LinkedIn rolls out Carousel Ads to ‘humanise’ B2B marketing

In similar fashion to its consumer-facing counterparts, B2B social network LinkedIn has launched Carousel Ads, allowing advertisers to display up to 10 customised, swipeable cards within one ad.

According to a blog post by product manager, Rohin Rajiv, the company hopes the update will “humanise” B2B marketing efforts and add a little colour to an otherwise non-too-descript news feed, encouraging users to engage with brands on both desktop and mobile.

By Mark Jones, 12 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, S-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

UK marketers are picking up Weibo, WeChat & QR codes to target fast-growth regions

When it comes to digital marketing, there are no longer any borders, but are marketers equipped for effective advertising overseas?

A new UK-based report by Rakuten Marketing has revealed that nine in 10 marketers (89%) are now managing international marketing campaigns as companies pursue overseas growth opportunities in the borderless age of digital.

Of that majority chunk, 55% are active within Europe and an additional 14% are operating further afield.

But while digital allows for more or less unbridled...

By Mark Jones, 12 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, S-Commerce.

Facebook calls Marketplace onto the pitch for new ad revenue stream

Facebook has announced that businesses will now be able to advertise within its classified ad listing hub, Marketplace, in a duo of updates that finally open up the channel for monetisation.

In addition to news feed, videos, Instagram and Messenger placements, businesses will now be able to advertise directly within relevant Marketplace product feeds, although so far the new feature is only available across the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The second update comes for users of Marketplace themselves,...

By Mark Jones, 08 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce, S-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

How are chatbots evolving the retail industry?

The rise of AI has been well documented over the past few years, and there are countless predictions about how quickly robots will take over the workplace.

Chatbots have become a ubiquitous theme across almost every customer-facing industry, as businesses explore how they can incorporate the technology into their services and platforms, shaking up their customer service function and cutting costs.

As consumers have embraced the convenience of ecommerce, more conversations are taking place online. With an IBM survey...

By Guy Chiswick, 24 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce, S-Commerce.

Understanding the mind of the modern consumer

With the explosion of channels, data and technology in the retail industry, it is easy for businesses to be overwhelmed and under-informed.

Modern consumers can be an enigma. A typical purchasing decision may include a trip to a bricks and mortar store, a call with a customer service advisor, plus hours of online research.

Shoppers may use a combination of methods on some days and on other days, only use one channel.

Customers also behave differently at different times of the week, depending on what sort of...

By Richard Saysell, 18 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, S-Commerce.

Four ways to improve calls to action

No marketing activity is complete without asking the customer to do something.

‘Buy now’

‘Sign up here’

‘Pre-order now’

Brands usually place these calls to action (CTAs) at the end of a piece of content in the hope that customers who relate to that content will go on to perform a specific act. 

CTAs may have changed over the years, but the end goal hasn’t: put the right message in front of the right people at the right time, so they know what to do next.

It...

By Tasin Reza, 03 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, S-Commerce.

DueDil takes aim at LinkedIn with latest social selling release

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B2B lead generation software provider DueDil is launching DueDil Connect to further integrate company’s networks and ease the selling process – and it has LinkedIn in its sights.

With Connect, users can map their contact network across a pool of public profiles, giving teams visibility on who to contact in an organisation, by whom, and whether it will be a warm introduction or a cold call. “It’s been my dream,” DueDil CEO Damian Kimmelman tells MarketingTech....

By James Bourne, 16 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, S-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

The small business payment security survival guide

For small businesses, getting online is a great way to increase revenue. It can open up your business to new markets, drive profits and diversify your customer base.

But there’s no escaping the fact that small e-retailers are most at risk of suffering a data breach – and that breaches are increasing.

Fail to secure your systems and it could be a costly mistake. This free download from Worldpay gives business owners and employees vital steps in keeping their systems safe.

By James Bourne, 20 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce, M-Commerce, S-Commerce.

The evolution of social commerce

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 ‘Commerce’ before it was ‘social’?

If you can remember the first retail websites in the mid ‘90s they were pretty boring, nothing more than online versions of printed brochures that took ages to download on your dial-up modem. It wasn’t until companies like Pegasus, eBay and Amazon identified the potential of ecommerce to disintermediate traditional retail, that shopping...

By Gideon Lask, 20 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Gamification, S-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.