Today, there is so much valuable data on consumers that leading them through the purchase path should be easier than ever before. Brands can now access more than 25 billion data points per day on consumer behavior – so they can see where customers have been geographically, view their mobile app activity and know where they have checked-in and so forth. But brands still need to better integrate that with data on offline behavior, such as point-of-sale and desktop behaviors, like social media interactions so they have a more complete picture of their consumers.
Today’s that day. That day in time when hover cars were to ferry us from here to there effortlessly. Despite Elon Musk’s protestations to the contrary, we’re not quite there yet, though that day is clearly coming. While it’s not as interesting as hover cars (but infinitely more practical), mobility has ushered in a “forward to the past” aesthetic for today’s brands-- particularly retailers.
Smart phones, groceries, copper and postage— just a short list of some items expected to be more expensive in 2013.
Among these, maybe the least surprising is a postage hike. According to Pitney Bowes Small Business, a price increase on postal rates of 2.75 percent went into effect on Jan. 27. If you rely on postage as an integral part of your business or use postage for marketing purposes, you will see price increases.
Small business owners can be more creative in their use of postal services to help offset the increase. Others may finally switch their print-mailed campaigns efforts to email marketing campaigns. In any case, these new increases can run into thousands of dollars for high-volume shippers.
There are three important things small business owners need to know about the 2013 postage increase:
* Low-cost shipping solutions are being eliminated.
* Retail shipping rates are rising an average of 5-10 percent.
* The Intelligent Mail barcode will give business owners and customers more power when it comes to tracking their items.
Here are details of the 2013 USPS postage increase:
New single-piece First-Class Mail pricing includes:
Postcards: 1-cent increase to 33 cents.
Letters (1 ounce or less): 1-cent increase to 46 cents.
Letters over 1 ounce: unchanged at 20... Read more