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14 examples of augmented reality brand experiences

The global AR market is projected to grow from $6.12 billion in 2021 to reach $97.76 billion by 2028.  The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly accelerated investment of late, driven by the greater need for companies to deepen customer relationships via digital platforms. Within the context of marketing, augmented reality allows brands to offer unique and […]

What is micro-retailing and why is it a growing trend?

Some of the biggest retail brands in the world are downsizing. 

Ikea – known for its large and expansive physical stores – is the latest name to announce an investment in small outlets. It follows on from the likes of B&Q and Target, which have also experimented with small, super-targeted micro-stores.

Six tips for loyalty program success

Loyalty programs are everywhere.

But while a recent study (PDF) conducted by Bond Brand Loyalty and Visa found that these programs appeal to the majority of consumers, actually building loyalty requires more than just the launch of any old program.

12 terrific Tumblrs for brand inspiration

A few weeks ago, I said goodbye to my 34 year-old self with the last high-five I’ll ever be legally allowed to give, and begrudgingly shook the age of 35 by the hand with a firm and mature grip.

It was a defining moment that also saw me exit the average user age of some of my favourite social networks (although for Snapchat I was already 15 years too late).

20 retailers integrating Pinterest into their email marketing

It’s not just casual Pinterest users making their own boards and pinning images, brands are fast discovering that sharing and adding pins to their own products can be an effective way to drive users to their ecommerce sites.

As of September 2013, the three year-old social channel has over 70m users, and according to a recent study Pinterest is driving more traffic to publishers than Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit and Google+ combined.

Pinterest’s aesthetic style is also seeping into most corners of ecommerce. From eBay’s recent homepage overhaul, to Etsy’s vintage, bespoke world of homemade trinkets.

It’s this visual style that brands are realising is the key attraction for users on Pinterest. So how do brands let consumers know about their own presence on this burgeoning and increasingly integral channel?

Sony has recently began sending out dedicated emails highlighting Pinterest; integrating its own boards and pins into the email and driving traffic to its Pinterest page. Integrating Pinterest has led to a 70% higher average open rate for Sony, and an average 18% higher click-through rate. 

How are other brands integrating Pinterest with their emails? Here are 20 examples: