Simon Jackson, chief commercial officer at NetNames writes .. “Online retailers in the UK are gearing up for the busiest day of the year with online retail spend set to hit over £420 million in the UK on Cyber Monday. However, our research into the UK’s online shopping trends suggests that this Monday will only be the start of a record breaking four week period of ecommerce spend.
Whilst we will see a surge in online traffic with over 110 million visits to online retail websites on 3rd December, Mondays will remain the most popular online shopping day throughout December and we will witness increased spending at the start of the week right up until Christmas Eve. However, it will be Boxing Day when the UK sees records broken and we predict that there will be 140 million visits to online retail sites and approximately £500 million spent as retailers launch post-Christmas sales in the UK.
Whilst many retailers will slash their prices to attract bargain hunters in the run up to Christmas, consumers must remain wary of “too good to be true offers” for the must-have festive gifts. As part of a recent study into counterfeit goods, we discovered over 88,000 thousand listings for the top ten “must-have” Christmas toys, for example, 1,600 listings were discovered for LeapPad2s on online marketplace sites. However to avoid falling victim to the latest online scams, consumers need to remember that if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Companies need online brand protection to safeguard their reputation, revenues and customers.”
The Kitcatt Nohr loyalty club curse appears to have struck again after it was revealed that its Starbucks client is talking to rival agencies about its direct marketing and CRM account.
Publicis-owned Kitcatt Nohr has held the coffee chain’s business since 2011, when it beat off Havas EHS to become Starbucks’ first dedicated UK direct agency. It went on to devise the My Starbucks Rewards card, which allows customers to collect “stars” each time they buy a drink, and is also available as a mobile app.
With 21 million people following her on Facebook and 18 million on Twitter, pop singer Ariana Grande can’t personally chat with each of her loves, as she affectionately calls her fans.
So she and many other stars are spreading their messages through new-style social networks, via mobile apps that are more associated with private, intimate conversation, hoping that marketing in a cozier digital setting adds a breath of warmth and a dash of personality.
It’s the Internet’s equivalent of mailing postcards rather than plastering a billboard. [more…]
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What is a “brand promise”?
It’s simply what it says it is, a promise from the brand to its customer. They are shaped by many factors. The brand offer, the marketplace it operates in, the capability of the brand and in some cases the promises of competing brands.
Today's generation of increasingly child-centric parents will smile in recognition at this U.K. spot for the Volkswagen Tiguan, which highlights the lengths they will go to for their kids with a gentle, wry humour.
It features a dad who looks increasingly wistful as he misses out on a golf trip to take his daughter to ballet, is marched off to a kid-friendly eaterie, sits watching "The Powerpuff Girls" with his daughter, and misses the goal in a soccer match because his son's in the bathroom.
AffiliRed (www.affilired.com), the performance marketing company for the travel and tourism sector, has appointed Irene Otero in a strategic move that focuses on driving business in critical European markets .
A graduate in Cultural Communication and Journalism, Irene has a great deal of experience in marketing and PR, with previous roles in the audio-visual sector as well as international promotion for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Spain.