One of the more ridiculous challenges of e-commerce nowadays is that every local government wants to jump on board and dictate their own sales tax to generate more revenue for their region. As of today, there are over 14,000 taxing jurisdictions in the United States with 3,000 product tax categories. The average person selling fashion online doesn’t realize that the fur they added to a product now classifies their clothing differently and makes that purchase
The holiday season is officially here, and it’s shaping up to be one of the biggest on record. With eMarketer predicting retail e-commerce spending to surpass $142 billion this season, there’s plenty of good to go around, even for smaller retailers. The trick to staying competitive is to get smart about preparation. Ideally you will have already begun this process, using the past few months to plan your campaign and build branding and audience lists.
If you’ve not subscribed yet, I’d highly recommend the Think with Google site and newsletter. Google puts out some amazing material to help retailers and businesses to grow their business online. In a recent article, they did a great job at visualizing 3 common customer journeys that are seen starting around Black Friday: The path to an unexpected retailer – starting with a mobile search, the journey provides insight into a specific persona that is
Mobile marketing – it is something that you may have heard of, but, quite possibly, are leaving on the back burner for now. After all, there are so many different channels available for businesses, isn’t mobile marketing one that can be ignored? Sure – you can concentrate on the 33% of people who don’t use mobile devices instead. The use of mobile devices globally is expected to grow to 67% by 2019, and we are
Retail competition is fierce these days. With big players like Amazon dominating e-commerce, many companies are struggling to solidify their position in the market. Head marketers at the world’s top e-commerce companies aren’t sitting on the sidelines just hoping their products gain traction. They’re using Art of War military strategies and tactics to push their products ahead of the enemy. Let’s discuss how this strategy is being used to seize markets… While dominant brands tend
Multi-channel retailers recognize the importance of accurate product content, but with tens of thousands of product pages added to their website every day by hundreds of different vendors, it’s nearly impossible to monitor all of it. On the flip side, brands are often juggling an overwhelming set of priorities, making it difficult for them to ensure each listing remains up-to-date. The issue is that retailers and brands are often attempting to address the problem of
There’s no question about it, retail is undergoing a dynamic transformation. The constant flux among all the channels is forcing retailers to sharpen their sales and marketing strategies, especially as they approach Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Digital sales, which includes online and mobile, are clearly the bright spots in retail. Cyber Monday 2016 claimed the title for the largest online sales day in U.S. history, with $3.39 billion in online sales. Black Friday came
Six years ago, the biggest challenge of online marketing was the ability to integrate, align, and then control messaging throughout each channel. As new channels emerged and increased in popularity, marketers added more batches and more blasts to their production schedule. The result (which is still common), was an overwhelming pile of advertisements and sales messages shoved down every prospect’s throat. The backlash continues – with upset consumers unsubscribing and hiding from the companies they