Our 5 Favorite Fall Emails

If your inbox is anything like mine, then you have noticed a recent rush of marketing emails offering fall discounts, Halloween sales, or product announcements just in time for Thanksgiving. This is no surprise – the end of summer signals the start of retail’s most important quarter, and retailers are ramping up their email marketing in preparation for the Q4 rush.

With so many marketing messages arriving in our inboxes, what makes some emails stand out amidst all the noise? In today’s blog post, we’ve picked 5 great fall emails from major retailers that offer some insights on how your company can write more attractive and compelling email marketing messages.

White Paper: Moving to Data-Driven Marketing Attribution

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Let’s consider this paradox: in a 2012 survey by Econsultancy and Google, only 14% of marketers believed that last-click attribution was a “very effective” process of revenue attribution – yet the same survey revealed that more than half of them continue to rely on it for their day-to-day reporting.

Today, customers are likely to make multiple touch-points with your business before making a purchase, from email newsletters to web searches to customer service requests. Basic models such as first- or last-click attribution can only tell you part of the customer journey, and ultimately contributes to an inefficient use of marketing spend. As the former U.S. Postmaster General John Wannamaker once said, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is, I don’t know which half.” Clearly, there is a wealth of data from e-mail, web, and other sources that can provide a better picture of the digital customer than a simple last-click analysis reveals.

Today, we are launching a new white paper, Big Data for Marketing Attribution, that offers a new way for companies to track marketing conversions and revenue attribution. By using data analytics to generate a full picture of every customer, companies can analyze each individual’s buying journey over the span of weeks and months, from which e-mail newsletters they opened to how many times they browsed a product page. By adopting a data-driven attribution approach, companies can begin to discover important trends, patterns, and actions that will inform how sales conversions should be attributed, and ultimately drive their sales.

To learn more, get your copy of the whitepaper today!

The Importance of Culture in a Data-Driven Corporate Strategy

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After many years spent working with businesses of various sizes, we’ve begun to notice patterns around the successful use of data and analytics. Many businesses tell us they want to be “data-driven” or use analytics to achieve their goals. One aspect that is often overlooked when it comes to using analytics is the role of team culture, or business culture, in actually making use of the insights generated by analytics.

10-Minute Read: Engaging with Your Customers Online

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If you run an online business, then you have probably encountered the challenge of replicating the sort of active customer interactions where traditional retail excels. Customers walking into a physical store can interact with your sales representatives, have their product questions answered, or test out these items in person.

9 Tips on Preparing for the Holiday Season

Holiday retail is more important than ever. According to Retail TouchPoints, consumer spending is expected to grow by 3.5% this holiday season. What’s more, eCommerce is projected to grow at an even faster rate, by another 9-12% over the 2013 holiday season.

This hits close to home with us at Canopy Labs; some of the retailers we work with generate more than 50% of their annual revenue during the holiday period, with their biggest sales days around Thanksgiving and in December. With such a quick ramp-up in traffic and sales, companies need to make sure they get their marketing strategy down well in advance of the holidays. Here are 9 tips on preparing your company for the busy months ahead.

Is Your Company Committing “Brand Spam”?

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Email marketing is a tricky business – send too few emails, and you risk missing out on sales opportunities; send too many, and you could be alienating customers or driving up unsubscribe rates.

“Brand spam” – in other words, an overload of communication messages from businesses – is today’s leading reason for unopened and flagged emails by consumers. John Fleming, a Marketing Director at research firm Webtrends, says: “As consumers, we’re happy to sign up to receive updates from brands, but only bother to open the ones we find relevant. This means companies are wasting loads of money sending us things we just don’t care about – and in many cases it’s turning us off.”

7 Data-Driven Ideas for Marks & Spencer

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Earlier this month, Marks & Spencer announced the launch of its “Only M&S” strapline, the first time its Food and GM divisions are being placed under a single marketing campaign. This follows a £150m re-launch of the M&S.com website in February, and the company’s plans to expand its eCommerce offerings and strategies will help them stay ahead of customer expectations and competition on high street.

Revitalizing Abercrombie & Fitch: three things we would do

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On Thursday, Abercrombie & Fitch surprised the markets with a less-than-stellar earnings report: a 10% decline in sales for its Hollister brand, and 6% for its Abercrombie & Fitch adult clothing division. Its stock price fell as a result, and the company also announced a move away from logo-branded clothing to more fashionable outfits, along with quicker production processes. We can also blame the economy, more aggressive marketing from competitive brands, and other trends that have contributed to declining revenue for older brands.

Aside from dialing down the use of logos on its clothing, what else can A&F do to drive revenue and return as a trendier, more exciting brand to its customers? We have three strategic ideas that have worked with other brands, and if we were executives at the company, we’d aim to do these as soon as possible.

Tips for Winning the Teenage Market

If you work in the fashion, electronics, or entertainment industries, then you already know that the teenage market represents a big opportunity for growth. But with so many screens and networks competing for the teenage mindshare, how can your business stand out amidst the crowd? When they’re not in school, they’re either picking out an Instagram filter on their phones, sitting on the couch playing Call of Duty, or scrolling through Tumblr on their laptops. No matter where they are, they are attached to some form of technology.

To learn more about winning over this market, we asked a few teenagers in Toronto on their thoughts about social media, effective marketing, and email marketing – and have compiled their top tips here.