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.

A whirlwind of emotions: The impact of consumer emotional states on search

Humans are not always wholly rational beings. That is not to infer that we are irrational, but simply that not every decision is based on a set of practical, logical steps. Often, our current emotional state has a huge part to play in how we behave at any given time. 

For marketers it is important to understand that many external influences can impact a potential customer’s emotional...

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.

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...

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.

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.

How to plan content for the digital product buyer’s journey: A guide

When it comes to selecting digital products, consumers today tend to shop around a fair amount and conduct substantial research before making a purchase. There are simply too many options on the market to pick a product randomly.

In order to sell a digital product, your content must answer the buyer’s burning questions and fit into their

Why brands need to drill into data to cure customer loyalty decay

It’s not uncommon for a brand to roll out a customer loyalty programme to strengthen relationships, grow the business and remain relevant in a very crowded marketplace. Today’s advancements in technology and the evolution of how shoppers prefer to buy goods and interact with services has changed dramatically.

The rise of omni-channel has pushed brands to operate across digital and mobile channels,...

FMCG goes direct-to-consumer – but don’t expect a Tony the Tiger Facebook page any time soon

Opinion Last month Kellogg’s – joining a host of established FMCG brands – launched a new foray into the direct-to-consumer (DTC) market as it hired a new director of eCommerce platforms.

I would be surprised if this news made any jaws drop (except maybe

Mind your language: Using multilingual websites to increase eCommerce engagement

In the quest for customers the battlegrounds for online retailers tend to be rooted in SEO, PPC campaigns and, for those who can afford it, above-the-line ad campaigns. But there are also more organic ways to increase engagement and conversions via a website, particularly where international brands are concerned.

One technique that is often disregarded by all but the biggest players due to fears over cost and complexity is a true multilingual online retail experience.

Historically, there are two ways of...

Salesforce wants you to get some AI and visual search into your eCommerce game

Salesforce has announced a series of new updates to its Commerce Cloud platform which aims to encourage organisations to ‘go beyond eCommerce sites and modernise every shopping experience.’

The move includes adding artificial intelligence and visual search capability into APIs and developer services with the goal of giving an insightful experience across various customer touchpoints.

By James Bourne, 15 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, S-Commerce.

Why generation Z will drive the growth of visual search

eCommerce navigation and exploration has remained largely unchanged in recent years, even as retailers have scrambled to pinpoint more effective and personal ways to engage their customers in the process of product discovery.

This is likely why there’s been no shortage of hype surrounding voice search technology, despite ample grounds for skepticism: A recent

What to expect from the advertising industry in 2019: Contextual, converged, and more

With 2019 already underway, we’ve wrapped up what’s been a transformative year for adland. Technology continues to develop at the speed of light, while significant policy changes have earned our industry a spot in the media limelight – not to mention the business break ups and make ups as the market continues to consolidate.

There’s no doubt that 2019 will come with its own raft of trends – here’s what...

By Oli Knight, 02 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce.

Getting into home truths: Why is the experience of eCommerce still so poor?

There’s no denying that the digital world has changed the outside face of marketing. While many of the inner-face principles of marketing have (and always will) remain the same in terms of audience segmentation, targeting and positioning, the way brands now engage with their customers has changed faster in the past 10 years than throughout the rest of history put together.

Now, having a digital presence for large...

By Sylvia Jensen, 30 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Interview: Making the marketer’s leap from B2B to B2C with Albert Heijn’s Eva Vree

The differences between B2B (business-to-business) and B2C (business-to-consumer) marketing can be chasm-like.

On the one hand (if broadly), B2B purchases are more likely to be driven by logic and an eye on demonstrable ROI. B2C purchases, on the other, are more probably driven by a consumer’s emotion.

Eva Vree is a senior creative content specialist for the online arm of Dutch supermarket giant Albert Heijn, and notably made an internal leap from the B2B side of the business - a role she’d held...

By Mark Jones, 22 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce, M-Commerce.

Brands are wrestling with personalisation, more than any other marketing tactic

Achieving a fully-personalised customer experience is something today’s marketing professionals dream about, where each customer feels the brand knows them and can anticipate their every need.

Get that right, and sales and loyalty will follow.

But while personalisation is at (or very close to) the top of the digital marketer’s priority list, it’s not proving easy to implement. In fact, a report by...

By Mark Jones, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, Personalised Marketing.