How Retailers Are Personalising Christmas This Year

Posted by Abi Davies 14 Dec 17

Christmas emails for ecommerce marketers "Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!"

– Hamilton Wright Mabie

From carefully selecting your office Secret Santa to spontaneously hosting a Christmas dinner for friends, there’s something about this time of year which makes us more inclined to reach out to those around us and remind them how much we care.

For ecommerce marketers, this includes communicating with customers in a relevant and engaging way—whether that's to help them out with their Christmas shopping or just say hello.

Below are four retailers personalising their festive emails this December. 

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Topics: Ecommerce marketing tips, Ecommerce Christmas marketing, ecommerce marketing examples, Christmas campaign examples

Three Big Trends Set to Dominate the Retail Marketing Scene in 2018

Posted by Abi Davies 12 Dec 17

Seventeen years ago, few people had heard of ASOS and Net-A-Porter, and Farfetch was still just a twinkle in José Neves’s eye. 

It was the beginning of the noughties, and Christmas shopping meant waking up at the crack of dawn, wrapping up warm and battling the elements in order to get hold of the right gifts for loved ones in time for Christmas Day.

Oh how things change. From interactive gift-guides to next-day delivery to click-and-collect, today shopping is more fun than frantic—and with French label Céline finally entering the ecommerce sphere this month, luxury brands are also quickly catching up. 

But, whilst the fact ecommerce is developing at such an unprecedented pace is no bad thing, how can retail marketers stay on top what’s expected of them (and the industry at large)?

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Topics: Ecommerce marketing tips, AI in ecommerce marketing, Ecommerce predictions for 2018, What will be big in ecommerce marketing in 2018

How to Calculate Customer Lifetime Value (CLV) in Ecommerce

Posted by Edward Gotham 11 Dec 17

Customer lifecycle value in ecommerceWhat is customer lifetime value?

We all stumble through life clutching onto the fuzzy memories of those pesky Pythagoras and algebraic theorems that haunted many a youth, andwith rare use cases in present day lifethey normally end up getting filed and forgotten. 

Enter customer lifetime value: the only equation you need to remember.  

In ecommerce, CLV is the value a customer contributes to your business over their entire lifetime at your company.

The main methods of calculating CLV are split between historic and predictive CLV:

  • Historic CLV (Good indication of CLV)  

    Simply the sum of the gross profit from all historic purchases for an individual customer.

  • Predictive CLV (Great indication of CLV) 

    A predictive analysis of previous transaction history and various behavioural indicators which forecasts the lifetime value of an individual. As long as the equation is accurate, this value will become more accurate with every purchase and interaction.

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Topics: Ecommerce metrics, Ecommerce marketing resources, Ecommerce customer retention, Customer lifecycle marketing, Ecommerce marketing strategy, Ecommerce marketing tips, artificial intelligence and marketing

A Smart Marketer's Guide to Re-Engaging Inactive Customers

Posted by Rita Braga Martins 7 Dec 17

Rita's expert advice on re-engaging inactive customersFor this post, Ometria’s email marketing consultant, Rita, offers advice on how ecommerce marketers today can go about (a) identifying inactive customers, and (b) re-engaging them. 

In an ideal world, everyone in your database is an engaged contact, a frequent visitor and a frequent buyer. But as time goes by, any list of contacts will become partly disengaged (and potentially inactive). 

When this happens, you’ll hopefully be acquiring new contacts who can make up for those no longer engaged—but this isn’t always the case, and gradually most retail businesses will see their email revenues go down despite a growth in their database. 

Which is why you should focus on re-engaging those who are inactive. Here are a few other reasons why:

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Topics: Segmentation in ecommerce marketing, single customer view, ecommerce marketing advice, re-engaging inactive customers, retention marketing

What Data Tells Us About Black Friday 2017

Posted by Abi Davies and Rajiv Patel 29 Nov 17

black Friday 2017As the Black Friday weekend came to a steady close, so our in-house data scientist, Rajiv, began to investigate the performance of this year’s annual sales event.

Looking closely at the data from over 100 retailers, he was able to draw the following seven conclusions about Black Friday 2017—each of which helps to shed light on just how important the weekend is for today’s retail marketers.

(N.b Where we’ve compared this year’s data to last year’s, we’ve taken into account the business growth between that time for each individual retailer looked at.)

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Topics: Black Friday, Black Friday 2017

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