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SearchFeb 04, 2013 8:03 PM By Paul Becker
With increased transactional, digital, mobile, content, social network and promotional marketing, how can marketers and merchants continue to differentiate, build brands and attack commoditization? Here is a five-step process you can use to differentiate and build brands across a changing channel mix.
SearchFeb 04, 2013 7:24 PM By Ben Straley
In the coming months, Facebook plans to make Graph Search more widely available. So what are the implications for retailers? It means that retail customers will soon have a powerful tool to discover the products and stores online or near them that are liked by their friends and friends-of-friends. Here are three specific things retailers can do right now, which are in accordance with best search marketing and social media practices.
SearchJan 31, 2013 9:59 AM By Jim Davidson
While your subscribers are not likely reading your emails in this fashion, it’s important to consider the story your brand tells in the inbox. This is especially true during times of the year when your email volume spikes. Here are some central storytelling themes you can use to help shape the narrative of your email program.
SearchJan 30, 2013 9:28 AM By MCM staff
In marketing, emphasis is often placed on the initial efforts to get a customer interested in a product or service. This is a natural part of the sales cycle, of course, but it tends to overshadow the very important aspect of repeat business and the contribution it makes to overall success. Here’s why giving your customers the tools to easily return and purchase additional units of what your business offers is actually just as important as the advertising that brought them to you in the first place.
SearchJan 28, 2013 3:08 PM By Mark Simpson
The modern day merchant must have an intimate understanding of the importance of online and mobile commerce, access to a vast array of customer data, and a strategy for transforming this analytical data into winning online experiences. The question is: who inside the company can embody these traits and help the CEO rule the roost?
SearchJan 28, 2013 1:53 PM By 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.
SearchJan 25, 2013 1:58 PM By Erin Lynch
Results of the e-tailing group’s 15th Annual Mystery Shopping Study, conducted during the fourth quarter of 2012, have been released and nine merchants, including Zappos, Saks Fifth Avenue, Zappos and Office Depot have been recognize for excelling at online customer service.
SearchJan 23, 2013 4:29 PM By MCM staff
The digital marketing landscape has drastically shifted in the last year, and therefore so have online marketing strategies. Optfiy’s infographic on B2B online marketing trends in 2012 includes findings from its research around Google’s search market share, Google’s “Not Provided” update, trends in paid search, traffic and leads from social media, and more.
SearchJan 23, 2013 11:43 AM By 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.
SearchJan 23, 2013 9:17 AM By Tim Parry
According to MCM Outlook 2012-13, 56% of respondents said they felt the United States Postal Service is a viable alternative to UPS and FedEx. Here’s what industry experts from Shipware, Endicia and LJM Consultants have to say about the pros – and cons – of USPS vs. FedEx and UPS.