Williams-Sonoma Tops Mystery Shopping Study

| Daniela Forte

Williams-Sonoma top the list for the e-tailing group’s 15th Annual Mystery Shopping Study For the Fourth Quarter of 2012. The e-tailing group released their Customer Experience Index results this week. Williams-Sonoma was followed by Nordstrom and Amazon in the top three.

How Mobile Devices Change Consumer Shopping Behavior

| MCM staff

According to research by Yesmail Interactive, smartphone and tablet owners are more compelled to shop online than people who don’t own mobile devices. Yesmail’s research shows that 42.9% of mobile device owners shop online at least once per month, versus 32.6% of people without mobile devices. Check out the infographic below to see more findings from Yesmail’s research.

Differentiating an App from a Website

| Bob Moul

When the mobile app economy exploded, few merchants understood how apps could benefit their business. Here’s why part of the solution to this problem for marketers and retailers is gaining a better understanding of how mobile usage differs from traditional web browsing, and the other part is finding the right tools to craft an app experience that will measurably deliver value and strengthen customer relationships over time.

Fulfillment Companies Target 3 Ecommerce Trends for Business Expansion

| Mike DeFabis

Since 2012 departed with a bang, 2013 is primed to follow right in its footsteps. Ecommerce retailers saw an excellent fourth quarter. According to comScore, holiday sales approached a record $3.6 billion, a roughly 16% increase over the same time last year, so it’s no surprise that the ecommerce industry is expected to continue to grow. Here are 3 trends to look for in 2013 that will surely help to keep the ecommerce industry on its path of continued growth.

Tablets See Record in Searches, Surpassing Mobile Ad Spend

| MCM staff

The Search Agency, an online marketing firm and independent search marketing agency, released its quarterly State of Paid Search Report, which, among other findings, reports that smartphones and tablets drove 23 percent of total clicks in the fourth quarter of 2012, an 89 percent increase year over year.

Digital Lessons Learned in Holiday 2012

| MCM staff

ForeSee Results president and CEO Larry Freed (left) discusses lessons retailer learned about the digital consumer during the 2012 holiday season. Multichannel Merchant senior content manager Tim Parry conducts the interview.