Lessons in Content Marketing From 5 Editorial-First Ecommerce Sites

Posted by Abi Davies 27 Jul 17

Front_cover_of_Vogue_magazine_April_1922You only have to flick through century-old copies of fashion magazines like Vogue and Harper's BAZAAR to know that content and commerce have always gone hand in hand. It’s obvious why: the two industries complement one another, commercially and financially.

But there’s a big difference between the mutually beneficial relationship editorial and retail shared during the early twentieth century, and what we have today: ecommerce sites creating their own content as a way to form more meaningful relationships with customers.

Having been on the retail agenda since at least 2012, we have now reached the point where editorial is not just a “bonus” for retailers, but, in some instances, the lifeblood of a brand.

From a makeup brand born out of a blog to a consumer magazine’s own online store, below are five editorial-first ecommerce sites—and what they can teach us about the art of content marketing.

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Topics: Ecommerce marketing tips, Ecommerce content marketing, Editorial-first ecommerce brands

6 Invaluable Lessons in Personalisation From One of the UK's Hottest Online Retailers

Posted by Abi Davies 1 Jun 17

Lost My Name Five years ago, four friends—Pedro, Asi, Tal and David—put their heads together to figure out how they could create a perfectly personalised children’s book using cutting-edge technology.

Combining code with copy, automation with imaginative illustration, the boys worked around the clock until they eventually had a (pretty awesome) finished product.  

After launching as Lost My Name (named after their first picture book, The Little Boy Who Lost His Name), the four founders were met with instant success—an unprecedented number of copies were sold, followed by lots of positive feedback.

Fast forward to 2017 and Lost My Name has gone from being a fun passion project to an award-winning ecommerce business with customers dotted across the globe. (To see its latest personalised book, check out this blog post!)

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Topics: Ecommerce personalisation, Ecommerce marketing tips, cross-channel marketing strategy, Lost My Name, Data powered marketing

Ecommerce Web Form Design Best Practices: 12 Tricks for Making Your Forms Less Tiresome

Posted by Hannah Stacey 23 May 17

web form exampleHands up who actively enjoys filling out web forms?

Oh, so nobody then. Unfortunately, however, if you’re an online retailer a web form is usually the obstacle between you and an important customer action - be it a newsletter subscription, an account login or, most importantly, a purchase. 

Poor design in the sign-up and checkout process is undoubtedly a key contributor to cart abandonment rates (as well as escalating visitor stress levels), so making form-filling as easy and frictionless an activity as possible means everyone is a winner.

True, it’s never going to be an exhilarating experience, but there are a number of subtle tactics and tricks you can employ to make it seem less tedious. Here are twelve important web form design best practices.

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Topics: Ecommerce ux, Ecommerce personalisation, Ecommerce marketing strategy, Ecommerce marketing tips

7 Examples of Creative Ecommerce CTAs (and What Makes Them Irresistibly Clickable)

Posted by Abi Davies 10 May 17

Put simply, a CTA (call-to-action, for the uninitiated) refers to the copy ecommerce marketers use when they want a consumer to take a specific action—the most obvious of which being ‘Shop Now’.

But CTAs don’t have to be about driving sales; from asking consumers to read an article to encouraging them to provide their date of birth, a call to action can also be used to (for example) build a community or collect useful customer data.

Whatever their purpose, CTAs are important—as important as a headline or hero image. And yet, time and again, we recycle the same old stock phrases in our ecommerce marketing (be it email, on-site, social media or direct mail).

That said, there are a growing number of brands exchanging generic CTAs for more creative, compelling ones. To show you what we mean, listed below are seven examples we stumbled across recently (and couldn’t resist clicking).

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Topics: Ecommerce marketing tips, Ecommerce tone of voice, A/B testing ecommerce,, CTA ecommerce marketing

Ecommerce events, trade shows and conferences in 2017 & 2018

Posted by Hannah Stacey 4 May 17


Ecommerce events, tradeshows and conferencesConferences and events provide a great opportunity to network, learn new things and scope out the competition (or a combination of all of these things).

Below is a comprehensive list of all the ecommerce events for the year ahead - giving you the full lowdown on the what, when, where and how much. 

Think we've missed anything important? Let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the page!

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Topics: Ecommerce marketing resources, Ecommerce events, Ecommerce marketing tips

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