7 Product Recommendation Engines (and When to Use Them)

Posted by Abi Davies 4 Oct 17

Recommendation engines are difficult to get right (and not something you want to get wrong—unless you don’t mind ending up in Private Eye’s “Malgorithms” column).

But this doesn’t mean you should shun product recommendations altogether; on the contrary, in an industry dominated by personalisation, your brand should be investing more time and energy in making them accurate (and in no way annoying).

In this blog post, we’ve taken a look at seven different recommendation engines that can help you do just that. Whilst each one can be used in different ways for different emails (broadcast or automated), there are certain instances where specific engines lend themselves particularly well to specific campaigns; where this is the case, we’ve made a note using a ⭐ . 

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Topics: Ecommerce marketing resources, Ecommerce customer retention, Ecommerce personalisation, Ecommerce marketing strategy, Ecommerce marketing tips, AI in ecommerce marketing, product recommendation engines

5 Examples of Fantastic Lifecycle Marketing From Finery

Posted by Abi Davies 16 Aug 17

Finery London lifecycle emails .pngAt just three years old, online womenswear brand Finery is leading the way when it comes to email marketing; often showing old-school, veteran brands how it’s done.

Just like its beautiful clothes, Finery’s emails are modern, stylish, inspiring and well-designed. They’re also highly relevant, thanks to the brand’s investment in different methods of personalisation—including customer lifecycle marketing (CLM).

To recap, CLM is an approach to marketing that takes its cue from where a customer is in their journey with your brand, ensuring the right message is sent to the right person at the right time.

In order to start using CLM, ecommerce marketers need to split their customer base into different lifecycle segments or ‘stages’. The nature of these segments will vary from business to business, but they tend to be split into:

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Topics: Ecommerce customer retention, Customer lifecycle marketing, Ecommerce marketing strategy, Customer experience in ecommerce

6 Reasons to Reach out to a Customer Post First Purchase

Posted by Abi Davies 9 Aug 17

ecommerce post-purchase ideas Here at Ometria, we write a helluva lot about post-purchase campaigns. That’s because these campaigns are indispensable to any brand striving for a high customer retention rate.

But this post isn’t about post-purchase campaigns, per se. But rather, it focuses specifically on six good reasons for online retailers to get in touch with customers following their *first* ever purchase.

The goal of writing this is to help you go about keeping first-time customers engaged by sending the right content at the right time; in other words, by using a brilliant customer lifecycle marketing strategy.

FYI… Being a data-driven ecommerce marketing platform, it’s important for us to first stress that, in order for you to act on any of the below, you first need to have access to multichannel order data—otherwise you will struggle to recognise customers’ first orders.

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Topics: Ecommerce email marketing, Ecommerce customer retention, Ecommerce marketing strategy, post-purchase email

Four Big Ways AI Can Improve Customer Experience in Online Retail

Posted by Abi Davies 29 Jun 17

customer experienceAs explored in our latest ebook, A no-nonsense guide to AI in ecommerce marketing, it’s only a matter of time before machine learning algorithms take over certain parts of an ecommerce marketer’s job.

…But not all parts—some will always need the human touch. Does that include providing a kick-ass customer experience?

Nothing can replace what human beings bring to the creative side of marketing (at least for now).

That said, it’s inevitable that artificial intelligence will have its part to play—but this is something to embrace, not fear. Because machines are created to help marketers, not replace them completely.

From predictive replenishment to taste profiling, here are four ways AI can—and will— improve your brand’s customer experience.

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Topics: Ecommerce customer retention, AI in ecommerce marketing, Ecommerce customer service

Ecommerce Customer Metrics, and How Marketers Can Move Them

Posted by James Dunford Wood 19 Apr 17

key customer metrics for ecommerce marketers Two of the most common questions I get asked by online retailers I work with are:

“What customer metrics should I be tracking?”

“Which ones should I be looking to influence?”

Typically most ecommerce managers and digital marketing managers will be tracking top line metrics like revenue per marketing channel and conversion rate, but it is surprising that the ones who are tracking metrics such as repeat rate, new customer revenue and time to second purchase are still in a minority.

These are all crucial metrics to be looking at, and if you can optimise them the long term health of your business can be greatly enhanced.

So let’s break them down.

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Topics: Ecommerce metrics, Ecommerce customer retention, Ecommerce marketing tips, Ecommerce customer acquisition, ecommerce welcome email

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