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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,

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.

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.

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…

The Weekly Compete Pulse

Hope you are all having a happy first week of spring! If you’ve been lucky enough to be out enjoying some nice weather–here’s a recap of the most popular internet and marketing stories Compete shared online this week. Twitter turned seven years old. Did you know that Twitter was created during a hackathon at the top of a playground slide? Here are seven things that you didn’t know about Twitter for

Aligning Mobile Marketing With Consumer Behavior

It is no secret that marketers are struggling to keep up with the explosion of digital channels for consumers and brands to interact.  Mobile has long been thought of as an emerging channel, yet data recently collected by Compete sister company LightSpeed Research suggests that mobile should no longer be thought of as an emerging channel for consumers.  54% of consumers report having access to a smartphone with Internet access

The Weekly Compete Pulse

The word on the street is Google is launching a same-day shipping program, similar to Amazon Prime but $10-15 cheaper, TechCrunch reports. “Google Shopping Express” will strengthen on Google’s existing ecommerce efforts: Google Wallet, Google Shopping, and their recent aquisitions of both BufferBox and Channel Intelligence.  We’re waiting for more details on subscribing. Compete published two new studies with Twitter Advertising, “How Tweets influence mobile and tech shoppers in the UK” and “How Tweets influence

The Weekly Compete Pulse

Happy Saturday and welcome to March! Here are the most popular stories we shared online this week. The second largest television advertising event was last Sunday: The Academy Awards.  Brands spent between $1.6 and $1.8 million dollars for each thirty second commercial block. If you missed them, watch them all on Ad Age. Online, brands tried to replicate the recent success of the Super Bowl real-time marketing. Brands “newsjacked” the event

Compete Product Update: Optimize Ecommerce with FastFocus

The Super Bowl has been won, Oscars have been handed out and (at least in the Northeast) we’ve survived Nemo – one of the largest winter storms of the century. It hasn’t been all fun, games, and shoveling here at Compete in the beginning of the year though.  A few weeks ago we released a brand new module for Compete PRO users, FastFocus, and we’re very excited about the level

Will TJX Succeed with Second Ecommerce Attempt?

Image from: Second Chance / Shutterstock.com Last year, the TJX Companies announced that it will once again return to ecommerce, six years after its first attempt to join the online retail marketplace. Operating three successful retailer chains, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods, the TJX Companies is the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide. With 2012 sales at their brick-and-mortar stores expected to exceed

JCPenney and the Dangers of Selective Data

Image from: JCPenney Rebrands / brandsunderconstruction.com JCPenney has been undergoing some huge changes in the past year – they’ve launched not one, not two, but three new attempts to rebrand the store. The most recent move was to launch a “store-in-a-store” program similar to Target. The Wall Street consensus, as well as their earnings, have said that this strategy isn’t working. But, I wanted to take a look at the Compete data