Dirty Lemon, Glossier, Taco Bell Top Customer Engagement Index

| Douglas P. Clement

Wellness beverage maker Dirty Lemon, beauty brand Glossier and Taco Bell top the Zyper Community Index 2020, which ranks the most culturally relevant consumer brands as measured by how effectively they build online customer engagement and communities. See what tactics and tools landed them in the top spots in the index.

2019 Holiday Season Takeaways and Ecommerce Marketing Action Items

| Greg Zakowicz

The 2019 holiday season has concluded, and once again ecommerce experienced record-breaking sales. But what made the 2019 holiday season so successful, and which trends have become the new normal? Analyzing the results does no good unless you implement the lessons learned to further your marketing program.

6 Tips for Thriving in a Saturated Amazon Marketplace

| Kunal Chopra

Amazon is the world’s most valuable brand, with an estimated 38% of U.S. ecommerce sales, forcing business owners to create a brand presence there. Unfortunately that popularity makes it harder to capture consumers’ attention. These 6 tips will help marketers grow your company’s ecommerce business on Amazon’s marketplace. 

How to Use Video to Increase Engagement in Email Marketing

| Greg Zakowicz

For years, marketers have said video would be the next evolution in email marketing, but challenges have held it back. Now, 98% of email clients support video, the #1 type of content to inspire consumer research, so the time is right to bring new life to your email marketing. Here’s how to incorporate video in your email marketing program.

What McKinsey’s Store Can Teach Brands About Customer Data

| Gretchen Scheiman

The quest for customer data is expensive and filled with frustration. How many brands are truly ready to invest in wild new experiments like those at McKinsey’s store at the Mall of America to collect more customer data when they can’t even access what they already have? A smart data approach may be the answer to this dilemma.

Kustomer Raises $60M in Funding Round For R&D, European Office

| Mike O'Brien

Cloud-based CRM platform startup Kustomer has raised $60 million in a round led by Coatue with participation from current investors Tiger Global Management and Battery Ventures, bringing its total haul to $173.5 million as it pursues titans Zendesk and Salesforce. The company plans to build out R&D and open its first European office.

‘Tis the Season for Marketing Fraud Bots

| Siddharth Deb

Marketing fraud ─ including skewed analytics, ad fraud, affiliate fraud and lead fraud ─ is a growing problem for online businesses in every industry, and it’s more pronounced over the busy holiday shopping season. Juniper Research estimates that in 2019, advertisers around the world will lose $42 billion of ad spend to fraud.

Identity Marketing Firm SheerID Raises $64 Million

| Douglas P. Clement

SheerID, whose software quickly verifies a person’s status as a member of a particular consumer “tribe,” has raised $64 million in an equity round. It defines identity marketing as a form of personalization focused on winning over consumer tribes that align with the brand’s promise. Clients include Target, Amazon, Lowe’s and Urban Outfitters.

How to Use Free Shipping to Boost the Power of Your Holiday Emails

| Greg Zakowicz

People love free stuff, and that includes free shipping. Shouldn’t you use this powerful incentive to pump up the performance of your holiday emails? When preparing your holiday promotions, you’ll want to make it a staple of your strategy. Here’s how to incorporate free shipping into your email marketing strategy this holiday season.