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May 22, 2015

9 Mind-Blowing Mobile and Social Commerce Posts: E-commerce Link Digest

May 22, 2015 | By | No Comments

Mind-blowing mobile and social commerce newsIt’s been a busy travel week Big Thinkers — Boston, Chicago, Cedar Rapids, hello! — which led to the light posting schedule the past few days. But don’t worry. Travel Tuesday and Thinks Out Loud will both return next week (though there won’t be a post on Monday due to the Memorial Day holiday here in the US). But I’m pretty sure this amazing list of 9 mind-blowing mobile and social commerce posts will hold you over for the next few days. Enjoy:

  1. Before this past week’s leg of the Thinks 2015 World Tour got in the way, we posted this look at Google’s mobile buy button and asked “Should you buy in?” Great read. Well worth your time.
  2. Speaking of mobile, Benedict Evans says The future is mobile and apps, except that it isn’t and examines apps versus the web. Absolute must-reads. Seriously. Don’t miss ’em.
  3. The Retail TouchPoints Blog adds to the conversation, noting mobile email conversions reach a tipping point.
  4. And, we’ll round out the mobile portion of this week’s program by highlighting the coming massive mobile disruption and what it means to your business.
  5. Shifting to social, Retail Dive unveils this fascinating study that says browsing Pinterest leads to purchase. Very interesting. Or should I say… Pinteresting? Actually, no. I really shouldn’t. Lame jokes aside, check out the article anyway.
  6. Contently reports that BuzzFeed just cracked the code on how social content spreads, and it’s a big deal. Say what you will about Buzzfeed, but Contently’s exactly right. Whether you you love ’em or hate ’em, they’ve certainly figured out how to get their readers to share their content. And that’s a lesson every marketer could stand to learn more about.
  7. The fine folks at Econsultancy have a great post that asks, “How reliable are social analytics?” Good stuff.
  8. To help answer the “reliable social analytics” question, check out this fantastic webinar from the equally fine folks at Biznology about choosing metrics that drive content marketing ROI. Really outstanding stuff.
  9. And, finally, with this week’s proof that, really, it’s all e-commerce, Reuters reports that Wal-Mart is challenging Amazon with an unlimited, $50 per year shipping service and significant e-commerce investment of its own. Given that Walmart is the the #4 online retailer, despite digital representing only 2.5% of its sales, this bears watching. Stay tuned.

Hope you enjoyed these 9 mind-blowing mobile and social commerce posts, Big Thinkers and that you have an amazing weekend, too. While you’re at it, make sure to check out other entries from our E-commerce Link Digest series, including these 10 Damn-Good Digital Marketing Posts: E-commerce Link Digest , another 10 spectacular mobile marketing and e-commerce essays, this set of 6 major stories about Millennials and mobile commerce, and these 10 must-read e-commerce, search, and mobile posts, as well as these “9 Amazing Millennial, Mobile and Digital Marketing Columns: the Top Posts from March” when you get a moment, too.

Do you want learn even more about how your customers’ changing behavior shapes e-commerce and marketing? Be sure an 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”:

And, finally, you might want to take a look at some of our past coverage of the e-commerce, mobile commerce, and digital marketing overall, including:

Tim Peter

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May 18, 2015

5 Amazing Mobile Hotel Marketing Stories: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

May 18, 2015 | By | No Comments

5 Amazing Mobile Hotel Marketing StoriesYo, Big Thinkers! Hope you’ve had a fantastic weekend and are looking forward to an excellent week ahead. To help you get started, check out these 5 amazing mobile hotel marketing stories. Enjoy:

  1. First up, Mobile Commerce Daily shares data from Hotels.com that shows 50% of mobile travelers book last-minute stays. What I’d love to see is where they book these stays. As we’ve noted before, mobile’s not a device, it’s a situation. I’m very curious exactly what situation Hotels.com supports here. You should be too.
  2. Next, Skift reports on mobile first and the “silent traveler” in 2015. Great read.
  3. Adding to this week’s list, Inc.com explores mobile technology and future of travel in detail. Cool stuff.
  4. We’ve rounded up 5 awesome travel marketing articles, the top posts from April for you to enjoy.
  5. And, finally, Tnooz explains what data from ad views says about the digital behavior of travelers. Very useful.

Of course, if you want to gain even more learnings from our past posts, you’ll probably enjoy these “5 Powerful Posts About the Trends Shaping Travel Marketing,” this great round-up of “8 Exceptional Hospitality Marketing Posts from the Past Week: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest,” this fantastic collection of “7 Remarkable Posts about Mobile Marketing in Travel” and these “7 Brilliant Insights into Mobile Travel E-commerce” from our hospitality marketing link digests (part of the ongoing E-commerce Link Digest series).

And if you’re looking to learn even more about how changing guest behavior shapes hospitality marketing, e-commerce, and distribution, be sure an 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 take a moment to review the slides from my recent webinar, “Digital Marketing Directions 2015: Three Key Trends Driving Your Hotel Marketing Next Year” here:


(And, yes… you can hire me to speak at your next event, too).

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 business, including:

Tim Peter

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May 15, 2015

10 Damn-Good Digital Marketing Posts: E-commerce Link Digest

May 15, 2015 | By | No Comments

Couple enjoying 10 damn-good digital marketing posts on their mobile phoneCrazy week around here, Big Thinkers. The good kind of crazy, that is, filled with loads of learning and quality time with clients. Hope you’ve had a great week, too. In keeping with the theme of the week, here’s a somewhat crazy collection of 10 damn-good digital marketing posts to see you through to next week. Enjoy:

  1. Leading off our list, this week’s episode of Thinks Out Loud asks, “Mobile Helps Software Eat the World. Will it Eat Your Business?” Be sure to check it out when you have a moment.
  2. Linda Bustos at GetElastic details some excellent omnichannel strategies for brands and online pureplays that are well worth your time.
  3. Marketing Charts has some terrific data showing that consumer perception of retailers’ data security impacts loyalty and W-O-M. Fascinating information.
  4. Another GetElastic post explains why the Apple Watch skeptics are wrong. Given the amount of press the Apple Watch specifically — and wearables generally — receive at the moment, you’ll want to check this out.
  5. While we’re on the topic of tech and its relationship to your business, take a listen to Episode 122 of our Thinks Out Loud podcast, which explores the long-term growth curve for mobile commerce. You’ll also probably enjoy this Mobile Commerce Daily article that says the iPhone is the biggest driver by far of in-store mobile payments.
  6. Switching to the social side of the spectrum, Social Quant offers up 8 Twitter lists you should be using, a fantastic resource for getting the most out Twitter for your business.
  7. And, in related news, Variety offers this amazing survey that shows YouTube stars are more popular than mainstream celebs among U.S. teens. This underscores the ways in which younger Millennials — and Millennials overall — consume entertainment and information. And that will help shape how you connect with this new generation of consumers as they come into the market in a more meaningful way over the next couple of years.
  8. Shifting gears to search, Search Engine Land provides an excellent look at how to replace Google’s “(Not Provided)” data to strike SEO gold. Great read.
  9. Email marketing remains a critical component of any successful digital marketing strategy, so this round-up of the latest data about email subject lines from Marketing Land offers outstanding information to improve your campaigns. You might also want to review these 7 key tips for more effective email marketing and the rest of our email marketing coverage here.
  10. Finally, don’t miss this round-up of 7 mobile commerce must-reads, the top posts from April that we posted last week.

While you’re at it, make sure to check out other entries from our E-commerce Link Digest series, including these 10 spectacular mobile marketing and e-commerce essays, this set of 6 major stories about Millennials and mobile commerce, and these 10 must-read e-commerce, search, and mobile posts, as well as these “9 Amazing Millennial, Mobile and Digital Marketing Columns: the Top Posts from March” when you get a moment, too.

Do you want learn even more about how your customers’ changing behavior shapes e-commerce and marketing? Be sure an 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 I had the pleasure of speaking to a great audience recently about how to lead digital transformation within large organizations (a topic we’ve been talking about a fair bit lately). Here are the slides for your reference:

And, finally, you might want to take a look at some of our past coverage of the e-commerce, mobile commerce, and digital marketing overall, including:

Tim Peter

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May 12, 2015

5 Awesome Travel Marketing Articles: the Top Posts from April

May 12, 2015 | By | No Comments

Top Posts from April 2015: Millennial woman with mobile phoneWell, Big Thinkers, it’s time once again to round-up the very best of the blog from the past month. This time, we’ve got 5 awesome travel marketing articles: the top posts from April for you. Enjoy:

  1. Leading off, we’ve got this collection of 5 key facts about mobile, Millennials, and hotel marketing. Hardly surprising when you consider how important those first two have become to the third. Absolutely worth another look.
  2. Another hugely popular post from last month explained the big myth about digital strategy and why that myth matters to your hotel marketing.
  3. Speaking of items that matter to hotel marketing, the #3 post on this month’s list examines why mobile matters for hotel marketing. You’ll definitely want to check this one out.
  4. We’ve got a trio of the entries from our weekly Hospitality Marketing Link digest series up next. First, are these “6 Top Hotel Marketing Posts” from late in the month, closely followed by a set of “5 Quick Hospitality Marketing Hits” that kicked off April, and rounded out by these “8 Exceptional Hospitality Marketing Posts from the Past Week.” Clearly, they’re really popular among your fellow Big Thinkers. Why not review them once again?
  5. And, finally, though it appeared fairly late last month, this post, “What’s Amazon’s Travel Offering Really About?” rocketed up the charts in just a few days. When you have a minute, take a look and see what all the buzz was about.

Of course, if you want to gain even more learnings from our past posts, be sure to check out these “5 Fantastic Travel Marketing Posts: The Top Posts from March,” and these “6 Winning Travel Marketing Posts: The Top Hospitality Marketing Posts from January.” Plus, you’ll probably enjoy these “7 Remarkable Posts about Mobile Marketing in Travel” and these “7 Brilliant Insights into Mobile Travel E-commerce” from our hospitality marketing link digests (part of the ongoing E-commerce Link Digest series).

And if you’re looking to learn even more about how changing guest behavior shapes hospitality marketing, e-commerce, and distribution, be sure an 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 take a moment to review the slides from my recent webinar, “Digital Marketing Directions 2015: Three Key Trends Driving Your Hotel Marketing Next Year” here:


(And, yes… you can hire me to speak at your next event, too).

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 business, including:

Tim Peter

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May 8, 2015

10 Spectacular Mobile Marketing and E-commerce Essays: E-commerce Link Digest

May 8, 2015 | By | No Comments

10 spectacular mobile marketing and e-commerce essaysHowdy, Big Thinkers. It’s a gorgeous spring day here at Thinks Central. Hope the same is true wherever you are. So, whaddya say we skip all the fuss and get straight to the links? Without further ado, here are 10 spectacular mobile marketing and e-commerce essays for you this week. Enjoy:

  1. Marketing Charts supplies data showing where consumers rate in-store personalization tactics as “cool” or “creepy.” Given the growth of beacons, NFC and other similar technologies to personalize customer experiences, expect to see a lot more about this in the near future.
  2. Along the same lines, the fine folks at WHISBI round-up the favorite shopping experiences of 14 retail experts. Interesting, thought-provoking list.
  3. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google rolls out new ads as mobile searches top PCs in 10 countries. The new ad formats are great and all. But read that headline again. Mobile searches top PCs in 10 countries. Wonder why I think mobile’s a really big deal? There’s your answer right there.
  4. Speaking of Google, Marketing Charts has the estimated mobile share of US organic search traffic, by engine. While Google continues to dominate, keep an eye on your customers’ increasing use of apps for discovery, possibly hurting Google’s overall market share over time. For instance, according to Google, while three-quarters of consumers use search at some point during their shopping process, fewer than half start with search for their research on mobile [see page 9 in this Google PDF]. Definitely worth keeping your eye on.
  5. Sticking with the mobile commerce theme, GetElastic has a great explanation of why mobile commerce is not “E-commerce 2.0.” Well worth your time.
  6. Speaking of items well-worth your time, you really want to check out this week’s episode of Thinks Out Loud, our weekly e-commerce and digital marketing podcast. This one examines the long-term growth curve for mobile commerce and is definitely worth a few moments of your time.
  7. Benedict Evans has a must-read post about connecting the next billion. Yet another reason I think mobile mobile’s a really big deal.
  8. On the mobile payments front, Bloomberg reports that Home Depot is aiming to put Apple Pay in its 2,000 stores, making it the largest retailer to come to the mobile payments party. Given this Marketing Land study that shows Millennials want in-store mobile payments, not human cashiers, I doubt they’ll be the last.
  9. For an fascinating example of how mobile will change your customers’ behavior, check out Fast Company’s look behind the scenes at Maple, the David Chang backed, delivery-only restaurant of the future. Really interesting read and a harbinger of the changes mobile creates across industries.
  10. Finally, its both pretty clear and bears repeating that, given all the changes in the marketplace and in your customers brought about by mobile, that mobile commerce is here to stay. So why not subscribe to Thinks to stay on top of the shifting digital marketing and e-commerce landscape, every day? You’ll be glad you did.

While you’re at it, make sure to check out other entries from our E-commerce Link Digest series, including these 6 major stories about Millennials and mobile commerce, these 10 must-read e-commerce, search, and mobile posts, these 10 awesome e-commerce, mobile, and millennial marketing posts, a great look at 5-plus can’t miss mobile commerce and marketing posts from the past week, and these 6 quick e-commerce and digital marketing winners, as well as these “7 Mobile Commerce Must-Reads: the Top Posts from April” when you get a moment, too.

Do you want learn even more about how your customers’ changing behavior shapes e-commerce and marketing? Be sure an 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 I had the pleasure of speaking to a great audience recently about how to lead digital transformation within large organizations (a topic we’ve been talking about a fair bit lately). Here are the slides for your reference:

And, finally, you might want to take a look at some of our past coverage of the e-commerce, mobile commerce, and digital marketing overall, including:

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May 5, 2015

7 Mobile Commerce Must-Reads: the Top Posts from April

May 5, 2015 | By | No Comments

Mobile commerce must-readsAnother month, Big Thinkers, another chance to review the posts you most enjoyed. Without further ado, here are 7 Mobile Commerce Must-Reads: the Top Posts from April. Enjoy:

  1. By far, the biggest post from last month explored “The Big Lie About Mobile Commerce Everyone’s Telling Right Now.” Very popular read among your fellow Big Thinkers. Be sure to check it out and see why.
  2. Up next, we’ve got a pair of entries from the E-commerce Link Digest series. The first lists “10 Must-Read E-Commerce, Search, and Mobile Posts” while the second collects “9 Superb Social and Mobile E-Commerce Missives.”
  3. One of the biggest news items of last month reported, “Wow! Digital Influenced $1.2 Trillion In-Store Last Year.”
  4. Late in the month, we rounded up a number of factors that explained why mobile commerce is here to stay, which enters the list at #4. You’ll want to review the whole set. You can also check out Episode 120 of Thinks Out Loud, our weekly e-commerce and digital marketing podcast, which explores “The Coming Mobile E-commerce Backlash — And Why It’s Wrong” in more detail.
  5. Speaking of the podcast, Episode 119, “Is This The Death of Google?” examines the search giant’s latest business and legal troubles and the threats those introduce to its long-term dominance.
  6. We’ll close out this month’s list of the top posts with another pair of podcast episodes, starting with Episode 118, “The Mobile-Social Commerce Connection.” Given the importance of mobile and social to your business success, you won’t want to miss this one.
  7. And, finally, be sure to check out Episode 121 of Thinks Out Loud, which explains “How to Connect Customer Data and Customer Experience.”

Well, I don’t know about you, but that seems like a great place to wrap up this list of the top posts on Tim Peter Thinks for the past month.

If you liked these, be sure to check out this collection of “9 Amazing Millennial, Mobile and Digital Marketing Columns: the Top Posts from March,” our round-up of the top posts from 2014, these “10 Can’t Miss Mobile Commerce and Marketing Columns: The Top Posts from February 2015″ and these “10 Must-Read Marketing and E-Commerce Missives: The Top Posts from January” too. You’ll also want to review the ongoing the E-commerce Link Digest series. They’re all worth your time and will help you improve your overall e-commerce and digital marketing results throughout the rest of the year.

If you want to learn even more about how customers changing behavior shapes e-commerce and marketing, be sure an 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.

Plus, don’t miss these slides and video from my recent webinar, “Digital Marketing Directions: Three Key Trends Driving Your Marketing Next Year”:

And, finally, you might want to take a look at some of our past coverage of the e-commerce, mobile commerce, and digital marketing overall, including:

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May 4, 2015

5 Powerful Posts About the Trends Shaping Travel Marketing: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

May 4, 2015 | By | No Comments

Trends shaping mobile marketingJust a quick list for you all this week, Big Thinkers. But you’ll likely get a lot out of these 5 powerful posts about the trends shaping travel marketing. Enjoy:

  1. Tnooz digs intowhat OTAs and hotels may do next as rate parity falters. Very important read.
  2. Skift reports on the great travel marketing “who-dun-it,” attributing credit for the last click. Great read about a critical topic.
  3. We took a look at
    what Amazon’s travel offering is really about
    . Well worth your time.
  4. Tnooz examined how to modernize the travel payment process and win the connected customer. Given that mobile payments represent one of the key 2015 travel trends worth watching, this is a really important article. Be sure to check out our other past coverage of the importance of mobile wallets to e-commerce and travel marketing in “The Little-Known Factors Behind E-commerce Growth in 2015,” “The Game Changer for Mobile Commerce” and “What’s Up With Google’s Latest Mobile Wallet Move?”
  5. And, finally, you’ll want to check out this look at
    why mobile matters for hotel marketing
    from our regular Travel Tuesday series.

Of course, if you want to gain even more information about trends in travel marketing, you’ll probably enjoy these “8 Exceptional Hospitality Marketing Posts from the Past Week: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest,” “7 Remarkable Posts about Mobile Marketing in Travel” and these “7 Brilliant Insights into Mobile Travel E-commerce” from our hospitality marketing link digests (part of the ongoing E-commerce Link Digest series).

And if you’re looking to learn even more about how changing guest behavior shapes hospitality marketing, e-commerce, and distribution, be sure an 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 take a moment to review the slides from my recent webinar, “Digital Marketing Directions 2015: Three Key Trends Driving Your Hotel Marketing Next Year” here:


(And, yes… you can hire me to speak at your next event, too).

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 business, including:

Tim Peter

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May 1, 2015

6 Major Stories About Millennials and Mobile Commerce: E-commerce Link Digest

May 1, 2015 | By | No Comments

6 major stories about Millennials and mobile commerce

Happy Friday, Big Thinkers. Not much setup this week. Just 6 major stories about Millennials and mobile commerce to carry you into next week. Have a great weekend, and, in the meantime, enjoy:

  1. Lots and lots of payment news this past week, folks. For starters, 9to5Mac reports that Best Buy has added Apple Pay support in its app this past week, and will be in retail stores this fall. Mobile Commerce Daily says Best Buy’s move represents a setback to MCX. Well, sure. But to be fair, MCX (aka CurrentC), has always been a retail-driven product, not a customer-driven solution. While all this is going on, the “old timer” of online payments, PayPal, launched its instant checkout service “One Touch” across the web. Given how important mobile payments will be to e-commerce overall, (something I’ve talked about here, here, here, and here, y’know, once or twice), these are significant moves for the future. Expect a lot more on this next week here on the blog.
  2. For one last point about mobile payments, eMarketer says that in mobile payment adoptions, Millennials lead. On that note, Marketing Charts asks “So How Many Millennials Are There in the US, Anyway?” The answer? A lot. You put that all together, and that’s why I think mobile commerce is here to stay.
  3. We covered this in detail in this week’s podcast, but you owe it to yourself to check out this look at why Nike and Under Armour are spending wildly to watch your every step, and this Wired article on location is your most critical data, and everyone’s watching (as well as the podcast, as it happens). Why? Well, data from eMarketer suggests that marketers struggle to map multichannel customers’ journeys and, I strongly suspect this will be the major battleground amongst marketers for the next 5-10 years.
  4. So, as for this data-driven battleground, another Wired article details how Uber says it can deliver food in NYC in 10 minutes. How are they doing it? Predictive analytics. Since it takes more than 10 minutes to, y’know, actually cook the food, Uber will use data to determine which foods to pre-order and pickup before participating restaurants’ customers do. Wow. Again, we’ll look at this in more detail in the coming weeks.
  5. Last predictive analytics items for this week comes from Venture Beat, which unveils Facebook’s secret plan to kill Google and become the second trillion-dollar company in the process. So worth your time.
  6. Finally, mobile plays a critical role in all driving this change by providing many companies with the data necessary as well as the tools consumers will use to access browse, find, and buy the things they need. And that’s why the coming mobile e-commerce backlash is wrong and why you need to ignore the big lie about mobile commerce everyone’s telling right now.

OK, I said there were only six stories this week. I didn’t say they were short stories. But they’re really worthwhile stories and I hope you’re able to put them to use in the days and weeks ahead.

While you’re at it, make sure to check out other entries from our E-commerce Link Digest series, including these 10 must-read e-commerce, search, and mobile posts, these 10 awesome e-commerce, mobile, and millennial marketing posts, a great look at 5-plus can’t miss mobile commerce and marketing posts from the past week, and these 6 quick e-commerce and digital marketing winners, as well as these “9 Amazing Millennial, Mobile and Digital Marketing Columns: the Top Posts from March” when you get a moment, too.

Do you want learn even more about how your customers’ changing behavior shapes e-commerce and marketing? Be sure an 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 I had the pleasure of speaking to a great audience yesterday about how to lead digital transformation within large organizations (a topic we’ve been talking about a fair bit lately). Here are the slides for your reference:

And, finally, you might want to take a look at some of our past coverage of the e-commerce, mobile commerce, and digital marketing overall, including:

Tim Peter

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April 27, 2015

6 Top Hotel Marketing Posts: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

April 27, 2015 | By | No Comments

6 top hotel marketing postsRunning a little behind this week, Big Thinkers. Hope you don’t mind if we get right to the links. Enjoy:

  1. We took a look at the big myth about digital strategy as well as why mobile matters for hotel marketing.
  2. Tnooz says, “No, Amazon isn’t launching a travel site, but it did this instead.” Good read.
  3. While we’re talking about new entrants into the distribution space, this post warns, “Don’t Get Swept Away By Search, Meta, and OTA Shifts.” Well worth a few minutes of your time.
  4. Skift uncovers how travel brands rethink their email marketing strategies to target Millennials.
  5. Tnooz reports that Accor acquires FastBooking to flesh out its hotel booking tools. Fascinating move. I’m watching this closely to see where this all leads.
  6. Leonardo asks, “Why Do Hotels Need a Mobile Website?”

Looking for even more of the best hospitality marketing advice and insights? Then don’t miss “The 5 Most Shared Travel Marketing Posts This Week,” “The 6 Best Travel Marketing Posts This Past Week,” these “6 Superb Hotel Marketing Insights,” and these “6 Totally Brilliant Travel Marketing Posts,” from our hospitality marketing link digests (part of the ongoing E-commerce Link Digest series).

If you want to learn even more about how customers changing behavior shapes e-commerce and marketing, be sure an 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 take a moment to review the slides from my recent webinar, “Digital Marketing Directions 2015: Three Key Trends Driving Your Hotel Marketing Next Year” here:


(And, yes… you can hire me to speak at your next event, too).

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

Tim Peter

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April 24, 2015

10 Awesome E-Commerce, Mobile, and Millennial Marketing Posts: E-commerce Link Digest

April 24, 2015 | By | No Comments

Millennial marketing, e-commerce, and mobile newsIt’s been a great week here at Thinks Central, folks. Hope you’ve had an amazing week too. Why not take a minute and check out this list of 10 awesome e-commerce, mobile, and Millennial marketing posts? They’re a great way to finish out this past week and set yourself up for success in the days ahead. Enjoy:

  1. Mobile Commerce Daily explains how mobile is transforming the grocery/CPG business. Hang with me for a second; I’ll come back to why this is a very big deal in just a moment or two.
  2. Jalopnik points out that everyone was wrong, Millennials buy a ton of cars. It seems the real reason Millennials weren’t buying any cars for a while had more to do with money than any specific shift in buying behavior. Now that they’re getting their hands on a little more cash, they’re buying more cars than any market segment than Boomers. Given that Millennials outnumber every demographic except — and possibly including — Boomers, this is a really significant development. More on this in a moment, too.
  3. Adding to the story, Quartz notes that in 7 of Africa’s leading economies one-third of mobile users pay with their phones, which leads us to…
  4. Take those three prior articles, put them all together, and you’ll understand what I’m talking about when I highlight the big lie about mobile commerce everyone’s telling right now. We’re in the midst of a (silly, stupid) mobile commerce backlash, but with increasing use of mobile across all product categories, growth in Millennials’ — the original mobile generation — purchasing power, and the rise of mobile purchasing in loads of markets, that’s a really short-sighted attitude.

    To highlight exactly how short-sighted, note that in a recent interview with eMarketer, Deloitte & Touche US Telecom sector leader/vice-chairman Craig Wigginton said, “Twenty-four percent of the millennials check their smartphone immediately upon waking, and that was excluding the alarm feature. That jumps to 52% within 5 minutes of waking. Almost half of the millennials—45%—check it more than 200 times a day” and “Nearly half of the millennials—48%—indicate an interest in making payments. I think they are really going to be early adopters and help drive a lot more of the mobile payment penetration in the US.” So, um… yeah. Really short-sighted. We’re still in the early days of mobile e-commerce. Expect big things to come.

  5. While we’re on the topic of mobile e-commerce, we recently took a look at what The Gap can teach us about mobile e-commerce. Good stuff.
  6. eMarketer notes that mobile advertising is farther along than you think.
  7. Sticking with mobile for another moment or two, Search Engine Land says Google’s mobile friendly update is not a disaster, but an opportunity. Absolutely. Good read overall.
  8. Moving to e-commerce more generally, Luxury Daily asks, “should luxury brands stop avoiding e-commerce?” As you might imagine, the answer to this is an emphatic “Yes. Yes. A thousand times, yes.”
  9. Marketing Charts has data showing that A/B testing is considered the most effective landing page optimization method. You should be sure to check out our past A/B testing coverage for more.
  10. And, finally, Skift breaks down some key insights about how Disney built its Magic Band+ that Fast Company just reported on. Very cool info, and a great companion to this look at 4 keys to executing on digital. All in all, a terrific way to round-out this week’s list.

I hope you enjoyed these 10 awesome e-commerce, mobile, and Millennial marketing posts from the past week. Make sure to check out other entries from our E-commerce Link Digest series, including these
5-plus can’t miss mobile commerce and marketing posts from the past week
, these 9 superb social and mobile e-commerce missives, these 6 quick e-commerce and digital marketing winners, as well as these “9 Amazing Millennial, Mobile and Digital Marketing Columns: the Top Posts from March” when you get a moment, too.

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You can also check out these slides I had the pleasure of speaking to a great audience yesterday about how to lead digital transformation within large organizations (a topic we’ve been talking about a fair bit lately). Here are the slides for your reference:

And, finally, you might want to take a look at some of our past coverage of the e-commerce, mobile commerce, and digital marketing overall, including: