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Article | February 12, 2020
The start of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on the past and prepare for the future. While holiday 2019 was another record year for retail sales, brands faced some serious challenges when it came to a shortened shopping window and the ever-growing consumer expectations around timely, accurate, and convenient deliveries (and returns). Some may believe these woes to be behind us now that the holidays are over, but the potential for spikes in product demands remains throughout 2020 leading into next year's holiday season. And if history has shown us anything, it's that now is the time for retailers to implement the right processes and technologies that ensure seamless and positive customer experiences, or risk ongoing negative impacts to the bottom line.
Retailers know how important it is to drive customer engagement a business's success depends on customer retention, growth and ultimately sales. As an entrepreneur and the owner of retail jewelry brand Blossom Box Jewelry, I understand first-hand how important and often difficult it is to develop sales and marketing plans and strategies that will resonate with a target audience and provide a competitive advantage over other brands. With markets becoming increasingly saturated, it's crucial to create key differentiators for a business to remain successful. Throughout the year, I track customer e-commerce trends and online purchasing habits to identify ways to reach my customer base more effectively. That's the key to turning site browsers into paying customers: reaching shoppers the way they want to be reached, adapting business strategies to fit their needs, learning from their behaviors, and ultimately forming meaningful connections.
Technology is changing at a fast pace and so is every industry related to it. People are moving from Facebook to Instagram, Google to Pinterest, blogs to video content, and so on. While the content remains to be the driving force behind all the marketing strategies, it is how it is generated, monetised, and marketed to the target audience that matters. Traditional marketing included pop-ups to divert the audience from what they were already watching, reading or listening. Agencies and media firms would utilise the space to spread a message in order to attract customers as per the size and demographic of the audience. Today, it is different. Today, Internet advertising industry is more sophisticated than ever before which lets retailers deliver their up-to-date graphics to target audiences and measure their responses simultaneously.
For consumers, shopping can either be an exciting experience or a downright stressful one. Finding enough time to shop for the perfect gift or merely everyday staples while attempting to manage the challenges of work, family and everyday life can undoubtedly add to stress levels. Considering all of the expectations and obligations that exist within a consumer’s life, it’s critical for retailers to be respectful of their time when they have so little to spare. It's no secret that consumers’ choices on how, where and when they buy are dramatically redefining the retail industry as we know it. In order to stay relevant and top of mind for consumers, retailers must work to deliver the best possible shopping experience. Perhaps the strongest demonstration of value a retailer can provide to a consumer isn’t just better pricing or a more engaging environment, but instead to give back something their consumers value even more: time.
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