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3 Ways to Improve Your Retail Marketing Efforts

November 15th, 2012 ::

Holiday shoppersIn my last post, I wrote about the top 5 ways smartphone shopping and social media sharing are changing the face of retail marketing (based on a fantastic infographic called The Meaning of Like).

Here are the 3 trends you can use to improve your retail marketing efforts and thus keep up with the changing retail landscape:

1. Mobile point of sale (POS)

You know how Apple stores do not have traditional check-out lines and cash registers?  That’s the future. Long lines translate into lost sales (which has affected me as a consumer – I will absolutely not stand in a long line at H&M). If you can set up mobile point of sale transactions in your retail outlets, I bet you will increase sales.

Three mobile POS options are: Revel Systems, NCR Counterpoint Mobile and POSGuys (I am not affiliated with any of these companies).

2. Social-local-mobile marketing

Social, local and mobile all collide in Facebook Places, Foursquare and Yelp, all of which I know you have heard of.  These social marketing tools let you do so much more than just set up shop online. Customers can share reviews, you can engage with customers, and you can offer geo-targeted deals (to passers-by or all residents within a mile radius, for example).

3. Big data analytics

Want to increase your operating margins? Get comfortable with data. Your point of sale system analyzes sales and consumer data. Your Web analytics software analyzes website behavior. Your loyalty program analyzes individual behavior and trends. Pull in social media analytics, and you will have a robust view of customer spending patterns, allowing you to improve sales campaign targeting and marketing efforts.

Unfortunately, there is no single analytics tool that will do all of this for you. It’s up to you to connect the dots.

If you are a retailer, what will you be doing differently this holiday season and beyond to improve your marketing efforts?

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Posted in Marketing | 4 Comments »

  • http://www.sdwebworks.com/san_diego_web_designer_blog San Diego Web Designer

    With the use of technology such as the smart phones and mobile phones businesses can easily interact with their customers and it’ll be easy for businesses to gather real data that can help it to become more successful.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for commenting – you are spot on!

  • http://www.qhint.com/ Online RSA

    Business interactions have greatly improved through mobile and smart phones. You can now also do customer service through these devices.

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely! Good point!