I had the pleasure of attending the Influence THIS conference in Toronto a few weeks ago. Attended by Canada's top brands, agencies, and publishers, this conference was all about connections in the business ecosystem, and how brands can leverage influencers and content marketing in their promotional plans.
There were many great sessions throughout the day, but a few stood out as particularly interesting and informative.
Consumer loyalty is arguably one of the most important assets a brand can have. In today’s marketplace there is an abundance of options for shoppers when making purchasing decisions. Whether in store, or online there is no shortage of alternatives for not only products, and services; but also consumption channels. Creating a loyal consumer base or “Cult Consumers” is what separates successful brands from mediocre ones.
Creating repeat customers can be a struggle for many brands, but with the right strategy and a little incentive for consumers, brands can enter into a mutually beneficial, long term relationship with their purchasers. Loyalty programs and shopper incentives are one of the most tried-and-true methods of engaging with a brand’s audience, while also creating a base of loyal customers.Read More
With voice activated devices such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home becoming increasingly more prominent, retailers have a great deal to consider when incorporating this medium into their retail marketing strategies.Read More
Pokémon Go is now the biggest mobile game in North American history. The app has over 75 million downloads and counting. Apple reported that Pokémon Go has generated more downloads in the App Store during its first week than any other app. There is no doubt that advertisers want to jump all over this viral app but what does Pokémon Go’s future look like for advertisers?Read More
We live in the world of iPhones, androids, tablets and apps. Consumers have bought into the fast-paced experiential age and in doing so, they’ve broadened their shopping options internationally, and shortened their attention spans. What’s a brick and morter retailer to do?
Some relate today’s complicated brand/consumer relationship to love, romance and dating. To create a meaningful connection with someone in a fragmented market, you need to make a lasting impression. You must woo. It takes a few dinners, drinks and desserts before you can think about engaging them in a longer term commitment.
The holiday season is a time of giving. We'll give gifts to our children, our parents, those cousins we see once-a-year, our co-workers, dog walkers, and of course, the odd gift to ourselves (because we deserve it after all). However it's the season not just of giving gifts to our family and friends, it’s also the time when many of us contribute to our personal charities of choice.
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Despite an uncertain global economy, one thing has remained on a steady incline –advertising investment. Zenith Optimedia’s ad spend forecast predicts a jump of $24 million in North America and almost $100 million around the world from 2010 to 2014.
Meanwhile, CXOs across North America are seeking ways to improve their cash flow and reduce operating expenditures. More than ever before, marketers are put under the microscope each month to produce results and deliver a positive ROI.