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Managing your consumer experience journey must be one of, if not the core tenet of your strategy as a retail marketer. It is no longer acceptable to to be reactive to the journey your customer takes to learn about, and hopefully buy, your product. As a retail marketer, you must be proactive about shaping the consumers’ path to purchase. How do you shape a consumers’ path...

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We all know the forces of the past decade - search, social, mobile, Amazon - are changing every industry.  But consumer-facing commerce has been at the tip of the spear, as empowered consumers are now in the driver's seat and forcing brands and service providers to change quickly and dramatically to keep up.  Forrester research calls this era the "Age of the Customer", and encourages...

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Ninety percent of all sentiment on social media around loyalty programs is negative, according to a recent CapGemini study.   Combine that reality with the fact that most households are in 15+ legacy loyalty programs already and the tectonic shifts in how consumers are shopping and purchasing today, and it's clear every company must rethink customer loyalty. The first place to start is the idea that only...

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In a recent Harvard Biz article, Peter Merholz relates the trend at checkout toward Square and the Apple Store-type experiences to farmers' markets and food trucks.  Consumers want to tear down the barriers between the shopper and the merchant.  They want the farmers market, not the supermarket.  They want the food truck, not the restaurant, and at checkout, they'd rather remove the big clunky cash register in...

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Four out of five retailers attribute almost 50% of their sales to baby boomers.1 But, this is soon to change as 80 million Millennials are entering their peak consumption years. That’s according to this report put together by Synchrony Financial. In it, they share their findings about Millennial and Baby Boomer shopping habits and strategies on how to win over Millennials without losing Baby Boomers. In...

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He's one of the great retailers of the past three decades, so let's learn from Mickey Drexler. Drexler's had one of the great retail careers.  Successful at many large brands - Bloomingdales, the Gap, and now transforming J Crew into a retail juggernaut.  Several publications have catalogued his many attributes that contributed to a long career with this much success, but one in particular relates to his love...

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According to this article by Forbes, “there are currently 191.1 million online shoppers in the United States – with more than $703 billion being spent on B2C ecommerce volume.” If you are reading this, it’s likely you are a retailer that wants in on some of this money. Well, if you really want in, you should understand today’s online shopper. Luckily, the same Forbes article offers...

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If you don’t believe in personalizing your retail experience at this point, you might not be reading enough about the retail industry. Here are a few statistics from this article from Customer Think: 78% of consumers are more likely to be a repeat customer if a retailer provides them with targeted, personalized offers If a consumer does not receive a personalized experience, the CMO Council reported that...

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We found this article published by the Wharton School of Business that speaks to what makes a great shopping experience. The author of this article shares five pillars of retail satisfaction that should be used to build a platform that can help to create an amazing shopping experience. Those five are: Engagement: being polite, genuinely caring and interested in helping, acknowledging and listening. Executional excellence: patiently explaining...

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The following statement should not surprise anyone: Most advertising is not remembered. Most advertising is just noise because “[the] overwhelming majority of the ads that are run are not the least bit relevant to any one of us.” That quote is from this blog post by Steven P. Dennis, a consultant, speaker and writer on retail innovation, omni-channel strategy and marketing personalization. He goes on to say: “The...

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