Michelle Beeson

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The Pandemic Accelerates Retailers’ Need For Digital Operations

Michelle Beeson June 15, 2020
As lockdowns ease, retail stores traffic and sales will only increase gradually based on consumer comfort levels, bringing preexisting strategic objectives into sharper focus and accelerate the need to execute on them.
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UK Consumers Keep Calm And Carry On

Michelle Beeson June 11, 2020
Results from the our Consumer Technographics® COVID-19 Survey show how UK consumers have adjusted their spending habits and digital behaviors during the pandemic.
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How Retail Omnichannel Commerce Stands In 2020

Michelle Beeson March 31, 2020
Customers believe they are engaging with one unified brand or organization, regardless of the device or touchpoints that they use. Retailers must ensure the continuity of information and resources across digital and store touchpoints — or risk losing customers to competitors that do. A truly omnichannel operation that spans the customer lifecycle will optimize revenue, […]
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Key Technologies All Brands Need To Build Their D2C And B2B2C Business

Michelle Beeson March 26, 2020
All brands must rapidly upgrade legacy technology systems and processes. And that is regardless of whether or not they sell directly to customers! Brands are facing an onslaught of greater demands externally (consumers and retail partners) and internally (to execute successful digital marketing campaigns and digital commerce strategies). As a result, brands are evaluating the […]
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LVMH Acquires Tiffany & Co.: Why It’s A Prudent Match

Michelle Beeson November 27, 2019
The largest-ever deal in the luxury sector will strengthen LVMH's position in the US and help revive the jeweler's flagging fortunes.
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Holiday 2019: Bring Brand Values Into Your Storytelling

Michelle Beeson October 7, 2019
Retailers: Customers care about your commitment to social and environmental sustainability. This holiday season, be sure to weave your brand values into your messaging.
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Redefine Omnichannel Success To Measure Performance Effectively

Michelle Beeson September 24, 2019
What should our omnichannel scorecard look like? What key metrics should be included? What metrics are we missing? These are some of the questions I often get from retailers. Retail performance dashboards will most certainly include touchpoint-focused, point-in-time metrics such as online conversion rates. These are valuable measures, but conversion rates alone do not give […]
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Customers Value Sustainability — Brands And Retailers Must, Too!

Michelle Beeson July 17, 2019
Increasingly, customers factor in sustainability when considering whether your brand gets their spend or not.
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Retail Mobile App Experiences: A New Best-Practices Series

Michelle Beeson July 1, 2019
Best practices for retailers' mobile apps gleaned from an evaluation of 15 apps in the US and Europe.
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Brands Must Revamp Digital Commerce Strategy

Michelle Beeson May 29, 2019
How should brands' digital commerence strategies change in response to the rise of direct-to-consumer brands?
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The French And UK Customer Experience Index Results Are In!

Michelle Beeson March 18, 2019
Each year, based on a survey of your customers, Forrester releases results of its Customer Experience Index (CX Index™). The methodology measures how well a brand’s customer experience strengthens the loyalty of its customers and ultimately drives business growth. The French CX Index and UK Retail CX Index results are in! Key highlights from the […]
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Retailers: Extend Omnichannel Capabilities To The Customer, Not Just Operations

Michelle Beeson January 22, 2019
Omnichannel investments, including in-store pickup and endless aisle, continue to be top strategic investment for digital business professionals at retail organizations. Forrester predicts that digital touchpoints will influence 55% of total European retail sales by 2022, so a retailer’s digital presence continues to play a significant role in influencing consumer purchase decisions, both online and […]
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Brands: Here Is The Size Of Your Digital Commerce Prize

Michelle Beeson January 21, 2019
Consumer-facing brands know that there is proverbial “gold” in generating direct sales through digital commerce — but the big question is the size of the prize. Where will brands place their digital commerce bets, and what will each yield in terms of digital sales, profitability, and customer relationships? The sales opportunity across different digital commerce touchpoints, […]
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Keep Experimenting To Apply The Best Digital Technology For Your Store Environment

Michelle Beeson January 18, 2019
Retailers are slowly moving beyond omnichannel fulfillment capabilities in stores to invest in digital store technologies that empower store associates, improve customers’ engagement, and enhance store operations. There is no single formula for great execution on digital store technologies, and the varied performance of the retailers assessed shows that many are still figuring out the […]
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Luxury Retail 2018: What A Difference A Year Can Make

Michelle Beeson January 18, 2019
Luxury brands have gone from relative inertia over digital strategies to a flurry of activity, including technology upgrades, partnerships, and even acquisitions. Back in the summer of 2017, we warned that luxury brands were out of time when it came to improving their digital customer experiences and internal operations. Digitally mature and savvy luxury consumers […]
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The Forrester Retail Wave™: European Mobile Apps, Q4 2018 — European Retailers Are Raising The Bar For Mobile App Experiences

Michelle Beeson November 5, 2018
My colleague Alex Causey and I have now finished “The Forrester Retail Wave™: European Mobile Apps, Q4 2018,” the second Retail Wave we’ve done. This year, we evaluated the functionality and usability of six European retailers’ mobile apps. For retailers with a pan-European presence, we selected one European market in which to evaluate the retailer’s app […]
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To Thrive In Retail, Obsess About Your Customers And Invest In Your Associates

Michelle Beeson November 2, 2018
Forrester’s Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) research shows that, year on year, retail performance is still not reaching levels of “excellence.” Instead, retailer performance clusters around the “OK” level. There are of course bright sparks, with retailers such as John Lewis outperforming peers, but even those standouts are only reaching “good.” So what is holding […]
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It’s A New Type Of Digital Holiday Season

Michelle Beeson October 16, 2018
This blog post is part of Forrester’s Holiday 2018 retail series. Black Friday holiday sales events are a fixture of the European holiday shopping season (even without a European equivalent of the Thanksgiving holiday!). Initially finding its way to the UK, the sales day has extended across Europe to become a significant sales event from […]
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All Brands Need A Full-Fledged Digital Commerce Strategy

Michelle Beeson May 17, 2018
The internet has enabled brands to sell more of their products to an ever-expanding universe of shoppers, but digital distribution has also added complexity to the relationship between brands and retailers and other channel partners. All brands need to set parameters around the digital sales of their goods, regardless of the type of brand or […]
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2018 Retail Best Practices Extended: Mobile Web

Michelle Beeson April 30, 2018
Consumers can choose between a variety of touchpoints, but when it comes to mobile, only loyal customers will download your app — everyone else will be left with the mobile browser. Mobile is becoming a dominant digital touchpoint for retail, influencing online sales and purchase decisions in-store. Retailers will broaden their reach and increase the likelihood […]
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