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Social Media Keeps Brands Roaring in 2021

| Scott Hirsch

Even if your brand has a good website and a robust email distribution list, social media is still the crest of the mightiest wave. There’s no better way to expand your audience and find new customers. The question is, how do we capitalize on this juggernaut? What’s up for this year and what’s the best way to leverage it?

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Breaking Down the True Cost of Coupon Fraud

| John Helmle

Saying coupon fraud costs the retail industry $100M/year is an oversimplification of the problem. Yes, that is the aggregated face value of mis-redeemed offers, but it doesn’t reflect all of the costs borne by industry players. Here’s a breakdown of how it affects manufacturers, retailers and consumers, and how to mitigate the impact.

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Uncommon Goods Steps Up Its SMS Marketing Game

| Mike O'Brien

Based in Brooklyn, NY, ecommerce crafts marketplace Uncommon Goods has been tested automated SMS campaigns, including for retargeting. Brian Hashemi, head of marketing and analytics for Uncommon Goods, talks about how the company is testing and learning with its SMS/email mix and working to increase personalization.

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Consumers Have Varying Expectations for a New Normal

| Rachel Monfre

Most anticipate that a return to normal will be gradual and cautious even after the virus has been subdued, and different consumer segments will have varying levels of optimism on those timelines. For advertisers, building seamless digital experiences, and positioning products to appeal to differing segments.

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Why Customer Data Maintenance Matters for Marketers

| Stuart Watt

Customer data maintenance can keep efforts on track by ensuring that marketers have the best, most relevant information to drive decision making. For marketers looking to deliver big results in 2021, here are three ways data maintenance can support their efforts.

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Omnichannel Shoppers: Converting Them in 2021

| Dhruv Mehta

Getting traffic to your site is one thing, and converting then is another. Unfortunately, many ecommerce stores experience a high bounce rate because they fail to provide what shoppers are looking for: A great shopping experience beyond price and quality. These 5 tips will help you deliver a seamless experience that converts.

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Keeping Brand Loyalty as Eyes Wander

| Mike O'Brien

A study last fall by Omnicom showed a drop of those professing to be brand loyal, from 65% in March to 49% in November, with the pandemic, social issues and product pricing and availability as driving factors. Allan Levy, CEO of Alchemy Worx, joins our MCM CommerceChat podcast to talk about guarding against loyalty erosion in 2021.

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Zero-Party Data: The Future of Personalized Brand Interactions

| Charlie Heitzig

The cookie jar will soon be empty. Or at least most third-party cookies will be gone, and then where will brand interactions be? The elimination of third-party cookies is a big deal. That’s why it’s more important than ever to leverage customer relationship management (CRM) data, especially first- and zero-party data.

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Peapod Digital Labs, Quotient Partner on Price/Promotion Tool

| Mike O'Brien

Peapod Digital Labs, a division of Dutch grocery giant Ahold Delhaize, has partnered with Quotient to develop a tool that helps retailers and CPGs reach more shoppers with their discount promotions by targeting programmatic media spend based on real-time analysis of loyalty and pricing data. Ahold has 2,000 stores in the U.S.

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How Digital Twins Can Help Retailers Optimize Operations

| Maziar Adl

The combination of digital twin technology and artificial intelligence and other forecasting tools has created an exciting space for retail to grow and change. From better product design to improved manufacturing and streamlined internal operations, digital twins and AI are proving to be a powerful pair in retail.