Does retail automation signal the end of personalisation?

Over the last two decades, technology has changed the face of retail, from the in-store experience and the payment process, to the advent of ecommerce and omnichannel retailers. But much as technology has revolutionised the shopping experience, it has also had a significant impact on jobs in the retail sector.

As far back as 2016, Deloitte predicted that 60% of retail jobs would be automated within the next 20 years. While this estimate is not...

A veritable feast: How advertisers need to make the most of extra Black Friday opportunities

Black Friday is right around the corner, with adverts everywhere reminding shoppers to grab a great deal on everything from gym wear to vacuum cleaners. As one of retail’s biggest spending milestones, it provides a significant opportunity for advertisers to engage with shoppers when they’re in the mood to splash some cash.

So, what can advertisers do to make the most of the “retail festival” that Black Friday has become?

By Mike Klinkhammer, 26 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce.

Will Black Friday have all the influence in 2019? Why preparation and measurement are key

You’d never think looking at it now that 10 years ago Black Friday was relatively unknown in the UK. However, since the acceleration of the digital age and a more global marketplace Black Friday is quickly becoming one of the key dates in the retail calendar. Last year alone saw UK shoppers spend over £7billion as they hoped to snap up bargains in time for Christmas.

Of course the...

By Rohan Midha, 22 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing.

Why brands need to think small when personalising customer experience

Despite their best intentions, knowing how to use all the insights about customers available to them to build a better understanding of what they interact with and are interested in is a crucial step brands often miss — resulting all too often in a poor user experience filled with misinformed content.

By analysing data like their ‘add to cart’ rate, page views, product views, or...

By Lisa Kalscheur, 22 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Eight ways to make potential customers feel safer browsing your site

Shoppers going to brick-and-mortar stores have clear signals that the environment they’re in is safe and secure: manicured storefronts, security guards or cameras, helpful employees, well-ordered check out stations and other intuitive cues all create a sense of comfort and safety, helping put shoppers at ease. 

But when shopping online, these physical cues don’t come into play....

By Chemi Katz, 06 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, M-Commerce.

How Mastercard is leveraging its sonic identity – and evolving brand security in the process

In February, Mastercard issued a press release which announced the launch of what the company called its ‘sonic brand identity.’ The result was touted as ‘a distinct and memorable melody with adaptations across genres and cultures.’

Naturally, there was also an audio press release sent out where the tone was played (1:04)...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Commerce, M-Commerce, Video & Audio Marketing.

IT versus marketing: Why blame culture is causing retailers’ budgets to go down the drain

To thrive in the fast-paced, cut-throat environment that is eCommerce, retailers must be agile and able to adapt and transform quickly when technological advances or customer trends demand it. The market is filled with stiff competition, and as we continue to shift into an increasingly customer-centric landscape, where personalised experiences have quickly become the bread and butter of today’s eCommerce sites, retailers are investing in projects that help them...

By Kevin Murray, 18 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

How ‘digitally mature’ retailers can stand the test of a digital-first marketplace

Let me start by defining ‘digitally mature’ retailers. They have a solid commerce platform that enables new and existing customers to easily find products on the device of their choice – and ensures that promises regarding delivery, pricing and availability can be consistently met. But the advantages of this type of platform are huge for business intelligence. It allows a business to collect insightful customer data, process it faster and adapt to meet...

By Mark Bennigsen, 16 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Content Marketing, CRM, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Salesforce explores the rise of the connected shopper – and what retailers need to do

Retail continues to be an area where the consumer is king. Engagement channels are changing, tech-enabled customer experience has never been more vital, and the battle between traditional retail and online marketplaces is well and truly joined.

Salesforce’s latest Connected Shoppers Report aimed to explore the relationship between bricks-and-mortar and digital retailers – and found that while the former still has its...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, M-Commerce.

For consumer choice paralysis, conversational commerce may be the answer

Regardless of industry, consumers today are faced with an overwhelming array of choice while shopping. When faced with so many options, most consumers fall victim to ‘choice paralysis’, which describes the moment when we are faced with more possibilities than we can easily comprehend.

This phenomenon results in low purchase decision confidence and frustration - and in the worst case - feeling unable to make a decision, meaning no action is taken at all. For brands and retailers choice paralysis...

By Chris Baldwin, 27 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce.

Is pre-emptive shopping the next step in personalised eCommerce?

In the age of the customer, personalisation is a more pressing need than ever before. In the age of data, it’s becoming increasingly possible to feed that need. Indeed, data-led personalisation is one of the hottest trends in ecommerce.

But are we getting ahead of ourselves? A new wave of customer-led personalisation known as pre-emptive shopping suggests so.

By Howard Williams, 23 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce, Personalised Marketing.

Selling with a plan: Bridging the gap between customer experience and expectations

Despite the paradigm shift that CRM brought to the world of sales, enterprises are still struggling with failure rates wildly disproportionate to the sales teams’ talent and hard work.

Customers and prospects today are smart, data savvy and very well informed before they even speak to a salesperson. This makes them more educated and demanding than ever before. However sales teams are having a hard time adapting to the needs of the digital era: many still tend to approach customers and prospects without...

By Nigel Cullington, 22 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, CRM, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Fashion retailers have multi-channel elements in place – but need to accelerate to omnichannel

Omnichannel may be the buzzword du jour right now when it comes to retail – but like many of these here-today terms there is often more than a kernel of truth. Where omnichannel differs from multi-channel is through its threading. A multi-channel retailer may have distinct presences both in its website, on social media as well as its physical store – but omnichannel truly links them together for a seamless customer experience.

By James Bourne, 13 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, M-Commerce.

How Amazon's ad network fuelled the 2019 Prime Day - and will continue to do so

The richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, has even more reason to celebrate. Amazon’s 48-hour Prime Day event this year just provided a glimpse of what ecommerce — and most likely, all commerce — might look like in the years to come.

Almost half of online shoppers in the US now begin their product searches on Amazon, compared with 35 percent who turn first to Google. Bezos is also pushing to broaden Amazon’s influence in brick-and-mortar operations, offering Prime member discounts...

How the concept of ‘unified commerce’ helps retailers avoid the pitfalls of omnichannel

Access to a wider range of products at the touch of a button and receiving highly personalised shopping recommendations based on past buying habits has led to a major shift in customer expectations. Today’s customers expect, as standard, a highly responsive, top quality service from retailers across all available channels.

As the volume of goods sold online continues to rise, UK retail...

By James Baker, 04 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience.

The four biggest mistakes eCommerce entrepreneurs are guilty of – and how to avoid them

The eCommerce market has been on a steady upward trajectory for nearly a decade, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. By next year, the online global retail market is expected to reach an all-time high of $4.9 billion, which is more than double what it held just three years ago.

By Manish Dudharejia, 04 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Content Marketing, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

New inventory tracker reveals how retail and IoT can be the right fit

California software firm Manhattan Associates has launched an Internet of Things-based (IoT) solution that helps retailers maintain their store inventories accurately.

The average level of inventory accuracy in the warehouse is nearly 99%, says Auburn University's RFID Lab. It says that the accuracy is below 65 per cent in retail stores, which is mostly imprecise and misses order fulfilment commitments, resulting in loss of sales.

The newly introduced IoT-powered solution enhances the store inventory...

By Marketing Tech, 22 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Branding, Commerce.

Don't overlook domains as part of your brand security plans

Cyber threats are having a significant impact on businesses — that much is clear. Budget and resources are being dedicated to securing infrastructure and applications, and educating staff on the dangers of phishing, malware and social engineering. For marketers, cyber security is quickly encroaching on brand protection as a whole, and rightly so. The lines between the two areas are blurring and in the future it is conceivable that the two disciplines are far more integrated than they are now.

But what...

By Akino Chikada, 02 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Branding, Commerce.

Why advertising spend will shift as brands track sales, not clicks

Marketing budgets are on the up. According to the latest IPA Bellwether Report, a net balance of 8.7% of marketers said their budgets had increased in the first three months of this year; marking a huge improvement on the previous quarter's 0%. And digital was one of the top areas to see a boost in investment.

Of course, this is great news for the advertising industry. But, with increasingly...

By Oli Knight, 23 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Branding, Commerce, E-Commerce.