The retail industry has always posed unique challenges for marketing executives, and the current environment is arguably the most challenging yet. Today’s Millennials and Gen Z shoppers, having grown up with mobile devices in hand at all times, demand and expect complete price transparency on all items, 24/7, and are less loyal than earlier generations …

Online shopping is becoming increasingly personal. According to an Accenture Study, 75% of online shoppers prefer to buy from retailers who recognize them, provide them with relevant product recommendations or remember them personally. This is especially true for e-commerce verticals that, in the brick-and-mortar world, require heavy in-store associate assistance for a purchase to occur, …

Shopper research is a cornerstone of robust research programs for brands that seek to engage customers with products in store, or for retailers vying to provide experiences that will keep customers happy and spending money in their stores. Shopper research is often performed in live or mock retail environments, where researchers can view shoppers’ behavior …

Shopping – many of us might not like to do it, but we all have to do it. It’s inevitable. Whether you’re looking for clothes, food, sporting goods, holidays abroad or even a new home, buying and selling are as natural as breathing air. What’s more, the Internet has opened up a new way of …

There are many innovations that are rapidly changing the landscape of the contact center. From being able to offer an omnichannel customer experience across multiple channels to internet-enabled devices connecting directly to contact centers to provide proactive service, One of the most interesting innovations that is being increasingly discussed by visionaries and industry experts is …

Say hello to the ‘want it now’ generation – consumers with an insatiable appetite for instant retail gratification. These consumers are easily identified – flitting from device to device, browsing their favourite brands on their mobile devices or desktops, complaining about customer service on social media and running to the closest physical store to collect …

Point-of-sale marketing tactics have historically been limited to basic placards displaying outdated graphics along with some small print pushing today’s hot items. Some marketers take it one step further and recommend pyramids of precipitously stacked products, which a child on a sugar rush inevitably topples. Suffice it to say that for brand marketers, in-store advertising …

There was a time when buying a car was a convoluted process. Not so long ago, consumers would do extensive research on the vehicle they were interested in and often, that would start with a review in a reputable car magazine – What Car? or Top Gear Magazine are two of the UK’s best sellers, …

While it is too early to say exactly what Brexit truly means for the British economy, retailers are already beginning to worry about the rising costs of importing and exporting and preparing for tighter margins. In these times of uncertainty, the value of consumer loyalty cannot be overstated. For one, loyal customers provide brands with …

Did you know 70 percent of brand choices happen in the store? For this reason alone, you will want to make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to craft a flawless brand strategy at the checkout counter. Here are five excellent ways to make sure you are achieving a 21st Century approach to branding at …