Impulse buying – Boosting your bottom-line

Articles, marketing, strategy, word of mouth
Impulse buying has fascinated me for quite some time now. It is quite peculiar that most of the website and research around this topic highlights the negative impacts on consumers and none or very few people highlight how the impulse buying strategy actually can be exploited by businesses boosting their bottom-line. Promoting impulse buying behaviour The business implications are fairly obvious. If businesses wish to promote impulse buying, they should create an environment where consumers can be relieved of their negative perceptions of impulse. Businesses should stress the relative rationality of impulse buying in their advertising efforts. Similarly, they should stress the non-economic rewards of impulse buying. Additionally, businesses can make the environment more complex, further straining consumers' abilities to process information accurately. Such techniques as stocking more merchandise, creating stimulating atmospherics, and increasing…
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Stimulate Loyalty – Power of networks, data and convergence

Articles, customer acquisitions, customer retention, loyalty, marketing, strategy
Loyalty schemes are an established feature of the retail and services landscape. They have become widespread and arguably ubiquitous. There are a number of major groups of loyalty schemes, including: retailer loyalty schemes, financial service loyalty schemes, online reward schemes, frequent flyer and other travel reward programmes, geographically based loyalty schemes, and coalition loyalty schemes. Businesses have been keen to enhance customer retention, to find approaches to increasing customer spend and encourage customers to act as advocates. When the first loyalty programs hit the market uptake was huge and rewards for marketers were high. Some years on, however, the market is overrun with these schemes, each with little point of difference from the next. As a result, consumers are evermore difficult to please, and uptake on offers is reducing. One…
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Marketing Trends for 2010

Articles, customer acquisitions, customer retention, marketing, strategy, word of mouth
Accommodating these trends will require a paradigm change on the parts of some companies. But whether a brand does something about it or not, the future is where it’s going to spend the rest of its life. How long that life is up to the brand, determined by how it responds to today’s reality. This year is poised to be an exciting year for marketers; trends that have been taking shape over the course of the past decade are creating new opportunities for business owners. Marketing Trends for 2010: (more…)
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Generation Y – Exploring marketing opportunities

Articles, loyalty, strategy, word of mouth
It takes more than selective targeting to market effectively to Generation Y. Members of Generation Y seeks products that create an ambiance and community experience, rather than just provide a function. They like brands to express a reality in which they are involved, interconnected, and interactive. To be successful, build a brand with them, not for them. Computers have made knowledge cool through a fusion of fun and learning. Merchandise concepts that make exploring the unknown fun, bring information to life, or challenge consumers to design their own products will be a sure-fire hit. Also, look for cause-related tie-ins, lifestyle sponsorships, interactive promotions, etc. to become more means by which brands can provide memorable experiences and build community. Some very large brands are struggling to learn these lessons. Therefore, they…
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10 Tips for building customer loyalty

Articles, customer retention, loyalty, marketing, strategy, word of mouth
I propose these tried-and-true tactics with interpersonal strategies that can deepen relationships with customers, establish greater levels of trust and build stronger customer loyalty. Here are 10 tips for you to consider if you are sincerely interested in having a business that is notable for customer loyalty and referrals. 1. Understand the true purpose of marketing. Effective marketing is largely about building trust and developing relationships. The purpose of marketing is to "create and maintain a strong feeling with customers so they are mentally predisposed to continually choose and recommend you." Successful marketing also requires being relevant and unique. This brings us to tip #2. (more…)
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Beware of Invisible Competition

Articles, competition, marketing, segmentation, strategy
You might think it's pointless to identify future competitors when it's hard enough trying to forecast sales and uncover existing competitors' strategies. However, you need to take invisible competition into account when developing your firm's long-term strategies or plans, especially plans for global expansion. In fact, just thinking about new, future competition is worthwhile for the following reasons: It facilitates the long-term view. It forces you to look beyond the obvious and evaluate new international players; disparate companies joining in a potential alliance, joint venture, or merger. It helps you identify future business-building opportunities for your own company. This link between what people considered two very disparate companies spurred thinking about competition we cannot easily envision, or what is called "Invisible Competition” Competition isn't really invisible, of course. But we…
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