Structured versus unstructured data in retail

Of course everyone has heard all the hype on big data and how it can help business’ become more successful. But have you thought about the different types of big data? How the different types of data can support different initiatives within your business? Structured versus unstructured data in retail […]

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The role of contextual marketing for in-store sales

All of us we have had the unfortunate experience of going to a store and encountering a salesperson who is unable to give us expert advice about a product or service. It’s not because salesperson is unwilling to help us, but rather because he or she does not know in […]

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Unlock your retail potential with better pricing models and brand loyalty

Today’s retailers have access to vast stores of data that allow them to create the personalised retail experience that customers have come to expect. Used in the right way, analytics can be the key to bringing customers in through the door, building a better online experience, or simply helping weather […]

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Event driven marketing – is it missing the customer drivers?

As we all know, marketing today is moving fast (although everyone was saying that in 2005, and will be in 2025!) Currently, one of the “accelerators” is that of digital marketing, with real time event driven campaigns being one of the latest mantras. For example when a customer puts something […]

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Retailers facing most unpredictable Christmas ever

Once upon a time, the festive countdown began when towns and cities switched on their Christmas lights. We all sat at home, eagerly waiting for Christmas adverts to debut. Retailers could plan based on the number of weekends left until Christmas. But last year, all that changed – the Black […]

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How localization helps retailers with millennials

Recently I read an article on National Retail Federation's "Halloween Headquarters" that 1 out of 6 millennials will dress up their animal for Halloween versus 13% of adults. With the rise in cat lovers and hipsters, I wasn’t surprised. I’m not going to lie, I once had a Pomeranian named Armani […]

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Supermarket wars: now data-driven, loyalty-focused

In the past, the supermarket wars were fought on location and floor space. The biggest supermarkets had the most space in the best locations. Today it’s very different as battles are won and lost on price, loyalty and maintaining profit margins. The price of milk rose to the top of the […]

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Your card swipe is a real-time customer experience

How often do you give much thought to your card swipe? It’s become so commonplace that I doubt you think of it at all – and that’s how it's supposed to be. Fast, easy and a complete non-event so you can be on your way in no time at all […]

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Predicting customer preference evolution in retail

Not so long ago, I started my retail/merchandising career in the juniors division at the corporate office of a retailer. It was so exciting to be in a place where I could wear the clothes that I worked with, and I was sure that picking out cute clothes all day was what I […]

Analytics produces better foresight in retail

Black Friday might seem like a long time ago now, but the impact of this new phenomenon in the UK still ripples. Retailers such as Dixons Carphone embraced the shopping day and once the results were tallied, that turned out to be a good move. The retailer attributes the success to careful planning […]

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