Navigating the choppy waters of social commerce

Islands in a rough sea.

Marcel Hiollerbach, chief innovation officer at Productsup, analyses the current social commerce landscape and how businesses can use tech to minimise commerce anarchy.

Social commerce’s domination has been a long time coming with 44% of the world’s population already using social media. Turning these growing platforms into commerce platforms was a natural next step with brands and retailers jumping on the opportunity. As such, the social commerce market is rapidly expanding,...

Post Office partners with Yext to improve digital customer experience

Iona's Post Office.

Yext, the self-proclaimed 'answers company', has partnered with Post Office, the UK’s largest retail network.

Yext will support Post Office by providing its customers with consistent and accurate information across all of its digital touchpoints. With over 11,500 branches, Post Office will leverage Yext to improve online visibility, drive footfall, and improve branch profitability. Post Office will also more efficiently monitor, analyse and respond to reviews using Yext’s...

Online shopping habits show resilience as Brits plan around Black Friday  

Someone using a smartphone next to a Black Friday sale poster.

74% of UK shoppers said they are likely to shop online on or around Black Friday this year, a rise from 63% in 2021, according to a survey from commerce media company Criteo.

While speculation about the sheer scale of this year’s Black Friday compared to previous years remains, it seems Black Friday will play an important role for consumers. 

In fact, roughly a third (32%) of UK shoppers say they ‘always’ shop online on or around Black Friday each year. The...

ClickUp and HubSpot form strategic partnership

ClickUp, a productivity platform that brings work together in one place, and HubSpot, a customer relationship management (CRM) platform for scaling companies, have teamed up to help customers create more efficient workflows and better collaborate across teams.

By bringing together ClickUp's and HubSpot’s powerful capabilities, stakeholders throughout the customer lifecycle benefit from increased productivity and are better equipped with the knowledge they need to foster and...

Shoppers prefer to purchase via mobile phone after visiting stores

Entering the 2022 holiday season, consumers are increasingly embracing a hybrid shopping experience that couples in-store visits with digital tools that optimise the buying process.

This is according to a global survey of nearly 3,000 customers commissioned by cloud communications platform Sinch. 

Shoppers prefer retailers that super-charge the in-person experience by layering on a level of automation and efficiency before they even enter the store. For example, a...

92% of advertisers want a unified view of converged TV

80% of advertisers have increased their converged TV investments year over year, according to a survey by Innovid, an independent advertising platform for delivery, personalisation and measurement of converged TV.

In addition, of the more than 250 senior brand and agency respondents polled in the report titled 'The Great Unification of Converged TV' in September 2022, nearly all (92%) said a unified view of converged TV reach and performance across linear TV, CTV and digital video...

Marketers face huge budget cuts and drops in customer loyalty

74% of CMOs have either seen, or are facing, cuts to their marketing budgets. 

This is according to new data from customer engagement Platform SALESmanago, which surveyed 250 CMOs in the UK to discover whether marketing needs to take a leaner approach as we head into recession. 

The findings revealed that despite what we have learned in previous recessions, 40% of respondents said they still struggle to prove the ROI of marketing to the CEO and moreover, 63% think...

How Amplifon achieved an ROI of £1 to £3 on direct mail campaigns

A pound coin.

With more than 70 years’ experience and a network of more than 9,500 highly qualified hearing specialists, Amplifon is a leading hearing care provider.

The problem:

Having previously used Partially Addressed Mail to some success, Amplifon was keen to develop a more personalised Direct Mail acquisition strategy to identify the best prospects for their cutting-edge hearing products.

The solution:

Using existing customer data, REaD Group built a...

Customers willing to sacrifice delivery and brand loyalty for quicker path to purchase online

As post-pandemic consumer expectations continue to skyrocket, so too does their need for digital shopping speed.

Nearly one-half of U.S. online shoppers now say it’s more important for them to be able to buy something quickly than it is to have a large selection of items to choose from, according to the inaugural eCommerce Trends Report released by headless commerce solution, Pack. The report also illustrates the impact website speed and ease of use have on consumers’ path to...

87% of marketers say their work provides greater value now than a year ago

A stack of coins.

Salesforce has released the eighth edition of the State of Marketing report. Drawing from a survey of 6,000 marketers across 35 countries and an analysis of trillions of outbound marketing messages sent using the Salesforce platform, the report explores how marketers are:

working to meet customers’ digital-first expectations doing more with less in the face of macroeconomic uncertainty adapting to new privacy regulations while still delivering exceptional customer...