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August 26, 2016

A Dozen Digital Strategy Trend Posts You’ve Got to See: E-commerce Link Digest

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Hey, Big Thinkers! Hope you’ve had an excellent week. Let’s add to it with this round-up of a dozen digital strategy trend posts you’ve got to see. Enjoy:
A Dozen Digital Strategy Trend Posts You've Got to See: E-commerce Link Digest
  1. eConsultancy kicks things off with this look at “Five Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Help Marketers Enhance the Customer Experience.” Great stuff, especially when you consider that “Customer Experience May Be the Future of E-commerce.”
  2. While we’re on that topic, you should check out this Mobile Commerce Daily piece that argues “Customer support is your brand’s untapped secret weapon.”
  3. Marketing Charts also supports that notion with data that shows “Customer-Centricity At the Heart of Digital Strategies, Say Global Execs.”
  4. I know I posted this last week in our round-up of “9 Necessary Marketing and E-commerce Insights” but this list of the “Top 100 Sites for Marketers” from Cision is just too good to ignore.
  5. Variety took a look at “What’s Behind Disney’s $1 Billion Major League Baseball Digital Deal?” that you’ll so want to read.
  6. And on a highly-related note, check out this post that demonstrates “Digital Video is Taking Over: These 5 Data Points Prove It.” Worth a read.
  7. The German edition of Business Insider has a cool report “The Fintech Ecosystem Report: Measuring the Effects of Technology on the Entire Financial Services Industry” that also shows “Why I’m Bullish on Mobile Payments and Messaging.”
  8. I’ve got two vaguely conflicting pieces up next for you. The first from Jean-Louis Gassee at Monday Note talks about “The Internet of Poorly Working Things,” while this Business Insider post outlines “11 Reasons to Be Excited About the Future of Technology.” Both are worth your time.
  9. Mobile Commerce Daily asks a critical question for modern marketing, “Is Your Location Data Actionable?” as well as some advice for how to make it so.
  10. These “8 Excellent E-commerce and Digital Strategy Insights” from our E-commerce Link Digest series is well worth checking out.
  11. CMO Australia asks “What Skills Do CMOs Need to Drive the Future Marketing Function?” Great stuff.
  12. And, if all this stuff has you worried about how to keep up, you should also take a look at “How to Keep Up With Technology as a Marketer: The Quick and Dirty Guide” that we put together for you a few weeks back.

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:

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August 19, 2016

9 Necessary Marketing and E-commerce Insights: E-commerce Link Digest

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9 Necessary Marketing and E-commerce Insights: E-commerce Link DigestI don’t know about you Big Thinkers, but I’m looking forward to enjoying the weekend this week. Hope you are too. Here are 9 necessary marketing and e-commerce insights to get you through until next week. Enjoy:

  1. The Wall Street Journal offers this repot, “Chip Card Nightmares? Help Is on the Way.” Can’t come soon enough. As I’d mentioned on Twitter, “Pro-tip: Making it complicated for customers to figure out how to hand you their money is not a good idea.” Seriously. This was my experience at CVS the other day: Confusing credit card scanner at checkout Helpful? Not at all. We’ve taken something that used to be easy and made it much more difficult.
  2. While I still say the answer to the question “Will E-commerce Kill Retail?” is “no,” clearly, anything that makes retail more cumbersome while digital gets easier isn’t good for traditional retailers.
  3. Before we move away from the payments discussion, you might want to check out this look at “Why Mobile Payments Will Rule” and “Why I’m Bullish on Mobile Payments and Messaging” as well as these “11 Excellent E-commerce and Mobile Payment Entries” from the E-commerce Link Digest series.
  4. Sticking with e-commerce for a bit, Marketing Charts highlighted “The US Companies With the Best – and Worst – Web Experience Ratings.” The bottom of the list should shock almost no one, but there are great lessons to be learned from those at the top.
  5. While we’re talking about experience, it might be a good time to remind you, “In Digital, Don’t Be Your Own Worst Enemy” from our e-commerce and digital strategy podcast, Thinks Out Loud.
  6. Shifting gears, Stephen Baldwin at Social Media Today — not the actor, I trust — collected this list of “5 Social Media Marketing Trends for Summer 2016.” Well worth your time, especially since, as Marketing Charts points out, “Almost 1 in 5 Americans Visit A Company Page on Facebook Every Day.”
  7. Cision rounded-up an excellent list of the “Top 100 Sites for Marketers.” Allow my to contribute a hearty endorsement of that list.
  8. Speaking of round-ups, don’t miss these “11 Exceptional E-commerce Insights: The Top Posts of Summer, 2016” and these “8 Excellent E-commerce and Digital Strategy Insights” from the E-commerce Link Digest series.
  9. Finally, wondering “How Can You Succeed at Digital Marketing Next Year? These 17 Great Posts Offer Answers.” Good stuff to round-out this week’s list.

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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August 12, 2016

11 Excellent E-commerce and Mobile Payment Entries: E-commerce Link Digest

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11 Excellent E-commerce and Mobile Payment Entries from the Past Week: E-commerce Link Digest - Man using mobile paymentsHappy Friday, Big Thinkers! We’re going to skip the setup for this week’s E-commerce Link Digest and just get you right to these 11 excellent e-commerce and mobile payment entries from the past week instead. Enjoy:

  1. Kicking things off this week, Angela Everitt has a great piece on Brand Quarterly that says, when it comes to “Thought Leadership: Do Less, But Do It Better.” Here’s the thing: that’s true for everything.
  2. In fact, that focus on execution was the point of this week’s episode of Thinks Out Loud, our weekly digital strategy and e-commerce podcast, that advised, “In Digital, Don’t Be Your Own Worst Enemy.” Be sure to give it a listen when you get a moment, OK?
  3. Shifting gears, the fine folks at eMarketer asked “Will Internet Users Start Using Mobile Payment Apps Anytime Soon?” While only 1 in 5 respondents said they’re likely to start using one in the next year, usage data says otherwise. eMarketer projects almost $62 billion in spend on mobile payments next year. And, given the crappy, er, I mean, less than optimal rollout of EMV chip readers in stores — no, seriously, which stores make it clear whether we’re supposed to swipe or insert our cards? — retailers are inadvertently creating a great environment for driving usage.
  4. On a highly-related note, Leena Rao on Fortune reports that “Apple Pay Now Accounts for Three-Fourths of U.S. Contactless Payments.” So there’s that.
  5. On Mobile Commerce Daily, Brielle Jaekel explains “Why Universal Mobile Wallets Will Eventually Overtake Retailers’ Offerings.” The whole article is worth a read, but the simple answer comes down to utility and Millennials. Time will tell.
  6. Meanwhile, over on Forbes, Niall McCarthy highlights a fascinating infographic that shows what universal wallets have to contend with, noting “Starbucks Holds More Cash On Its Loyalty Cars Than Many Banks” have in deposits. Um… damn.
  7. When you put all of the above together, it helps explain “Why Mobile Payments Will Rule” and “Why I’m Bullish on Mobile Payments and Messaging.”
  8. For more on this topic, don’t miss “A Quick Snapshot of the State of Mobile Payments” that we put together for you a few weeks back.
  9. Moving into other aspects of e-commerce, Stephie Grob Plante makes “The Case for the American Mall” over on Racked and notes, “malls aren’t dying. They’re changing” Or at least the good ones are. Great read and well-worth paying attention to no matter what business you’re in as the challenges malls face today will confront us all eventually — assuming they’re not already.
  10. Picking up on that thread, I recently posted an update to an alder post that asked, “Will E-commerce Kill Retail?” Shore answer: No. Long answer: Well, read the post.
  11. Of course, if you’re looking for even more useful information than we can fit into this collection of 11 excellent e-commerce and mobile payment entries from the past week, be sure to check out these “13 Excellent E-Commerce and Digital Strategy Insights” from our ongoing E-Commerce Link Digest series, as well as these “32 Killer Resources to Improve Your Digital Strategy: The Top Posts of 2016 (So Far).” You’ll be glad you did.

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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August 10, 2016

In Digital, Don’t Be Your Own Worst Enemy (Thinks Out Loud Episode 174)

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August 1, 2016

11 Exceptional E-commerce Insights: The Top Posts of Summer, 2016

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11 Exceptional E-commerce Insights: The Top Posts of Summer, 2016Welcome to August, Big Thinkers. Hope you’re having a super summer, filled with both fun and fantastic business results. And, as ever, we’re going to kick-off the month by rounding-up your favorite posts from the past 30 days. Of course, since it’s summer, we rolled it into one super-sized edition, featuring the top posts from June and July. Without further ado, here are 11 exceptional e-commerce insights: the top posts of Summer, 2016. Enjoy:

  1. The biggest post of the past couple months, by far, looked at “How to Keep Up With Technology as a Marketer: The Quick and Dirty Guide” in an episode of Thinks Out Loud, our digital marketing and e-commerce podcast.
  2. The E-commerce Link Digest series remains among the most popular features here on the blog. For instance, these “7 Must-Read Marketing and E-commerce Posts,” this set of “13 Near-Perfect Posts Featuring Future Marketing Trends,” this round-up of “10 Must-See Marketing Posts from the Past Week” and this collection on “13 Excellent E-Commerce and Digital Strategy Insights” all received lots of traffic and social activity over the last month.
  3. Another pair of related podcast episodes introduced “The New Digital Strategy Playbook: Part 1” and “The New Digital Strategy Playbook Part 2: Electric Boogaloo” to help you grow your brand and business.
  4. While itself a round-up of top posts, many of your fellow Big Thinkers loved this collection of “32 Killer Resources to Improve Your Digital Strategy: The Top Posts of 2016 (So Far).” Check it out to see why for yourself.
  5. Digital payments represent a huge step forward for e-commerce, which helps explain the popularity of this next post, which offered “A Quick Snapshot of the State of Mobile Payments.”
  6. Another Thinks Out Loud episode makes this month’s list, this one outlining “The Simple Truth? Digital is a Mindset.” Why not give it a listen when you get a moment?
  7. These “9 Must-Read Personalization Insights to Start Your Week Off Right” represent a personal favorite of mine, but also proved highly popular among your fellow readers here on Thinks.
  8. Coming in at the #8 position in this month’s list is one that reminds you “Don’t Get Hung Up On Smartphones: Put Your Customer First.”
  9. Video represents one of the top trends for 2016 — especially on mobile. And this post “Digital Video is Taking Over: These 5 Data Points Prove It” demonstrates why.
  10. Another big trend this year? Content marketing. Which certainly explains why this collection of “15 Colossal Content Marketing Insights to Kick off Your Week” got so much love over the last month.
  11. Finally, we’ll round-out this list of 11 exceptional e-commerce insights, the top posts of Summer with this pair of E-commerce Link Digest posts, featuring “12 Powerful Posts Featuring the Top Mobile and E-commerce Trends” and these “11 Outstanding Insights Into the Future of Digital.” Great stuff all around.

What, you still want more? Well, if you’re looking to 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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July 22, 2016

7-Plus Can’t Miss Mobile Commerce Strategy Posts: E-commerce Link Digest

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7-Plus Can't Miss Mobile Commerce Strategy Posts: E-commerce Link DigestWell, Big Thinkers, that’s another week in the books. Let’s skip any fancy setup this time around and just get right to these 7-plus can’t miss mobile commerce strategy posts, part of the ongoing E-commerce Link Digest series. Enjoy:

  1. Business Insider takes a look at the “Payments Ecosystem – Data & Business Potential,” which helps underscore “Why I’m Bullish on Mobile Payments and Messaging” and “Why Mobile Payments Will Rule.”
  2. The team here at Thinks rounded-up this set of “13 Excellent E-Commerce and Digital Strategy Insights” from the E-commerce Link Digest series as well as these “32 Killer Resources to Improve Your Digital Strategy: The Top Posts of 2016 (So Far)”
  3. A great episode of our Thinks Out Loud podcast reveals “How to Keep Up With Technology as a Marketer: The Quick and Dirty Guide” for you. That’s clearly useful info, since as Sheryl Pattek of Forrester asks on CMO.com, “CMOs, Your Role Is Evolving — Are You Keeping Up?”
  4. We’re going to stick with CMO.com for a moment, where Giselle Abramovich put together a great collection of “15 Mind-Blowing Stats About Millennials” that will help you connect with that critical segment.
  5. Blair Symes wrote a terrific piece for Chief Marketer that outlines “8 Omni-Channel Marketing Pitfalls to Avoid” and that pairs nicely with this set of “8 Killer Entries About Improving E-commerce Experience.”
  6. Michael Brenner writing at Marketing Insider Group explains why “Personalization Is the Future of Content Marketing.” If you liked that, you might also enjoy this group of “15 Colossal Content Marketing Insights to Kick off Your Week” or this reminder that “Content is Still The King.”
  7. Finally, let’s round out this week’s round-up of 7-plus can’t miss mobile commerce strategy posts with these “12 Powerful Posts Featuring the Top Mobile and E-commerce Trends”

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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July 18, 2016

Don’t Get Hung Up On Smartphones: Put Your Customer First

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Don't Get Hung Up On Smartphones: Put Your Customer First

I don’t want to make fun of my friends at eMarketer, but they have a real knack for burying the most important reality sometimes. eMarketer released research today that mobile and tablet together now represent over 50% of the internet-connected devices in most people’s homes. And that’s undoubtedly an impressive finding. It’s just not the most important one.

What the data hides is that the overwhelming majority of customers own multiple devices and that they use all of them to solve their problems, switching as needed to get the best answer. Over 80% have both mobile and desktop devices. So, sure, the single most common connected device in the home is the smartphone, with greater than 37% of the study owning one. Desktops and laptops represent another 28% ownership. And almost one-fifth of customers also own connected devices like DVRs, set-top boxes, and Blu-ray players — which, to be fair, will see a lot more movement with the rapid rise of Amazon’s Echo, and Google and Apple’s forthcoming entries into the home AI space.

But the key fact is that most of your customers own multiple devices. And they’ll use whichever one helps them accomplish their goals. That’s the new normal.

This speaks to the ongoing trends that we’re seeing. It’s important to recognize that despite the number of people we’re seeing own smartphones (or tablets or what-have-you), it’s not mobile-first; it’s customer first. By focusing on devices, too many companies put too much emphasis on things like their website design or their mobile app design or their social platform pages. And what that really means is that they’re putting more effort into the frame then into the picture it contains.

You’ve heard me say many times before that “content is king, context is queen, and data is the crown jewels.” Those attributes play a key role in the new digital strategy playbook that I started talking about over on our Thinks Out Loud podcast last week. That playbook tries to put the emphasis where it belongs: on the customer and on answering their questions.

So don’t get hung up on smartphones. Or tablets. Or messaging. Or whatever else comes next. And let’s not bury the most important fact: devices are secondary; put your customer first.

Want to learn even more? Well, if you’re looking to hear 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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July 17, 2016

10 Terrific Travel Marketing Posts from the Past Week: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

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10 Terrific Travel Marketing Posts from the Past Week: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

Hey, Big Thinkers! Hope you’re having an amazing weekend. And hope you won’t mind if I let you enjoy your weekend a little more by skipping any big setup and simply presenting you these 10 terrific travel marketing posts from the past week as the latest entry into the Hospitality Marketing Link Digest series. Enjoy:

  1. Leading off, you’ll want to check out these “21 Can’t Miss Travel Marketing Insights: The Top Posts of 2016 (So Far)” as selected by your fellow Thinks readers.
  2. Hotel Marketing breaks down “Airbnb vs. Hotels: New Study Reveals Key Consumer Purchase Drivers.”
  3. Fortune takes a good look at “How Restaurants Use Instagram and OpenTable to Gather Data on Diners,” which is a key step towards delivering more personalized and more effective services to your guests (something we looked at in more detail in “The New Digital Strategy Playbook: Part 1”).
  4. Speaking of Instagram, don’t miss this excellent article that asked, “Is Social a Waste of Time for Hotel Marketers?”
  5. According to Tnooz, “Boxever Says Travel Brands Need to Improve Personalization.” No doubt. If you’re interested in actually accomplishing that, you might want to remember that “Personalization Starts With a Person.”
  6. In case you couldn’t make it to HITEC this year, be sure to watch “This Week in Hospitality HITEC Round-Up and Recap” featuring our own Tim Peter, as well as industry thought leaders, Robert Cole, Loren Gray, and Ed St. Onge.
  7. Hetras provides “11 Digital Marketing Tips to Differentiate Your Hotel” that are worth reviewing.
  8. The fine folks at EyeForTravel ask “Talking Technology: Is This What Hotel Guests Really Want?”
  9. While we’re on the topic of technology, Tnooz uncovers “What CMOs Need to Hear About Chatbots.” And while we’re on that topic, you might want to review Five Reasons Marketers Need to Get Ready for Mobile Messaging as well as listen to hear “Why I’m Bullish on Mobile Payments and Messaging.”
  10. Finally, why not round out this week’s list of 10 terrific travel marketing posts from the past week with these “5 Helpful Hospitality Marketing Stories for You” from the Hospitality Marketing Link Digest series for you. Great stuff to start your week off right.

If you’re looking for even more travel marketing goodness, you might also want to take a moment to review the slides from my 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:

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July 11, 2016

32 Killer Resources to Improve Your Digital Strategy: The Top Posts of 2016 (So Far)

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killer resources to improve your digital strategy: the top posts of 2016 (so far)

Now that we’ve made it through the first half of the year, Big Thinkers, it seemed as good a time as any to collect the top posts of the year… so far anyway. For ease of navigation, I’ve gone ahead and broken out our weekly E-commerce Link Digests separately from the main list, and you can find them below either by scrolling or by clicking this link. Now, without further ado, I give you these 32 killer resources to improve your digital strategy: the top posts of 2016 (so far). Enjoy:

  1. The top post from 2016’s first half was a hugely popular episode of our Thinks Out Loud e-commerce and digital strategy podcast that looked at “Driving Seamless Experiences in 2016.” Give it a listen to see why so many of your fellow Big Thinkers tuned in.
  2. Without question, the rise of content marketing has taken center stage as 2016’s most important trend, which undoubtedly led to the success of our next couple of posts. First, “2016’s Top Trends: Make Room For Mobile Video,” examines what happens when every customer carries a camera (something we’ve seen clearly demonstrated in remarkable detail in the last week).
  3. Continuing the content marketing theme is this post that proudly proclaims, “Content is Still the King.” You’re damn right it is.
  4. Another hugely popular episode of our Thinks Out Loud podcast asked — and answered — the critical question, “What Drives Growth in 2016?”
  5. Next up, we’ve got some of our monthly “best of the blog” posts, including these “7 Special Digital Strategy Insights: The Top Posts of February, 2016,” a wonderful set of “8 Excellent Digital Delights: The Top Posts of January, 2016 (With Bonus Insights),” and these “8 Surprising Mobile and E-commerce Insights: The Top Posts of May, 2016” for you. Be sure to check out the entire collection.
  6. If content marketing is the top trends we’re seeing take hold in 2016, the growth of messaging and bots represents the second biggest. Which is why you must read these “Five Reasons Marketers Need to Get Ready for Mobile Messaging” as soon as you can.
  7. I hesitated to include this look at “Authenticity” in this top posts list for the same reasons I hesitated to write the post in the first place. It’s tough to talk about our heroes publicly without sounding corny or goofy or a bit like a raving fanboy. Of course, since the post itself speaks to authenticity, we sometimes need reminding that it’s OK to be corny, goofy, or a raving fanboy. At least I did. I hope you enjoy it.
  8. Thinks Out Loud places another key entry into our round-up of 2016’s top posts (so far, anyway), with this exploration of “Three Trends to Watch in 2016.” Mobile and video represent a couple of those trends. As for the last? Well, you’ll just have to listen and see for yourself.
  9. Add one more episode of Thinks Out Loud to your “can’t miss” list, with this excellent post that asks, “Trends for 2016: Is Execution the New Innovation?”
  10. While a bit further into this round-up of key resources, this post about “The Digital Strategy Myth” remains a personal favorite for the year so far. Check it out to see why and it just might become a favorite of yours too.
  11. Another big personal favorite from the year-to-date is this fantastic look at “11 Data-Driven Marketing Insights to Start Your Week Off Right” that unlocks the key to a critically important topic for all marketers today.
  12. Even though we presented these “4 Necessary New Year’s Resolutions for Digital Marketing Success” on Thinks Out Loud way back at the beginning of the year, they’re just as relevant midway through it, too. Give a listen to see why for yourself.
  13. This terrific look at “VR, AI, and UX: 7 Posts Highlighting Top Trends for 2016” from a few weeks back catapulted these important trends into the forefront of our ongoing discussion around the effects of technology on marketing. And I guarantee you, it won’t be the last time we talk about these three trends this year.
  14. Be sure to check out this podcast episode that explains “Why Digital Demands Personalization and Customer Focus” when you get a minute. As with a number of the trends we’ve looked at so far, they’re going to be on your radar a ton in the coming months.
  15. You’ve probably heard people talk about lean product development and agile project methodologies before. But do you know how to get started? These “5 Key Questions for Creating a ‘Test and Learn’ Culture” can help point you in the right direction.
  16. It probably won’t shock you to learn that mobile, video, content marketing, and customer experience represent just a few of these “6 Key Trends Driving E-commerce in 2016” that we uncovered on Thinks Out Loud. But be sure to listen to the whole episode to see how they all tie together — and how you can make them work for your brand and business.
  17. While technically a recap of last year’s top posts, this round-up of “20 Key Concepts for the Year Ahead: The Top Posts of 2015” will help you recognize the trends that will continue to shape your marketing and e-commerce activities all year long.
  18. And, as we round-out the first chunk of top posts from 2016 (so far), you might feel a bit overwhelmed by the speed and volume with which trends keep flying at you. Given that, you might also appreciate this look at “How to Keep Up With Technology as a Marketer: The Quick and Dirty Guide” from a recent episode of Thinks Out Loud. Be sure to give it a listen.


More Killer Resources: The Best E-commerce Link Digests of 2016 (So Far)

Along with our Thinks Out Loud podcast represented so frequently in the first part of the round-up, one of the most popular features on the blog are the weekly entries of the E-commerce Link Digest series. And, since most of their titles are both fairly self-explanatory (i.e., “exactly what it says on the label”) and often touch on similar themes, it makes much more sense to collect those separately instead of mixing in them in with the main part of the list.

To make it easier for you to find the ones most relevant to your needs, I’ve gone ahead and bolded the primary keywords from each post (though I’d sure love it, and suspect you would too, if you checked out the entire set). So, without further ado, be sure to check out the final 14 entries into our round-up of killer resources to improve your digital strategy: the top posts of 2016 (so far). Enjoy:

  1. 6 Mobile Commerce and Strategy Insights
  2. 10 Must-Read Posts About Mobile Commerce and Content Marketing
  3. 8 Killer Entries About Improving E-commerce Experience
  4. 6 Awesome Insights About Mobile Payments, E-commerce and Even More
  5. 10 Must-See Marketing Posts from the Past Week
  6. A Big Round-Up of Marketing Posts Featuring 2016’s Top Trends
  7. 7 Posts Explaining How to Execute Digital Effectively
  8. 9 Tremendous Posts About 2016’s Top Digital Trends
  9. 7 Super Posts About Mobile Commerce and Customer Experience
  10. 7 Must-Read Marketing and E-commerce Posts
  11. 9-Plus Must-Read Insights Featuring 2016’s Top Digital Trends
  12. 9 New Posts Exploring Digital Trends In 2016
  13. 8 Exceptional Essays to Improve Your Digital Innovation
  14. 9 Necessary Insights Into Mobile Commerce from the Past Week

What, you still want more? Well, if you’re looking to 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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July 8, 2016

11 Outstanding Insights Into the Future of Digital: E-commerce Link Digest

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11 outstanding insights into the future of digitalHey, Big Thinkers! Hope you’re looking forward to a relaxing and enjoyable summer weekend. As you get ready for your adventures over the next few days, spare a moment to review these 11 outstanding insights into the future of digital from this week’s E-commerce Link Digest. You’ll be glad you did. Enjoy:

  1. You’ve heard me explain before “Why I’m Bullish on Mobile Payments and Messaging.” Well, to underscore that point, CNet reports that “Walmart expands mobile wallet service Walmart Pay to 15 more states” and Hotel Marketing “OpenTable Now Lets LA Diners Put It on Their Tab.” I think I’m going to remain bullish on this trend. How about you?
  2. In case you missed it, you’ll definitely want to check out “A Quick Postcard from the Future of Digital” from a recent Thinks Out Loud podcast episode.
  3. CMO.com explained why “Digital Transformation Is A Mindset, Not A Project” in their CMO’s Notebook series (I recently touched on that topic too).
  4. To help you achieve that digital mindset, PSFK offered up “A Roadmap For Navigating The Disruption Economy” and Brand Quarterly put together this list of “Seven Steps To Accelerate Digital Marketing Transformation” that you’ll definitely want to see.
  5. One key component of every digital transformation remains the need to put your customer front and center, which is what makes it so valuable that Marketing Charts asked, “What Does It Take to Get the Customer Experience Right?”
  6. While we’re on the topic of customer-centricity, American Express recently stated that “Retailers need to get out of customers’ way on mobile.” So true. Or to put it another way, it’s not “mobile first;” it’s “customer first.”
  7. And before we close out this theme, you might want to check out these “Six Ways To Win At Digital Experience” and these “4 Marketing Disciplines Critical to Customer Centricity” from the fine folks over at CMO.com and CMO.com.au, respectively (who, amazingly, I’m pretty sure aren’t the same folks).
  8. Switching gears a tiny bit, Marketing Charts has data that shows “1 in 4 Conversations About Brands Reference Online Content.” Seems legit.
  9. Meanwhile, the Joshua Nite over on TopRank Blog explains “How to Turn Undervalued Content into Content Marketing Gold” (as Joshua says, by the way, “the trick is repurposing”). Such good stuff.
  10. Marketing Charts has data (and, go figure, charts) on “Traditional TV Viewing: What A Difference 5 Years Makes” that underscores this post about “2016’s Top Trends: Make Room For Mobile Video.” Good stuff to get you through the weekend.
  11. And, finally, we’ll close out this week’s list of 11 outstanding insights into the future of digital with this also outstanding collection of “15 Colossal Content Marketing Insights to Kick off Your Week.” And I hope your week to come is a good one, Big Thinkers!

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: