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.

Maplin introduces expert rating and reviews online

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Extending upon its Ask Maplin brand marketing campaign that focused on encouraging customers to engage more with staff, in-store electronics retailers Maplin has launched an enhanced product ratings and reviews feature online.

Using the Bazaarvoice platform, customers are able to ask questions and read expert advice online as well as posting their own product reviews and review the opinions of other customers too, replicating the advice push of stores online too.

The new solution has...

By Liz Morrell, 19 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Commerce, Customer Experience.

It’s sweet Dreams as bed specialist aims to enhance e-commerce site

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Bed specialist Dreams has recruited multi-channel retail consultancy Practicology to analyse performance and enhance usability of its e-commerce site in a major website conversion rate optimisation (CRO) project.

Practicology will improve the site usability by using a mix of data on current usage patterns alongside best practice customer experience principles. Any recommendations made as a result of the project will then be tested before being rolled out on the retailer’s...

By Liz Morrell, 19 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce.

The C-suite shuffle: Building a leadership team in a digital age

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Forward-thinking organisations have spent the past few years lobbying and recruiting for new leadership positions which will help their businesses thrive in the digital age. Now, the chief data officer, the chief innovation officer and chief digital officer can all have a place at the boardroom table. But what do they all do? Are expectations the same across all businesses? And does your organisation need them?

In March, the UK government appointed its first chief data officer, giving further...

By James Brayshaw, 16 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Commerce, Data-driven marketing.

We all know e-commerce, but why are businesses not pushing for ‘me-commerce’?

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“I didn’t give you my data to make it your data. I gave you my data to make my experience better and I expect a value exchange.” - Rick Chavez , Chief Solutions Officer, Microsoft

As the world has gone digital, consumers have become empowered by an increasing choice of products, services and channels in which to carry out everyday tasks like shopping and banking. With the explosion of connected devices as the Internet of Things, we can expect even...

By Stephen Kennedy, 16 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce, Personalised Marketing.

Zapp unveils new consumer mobile payment brand ahead of summer launch

In the week that Apple announced its payment solution Apple Pay will hit UK shores next month, mobile payment solution provider Zapp, whose technology allows consumers to make real-time payments on their phones and tablets, has announced it is to relaunch with a new consumer facing brand this summer.

‘Pay by Bank app’ will be the new consumer brand with a universal symbol that will indicate to consumers...

By Liz Morrell, 15 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, M-Commerce.

A brief history: The rise of wearable technology in marketing

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The marketing industry already has a lot to contend with in terms of rapid changes. One particular area that’s growing in popularity at a tremendous rate is the wearable technology market. That market is already worth billions, and a study from Juniper Research predicts that spending on wearables...

By Rick Delgado, 15 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, M-Commerce, Wearables.

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.

Why the in-store customer experience is key for marketing wearable tech

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Almost half of Britons surveyed by experiential agency Fizz Experience are willing to spend £111 ($164) on a piece of wearable technology, with a majority saying the in-store experience is key to their making a purchase.

Even though online research was the most common method of looking up new products, according to 41% of respondents, 84% will ultimately purchase in-store,

By James Bourne, 13 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, Wearables.

Record investment in digital marketing technology forecast for this year

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Companies are planning record investment in digital marketing technology this year, according to a new report from Econsultancy, in partnership with Oracle Marketing Cloud.

The research, part of an annual Marketing Budgets Report, found that 79% of companies are planning to increase their spending specifically on digital marketing technology – the biggest investment since the research was launched in 2010 and an increase of 13% on last year.

The number of companies planning the...

Have phablets ushered in a new era of mobile CRM?

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Phablets recorded their highest volume of sales in the last quarter of 2014 according to a GFK study and it has caused the CRM software industry to sit up and take notice.

These smartphones with a screen more than 5.5” in size now account for 12.8% of total device sales. It is a percentage that has been fuelled by drops in cost as average prices fall. For instance, in Europe prices decreased from $820 in Q4 2012 to $761 in Q4 2014.

All of which contribute to conditions that are...

Why personalising the customer experience is key to winning the retail battle

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According to Gartner, 89% of marketing leaders expect customer experience will be the primary basis for competitive differentiation by 2017. Customer experience is fast becoming the key battleground where retailers vie for our attention and wallets.

With instant access to pricing and product information, shoppers can switch between retailers in a heartbeat. Today’s consumer is more discerning than ever before, with higher expectations than ever before. As a result, retailers...

By Graeme Collins, 27 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Commerce, CRM, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, M-Commerce, Personalised Marketing.