Retail Best Practices: 12 Tactics to Maximize Your Mother’s Day Revenue

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Mother’s Day is a big day for mothers and the retail industry. Mother’s Day, which is celebrated on May 9th this year, is the third-largest retail holiday in the U.S. The nuance of Mother’s Day is that shoppers are buying primarily for their mothers and stepmothers. A part of that $20B Mother’s Day retail spends also includes purchases for wives, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, and even friends.‌ Consequently, any retailer should have a marketing campaign ready to roll out for the big holiday. Below you’ll find a combination of online and physical retail best practices for your Mother’s Day marketing strategy.‌ Impressive Mother’s Marketing

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Gartner Trends 2021: What They Mean for Retailers

Gartner Trends 2021 for Retail

Each year, Gartner publishes a list of the top strategic technology trends for businesses to pay attention to for the upcoming year. As a world-leading research and advisory company, Gartner understands the retail business and how customers interact with it, so understanding their trends each year can have a significant impact on your business. Compared to last year’s Gartner trends, which focused on D-commerce, personalization, and privacy, among other things, the Gartner trends 2021’s retailers need to care about are driven by AI engineering, distributed cloud, and cybersecurity mesh. Let’s take a look at this year’s Gartner trends and — most importantly

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Facebook Ad Segmentation: A How-To Guide for Successful Ecommerce

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The ability to use Facebook ad segmentation quickly and effectively is crucial to generating higher returns from your ad budget. You also enjoy better returns if you couple Facebook ad segmentation with omnichannel customer engagement. Advertising costs decrease while customer satisfaction and sales increase.  Getting traffic to your website is progressively becoming more expensive. Revealbot informs us that in December of 2020, Facebook CPM, or the cost per 1000 visitors, hit a high of $16.27, up from $8.59 in January, nearly doubling in only one year. So, what’s can you do? More and more, marketers realize that they have to

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Retail Trends 2021: What 61 Industry Experts Predict for the Post Covid-19 Era

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In 2020, the unexpected pandemic unsettled the world as we know it. Fortunately, the retail industry’s growth rates in nearly all leading economies remained positive. For instance, in the United States, the retail index grew by 6.9% (YoY), with eCommerce sales contributing 21.3% of the total retail revenue or more than a fifth of the GMV generated for the first time. E-commerce sales spike is not entirely surprising since the lockdowns kept the physical retailers shuttered for weeks in many countries. “In 2020, the YoY growth of eCommerce in retail is 3 times higher than that of 2019.” Despite the favorable

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Retail Best Practices for Valentine’s Day Marketing

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Who doesn’t love Valentine’s Day? If you’re an online retailer, you already know that the international celebration of true love is a great time to boost sales and to recover from the post-holiday slump. In 2020, Valentine’s Day sales reached an all-time high, hitting $27.4 billion in the United States alone. This year, as retailers cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, Valentine’s Day sales are more important than ever. The future of eCommerce in the post-pandemic era seems to be promising, with emerging retail technologies and opportunities arising. Since Valentine’s Day campaign is one the most important marketing campaigns of

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Sephora: The Omnichannel Strategy Which Redefined CX in Cosmetics

Sephora Omnichannel Strategy

While many other brick-and-mortar high-street brands have crumbled throughout the decades, luxury cosmetic giants, Sephora have gained a stronghold in the competitive cosmetics retail landscape. Survival has been, in part, a result of Sephora’s omnichannel strategy, which ultimately redefined the cosmetics shopping experience.  From its humble beginnings as a small perfumery in the French town of Limoges, Sephora is firmly in the retail spotlight as one of the leading brands of personal care and luxury beauty products. Like Fartech (which we covered in this case study), Sephora’s business model is geared towards a diverse range of customer segments. In this case

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The Top 15 Retail Technologies to Watch in 2021

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Much of the world we live in today depends primarily on technology. It influences nearly every aspect of our lives, from how we communicate with one another to the way we conduct our businesses.  At the same time, technology is ever-evolving, shifting to make our lives more convenient and enjoyable. As new technology trends emerge, the wisest decision for any business is to keep up and adapt. This is especially crucial for those in eCommerce and retail, as it’s those technological advancements that keep customers coming back for more due to differentiated shopping experience. 2020 put retailers in quite a

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The Guide to Annual Retail Company Budget Planning: 2021 Edition

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One of the quickest ways to ensure your retail business’s success is to spend a lot of effort in your company budget planning. This process is easier than you might think, and it gives you an objective overview of your company. By tracking how much you make and spend, you’ll be able to pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of your retail operation. In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about company budget planning – why you need it, how to do it, a useful template, and some helpful tips. But first, a definition. What is Business Budget Planning

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LEGO: The Marketing Strategy Behind the Toy Industry Titan

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LEGO’s claim to fame goes well beyond its famous interlocking plastic bricks. Since its founding in 1932, LEGO has diversified into movies, video games, television shows, popular social media channels, and even major amusement parks. And despite how devastating the COVID-19 pandemic has been for many in the toy industries, LEGO’s sales rose 14% in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, with its operating profit rising 11% to $622 million. Much of this success is due to the LEGO marketing strategy, which embraces digitalization and emphasizes knowing its customer base. By staying true to the brand

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ContactPigeon partners with Athens University of Economics & Business to Bring Real-World Practices To Omnichannel Marketing

ContactPigeon Omnichannel Marketing Education

We are thrilled to announce that ContactPigeon Omnichannel Platform will be offered as part of the new digital marketing & communications curriculum at Athens University of Economics & Business. As digital marketing trends and technologies evolve rapidly, the traditional classroom teaching of marketing theories and concepts are no longer sufficient. In recent years, universities worldwide are renovating their marketing curriculum to include innovative new technologies and real-world projects to produce market-ready graduates. The department of Marketing and Communication at Athens University of Economics & Business recently overhauled its curriculum by introducing courses emphasizing Business Analytics and Digital Marketing. The new

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How to Make Visual Commerce Work in Retail

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In the first quarter of 2020, the United States accounted for $160.3 billion in retail sales through e-commerce channels. In 2019 alone, eCommerce sales increased by 11.1% more than total retail sales. This stat indicates that sales online are beginning to outperform more traditional methods of purchase. The growing ratio of online retail sales isn’t a new trend, either. Digital Commerce 360’s analysis of data from the US Department of Commerce reveals that eCommerce sales have been on the rise for over a decade.  The COVID pandemic has only encouraged the popularity of eCommerce through the shutdown of brick and mortar stores.

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Retail Best Practices: Nailing your Holiday Marketing

Retail Best Practices for Holiday Marketing

At this point, it’s no secret to anyone that 2020 has been a trying year that has thrown all standard operating procedures out the window. As we head into the holiday season, there is still a lot of uncertainty ahead. Consumers are expected to spend about $50 less per person this holiday season, increasing competition among existing retailers to secure those holiday dollars. Marketing campaigns need to adapt, along with everything else this year, and follow retail best practices for COVID-19. This year’s best practices will be clearly different (vs last year), since brands are called to take much more complex decisions,

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How to Use QR Codes in Retail: Best Practices for Optimal Customer Experience

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To deliver exceptional next-generation in-store experiences, retailers must bridge the gap between the digital and physical worlds. QR codes in retail stores enhance the customer journey and facilitate an omnichannel shopping experience that seamlessly connects the dots between the physical and online spaces. Despite having been around for decades, the first wave of QR codes for retail didn’t see the success many marketers hoped it would, mostly due to technological shortcomings that required users to download various scanner apps. But since Apple’s iOS 11 update that allowed iPhone users to scan QR codes directly through the camera app, the implementation

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New Look: The Marketing Strategy Behind the UK Fast-Fashion Retailer

New Look Marketing Strategy

New Look is one of the UK’s leading fast-fashion retailers with more than 400 physical retail stores in 66 countries across the world and a robust eCommerce presence. Yet the story behind this phenomenal retailer is far from a business fairytale. After a decade of shrinking revenue (from £1.4B in 2012 to £1.3B in 2019), the company has struggled to turn profitable in recent years. It is a fascinating, down-to-earth, retail case study with many lessons to take away for any industry professional. In this New Look case study, we’ll dive deep into the New Look’s marketing strategy, its channel mix, and

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Acquire New Customers with ContactPigeon’s Facebook Ads

Introducing Facebook Ads Integration

We have always been advocating that one of the main pillars of a successful business is getting the customers to return, thus maximizing the lifetime value of every single customer. With ContactPigeon demonstrating outstanding results on website conversion we have supported this approach since day one. Of course, at the same time, we have been urging our clients to explore ways to increase the traffic to their site. After all, it’s all a numbers game. The more people visit your e-shop the more first-time customers you are going to get. Actually, if I had a dollar for every time a

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How to Prepare for Black Friday 2020: A Retailer’s Guide

Black Friday 2020

Retailers across the nation felt optimistic in the immediate aftermath of previous Black Fridays. Always a huge source of profit, this beloved shopping day blew away predictions by producing an impressive $7.4 billion in sales. Expectations for Black Friday 2020 were high in light of these numbers —until COVID-19 hits. This year, fears of coronavirus transmission threaten to keep shoppers out of stores, as does a struggling economy that leaves many shoppers with little cash to spare. Still, while profits will probably not reach levels enjoyed in 2019, retailers need not lose hope. If anything, this year offers a valuable opportunity

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The 2021 Retailer Guide to Customer Engagement Best Practices

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In recent years, customer engagement has grown to be the new buzz word among customer experience advocates. The more engaged your customers are, the more emotionally invested they are in your business, and hence more likely to advocate your brand. Given that study has shown that a 5% growth in retention can lead to 25% growth in future profits, it’s no wonder organizations across all sectors have embarked on passionate pursue in growing customer engagements from the leadership and down. As an industry disproportionately affected by the recent pandemic, retail businesses have extra incentive to provide distinctive customer experience to

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eCommerce Growth in Time of Crisis: What Apparel Retailers Should Know

eCommerce Growth during Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned out to be a genuine black swan turning the global economic patterns upside down. The retail industry and apparel segment, in particular, are not an exception. The lockdown has not only forced fashion retailers to put more effort into online channel development but has also changed consumer shopping behavior in a fundamental manner. There are good reasons to say that the apparel industry will not be the same as we got used to it before the crisis. So, how can retailers stay effective while everyone around is now selling online? This entry is right about

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How B2B Companies Can Deliver the Amazon Experience

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Each month, more than 197 million people around the world visit Amazon.com. If it were a country, Amazon would be among the ten most populous world’s places. In 2019, the online retail giant accounted for 13.7% of the global market share. In the US, it accounts for over 50% of the local ecommerce market. So, what is the secret of Amazon’s success? The answer is simple – Amazon has built its brand culture on the foundation of innovation and user-centricity. In this article, you will learn how to achieve the “Amazon experience” when marketing to B2B customers. Amazon has Built its Brand

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Best Back to School Campaign Ideas: How 14 Big Retailers Nailed It

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The Back to School season is always an attractive opportunity for retailers to get a foothold ahead of the holiday season. In fact, the Back to School shopping season is second only to Black Friday as America’s largest retail event. This year may be more lucrative than ever. The National Retail Foundation predicts K-12 back to school spending in 2020 is set to hit $33.9 billion, breaking the previous record of $30.3, set way back in 2012. Taking college into account, Back to School 2020 could bring over $101 billion, up from $81 billion in 2019. If the forecast comes

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