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Mila D'Antonio | October 7, 2014
Creating the perfect customer experience is a challenge for many of us. In recent years, we've seen many customer experience blunders. J.C. Penney, for instance, stands out as one of the most well known when it overhauled its operations without asking many customers what they wanted. The company changed the layout of nearly every store, overwhelming and losing long-time customers resulting in a 25 percent sales loss in one year. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | September 29, 2014
Advertising Week 2014 got underway this morning in New York City, with the organization even ringing today's closing stock market bell. Read more »
Judith Aquino | June 19, 2014
Yesterday, Blackberry unveiled a deal with Amazon to include the online giant's app store on its phones. In addition, Google Play and Apple's App Store both offer a million apps in their respective stores. As more apps flood the market, driving engagement rates among users has become a crucial component of an app developer's monetization strategy. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | June 4, 2014
Delivering relevant content at the specific moment when consumers are looking to make decisions remains very powerful, boosting retention and strengthening relationships. However, as email open rates decline due to the overall swell in email volume, marketers are finding it increasingly difficult to reach consumers' inboxes, leading many to believe responsive design holds the secret to future success. Read more »
Guest Blogger: Vanessa Saulsberry | April 11, 2014
Far too long ago to mention, I listened attentively as my marketing professor elucidated the Four P's of marketing. It was a different world then; smartphones and tablets weren't en vogue, virtual events and Spreecasts didn't exist, and Facebook and Twitter were rarely used for business. Magazines and newspapers flourished and face-to-face events reigned. On that foundation today's marketing leaders are challenged to think differently about the marketing mix. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | March 26, 2014
Mobile customer care is rapidly becoming an opportunity for companies to differentiate themselves in an increasingly competitive economy. But, as Bruce Bales, vice president of product management at mBlox, notes, companies must look beyond marketing and advertising to include care as a means to engage consumers. The direct nature of mobile messaging remains the most effective way to grab consumers' attention. Therefore, brands that can take a care-centric approach to their mobile strategy will drive customer loyalty and long-term value. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | March 24, 2014
Today I head to Salt Lake City, Utah, for Adobe's annual Digital Marketing Summit. Last year was my first Summit and I look forward to attending again this year, as it is one of the rare events in which attendees can see first-hand how quantifiable marketing results maximize a company's marketing ROI. The Summit will offer best practices and techniques on topics ranging from how to personalize a cross-channel strategy, best practices for managing a global digital presence, and how Read more »
Guest Blogger: Vanessa Saulsberry | March 21, 2014
What a wondrous world in which we live - one of infinite choice and possibility. I can buy a pair of the skinniest jeans (well, maybe not that skinny) from an Old Navy store, grab a new sweater for my hairless kitty on Petco.com, and deposit a check with my Chase mobile app. Mostly all of these tasks can be done in the comfort of my footy pajamas. I'd say that seven out of 10 of my interactions with companies Read more »
Guest Blogger: James McQuivey | January 24, 2014
Marketers, you are officially on notice: The very idea of 'brand relationship' is going to become irrelevant thanks to digital disruption. If you continue to focus on building a wonderful brand relationship with your customer, you will one day awake to find that someone else has taken your place in your customer's life. Not with a more compelling brand relationship, but with a more compelling digital customer relationship. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | January 13, 2014
Today kicks off The NRF 103rd Annual Convention & EXPO at the Javits Convention Center in New York City and more than 30,000 retail professionals from around the world are expected to attend. I also look forward to attending the conference tomorrow to learn the trends and to see firsthand the technologies that will shape customer experience in retail this year. Senior Writer Cynthia Clark is there today and will share her findings in 1to1 Media's blog on Thursday. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | January 1, 2014
When business becomes crazy during the holiday rush, companies are prone to making the occasional mistake. Luckily, in retrospect, these problems often become teaching moments that influence future improvements and programs. For many, social and mobile tactics still lack the strength necessary to garner loyalty and engagement. These tools offer vast opportunities, but while most brand recognize the potential for success, many have yet to integrate these channels into their overall marketing and sales strategies. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | December 23, 2013
Whether it's the airlines embracing mobile to assist customers, a bad-boy company promising to make over its service standards, or the launch of new technology that will change how consumers pay for everyday retail goods, these 10 customer experience incidents will change the course of how organizations deliver customer experiences. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | December 4, 2013
From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, the past week has been filled with nothing but advertisements and promotions galore. Fifty percent off this, 25 percent off that--it's enough to make your head spin! But for Photojojo, the photography fanatic's online destination, garnering attention was not just a gimmick. It was borderline genius. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | December 2, 2013
So you've survived Black Friday--the long lines, the impassible parking lots, and the in-store brawls over door buster sales. It's time to settle into a comfy chair, or close your office door, and start shopping online on this Cyber Monday. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | November 13, 2013
With each passing day, the official holiday season grows closer and closer. While malls are already playing Christmas tunes and department stores are all decked out in twinkle lights, the true rush has yet to begin. Soon, Black Friday deal-grabbers and last-minute shoppers will flock to the store and clutter the aisles, while others will hop online to research sales and avoid these crazy crowds. But, as shoppers seek an ideal parking spot, marketers are out to find new ways Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | October 28, 2013
It's no secret that mobile is changing the traditional marketing funnel and transforming the way customers interact at every stage throughout the customer journey. Mobile has propelled us into an environment that not only allows us to express a need through any device at any time, and also one that has customers expecting a contextually relevant response to those needs. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | September 23, 2013
Just when we thought Big Data couldn't get any more confounding, the accelerated adoption and use of mobile payments continues to make analyzing customer data even more challenging. Instead of resisting these changes, marketers, data analysts, and customer experience leaders must look closely at the added benefits that providing mobile payment options to their customers will afford them. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | September 11, 2013
Football season has arrived, bringing with it an array of fervent fantasy football fans. Just as the National Football League kicked off its 2013-2014 season last Thursday, men and women across America joined the excitement by diving into the 2013-2014 Pro Fantasy Football season. Yet, while sports bring these friends, family, and colleagues together, football season--and fantasy football leagues in particular--open up opportunities for marketers and advertisers to engage with fans, as well. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | August 26, 2013
This week many children in the U.S. will return to school. They'll don new shoes and clothes, and come equipped with a fresh stock of school supplies. But many lucky parents avoided standing in long lines and arguing with their kids this back-to-school season. Rather than enter physical stores to buy their children's new back-to-school items, many parents for the first time bought their back-to-school items from the comfort of their sofas. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | June 17, 2013
Last year had experts calling BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend, "the hottest trend of 2012." This year as companies start to embrace this ever-growing culture, they're now figuring out how to manage the BYOD's security and application delivery, as well as employee productivity. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | April 22, 2013
As consumer mobile adoption continues to increase, people's expectations of how companies should connect and engage with them have also changed. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | February 4, 2013
Ever since the emergence of digital, much has been written and discussed about bridging the social/mobile and traditional marketing divide by getting a handle on Big Data and ultimately having the ability to understand and respond to consumers' ever-changing needs and behaviors. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | January 7, 2013
It's that time of year again, when predictions, trends, and resolutions articles come out of the woodwork to help guide our expectations for the coming year. At 1to1 Media, we've included a few of our own around the customer experience. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | November 26, 2012
Like Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Cyber Monday has become an annual "holiday" for consumers who seek online sales in an effort to avoid crowded stores and to find better deals. Research from BIGinsight for the National Retail Federation estimates an even bigger turnout today compared to last year, with an estimated 129.2 million Americans shopping online, compared to 122.8 million this time last year. Read more »
Tom Hoffman | October 9, 2012
1to1 Media's Tom Hoffman speaks with David Petersen, CEO of Sense Networks, about different ways that companies can use analytics to better understand the mobile customer and how customers are using mobile devices as part of their multichannel journeys. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | September 26, 2012
Many people neglect to realize that today's technological takeover has been in progress for decades. From the very first light bulb, to the invention of the Internet, these creations are the fuel that has propelled us into the present. We only notice technology's rapid evolution now because today's constant experimentation highlights how far our society has come in such a short amount of time. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | September 17, 2012
This week marks the start of the official 2012 TV season where networks will introduce a bevy of new comedies and dramas with the hope of attracting the magic number of viewers sufficient enough to get the green light on a second season. Read more »
Tom Hoffman | September 4, 2012
Over the Labor Day weekend, I read an article in Mediabistro which states that up to half of the workforce for Fortune 100 companies by 2020 could be freelance, contract, or temporary workers. As the Mediabistro article points out, gains in temporary hiring have historically preceded any upticks in full-time hiring. But in the current economy, full-time employment hasn't picked up any momentum. The topic got me to thinking more broadly about the type of skills and mixes of worker Read more »
Anna Papachristos | August 29, 2012
Email has become an increasingly popular marketing channel. Yet, while it has the propensity to reach many, email communication has the tendency to lack that personal touch we all prefer. Earlier this month, we took a look at how marketers in the space are using email to expand their reach and connect with customers in relevant, meaningful ways so as to cultivate relationships instead of stopping them dead in their tracks. Read more »
Cynthia Clark | July 26, 2012
In today's smartphone-driven world, organizations are constantly bombarding us with new apps that promise to make our lives easier and better. Just this morning, for example, I made a hairdresser's appointment through an iPhone app, even before I had got out of bed. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | July 25, 2012
QR codes are everywhere. They're on direct mail flyers and they're on posters at the mall. There's even a tiny one on my mouthwash. Yet, while these codes keep popping up like dandelions, there must be a point where companies draw the line. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | July 23, 2012
The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver represented early days for streaming video and mobile. In fact, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad only a couple weeks prior to the start of the 2010 Games. Read more »
Cynthia Clark | June 28, 2012
A great product is no longer serving as a differentiator for companies. Customers have come to expect great products and services and are making purchase decisions based on the experience that organizations deliver. Read more »
Ginger Conlon | June 14, 2012
If you don't have a mobile strategy, you're late to the party. According to Gartner Vice President and Distinguished Analyst Nick Jones, businesses are missing potentially huge opportunities by not weaving mobile into their customer interaction approaches. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | June 5, 2012
Though we speed through our day, we don't have time to run in circles. We want to move forward and we want our information to travel at lightning speed--just like us. Yet, while smartphones and tablets cater to our on-the-go lifestyles, many mobile sites don't measure up, leading to higher bounce rates due to frustration from lag and incorrect image and text sizing. But for Bonobos, a Web-based premium men's apparel e-tailer, poor mobile service was not an option. Read more »
Cynthia Clark | May 24, 2012
Customers are becoming more demanding and also more discerning. One of the reasons behind their amplified expectations is an increase in choices, which mean that customers no longer have to settle, but can choose the best products and brands they do business with. But more than anything else, customers are expecting these brands to treat them as individuals and invest in building a relationship with them. Rather than one-off interactions, customers want a long-lasting rapport that starts even before they've Read more »
Tom Hoffman | May 22, 2012
In the next few weeks, both Verizon and AT&T are expected to introduce family data sharing plans where customers will pay for a fixed amount of data to be shared between family members or between device types (e.g. 5 gigabytes for two devices instead of 3 GB for one), according to USA Today. For its part, Verizon would phase out unlimited data plans for customers who renew their contracts or upgrade to new phones. Only customers who pay full price Read more »
Cynthia Clark | May 4, 2012
Social media is like the new cool kid on the block: Everyone wants to be its friend, but they're all worried of mishandling it and end up doing more harm than good. Although many marketers are trying to leverage social media to get close to both customers and prospects, this relatively new medium is not about likes and fans, but about engaging with people. Read more »
Cynthia Clark | May 3, 2012
Today's customers are no longer bowled over by a great advertisement unless it targets them individually, giving them information that's relevant to them. This puts extra pressure on organizations to develop marketing campaigns that aren't just captivating, but also give added value. Read more »
Ginger Conlon | April 20, 2012
How many times have you bought something from a retailer online only to find yourself facing a sudden onslaught of emails from the company? Too many, I'm sure. Yes, online retailers need their customers' email addresses to confirm their purchases. But it's the more customer-centric companies that actually 1) note that the email will be used for confirmation purposes only, and then 2) ask if you'd like to opt in to their mailing list(s). Many retailers simply opt in customers Read more »
Elizabeth Glagowski | April 2, 2012
Today's issue of 1to1 Magazine highlights the Top Mobile Trends to Watch. A number of experts in the industry share what they think are hot topics related to mobile marketing, customer service, and the overall customer experience. Data shows that mobile is a burgeoning channel. However, its promise has yet to be fully realized. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | March 28, 2012
Mobile is no longer about the phone; it's about being connected. In fact, in some countries there are more mobile subscriptions than there are people (Mobile Marketing Association). Additionally, it takes 90 minutes for the average person to respond to an email, but it takes 90 seconds for the average person to respond to a text message (CTIA.org). Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | February 15, 2012
I stated in this January article that 2012 will be the year that mobile more successfully integrates with other customer interaction channels. As Forrester reveals this week in the report, "Mobile is the New Face of Customer Engagement" for mobile to successfully blend with other channels and engage with customers, CIOs need to rethink their role, strategy, and organizational structure. Read more »
Guest Blogger | February 14, 2012
Each year we put a stake in the ground to identify trends that marketers should pay special attention to. This year we see these on the horizon: Read more »
Cynthia Clark | February 2, 2012
Madonna's Super Bowl half-time show won't be the only attention grabber this Sunday. Mobile ads and location-based services will play an important role in this year's Super Bowl as companies include them in their marketing strategy in a bid to reach more customers and transform a moving image into a sale. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | January 25, 2012
Often, while browsing the Internet, I notice advertisements that pertain directly to items or topics I've just searched. When shopping at the mall, I'll suddenly receive an email that connects me with an offer for the very store I just left. The eerie wave of awareness stops me dead in my tracks and I wonder, where is Big Brother and how does he know my every move? Read more »
Tom Hoffman | January 3, 2012
Quick Response (QR) codes are either poised to take off in 2012 or eventually join the junk heap of other tech flops such as the Apple Newton and Internet currency (remember Flooz and Beenz?). While the emergence of other technologies such as near field communications and digital watermarks may shape the durability of QR, ultimately, the potential for the technology rests with how effectively companies place customers at the center of their QR efforts. Read more »
Cynthia Clark | December 29, 2011
Last week I was rushing to a restaurant for a dinner that I was already late for when I realized that I'd forgotten my phone at home. Without any considering for how long it would take me, I turned back and went to pick it up. Read more »
Guest Blogger | December 21, 2011
You can't avoid the noise generated by holiday shopping this year; whether it's because of a slow news day or because people are tired of hearing about a somber economy and dizzying coverage of the presidential campaign, there has been definite momentum for a deep dive into consumer's shopping habits this year. This past Black Friday I was invited to speak on Fox News Channel to offer tips to consumers who might be worrying that they missed the best deals Read more »
Cynthia Clark | December 8, 2011
This year, on Black Friday, I had to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Since the one in Manhattan is situated right across the street from Macy's, I couldn't help but pop in. But the crowds of people quickly made me do a 180-degree turn out of the store and I made my purchases on my phone while in a cab. I wasn't the only one using my mobile to clinch some Black Friday deals. According to an IBM Read more »
Elizabeth Glagowski | November 7, 2011
Last week the 1to1 Media staff provided in-depth coverage of the upcoming holiday season. Articles ranged from sharing new mobile initiatives and gift card best practices to e-marketing campaign tips and research such as holiday consumer spending predictions. Even with coverage of the many facets of the industry, a few themes shown through. Read more »
Cynthia Clark | November 3, 2011
The holiday season is rushing towards us quicker than a harried Santa on Christmas Eve. Many stores have already stocked their shelves with greeting cards and decorations, putting their customers in the mood to fill their shopping carts with gifts for their loved ones. Read more »
Elizabeth Glagowski | November 2, 2011
No holiday season is complete without the toy catalog. Every year, kids the world over study each page carefully, pondering which holiday gifts to add to their wish lists. This year Toys R Us is giving its holiday catalog a new twist, adding mobile quick response (QR) codes to its pages. Select products in the 80-page book will have accompanying QR codes, which customers can scanned with a mobile QR reader to access additional multimedia content including videos, product reviews, Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | August 3, 2011
As mobile usage continues to accelerate across the globe, new McKinsey research that tracked consumers' digital habits through a series of surveys covering more than 100,000 respondents, highlights the increase, with results showing nearly 50 percent of U.S. online consumers are now advanced users of smart phones, social networks, and other emerging tools--up from 32 percent in 2008. Read more »
Tom Hoffman | June 8, 2011
1to1 Media's Tom Hoffman speaks with Mogreet CEO James Citron about the opportunities companies have to connect with customers using mobile video marketing and advertising campaigns. Read more »
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