According to a recent Forbes article, 70% of retailers indicate customer identification as their top customer engagement priority. Retailers are struggling to identify customers as they enter their stores and continue to rely on customers providing information at point of checkout. Customers are wary of giving up their contact details as they consider the subsequent generic email blasts and other engagements they’ll have to ignore and delete. In order to motivate consumers to identify themselves, retailers need to offer something in return. Keep reading to learn how loyalty can help retailers succeed at customer identification.
A couple weeks ago we discussed the pitfalls of West Elm’s customer engagement strategy. This week we’ll visit the scene of the customer engagement crime of another otherwise wonderful brand--Neiman Marcus--and try to provide some guidance using our experience helping hundreds of other brands correct similar infractions.
Retail of the future has arrived, courtesy of Amazon. The e-commerce superpower has released plans for Amazon Go, a physical grocery/convenience store leveraging the power of mobile to allow for lightning fast “grab-and-go” checkout. Customers scan a QR code when entering the store, add items to their bags as they please, and simply walk out of the store when finished shopping, with the charge hitting their existing Amazon account. This next generation of retail will come to life early next year, with the first location slotted for Seattle.
I love West Elm. I aspire for my apartment to even slightly resemble a West Elm showroom floor. And so it is with a heavy heart that I tell you the tale of West Elm’s customer engagement gone wrong. This is a cautionary story that begs the question, “Why do bad things happen to good brands (and customers)?” And attempts to answer it.
The holiday season is right around the corner, and the excitement for gift shopping is building for consumers and retailers alike. With this new season brings shifting trends and preferences for each shopper. One of the most important trends that should be on every brand’s radar is the growing importance of mobile in the marketplace.