Retail

The retail experience is evolving for marketers and consumers, online and offline. And savvy retailers are integrating their marketing approaches, tapping geo-location services, social shopping, and in-store events to build awareness and get browsers to become customers. ClickZ news journalists and marketing experts discuss how retailers are tapping their knowledge of consumer behaviors and preferences to deliver the right message at the right time during the shopping cycle.

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Amazon to Open Its First Physical Store

Oct 10, 2014 - Amazon is reportedly expanding from online to offline with a 34th Street location in Manhattan, right in time for the holidays. It's still being very secretive about the rumors, though. Comments

Spotlight On: Jennifer Kasper, Macy's

shutterstock-153911642 Oct 8, 2014 - The group vice president of digital media and multicultural marketing at Macy's speaks to ClickZ about social media, in-store marketing, and more. Comments

Groupon Pays Customers to Grocery Shop With Snap App

snap-screen Oct 7, 2014 - Groupon users can now download Snap to get cash back on everyday grocery purchases just by uploading pictures of their receipts. Comments

Sears Aims to Boost Business by Keeping Customers at the Curb

shutterstock-189193784 Sep 23, 2014 - Sears' Shop Your Way allows customers to make returns and exchanges from inside their vehicles by integrating the company's website, mobile app, and brick-and-mortar stores. Comments

Digital Tops Marketing Priorities for Retailers This Holiday Season [Study]

in-store-retail Sep 22, 2014 - Only 32 percent of retailers plan to invest in mobile commerce this holiday season, despite it being defined as a "competitive weakness." Comments

Macy's Brings Location-Based Deals Nationwide With Expansion of iBeacon

shutterstock-77841820 Sep 19, 2014 - Implementation of location technology is just one example of Macy's new omni-channel improvements, which also include smart fitting rooms and enhanced apps. Comments

Apple Pay to Revolutionize Digital Payment Solutions

apple-pay Sep 9, 2014 - After much anticipation, Apple has introduced its digital payments service that is usable with the new iPhone 6 and Apple Watch. Comments

IKEA Mocks Apple in Hilarious Ad for Its New Catalog

shutterstock-188619830 Sep 9, 2014 - Because of its good-natured humor, IKEA's commercial has been watched almost 9 million times on YouTube since last week. Comments

Best Practices for Turning Back-to-School Searches Into Purchases

fathers-day-mobile-shopping Sep 2, 2014 - A recent survey shows that 73 percent of back-to-school shoppers are using mobile Internet for nearly every part of their back-to-school shopping process. Comments

Ritz-Carlton Strives to Improve Customer Stays With App Upgrade

ritzcarlton Aug 27, 2014 - The Ritz-Carlton is looking to bring its signature luxury to mobile users by making it easier for them to check in and out with mobile check-in, among other enhancements to its app. Comments

Twitch + Extra Data = One Potentially Powerful Amazon Ad Network

shutterstock-185427179 Aug 27, 2014 - Amazon is reportedly developing an ad network, which, coupled with its recent acquisition of Twitch, could make it a competitor to watch out for. Comments

Fanta Creates All-Vine Comedy Show to Engage Teens

twitter-cast Aug 20, 2014 - The Coca-Cola brand has partnered with influential young Vine comedians to co-create a series of comedic Vine videos for teens and will release one new episode every Friday for six weeks on CollegeHumor.com. Teens can follow the funny at @FantaFun and share the videos with the hashtag #FantaForTheFunny. Comments

Starwood’s New Robotic Butler Accepts #MeetBotlr Tweets as Tips

botlr-upclose-lr Aug 19, 2014 - Starting on August 20, a robotic butler will serve guests at Starwood’s Aloft hotel in Cupertino, California. Different from a human bellhop, the robot will accept tweets as tips. Comments

New Balance Connects Online and Offline Sales With Live Interactive Video

880v4-collection-01-1-1 Aug 18, 2014 - Through a partnership with real-time product communication platform Brandlive, New Balance is looking to convert interested online consumers into offline, in-store buyers. Comments

Uber and Lay’s Deliver On-Demand Picnics to Drive Goodwill

uber-and-lays-flavorrush Aug 18, 2014 - The ride-sharing and potato chip brands united for two days to deliver on-demand picnics in a surprise-and-delight effort that used mobile as the facilitator. Comments

Oreo Mini Delivery Thinks Small

oreo-mini-wonderfilled Aug 13, 2014 - Oreo’s Mini Delivery campaign, in which 500 personalized parcels a day are up for grabs for two weeks, highlights the concept of scarcity as a marketing tool and should generate a small number of highly qualified consumer recipients, experts say. Comments

Meow Mix Taps Nostalgia in Jingle Remix Effort

meow-mix-2 Aug 13, 2014 - Like many brands, Meow Mix hopes nostalgia for an old brand asset will help drum up interest in its latest campaign. But experts say the challenge for any such effort is making sure the right people get their hands on it, which remains to be seen. Comments

Shoppable Levi's Video Tells Fan Stories

levisshop Aug 11, 2014 - Levi’s has unveiled a new campaign, the Live in Levi’s Project, which combines storytelling with social media and e-commerce in an interactive video. Comments

Mobile Coupons to Reach More Than 1 Billion Consumers: Study

shutterstock-154121621 Aug 7, 2014 - British research firm Juniper found that while mobile coupons are already popular, their frequency of use will explode in the next five years. That could mean big opportunities for brands, particularly with geolocation technology. Comments

Touchable Crystal Light Posters Play Music at Miranda Lambert Concerts

crystal-light Aug 6, 2014 - The surprise-and-delight effort gives fans a new way to interact with Lambert’s music and a new way for the brand to engage with women ages 18 to 44. Comments

AutoTrader.com Helps Influencers Find Cars

laina12 Jul 7, 2014 - The campaign, which includes the Internet's Overly Attached Girlfriend and a technology vlogger, underscores the importance of choosing relevant partners and supporting influencer-based activations, insiders say. Comments

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