Channel: Retail

How connected are you to your brand’s customer service?

My last post here generated some great conversations with readers, especially among people who wanted to go deeper into the concept of marketing-as-service and how to make that happen even while you’re dealing with the realities of business life. This recurring conversation centered on one key point: Service is something we marketers have to have …

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Amazon advertising growth slowed again in Q1: Does it matter?

Data source: Amazon For a few quarters there, Amazon was posting triple digit growth rates. Then growth slowed to 97% in the fourth quarter of 2018 and Thursday, the company reported just 36% growth in its advertising business line for the first quarter of 2019. Amazon reports advertising business under an “Other” category. And while …

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Walmart doubles down on voice grocery shopping with Google Home

Yesterday Walmart announced a simplified way for customers to order groceries using voice commands on any device that features the Google Assistant. That includes Google Home, Android devices and iPhones. The company said the capability will come to other platforms soon (read: Alexa). Update of an existing partnership. Though being treated as an entirely new announcement, …

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eBay shuttering eBay Commerce Network, its third-party advertising network

EBay notified merchants and publishers Tuesday that it will be closing down its third-party ad network, the eBay Commerce Network (ECN), as of May 1. Why you should care After five years, ECN will shut down as eBay says it is turning attention to advertising solutions for the core marketplace. “As a result, we are …

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Nearly 70 percent of online shoppers use Amazon to compare products found on a brand’s website

A new survey from Episerver discovered 24 percent of online shoppers always compare what they find on a brand or retail website to available products on Amazon, with 44 percent often doing the same — making a total of 68 percent who are either always or often cross-referencing products on Amazon. Meanwhile, only 17 percent …

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Cognitive biases: How to get people to prefer your business

Most of us like to believe that we’re inherently logical people, especially when it comes to purchasing decisions. However, we’re not computers. No matter how logical we try to be, emotion always influences our decisions to some extent. Psychologists refer to these emotional factors in our decision-making processes as “cognitive biases.” Without even realizing it, …

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Time to leave last touch attribution in the dust? Answer these 4 questions first

Retail marketers have debated the end of last touch attribution for over a decade now. In today’s omnichannel marketing world, where consumers shop across a variety of devices and channels, attributing a sale wholly to the last interaction before purchase is outdated and inefficient. That’s because you can overly emphasize low-funnel activities at the risk …

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Why digital out-of-home should be integrated into your 2019 marketing mix

Digital outdoor advertising has increased 35 percent since 2010 according to PricewaterhouseCoopers, and is projected to overtake traditional outdoor ad spending by 2020. Perhaps even more surprising is that outdoor advertising was the only traditional media category to show growth last year, hitting an estimated $33.5 billion in revenue according to a global NAR forecast. …

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Teikametrics adds hourly bidding optimization for Amazon advertising

Boston-based Teikametrics announced the addition of an hourly bidding solution for Amazon advertisers using Teikametrics Flywheel campaign optimization platform Monday. Why you should care The company says the bidding algorithm is powered by machine learning and analyzes ad data, transaction data, and importantly, cost of goods sold data. The algorithm analyzes bids hourly to make …

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WordPress plugin to win back cart abandoners leaves sites open to attack

A vulnerability in a WordPress plugin has left e-commerce sites vulnerable, according to a report Monday from Defiant, makers of a WordPress firewall plugin. What caused the vulnerability? The report says hackers are targeting the Abandon Cart Lite for WooCommerce plugin, which is currently installed on more than 20,000 sites. The plugin aims to help …

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Retailers spent nearly 50% of mobile ad dollars in second half of 2018

Mobile ad spending share by advertising vertical in second-half of 2018, based on Smaato customer data. Retailers accounted for 49 percent of mobile ad spend share during the second half of 2018, according to a recent report from the mobile ad solution Smaato. Based on global publishers and advertisers on Smaato’s platform, the report looked …

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