Brand influencers and advocates are key to driving reach and sales yet most companies fail to activate well. Both customers and employees are a source of untapped growth that companies need to focus more effort on. Here’s how to maximise employee and customer advocacy.
Are ‘cutesy’ pictures of wild animals shared online fuelling the illegal wildlife trade and can marketers serve the increasing demand for social media animal marketing, but in an ethical and responsible way? Phil Aiston shows how working with animals – but with a conscience – can be a force for good.
Remember when shops used to be closed on Sundays? Or closed for a half-day during the week (presumably so staff could have time off)? It seems ridiculous now, as we shop whenever we like, either in the high street or online. In fact, research shows that shopping ‘out of hours’ – late night shopping – is evolving and consumers are increasingly settling down in the evening for a bit of second-screen retail therapy. So how savvy is your brand at providing a first class customer experience for those ‘night owl’ potential purchasers?
Marketers need to ensure they reduce the hassle that often surrounds payment methods, to improve the user experience, says Shane Leahy – particularly now, as consumers often use two screens simultaneously; gamers, for example, who want to be able to download content via mobile payment while mid-game on their tablets.