Taking Customer Experience beyond the Buzz

Posted by Katharine Panessidi on Mon, Jun 27, 2016

Walk into any retailer executive boardroom and you are bound to hear the buzzword: customer experience. As technology evolves and creates ever more ways for customers to shop and engage with brands, what defines a great customer experience also evolves. Here are a few of the biggest trends shaping the future of customer experience - and some thoughts on what it all means for you.

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Topics: seamless, customer experience, mcommerce, mobile, ecommerce

3 Reasons Video Ads & eCommerce Are a Perfect Match

Posted by Katharine Panessidi on Wed, Jun 22, 2016

eCommerce is a business that often centers around visuals. So it makes perfect sense that videos are emerging as a preferred way to market eCommerce in the digital world. 

Video ads are a smart, cost-effective, and efficient method to convey your message to potential customers. From the moment a video ad is viewed, research has shown a measurable lift in ad recall, brand awareness, and purchase consideration.

The same study even showed that people didn’t have to view the entire video to drive their purchase decision, though the longer that people watched the video ad, the greater lift in ad recall.

However, viewing a video ad in full was not required for deciding to commit.

The powers that be at Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter, et al. did not create their empires by being oblivious to such trends. Almost one third of consumers are using social networks to research products.  This is why these platforms continue to innovate on ways to present advertisers an opportunity to place themselves in front of potential customers with video.

Here are three reasons why video can be a perfect match for your company:

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Topics: video, video ads, advertising, ecommerce

Creating a Seamless Customer Experience

Posted by Katharine Panessidi on Tue, Jun 21, 2016

This year’s MITX eCommerce Summit on July 25th is focused on understanding what customers want and delivering them a seamless shopping experience. Defining and delivering a seamless experience can differ by category, however, because the same customer will behave differently depending on what they are purchasing. Combine the complexity of shopper behavior with selling a big-ticket item online, like furniture, and it requires a unique approach. An approach that respects and builds on the importance of brick-and-mortar stores to customers in a retail segment where 96% of the purchases still happen in a store.

Here are some learnings in how we approach turning furniture shoppers into furniture customers:

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Topics: e-commerce, seamless, customer experience, omnichannel, path to purchase, content, brick and mortar, MITX, mobile, ecommerce, attribution, retail