eCommerce and the ‘one armed bandit problem’

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There is a perception in eCommerce that a focus on promoting top selling products is a sound strategy.  That is perfectly logical, reasonable – and wrong.

Infact, promoting only top selling products is a complete waste of time, money and effort, which springs from a fundamental misunderstanding of the eCommerce challenge and how it differs from the offline world.

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Product promotion via recommendation and search builds on one of retail’s oldest...

By Jakob Bignert, 31 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce, Search Marketing, Web Analytics.

Why luxury brands are missing out on maximum ROI from online and offline

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Luxury brands are missing out on maximising sales by better combining both online and offline shopping behaviours of their customers, according to a new report.

Online retail is a market that luxury retailers have long feared since they are less able to control and maximise the brand experience in the same way that they are able to in their physical store environments. And yet the report shows that consumers buying luxury brands both online and instore actually spend around 50% more...

By Liz Morrell, 29 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Commerce, E-Commerce.

Half of US small businesses failing to use SEO, survey finds

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It’s one of the most fundamental eCommerce marketing tools in the book and yet a new report finds that half of small businesses’ websites in the US do not engage in SEO, reducing their chances of being found by potential customers. The survey also showed that of those small businesses surveyed only just over half (54%) had a website in the first place.

The report, from a small business digital marketing survey by Clutch, shows that cost was one of the main reasons why...

By Liz Morrell, 17 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce, Organic Search, Paid Search, Search Marketing.

Leading brands in UK e-commerce industry revealed in new report

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What do Amazon, Argos, Boots, House of Fraser, John Lewis, Mothercare and Screwfix all have in common? The group are all elite retailers at the top of their game and leading the UK’s ecommerce and retail industry, according to the results of the second UK Top 500 report from Internet Retailing.

The report, which is sponsored by PFSweb, identified 20 leading retailers in the group that also include Asos, Tesco and Waitrose. The report ranks retailers by their expertise in areas...

By Marketing Tech, 11 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Commerce, E-Commerce.

Marketing and ad tech M&A activity hits near record heights for Q3

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The advertising and marketing tech sectors have continued to see buoyant merger and acquisition activity in the third quarter of this year with activity only just falling short of Q3 2014 figures which saw the strongest activity on record.

The data comes from a study released by specialist technology and marcoms corporate finance advisor Results International.

112 deals were announced in Q3 2015 compared with 113 for the same period last year. Compared to the previous quarter, total...

How harnessing customer data can help you optimise digital commerce performance

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Do you know your customers? Do you really know them? Do you know each of them well enough to answer questions about a single shopper’s purchase history, demographics, and preferences? Probably not. But you can know them that well. And it’s likely you already have all the information you need to answer these questions.

The problem is, that information isn’t only in one place where it’s accessible and easy to analyse....

By Robert Brodie, 13 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, Data Science, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce.

How beacons combines experiential and engaging marketing to be a win-win for brands

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Beacons present a unique, cheap and simple way to identify a consumer is in a location at a point in time.  This allows promotions and incentives to be targeted not only on customer segment but on location, time and inventory. 

With connected devices becoming increasingly sophisticated, and consumers becoming more empowered, brands must consider how they are going to evolve their promotions and incentives schemes; and include the use of beacon technology; not only to ensure they...

By Paul Brown, 25 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Branding, Commerce, E-Commerce, Gamification.

Parenting retail sites failing to maximise marketing potential

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As if they didn’t have enough to contend with, new research suggests that many parent, baby and child sites are failing to meet the needs of their digital and mobile savvy parents or parent to be customers and could be losing sales as a result.

The conclusion follows a study by equimedia of 65 leading websites in the mother, baby and child retailer space as well as recent studies and TGI data on the market sector.

The research found a number of sites were, in particular, failing to deliver...

By Liz Morrell, 26 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, M-Commerce.

What pure play e-commerce can learn from clicks and mortar when it comes to customer data

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E-commerce companies versus ‘clicks and mortar’ retailers are constantly involved in a battle of business; a tussle over trade, and a competition over customer engagement. With changing high streets and one billion of us around the world choosing to shop online, at first glance it seems very clear that e-commerce companies will emerge victorious. But there is one area in which ‘traditional’ retailers can, perhaps surprisingly, nudge ahead: customer

By Andrew Ford, 19 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce.

Freemium models and digital services: When do you pull the ladder up?

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If it wasn’t clear enough already, it’s painfully obvious now: if you’re offering a service you expect users to pay for, you need to give them a freemium option to begin with. But you might be losing out if you can't upgrade your freemium base.

Recent research from e-commerce provider Avangate, of 1000 consumers, makes the priorities clear. 97% of users prefer flexible purchasing options when selecting premium...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, M-Commerce.

It’s sweet Dreams as bed specialist aims to enhance e-commerce site

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Bed specialist Dreams has recruited multi-channel retail consultancy Practicology to analyse performance and enhance usability of its e-commerce site in a major website conversion rate optimisation (CRO) project.

Practicology will improve the site usability by using a mix of data on current usage patterns alongside best practice customer experience principles. Any recommendations made as a result of the project will then be tested before being rolled out on the retailer’s...

By Liz Morrell, 19 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce.

We all know e-commerce, but why are businesses not pushing for ‘me-commerce’?

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“I didn’t give you my data to make it your data. I gave you my data to make my experience better and I expect a value exchange.” - Rick Chavez , Chief Solutions Officer, Microsoft

As the world has gone digital, consumers have become empowered by an increasing choice of products, services and channels in which to carry out everyday tasks like shopping and banking. With the explosion of connected devices as the Internet of Things, we can expect even...

By Stephen Kennedy, 16 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce, Personalised Marketing.

New personalisation tool delivers four times ROI for Ellis Brigham

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Despite personalisation being identified as the top digital priority for 2015, in a report from Econsultancy earlier this year Katie Latham, CEO of Blue Bridge Solutions, says too many businesses are still failing to offer a personalised experience and are losing out on sales as a result.

"Most consumers can still cite fairly frequent instances where they are delivered a non-personalised experience.  We talk to retailers on a daily basis and the majority understand the...

By Liz Morrell, 12 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, Personalised Marketing.