The increasingly savvy mobile marketing and digital advertising gurus at Target believe they have put the retail giant on pace to have a monster holiday shopping season.
At least one thing is for sure. 2014 will be better than 2013 for Target. How could it not?
Last year, Target had some serious trouble with the holiday shopping season, including a massive post-Thanksgiving security breach that affected thousands of credit card numbers. A new ecommerce website, launched at the beginning of the shopping season did nothing to help declining sales. In order to not repeat last year’s blunders, Target has come up with a progressive, targeted plan to make sure that they take advantage of the year’s biggest shopping season—and they should. Like most retailers, Target makes at least 20% (more like 40%) of their total year’s profits during the holidays.
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AdTheorent, Inc. recently announced summary findings from internal retail industry mobile ad performance analyses conducted across its network during Q2 of 2014.
According to details shared with MMW, the company analyzed user engagement with approximately 150 million mobile impressions in the retail vertical for insights regarding the highest performing secondary engagement actions, household incomes, operating systems and devices, as well as outside factors that influence mobile advertising engagement.
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eCommerce is undoubtedly a driving force in the world of retail and business, and many believe that mCommerce will slowly but surely capture a larger portion of all online shopping, but retailers are still searching for the best way to encourage mobile commerce.
Currently, approximately 23% of smartphone owners make at least one mobile purchase per month. This could be anything from pre-ordering morning coffee or lunch, buying through a well-recognized ecommerce app such as iTunes or Amazon, or sending an e-gift to a friend.
While 23% is not bad, it is still fairly low, leaving retailers looking for more ways to encourage mobile shopping. Consequently, many are turning to SMS to get the job done.
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Swrve, a leader in mobile marketing automation, has announced it will support iBeacon technology that are bringing geo-targeted campaigns to the mobile app.
Technologies like iBeacon allow retail marketers to forge highly individualized and optimized in-store experiences for consumers. The aim, of course, is to boost both customer satisfaction and revenue.
“Swrve already enables marketers to build targeted, multi-touch campaigns and experiences within the mobile app. To enable those campaigns, Swrve collects data relating to mobile activity that is unrivalled in scope and granularity,” according to a provided statement. “With iBeacon support, as users enter clearly defined areas within a store, Swrve will automatically trigger in-app campaigns that leverage that data.”
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When it comes to the top players in social commerce, Facebook leads the pack by a mile.
According to the latest industry research conducted by Shopify and shared this week by eMarketer, Facebook is now the globe’s top social commerce site worldwide.
According to Q3 2013 polling, Facebook drove nearly two-thirds of social media visits to Shopify-operated stores and claimed about 85% of all orders from social media—a year-over-year increase of 129%.
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Just when you think near field communications (NFC) technology is finally catching on, a story like this comes along.
According to Mobile Commerce Daily, 7-Eleven and Best Buy are effectively pulling the plug on NFC for the time being.
NFC has been weak to take off as a mobile payment technology despite the efforts of Google Wallet and Isis. Best Buy and 7-Eleven are realizing that it is not worth the cost for them, while at the same time hinting at the possibility of branded plays for their own mobile payment solutions.
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If there is any doubt about the profound impact mobile technology is having on a diverse array of industries, look no further than retail.
This week, Catherine Clifford of Entrepreneur shared an eye-opening new infographic that exposes the game-changing role played by mobile in retail today.
“As a retail store owner, you can try to prevent consumers from using their smartphones inside your store. But that’s not much more than putting a Band-Aid on a broken leg. Mobile shopping isn’t going away,” Clifford observes. “Instead, retail store owners should engage with customers through mobile technology and give them what they want. Four out of five smartphone owners say they would prefer to be able to read more about products on their devices while shopping in stores…”
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