Best Practices

According to this infographic posted by RetailNext, “Only 49% of consumers feel they receive a consistent experience across retail channels.” But, a consistent shopping experience across all retail channels is what shoppers want. Unfortunately, when retailers hear the words “omnichannel retail” they seem to believe that they need to create different experiences at different channels. This is the opposite of what they should do. Instead, shoppers want a consistent...

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According to this article, a panel at the Retail Business Technology Expo (RBTE) “likened omnichannel to the early stages of internet connectivity after claiming retailers struggle with the more complex aspects of offering an omnichannel experience, such as personalization, seamless payments and single customer journeys.” Offer personalization by removing silos Many retailers assume each of their retail channels should operate differently. And if they don’t assume each...

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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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According to this article posted on CMO.com, there are four ways big brands can innovate and compete like mobile startups. Those four are: Leverage innovation in your existing products and services Prepare your enterprise to take action Secure C-level sponsorship and funding Connect everything to the customer relationship We will just talk about the fourth one, because that’s most important to us. The author of this article goes deeper into each...

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The author of this article by Momentology wrote, “70% of consumers want more personalized shopping experiences,” and they “are willing to divulge a little data if it means making their lives easier.” With this information in hand, we recommend marketers ask themselves one question: How can we deliver a personalized shopping experience at scale? Fortunately, this article by the Harvard Business Review offers a solution: “[The] best...

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The concept of selling on social media platforms is still nebulous – it’s a new tool and no one has done it right, so marketers are approaching the new channel cautiously. At some point – if it’s not already being done – marketers will misuse social selling. It happens with all media channels: marketers start spamming customers with discounts or showing boring ads that don’t...

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Tesco, the large British retailer, recently announced one of the largest losses in British corporate history recently.  Much of the loss was attributable to property write downs as a result of a recognition of changing consumer shopping habits the retailer had failed to adapt to in recent years.  The company has new leadership which is orchestrating a turnaround. Donal MacDaid, in Talking Retail, summarized the key...

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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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  Omnichannel. Omnichannel. Omnichannel. It’s the buzzword of the retail industry right now. But one woman, Andrea Weiss, co-founder of The O Alliance, says we should “stop thinking about omnichannel, and think about circular commerce.” That quote comes from this article. The author goes on to say she was “referencing the idea that each channel should feed into one another versus operate as separate silos and that...

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