Social Commerce

Courtesy: What Comes Before Customer-Centricity

Thank you! I’ve been writing this column for 11 years. Its name has changed over the years but my focus has not. It’s never been primarily about ROI or even about conversion rate optimization; instead it’s always been about customer-centricity. The bottom line has always been what I wrote in one of my first columns in 2001: to achieve your goals, customers must first achieve their goals. Over the years, my brother and business partner Jeffrey and I have tried…

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Would You Share Your Wishes?

The other day, I was reading an article on my iPad about a cool new gadget that allows your iPad to hang from your treadmill or exercise bike, a fit rail for the iPad. In the article, they had a link to the Scosche Fit Rail for the iPad on Amazon, so I clicked through. Cool enough, I added it to my wish list. As soon as I added it, I wanted to share it with Jeffrey but I realized…

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Google Plus: FaceBook Knock off or Something Else?

By the time this column is published, Google’s shiny, new social network Google+ should have approximately 20 million users. It’s one of the fastest growing services of all time. Have you joined yet? Still waiting for an invite? You can find my Google+ profile here. I’m asking myself and you this: Is this growth due to the sentiment that Google+ is basically an improved version of Facebook? Or maybe it’s something else? Google can learn a lot from Facebook, including…

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The Consumer Is Boss: A 10-Year Perspective

On October 15, 2000, A.G. Lafley, president and CEO of Procter & Gamble Co., delivered a prophetic speech entitled “The Consumer is Boss!” to the Association of National Advertisers. In his presentation he emphasized three main points: “We’re moving away from the current mass marketing model, away from push and toward pull. Consumers will only become more demanding. They want to have a conversation, to dialogue, to participate, to be more in control.” These points may seem obvious to marketers…

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FaceBook Advertising – Might it Be Broken?

No question FaceBook advertising bears little resemblance to Search Advertising.  However, we are starting to see some great success stories of companies success with FaceBook advertising.  Nevertheless, FaceBook’s advertising model may be seriously flawed. If you ever accessed Facebook using one of their mobile applications; perhaps you noticed something missing. There are no ads. Most 30-40 year old women (one of the most coveted and powerful consumer groups) access their Facebook accounts usinge their mobile device. While I agree that…

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How LivingSocial.com Acquires New Customers for Under $10 Each

In December, Amazon (AMZN) invested $175M in LivingSocial. Like Groupon, LivingSocial capitalizes on local advertising by having deals of the day that offer discounts to people who opt in to certain deals. But today, they are offering a $20 Amazon.com gift card for just $10 (get yours today). Brilliant! It is rare to see 100% redemption for any offer for these companies, but this is a great way for them to add several hundred thousand to a million+ new names…

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When Will You Be Spending FaceBook Credits?

When my brother Jeffrey and I wrote “Waiting for Your Cat to Bark?” we explained how in the evolution of sales and marketing history, the trend towards the reduction of friction for the customer is impacted by three factors: transportation, communications, and payment technologies. In my last column, while describing the Future Shopper, I illustrated one of the trends; how communication technology will affect the way that people buy. The other two facets of change are concurrent evolutions in transportation systems…

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The Future Shopper

There is hardly anyone who would argue over the impact that search, social, and mobile technologies have had on the customer buying process over the last five years. However, while many companies worry about keeping ahead of their competition, they actually have a much bigger issue – keeping pace with their customers. Indulge me while I explore the changes we’ll see over the next five years. A Marketer’s Job Is Already Hard Enough Jeffrey, my partner and brother, and I…

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