Category: Brand

Revisiting 2021 Retail Strategy Trends

It’s been a busy year in retail. Let’s see how these 2021 strategy trend predictions from December have come true so far. COLLABORATIONSadidas + PelotonFamily Dollar + InstacartGap + WalmartGoogle + ShopifyTarget + AppleWhole Foods + The Weather Channel EXPANSIONBanking services: Amazon, IKEA, WalmartDigital ads: Amazon, Facebook, Family Dollar, Google, Macy’s, WalmartDTC brands: Andie, Harry’s, […]

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E-Commerce as Entertainment

E-commerce and entertainment keep converging. Today Amazon announced it’s buying MGM Studios, as the line between merchandise and media consumption continues to blur. Media assets can help retailers: 🔹 Extend their marketing reach🔹 Embed their offerings into our everyday habits🔹 Personalize marketing to fuel e-commerce sales🔹 Reduce acquisition costs🔹 Maximize lifetime value per customer & loyalty […]

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Fitness Invigorates Retail

Health drives global retail growth. The $1.5 trillion global wellness market boasts an annual growth rate of 5-10%. Consumers want to look and feel good. Most (79%) consumers believe wellness is important; 42% say it’s a top priority, according to McKinsey. See how consumers’ desire for immunity and/or glorious glutes has energized sales of: Equipment […]

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Private Label Power

The pandemic has made private labels extra popular. In 2020, the CPG industry grew >10% and private labels accounted for 18% of that growth (IRI). Private brands represent $120 billion in U.S. grocery sales alone (Boston Consulting Group). Now more private brands are popping up across retail categories – especially segments with solid sales during the […]

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COVID-19’s Retail Legacy

What. A. Year. Let’s look at COVID-19’s profound influence on global reatil over the past 12 months, including 5 mega-trends. OVERALL THEMES: 1. WOW!So much has changed in so little time. 2. STORES ARE RESILIENTBrick-and-mortar stores faced capacity constraints yet their appeal is inextinguishable. 3. TECH IS UNSTOPPABLEAutomating traditional retail processes  has made the industry […]

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2021 Retail Acquisitions

Retail companies go shopping … It’s barely March yet we’ve already seen intriguing retail acquisitions this year, as: – Amazon knows what Selz– Walmart’s Thunderstruck– ASOS wants its diverse assortment to be a HIIT. (I’ll show myself out.) TRENDS: – Health & wellness– Value & luxury tiers boom– Big retailers connect with small brands BIG […]

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Super Bowl LV Marketing

It’s the biggest night in television. As consumers remain homebound, this Super Bowl Sunday will be a super-sized marketing moment. That’s because Super Bowl LV is a massive, global spectacle featuring: – Brady vs. Mahomes– DoorDash vs. Uber Eats– Bud Light vs. Stella Artois Before you tune in, see how brands are duking it out […]

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Walmart 2021 Strategy Diamond

Frugal is fashionable — and Walmart’s making moves to stay ahead. As value shopping and value-tier rivalry soar, this framework shows how Walmart stays resilient with: 🧩 Strategic partnerships to fill omnichannel gaps Digital investments to counter under-capacity stores Everyday low price leadership to save shoppers money Studying retail leaders gives us a glimpse of […]

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7 Ways to Boost Brand Trust

At its core, brand trust is all about communication. Companies can gain a competitive advantage by embracing opportunities to share with honesty, empathy and transparency. Open communication can establish trust among consumers and employees, which makes brands more likely to: Win their business Earn their loyalty Retain top talent. How does your company build brand […]

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Rock Stars of Content Marketing

Beyond coffee, Starbucks is a powerhouse in content marketing. Starbucks’ commitment to comfort, community and consistency — across its 21,000 stores and its content  — have ignited the brand’s popularity and global dominance. In the 2014 video Meet Me at Starbucks, the coffee giant tells its brand story by letting its customers tell their own […]

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Video’s Killing It as a Marketing Star

To boost marketing ROI, engagement and conversion, a growing number of companies are wisely turning to video. Last month, YouTube surpassed cable TV networks for viewership, proving the irrefutable power of video. Consider the facts: 70% of marketing professionals say video converts better than any other medium 65% of executives have visited a vendor’s website […]

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Top 5 Ways to Toot Your Brand’s Horn

In today’s cluttered marketplace and fragmented media landscape, it’s more challenging than ever for companies to get noticed and be heard. So let’s end the year by reviewing the top 5 strategic communication tips that will help your brand stand out and look good by demonstrating its value. Build these 5 best practices into your […]

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Help Your Brand Stand Out

The threat of invisibility spooks every business owner and marketing executive. That’s why they work so hard to make their brands stand out and resonate with their target market. What’s even trickier is trying to attract attention in an oversaturated market with a limited marketing budget. To get your brand noticed, use these cost-effective tips: […]

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Stretch Your Marketing Budget

Want to market your company without spending money? You can make your marketing efforts more flexible by approaching the media to share your story with a broad audience. The media sector is insatiable, always hungry for good stories. So, using the media is the marketing equivalent of doing downward dog, energizing and strengthening your brand […]

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5 Ways to Tell Your Company’s Story

Everybody loves a good story. Effective stories have the power to help your business stand out among rivals, engage prospects, win over investors, inspire employees and earn customer loyalty. That’s because stories are more memorable than straight facts, and they engage the audience’s head and heart. Here are five creative ways to tell your business’ […]

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A (Canadian) Branding Exercise

Branding is more important than ever in business, as brands convey consistent quality, credibility and experience. Brands establish an emotional connection and can build value. In honour of Canada Day, we’ll examine a patriotic brand, Molson Canadian beer. Molson Canadian stands out from all the other domestic and foreign beer brands by relying on its […]

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7 Ways to Build Brand Trust

How well trusted is your brand? Brand trust is a competitive advantage, as it increases revenue, brand loyalty and positive word of mouth. It can even strengthen your bonds with employees and customers. At its core, trust is all about communication. Here are 7 ways to strengthen brand trust: Deliver your brand promise: Meet consumers’ […]

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