Posts tagged with Multichannel

How does FatFace's responsive site shape up?

FatFace has revealed that its Christmas 2014 ecommerce sales were 25% up on 2013, whilst December sales were 13% up.

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Three key insights from our new Reality of Multichannel Marketing report

The past decade has brought with it a massive increase in digital marketing platforms and technologies, giving marketers the ability to focus on multichannel like never before.

This has fundamentally altered the way brands plan and execute marketing strategies and given us new insight into how customers are using those channels. 

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Five New Year’s resolutions for marketers

It may not seem all that surprising, but research shows that only 8% of people who make resolutions each January actually achieve them.

However, no matter the success rate, each year we make certain promises to ourselves to be better than we were the year before – both in our personal and business lives.

Some of the most common resolutions for bettering oneself are not all that far off from our brand goals. Read on to learn how marketers can apply the most common new year’s resolutions to 2015 marketing plans. 

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Google AdWords new metric helps measure in-store conversion

More than ever, customers are using a variety of ways to interact with your business offline or online. 

This multichannel connectivity means it’s difficult to measure the impact of one particular marketing effort on a conversion, particularly if that conversion happens offline. 

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How are brands driving TV ad viewers online?

This is an investigation to see how the adverts in a commercial break try to get people online. Here’s an early spoiler: they don’t try very hard at all.

Ericsson ConsumerLab discovered that, out of 15,000 people surveyed, 75% use mobile devices at the same time as they watch TV. Nielsen discovered that eight out of 10 global mobile users similarly multitask when they should be paying attention to Eastenders.

These statistics basically just tell us what we already know. People second-screen. In fact they (I say ‘they’, really I should be saying ‘I’. I am after all people) second-screen relentlessly, without prejudice all the time.

It’s not out of boredom either; it’s mainly to supplement the enjoyment of what I’m watching with extra information. “So the character of Deathlok in ‘Agents of Shield’ had three different alter-egos in the comic books. INTERESTING.”

Although when adverts do appear, that’s when I start looking at my mobile or laptop out of boredom.

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How Selfridges uses digital to create extraordinary multichannel experiences

As a multichannel retailer dealing in the luxury end of the market, Selfridges has to offer customers 'connected and extraordinary experiences' across its digital and physical properties.

That’s according to the brand’s head of digital marketing Claire Higgins, who spoke this morning at the Festival of Marketing.

Here’s a summary of some of the tactics Selfridges uses as part of its multichannel strategy...

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Jaeger’s head of ecommerce on customer experience & multichannel retail

At Demandware’s Xchange ‘14 conference I caught up with Jaeger’s head of ecommerce, Simon Spencelayh, to find out how the fashion retailer is improving the customer experience and its multichannel capabilities.

It’s less than a year since Jaeger relaunched its online store for the second time in less than 12 months, and only around eight months since Spencelayh started his new role.

So it’s clearly been a period of change for the company’s ecommerce team.

Here’s what we discussed...

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Five definitions of multichannel marketing (including obligachannel)

I'm currently undertaking a project where I ask people what multichannel marketing is.

Part of the time I wonder if it's a distraction or even a siren, beautiful but dangerous to pursue.

Many a company has been successful through conservatism or even through making bold decisions about how a customer can't engage with the company - think of GiffGaff choosing not to have a call centre but rely on online communities for support. Think of Primark refusing to sell online.

These are my definitions. They're ordered in increasing sophistication. Definition five represents the holy grail and I think we all know the very few companies we suspect have achieved some form of it (nada).

NB: The whole thing is complicated by the differences between comms and commerce, size of business, number of audiences, product or service sold and provided etc. But I thought I would nail my colours to the mast.

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Back to the Future: the journey from online to offline retail

There has been a seismic shift of bricks-and-mortars retailers onto the web over the last decade, with almost every major player now at some level offering clicks-and-bricks capabilities. 

With a few exceptions, there has been relatively little traffic the other way - of pure play online retailers opening up physical stores. 

In recent months this has begun to change, with an increasing number of online businesses investigating the potential of some form of physical presence. 

For a long time pureplay retailers have decried the costs, inflexibility and limitations of physical stores, preferring the infinite SKUs, distribution and low costs of a pure web model.

However, as physical retailers have begun to combine on- and offline models in more innovative ways the potential of a mixed format model has become more and more attractive.

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How do ecommerce sites approach the click & collect UX?

As part of its recent website revamp B&Q has put a far greater emphasis on its click & collect service.

Every product page shows a click & collect call-to-action alongside one for ‘home delivery’, even though the service isn’t available on a majority of products.

Still, by displaying the CTA for every item it notifies customers that it’s potentially an option for other products.

The reason B&Q is making such a big play for click & collect is that the service has become hugely popular for shoppers across different industries.

Around two-thirds of Tesco’s non-food orders are for in-store collection while more than a third of Argos’ ecommerce customers use its ‘check and reserve’ service.

With that in mind here’s a look at how different retailers market click & collect on their websites, beginning with B&Q...

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How is Marks and Spencer using in-store tablets for shopping?

Previously on the Econsultancy blog we’ve reviewed the Marks & Spencer multichannel experience after its site redesign.

And while the market is still out on the new website, we think moving towards an improved digital offering is of critical importance to the company's longer term success.

Keeping my eye on the retail landscape, one area that has been spoken about is the use of interactive tablets and displays in-store,  and a recent DigitasLBi survey revealed that 43% of internet-shopping consumers had used multimedia shopping aids of this kind

On my wanderings about Oxford Street, I noticed that M&S had quite a few of these dotted around. I thought I would test it out and see what it was like.

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10 loyalty-building strategies for customer retention

Ongoing profit from a customer’s lifetime value is generally much higher than any one single transaction. 

However in order to achieve higher customer lifetime values (CLV) you need to have some strong customer retention strategies.

If you do this, you’ll also find that it’s much cheaper to retain a loyal customer than it is to constantly acquire new ones. 82% of companies asked in our Cross Channel Marketing report agree that customer retention is cheaper than acquisition.

Customer retention is a must for any business where its goals are for long-term success. Here are some of the ways that you can achieve this.

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