What does good personalisation look like to the consumer?

Creating personalised shopping experiences has long been a priority for retailers.

‘Personalisation’ started out as the in-store sales assistant who could instantly infer basic information about their customers – gender, age, etc – as well as learn about their preferences and offer them advice throughout the browsing and buying journey.

As customers complemented – or replaced – in-store with online experiences, retailers sought ways to replicate this one-to-one approach,...

By Meyar Sheik, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, Personalised Marketing.

E-commerce giant Alibaba makes $1.43bn bid for digital OOH ad tech

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has made a $1.43bn (£1.09bn) bid for a 6.62% share of Focus Media, a Shanghai-based specialist in digital out-of-home (OOH) advertising.

Focus Media’s digital advertising screens can be seen on the street, subways and in elevators across 300 Chinese cities, reaching 200 million “middle class” consumers, according to Alibaba’s own news outlet Alizila.

The investment is part of the company’s wider ‘New Retail’ strategy, which looks to...

By Mark Jones, 19 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Commerce, E-Commerce.

UK’s most martech-driven SME exporters most optimistic about Brexit

With an increasingly uncertain Brexit emerging, UK SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) exporters with a “progressive” and data-driven mindset are most confident about future business success.

A study by marketing agency Croud on 100 leaders of exporting SMEs, including companies such as UNiDAYS, Monty Bojangles and Kit for Kids, looked to shed light on the biggest challenges and opportunities smaller companies expect to face in the run-up to, and after, Brexit.

With all businesses in the...

By Mark Jones, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Commerce, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce.

Google announces Shopping tweaks to drive ‘brick and mortar’ sales for retailers

Google has announced a string of new updates to its Google Shopping platform, aimed at attracting online customers to retailer’s offline ‘brick and mortar’ stalls.

Announced at Search Marketing Expo Advanced (SMX Advanced) yesterday (June 12), the search giant claims despite the massive growth of e-commerce driven by the likes of Amazon, when customers want an item right away, 80% will head to the high...

By Mark Jones, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce, Paid Search, Search Marketing.

New ways of selling: Understanding the changing landscape of customers

While there is no doubt that improving customer service quite rightly lies at the top of the page of every business mandate, stopping the problem in the first place – prevention rather than cure – surely must have a place on the list; and investment in that option must be considered as a nearer term strategy?

Understanding the changing landscape of our customers and being able to adapt to their needs requires a different approach to more traditional sales interactions – and means creating...

By Max Eaglen, 21 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, Personalised Marketing.

Exploring the motivations of the rarest - but most powerful - type of consumer

Encouraging customers to be loyal to a brand is becoming increasingly difficult for marketers, as online and in-store offerings diversify and expand to meet consumer needs. The retail industry is also evolving, which was recently demonstrated by Andrew Griffiths, retail minister, who announced a new collaborative Retail Sector Council.  Tasked with bringing the government and industry together, the council’s...

By Richard Piper, 17 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Closing the sales and marketing gap - to maximise eCommerce opportunities

With rapid advances in digital marketing, data and technology, the journey from awareness to sale can now be very short thanks to eCommerce solutions. You can learn about a product, consider a brand and buy all in one go from a shoppable Instagram post. eCommerce is driving the majority of retail growth and presents a significant opportunity for brands. However, as customer behaviour changes, brands need to ensure they don’t get left behind with legacy sales and marketing models.

Traditionally, many...

By Cassandra Stevens, 10 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Commerce, E-Commerce.

The growth of mCommerce: How to adapt your content

mCommerce - the digital trend that retailers cannot afford to ignore with over 25% of the world’s population (1.6 billion) using their mobile devices to make purchases. It’s certainly not replacing ecommerce, but a larger proportion of online sales are now coming from mobile devices with recent trends show that online shopping via a desktop and laptop has decreased by 15% in 2018, compared to smartphone transactions, which have doubled.

Mobile commerce is an advancement of ecommerce but through...

How voice AI is the game changer for the 3 Rs – reviews, returns and restocking

Despite the belief voice-controlled devices are only used to ‘ask Alexa’ what the weather will be like or to play a song, two in ten (20%) of device owners in the UK are already using them to connect with retailers.

Voice AI is undoubtedly changing the way we shop and it will continue to do so, with voice-controlled device shopping expected to triple this year. However, before voice...

By Amit Sharma, 04 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Commerce.

Four ways to maximise Amazon's social marketing power

Whilst Google is known for dominating search marketing, Amazon has started giving the search giant a run for its ad revenue – something that astute marketers will have seen coming for some time now.

According to WPP, 55% of product searches in the US now emanate from Amazon, and advertising has been a key contributor to their strong growth - 60% year on year.

This should come as little surprise; after all,  the e-retail giant has not only completely transformed the way we do business, both in...

Google Shopping vs. text ads: Where should digital marketers spend their AdWords budget?

With ever-growing opportunities to promote businesses via Google, it can be difficult for digital marketers to know where to focus their efforts. Whilst a number of search specialists are – quite rightly – deploying clever tactics to boost organic listings, businesses should also remember the benefits that paid search can bring – speed, insight and ROI. However, if budgets are limited, what’s the best way to invest time and money with AdWords?

Google Shopping is not new – in...

By Andy McCaul, 24 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Commerce, E-Commerce.

The power of real-world testing

As today’s retail environment grows ever more competitive and the variety of products in our shops increases inexorably, those who know where and how shoppers are most likely to choose a product have a clear advantage.

Testing, and in particular, real-world testing has become a key tool for brands as they strive to understand shopper behaviour and how to design products and secondary packaging that stands out on the crowded shelves.

Snap decisions

We all know the majority of consumer purchasing decisions take place...

By Wim Wouters, 20 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Commerce.

The three new rules of retail marketing

Marketers at top retail companies will tell you how much they have to adapt their strategies to keep up with the demands of the changing retail landscape. If recent ONS retail figures have shown us anything, it is that marketers are playing by new rules when it comes to customer engagement.  

Several common themes have emerged which makes it possible to define the three key new rules of retail marketing: 

1.) Retail brands offering the best digital experiences will win

Customer experience is at a...

By Carl Tsukahara, 15 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce.

How store locators can work wonders for your SEO

Creating a mutually complementary in-store and online presence is one of the biggest marketing challenges retailers with websites and brick-and-mortar stores face. All too often, they exist as separate entities, battling for custom rather than working together to enhance customer experience.

One of the most effective ways for retailers, restaurant chains, hotels and service providers to bridge the gap between the physical and the online is to add a store locator to their website. That makes it much easier for...

By Vincent Naigeon, 02 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Search Marketing.

Embracing the chill: how brands can cash in on winter weather woes

British winter weather. We all know it, and we all hate it - driving rain, biting frosts, and evenings spent huddled under the duvet. But as consumers are holed up inside wishing they were sunning themselves on an exotic beach, advertisers should be aware of the lucrative opportunities that exist to cash in on weather-induced shopping.

At The Trade Desk, we recently looked into consumer receptiveness to advertising during last year’s cold snaps, with some interesting revelations.

Consumers shop as the...

By Sacha Berlik, 09 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce.

Brick and mortar still key to winning retail customer experience

87% of retail disrupters say that they believe in the benefits of physical stores and will continue to try and open them in the future. While much has been made about ecommerce’s continued chipping away at retail sales, many retail brands still think that a physical store is an important part of creating attractive experiences for customers.

The data comes from the 2018 Retail Disruptors Survey from JDA Software, who interviewed over 100 retailers worldwide. Disruptive brands are categorised as those,...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 23 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce.

UK retail took a big hit in December 2017

UK retail sales fell by 1.5% in December 2017, marking an awful end to what turned out to be the weakest year for retail since 2013.

The figures, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), that even though Q4 saw a slight rise of 0.4%, the December slump meant that the quarter showed the weakest quarterly growth since the 1.2% fall in Q1 2017.

This brings the total growth for the year to 1.9%. 2017 had been marked by higher inflation hitting the spending power of consumers.

“With retailers such as...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 19 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce.

Capgemini: Emotional engagement could add 5% to retailers’ annual revenues

As traditional loyalty programmes continue to fall out of favour due to their inability to drum the kind of engagement marketers crave, there is a disconnect between executives and consumers on what drives emotional engagement.

According to Capgemini, which surveyed 9,000 consumers and 500 executives, 80% of executives feel that their brand understands the needs and desires of their consumers. Only 15% of the consumers surveyed, however, agreed with this statement.

It is clear that consumers are falling out...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 05 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience.

40% of Christmas spend to be done on Black Friday

According to Purch’s 2017 Christmas Spending Survey, Black Friday will account for 41% of Christmas gift spending in the UK this year.

A further 22% will be done in the final two weeks leading up to Christmas eve. The UK festive period in the closing days of 2017 is likely to be defined by the uncertainty associated with Brexit.

With many people reigning back on spending and retail sales taking a hit, the proportion of shoppers who said they would be looking to snag tech-related bargains has jumped 17%...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 20 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce.

Half of Brits prefer buying physical media over digital downloads

According to a new study by ecommerce giant eBay, 52% of British consumers now claim to prefer physical books, music, film/TV and video games over digital downloads.

As part of its Guide to Physical Media, the company interviewed over 2,000 adult consumers across the UK.

 76% of those surveyed have bought at least one item of physical media in the last year. The main reasons given for going physical over the often-easier route of digital downloads were the emotional satisfaction of ownership and an increasing desire...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 13 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce.