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May 19, 2017

13 E-commerce and Digital Strategy Insights from the Past Week: E-commerce Link Digest

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13 E-commerce and Digital Strategy Insights from the Past Week: E-commerce Link Digest

Howdy, everyone! Hope you’ve had an amazing week and are ready for a fantastic weekend. Here are 13 e-commerce and digital strategy insights I found most interesting the past week. And I hope you do too. Enjoy:

  1. Digital Marketing Directions 2017: The Key Digital Marketing Trends Driving Your Business
  2. Customer Experience: Are We All United? (Thinks Out Loud Episode 191)
  3. 10 Posts Showing How the C-Suite Views Customer Experience: E-commerce Link Digest
  4. Marketers Are (Finally) Rediscovering The Power Of Focus – Brand Quarterly
  5. 7 Sensational Insights into the Future of Digital Marketing: E-commerce Link Digest
  6. Why researching online, shopping offline is the new norm | Retail Dive
  7. Why Digital Transformation Matters for Your Business (Thinks Out Loud Episode 179)
  8. Customer Experience ‘All Or Nothing,’ Adobe’s CEO Tells Summit EMEA Attendees
  9. Why the digital user experience is synonymous with brand
  10. Jeff Bezos: Artificial intelligence permeates Amazon’s business strategy | Retail Dive
  11. Is Artificial Intelligence On The Brink Of Changing Business Forever?
  12. AI, VR, and CX: 7 Top Posts About This Week’s Top Trends: E-commerce Link Digest
  13. Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Google IO 2017

If you want learn even more about how your customers’ changing behavior shapes e-commerce and marketing, be sure and register to receive a special report I’ve produced in conjunction with hotel marketing firm Vizergy, “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World.” While it’s targeted specifically at hotel and resort marketers, the lessons apply to just about any business. You can get your free copy of the report here.

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about the key trends shaping marketing in the next year. Here are the slides for your reference:

Finally, you might enjoy some of these past posts from Thinks to help you build your e-commerce strategy and your digital success:

Tim Peter

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May 11, 2017

When Marketing Fails: Getting Dumped (Thinks Out Loud Episode 193)

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When marketing fails: Frustrated marketers getting dumped by customers

When Marketing Fails: Getting Dumped (Thinks Out Loud Episode 193) – Headlines and Show Notes

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Contact information for the podcast: podcast@timpeter.com

Past Insights from Tim Peter Thinks

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about the key trends shaping marketing in the next year. Here are the slides for your reference:

Technical Details for Thinks Out Loud

Recorded using a Heil Sound PR 30 Large Diaphragm Multipurpose Dynamic Microphone through a Cloud Microphones CL-1 Cloudlifter Mic Activator and a Mackie Onyx Blackjack USB recording interface into Logic Express 9 for the Mac.

Running time: 13m 11s

You can subscribe to Thinks Out Loud in iTunes [iTunes link], the Google Play Store, via our dedicated podcast RSS feed )(or sign up for our free newsletter). You can also download/listen to the podcast here on Thinks using the player at the top of this page.

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May 5, 2017

7 Stellar Insights Into Mobile, Content Marketing, and More: E-commerce Link Digest

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7 Stellar Insights Into Mobile, Content Marketing, and More: E-commerce Link Digest

Howdy, Big Thinkers! Lots of amazing insights for you in this week’s E-commerce Link Digest, which looks at 7 stellar insights into mobile, content marketing, and more. Enjoy:

  1. Website Magazine has a great infographic outlining “The State of Mobile Content Marketing” that you’ll want to check out.
  2. It shouldn’t surprise you that mobile and content each play starring roles in “What Digital Marketing Trends Matter?” from a recent episode of Thinks Out Loud, our e-commerce and digital strategy podcast. Give a listen to the whole thing when you have a moment to find out who the other stars are.
  3. While we’re on the topic of trends, don’t miss this presentation, “Digital Marketing Directions 2017: The Key Digital Marketing Trends Driving Your Business.” and this post that reveals “AI, VR, and CX: 7 Top Posts About This Week’s Top Trends.”
  4. Shifting gears, eMarketer asks “How Can Retailers’ Digital Advertising Always ‘Fuel the Funnel’?” Even better, they offer some terrific answers.
  5. Ben Thompson over at Stratechery has a thought-provoking piece called “Not OK, Google” that asks some important questions about the lack of transparency at Google. I don’t completely agree with Ben’s assessments, but do think it’s a dialogue worth having about Google, and the rest of the AGFAM giants as well.
  6. Forbes offers a look at “4 Things Facebook’s CMO Shared On True Leadership” that you’ll want to review.
  7. And, finally, let’s wrap-up this set of 7 stellar insights into mobile, content marketing, and more with these “10 Posts Showing How the C-Suite Views Customer Experience” from the ongoing E-commerce Link Digest series.

If you want learn even more about how your customers’ changing behavior shapes e-commerce and marketing, be sure and register to receive a special report I’ve produced in conjunction with hotel marketing firm Vizergy, “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World.” While it’s targeted specifically at hotel and resort marketers, the lessons apply to just about any business. You can get your free copy of the report here.

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about the key trends shaping marketing in the next year. Here are the slides for your reference:

Finally, you might enjoy some of these past posts from Thinks to help you build your e-commerce strategy and your digital success:

Tim Peter

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April 28, 2017

10 Posts Showing How the C-Suite Views Customer Experience: E-commerce Link Digest

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10 Posts Showing How the C-Suite Views Customer Experience: E-commerce Link Digest

Hey, Big Thinkers! Hope this has been your best week ever. We’ve got a ton great ideas to share with you this week. How about we get jump right in with list of 10 posts showing how the C-suite views customer experience. Enjoy:

  1. Leading off, McKinsey & Company offers a great primer for how to lead on customer experience and digital in “The CEO Guide to Customer Experience.” Great stuff.
  2. Sticking with the C-suite, a recent interview on CMO.com with Gartner’s VP of research, Jake Sorofman, reveals that “The Most Progressive CMOs Think Like CEOs,” which is a hugely important lesson for marketers off all stripes.
  3. Speaking of lessons learned, we’ve all recently gotten a great lesson in what terrible customer experience looks like. But, as asked in a recent episode of Thinks Out Loud, our e-commerce and digital strategy podcast, when it comes to “Customer Experience: Are We All United?”
  4. As you think about customer experience leaders, you can’t ignore Amazon. The e-commerce giant takes the concept so seriously, they have a VP of delivery experience to oversee how to improve all aspects of customers receiving their treasures. Anyway, in a recent letter to shareholders, Bezon said that Amazon Still on Day 1, which represents “an all-consuming obsession with the customer experience.” Important trend, worth your attention.
  5. That focus on customer experience, by the way, plays a significant role in this forecast that suggests “Amazon Will Command Half of Us E-Commerce Market By 2021.” I’m not sure I trust that projection entirely, but it sure feels possible.
  6. While we’re talking about market leaders — and where those market leaders are heading — The New York Times reports that “Mark Zuckerberg Sees Augmented Reality Ecosystem in Facebook.”
  7. On that topic, you might want to check out this Thinks Out Loud episode asks Voice, “VR, AR, and AI: Hype or Hope for Marketers?”
  8. Improving Customer Experience in 2017: The Conference Board’s 13th Annual CX Conference
  9. As customer experience sits near and dear to our hearts around here, be sure to check out our past coverage of the topic in these posts:
  10. And, finally, let’s close out this look at 10 posts showing how the C-suite views customer experience with these two posts that explore “Digital Marketing Directions 2017: The Key Digital Marketing Trends Driving Your Business” and “What Digital Marketing Trends Matter?”

If you want learn even more about how your customers’ changing behavior shapes e-commerce and marketing, be sure and register to receive a special report I’ve produced in conjunction with hotel marketing firm Vizergy, “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World.” While it’s targeted specifically at hotel and resort marketers, the lessons apply to just about any business. You can get your free copy of the report here.

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about the key trends shaping marketing in the next year. Here are the slides for your reference:

Finally, you might enjoy some of these past posts from Thinks to help you build your e-commerce strategy and your digital success:

Tim Peter

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April 27, 2017

What Digital Marketing Trends Matter? (Thinks Out Loud Episode 192)

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What Digital Marketing Trends Matter? (Thinks Out Loud Episode 192)

What Digital Marketing Trends Matter? (Thinks Out Loud Episode 192) – Headlines and Show Notes

Subscribe to Thinks Out Loud

Contact information for the podcast: podcast@timpeter.com

Past Insights from Tim Peter Thinks

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about the key trends shaping marketing in the next year. Here are the slides for your reference:

Technical Details for Thinks Out Loud

Recorded using a Heil Sound PR 30 Large Diaphragm Multipurpose Dynamic Microphone through a Cloud Microphones CL-1 Cloudlifter Mic Activator and a Mackie Onyx Blackjack USB recording interface into Logic Express 9 for the Mac.

Running time: 15m 28s

You can subscribe to Thinks Out Loud in iTunes [iTunes link], the Google Play Store, via our dedicated podcast RSS feed )(or sign up for our free newsletter). You can also download/listen to the podcast here on Thinks using the player at the top of this page.

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April 21, 2017

AI, VR, and CX: 7 Top Posts About This Week’s Top Trends: E-commerce Link Digest

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AI, VR, and CX: 7 Top Posts About This Week's Top Trends: E-commerce Link Digest

Howdy, Big Thinkers! Hope you’ve had an amazing week. Lots of cool stuff to talk about. How about we get straight to the links with this look at AI, VR, and CX: 7 top posts about this week’s top trends. Enjoy:

  1. Leading off, Brand Quarterly has a great piece about “Digital Is More Than Skin Deep: The Three Pillars Of Success.”
  2. We took a look at “Voice, VR, AR, and AI: Hype or Hope for Marketers?” that’s well worth your time.
  3. VR and augmented reality (AR) are getting their due this week given the attention they received at Facebook’s F8 conference. The New York Times says that Mark Zuckerberg Sees Augmented Reality Ecosystem in Facebook while Econsultancy peeks into the future to help explain “What Facebook’s New VR and AR Platforms Mean for Marketers.” Good stuff.
  4. On a related note, Ben Thompson on Stratechery wrote about “The Arrival of Artificial Intelligence” and what it might mean for businesses going forward.
  5. One place AI will play a key role is helping Google and Facebook identify quality content to share with their/our customers. So you’ll want to check out this collection of “11 Excellent Posts Connecting Mobile, Content, and Customer Experience.”
  6. While we’re on the topic, don’t miss this episode of Thinks Out Loud — our e-commerce and digital strategy podcast — that explains why “Content is King, Customer Experience is Queen.”
  7. Continuing that theme, Econsultancy looked at “How Target, Birchbox and Sainsbury’s Ensure Customer Experience Is King.” Again, I’d argue for content on the king’s throne sitting side-by-side with customer experience (the queen), but that’s likely a semantic point so we can let it slide. Be sure to check out the post in either case, OK?
  8. Finally, let’s wrap-up up this week’s list of AI, VR, and CX: 7 top posts about this week’s top trends with another Thinks Out Loud episode that focuses on the queen: “Customer Experience is Queen? What Does That Mean?”

If you want learn even more about how your customers’ changing behavior shapes e-commerce and marketing, be sure and register to receive a special report I’ve produced in conjunction with hotel marketing firm Vizergy, “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World.” While it’s targeted specifically at hotel and resort marketers, the lessons apply to just about any business. You can get your free copy of the report here.

You can also check out these slides and video from my recent webinar, “Digital Marketing Directions: Three Key Trends Driving Your Marketing Next Year”:

Finally, you might enjoy some of these past posts from Thinks to help you build your e-commerce strategy and your digital success:

Tim Peter

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April 18, 2017

Digital Marketing Directions 2017: The Key Digital Marketing Trends Driving Your Business

April 18, 2017 | By | No Comments

Tim Peter presents key digital marketing trends driving business this yearI had the pleasure of speaking with the AMA NJ Executive Circle the other day about the key digital marketing trends driving business this year. You might enjoy seeing the slides, which you can find right here:

If you want learn even more about how your customers’ changing behavior shapes e-commerce and marketing, be sure and register to receive a special report I’ve produced in conjunction with hotel marketing firm Vizergy, “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World.” While it’s targeted specifically at hotel and resort marketers, the lessons apply to just about any business. You can get your free copy of the report here.

Finally, you might enjoy some of these past posts from Thinks to help you build your e-commerce strategy and your digital success:

Tim Peter

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April 13, 2017

Customer Experience: Are We All United? (Thinks Out Loud Episode 191)

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Customer Experience: Are We All United? (Thinks Out Loud Episode 191)

Are We All United? (Thinks Out Loud Episode 191) – Headlines and Show Notes

Subscribe to Thinks Out Loud

Contact information for the podcast: podcast@timpeter.com

Past Insights from Tim Peter Thinks

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about how to lead mobile-focused digital transformation within large organizations (a topic we’ve been talking about a fair bit lately). Here are the slides for your reference:

Technical Details for Thinks Out Loud

Recorded using a Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone through a Cloud Microphones CL-1 Cloudlifter Mic Activator and a Mackie Onyx Blackjack USB recording interface into Logic Express 9 for the Mac.

Running time: 13m 24s

You can subscribe to Thinks Out Loud in iTunes [iTunes link], the Google Play Store, via our dedicated podcast RSS feed )(or sign up for our free newsletter). You can also download/listen to the podcast here on Thinks using the player at the top of this page.

Tim Peter

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March 29, 2017

Customer Experience is Queen? What Does That Mean? (Thinks Out Loud Episode 190)

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Customer Experience is Queen? What Does That Mean? (Thinks Out Loud Episode 190)

Customer Experience is Queen? What Does That Mean? (Thinks Out Loud Episode 190) – Headlines and Show Notes

Subscribe to Thinks Out Loud

Contact information for the podcast: podcast@timpeter.com

Past Insights from Tim Peter Thinks

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about how to lead mobile-focused digital transformation within large organizations (a topic we’ve been talking about a fair bit lately). Here are the slides for your reference:

Technical Details for Thinks Out Loud

Recorded using an Shure SM57 microphone through a Mackie Onyx Blackjack USB recording interface into Logic Express 9 for the Mac.

Running time: 11m 20s

You can subscribe to Thinks Out Loud in iTunes [iTunes link], the Google Play Store, via our dedicated podcast RSS feed )(or sign up for our free newsletter). You can also download/listen to the podcast here on Thinks using the player at the top of this page.

Tim Peter

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February 26, 2017

8 Outstanding Hospitality Marketing Posts Focused on Guest Experience: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

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8 outstanding hospitality marketing posts focused on guest experience, woman shopping travel on her phone

Hey, Big Thinkers! Hope you’ve had a fantastic week. No big setup this week. Instead, we’re working to provide you a great experience by getting you right into these 8 outstanding hospitality marketing posts focused on guest experience. Enjoy:

  1. Leading off, Skift explains “What Marriott Learned From Starwood’s Loyalty and Digital Expertise.” Key insight:
    “‘Now that people are using mobile at more and more points throughout the travel process, we want to look at those points and figure out which ones we can add value to,’ [senior vice president of digital George] Corbin said. ‘To have relevance, we need to have personalization.’

    Signs of that personalization include changing the screen of the app depending on whether you have an upcoming stay, allowing guests to make service requests before they even arrive at the hotel, and making sure relevant content appears in the mobile app’s feed for guests, depending on where they are during their stay.”

    These insights align heavily with our past assessments of “Why Hotel Marketing Depends on Personalization” and “Today and Tomorrow: Mobile and The Changing Customer Journey,” which you might also want to check out when you have a moment.

  2. SEO Roundtable highlights a fairly significant user experience change as “Google Launches Hotel Rich Cards In Search Results.” These provide guests additional information about your hotel and likely represent a positive way to differentiate your property to guests — to say nothing about providing an additional revenue opportunity for Google in time.
  3. The fine folks at Fuel Travel and Flip.to —long-time friends of the blog — have new research that shows “How Hotels Can Adapt To A Dramatic 88% Drop In The Number Of Sites A Traveler Visits Before Booking.” We plan to look into these numbers in more detail over time, but it definitely signals a massive shift in what we “know” about guest behavior. And it also suggests your marketing will have to adjust to the new reality.
  4. Speaking of new research, Tnooz takes a look at “The Airbnb Effect on Hotels — Experiences, Tech Provision and Convergence.” It’s slightly disappointing that some hotel operators need Airbnb to remind them the importance of guest experience, but better to learn it there than not at all.
  5. While we’re on the topic of Airbnb, you’ll no doubt want to check out these posts that ask “What Business Is Airbnb In? Hotels? Or Hospitality?” and “How Safe Are Independent Hotels from Airbnb?”. They also uncover what the answers mean for your property.
  6. Building on the Airbnb theme, another great Fuel Travel post about “Travel Trends For 2017: Hotels Respond To OTAs & Sharing Economy” is well-worth your time.
  7. Before closing, how about we by recap some of the most popular Hospitality Marketing Link Digests of the recent past, including:
  8. Our annual recap of the HSMAI Digital Marketing Strategy Conference is coming up in just a few days, but let’s round out this week’s collection of 8 outstanding hospitality marketing posts focused on guest experience with this round-up of “8 Outstanding Lessons from the 2016 HSMAI Digital Marketing Strategy Conference” for you. Great stuff that you can put to work for your business today.

Hope you have a great week ahead, Big Thinkers!

If you’re looking for even more hospitality marketing goodness, you might also want to take a moment to review the slides from Tim’s recent seminar, “Digital Marketing Directions 2016: The Key Trends Driving Your Hotel Marketing Next Year” here:

Finally, you will definitely want to check out some of our past coverage of the mobile, local, social web and how to make it work for your hotel, including: