Will Less Social Media Improve Your Retail Brand Strategy?

Posted on December 5, 2014 by Kevin LeiferComments

Recently, most advice about improving retail brand strategy has centered on expanding – more channels, more engagement, more programs, more rewards. 

But before you try to make your company a “Jack of all trades,” remember that the second part of that phrase is “master of none.” Even for the largest chain, more isn’t always better – and that’s especially true of social media. 

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Topics: Omnichannel, Brand Experience

Are You Measuring Customer Satisfaction Wrong?

Posted on December 3, 2014 by Nanette BrownComments


Have you bought and paid for a skewed perspective of customer satisfaction with your brand? If you’re trusting data that says your customers are “satisfied” but doesn’t dig any deeper, you might be!

Shoppers who are moderately pleased with their experiences in your stores won’t necessarily show the kind of loyalty you want to earn from them.

So how can you overcome your internal bias and accurately measure customer satisfaction?

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Topics: Customer Satisfaction

Investors.com Turns to ICC/Decision Services for Retail Tips

Posted on December 2, 2014 by Nanette BrownComments

Last week, Investors Business Daily turned to ICC/Decision Services for an industry insider's perspective on how retailers can cater to shoppers this holiday season.

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Topics: News

3 Vital Retail Lessons from Last Holiday Season

Posted on November 26, 2014 by Kevin LeiferComments

The 2013 holiday season ended not with a bang, but a whimper. As Bloomberg reported, retailers saw a 2.4% sales growth for the entire season, which was the smallest increase since 2009. In-store traffic in the week prior to December 22nd sank by 22%, and shipping problems plagued online retailers.

However, if you’re looking for a silver lining, last year's disappointing holiday season taught retailers 3 key lessons that will affect holiday retail strategy this year.

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Topics: Customer Satisfaction

What Does Showrooming Mean?

Posted on November 24, 2014 by David RichComments

In the past few years, showrooming has been all over the retail news. At first, the practice was seen as a retail store’s worst nightmare, to be fought tooth and nail – but things are starting to change. 

Before you have another tense meeting with your leadership team or pour resources into fighting showrooming (which is especially common during the holidays), spend some time trying to understand the "problem."

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Topics: Customer Experience

5 Strategies to Ramp Up Customer Engagement This Year

Posted on November 21, 2014 by Nanette BrownComments

Engaging holiday shoppers is critical for boosting end-of-the-year sales and increasing customer loyalty. Here are 5 ways you can ramp up customer engagement this holiday season:

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Topics: Customer Experience

Is Customer Experience More Important to Shoppers Than Price?

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Kevin LeiferComments

Sure, a retailer’s success depends on lots of things. Customer service, pricing, store presentation, and great discounts and offers are each important – but studies suggest that no single element of your brand’s performance is as significant as a shopper’s perception of the customer experience as a whole. 

Forrester Research conducted a five-year Customer Experience Index study, which found that customer experience is the single strongest factor in consumer loyalty. Based on their research, Forrester goes so far as to state that nothing else your business does matters as much as the customer experience

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Topics: Customer Experience

Crafting a Killer Holiday Omnichannel Strategy

Posted on November 13, 2014 by David RichComments

In the world of modern retailing, an omnichannel strategy is vital to staying competitive and building loyalty with your customers.

It’s even more important to have a solid strategy for connecting with your customers during the holidays, when your potential to make or lose sales is at its peak.

Just as the holidays are your busiest time, this season is the peak purchasing period for the average consumer, when their attention is more fragmented. 

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Topics: Customer Experience, Blog

Don’t Lose Your Brand Experience in the Holiday Rush

Posted on November 11, 2014 by Nanette BrownComments

As we’ve said before, consistency is the most important factor in designing a brand experience that generates customer loyalty.

The problem is that consistency is difficult to maintain during the holiday rush, but that’s no reason to let your brand slip. In fact, the holidays are the best time to prove that you’re committed to a great brand experience, as large numbers of both new and returning shoppers flood your stores.

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Topics: Brand Experience

How to Improve Black Friday Customer Experiences

Posted on November 5, 2014 by Kevin LeiferComments

Any shopper brave enough to venture out on Black Friday knows to expect some customer service delays and disappointments when items are out of stock, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to give them a better experience.

Instead of using the madness of Black Friday as an excuse for slipping customer service, why not use it as a chance to really 

impress your customers by making Black Friday less painful than they expected?

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Topics: Customer Experience

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