WWD: Consumers Begin Holiday Shopping In-Store Due to Online Frustrations

Posted by GPShopper Press Coverage on Nov 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Article in WWD
Written by Elizabeth Doupnik

Consumers are readying for Black Friday shopping weekend despite a throttling level of stress and frustration. In lieu of the coming event, GPShopper has released its report, “Reality of Holiday Retail: Keeping Up With the Consumer,” which reviewed shopper preferences and examines emerging purchasing behavior.

To collect its research, GPShopper commissioned YouGov PLC to survey 1,092 U.S. adults. Since conducting its online investigation, the results were weighted to represent all U.S. adults.

“Holiday shopping is without a doubt the most critical time of year for retailers,” said Maya Mikhailov, cofounder and chief marketing officer of GPShopper. “We found in previous research that no technology was above the consumer’s need for time and convenience, something we expect to be even more salient during the holidayshopping season. We dug deeper into exactly what consumers felt were the biggest pain points they experience both in-store and online.”

Forget retail therapy — participants confessed that the holidays induce heaps of stress. “Thirty-six percent of shoppers intend to start holiday shopping the week of Nov. 24,” the report said. “While 81 percent of consumers feel stress during the holiday shopping season, 45 percent mark Black Friday week as the most stressful time to shop for gifts.” This necessitates that omnichannel experiences deliver frictionless product research, discovery and purchases to avoid consumer burnout and dismissal.

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Topics: Press, Market Research, In-Store Mobile, Benchmarks & Statistics, Omnichannel Retail, Holiday Season, Apparel Retail, Beauty Retail, Lifestyle Retail

Fast Company: Black Friday is Dying

Posted by GPShopper Press Coverage on Nov 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Article in Fast Company

For years, Black Friday signaled the beginning of Christmas shopping. The day after Thanksgiving was a frantic day of driving to the store at the crack of dawn to fight off other shoppers for great deals. For people who truly hated the ritual, I have some good news for you: Black Friday is going away.

That’s according to data from GPShopper, which tracks consumer behavior. It turns out, customers are really not into Black Friday. A full 81% of us feel stress around the holiday season, and 45% of us believe Black Friday to be the most stressful time of the year.

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Topics: Press, Market Research, In-Store Mobile, Benchmarks & Statistics, Omnichannel Retail, Holiday Season, Apparel Retail, Beauty Retail, Lifestyle Retail

Consumers Will Tell Retailers How to Improve their Holiday Shopping Experience this Year

Posted by Lauren Hand on Nov 15, 2017 10:01:08 AM

Holiday shopping is stressful. So much so, that shoppers are avoiding the season by getting their shopping done early. We released our “Reality of Holiday Retail: Keeping Up With the Consumer” report today, which found nearly one in three U.S. holiday shoppers (32%) would begin their shopping in October to avoid Holiday Crush during the season.

The study (conducted online with third party research firm YouGov) looks at how consumers are approaching holiday shopping this year and what retailers can do to best serve their customers. However, in order for retailers to meet the needs of their customers, they must understand their pain points and how to fix them.

FIXING THE BIGGEST PAIN POINTS

Nearly half (48%) of shoppers have had problems with retailers during the holiday season. Those problems start with shipping and inventory management. One in three (33%) of these shoppers reported paying extra for shipping on a gift that did not arrive on time, which is likely why more than one in four (28%) consumers are still start their holiday shopping in-store. Thirty-five percent of shoppers noted their gifts arrived late, despite having ordered by the last “ship by” date, while 22 percent missed the last “ship by” date and couldn’t get their gift in time.

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Topics: Mobile Marketing, Mobile Apps, Market Research, Mobile Commerce, Benchmarks & Statistics, Omnichannel Retail, Holiday Season, Apparel Retail, Beauty Retail, Lifestyle Retail

WWD: Retail Could Get a Big Boost by What’s Written on a Shopper’s Face

Posted by GPShopper Press Coverage on Aug 22, 2017 11:13:23 AM

Article in WWD
Written by Lauren Olsen

GPShopper’s Maya Mikhailov talked facial recognition technology and the power behind what a customer’s expression communicates.

Retailers are scrambling for solutions in an oversaturated and increasingly crowded market. While many are feeling the growing pains, some have gone beyond marketing strategies and rebranding measures. The latest headline-making technology to experiment with tactics to better understand consumer behavior and mind-sets is facial recognition software.

With the filing of a patent to deploy said technology, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has garnered attention for the potential of deploying the technology at scale. What does this mean? Video cameras might one day be in stores to surveil — and analyze — the emotions of its customers. Instances of dissatisfaction will be noted and addressed. Over time, these insights could lead to better analyses of patterns in purchase behavior — and they might help stabilize the present, shaky ground on which the fate of brick-and-mortar rests.

Considered an over-step of individual privacy boundaries to some, but a genius customer service strategy to others, Maya Mikhailov, chief marketing officer and co-founder at retail mobile app developer GPShopper, shared her take on this technology — and what it could mean for retail — with WWD.

WWD: How big of a trend is facial expression recognition technology right now?

Maya Mikhailov: It appeared several years ago, but has not been widely rolled out in retail. Or, at least, retailers are not openly admitting publicly to it yet. There is reason to believe it will play an increasing role on our mobile devices, especially since Apple purchased Emotient, a leading provider of facial expression technology, over a year ago. Many of our devices — from laptops to ATMs — are allowing us to log in with our faces, which stands to reason that these devices would also want to tailor experiences to us based on the expression we are wearing.

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Topics: Mobile Marketing, Press, Mobile Apps, Market Research, Mobile Commerce, Omnichannel Retail, Apparel Retail, Lifestyle Retail

Mobile Marketer: Tilly's Taps AR and YouTube Star Shonduras for In-Store Push

Posted by Lauren Hand on Aug 8, 2017 11:06:54 AM

Excerpts from an article in Mobile Marketer
Written by Robert Williams

Tilly's, the teen retailer with 221 stores in the U.S., launched a mobile scavenger hunt this week that urges shoppers to visit its stores and win discounts. The promotion uses augmented reality (AR) to let app users search stores for prizes. 

Shonduras, the online star with more than 1 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, is hosting the contest and frequently hints to mobile users where to collect virtual coins in stores. Android and iOS users who collect enough coins are then offered prizes and discounts, as Shonduras demonstrates in a YouTube video. The scavenger hunt runs August 1-14.

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Topics: Mobile Marketing, Press, Mobile Apps, Location-Based Marketing, GPShopper Clients, Mobile Commerce, In-Store Mobile, Benchmarks & Statistics, Omnichannel Retail, Apparel Retail, Lifestyle Retail

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