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Marketers — Get Your Heads Out Of The Clouds!

Rusty Warner 3 days ago

It’s frustrating when a customer exhibits purchase intent but doesn’t buy because of friction in the customer journey. It’s worse when a store manager or contact center agent is unaware of a digital promotion. Nearly 40% of CMOs say that a lack of consistent customer experience (CX) prevents greater online sales revenue. Empowered customers now […]

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Introducing The Consumer Tech Stack For Europe

Reineke Reitsma August 23, 2018

In the past few months, my colleague James McQuivey has written several blogs about the exciting times we live in. In these posts, he focuses on how technology is fundamentally changing the way we interact with the world around us and how that change is grounded in evolution. His research shows that our uniquely evolved […]

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Seeking Magic Moments — Why It’s Time To Tune Up Your Digital Experience Stack

Allen Bonde July 20, 2018

The legendary R&B singer and songwriter Ben E. King got it so right in the Drifters’ 1960 recording of “This Magic Moment.” The song is timeless because it tells a classic tale of a first kiss. It also captures a moment in time in words and song that reminds us of the power of storytelling, […]

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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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By Acquiring Flipkart, Walmart Gets Access To The Indian Market — For A Premium

Satish Meena May 15, 2018

In April 2017, Flipkart raised funds from SoftBank, eBay, Tencent, and Microsoft to counter Amazon’s rapidly growing presence in India. On May 9, 2018, Walmart announced that it will jump into the fray, paying $16 billion to acquire 77% of Flipkart and finally getting the chance to sell goods to Indian consumers. This deal gives […]

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Three Takeaways On eCommerce From My Trip To China

Lily Varon April 30, 2018

I recently spent two weeks in China to attend an event hosted by eCommerce company JD.com for analysts and retail thought leaders. Here are my takeaways on the state of eCommerce in the world’s largest eCommerce market: Customers in China seek novelty and individuality. Nearly 60% of metropolitan Chinese consumers are Progressive Pioneers — the most demanding, […]

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Four Forces Drive The Consumer's Tech Stack

James L. McQuivey April 5, 2018

Today I’m on stage in New York speaking to hundreds of marketing executives at our Consumer Marketing Forum 2018. I’m there to unveil the 2018 US Benchmark Data Overview, which for the first time ever we are making available to all Forrester clients. See the report here: The Consumer Tech Stack. The research is exciting. […]

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Why The Home Depot Wins At Mobile Web

James L. McQuivey March 5, 2018

Take a not-so-random walk with me and my colleagues Brendan Miller and Jennifer Wise as we go deep into the case study of The Home Depot. The company ranked at the top of our recent The Forrester Retail Wave™: US Mobile Web, Q4 2017 evaluation. Beyond reporting the scores, we also went in search of […]

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Accelerate Your Culture Practices For Digital Transformation

Michelle Beeson March 5, 2018

Successful digital transformations are underpinned by a strong digital culture, which is a huge enabler of change. But, for most organisations, cultural change is still the largest barrier faced for successful transformation and the most difficult to overcome. Forrester’s digital maturity model identifies three levels of maturity, each with common practices and each building on […]

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Amazon Will Own Your Customer And What To Do About It

James L. McQuivey February 8, 2018

From twenty years of trying, I know this about covering Amazon: It’s tricky. Our report process can take months during which we comb through our extensive Technographics data to find patterns or we interview executives. Not to mention the time it takes to write, edit, and produce our reports. During which time, the moving target […]

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Target Buying Shipt Won't Make Same-Day Delivery Any Easier

Sucharita Kodali December 14, 2017

Target announced yesterday that it acquired a startup in the grocery delivery space called Shipt for $550MM.  If you’re familiar with Instacart, you get the gist of Shipt.  If not, think Uber for groceries—consumers place an order through Shipt and a marketplace of drivers shops for your items and delivers it to you on your schedule.   […]

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CXEurope 2017: Introducing the Values Based Customer

Henry Peyret October 18, 2017

More than 5 years ago Forrester introduced the Age of Customer as a new 15 to 20 years era which saw the increasing customer empowerment in front of brands and companies. For companies, the first step in this era turned into improving the customer experience and the customer journey through an omnichannel strategy,  identifying the […]

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SMB Commerce Platforms Are Now A $1 Billion Market

Jennifer Adams October 2, 2017

Commerce platforms provide the tools to power eCommerce, enabling online catalogs, shopping carts, and promotions. We recently published our updated Forrester Data: Commerce Platform Technology Forecast, 2016 To 2021 (Global). The market has changed considerably since we last published this forecast in December 2014. The biggest surprise? How quickly the market for SMB platforms has […]

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Luxury Brands Must Act Or Be Digitally Disenfranchised From Savvy Luxury Consumers

Michelle Beeson September 29, 2017

Luxury consumers around the world are embracing new technology and adding these digital touchpoints – including, of course, their smartphones – into their shopping behaviors. But overall, luxury brands have been far too slow to respond to their customers’ rising digital expectations. Luxury brands, tier one through to aspirational, are now scrambling to bolster their […]

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Amazon And Flipkart Are Expected to Record $1.2 Billion To $1.5 Billion In Sales In India’s Coming Festive Season

Satish Meena September 19, 2017

On October 6, 2014, Flipkart launched Big Billion Day, an event that occurs within India’s festive season — a holiday period that accounts for 40% of the total sales of key brands in India. Now in its fourth year, Big Billion Day has expanded from a one-day event to five days. In 2014, Snapdeal launched […]

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Amazon Blends Digital and Physical Experiences At Their New Book Store

Bruce Eppinger September 5, 2017

Recently I stopped in at the new Amazon Book store on 34th Street in Manhattan to see how Amazon is re-imagining the in-store experience. While Amazon has much to learn about retail from the brick and mortar giants, physical stores can learn a lot from how Amazon is successfully bringing the digital experience into the […]

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A Customer-Led Approach Is Fundamental To The Integration Of Worldpay And Vantiv

Brendan Miller August 15, 2017

Vantiv has the largest payments industry acquisition of 2017 ($10.4B) under its belt — now what? Integration is the trickiest part of any acquisition and comes after the dust settles and the deal is done. This crucial phase begins in earnest this week for Vantiv and Worldpay. To accelerate its business and achieve the full […]

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How Should Insurers Unleash Their Digital Businesses? By Mastering The Digital Basics

Ellen Carney August 15, 2017

Canadian and US insurers have a lot on their plates this year.  They’re not just grappling with extreme weather, substantial underwriting losses from all those motor vehicle claims, but also rising customer expectations and an onslaught of fintech disruptors.  These disruptors are spurring lots of activity in insurance digital labs, insurance venture capital arms, and […]

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Amazon’s Singapore Launch Signals the End of Digital Complacency in Southeast Asia

Frederic Giron July 28, 2017

July 27th marked Amazon’s first e-commerce official foray into the 640 million people strong region. It launched its Prime Now app in Singapore with a compelling two-hour delivery offering that signals a new era in the region’s digital landscape. We see the impact of Amazon’s move not only on the e-commerce and retail industries, but […]

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Digital Store Technologies Take the Stage For Both Customer and Associate Experience

Ananda Chakravarty July 27, 2017

Digital retail theater is becoming reality for consumers as retailers rush to find ways of attracting and retaining store customers.  What is digital retail theater?  It’s the combination of original retail theater – entertainment, novelty, and engagement – with digital technologies and services to create the next level of in-store experience.  My colleague, Brendan Miller […]

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