Retail & Ecommerce

We recently sat down with several retailers, including Thinx, Enjoy Life Foods and Article, to discuss their current marketing efforts, their thoughts on first-party data and how they define digital transformation. Last week, we dug into the marketing channels they rely on. In today’s “Industry Voices: A Focus on Retail” video, we delve into the role that measurement plays in their ongoing efforts.

eMarketer executive editor Rimma Kats and principal analyst Andrew Lipsman explain how grocery stores will evolve, how many people could replace in-store shopping with voice commerce, a partnership between Alphabet’s drone arm Wing, FedEx and Walgreens and more.

Social media has become a hub of influence on many consumers’ shopping. Boomers, though, have been wary of this, whether via ads, postings by fellow consumers or the cajolery of “influencers.”

eMarketer was pleased to moderate a Tech-Talk Webinar presentation featuring Devon DeBlasio, product marketing director at Neustar. He discussed how to build a predictive and effective audience segmentation strategy for the modern omnichannel journey.

While 54% of brands in Sailthru’s annual Retail Personalization Index have an app, most lack strong mobile personalization. The average brand earned just 5.5 of the available 20 points in the mobile category, while the top 10 ranked retailers scored much higher with an average of 17 points.

Retailers rely on a variety of marketing channels to engage customers. But identifying the most effective channels is a process, which requires establishing clear objectives and key performance indicators.

Consumers are often creatures of habit. They know the products and the brands they like—and getting them to try something entirely new can be a challenge.

In-store shopping is seeing a resurgence as retailers continue to provide consumers with convenient and exciting purchase experiences. And with the holidays approaching, it’s important for retailers to evolve their in-store strategies to encourage repeat shopping.

Boomers are not indifferent to the benefits of digital shopping. However, their reluctance to use smartphones for any and everything tends to limit the digital proportion of their overall shopping—as does their worry about digital privacy.

Walmart’s expansion of Delivery Unlimited, its grocery delivery membership, is the latest attempt by a major retailer to make online grocery shopping more appealing. But better delivery value only addresses cost—not quality.

Just 16% of the 250 retailers in Sailthru’s annual Retail Personalization Index said they use customers’ digital data to personalize their in-store experience, mostly through mobile devices. And that number is 100% among the top 10 retailers.

eMarketer principal analyst Andrew Lipsman discusses what made the Apple Store so successful, which retailers are nailing the in-store experience, McDonald’s voice-activated drive-thrus, Walmart’s ecommerce initiatives and more.

For many consumers, online shopping isn’t as frictionless as some retailers may think, particularly when it comes to return policies.

eMarketer forecasting director Shelleen Shum tees up our retail sales estimates for Western Europe and why Italy is lagging behind the rest.

As powerhouses like Amazon, Walmart and Target roll out same-day or one-day shipping initiatives, it can be difficult for smaller retailers to keep up. But with the holiday season around the corner, it’s important for retailers to understand that while fast shipping is a key consideration, free shipping is often a requirement.

Amazon has revolutionized the online marketplace, but that doesn’t mean businesses are only interested in selling on a single platform. Diversification of marketplaces remains a key prospect, and given that each platform has distinct requirements, managing a multichannel ecommerce strategy can be an arduous task.

eMarketer principal analysts Lauren Fisher and Nicole Perrin discuss Google’s recent study about how turning off third-party cookies affects publisher revenues: What did Google find? How valid is the research? How does it compare with previous studies? Then, they talk about an ad fraud lawsuit between Fetch and Uber, Amazon developing clean room data technology and how marketers try to target shoppers within different channels.

Despite being the smallest of the three major commerce channels in terms of transactions, mobile is arguably the most important.

eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver, Andrew Lipsman and Nicole Perrin discuss Apple’s new products and services, the new Google investigation, whether privacy is dead, podcast advertising and more.

More shoppers are utilizing omnichannel offerings to simplify their shopping experiences. For brands and retailers, offering consumers an obvious in-app value exchange can lead to downloads and encourage loyalty.