How Smartphones Will Influence the Future of Visual Merchandising and Store Design

It has been over a decade since the iPhone was first introduced to the world. In that time, smartphone use has skyrocketed. In fact, Deloitte expects smartphone penetration to approach 90 percent in the United States, with much of the growth being fueled by increased smartphone usage among older Americans. … “How Smartphones Will Influence the Future of Visual Merchandising and Store Design”

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The Importance of Photo-Worthy Visual Merchandising and Store Design

For years, retailers have obsessed over every detail of the brick-and-mortar store, with the goal of optimizing the shopping experience to get customers to spend more money. Store designers would examine the design and placement of the signs that are found throughout the store, where the shopping carts are located, what … “The Importance of Photo-Worthy Visual Merchandising and Store Design”

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A New Year’s Resolution to Read More Books With the OverDrive and Libby Apps

Last year, I read a total of eight books. But, eight just isn’t enough. The problem that I have is that I like to read part of a book, then think about it for a while before moving on. That takes time. So I had to find a way to … “A New Year’s Resolution to Read More Books With the OverDrive and Libby Apps”

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HubSpot Training Teaches That There’s More to Email Marketing Than Just Clicking Send

If you are like me, your email inbox is filled with so many emails that every once in a while you need to set aside some time to the hit the delete button without even bothering to read most of them. Given all the competition for a person’s attention, it … “HubSpot Training Teaches That There’s More to Email Marketing Than Just Clicking Send”

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Instagram Stories Might Be Good for Snapchat and Great for Marketers

As I pointed out in a post last month, Snapchat has been experiencing healthy growth and has become a major player in the competition to get the most users and, ultimately, more marketing dollars invested in the app. However, after Instagram copied some of the features that make Snapchat unique, … “Instagram Stories Might Be Good for Snapchat and Great for Marketers”

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Macy’s Is Moving Toward the Future of Retail With RFID and Artificial Intelligence

Macy’s is once again leading the charge into the future of retail. Earlier this year, Macy’s announced that it was expanding its use of item-level RFID technology to increase the accuracy of its inventory management system, thus making it easier for the retailer to sell more items both in its … “Macy’s Is Moving Toward the Future of Retail With RFID and Artificial Intelligence”

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A Few Ways to Use Pokémon Go, Ingress, and Other AR Games to Promote Your Business

By now, you have probably heard about the new location-based augmented reality (AR) game from Niantic. According to USA Today, “The mobile game Pokémon Go topped 15 million downloads on Apple’s App Store and Google Play, according to estimates from research firm SensorTower.” “Pokémon Go is also among the most heavily used apps on a … “A Few Ways to Use Pokémon Go, Ingress, and Other AR Games to Promote Your Business”

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Product Packaging—Valuable Real Estate in a Mobile World

The package that a product is sold in is valuable. In fact, sometimes it can actually be the reason why a customer chooses one product over another. Malcolm Gladwell highlighted this in his book, “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking.” In the book, Gladwell talked about Louis Cheskin’s work … “Product Packaging—Valuable Real Estate in a Mobile World”

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Added to the Watch List: Dynamic Pricing in Brick-and-Mortar Stores

Price, along with product, promotion, and place is one of the parts of marketing that E. Jerome McCarthy included on the list of four P’s that he used when he expanded on what Neil Borden coined as the “Marketing Mix.” While it is a very important part of marketing, price … “Added to the Watch List: Dynamic Pricing in Brick-and-Mortar Stores”

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Showrooming, Webrooming, and the New Reality of Omni-Channel Retail

A few years ago, some retail experts speculated that mobile phones and online retailers would put many brick-and-mortar stores out of business. They thought that these brick-and-mortar stores would become nothing more than showrooms where customers would go to check out and try on merchandise, only to purchase the items … “Showrooming, Webrooming, and the New Reality of Omni-Channel Retail”

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