The rise of mobile commerce – and the brands that do it best

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The last 12 months have seen retailers adopt a host of new cross-channel shopping technologies, making it easier than ever for customers to buy from a mobile or tablet device both at home and when out shopping.

Through the adoption of in-store crossover functions such as click and collect, retailers are now able to combine online, offline and mobile approaches in order to provide customers with a truly omni-channel approach. For example, according to 

By David Bowen, 25 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, M-Commerce, Mobile 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.

Social commerce tops marketing trends for 2016

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With 2016 now just weeks away, marketers are turning their attention to new year planning with a new study revealing the biggest trends and anxieties marketers will face in the coming year – with social commerce topping the list.

The study of 100 UK marketers by digital marketing agency Greenlight, suggests that more than half of marketers (52%) believe that social commerce...

By Liz Morrell, 14 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Marketers missing a trick with Instagram advertising, research reveals

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Forget traditional Christmas lists since customers are getting more visual than ever. New research suggests that nearly 41% of Instagram users have used the social media tool to drop hints to friends and family about what they want for Christmas.

More than half (57%) of the 1,000 respondents surveyed in a report commissioned by digital marketing agency Greenlight have used it to gain inspiration when gift buying and one in three have bought items after seeing them on Instagram.

And...

By Liz Morrell, 25 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

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-driven marketing, Data Science, 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.

Why retailers still need to deliver a more connected experience in-store

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Instore Wi-Fi, tablets and other in-store technology was supposed to revolutionise the customer experience and in many cases it has done just that. But a new report suggests that for some the promise is not being delivered with sales staff still failing to answer customer queries instore meaning a poor experience that leaves the customer dissatisfied.

The report, from communications and network provider Vodat, suggests that many retailers aren’t making the most of the...

By Liz Morrell, 13 August 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Commerce, Customer Experience.

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.