Asos revealed as the most engaging retailer for uni students

SAHAR NAZIR | February 19, 2019

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The UK’s largest social network for students has revealed the top 10 retailers that university students reported as the “best at communicating”. Asos came out on top of Campus Society’s top 10 list as the “best communicator”, closely followed by New Look, Topshop, Amazon, H&M, Nike, Primark, PrettyLittleThing, Tesco and Urban Outfitters. Campus Society also found from their survey of 2255 university students that the top five factors of “good communication” was providing offers and discounts, which 68 per cent of students reported. Fifty-five per cent said the frequency of communications were important, while 47 per cent said sharing exciting content was favourable. Also revealed are the top-five contributing factors according to students: Effectively communicating relevant offers and discounts (68 per cent); frequency of communications (55 per cent); sharing exciting content (47 per cent); using the right tools to engage (44 per cent); lack of spam or irrelevant content (38 per cent).

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