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Direct-to-customer merchandise sales are skyrocketing. Whether you sell to consumers or businesses, your direct-to-customer sales will be a crucial part of future growth and strategy. Which is why we are inviting you to attend the only conference exclusively about ecommerce and catalog operations & fulfillment: the 2013 Operations Summit.
Speaking with Multichannel Merchant during an off-site event held in conjunction with the National Retail Federation Big Show in New York, president and CEO Terry Lundgren made it clear Macy’s will roll ship-from-store out to all its 800+ department stores. Here’s why ship-from-store helps Macy’s compete with Amazon, and helps its bottom line.
When it comes to networking, social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are great, but in most cases, a handwritten follow-up note should also be part of your B2B marketing repertoire.
Your site visitors like to see what other shoppers are saying about your products, since they’re theoretically honest opinions coming from outside the business. User-generated videos are usually informative and often funny, which can compel viewers to stay tuned longer. To leverage this approach, you need to encourage customers to submit their own videos to your YouTube channel and your website, and you need to manage this content effectively.
RTP-based Triangle Angel Partners (TAP) was the newest funding group to join existing investors, including Idea Fund Partners and Bruce Boehm, formerly of US Venture Partners, in Windsor Circle’s Series A funding round, which includes $685,000 of funds recently raised, plus the conversion of a Convertible Note of $405,000.
Offering a loyalty program for consumers who shop with you online or in a traditional store is not the only way to engage with your customers and gain additional sales. It can also happen when shoppers visit your site through apps. Take a look at how some companies gained a boost in conversions after taking part in a loyalty program with the CoffeeTable app.
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Looking back at 2012, a handful of trends have dominated headlines in the ecommerce and retail space. These include the so-called omnichannel experience for consumers across all touchpoints, heightened privacy concerns and the use of big data to increase customer engagement and drive sales. While progress has been made in all three areas, none of them will come to fruition by the end of 2013.
Mobile messaging analytics, as part of a well-thought out mobile marketing strategy, can help brands and retailers gain actionable business intelligence. They can then use that data to craft push, SMS and mobile email messages that are relevant, add value and are selectively timed.
Building a multichannel ecosystem without upsetting existing channel relationships is a real challenge that requires balancing the concerns of referral and resale partners with the needs of end-customers. Aside from channel conflict, internal resistance can also make the transition difficult.