Using Micro Influencers to Target Gen Z in 2022

| Austin Rotter

If the pandemic has taught ecommerce brands and retailers anything, it’s that being flexible in creating new avenues to engage with consumers, especially hard-to-reach demos like Gen Z, is mission critical for survival. For any brands targeting Gen Z shoppers, micro influencers will have to play an extremely important role.

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Gen Z Shopping Habits May Kill Off Unprepared Brands

| Mark Hook

For the past decade, brands have scrambled to serve millennials, the first internet-obsessed generation that forced them to rethink ecommerce selling strategies. Now, they are reinventing as Gen Z gears up to enter the workforce and fast becomes a formidable force in the economy. Is your ecommerce platform ready?

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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.

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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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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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Kroger Hit by Breach, No Customer Data Misused

| Mike O'Brien

Major grocer Kroger said it hit by a cyberattack, but that no personal shopper data or credit card information was compromised, in an incident that also hit government entities in New Zealand and Australia, a U.S. college, a state’s auditor and a prominent law firm, AP reports.

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Social Commerce: The Time to Start is Now

| Sharon Gee

Social commerce is a great, cost effective way for merchants to expand channels and visibility. 36% of U.S. internet users say social networks have become as important as other information sources for making product choices and 70% of shopping enthusiasts say they turn to Instagram to discover products.

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2020 Year in Review: Retail Upended, Reset Continues

| Mike O'Brien

As 2020 comes to a close, it’s time to reflect back on a wild and crazy year in retail, to paraphrase the Festrunk brothers from Saturday Night Live. COVID-19 came in like a wrecking ball in February and March, causing widespread shutdowns that hit retail especially hard, leading to hockey-stick growth in ecommerce.

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Four Views on Retail, Ecommerce Entering 2021

| Mike O'Brien

You may have read somewhere that 2020 was an extremely disruptive year in every aspect of the retail industry. Ecommerce, already on a rapid trajectory, took off into the stratosphere as consumer flocked online. To take a look into what we can expect in 2021, four experts offer their views and some bold predictions.