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.

Amazon first port of call for nearly half of online shoppers

The brand website is “losing importance” as a source of information for today’s shopper. Instead, Amazon now dominates as the first port of call.

In a report highlighting the retail giant’s growing monopoly in the world of e-commerce - if that were needed - inRiver surveyed some 6,000 consumers across Europe and found that just one in ten (11 percent) of shoppers will head to a brand’s website in the initial stage of purchase. Just 28 percent turned to a search engine.

Instead,...

By Mark Jones, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, E-Commerce, Search Marketing.

Boost your company’s bottom line with secondary revenue streams

For marketing leaders, it’s essential to demonstrate commercial acumen, by having an awareness and understanding of not only your role and department but that of the wider business and its financial growth.

Particularly in the world of retail, which is continually evolving, marketers are hard-pressed to keep up with what their customers what, need and desire. Although competitive pricing and irresistible offers can...

By Richard Piper, 17 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Why context, timing and relevance is key to B2B lead gen success

The B2B sector has changed dramatically over the last few years.

More specifically, the buying behaviours of the industry have changed, largely due to the amount of information that is available about products and services, and the ease of accessing that information. What this means for the B2B marketer is that it is becoming more difficult to engage with the right prospects— and by extension, grow market share.

Add compliance issues, such as GDPR, in the mix and the risk involved in misusing (or...

By Jon Clarke, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce, Personalised Marketing.

Adobe reveals Magento integrations following acquistion this year

Less than six months after acquiring for $1.7bn, Adobe has announced the first integration of Magento, outlining ambitions to “make every experience shoppable”.  

The announcement was made at Magento Live Europe in Barcelona, where Adobe’s senior VP of commerce, Mark Lavelle (formerly Magento CEO), explained the goal behind the cloud-to-cloud integrations: “Consumers expect every interaction with a brand to be contextual, intuitive and meaningful, but...

By Mark Jones, 10 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Campaigns, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

EBay accuses Amazon of poaching third-party sellers for its Marketplace

In a clash of the e-commerce titans, online auction platform eBay has accused Amazon of poaching sellers through its internal messaging system.

Calling the alleged scheme “unlawful” in a statement, the platform has issued a cease and desist letter and cautioned that it would take “appropriate steps” to protect itself from the activity.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, eBay began to take action after discovering that more than 50 Amazon sales representatives had sent...

By Mark Jones, 04 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Commerce, E-Commerce.

How to build brand loyalty in the age of 'hyper personalisation'

Consumers have more power over brands than ever before. Social media gives them the ability to openly scrutinise or share their great experiences directly with a mass audience, while online shopping means brands are in an ongoing battle to cut prices, hold user attention, deliver products quickly and ultimately stay relevant to keep consumers loyal.

Consumers also expect a lot more from brands. We’ve become accustomed to recommendations from companies like Amazon, who have changed consumer expectations...

By Ofri Ben Porat, 03 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Customer Experience, E-Commerce, Personalised Marketing.

E-commerce sites focused on returns visits ‘thundering ahead’ of competitors

Getting a customer to your site once is a small feat, but if you want to survive in today’s crowded world of e-commerce, return visits should be your top priority.

A global study of 250m e-commerce websites and €500m (£444m) in online revenue by Wolfgang Digital demonstrates the importance of this in a market where conversion rates stand at a razor-thin average of just 1.8%.

The headline is high return visits lead to higher...

By Mark Jones, 28 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

The rise of the commuter-shopper: driving digital commerce in surprising environments

Thanks to the hyper-connected, ‘always on’ world in which we now live, the opportunity for brands to drive commerce is literally everywhere. As with other areas of our lives, connected mobile devices have changed the way we think about buying things; when it comes to shopping, we’re no longer bound by ‘restrictions’ such as location and time of day.

Last week, Instagram announced that it will be...

By Ian Reynolds, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, E-Commerce, M-Commerce, Mobile Marketing.

Forget AR: Visual search will be the hottest e-commerce tech among millennials

It’s been a big week for visual search.

In a partnership with Amazon, Snapchat announced it was testing a new tool allowing users to take a photo of a product or barcode and, if recognised, launch an Amazon product page to learn more and (hopefully) make a purchase.

On 20th birthday week, meanwhile, Google announced the integration of its AI-driven Lens into...

By Mark Jones, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, E-Commerce, M-Commerce, Search Marketing.

Why brands are going wild for Amazon advertising

It’s pretty clear that Amazon is on a monumental roll. The company’s growth is staggering, showing a 39% year over year increase in net sales, a 12x jump in earnings per share (EPS), and over 100m Prime subscribers globally in Q2 2018. There simply isn’t another e-commerce company with the same market presence and influence over the customer journey.

A hub for lower-funnel customer demand

By Brian Finnerty, 26 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce.

Adobe could be gearing up for a multi-billion dollar bid for Marketo

The multinational computer software company Adobe, which carved out its name with image-editing programme PhotoShop, is rumoured to be in talks to acquire Marketo, a privately-held cloud marketing software group.

If the murmurings come to fruition - which were originally reported by Reuters and are so far unconfirmed by each company - Marketo’s purchase price would likely be in the multi-billions. Vista Equity Partners paid $1.8bn for the company in 2016 and a new deal on the table is expected to be...

By Mark Jones, 14 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, E-Commerce, Mergers and acquisitions.

Just how realistic a goal is augmented reality marketing?

Marketers are always looking for new and innovative practices to attract new customers and business. And in the tech world, there are few concepts more innovative than virtual and augmented reality. This blog will detail the differences between virtual reality and augmented reality, and how the latter can be used in marketing. We’ll then look at whether augmented reality is yet mature enough to be used on a broad scale by B2B marketers.

By Sam Gowing, 14 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce, Gamification, Mobile Marketing, Wearables.

How luxury retailers are delivering personalisation at scale

Luxury retailers invest heavily in creating a premium in-store experience, and for a long time, this has played a major role in their success and growth. However, as more and more consumers demand the convenience of online shopping there is a clear shift towards digital.

In luxury, we have observed that 25% of sales come from online with the rest in-store. In fact, McKinsey expects online luxury sales to triple by 2025, with...

By Simon Dean, 13 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, M-Commerce.

Five approaches for integrating promotions with live chat

Instant and text messaging has been around for a while now, and so people are used to sending messages to each other and to the organisations with whom they have a relationship.

An increasing number of people are therefore comfortable with communicating via live chat: a web service that enables customers to chat with sales representatives, technical support engineers or customer service agents via a...

By Graham Jarvis, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Are retailers losing control of the customer journey to pervasive social platforms?

The capabilities that social media (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest etc.) provide to retail brands today has far extended likes, comments or shares. Through these platforms online visitors can discover more of a retailer’s product catalogue through a curated feed of suggestions based on the user’s browsing and intent behaviour. But with that comes its own challenges for overstretched e-commerce managers and...

By Graham Cooke, 29 August 2018, 1 comment. Categories: E-Commerce, M-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Amazon’s advertising revenue could triple in less than three years

In its recent record-breaking quarterly earnings call, Amazon reported that its “other” revenue, which chiefly comprises that of ad sales, had grown by a massive 132%, accounting for a $2.2bn injection that was enough the firm’s CFO to concede that advertising was “starting to make an impact” on profits.

According to...

By Mark Jones, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, E-Commerce, Search Marketing.