'Targeting' Category

E-Commerce Environment Still Facing Supply Chain Challenges

Posted by Neal Leavitt on January 31st, 2016 at 2:32 pm

No doubt about it, e-commerce continues to grow and while it represents a burgeoning share of total retail sales, there are still significant hurdles to overcome.
“We’re in the midst of a profound structural shift from physical to digital retail,” noted Jeff Jordan of venture capital firm Andreesen Horowitz.
eMarketer reported, for instance, that e-commerce growth by quarter was about five times that of store locations in 2013 and 2014.
Yet there are headwinds.
Market research firm Market Track said companies that want to succeed in e-commerce must operate successfully amidst these risk areas that could undermine snaring and retaining customers:
• Volatility – Prices changing with increasing frequency and predictability;
• Non-compliance – Pricing and promoting brands and products outside established guidelines;
• Illegal/illicit activity – Counterfeiting and unauthorized resale;
• Size/scope – More retailers, resellers and products available online than ever before.
JDA Software Group also conducted a survey of more than a thousand online U.S. - based shoppers last year. Of the approximately 35% who bought online and elected to pick up their purchases at a store, about 50% experienced problems in initially getting their purchases. Wayne Usie, a JDA senior VP, said it may suggest that retailers might find it challenging expanding their e-commerce... Read more

Broadening your Appeal

Posted by Benjamin Taylor on January 28th, 2016 at 2:22 pm

In your average e-commerce scenario, an enterprising entrepreneur will pick a small niche of in-demand products that they understand, pop a website out of the ground, and hope that somebody shows up. Now, all the SEO and web development issues aside, successful entry into a market like that isn't easy.
Even if you can find the people who already want your product, put up a few testimonials and reviews, and start making sales, that's really not taking things to the next level, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is what we are here to do!
Think about the wider application of your product. Not specifically in terms of who is buying your product, but the deeper sense of your product's purpose.
One of my e-commerce shops is a cuckoo clock retailer. We have a lot of useful content on the website, all about antique clock maintenance, horology, and clock design, both modern and antique. Our most popular post, by far, has not been on any of those topics however, it was an infographic about rustic living room decor. Why do you think that was? Marketing can't just be about one aspect of your product. There are a thousand different ways to think about... Read more

Data-Driven Marketing Holds Key to Airlines Success [Gifographic]

Posted by Joseph Vito DeLuca on January 26th, 2016 at 4:36 am

An effective marketing plan that leverages data to target the right customers with specific routes can cut costs while boosting revenue for airlines.

Understanding the new EU data regulations

Posted by Brandt Dainow on January 6th, 2016 at 10:22 am

The EU is changing its data protection regulations. They will be stronger and they will probably affect your business. Much hype has been written about this in the USA, most of it ill-informed anti-EU propaganda. This is my attempt to add some clarity to the situation - what it means for US businesses in simple language and no hype.

Internet of Things Upending Real Estate Industry

Posted by Neal Leavitt on December 26th, 2015 at 9:40 am

No matter if you’re a realtor or property manager, technology has redefined the real estate business over the past few years. And now the Internet of Things (IoT) is giving the industry a much-needed makeover – and all for the better.
One example – modelling. 3D printer technology can replicate models from computer-assisted design (CAD), photo montages and other established design tools. Urban Land, published by the Urban Land Institute, says by using architects and engineers’ original data, “real estate concepts and images can be visualized three-dimensionally for agents use in supporting customers’ reviews and decision making.”
And software applications, noted Urban Land, can facilitate making decorating and furniture decisions while construction is underway and during the entire occupancy life cycle:
“Over time, such apps could displace interior designers who will recast themselves as design coaches and logistics managers. Clients will browse the Internet and select their furniture, fixtures and equipment online, relying on the coach’s direction and follow-through to procure, supply and place the goods.”
Beacon technology, powered by Bluetooth, is now helping agents market homes. As reported by Meg White in REALTORMag, the official magazine of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), one example is an app created by... Read more