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  • Presented by: Neustar

    This Internet Retailer article explains the importance of website load testing to find and fix problems and protect the bottom line. Get web performance and holiday preparation advice from experts as you gear up for your company's most critical revenue season.

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    Industry Reports
    Date: August, 2013

    For online retailers, time is truly money. Just ask any e-retailer whose website has crashed or ground to a halt during back-to-school marketing or the holidays. Downtime or slow performance takes a costly toll in clicks, conversions and revenues, often when you can least afford it. Increasingly, retail and ecommerce companies are seeing a correlation between website performance and revenue performance. With back-to-school selling upon us and the holidays approaching fast, traffic-proofing ecommerce sites is an urgent priority. This Internet Retailer article explains the importance of website load testing to find and fix problems and protect the bottom line. Discover why it's a best practice to take a dual approach, getting baseline data from synthetic website testing and combining it with data about real customer visits. Get web performance and holiday preparation advice from experts as you gear up for your company's most critical revenue season.

    Download the free article to learn:

    - What's at stake: clicks, conversions and online revenues

    - Why retailers do both synthetic and real-user testing

    - How Marketing and IT each have key roles to play

    - The importance of using test results to optimize your site

    Sponsored by Neustar

  • Presented by: UzerZoom

    To help retailers understand this challenge, UserZoom conducted a usability study with 200 female smartphone and tablet shoppers, asking them to complete several tasks on top apparel sites using their mobile devices. The results provide retailers insight into common pain points in the mobile shopping experience that they can address in their own mobile strategies.

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    Industry Reports
    Date: August, 2013

    Measuring the User Experience of Retail Web Stores on Tablet Devices

    Many retailers are still not taking advantage of the shopping potential offered by mobile devices and tablets, or are providing mobile experiences that fall below consumers’ expectations.

    To help retailers understand this challenge, UserZoom conducted a usability study with 200 female smartphone and tablet shoppers, asking them to complete several tasks on top apparel sites using their mobile devices. The results provide retailers insight into common pain points in the mobile shopping experience that they can address in their own mobile strategies.

    By downloading the report you’ll learn:

    – What's important to users when shopping on a tablet?
    – What makes users abandon a purchase?
    – Do users prefer a mobile web or app?
    – How does having a tablet optimized site affect consumer satisfaction?

  • Presented by: Soasta

    Australian flash-sale retailer OZSALE took heed when competitors organized a “Click Frenzy” one-day sale in November 2012, only to see their sites fail under the weight of heavy traffic. So OZSALE did its homework before promoting its own “Flash Frenzy sale.”

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    Case Study
    Date: August, 2013

    Australian flash-sale retailer OZSALE took heed when competitors organized a "Click Frenzy" one-day sale in November 2012, only to see their sites fail under the weight of heavy traffic. So OZSALE did its homework before promoting its own "Flash Frenzy sale."

    Testing beforehand identified problems that were making the OZSALE site unstable at traffic levels well below what the retailer expected to attract in its big sale. Those insights enabled OZSALE to fix flaws in advance of the promotion. The results speak for themselves:

    During "Flash Frenzy," OZSALE.com.au achieved four times the amount of traffic over its closest flash sale competitors.

    Highlights include:

    - Revenue hit more than $5 million
    - As predicted, more than 50% of sales revenue came in via mobile
    - 80,000 new members pre-registered prior to the event
    - 160% increase in new visitors
    - 160% increase in page views and 80% increase in unique browsers

    Click here to read the case study that explains how OZSALE conducted these tests, what it found, and how it ensured that its e-commerce site would stand up to a huge spike in traffic.

    Sponsored by: SOASTA

  • Presented by: Conversocial

    10% of JackThreads customer service queries now come through social media - where they have achieved an amazing 95% positive sentiment rating.

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    Case Study
    Date: September, 2013

    JackThreads saw the number of interactions they can process per hour increase tenfold. 

    Read the Case Study to Learn How JackThreads:

    - JackThreads has gained a fast growing online following: collectively over 400,000 people on Facebook and Twitter and a 366% growth in new members year-over-year
    - Customers clicking from social networks to JackThreads.com account for 13.8% of the site’s traffic, making it No. 7 in the Social Media 300, an Internet Retailer research guide that ranks retailers by the percentage of traffic to their web sites from social networks
    - Since switching to Conversocial, JackThreads has been able to process 7-10 times more interactions per hour, and allowed them to better plan their resourcing to match agents with customer demand

    Sponsored by: Conversocial

  • Presented by: Insite Software

    Independent analyst firm Forrester Research released “The Forrester Wave™: B2B Commerce Suites, Q4 2013,” which reflects the growing importance of B2B-centricity for B2B eCommerce efforts. Simply put, a B2C platform isn’t going to cut it for your B2B needs.

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    Industry Reports
    Date: October, 2013

    Learn more about:

    • Insite’s unique position in the marketplace with a sole focus on B2B eCommerce
    • Ability to provide comprehensive B2B features and tools right out of the box


    Contact Insite to start a conversation about how our B2B DNA can help your company get an eCommerce initiative to market faster than our competitors.

    Download your free copy of the report or visit us at www.insitesoft.com.

    Sponsored by: Insite Software

  • Presented by: SAS Institute Inc.

    In its 2013 benchmark report, Retail Systems Research shares the latest analytics technologies that retailers are looking at to plan, execute and measure pricing and promotional strategies. Read more.

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    Industry Reports
    Date: April, 2013

    The seventh annual retail pricing survey by Retail Systems Research (RSR) is one of the most anticipated benchmarks of the year. It is an opportunity for retailers to get answers to their most challenging pricing questions and measure themselves against hundreds of other retailers who participated.

    So why would RSR use the term “tough love” in the title of its 2013 pricing report? Because the data tells us that while some retailers continue to succeed with aggressive price-based promotions, others are failing miserably. As retailers become less dependent on store traffic, and focus more on promotions across multiple channels, expectations about improving margins and top-line sales are shifting. Those retailers without the integrated technology to analyze their past history, respond quickly to competitors, and forecast the impact of pricing decisions will be seriously constrained. Read more about RSR’s top recommendations on how to plan, execute and measure the real impact of price changes.

  • Presented by: SAS Institute Inc.

    The digital perspective comes into sharper focus in this report, along with a host of technology enablers. Read about key merchandising strategies that help retailers appeal to tech-savvy shoppers.

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    Industry Reports
    Date: September, 2013

    In RSR's sixth annual benchmark report, Merchandising Today, the new digital perspective comes into sharper focus, along with a host of technology enablers. Based on a survey of more than 130 respondents, the report reveals key merchandising strategies that will help retailers appeal to tech-savvy shoppers. Read about the top three opportunities to improve merchandising processes, and the top three organizational inhibitors that prevent moving forward, as well as recommendations to overcome these organizational setbacks. You will also learn about why many of these respondents have implemented demand forecasting within the past 12 months, and are educating themselves on omnichannel merchandising analytics, inventory management, assortment planning and pricing optimization.

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  • Presented by: Windsor Circle

    Learn how any retailer can increase online sales with data-driven e-mail.

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    Case Study
    Date: January, 2014

    Spangler Candy makes 10 million Dum Dums a day. Millions of consumers enjoy their products, and thousands of businesses order online through SpanglerCandy.com.

    Now, using Windsor Circle to integrate and analyze purchase history data, Spangler Candy was able to win-back lapsed customers with a targeted data-driven email, helping to generate their highest day of online sales ever.

    In this detailed 15-page case study, you'll learn:

    - How Spangler Candy won back churning customers, with 30% open and 9% click rate (2.2 times 2013 list average!)
    - How to thank new customers using order data, get 45%+ open rates and create repeat buyers.
    - Steps to build a loyalty program, starting with an opt-in campaign, ending with full automation.
    - How to maximize holiday revenue with a big spenders campaign and segmented product recommendations.
    - How Spangler Candy is building a customer engagement program using Windsor Circle's 9 Pillars of Retention Automation Framework.

    Windsor Circle connects Spangler Candy's in-house e-commerce platform to its ExactTarget email account. Learn how any retailer can increase online sales with data-driven e-mail.

    Sponsored by: Windsor Circle

  • Presented by: Neustar

    Gain actionable insights to optimize your media planning with Neustar’s 2013 Global Media Intelligence Report.

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    Industry Reports
    Date: February, 2014

    The Neustar 2013 Global Media Intelligence Report delivers authoritative performance data vital to agencies and advertisers alike. Learn the industry's latest on:

    – How digital channels compare for cost, reach, quality of users, and upper-funnel contributions to conversions
    – Performance trends and results for mobile campaigns and video networks
    – How online ads influence online and offline conversions – including which channels are most effective

    Download the 2013 Global Media Intelligence Report today!

    Sponsored by: Neustar

  • Presented by: ROI Revolution, Inc.

    This report reveals the top 5 product feed mistakes that are costing retailers profits — and how to fix them!

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    Industry Reports
    Date: February, 2014

    Combine ever-changing shopping feed requirements with constantly updating inventory, and the fallout from feed mistakes can quickly snowball.

    This report reveals the top 5 product feed mistakes that are costing retailers profits — and how to fix them! We will highlight:

    – Ways to optimize the #1 indexed attribute of a retailer's product feed.
    – The ideal product description length to show up for more relevant queries in Google Shopping.
    4 oft-neglected attributes that should be included in every product's description.
    – A key feed attribute that can limit retailer reach and exposure on Google Shopping.
    Critical reasons successful retailers update their feeds regularly. (You'll be surprised at who's making this mistake.)

    Don't get caught making any of these mistakes. Download this free report today.

    Sponsored by: ROI Revolution

  • Presented by: Windsor Circle

    CoffeeForLess was able to make over half a million dollars in six months by leveraging purchase history data imported by Windsor Circle.

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    Case Study
    Date: February, 2014

    CoffeeForLess, an IR500 retailer, adopted Windsor Circle's software and services to help increase brand awareness and loyalty through automated lifecycle marketing, with the ultimate goal of getting more customers to their third purchase, a critical retention metric. CoffeeForLess was able to make over half a million dollars in six months by leveraging purchase history data imported by Windsor Circle. Check out this brand new case study to learn more.

    Download this free 6-page case study and learn:

    – Which data drove 66% more opens and 125% more clicks
    – How to use order data to automate replenishment campaigns
    – How to ID and save your churning customers
    – More about the data-driven customer life cycle

    Click below to download this free case study featuring CoffeeForLess.

    Sponsored by: Windsor Circle

  • Presented by: Terapeak

    In a recent study, Terapeak analytics uncovered important trends that were seen elsewhere – only – well after the fact.

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    Industry Reports
    Date: March, 2014

    Data analytics have become a necessary strategic resource for online retailers hoping to increase market share.

    In a recent study, Terapeak analytics uncovered important trends that were seen elsewhere – only – well after the fact.

    This article explains how data analytics foretold the struggle of the Microsoft Surface, and how market insights can improve your business.

    Sponsored by Terapeak

  • Presented by: Optimal Payments

    This special report from the editors of Internet Retailer examines the strategies of Canada's top online retailers and provides detailed data about each of Canada's Top 20. That includes, for each retailer, their sales, traffic, customer demographics, online selection, conversion rate and more.

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    Industry Reports
    Date: March, 2014

    Canada is generally viewed as lagging behind the U.S. in e-commerce, but that doesn't mean Canada-based online retailers are asleep at the switch. On the contrary, the largest Canadian online retailers are growing faster than their U.S. counterparts, in large part by selling aggressively to U.S. consumers while benefiting from less intense online competition for the business of Canadian consumers.

    This special report from the editors of Internet Retailer examines the strategies of Canada's top online retailers and provides detailed data about each of Canada's Top 20.

    Report sponsored by Optimal Payments

  • Presented by: WoodWing

    WoodWing is doing a survey on Digital Asset Management (DAM), to gather information from 3 target groups: DAM novices, DAM users, and DAM experts. The questions are meant to give an impression of the level of awareness, user experience, and perception among those three target groups toward DAM.

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    Case Study
    Date: April, 2014

    About WoodWing:

    WoodWing Software, founded in the year 2000, has its headquarters in Zaandam, The Netherlands, and has regional sales offices in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. WoodWing Software develops and markets a premier, cost-efficient multi-channel publishing system, Enterprise, and the next generation digital asset management system, Elvis DAM. WoodWing’s solutions are aimed at magazine, newspaper and book publishers, corporate publishers, agencies and marketing departments to reach their audience.  

    WoodWing Digital Asset Management (DAM) Survey 2014:

    WoodWing is doing a survey on Digital Asset Management (DAM), to gather information from 3 target groups: DAM novices, DAM users, and DAM experts. The questions are meant to give an impression of the level of awareness, user experience, and perception among those three target groups toward DAM. 

    The survey target group is non-discriminate of industry, and is available from those with little to no knowledge of DAM, those who may use it occasionally, and those with professional knowledge of DAM systems.

    The survey is open until April 30th. With partaking in the survey, participants get a chance to win a GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition, worth $399.99.

  • Presented by: SalesWarp

    With SalesWarp's Omni Channel Management system, S&S replaced 6 of 7 different pieces of software, reduced annual software costs by over 90% and increased eCommerce sales by 300% in year 1.

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    Case Study
    Date: April, 2014

    How synchronized inventory, consolidated data and complete customization led to 300% growth and a platform to “DREAM BIG”

    As a shoe and sporting goods retailer who has been in business for over 35 years, S&S Sports' biggest challenge was maintaining one set of inventory data for their B2B and B2C channels.

    S&S Sports selected SalesWarp ENTERPRISE for its' flexible and customizable architecture and ability to consolidate all inventory, order, customer and product data into one system across all of their sales channels.

    With SalesWarp's Omni Channel Management system, S&S replaced 6 of 7 different pieces of software, reduced annual software costs by over 90% and increased eCommerce sales by 300% in year 1.

    Sponsored by: SalesWarp

  • Presented by: ROI Revolution

    Download this free report today, give it a quick read, and grow your revenue and profit from the newly revised Google Shopping campaigns.

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    Industry Reports
    Date: May, 2014

    Google Shopping has just undergone a major overhaul in AdWords.

    Upgrading isn't optional. By August 2014, all existing Product Listing Ad campaigns will be forced into this updated structure.

    These new Google Shopping campaigns demand a new level of optimization.

    Read this special report to discover:

    – Which key metrics about your competitors' performance are now accessible.
    (and how to keep this peephole from disappearing!)
    – How to avoid the fresh pitfall of overzealous optimization.
    – The new exhaustively detailed performance data hidden away in an unobvious location.
    (and when to use it.)
    – A simple upgrade plan to keep from losing sales during the forced campaign transition.

    Download this free report today, give it a quick read, and grow your revenue and profit from the newly revised Google Shopping campaigns.

    Sponsored by: ROI Revolution

  • Presented by: MarketingSherpa

    Just Released: The E-commerce Benchmark Study. The largest, most scientifically reliable study conducted on the state of e-commerce marketing. Click on the link below to download your copy.

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    Industry Reports
    Date: June, 2014

    The MarketingSherpa E-commerce Benchmark Study quickly arms you with data you need to make key business decisions and gain budget and resources from business leaders and clients.

    This study was:

    – Conducted with 4,346 e-commerce marketing professionals
    – Comprised of 94 charts including cross-tabulated data on the most successful e-commerce marketing practices
    – Distilled from more than 3,000 hours of research from a range of e-commerce experts, leaders and practitioners

    Download your copy of the study by clicking the button below.

    Presented by: MarketingSherpa

  • Presented by: Needle

    Trust, is a powerful tool, and when used wisely, retailers can reap the rewards. This eBook explains how best to build and maintain trust with your online customers.

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    Industry Reports
    Date: June, 2014

    A roadmap for building consumer trust

    With so much competition among online retailers, trying to gain customers based solely on price or convenience may be futile. However, there is another tool online retailers can deploy that will create long-term revenue and growth. And that tool is trust. Trust is what makes consumers return often, spend more, buy more, and refer more people. Trust, is a powerful tool, and when used wisely, retailers can reap the rewards. This eBook explains how best to build and maintain trust with your online customers.

    Provided by Needle

  • Presented by: Windsor Circle

    Leveraging purchase history data imported by Windsor Circle, evo.com, an outdoor lifestyle retailer, created an automated email series to educate their customers about their newly purchased product.

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    Case Study
    Date: July, 2014

    Case study: Precision Timing

    How evo saw 3.2 Times the Opens and 9.6 Times the Clicks with Automated How-to Guides

    Leveraging purchase history data imported by Windsor Circle, evo.com, an outdoor lifestyle retailer, created an automated email series to educate their customers about their newly purchased product. Download the case study to learn more.

    Download this case study to learn how evo saw average open rates of 58% and average click rates of 25% from their automated how-to guides. Learn how evo:

    – improved customer satisfaction and brand engagement
    – increased trust in their brand
    – lifted repeat sales
    – reduced return rates

    evo sells over 16,000 ski boots a year, making this one of their highest grossing products; however, they were seeing a growing number of returns and exchanges on this particular product. evo attributed this to the difficulties of trying on ski boots at home and create a 3 part how-to series to send to customers who purchase online ski boots.

    Sponsored by Windsor Circle

  • Presented by: Oracle

    Download this white paper to learn 5 commerce best practices to help you improve commerce experiences, grow customer loyalty, achieve better results, and stay competitive in the global commerce marketplace.

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    Industry Reports
    Date: July, 2014

    Personalize Commerce Experiences. Connect Interactions. Drive Results.

    Today's customers have more ways to research, evaluate, compare, purchase, and provide feedback on products and services than ever before. Download this white paper to learn 5 commerce best practices to help you improve commerce experiences, grow customer loyalty, achieve better results, and stay competitive in the global commerce marketplace.

    Sponsored by Oracle

  • Presented by: Boldchat

    This extensive research report from BoldChat provides insights and best practices on improving your mobile experience with your customers.

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    Industry Reports
    Date: January, 2014

    Streamlining the customer experience with mobile chat

    According to Forrester Research, U.S. mobile retail sales are estimated to grow from $12 billion in 2013 to $27 billion by 2016 – a $15 billion increase.

    Mobile devices are increasingly used by consumers online and in-store for product research and purchases. Organizations that create a seamless customer experience for consumers will reap the greatest benefits from mCommerce. Mobile chat is a proven way to incorporate the human touch into mobile interactions throughout the customer lifecycle. Though technology keeps us apart in so many ways, adding that human factor can ultimately turn it into one that brings companies closer to their buyers.

    This extensive research report from BoldChat provides insights and best practices on improving your mobile experience with your customers.

    Sponsored by Boldchat

  • Presented by: Oracle

    Learn how leading B2C and B2B brands are using Oracle Commerce to increase revenue, customer engagement, and operational efficiency while providing consistent, relevant, and personalized omni-channel buying experiences.

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    Industry Reports
    Date: August, 2014

    600% increase in sales, 50% increase in conversion rates, 60% increase in page views

    Learn how leading B2C and B2B brands are using Oracle Commerce to increase revenue, customer engagement, and operational efficiency while providing consistent, relevant, and personalized omni-channel buying experiences.

    Sponsored by Oracle

  • Presented by: Acquia

    This report reveals what is driving the convergence between eCommerce and WCM solutions and provides a framework to use when considering the pros and cons of using these historically independent platforms together.

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    Industry Reports
    Date: August, 2014

    Companies need cohesive digital customer experiences, but marketing and eCommerce groups often operate in silos with differing objectives, which leads them to buy and operate independent solutions for brand content and transactions.

    The end result? A fragmented and poorly integrated digital presence that confuses the customer, is difficult to manage, and, ultimately, leaves revenue on the table. Digital marketers are also getting savvier. It is no longer enough to enable an online catalog and transactional eCommerce: Today’s marketers want to tell brand and product stories through the deep personalization and contextualization of content and interactive digital experiences. As a result, application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals must understand whether they need to support marketing and business needs with a web content management (WCM) system, an eCommerce system, or both.

    This report reveals what is driving the convergence between eCommerce and WCM solutions and provides a framework to use when considering the pros and cons of using these historically independent platforms together.

    Sponsored by Acquia

  • Presented by: ThisMoment

    Find out how to use UGC in your campaigns and increase repeat visits to your site regularly.

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    Industry Reports
    Date: August, 2014

    Learn how you can establish a trusted dialogue with your audience utilizing User Generated Content (UGC).

    The evolution and expansion of mobile devices and social networks has made it easier than ever for consumers to communicate to each other about the brands they love. User-generated content (UGC) has allowed marketers to authentically establish credibility and relevancy with their audience.

    Find out how to use UGC in your campaigns and increase repeat visits to your site regularly.

    Sponsored by ThisMoment

  • Presented by: Internet Retailer

    Each quarter, the IR research team will provide a roundup of the key e-commerce developments and highlight the biggest winners and losers in terms of sales and profits of the most recent financial quarter.

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    Industry Reports
    Date: August, 2014

    Internet Retailer first-ever quarterly financial snapshot is a real-time, quarterly update of its well-known Top 500 Guide®. Each quarter, the IR research team will provide a roundup of the key e-commerce developments and highlight the biggest winners and losers in terms of sales and profits of the most recent financial quarter.

    Here is some of what the inaugural E-Retail Quarterly Report contains:

    – In-depth analysis of Q2 earnings – who’s up and who’s down
    – Stores vs. Web key metrics
    – Who’s making money in Q2?
    – Financial Performance Tracker

    Unlike the Top 500 Guide, this report from Internet Retailer is complimentary.