In the ever-evolving realm of digital, email could almost be considered as an old school form of marketing.
However it’s still a hugely effective tool for driving traffic and sales, particularly when combined with personalised content and offers.
As such it’s a topic we frequently write about here on the Econsultancy blog with the posts often proving to be a good starting point for debate among our readers.
On one of my recent posts about mobile optimisation a commenter from Nordstrom suggested that I focus my efforts on reviewing how different brands handle transactional emails.
I promised that I would, but first of all I had to do some research to find out what she meant by ‘transactional email’.
Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for spending time with the family, eating too much and frantically shopping for bargains online.
A recent Nielsen survey found that almost half (46%) of US shoppers plan to shop online on Black Friday while Adobe has predicted that ecommerce sales will total £1.6bn as people log on for bargains the day after Thanksgiving.
This is on top of the online shopping that will be done on Thanksgiving itself, which is predicted is reach $1.1bn.
Unsurprisingly ecommerce sites have already begun promoting Black Friday deals to try and keep up with the competition and capture those holiday dollars.
With that in mind, here’s a look at how six major retailers are marketing Black Friday deals on their homepages...
New research shows that one-in-five (19%) multichannel sales now comes from click-and-collect, up from 13% in the same period in 2012.
The figures are taken from sales data in Q3 2013 and show the importance of offering a click-and-collect service in the run up to Christmas.
Halfords and Argos have already proven the impact that the service can have on online sales, so it’s no wonder that small retailers also want to get in on the act.
A new service called StreetHub aims to make this possible in north London by creating ‘click-and-collect network of local boutiques with the best of design and fashion’.
The consumer shift towards mobile devices means that businesses should have a strategy in place to optimise their email marketing for smaller screens.
It’s not uncommon for businesses to find that up to 50% of their email messages are opened on mobile devices, however a recent Econsultancy report found that a large number of companies do not have a mobile email strategy in place, with 32% reporting this as ‘non-existent’ and 39% saying their strategy was ‘basic’.
One option for dealing with mobile email is responsive design, which uses one set of code that renders an email differently when viewed on a desktop, tablet or smartphone.
This means that the user experience is optimised regardless of where the recipient decides to open the email.
As we approach the end of the penultimate month of 2013 it’s time to round up some of the most interesting and noteworthy social campaigns we’ve seen in the past 30 days or so.
This time it includes efforts from MTV, Red Bull, Manchester City, Sony and ASOS.
If you’ve spotted any other decent social campaigns in November please flag them up in the comments...
Supermarket giant Tesco was recently the victim of a viral blog that highlighted the laughably poor standards of cleanliness and service on offer at one of its London stores.
The Tumblr entitled ‘The very worst Tesco’ includes images from the Haggerston store in east London that show empty shelves, piles of boxes blocking aisles and a video of an alarm going off throughout the night.
Tesco chairman Sir Richard Broadbent said in an interview with The Sunday Times that his company had taken action to clean up the store in reaction to the Tumblr and that it was vital for the retailer to provide an excellent in-store experience for customers.
As an innately social product, alcoholic beverages should be perfectly suited to the opportunity for sharing and engagement that is afforded by social media.
However alcohol brands have to tread a fine line on social in order to ensure their messages don’t break any regulations within local markets.
At Socialbakers’ Engage NYC event this week Pernod Ricard’s social media manager Jeremie Moritz described the company’s approach to social marketing, which is based on the idea of ‘making a new friend every day’.
The company is home to many of the world’s top spirits brands, such as Absolut and Chivas Regal, and operates its own distribution channels in more than 80 countries. It employs more than 19,000 staff to ensure things run smoothly.
It’s not often that brands are willing to share the mistakes that occurred during their social media campaigns, even though those are often the most valuable insights.
Therefore it was very refreshing to hear Radio France's head of digital marketing Virginie Cleve talk through a few of the things that didn’t go to plan when the business embarked on a new social strategy.
Cleve was speaking at Socialbakers' Engage NYC event today where she revealed that the public broadcaster, which has more than 5m daily listeners and attracts 3.5m unique visitors per month to its website, redesigned its digital marketing strategy in 2011 with a new focus on editorial.
Radio France didn’t have a large email database that it could use to promote the content, so instead decided to use social channels focusing primarily on Facebook.
American Airlines’ approach to social has undergone a huge period of transition in the past few years.
The evolution came thanks to a new strategy that was aimed at developing social as a responsive, efficient customer service channel.
At Socialbakers’ Engage NYC event today American Airlines’ social communications analyst Katy Phillips described how and why the company’s approach to social had developed since 2011.
Up until two years ago American’s social channels were handled in partnership with a PR firm, however it was felt that in order to properly resolve customer service queries social needed to handled exclusively in-house.
In October 2012 Econsultancy ran a survey which found that 90% of brands felt that content marketing would become more important over the following 12 months.
One year on it is hard to argue against the fact that content marketing is now among the most important trends in digital.
However when we published the Content Marketing Survey Report with Outbrain, just 38% of respondents had a defined strategy in place.
That is likely to have changed by now, however just to add more weight to the argument in favour of this discipline I have rounded up six case studies from various brands that have seen real results from content marketing.