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Surviving the Retail Recovery: Tips as the World Reopens

| Zee Aganovic

People are returning to work and routines, but what does this mean for the countless merchants that embraced ecommerce to stay afloat? What if you transitioned to DTC and grew because of it? How can you survive the retail recovery? Learn how you can experience the best of both store experiences and ecommerce in the new normal.

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Amazon Associates: Are The 2021 Commissions Worth It?

| Alexy Sysov

The Amazon Associates program has create passive income streams for bloggers, YouTubers, influencers and other social media marketers. But it took a big hit when Amazon changed the payout rates last year. Is it still worth it? First, you need to learn how the program works, to understand what the changing rates are all about.

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Your Brand World Amid Virtual Worlds

| Victoria Kurzweg

The future of brand-building is more than storytelling and design – it’s more about creating a brand world. As our attention moves beyond the screen, stories will become even less linear and more choose-your-own-adventure. Design systems will continue to grow beyond visual elements and into the domains of sound, space and motion.

4 Costly Mobile Marketing Strategy Mistakes Retailers Make

| Molly McFarland

Challenges around mobile marketing can be overwhelming at times, especially when it comes to making the right call on where and when to spend marketing dollars effectively. That’s why it’s key to understand the four common mistakes many retailers make with their mobile marketing strategy, and how they can be remedied.

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Creating Dynamic PPC Ads on Google Shopping

| Rob Van Nuenen

Google Shopping plays a key role for retailers and online advertisers as it is essentially a product search engine for ecommerce stores. As a merchant you sometimes need to create hundreds of PPC ads for every product, aligned with pricing and inventory. Although this may seem overwhelming, it’s simpler than you think – using a data feed.

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Beauty Brands: Personalization Equals Loyalty

| Robin Trickett

How can beauty retailers capitalize on the upswing in loyalty trends, and ensure customers who have adopted ecommerce for the long haul stay loyal? There are a number of personalization best practices to leverage, starting with the first visit, leading to the second purchase, then forging and strengthening a 1:1 loyal relationship. 

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With Brand Loyalty, Emotion-Based Strategies Are the Future

| Michela Baxter

Loyalty programs are essential to the overall brand experience. A transactional “do/get” value exchange establishes functional bonds, but this tactic alone is not enough to build deeper emotional connections and weather future storms. Emotional loyalty strategies will be among the most successful in a post-pandemic world.

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CPG Brands, Know the New Ad Playbook

| Jordan Rost

Long before DTCs and DNVBs rode social, mobile, and ecommerce to steal mindshare and market share, the earliest, largest CPG brands were built with broad reach on television. Ever since, a digital divide has separated winners and losers. Now, with streaming hot, TV has joined the upstarts in the CPG digital marketers’ basket. 

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5 Instagram Posts to Drive SMB Brand Engagement

| Lucy Manole

90% of people on Instagram follow a business, and two-thirds of the people surveyed say Instagram enables interaction with brands. While there are plenty of post formats you can try, here are the best types of Instagram posts to drive better brand engagement (and not just mere double taps).

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iOS 14.5 and Ads: What I’ve Learned So Far

| Dean DeCarlo

Apple’s launch of iOS 14.5, featuring its new privacy protections, has been championed by iPhone users tired of invasive ads, while advertisers frantically adapt to the changes, especially small businesses that rely on targeted ads. While challenging to advertisers, privacy is an important issue. Five weeks in, here are some key learnings.