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.
Using the excitement of special occasions, businesses from any industry can achieve boosts in revenue throughout the year, and help your business grow long-term with each boost you generate. Here’s how PostcardMania generated $120,000+ off a Valentine’s Day mailing to 500 people in 2012.
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.
Social Q & A connects shoppers to past customers through questions and answers. So how does it work? Products are for sale on an ecommerce site, according to this infographic by TurnToNetworks.com. Shoppers submit questions about the product. The questions are e-mailed to a selection of past customers who actually bought the product. Those customers return to the store site to answer the shopper questions. Answers are added to the product page and emailed to the shopper.
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?
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.
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.
Ten thousand Facebook fans are not translating into 10,000 eager customers. And 50,000 Twitter followers don’t necessarily mean a ready supply of buyers. The hard truth is that most retailers haven’t a clue about the bottom-line impact of social marketing. Meanwhile, efforts to acquire fans and followers aren’t getting any cheaper.
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.
When it analyzed its Digital Readiness Survey in December, Zeno Group found stark differences between B2C and B2B companies, as well as large and small firms, in both CEO attitudes toward social media and in the company’s ability to respond to an online challenge. This infographic breaks down what Zeno found.