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If the forecasting of a recent Monetate report is accurate, marketers might want to revise their ecommerce email plan since its influence rate is starting to dip with consumers. But the forecast isn’t all bad news, according to the report, not only is social traffic on the rise for consumers but tablets should outpace smartphones this year.
Designer Kenneth Cole, who created a social media firestorm this week after posting a tweet that some argued mocked the plight in Syria, released a video on Instagram responding to the backlash but issuing no apology.
I recently found out about Amazon Collections and thought it was another great concept for Amazon to take part in. I personally spend a lot of my free time on the Amazon site looking for products, comparing prices with other major retailers or simply looking through the book section for new releases and New York Times Best Sellers.
What could be better for a brand than consumers buzzing about how badly they want their products — and bragging about how awesome it is as soon as they have it in their hands? Luckily for merchants, Pinterest and Instagram pack that one-two product punch.
What’s the implication of these developments for merchants? It tells you that online services recognize that users are very excited about both watching videos and creating them. The fact that two of the most popular social communities are welcoming video speaks volumes.
Clothing and accessories merchant The Children’s Place apologized on social media this week for what many considered an offensive message on a girls’ t-shirt (See a sampling of tweets from outraged consumers here).
Having video on your ecommerce site is the perfect selling tool, it not only will boost conversion rates, but also customer satisfaction, according to Dr. Melody King, vice president of marketing and sales for Treepodia.
Thanks to laptops, smartphones and tablets, consumers are constantly connected no matter where they are. Which could be one of the main reasons why social sharing and social logins are becoming more popular among shoppers. Take a look at this infographic from Gigya to gain an inside look at how consumers use their social identities across the web and mobile devices.
The connection between social networks and purchasing behavior is becoming increasingly strong. Reports continue to show that social media engagement drives both online and in-store sales, making it more important than ever for retailers to derive actionable insight from social data.
As e-commerce continues to evolve, it is clear that much of the success is due to operating storefronts on multiple sites. Adopting this “sell-anywhere” approach will help you realize a meaningful impact on your bottom line.
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