Unilever’s top marketer says influencer fraud requires ‘urgent action’

As we’ve seen within the last year, the big-spending FMCG giants have demonstrated some hefty lobbying power when it comes to holding the digital marketing industry to account. This time, they’re getting tough on influencer marketing.

At Cannes Lions today (June 18), Unilever’s chief marketing and communications officer, Keith Weed, said that the growing influencer marketing industry was at a pivotal stage and that its members must take “urgent action” in order to rebuild...

By Mark Jones, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, E-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

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.

UK consumers five times happier online shopping than on social media

A new study by e-commerce martech company Rokt has given refreshed credit to the concept of retail therapy, with 71% of UK consumers claiming to be at their happiest when shopping online.

The survey of over 4,000 consumers worldwide found that the majority are not only at their happiest when browsing the virtual aisles, but are at their most “engaged, focused and open-minded”, presenting marketers with a prime opportunity to target customers in a buying mindset.  

For the UK segment of the...

By , 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Facebook calls Marketplace onto the pitch for new ad revenue stream

Facebook has announced that businesses will now be able to advertise within its classified ad listing hub, Marketplace, in a duo of updates that finally open up the channel for monetisation.

In addition to news feed, videos, Instagram and Messenger placements, businesses will now be able to advertise directly within relevant Marketplace product feeds, although so far the new feature is only available across the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The second update comes for users of Marketplace themselves,...

By Mark Jones, 08 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce, S-Commerce, Social Media 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.

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.

Counting time: Understanding ecommerce ROI

In the age of digital transformation, ecommerce teams have become one of the most vital commodities for businesses, especially for companies struggling with loss-making traditional channels to market.

And, yet how many organisations are actively empowering these teams to maximise their corporate value? Facing the escalating cost of talented ecommerce experts, there is a pressing need to unlock the potential of existing teams.

Right now, far too many ecommerce teams are operating blind, using gut-feel and best...

By Duncan Keene, 29 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce.

Try-before-you-buy trend will see retailers face “returns tsunami”

As online companies continue to exert an ever greater influence over the consumer products market, a new trend has emerged that could be dangerous for unprepared retailers. The last year has seen companies like ASOS, Topman and schuh introduce try-before-you-buy options for consumers.

ASOS is a leading pioneer of this kind of approach, introducing their try-before-you-buy initiative in November 2017 in partnership with payment company Klarna. The scheme, which has been adopted by other retailers, allow...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 21 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce.

How E-Commerce teams can benefit from Marketing Calendar Software

It is a new year and several e-commerce marketing teams are looking for improved methods of operating efficiently. Lightly resourced are these departments considering the number of marketing channels or tactics utilized to promote their products and brands.

They’re inundated with communicating plans, changes to plans by constantly updating and sending spreadsheets across the organization. These activities are literally occurring until final publication of content to all digital, social and mobile...

By Rahim Kassam, 23 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce.

Five ways to combat shopping cart abandonment

It’s February, and that means only one thing - its 11 months until the next set of January sales.

A few years ago, consumers would have to battle huge crowds, trudging from shop to shop in the freezing cold, elbowing people out the way to get the best deals only to find they’ve run out of stock...but, this year it is likely that many of us were getting our hands on cut price products from our warm and cozy living rooms.  

In 2018, sales shopping on the high street is but a distant memory for...

By Sam O'Meara, 16 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce.

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.

Three ecommerce content marketing lessons from Etsy

In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Josh Silverman, the new CEO of global craft marketplace Etsy, discussed giving the company a much-needed shake up.

As part of a lean new marketing strategy, Silverman has reportedly scrapped any activities that aren’t likely to immediately grow sales for Etsy’s vendors – including TV advertising – to focus on driving performance instead. These changes are already benefiting the business, with the share price reporting a

By Ed Bussey, 05 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, E-Commerce.

Rewarding loyalty is a must for online retailers and brands

Last year’s Black Friday data shows quite clearly just how important eCommerce has become to consumers.  While high street footfall dropped, online purchasing soared, but retailers and brands cannot afford to rest on their laurels.

Recent research that MetaPack carried out amongst over 3500 consumers in the UK, US and Europe illustrates sharply that shopper power determines the strategic decision-making for eCommerce retailers and nowhere more so than in...

By Bruce Fair, 31 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce.

“Ghosting” customers after sale costs retailers

The practice of “ghosting” consumers, or breaking all contact following a purchase, is one of the main reasons consumers switch to other retailers.

Narvar and YouGov surveyed around 3,000 UK consumers and found that retailers are losing out on repeat customers by focusing all of their efforts on getting people to buy from them. By failing to communicate with customers once the purchase is complete, retailers are often blowing the chance of creating a loyal customer.

Among the respondents, the...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 24 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: E-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.

The future of e-commerce basket abandonment

It’s a topic that still occasionally rears its head but, in truth basket abandonment has been the bane of many marketers’ lives, for a number of years.

There was once a time when the provision of discounts was considered the solution to entice lost customers back to a site. But when money-saving expert Martin Lewis began encouraging people to purposefully pause their purchase so that they would receive that must-have incentive, the strategy soon fell flat.

This is one reason why some marketers...

By Lee Boothroyd, 19 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce.

Ecommerce teams need to stop wasting time and start leveraging AI

Was 2017 the year Artificial Intelligence (AI) came of age – or simply reached its hype peak?

While the future looks exciting, is AI really making a difference to the retail experience, for customers or eCommerce teams? Most UX teams remain massively frustrated. Yes, eCommerce generates loads of data – but still very little useful insight. What is the priority? Where is the actionable insight that can be used to inform the PPC strategy or maximise the experience of mobile customers?

Before...

By Duncan Keene, 10 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce.

Consumers less likely to complete purchases on mobile

New research shows that shoppers are less likely to go through with an online purchase if they are using a phone or tablet.

The findings come from a study conducted by the University of East Angelia and published in the Journal of Business Research which looked at why cart abandonment is much higher on mobile apps then desktop-based online shopping.

According to data from research Criteo, 46% of global ecommerce traffic come from mobile devices...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 05 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce, M-Commerce.

Despite Black Friday, retail growth for November remains below average

UK retail sales continued the lower rate of growth seen throughout 2017 in November, despite a pronounced Black Friday related boost.

UK online retail sales were up 11.5% year-on-year (YoY), with Black Friday registering a slightly higher YoY growth of 11.7%. These figures were well below the average growth for the last four years of 18.3%.

Interestingly, November’s 11% growth is also below the average 12.7% recorded over the previous three months.

The data comes from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 21 December 2017, 1 comment. Categories: E-Commerce.