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Are you excited by Apple Music? I think I’m excited by Apple Music. Let’s discuss whether this is a valid opinion or not.
One of the first subjects I really got my teeth into on the blog two years ago was digital music, both in its streaming and downloadable formats.
While some are predicting that Apple will become the world's first trillion-dollar publicly-traded company, it isn't difficult to find skeptics who believe the company's newest product, the Apple Watch, is going to be a huge disappointment.
I’m stuck in a mild quandary about whether to bother writing about the Apple Watch or not…
If you care enough about Apple’s entry into the world of wearable technology then you would’ve surely been glued to your MacBook or iPad Mini last night. Poring over the details delivered via keynote speech and already fully sated with every possible specification of the Apple Watch (emphatically no longer referred to as the ‘iWatch’).
Or if you’re everyone else in the world, your reaction is probably more along the lines of this…
In December we took a look at the experience of searching for an Apple product, clicking-through to the online Apple store and then purchasing the item from a customer’s point of view.
The above investigation was carried out on a desktop and I praised its faultless paid search strategy and for providing a fluid, fast and overall joyful ecommerce experience.
Are retailers doing enough with our data to make online customer experiences truly personal?
If you’re used to shopping on Amazon regularly then you’ll be used to a homepage full of items you’ve already browsed, items inspired by your history and other recommended products based on your preferences and behaviour.
In which we take a look at the experience of searching for a product, clicking-through to an ecommerce store and purchasing the item, all from a customer’s point of view.
It's Friday, so it's time for the ever-popular internet statistics round up.
This week it includes London Fashion Week, digital natives, travel bookings on mobile, video gaming, and the impact of both duplicate and quality content on Google rankings.
For more great stats, download the Econsultancy Internet Statistics Compendium...
Forcing users to register their details before they checkout is one of the quickest ways to lower your conversion rate.
Once a customer is ready to buy something from your store, presenting them with page after page of forms in which they need to fill out the most unnecessary of personal details is a sure fire way to litter your site with abandoned baskets and disgruntled customers.
That’s why guest checkout is a must-have feature for almost every online retail experience.
As I mentioned in my best practice guide to guest checkouts having a guest checkout doesn’t necessarily mean losing out on valuable customer data, it means adopting practices that put the customer experience first.
Using guest checkout as the default option, then offering to ‘save the customer details’ after purchase can help lower cart abandonment.
Saving customer details implies convenience, it puts customer experience as the primary focus. ‘Registering’ implies future marketing spam.
Also, if your site automatically fills in any details that the customer has already given you, such as name, address and email, all your customer needs to do is choose a password.
Boom! Conversion achieved. Customer satisfaction achieved. Data achieved. Easy.
Traditional thinking dictates that designers create the products and marketers sell them.
Then along came Apple and its beautifully designed products that practically sold themselves with almost zero marketing effort.
What came next was a huge amount of mediocre products needing ever-increasing budgets in order to highlight differences and features that may not have existed in the first place.
User experience designer and CEO of Clearleft Andy Budd believes that product and marketing teams need to work closer together and that the relatively new field of User Experience Design is the glue to achieve that.
I spoke to Andy Budd about all matters relating to UX last week.
Andy Budd is also one of the speakers at Econsultancy's Festival of Marketing in November. Our two day celebration of the modern marketing industry also featuring speakers from LEGO, Tesco, Barclays, FT.com and more.
Yesterday a new U2 album appeared magically in my iTunes folder and if you’re one of the 500m other iTunes users, it magically appeared in yours too.
Depending on your iCloud settings, it may even be fully downloaded and ready to play on your desktop and your iPhone. Thanks Apple. Thank you very much.
This article is a more level-headed and reasonable version of one I wrote yesterday for my own music website. Let’s see how a nights’ sleep alters my opinion.
Are there any numbers out there to justify the hype? Let’s go on a little investigation.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, or in fact any publisher dealing in digital or marketing, you’ll likely be well versed in the world of beacons, iBeacons and other near-field communications (NFC).
If not, head on over to this handy beginner’s guide which should bring you up to speed.
Examples of beacons being used in everything from retail to one-off music or sporting events are becoming more frequent as the months roll on. It’s an exciting time, and there’s a genuine belief that this technology really will build the bridge between offline and online marketing.
After the demise of HMV, many were quick to plan the future of retail.
Econsultancy got in on the act, too, suggesting ways in which the internet could save the high street.
The consensus seemed to be that experiences on the high street would be more important than mere commerce. Why go into a store if the journey of finding a product and taking it to the till to pay is as boring as it is online?
Over the past three years or so, I think we have seen the resurgence of the concept store. In fact, I think retail has woken up to the value of service, great product display, interactivity, digital technology and a great shopping experience.
Here, I've taken a look at some of the concept stores out there, and what they mean for customer experience.