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Consumer Behavior: The Not-So-Secrets

| Hunter Thurman

While there appears to be no end in sight to the tumult of the retail landscape, behavioral science reveals that much consumer behavior is actually durable and predictable. And while behavior is relatively well understood in academic circles, it becomes murkier in the context of marketing science. Here’s how to understand it better.

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Retailers Struggle to Read Consumer Signals for Q4

| Mike O'Brien

Retailers are looking at a major balancing act heading into the holiday season this year, with consumer signals and economic indicators a mixed bag and absolute boatloads of excess inventory, much of it old, to contend with in order to make Q4 a success.

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Amazon, iRobot and the Smart Home Data Play

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon has purchased iRobot, naturally raising some privacy concerns about the use of consumer data in combination from Roomba, Alexa and Ring devices. It also fits in nicely with Amazon’s bigger ambition to own the smart home market. Jason Boyce, founder and CEO of Avenue7Media, discusses this as well as antitrust concerns.

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5 Metaverse Marketing Considerations for Brands

| Matt Kilmartin

Marketers are wondering what issues they should be considering as metaverse marketing becomes a must have. Five issues to keep top of mind: balancing branding and performance; campaign buying methodologies; developing new metrics; what customer data will look like; and how to build secure experiences.

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Consumers Scrimp for Back-to-School Expenses

| Mike O'Brien

More than a third of U.S. consumers said they plan to cut back on other spending in order to be able to shop for back-to-school items due to ongoing inflation concerns, according to the annual survey from Prosper Insights & Analytics commissioned by the National Retail Federation. More than half had started shopping as of early July.

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Consumer Spending a Mixed Bag This Summer

| Mike O'Brien

Despite inflation fears, retailers are likely to see an increase in consumer spending this summer, with 61% planning to shop “holidays” like Prime Day, and 76% of them saying they’ll spend the same or more on the extravaganza as last year, according to data from Adobe Commerce.

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Stepping Up Your Ecommerce Sustainability Game

| Andrew Chan

Focusing on ecommerce sustainability initiatives can help you set your company up for success by focusing on the planet, while also creating more opportunities to boost sales. Therefore, it behooves you to step up your ecommerce sustainability game or risk being overlooked by increasingly values-conscious consumers. 

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Inflation Fears Outpace COVID, Drive Desire for BNPL Expansion

| Mike O'Brien

Fears of inflation eating away at household incomes continues to run ahead of COVID-19 concerns, according to a May trend report from 84.51˚, the consumer data and analytics arm of Kroger. These concerns are also causing more consumers to want BNPL to expand beyond products to services, according to a Harris poll.

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How Alternative Data Improves UX and Helps Marketing Teams

| Michele Tucci

Fragments derived from alternative data are essential to discover more granular consumer behaviors and lifestyles. This helps build better segmentation models and more appropriate customer journeys that offer delight experiences. Insights on consumer behavior and lifestyle can be gleaned through analysis of installed apps.

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Rising Shrinkflation and Transparency: Why It Matters

| Charles Haverfield

Some say shrinkflation is a sneaky strategy because businesses use the same packaging but give customers less, arguing it’s an attempt to deceive them. But many are making sure changes are available for consumers to see in some format. It’s the consumer’s responsibility to check the pack, but communication with buyers is key.