Ideal Shopping Direct blasts through bullish forecasts

Retail Technology Review

Ideal Shopping Direct (ISD), the UK multi-channel home shopping retailer and owner of the Create and Craft and Ideal World TV channel, reports that it has achieved a significant turnaround in the past 12 months; £6.5m profit, 30% ahead of the £5m it predicted earlier in the year. Internet Retailing Retail Supply Chain

Channel-Centric Solutions Are Missing the Mark

Zaius

We recently released a new whitepaper reviewing why channel-centric solutions are missing the mark for marketers wanting an omnichannel marketing strategy. Channel-centric solutions solve for one specific channel, like email, SMS, or web.

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The Value of Owning Your Channels

Zaius

With consumers spending nearly two and a half hours each day browsing Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, brands are compelled to have a social media presence and use these channels for generating leads, promoting content, and even delivering customer service. The trend is pointing toward increasingly restricted access to customers, which makes it more important to refocus on channels like your website, blog, email, SMS, and direct mail where you can own your audiences.

The Customer Is The Channel

Steve Dennis

Despite the accelerating growth of digitally-enabled shopping, the concentration of power in the hands of consumers and the blurring of the lines between retail channels , it’s still common for retailers to report their sales for e-commerce and physical retail as two separate figures.

How To Avoid And Manage B2B Ecommerce Channel Conflict

BigCommerce

Customers insist on more choices regarding where, when, and how they can purchase goods – including buying directly from brand… Multi-Channel Ecommerce Omnichannel Strategies

Marketplaces Make Their Mark In The Channel

Forrester's Customer Insights

B2B marketing channel partners omnichannel customer experience alliances channel channel marketing channel programs channel sales ecommerce ecosystems marketplace Partner PartnershipsOnline marketplaces have been around in one form or another for decades.

Channel Software Tech Stack 2020 – PRM, TCMA, Ecosystem, Incentives, Channel Data, Learning, Readiness, and Pricing

Forrester's Customer Insights

^^ CLICK IMAGE FOR FULL SCREEN ^^ The channel technology stack is a group of technologies that firms leverage to plan with, find, recruit, onboard, develop, enable, incentivize, co-sell with, co-market with, manage, measure, and report on partners. Delivering automation of indirect sales processes, workflows and partner programs, channel software is becoming increasingly critical […].

8 Reasons Multi-Channel Sellers Should Use Listing Tools

SellBrite

But launching on multiple sales channels and managing inventory while still maintaining his core business on eBay presented a variety of challenges. In fact, according to Sellbrite research, merchants who sell on three or more channels sell 156% more, and Sellbrite merchants experience over 300% growth after just one year. Any updates will automatically sync across all sales channels, as illustrated below. . Managing inventory across multiple sales channels can be difficult.

Custom Channels Open the Door to Endless Integration Opportunities

Zaius

One of our 2020 goals is to make data activation to any source, system, or channel much easier, so that our users could send data existing in Zaius wherever they want to in their workflow. We’re excited to say that our recently released, new custom channel will allow you to activate your data through any system via APIs. Creating a custom channel in a campaign is as quick and easy as adding an email or SMS touchpoint.

Channel And Ecosystem Leaders Are Demanding More From Partner Relationship Management (PRM) Solutions

Forrester's Customer Insights

As brands increasingly use different types of partners to reach, influence, transact, and retain customers, partner relationship management (PRM) solutions are being asked to serve both traditional and nontraditional channels at a new level of scale and personalization.

Do Channel Vendors Need Public Relations Anymore?

Forrester's Customer Insights

At Forrester, we research around 10,000 global technology vendors that utilize indirect sales and often get asked about the value of PR in the channel. A trend that is affecting many channel leaders […]. Age of the Customer B2B marketing change management channel partners digital marketing trends marketing & privacy social marketing alliances channel channel marketing channel pr ecosystems partner marketing partners pr public relations

Omni-channel pricing with the connected customer

Bryan Eisenberg

Let me tell you a story about how dynamic pricing issues and lack of cross-channel awareness created a negative message for a leading retail brand. The post Omni-channel pricing with the connected customer appeared first on Bryan & Jeffrey Eisenberg. Multi-Channel omni-channel retail IBM NRF omnichannel pricingSixteen painful minutes standing there while those behind us whispered obscenities under their breath. It wasn’t our fault.

The 64 Best Channel Podcasts Of 2019

Forrester's Customer Insights

B2B marketing channel partners digital marketing social marketing alliances channel channel marketing channel sales Channels MSP partner marketing Partner Programs Partnerships podcast Reseller Shadow Channels Through-Channel VARBy Jay McBain and Rob Spee If you haven’t listened to a podcast yet, you’re now in the minority. According to Podcast Insights, 51% of the US population has listened to at least one podcast.

The Decade Of The Channel Ecosystem Accelerates With Massive Software Consolidation

Forrester's Customer Insights

A couple of years ago, I made the prediction that we were entering the third stage of sales and marketing — the decade of the channel ecosystem.

Multi-Channel Retailing and the Buyer’s Journey: Opportunities and Challenges

BigCommerce

Most online sellers begin their journey from one sales channel, setting up shop through a website or marketplace. Multi-channel retailing is the practice of selling merchandise on more than one sales channel. It’s all about moving beyond your website and exploring channels such as marketplaces, social media, and comparison shopping engines. A report by BigCommerce confirms that buyers across several age groups are shopping from multiple sales channels.

Don’t Exhaust Your Email List! Find New Channels Instead

Zaius

That’s exactly why you need to stop relying on email alone and branch out into new channels instead. Email is just one of many ways to engage buyers, and you have to spread out your communications to your audience across multiple channels and platforms. We’re not saying you should stop sending your customers marketing emails entirely — merely that you shouldn’t rely on email as your only channel of communication. How do I find the right channels to engage?

Using BigCommerce and eBay Integration for Cross-Channel Management

BigCommerce

The eBay marketplace has been changing; no longer is it an auction-only site for consumer-to-consumer trading. Here’s the new normal… Sellling on eBay Ebay multichannel

Purchase Attribution: Taking Marketing Attribution Beyond Channels

Zaius

When marketers think about attribution, they most often do so in terms of channel performance – how the channel is performing relative to itself, and how much revenue it generates. Measuring the effectiveness of each channel relative to itself means you’re limited to channel-specific metrics like open rates, click-through rates, conversion rates, etc. And you can understand how your campaigns are performing in terms of something other than channel metrics.

Time To Rethink Channel Incentives And Program Management (CIPM)?

Forrester's Customer Insights

Channel incentives are used to improve indirect sales performance, orchestrate partners’ behavior, and engender channel loyalty. For decades channel professionals have used channel incentives to drive behavior; whether establishing new behaviors, suppressing old ones, or repositioning partners for a new opportunity. Channel […].

Channel Data Is A Competitive Differentiator

Forrester's Customer Insights

Leverage Channel Data To Give Partners A Better Experience: Winning In The Channel Requires Data-Driven Program Innovation Brands that provide an enhanced partner experience grow faster than their peers, are more profitable, and drive higher customer satisfaction and retention downstream. Smart channel professionals are looking at data across the partner journey as a […].

The Wholesale Distributor’s Guide to Launching an Ecommerce Channel

BigCommerce

The digital economy is disrupting the world as we know it. While B2B companies have been insulated from the disruption,… B2B Ecommerce

Upcoming webinar: “Omni-channel is dead. Long live omni-channel.”

Steve Dennis

Please join me next Wednesday February 14th at 1pm US Eastern for a free 30 minute webinar on the future of omni-channel retailing. A really bad time to be boring Being Remarkable Omni-channel Reinventing Retail Retail IBM Watson Inside Retail LiveI’ll be joined by Rob Poratti from IBM Watson Commerce. You can pre-register here. In other news, I’ll be heading to Melbourne, Australia at the end of the month for InsideRetailLive.

What I See Coming For The Channel In 2019

Forrester's Customer Insights

We have seen more disruption in the channel in the past 18 months than we saw in the past 37 years combined. Private equity will continue its sweep of the channel software space, creating some unicorns along the way. As a review, here were my 2018 predictions. Verdict: As mentioned in the […].

MFG opens flagship forecourt in Channel Islands

TalkingRetail

Motor Fuel Group (MFG) claims to have opened the largest petrol forecourt in the Channel Islands. The new-to-industry station on Jersey is operated under MFG’s Roberts Garages brand. Roberts West, MFG’s fourth station on the island, is located beside Jersey Airport.

Advice on Evaluating New Acquisition Channels from Top D2C Brands

Liveintent

Evaluating new partnership channels can be challenging. That’s why we assembled a panel of some of our fastest-growing direct-to-consumer customers to ask them to share some of the lessons they’ve learned about pursuing new acquisition channels. So, how much time – and, more importantly, how much money – should you throw at a new channel before you expect to see results? “Allocating time internally to understand the channel is really important to us.”

Don’t Be Afraid of Multi-Channel Marketing Attribution

Zaius

How do you measure multiple channels? If you’re feeling stressed by the complexity of multi-channel marketing attribution, you’re not alone. According to eMarketer , marketers will spend nearly 58% of their time trying to understand cross-channel measurement and attribution this year, and more than 80% of senior-level marketing professionals are interested in learning more about multi-channel attribution. You have to measure multiple channels.

A True 1:1 Channel: Introducing Service-Led Retail

Zaius

But meanwhile, the true 1:1 channel has been too often overlooked: service. The post A True 1:1 Channel: Introducing Service-Led Retail appeared first on Zaius. For years in marketing, we’ve set our sights on 1:1 engagement, moving from the dark days of batch-and-blast to segmentation and into truly personalized messages. Likewise, in commerce, evolving from ‘one-for-all’ to targeted landing pages and personalized product recommendations have made a big impact.

Measuring Marketing Spend In 2018: Why Cross-Channel Attribution Matters Most

Retail TouchPoints

EBay, Verizon Share Attribution Success Stories At Shop.org Revenue and overall growth are obvious indicators of a retailer’s success across the board, but understanding and calculating attribution across channels is a major puzzle piece necessary for marketers to track their campaigns. Certainly there are quantitative elements there, and also some qualitative insight, into how customers are feeling as they engage with us across channels” Wasserman said. “We’re

How to Use Voice as a B2C Acquisition Channel

Zaius

When investing in voice as an acquisition channel, it’s important to understand the context in which your customers experience your brand. At the end of the day, you want voice to not only be the channel that provides an exceptional customer experience but one that provides an uplift in conversions. With the right data, you can make sure to optimize this channel and continually improve your customer experience.

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How to Decide Which Online Sales Channel to Sell Your Products On

SellBrite

Whether you want to sell handcrafted soaps or the latest tech gadgets online, there’s no shortage of sales channels to choose from. There’s only one problem: Some online sales channels offer design templates and fulfillment outsourcing while others offer product auctions and multiple pricing options. To help you get started, let’s look at how to figure out what you need from an online sales channel and then at how to choose a platform based on these needs.

6 Awesome Omni Channel Strategies That You Can Use For Your Store

Ecommerce Platforms

When you own an online or retail store, the question isn't if you're going to implement omni channel strategies. Customers can purchase from every channel available from Zumiez, and this includes the ability to ship from one store to another. Deliver Omni Channel Experience With an Interactive Rewards Program Through an App – Starbucks. Starbucks knows this all too well, as the rewards experience is seamlessly integrated into every single channel it has.

Amazon launches luxury channel with Oscar de la Renta

retaildive

The e-commerce giant may capture young fashion consumers who value its convenience, if it can recruit the brands they crave, experts say

Channel Automation Becomes Table Stakes For Partnership Success

Forrester's Customer Insights

Channel professionals want to talk about expanding their partner programs and building broad ecosystems, but the truth is that many of their basic program and channel management processes are still painfully manual and error-prone. Before accelerating their channel program, they need to apply basic automation technologies to get their front- and back-end systems to a […].

Tena Women partners with Channel 4 for new campaign

TalkingRetail

Tena Women has set out to challenge the perception of and the social stigma surrounding incontinence in its latest campaign, in a new partnership with Channel 4.

Ecommerce Marketing 101: Personas, Traffic Drivers, Advertising Channels & More

BigCommerce

Ecommerce marketing is the practice of driving top-of-funnel traffic to convert into sales and customers. And there are hundreds of… Analysis + Analytics Ecommerce Marketing

Omni-channel is dead. Long live omni-channel ?

Steve Dennis

“Omni-channel” has been one of retail’s favorite buzzwords for years now. At last week’s excellent ShopTalk conference, several speakers challenged the relevance of omni-channel. The shift from a “multichannel” strategy–being active in multiple channels such as physical stores, catalogs and e-commerce–to omni-channel, suggested some form of profound change. The future of omni-channel will not be evenly distributed.

Cross-Channel Home Décor Retailing: 5 Take Away Lessons from The Game Changers

RETAIL MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

What is cross-channel retailing? Cross-channel retailing is the practice of reaching customers through multiple sales channels that usually include both online and brick-and-mortar retail channels.