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[Cool Infographic Friday] The Rise of Social Retail

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Online retailers are raking it in as a result of social, in fact in 2014, the top 500 retailers had revenues of $3.3 Did you know that the social web traffic to e-commerce websites is expanding at a rate that is much faster than the majority of the other referral traffic channels for e-commerce? In fact, almost 2% of all e-commerce traffic in the US is coming from social.

Association Social Media: Kelli Windsor, Food Marketing Institute

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First, we serve as the voice of food retail and use social media as a tool for sharing that voice. Second, we use social media to engage with the food retail industry. Here’s a snippet of my conversation with just one of several great association social media folks. oversee our digital communications strategy including social media, our blog , newsletter and website content.

The Pillars of Online Marketing Success in 2014 & Beyond

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Cyber Monday in 2013 saw retail sales via mobile devices hit $400 Million in the US alone. As online marketing budgets continue to rise this year and with prospects to increase for the future, there’s good sign that more businesses are taking the potential and necessity of the web seriously. Image source. Develop for Mobile First. Image source. Email is Old But it still Rocks! Source image.

Pinterest Marketing for B2Bs

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Traditionally viewed as a hot spot for product retailers for most of its history, Pinterest has been virtually ignored by B2B companies looking to reach their target market. However, with a rapid increase in the number of users on the network and a high level of referral traffic, now may be the time to stop ignoring the network and to take it seriously. Think Visually. Use a Tool or Two.

Living (And Working) In The Digital Age

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Rakuten, a Japanese web retailer, also offers financial services. Guest post by Hilary Smith for SocialFish. ———— The famous Greek philosopher Plato said that necessity is the mother of invention. That means when there is a need for something, people have to find ways of getting it or achieving it. This has already started to happen in some markets. More like this.

How To Write A Post That Will Rock Your Facebook

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The ideal length for retail brand posts is a very crisp and concise 1 – 40 characters, for reader engagement up to 86% greater than average. Guest post by Cari Bennette. ————-. Are you getting the kind of response you want from your Facebook posts? You know, the kind where you get lots of reader engagement, ‘likes’ and clicks on your calls to action? Interested?

Top 5 Reasons Your Social Media Marketing Campaign is Failing (and How to Fix Them)

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Surveys show that 84% of consumers said they were more likely to visit a retailer who offers a loyalty program – get creative and focus on building loyalty. This last 2-3 years saw businesses flocking to social media in droves. Thanks to the push from the media and success stories of a few top businesses, everyone came looking for their own pot of gold. Yet not many found it. Implementatio

Understanding B2B Online Reviews

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Unlike customer reviews for consumer industries like restaurants and retail, where sites like Yelp and Urbanspoon make it easy and convenient for customers to post their experience with a brand or business, there are not nearly as many commonly known platforms for posting B2B online reviews. Online reviews made on social media can reach a very large audience and be spread quickly.

Is your Organization Capable of Unorthodox Thinking?

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Would they have the foresight, market instincts, understanding of customers and creativity that led Amazon to continuing growth and transformation from book retailer, to one-stop shopping community and leader in cloud computing?  The New Competence of the Knowledge Age. The 21 st century requires thinking that is no longer linear. Maccoby calls this type of thinking, Strategic Intelligence.

Non-Profits Use Vine for Good

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Retailer Urban Outfitters recently hosted a Vine contest in which it asked users to document a day in the life of their sneakers. Guest post written for SocialFish by Jason Stone. ———— With user attention spans shrinking, a new app from Twitter hopes to capture viewers attention in the blink of an eye. Learn from proven businesses to create viral Vines.

Change the Tone of your Conversation with your Members/Customers

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For Zappos  it was the realization that the speed of delivery and superior customer  service were more valued than the variety and quality of products that allowed  the company shift the base of its value proposition from quality to customer experience and build the largest online shoe retail industry in the world. The mantra among customer service advocates is to “listen to your customers.” 

Helping Members and their Communities Succeed: the Future of What We Now Know as Membership

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Retailers also receive training, resources and support. We all have had these moments. Suddenly, out of nowhere, the clouds of confusion part and you look at the world with new- found clarity. Of all places, my “moment” came today at my doctor’s office, while waiting nervously for the results of my annual mammogram. Members were accepted by invitation only.

Direct marketing is dead. Long live direct marketing!

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You might be a supermarket retailer, a local sports club or an insurance company and while members have already made a commitment to you, you still need to ensure your communications with them are relevant and engaging. Guest post by Sophie Davidson. ———— Direct marketing is all about communicating directly with people. Test, test, test. Upselling and cross-selling.

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Using YouTube for B2B

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As a means of connecting with its retailed brands like Serta and Simmons mattresses , the store developed a YouTube playlist of the “ Top 5 Funniest Mattress Commercials.” YouTube reigns over online video sharing. The site’s content ranges from official music videos to homemade cat clips, with so much in between. Think again. Research the Market. How-to Tutorials. Boost SEO.

The #FutureOfBusiness WILL Radically Change Everything As We Know It

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Retail efficiency: channel optimization, and inventory management. I had the pleasure of taking part in  GoToMeeting  in Canada’s  #FutureOfWork  debate on Twitter recently. This also allowed me to step back and determine how the #FutureOfWork is really impacted by the events of the preceding years: the economy, technology and the rise of the consumer. All this evolves the #FutureOfBusiness.

How to Succeed on Pinterest if Your Website Doesn’t Have Images

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While Pinterest is a natural fit for brands whose websites contain a lot of images–like retail, fashion, food, bridal, etc–associations for the most part probably don’t fit that bill. Most association websites are almost exclusively text, and many are none too pretty either…sorry, but, truth. But fear not–there are workarounds. But you still have options.

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Fine-Tuning Targeting with YouTube Cards and Facebook Ads: What’s New in Social Media

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fashion retailer can see the clothing items its target audience is talking about to decide which products to stock. Social media updates designed to help marketers better reach segments of their audiences are blooming with the start of spring. Here’s a look at what’s new in social media: YouTube Cards Help Direct Viewers to Relevant Content. Fundraising. Video. Playlist. Associated Website.

What Pinterest’s Updated Policies Mean for Marketers

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” That said, this shouldn’t prevent brands from continuing to expand their communities on Pinterest, as the network is already one of the key traffic-drivers for retailers and brands and will continue to drive successful and meaningful engagement. This post by Ekaterina Walter originally appeared on ClickZ and is reposted here with permission. Paying Pinners. Accessing Data. Contests.

Book Review: Stand Out Social Marketing

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Surprisingly, they have no physical fully-operational retail locations to date and all products are sold directly online. This is a guest post from Mike Lewis, VP of Marketing for Awareness and author of  Stand Out Social Marketing: How to Rise Above the Noise, Differentiate Your Brand, and Build an Outstanding Online Presence. Verdict (Buy, Borrow, Skim, Pass?): Buy. photo credit ).

How To Use Pinterest to Advance Your Organization

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This is changing as retailers are posting more products on Pinterest. We kicked off our Think Tank Summer E-learning Series with a webinar presented by Heidi Hancock, CFRE & David Svet from Mosaic Non-Profit Development on Pinterest for nonprofits. —————-. It is an online community for collecting and sharing visual images. Q&A. Is this true? Absolutely!

Is the Financial Services Industry Poised for Market Disruption?

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More than ever there is an expectation that a unified experience exists across all the customer touch points: website, retail, and customer service. I, as a customer, will “expect” the company to know how frequently I purchase, on which channels, which products, and when my return will be credited – regardless of which channel I choose to interface. Leaving a bank was difficult. After

Easy B2B Tips for Google+ Users

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CJ Pony Parts is a retailer of parts for Mustang cars. Businesses often use Google+ to connect with target audience members but forget it’s also a useful tool to gain prominence among peers in the marketplace. As this is an invaluable aspect of Google+, keep reading to get some actionable strategies for reaching out to other businesses in an effort to benefit your own.

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Deep dive on Social CRM at the ASAE Technology Conference

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Dave Martin , Vice President, Marketing at Electronic Retailing Association. This was originally posted over on the Avectra blog. If you follow Avectra (and if you’re into SCRM, you should!) then you can skip ahead to the next post in your reader. The ASAE Technology Conference is next week in DC –where did November go? Three hours, to be exact.

Building Community: It’s More than Engagement

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See what you think of this, from the online retailer perspective. Nice little deck from Jason Falls of CafePress. think the lessons are spot on. Etail East – Jason Falls presentation – 2013 from Jason Falls. ————— ( photo credit ). Case Study From the Trenches Implementation

Is it curiosity or apathy that drives your organization?

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This is the level of understanding that competitive advantage depends on today. E-bay solved this customer problem with its new “eBay Now” app” and partnerships with major retailers that allow you to order stuff from multiple stores for your kid’s performance, executive retreat or  business meeting and—what’s even better– have it delivered to you within an hour. And guess what!

A Little Privacy, Please! Your Rights and Social Media Policies

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Whether that deal is a discount for an online retailer, a new app for your phone, or the latest addicting Facebook game, you didn’t get it for free. This post is reprinted by permission from Console and Hollawell Attorneys and originally appeared on their blog  here. Thank you for the submission! Send it our way!  We’ll consider reporting it here. Your privacy is important to us.

Facebook’s New Ad Products for Brick-and-Mortar Retailers

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Facebook Tuesday introduced three advertising products aimed at retailers with brick-and-mortar stores: store locator, store visits and the offline conversions application-programming interface. Store visits gives retailers information on the number of people who viewed local awareness ads  on Facebook and then actually visited those stores. Optimize future campaigns.

4 Retailer Tips for Marketing to Consumers

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Time and time again we have heard the phrase, “The customer is always right.” In an era where customer service is so important, retailers and business owners must always remember to keep this in mind. Yet, how can retailers make sure that their consumers are not only getting the message they want to send, but also getting a message the consumer actually wants to hear? Keep It Simple.

How Retailers Can Use Pinterest To Boost Holiday Sales

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The post How Retailers Can Use Pinterest To Boost Holiday Sales appeared first on Firebelly | Social Media Marketing & Management Company. People approach Pinterest ready to shop more than they do on any other social network. How can you take advantage of this to boost holiday sales? 1. Add the Pin It button to your website. Create holiday gift boards. Promote your boards in-store.

Offline Retail Analytics Via Smartphone

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Euclid collects data for retail businesses using smartphone technology to track consumer movement. Here’s how it works, in a nutshell: Euclid installs sensors in retailers’ locations that can measure how many people walked by a store, how many walked in and for how long they stayed based on when their smartphones emit a kind of radar searching for wireless Internet signals. The incredible thing about that is it allows retail store owners an opportunity to use actionable data that, before now, they haven’t had access to. think this is a sublime idea.

A Clever Way One Retailer Brings Pinterest From Online To In-Store

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This weekend I walked in to World Market, a speciality retailer selling mostly home decor, and walked out with something I wasn’t planning to purchase—all because of Pinterest. I don’t even follow World Market on Pinterest, but while I was perusing the lamps, something caught my eye. ” This is a great example of extending the online Pinterest experience in-store.

The Future Of Retail In A CTRL ALT Delete World

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Hosting over 400 retail marketing professionals from across Europe at their office (which is the largest Google office outside of Mountain View's Googleplex). future of retail. retail. retail at google. retail marketing. retailer. How do the best brands connect with their consumers? It was an amazing day. This is what happened. consumer. ctrl alt delete.

The New Retail Experience

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There was an old retail paradigm (that still rings true): get them to the store. Many retailers still treat their online store as if it's just another store. There are so many issues and challenges in getting to the point of excellence with e-commerce, that many companies don't even know where to begin (and we're talking about the small, medium and large retailers here). Brands (and retail, in particular) continue to struggle to keep pace. There is no doubt that the biggest opportunity that retailers have is to surprise and delight with a great in-store experience.

How Social Media Changes Retail Storefronts

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worked for a beer and wine distributor in my first job out of college. I was taught that the area closest to door handles was more valuable then retail space on 5th Avenue. Please continue reading How Social Media Changes Retail Storefronts and leave a comment if inspired. This is a guest blog post by Matthew Cool. There is a trend among small business marketing in stores. Need help?

One-Third of Consumers Are Visiting Top Digital Retail Sites Via Mobile Exclusively

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New research from  comScore’s Data Mine  reveals that while the majority of the digital consumers use both desktop and mobile devices, around one-third of consumers are visiting the top digital retail brands  exclusively via mobile  as of September 2013. And those visiting sites via mobile are “behaving very differently” depending on which retailer they are engaging with.

The State of Retail Mobility [Infographic]

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How have other top retailers responded to the mobile challenge? Marketing Mobile marketing retail mobile social retailBig huge thanks to global IT and business solution provider  Cognizant  for this infographic.

Pinterest leads Facebook in retail customer aquisition

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In terms of online shopping audiences, Facebook is much larger than Pinterest by a ratio of almost four to one, however the study found  that Pinterest provides a better experience for shopping discovery, purchase consideration, and deeper engagement with retailer content. The ROI of Social Media for Retail Websites. Pinterest is  the stronger vehicle for brand association.

Retail and Social Media by the Numbers

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I’m doing some work in the retail sector right now and thought I would share this great Infographic from  Campalyst. CPG retail social media social retailThough it’s from May of 2012, and we know how quickly things change in the space, it’s still a pretty bangin visual. Infographic by Campalyst.

5 Reasons Heat Mapping Helps Online Retailers

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Here are 5 reasons why heat mapping helps online retailers: Easy to install and even easier to understand. The post 5 Reasons Heat Mapping Helps Online Retailers appeared first on SHIFT Digital. Talk about easy! In less than 10 minutes, a developer can embed the html code used for heat mapping onto your website and begin the heat mapping analytics process. Detect Flaws. SHIFT Digital.

Do Consumers Trust Retailers More Than Social Networks?

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B2B marketing Brand marketing Research Social media marketing privacy retailers social networks trustConsumers are said to rely more on the advice of their peers and even social connections than on businesses themselves. However, this doesn’t mean they trust the social networks themselves when it comes down to sharing their data. Recently, the e-tailing group and MyBuys released some findings from a survey stating that the surveyed consumers [.].

Show 442 - Internet of things - changing the retail experience?

Engaging Brand

How the internet of things is changing the retail experience. The Engaging Brand podcast  covering social marketing , business ideas and  brand marketing tips  has a new episode but first. The listener winning an  Engaging Brand  goodie bag - picked from all the people who share, like, tweet about the show to say a BIG thank you from me! - is  Alexandre Augusto Mosquim. How you.

How Sprouts Farmers Market is Serving Up Social Retail Success

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Tweetable Moments We want to humanize our brand as much as possible. danafromAZ Tweet This Find the Love Sprouts Farmers Market is growing quickly. With 25 new stores opening this year, this natural food grocery chain has a lot to be excited about. Dana and her team use social to make these launches as successful as they can possibly be. ” and used the answers that Sprouts lovers gave.

Peeking Into The Future Of Retail

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He has been called "one of the world''s foremost retail industry futurists" (put that in your pipe and smoke it!). For over twenty years, Doug Stephens has worked with some of the world''s biggest brands, agencies and retailers helping them to achieve the success that they demand today with a keen eye on how quickly the world of retail continues to evolve. Currently, he is the founder of Retail Prophet and the author of the book, The Retail Revival. How much of an impact does e-commerce have on retail and where is this all headed? retail.