ecommerce

The Weekly Compete Pulse

Here’s a round up of our favorite digital marketing stories from the web this week: Landing page best practices with data to back them up, data sets that you should be tracking as an ecommerce company, why mobile ad networks are on the decline, and a SEO cheat sheet for web developers.

Should Retailers Invest in Mobile Shopping Apps?

Technology is changing the way consumers shop. More and more people are not only shopping online, but shopping online from a mobile device. Our recent survey identifies these trends for retailers to decide their best plan of action.

Infographic: Mobile Is Both a Curse and a Cure for Showrooming

33% of people showroom globally and 21% of those shoppers use their phone while doing so. In their annual Mobile Life Study, fellow Kantar company, TNS, highlights the growing use of “showrooming”: examining a product in-store before buying online at a lower price. Consumers are getting more comfortable with mobile transactions, savvier with mobile shopping apps, and they’re doing more mobile shopping,

Have Your Conversion Funnel Cake and Optimize It Too

Funnel cake is a delicious summer treat and may not have much to do with ecommerce, but your conversion funnel certainly does. If you’re stuck in an ecommerce rut and don’t know what to do, don’t worry; you can continue to use aspects of your funnel as they currently stand and test different versions of landing pages, shopping carts, checkout processes, etc. using A/B testing.

Will Viral Videos Save Kmart?

I don’t watch television often (Netflix and HBO Go are my best friends), which means I don’t see many commercials. Usually that’s a good thing, but recently I was disappointed I didn’t see the hilarious new Kmart ads sooner. The first spot, “Ship My Pants” went live on April 10th. The ad promotes Kmart’s free shipping service, an effort to drive shoppers to Kmart.com which offers more products than the stores.

Sunday Series: Fashion Flop–No Spike for Spring Apparel

Spring fashion wasn’t on American’s minds any more or less in April than in March. Monthly traffic to apparel websites grew less than a quarter of a percent in April, with 70.8 million Unique Visitors (UVs). What sites did receive more attention as the weather got warmer? Below are ten apparel fast movers, each of which offers different products. Not surprisingly, Izi Dresses and Rent the Runway benefitted from both prom and wedding season.

Marketers Can Map the Consumer’s Journey To Purchase

How can I reach the right consumer, at the right time, in the right place, and with the right message to influence his or her purchase decision? Data mining allows marketers to identify major characteristics of their consumers’ path to purchase. Armed with this data, marketers can focus on the digital paths driving the most ROI and influence consumers’ actual journeys toward the purchase.

The Weekly Compete Pulse

Happy weekend, marketers! Here’s a round up of the top digital marketing stories we shared online this week, including lots of new data on the significance of mobile along the consumer path to purchase. More smartphones shipped last quarter than feature phones, for the first time ever. Smartphones claimed 51.6 percent of the of the market in IDC’s latest phone sales numbers.

Attention Retailers: Amazon Prime members are located in Aisle 5

The growing popularity of Amazon’s membership program, Amazon Prime, has sent shockwaves among rival retailers since debuting a few years ago. For $79 a year, Prime members receive unlimited 2-day free shipping on eligible Amazon purchases (with no minimum order size), as well as access to Amazon’s video-on-demand service, Amazon Instant. The rate of adoption of Amazon Prime, coupled with the growing reach of Amazon.com, has caused rivals to scramble…

Marathon Monday: Nike Leads the Pack

Looking at the foot traffic to top brand sites; Nike, Reebok and New Balance, there is really no competition. Nike.com is the clear front runner. With each brand seeing higher shopping session shares on different retailers, how can brands optimize the purchase funnel on these retail sites?

Fresh Tracks: Tire Website Success Stories

Given the importance in tire websites on influencing a tire shopper’s path to purchase, Compete looked at best in class site performance measured by Locate a Dealer tool engagement and calculated potential ROI. In this analysis, Compete leveraged its survey capabilities, site analytics and patented ability to track, normalize, and count unique visitors (UVs), which avoids double-counting consumers who perform the same activity more than once in a period.