Tracking the Customer Journey to Boost eCommerce Business
2020 saw nearly a decade’s worth of eCommerce growth in a single year—accounting for a 44% year-over-year jump from 2019.1 No doubt this incredible growth was fueled by the global pandemic that forced most countries inside for months on end. In fact, 150 million people shopped online for the first time during the 2020 pandemic lockdown.2
These statistics highlight both the incredible opportunities and challenges facing companies looking to grow their eCommerce businesses as millions of customers have changed their shopping habits out of necessity. By better understanding customer journeys, eCommerce companies can transform site visitors into customers who are open to sharing and promoting their experiences with others.
Why Is Branding Post-COVID-19 so Important in the Specialty Retail Industry?
As eCommerce jumps years ahead thanks to the shove out of the airplane we call COVID-19, specialty retail looks for the emergency chute. To quote contributing author and retail expert Greg Petro, “retail is not dead, it is evolving.” Evolving indeed.
Finding the Ideal Meal: Connecting with Pet Owners Earlier
In this second installment of a two-part blog series on pet food nutrition, Trone explores the multi-channel nature of pet owners who are researching their pets’ food.
Designing Packaging for Digital Display
Ecommerce has changed the packaging paradigm. Traditional packaging is designed for shelf impression, logically. When stocked directly next to similar products competing for the same consumers, well-designed packages will emphasize the benefits that differentiate them from competition.
The New 4Ps of Marketing for Modern Branding
Have you ever watched a vintage 1950s television commercial from a well-known brand? Outside of the obvious technological limitations, the way the marketing message was conveyed probably feels simple or even patronizing. Part of the reason it feels this way is that our collective standards for evocative and powerful marketing messages have evolved significantly in the past sixty years.
New Thoughts for an Evolving Creative Brief
We believe that the creative brief, like most things in marketing, is a living, responsive document that changes with time. This means that in order to develop a creative brief, we must continually challenge our own thinking to deliver more relevant strategies to account for the increased complexity of the marketing mix.
Three Ways to Differentiate Your Telecom Marketing Strategy: Product, Brand and Price
Since our earlier blog post about the telecom industry, Trone Brand Energy has taken another look at our Spring 2017 national survey of 980 home internet subscribers to uncover additional insights and ways for smaller, regional internet providers to more efficiently differentiate their telecom marketing strategy efforts from those of larger, national telecom companies.
Why User Experience (UX) is Important to Branding
Experiences with any brand touchpoint (including digital products) can either reinforce user perceptions of the brand or break them down. It's vital to a brand’s reputation that users have not only positive experiences with a company’s digital products, but experiences that reinforce the brand. Brand experience is user experience.
Brand Accountability: A Millennial’s Perspective
Brand accountability. Company transparency. Ethical business practices. Social awareness. As companies continue to hone which messages resonate with millennial consumers, or more importantly, which ones backfire, these trends are no longer what makes companies stand out. They’re baseline requirements.
Seven Components of User Experience (UX)
A user’s experience with a website or app is made up of a variety of elements and moments in time. Every detail--from load time to aesthetics--has an impact. Luckily, Semantic Studios has created a big picture model of the components that influence user experience, also known as the UX Honeycomb. These seven components are: usefulness, desirability, accessibility, credibility, findability, usability and value. Many smaller elements fit into these broad categories. For example, aesthetics, brand and pricing strategies can all be a part of the user’s perceived desirability of an offering. The value of this model is that it can help give us a broad view of the positive characteristics of user experience.