Storytelling has long been a staple of good brand marketing. But the concept has taken on more urgency in the digital space, where brands now have the power to engage directly with their customers through web and mobile channels.
The mandate for more sophisticated brand content has introduced a new set of challenges for online retailers—namely, how to integrate traditionally separate marketing and commerce operations to deliver a unified experience to shoppers.
Content is king. But as the line between publishers and brands are blurring, all brands are finding themselves in both the content and the commerce games. And customers expect this.
As Alexis Maybank, founder of Gilt Groupe described it, “If I go into a restoration hardware store, for instance, I understand they’re selling that product, but I’m not just interested in seeing rows of lamps on shelves. I want to be shown how to set up a room and create a look. That’s what I’m craving: the ability to see a product, understand how to use it, and be given the tips and tools to imagine how that might change my interior.”
Consumers are very savvy today, and being able to attract and build a relationship with the consumer is key to brand success.This eBook will help you understand how to think like a publisher and turn your commerce site into a content machine.
Way back in 1999—a thousand years ago in Internet years—a writer and designer, named Darcy DiNucci, coined the phrase Web 2.0. This marked the beginning of the web as a social experience, eventually altering commerce so that today customers can be brand advocates who play a crucial role in building your business.
You already know that your customers are talking about your brand on social media platforms, posting images from your product pages to Pinterest, and checking reviews. The brick-and-mortar and virtual commerce experiences have become so intertwined that customers sometimes make an online purchase while standing in your store.
So, there's no question that all commerce today is social, and this ebook will dive deeper into that concept.
The impact of commerce on modern business is undeniable. From changing the retail experience to the introduction of pure pricing transparency, online shopping is now the primary way that brands interact with loyal and prospective customers.
In this ebook, we’ll look at the trends sweeping over the commerce landscape and show you how you can take advantage of the content and commerce combination to sell your story.
With Lush’s in-store sales far outweighing those online, the Managing Director of Lush Digital, Jack Constantine, set out to bring the brick-and-mortar commerce experience to its UK website, powered by dynamic displays, interactive design, and an unforgettable look and feel.
Lush wanted to create a digital experience that would weave its stories throughout every page of its website and result in a spike in online sales.
Download this case study today to discover what Lush Cosmetics did to transform their online business.
The Issue: The Content and Commerce Divide
Commerce and digital marketing teams tell a familiar story. The commerce team launches an online store on a commerce platform. Commerce and IT focus on the platform and evolve it as the online business grows—focusing on basics such as PCI compliance and product information and expand-ing to more complex integrations. Now they want to add content, such as reviews and engaging media, that will inform and guide shoppers.
Meanwhile, the digital marketing team regards the online store as a missed branding and engagement opportunity and tries to jump in and contribute only to find that the system can’t meet their needs. So marketing goes outside to a digital agency, pays for a separate microsite, and takes their creative production needs elsewhere. And thus a classic divide is formed.
Download the Forrester Report to learn the impact of integrated and personalized commerce experiences.
Today, digitally savvy companies manage a growing set of web experiences. Learn about three ways to capitalize on Drupal to gain a consistent, yet flexible and extensible platform for content delivery.
Open Source solutions present not only a cost alternative, but also an innovation alternative, to proprietary enterprise software products. This paper compares the total cost of ownership of the Open Source Drupal to various proprietary Content Management systems.
More and more, Open Source presents not only a cost alternative, but instead an innovation alternative, to proprietary enterprise software products. This paper compares the total cost of ownership of the Open Source Social Publishing Drupal solution to various proprietary Content Management systems.
Read this paper from Acquia and learn about the underlying drivers for enterprise social software; key requirements and how Drupal meets those; how open source development outpaces proprietary alternatives; examples of communities built with Drupal and Acquia.
Not doing Social Publishing? You’re behind. Social technologies on the web have changed forever how organizations of all sizes interact with their customers to gather feedback, improve customer service, and protect and grow their brands. Effective web content management must now include social and community capabilities.
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