Security is big, as always, but arguably bigger than ever. Famigo is an app that provides mobile content for the family in a secure environment on a phone or tablet.
Famigo has been around for four years or so, which somewhat qualifies it out of our start up category of three years or less. However, I’ve made a rare exception, because Famigo is worth knowing about.
We asked the Famigo team about the product's USPs, and the goals and challenges they’ve met so far.
Before we get started, I have two apologies to make: one to every company featured in this blog post (my opinion obviously has little bearing on the success of your marketing efforts), and another for writing a post with a wholly negative premise.
In my defence, it’s often a lot easier to run your own emails against a checklist of ‘do nots’, as it arguably supplies some super-quick fixes.
Anyway, off we go.
Thanksgivukkah, if you live under a stone, is of course the beautiful coincidence that sees Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day this year.
What better way to get some PR for your company and to grab some sales from some of the 6.5m American Jews and the many more that have an affinity with the religion?
I hope that isn’t too cynical, it’s not as if for a long time retailers haven’t greeted every season with glee.
And what’s more, publishers are no better. After all, maybe I'm writing this blog post to aim for a share in the ‘Thanksgivukkah’ search spoils.
For retailers though, there could be some tough decisions.
Hi everybody, and welcome to Econsultancy's anti-format.
Yep, this is the exceptional post that proves the rule all Econsultancy blog posts are invaluable.
Only 10 things this week, but I think you'll agree the quality is high. In the space of mere seconds I laughed, cried and composed a dead march for our mutual friend, culture.
Thank you to each and every one of you.
Econsultancy recently surveyed 700 of its users and included questions focusing on current business challenges and digital transformation.
Only 11% failed to regard digital transformation as a challenge, with 33% describing it as a huge challenge. Respondents identified with a number of specific challenges from managing talent, to board room buy-in, to cross-function alignment.
So what's to be done? Ashley Friedlein, Econsultancy CEO, has authored a presentation intended to cut through the business speak and define digital transformation and how to get there.
You can find the presentation on our digital transformation page, but here's the digested read...
This morning I was on London’s Regent Street, so I thought I’d promenade up and down (from Oxford Circus, South to Piccadilly Circus) and check which of the mega brands here acknowledge their digital presence in window displays.
That's just the shop window, I didn't go into the store (incidently, West End stores have been slow to adopt in-store tech). In this instance I just wanted to see who pointed online from their front of store merchandising.
I was quite surprised. Some were good, and some were simple and clear. Others were token, and plenty didn’t mention online at all.
First of all, let me say, I will try my best to limit the BS in this post.
Secondly, why is company culture being featured on a digital marketing and ecommerce blog?
The answer is simply because the biggest challenges to the majority of companies (aside from continuing economic stress) are:
- Moving to the cloud.
- Advertising/marketing/selling in a multichannel 'userverse' (maybe a bit of BS there).
One and two are enmeshed, of course. They both pose questions for any company’s technology and culture.
Last question before we go on to discuss seemingly simple decisions (on the face of it) is ‘what qualifies me to give this advice?’ I have never run a business, let alone a multinational.
The simple answer is because I’ve been looking at lots of feedback from our Econsultancy user survey in which box 33 asked ‘Please tell us whether there is a particular digital-related challenge your organisation is facing’.
Our users left a lot of valuable feedback, and much of it about their culture.
I like to think I've seen a lot of tweets, enough to know a good one when I see it.
So often, I am completely exasperated looking at the dadaist sludge that dribbles out of corporate and brand Twitter accounts. So I've decided to do something about it and write this complete guide to writing interesting tweets.
It's somewhat subjective, but I've given at least 60 tweets here to illustrate my various points. I'll define interesting as something funny/persuasive/compelling/thought-provoking/informative etc - pretty much any tweet that can draw the user's attention.
There is a lot of 'don't' as well as a lot of 'do', and of course, knowing your brand and your audience is key to interesting your followers.
Hopefully there'll be some scenarios you recognise in here, and some reminders.
Please leave your pet hates and great loves in the comments below.
Chipotle’s recent financial results have revealed a successful third quarter of 2013 as compared to the third quarter of 2012, with revenue increased 18.0% to $826.9 million.
With the notorious scarecrow ad (and downloadable song and game and all round worthy cause) released on September 12th, it’s conceivable that the last three weeks have played a part in the strong financial performance.
The scarecrow video was released solely online, and has been viewed 7m times on YouTube. There’s a nice responsive microsite for the ad and game, too. ‘As an incentive for players to complete the game, Chipotle is providing food rewards redeemable at any of its U.S., Canada and UK locations.’
Never has a scarecrow started such debate. You can watch the ad below, and the delicious Funny Or Die parody.
When I was a kid, riding trolleys down supermarket aisles and giving my twin brother beats in public were the symptoms of my boredom at the local Tesco or Asda.
That was before ‘retail-tainment’ involved the smartphone or tablet.
The supermarket is the perfect crucible for 'retail-tainment'. Outside of big cities, supermarkets are captive markets, often entailing a long visit with the family, and competing with rival stores on a weekly basis.
Winning the battle to keep kids obedient or event interested in store would be a boon for any supermarket chain.
At the moment, there are supermarkets such as Asda that are synonymous with family, but none that have mastered retailtainment. More apps and in-store challenges with rewards will provide an effective antidote to the rogue use of toys by children that then abandon them in the bakery aisle.
Asda is using Zappar to offer kids the chance to be greeted by Sir Spook in 400 of its stores. Combined with some physical events, pumpkin carving and the like, they're aiming to be the family supermarket at Halloween.