Ten last-minute Cyber Monday preparations for your e-commerce site

Cyber Monday 2013 was a landmark day in online retail and with this year’s event only weeks away, there are a number of last minute preparations e-sellers need to be making right now in order to take full advantage of the benefits headed their way. 

The craziness of the holiday season is just around the corner - Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas, and Boxing Day are only weeks away and Cyber Monday in particular is the day that kick's off many online retailers' golden quarter.

According to...

By Jon Woodall, 24 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce, Email marketing, Paid Search.

Lure of incentivised marketing fading for consumers

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Loyalty programmes, once an ever-present part of commerce, could be starting to lose their appeal among consumers, according to new research from customer engagement company Collinson Latitude.

The study, looking specifically at travel consumers, reported that 67% of consumers claim to be unsatisfied with their current incentive programmes. It is a finding that must worry travel operators as 61% do consider the quality of rewards when making purchases.In

Collinson’s report...

By Simon Holland, 21 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, Personalised Marketing.

Tech vendors appear on new diagram of digital marketing world

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Marketers’ hunger for chart-based imagery of their industry can be seen through the availability of Lumascape charts and now analyst firm Real Story Group has joined the party with an update to its marketing technology vendor map.

Real Story has designed the infographic to have a similar aesthetic to the New York subway map, with different coloured lines representing specific marketing channels, including web content, digital asset management and automation.

One visually...

By Simon Holland, 14 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Automation, Commerce, E-Commerce.

What to spend where? Making sense of marketing attribution

“Half of my marketing works,” the old saying goes, “I’m just not sure which half.”

Therein lies the problem that marketing attribution seeks to address. But successful attribution is trickier than the quote above suggests. The fragmentation of channels across an ever-growing digital landscape means that marketing efforts are rarely split in half (or thirds, or quarters); gone are the days of picking between newspapers and radio or TV and billboards. 

Over...

By David Cole, 04 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Attribution, Campaigns, Commerce, Data-driven marketing.

Content marketing shouldn’t be about you...

Content marketing is a necessary part of an online marketing campaign today. Unfortunately, far too many companies are missing the boat. Either they aren’t doing enough (or any) content marketing or they aren’t doing it correctly. Companies need to understand that their online content marketing isn’t an avenue for self-promotion.

If you are responsible for your company’s content marketing efforts, keep in mind that it’s not about you! If all you do is publish content that is...

By Nick Stamoulis, 22 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce.

Spring cleaning season? Why marketing cloud management should top your list

The closet near our front door, if excavated, would reveal years of family activities, sports, outerwear fashions, and hordes of forgotten treasures. I fantasise about the Saturday when I dive in and clear out its contents, emptying it of everything except my favourite items. But I can’t. Everyone in my family uses this closet and, buried amidst forgotten items, are key objects that enable our daily schedules. I need a regular process where we come together and decide how the closet should function, and...

By Amy King, 14 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Marketing Cloud.

How to keep your PR pitch from ending up in the trash

Tips for pitching journalistsA journalist can receive hundreds if not thousands of emails each day. In addition to pitches from PR professionals there are emails from companies promoting their latest products, event invitations and more.

Due to the sheer volume, most will be deleted before they are ever opened, and...

By Alastair Turner, 25 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce.

Do these 10 skills make up the “perfect” SEO Manager?

Last year I promised to dig more into Bubble’s vast wealth of digital job data to try and pin down the latest digital recruitment trends and identify exactly what employers are looking for when recruiting in the digital space… but as avid readers of this blog will know, I’ve not really produced as many blogs as I’d have liked on the topic.

Today I thought I’d change that and shine the spotlight on what employers are looking for when recruiting for a particular candidate – and with

By Amy Edwards, 24 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Organic Search.

Marketing budgets at record jump, according to IPA Bellwether Report

The latest edition of the IPA Bellwether Report, the quarterly document of marketing budgets published by Markit Economics on behalf of the IPA, has revealed that marketing budgets have seen their biggest increase in 14 years.

The report is certainly one of the more positive to hit the stands, according to the IPA – and the figures certainly show why.

A net balance of 20.4% of companies registered an increase in budgets during Q114, ahead of Q413’s number of 11%. This number smashes the survey...

By James Bourne, 17 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Commerce.