Pinterest enables ecommerce with Buyable Pins

When it comes to social networks with the greatest potential to drive revenue for brands, Pinterest has been at or near the top of the list for some time.

Yesterday, the company took a big step in the direction of realizing that potential when it announced Buyable Pins.

How can ecommerce sites use Instagram?

As Facebook continues to ease the way businesses pay-to-play on its network, its other social network Instagram has notoriously kept marketers at a much further arm’s length.

Things are starting to change though.

How 21 top US retailers handle social customer service

In a continuing series of investigations into how companies use social for customer care, last week I took to Twitter, posed as an innocent customer and asked some of the most popular US retailers the same query.

The query would also test each brand’s true multichannel capabilities: “can I return an item bought online to my nearest branch?”

With this investigation we’ll be testing their response times and ability to satisfyingly bring a resolution to the query.

Other matters taken into consideration are whether the reply was a personal, human response, whether the retailer either operated a separate customer service Twitter account from the main one or whether it stated that the main account was also there for customer enquiries and whether operating hours were clearly stated.

Let’s take a look at the results…

How Nordstrom uses Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Google+

It’s been a while since I added to our series of posts looking at how major brands use social, so I thought it about time to pass judgment on another unsuspecting marketing team.

On this occasion the brand in question is fashion retailer Nordstrom which it turns out has a rather good social strategy, particularly when it comes to Pinterest.

This article follows on from similar posts looking at ASOS, Coca-Cola, Nike, H&M and Burberry, among others.


Telling stories: five successful marketing examples

Research shows that stories, anecdotes and metaphors are more memorable than data. 

At Searchlove last week, business consultant and author Danny Scheinmann discussed why stories work, the hidden structures behind them and how they can help your business to communicate effectively.

How Nordstrom sees customers’ changing expectations

Retail giant Nordstrom competes against other luxury brands like Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue. It sells Citizens of Humanity jeans ($238), leather Prada men’s sneakers ($420), and Jimmy Choo clutches ($620). It does not sell tires.

So, why would it take the rubber discs from a customer insistent on returning them?