WWD: Personalization in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Posted by Alex Muller on Jun 5, 2018 11:14:00 AM

Are you ready to hire 10,000 marketing managers to compete with AI?

For the better part of a decade, retail has looked to “personalization” as its primary marketing strategy in an effort to combat a rapidly deteriorating landscape. It’s time to admit it’s not working. True personalization, a 1:1 marketing experience between the brand and the consumer, is incredibly difficult, if not impossible with the current tools at a marketing team’s disposal. In fact, it would probably take upward of 10,000 marketing managers to pull such a strategy off. Artificial intelligence and machine learning, on the other hand, could handle it in mere minutes.

With a rising number of store closures this year, already up to at least 3,000, retailers can’t deny they’re struggling to find a strategy that works across the board to bring shoppers back into the fold and generate the loyalty they desperately need. AI, particularly as a marketing function, has the transformative power to cure some of these ills, but as it stands, only major companies like Amazon or Google are harnessing the technology in a way that impacts the bottom line. The challenge many brands face is how to catch up or even begin to compete.

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Topics: Press, Mobile Apps, Location-Based Marketing, In-Store Mobile, Omnichannel Retail, Best Practices, eCommerce

eMarketer: Why Some Tech Fails to Dazzle

Posted by GPShopper Press Coverage on Jun 1, 2018 9:55:00 AM

Shoppers are more receptive to 'scan and go' than facial recognition

Retailers often bank on new in-store features being transformative, only to be met with consumer resistance. So, what makes a shopper receptive to a retail innovation?
 
A new study from GPShopper found differing attitudes among US internet users when it asked about two forms of emerging retail technology: facial recognition and “scan-and-go” initiatives. Regarding facial recognition technology, 45% of respondents had privacy concerns. But more importantly, 49% simply don’t believe the technology will improve their shopping experience.
 
In contrast, 48% of respondents said scan-and-go technology, which allows shoppers to use a retailer-provided device or mobile app to scan items and pay by smartphone, would make shopping easier. And 43% would rather try this method than wait in a checkout line. Consumers showed the most interest for using this tech at grocery stores (50%), followed by retailers specializing in home goods (30%), apparel (27%) and beauty (25%).
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Topics: Press, Mobile Apps, Market Research, In-Store Mobile, Omnichannel Retail, Best Practices

Extend Mobile Commerce - Meet With Us at Salesforce Connections

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffman on May 30, 2018 10:35:00 AM

When it comes to shopping, customers are reaching for their mobile devices first. Apps convert at 3.7x the rate of mobile web and 46 percent of app users say a brand's app inspires them to visit the store more often - so retailers need a mobile app strategy.

As a solid Salesforce partner, we're able to extend the benefits of your ecommerce site to mobile users. GPShopper is the first and only mobile app platform to launch a direct certified integration into their Open Commerce API (OCAPI) and Mobile First Reference Architecture (MFRA) so you can launch a mobile app right away, enabling: 

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Topics: Mobile Apps, Loyalty, In-Store Mobile, Salesforce Commerce Cloud

Crate and Barrel Case Study: Furnishing a Successful Mobile App Strategy

Posted by Jocelyn Schoolsky on May 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM

In 2016, Crate and Barrel knew it wanted to enhance its omnichannel experience by expanding its registry app into shopping. With average consumers spending three hours a day on their mobile devices and 51% of purchases being made in-app, the retailer knew it had a real opportunity to expand the breadth of how the app could support more customers. 

While every digital channel is important, app shoppers typically makeup the top 10% of a retailer's customer base but account for 50% of overall revenue. 

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Topics: Mobile Apps, GPShopper Clients, In-Store Mobile, Omnichannel Retail, Case Studies, Lifestyle Retail

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