Retail chains such as Whole Foods and Walmart should commit to black-owned businesses, says campaign

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Aurora James, founder of the Brooklyn boutique Brother Vellies, wants major retailers to commit to buying 15% of their merch from black-owned businesses. A New York City entrepreneur wants major retailers across the United States to commit to buying 15% of their merchandise from black-owned businesses —a campaign dubbed the 15 Percent Pledge . Read Full Story

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Key insights: Effect of COVID-19 on consumer behavior, the world’s more video content savvy, and Apple shakes up AR

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30-second summary: According to Global Web Index’s findings, 80% of consumers in the U.S. and UK say they have consumed more content since the outbreak. According to emarketer, 49% of marketing professionals and agencies held back a campaign launch until later in 2020 and 45% stopped or paused a media campaign midway. Admoik shared that there was a 17.2% drop in week-over-week ad revenues, direct deal and programmatic guarantee being the biggest drops. Despite the 8.3% decrease of retail industry’s M&A deals, Apple acquired AR technology startup, NextVR for a $100 million with an intention to launch its AR headset in 2022 and AR glasses in 2023. 53% of consumers prefer brands to communicate through TV ads. According to McKinsey, UK, Spain, and Italy are least optimistic, whereas the US (37%) and China (48%) are optimistic about their economies jumping back to normal in the next two-to-three months. Purchases are …

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Steering retail into 2021 with digital at the wheel

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30-second summary: The shift to online shopping was already well underway pre-pandemic. Consumers are taking advantage of expanded service offerings to get the products. Customers see digital and in-store as two facets of the same experience. People are looking for brands to deliver instantly on the values they believe in. In the absence of historic data, BI and search insights have become critically important. Now that the holiday buying season is well underway, we’re seeing the extent to which the year of the pandemic—and its unusual consumer trends and behavior—is impacting the retail industry. While some of these trends could revert to historic levels post-pandemic, others will likely change retail into 2021 and forever. The shift to online shopping was already well underway pre-pandemic, although no one could have predicted the speed at which adoption would increase over these past months. As digital accounts for an increasing proportion of purchases, …

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Only 3% of the brands in Sephora are Black-owned—Here’s how the retailer is changing that

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Sephora committed to devoting 15% of its shelf space to Black-owned brands. Now comes the hard part: actually doing it. If you had walked by one of Sephora’s nearly 400 U.S. stores in May 2019, you would have seen in the window a large photo of a smiling Black woman accompanied by the slogan: “Color Up Close. Foundation for Everyone, Let’s Find Yours Together.” The displays featured other images of diverse models as well, enticing shoppers of all races into the store. Read Full Story

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What is a Retail Media Network?

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The marketing and advertising industry is a fast-paced industry. With technology evolving rapidly, people have found it more convenient to do their shopping and other transactions online. With digital interactions overtaking in-person activities, this shift in people’s lifestyles means one thing for businesses — they need to pivot fast. Failure to do so can only lead to losing customers. Enter retail media networks. What is a Retail Media Network? With more and more people shopping online, retail media just makes sense. But what exactly is a retail media network? A retail media network is when retailers set up an advertising platform on their website, app, or other digital platforms within their network. This allows the store, and other brands, to advertise to customers on sites like CVS or Walgreens. It’s a form of in-store advertising in a digital format. Here’s an example from CVS’s homepage. Notice the “sponsored” tag in …

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My 8 Best Local SEO Tips for the 2020 Holidays

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Posted by MiriamEllis   Image credit: DoSchu “No place like home for the holidays.” This will be the refrain for the majority of your customers as we reach 2020’s peak shopping season. I can’t think of another year in which it’s been more important for local businesses to plan and implement a seasonal marketing strategy extra early, to connect up with customers who will be traveling less and seeking ways to celebrate at home. Recently, it’s become trendy in multiple countries to try to capture the old Danish spirit of hygge , which the OED defines as: A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being. While this sometimes-elusive state of being isn’t something you can buy direct from a store, and while some shoppers are still unfamiliar with hygge by name, many will be trying to create it at home this year. …

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ABM approach leads to 9 straight quarters of growth for Phononic

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30-second summary: Phononic is a technology startup that manufactures a solid-state chip used in cooling and heating technology. One of the first challenges Phononic faced with regards to marketing their technology was in proving the commercial viability of their products. To address this challenge, Phononic adopted an ABM approach which is well suited to their target buying groups which are typically comprised of 3-4 people and have long deal cycles. The Terminus ABM platform enabled Phononic to reach the new verticals they wanted to market to even though they had no historical access to relevant contacts in their sales database. When creating campaigns at Phononic, Englebretson developed a methodology that enfranchised sales and other departments in the campaign design process. The ABM approach has been very successful for Phononics. They’ve had nine consecutive quarters of growth, taken 26% of the share in the market over the course of their ABM …

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Google’s vibrant new interface makes it super easy to buy from Black brands

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A clickable artwork by Amani Lewis lets consumers shop Black-owned brands such as Jungalow, Blk & Bold coffee, and more. It can be challenging for consumers to know what options they have for shopping Black-owned businesses unless they already have a brand in mind or parse through extensive (if helpful) lists like this one from the Strategist . A clever new feature from Google—the search engine of choice for a lot of shoppers—puts Black-owned products front and center with a new UI that Instagram would envy. Read Full Story

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11 Black-owned businesses to buy from this Black Friday

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Give the gift of great design with these standout products from Black entrepreneurs. The weekend after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping period of the year; for many brands, Black Friday is when they make their biggest margins. But it also tends to be a time when consumers load up impulse purchases without giving much thought to where they’re spending their money and who they’re supporting. Read Full Story

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Welcome to Ecommerce Unlocked: Your Free Ecommerce Marketing Course

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E-commerce is booming. There are currently 24 million e-commerce sites and counting. And with only 12% of sales taking place online , you can expect there to be massive growth in the years to come. So if you want to create an online business, one of the best ones to create is an e-commerce store. But how do you market it? How do you grow your traffic? And, most importantly, how do you get sales? Sure you can use tools like Ubersuggest to help you out, but what do you do if you need step-by-step instructions from the very beginning… especially if you have little-to-no marketing experience? Introducing E-Commerce Unlocked Over the next 4 weeks, I am going to teach you how to market an e-commerce website. From SEO to paid ads to even CRO… I am going to cover all aspects of e-commerce marketing. And of course, all for …

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