Lauren Hand

Lauren Hand
Lauren Hand is the Marketing Director for GPShopper.
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A Guide to Acquiring Retail App Users 

Posted by Lauren Hand on Apr 5, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Whether you're launching a new app or trying to grow your user base, highlighting your app’s best features is crucial in convincing customers to download it.

Communicating the launch of your app to your current email database is a good first step in leveraging your loyal consumers across channels. You can also leverage social channels, in-store signage and associates, and your mobile web presence to best market your app.

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Topics: Mobile Apps, Push Notifications, In-Store Mobile, Best Practices, Apparel Retail, Beauty Retail, Lifestyle Retail, eCommerce

Glossy: Barneys taps into the wellness trend

Posted by Lauren Hand on Mar 1, 2018 9:14:00 AM
Excerpt from Glossy article
Written by Jessica Schiffer

Like everyone else hoping to maintain relevance with today’s consumers, Barneys New York has caught the wellness bug. This week, it introduced its new Conscious Beauty category in stores and online, comprised of “clean beauty” products and ingestible beauty supplements.

“The wellness trend has evolved and grown, and everybody’s talking about it,” said Jennifer Miles, Barneys’ vice president of cosmetics.

Indeed, the market is expected to be worth $13 billion by 2023, according to a recent report from Research and Markets.

“Customers are so savvy about ingredients, and very aware of what they’re putting in and on their bodies, so we really wanted to tap into that,” she said.

At this point, Barneys is playing catch-up to department store competitors. The news is reminiscent of similar endeavors launched last year by retailers like Neiman Marcus, with its Wellness Shop, and Goop’s pop-in shop at Nordstrom.

That doesn’t really matter, said Maya Mikhailov, the co-founder and CMO of retail app developer GPShopper.

“Late or not, they’re recognizing that wellness is the new luxury,” she said. “Gucci- and Prada-heeled consumers are snapping up health and wellness experiences with the same enthusiasm as this season’s latest fashions, so it’s no surprise that Barneys is getting more aggressive with this strategy.”

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Topics: Press, Omnichannel Retail, Beauty Retail, Lifestyle Retail

Tillys Mobile App: A Whole New Game for Retailers 

Posted by Lauren Hand on Feb 28, 2018 10:00:00 AM

In Summer 2017, Tillys teamed up with GPShopper to relaunch its mobile app. The buzz surrounding the relaunch was massive thanks to a scavenger hunt that utilized augmented reality (AR) to encourage consumers — particularly young ones — to engage with the brand. 

The retailer joined forces with YouTube influencer Shonduras on a back-to-school campaign. The goal? To boost in-store traffic by combining AR, social media, influencer marketing and gamification through digital elements. Shonduras, who has more than 1 million subscribers on YouTube, hosted the contest and provided in-app hints to participants about where they could find and collect virtual coins in-store.

The campaign demonstrated how retailers can use smartphone technology to draw consumers into stores, motivating offline behavior with an online initiative and bridging the digital and physical shopping experience.

Learn how Tillys achieved omnichannel success.

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Topics: Mobile Apps, GPShopper Clients, In-Store Mobile, Omnichannel Retail, Case Studies, 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 Apps, Market Research, Benchmarks & Statistics, Omnichannel Retail, Holiday Season, Apparel Retail, Beauty Retail, Lifestyle Retail

GPShopper Platform 4.6 Gets GIFy With It

Posted by Lauren Hand on Aug 23, 2017 10:03:00 AM

The latest update to GPShopper's mobile commerce and engagement platform allows retail clients to enhance their mobile apps with animated GIFs, emojis, and additional opportunities for personalized marketing.

With Platform 4.6, retailers can advantage of the following features that are only available with GPShopper:

GIF Banners
Control Center now supports animated GIF banners! Marketers can use animation to promote flash sales, new items, and promotions to their entire app audience or a specific segment of users based on geographic region, gender, spend threshold or any other defined customer group for maximum impact.

Emoji Notifications
Emojis can now be displayed in the push notification bar as well as the inbox, adding fun to the customer app experience. Emojis can easily be peppered into push messages using GPShopper's Control Center. 

Email Capture
Retailers can collect email addresses from app users as they give feedback for ongoing outreach. 

Personalized Promotions
Promotions using smart segmentation increase app traffic and conversions.

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Topics: Press, Mobile Apps, GPShopper Clients