This month, my colleague and I had the opportunity to attend the first ever Remode conference. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of speakers and content presented. There was a heavy focus on sustainability and radical transparency, which offer great opportunities for brands who have yet to successfully implement them.
With conference organizers staffing panels of upwards of 80 retail and e-commerce conferences each year, the content can become monotonous for those of us who attend a handful or more. However, that wasn’t the case at this year’s Decoded Future Summit.
Both social media and seasonal gift marketing are critical to every retailer's success. The savviest of brands are combining the two to reach their customers on multiple channels this holiday season.
Providing your shoppers with visual inspiration is essential in digital retail marketing. Here are some retailers and brands that are doing it well on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, LIKEtoKNOW.it and Pinterest.
In contrast to the many media reports claiming in-store shopping is dead, GPShopper's recent research uncovered that, in fact, it's still the preferred shopping method for a majority of Americans. As for shoppable social ads and subscription boxes? They didn't fare so well.
Other key takeaways from the 1,100+ consumers surveyed:
- 58% prefer to shop for clothing at long-standing physical stores over newer retailers.
- Only 7% became a repeat customer of a product they received in a subscription box.
The basis of being a successful marketer is the ability to connect to your customers. With the influx of technology we can now reach more customers today than ever before. We can segment our messaging with practically a 1-to-1 conversation, yet the simple connection we seek becomes harder to obtain. For a CMO at the helm marketing organization it’s easy to lose sight of your brand’s unique voice, especially when you are keeping up with the latest industry trends, mountains of data, and rigorous marketing processes.
The mark of a game-changing CMO is being able to talk to your customers and know what you are saying is real. It’s “real” when the conversation is authentic, and the data proves your point. Basically, the right side of side of your brain must talk using your true voice, while the left side of your brain has to look at the data to see if you are really connecting.