You spend a lot of time trying to get shoppers to buy. You probably also deliver orders to customers in a timely fashion. As I’m preparing for my “Begin with the Buy: Enriching & Evolving the Post-Purchase Experience” webinar with Multichannel Merchant, it’s becoming clear that the gap between the customer submitting their order and receiving your product is a severely underutilized phase of engagement.
The reason for the lack of attention to Bing is probably because Google occupies so much mindshare among SEO watchers. However, this doesn’t mean that Bing should be overlooked. Bing and Facebook recently announced that the search engine will power Facebook’s new Graph Search tool, which means that indexing your videos with Bing will help drive traffic to your site from Facebook.
Are you better off adding a Blogger blog or a Google+ page? Is the proper term for a sweatshirt with a hood a “hooded sweatshirt” or a “hoodie?” Stephan Spencer, co-author of The Art of SEO, answers questions about search engine optimization asked by Tim Parry, senior content manager of Multichannel Merchant, during IRWD 2013.
In the age of big data and big data analytics, the way towards better utilizing transaction data lies in narrowing the lens from a period of years and days, down to seconds. If we know when people tend to make purchases or how much they are spending at a given time of day, than we can better coordinate email promotions to reach more potential buyers with higher value. Here’s why a well-timed email can encourage a customer to spend more, convince a customer teetering on the edge to click “buy,” or convince someone to buy from you, rather than a competitor.
The modern day merchant must have an intimate understanding of the importance of online and mobile commerce, access to a vast array of customer data, and a strategy for transforming this analytical data into winning online experiences. The question is: who inside the company can embody these traits and help the CEO rule the roost?
The digital marketing landscape has drastically shifted in the last year, and therefore so have online marketing strategies. Optfiy’s infographic on B2B online marketing trends in 2012 includes findings from its research around Google’s search market share, Google’s “Not Provided” update, trends in paid search, traffic and leads from social media, and more.
Ten thousand Facebook fans are not translating into 10,000 eager customers. And 50,000 Twitter followers don’t necessarily mean a ready supply of buyers. The hard truth is that most retailers haven’t a clue about the bottom-line impact of social marketing. Meanwhile, efforts to acquire fans and followers aren’t getting any cheaper.
Speaking with Multichannel Merchant during an off-site event held in conjunction with the National Retail Federation Big Show in New York, president and CEO Terry Lundgren made it clear Macy’s will roll ship-from-store out to all its 800+ department stores. Here’s why ship-from-store helps Macy’s compete with Amazon, and helps its bottom line.