Kustomer Acquires Reply.ai, Enhancing AI, Machine Learning Capabilities

| Mike O'Brien

Kustomer, an up-and-coming cloud-based CRM platform for hot DTC brands like UNTUCKit, ThirdLove and The Farmer’s Dog, has acquired Reply.ai, which uses AI and machine learning to improve agent efficiency by deflecting customer queries through chatbots and widgets. The two have worked together on CRM integration projects.

Machine Learning: Your Secret Weapon for Customer Acquisition

| Chad Ruff

If you’re looking for a strategy to get ahead in customer acquisition, machine learning can be your secret weapon. True AI can think for itself, while ML can automate tasks and apply predictive analytics that drive meaningful growth. ML is the AI focal point for your CRM tool and can be the key to boosting customer acquisition.

Kustomer Raises $60M in Funding Round For R&D, European Office

| Mike O'Brien

Cloud-based CRM platform startup Kustomer has raised $60 million in a round led by Coatue with participation from current investors Tiger Global Management and Battery Ventures, bringing its total haul to $173.5 million as it pursues titans Zendesk and Salesforce. The company plans to build out R&D and open its first European office.

Improving Your Sales Funnel in the Next Three Years

| Rilind Elezaj

The sales funnel is the main tool showing where you lose customers and what stage of the customer relationship is the most problematic. It also shows what things should be changed in order to increase revenue. Here are several ways retailers can utilize the sales funnel for their business in the next three years.

The Data-Informed Future of Retail

| Ericka Podesta McCoy

The retail apocalypse is upon us. Or is it? Though the recent headlines about Sears and the litany of other brick-and-mortar store closure headlines lean in to the apocalypse theory, the data tells us otherwise.

Your MarTech Stack is Missing the Mark: How Retailers Can Overcome

| Eric Holtzclaw

The first marketing technology stacks were created to organize, analyze and improve performance. They surfaced in the early 2000’s when three adventurous CMO’s invested in fundamental tools made for superior management of their campaigns and audiences. Here is how the retail marketing industry has come a long way with technology.

How Ryonet Enhanced Its Ecommerce Marketing Performance

| Daniela Forte

Screen printing business Ryonet found that things work better the second time around. The company’s challenge was that its CRM, ERP and ecommerce solutions were siloed, making it difficult to maintain and transfer customer data back and forth among systems. Here is how it removed the silos to achieve success.

Using Data to Better Manage Customer Relationships

| Daniela Forte

Creating and maintaining strong customer relationships and building loyalty is important for today’s digital retailer. This report by Multichannel Merchant looks at how CRM can help manage and strengthen customer relationships. Find out how some of today’s retailers are making this happen.

Neiman Marcus Prepares for the Customer of the Future

| Daniela Forte

Neiman Marcus told attendees at eTail West that the focus in 2018 is on making innovation part of its DNA as it seeks new, creative ways to connect the online and in-store experience for its upscale customers. The common denominator in all of the innovation is bringing digital to the forefront of the business.