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October 6, 2014




How Williams-Sonoma Finds Success in the Digital Age

Williams-Sonoma continues to move steadfast into the digital age while still having its catalog be its primary driver for sales.

“We’re approaching $5 billion in revenue as a company and we are 50% direct-to-consumer,” said Pat Connolly, chief strategy and business …

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In Ecommerce, Marketing

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September 30, 2014




What Omnichannel Shoppers Mean for Retailers and Customer Loyalty

If you were to ask a retailer what the most important tool of their customer loyalty efforts was 5 years ago, I bet the majority of them would say traditional loyalty and rewards programs. You know, the old “buy 10 get one …

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In Engagement, Must Reads

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September 29, 2014




How Marketing Technology Bridges Experiences and Operations

Technology-enabled marketing has changed the game for marketing leaders. CMOs are increasingly held accountable for their portion of executive responsibilities, and that means more activities tied to reporting and analytics.

To date, there has been more than $21.8 billion in tracked …

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In Omnichannel, technology

ebay, eBay Enterprise, VendorNet, ecommerce, global ecommerce, retail, online retail, brick-and-mortar, brick-and-mortar retail, mobile commerce, customer service, customer experience, market research, omnichannel, omnichannel retail

August 6, 2014




How to Grow Your Global Social Media Presence

Retailers that have taken the dip into international waters should now begin thinking about the use of social media on the global scale.

But where do you begin? Where are your customers engaging with brands?  What challenges will you come …

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In Ecommerce, Global

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July 31, 2014




How to Effectively Use Social Media for Your Brand

How do you use social media for your brand and measure its success?

Nearly 8 out of 10 respondents to the MCM Outlook 2014 said they use social media to engage in conversations with followers. Of that group, 7 out of 10 said they measure …

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In Marketing, Must Reads

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October 9, 2014




5 Lessons Learned from Previous Holiday Shopping Seasons

You did your due diligence, and created the ultimate holiday season plan for success. But a change happens in your supply chain. Or on Black Friday/Cyber Monday, you noticed a change in consumer shopping behavior. Or a mid-December blizzard …

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In Holiday 2014, Must Reads

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July 30, 2014




Social Media is Driving Customer Engagement

Pinterest is growing, Twitter’s popularity rose and Facebook continues to be the most popular social media platform for retailers in 2014.

According to MCM Outlook 2014 results,  91.9% of respondents said Facebook is where they keep an active presence, followed by Twitter …

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In Marketing, Must Reads

Canada, Canadian, Stalco, cross-border selling, cross-border ecommerce, Shipping/Delivery, shipping, international shipping, Canadian consumers, Canadian market, retail, retailer, import regulations, import duties, import taxes, Operations and Fulfillment

September 22, 2014




CASL Could Have Big Effect on U.S. Marketers

U.S.-based businesses that engage in marketing activities directed to Canadian residents – both businesses and individuals – could find themselves on the receiving end of some hefty fines, courtesy of a strict Canadian anti-spam law which went into effect on …

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In cross-border, Ecommerce

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October 15, 2014




Will Apple Pay Launch This Week?

The Apple Pay system could launch for retailers as early as Saturday, various sources are reporting. CNN Money is reporting that the rumor of the launch came through a leaked memo from Walgreens, which is among the group of retailers …

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In Ecommerce, Mobile

September 21, 2014




How the Cover of Cosmo Helped Me Build Meaningful, Lasting Customer Relationships

As much as they’d like to believe otherwise, brands don’t interact with people the way likable people interact with people. Brands act like egomaniacs who fixate on themselves, share little and never get too personal. On social media, …

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In Marketing, Must Reads

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