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Customer engagement in an omnichannel world
Customer engagement in an omnichannel world

Omnichannel customer engagement revolves around so much more than just a technology-driven approach. A cross-channel strategy needs to be an integral human one if organisations are to remain competitive...

By Mo Areff 13 Aug 2019

Image credit: Tumisu from Pixabay.
Here's what SMEs need to know about using their customer communication channels effectively

There are a few basic things every business can do to ensure that its communication strategy is as effective as possible...

By Greg Chen 2 Aug 2019

Major shifts on the horizon in Nigeria's consumer landscape
Major shifts on the horizon in Nigeria's consumer landscape

The Nigerian consumer landscape is set for a multitude of shifts. By 2025, 55% of Nigerians will live in cities or towns as a result of 50% growth in population in urban areas, which represents the fastest urban growth rate globally...

1 Aug 2019

5 ways to drive growth through customer retention
5 ways to drive growth through customer retention

Businesses have become obsessed with their growth curve, regardless of the metric, number of users, customers and followers growth...

By Kirsty Sharman 25 Jul 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

Retail in 2030: AI, IoT, big data, and omnichannel as teenagers
Retail in 2030: AI, IoT, big data, and omnichannel as teenagers

Will technologies like AI mean the end of human engagement and shopping in a physical retail store? Will we become completely dependent on IoT technology for shopping?

By M Frazer 16 Jul 2019

10 retail trends for 2019
10 retail trends for 2019

For the retail sector as a whole - and for physical stores in particular - 2019 will be a year of reinvention...

By Jackie Kalis 15 Jul 2019

Image credit: Mein Deal on Unsplash.
How to use design thinking to build the next Amazon

Anyone aspiring to build the next Amazon needs to adopt a similar approach to Jeff Bezos's insistence on an empty chair...

By Anne-marie le Roux 15 Jul 2019

3 trends in retailtainment
3 trends in retailtainment

'Retailtainment' is described as the use of "ambiance, emotion, sound and activity to get customers interested in the product and in a mood to buy"...

By Eben Esterhuizen 3 Jul 2019

What the latest technological innovation means for the future of retail
What the latest technological innovation means for the future of retail

With neverending technological innovation, what will retail look like in the next 20 to 30 years?

By Maroefah Smith 2 Jul 2019

How interior décor helps create immersive retail experiences
How interior décor helps create immersive retail experiences

Canon deciphers the importance of the settings and ambiences of physical shops as they become more than just a buying space, an opportunity for the brand to build and maintain relationships...

1 Jul 2019

Dee Chetty, Accenture Interactive Lead for Africa.
The future of customer personalisation lies with AI

Laying the foundation for a future where personalisation platforms can architect previously unimagined customer experiences...

By Dee Chetty 14 Jun 2019

How CRM can add measurable value to your brand
How CRM can add measurable value to your brand

Customer relationship marketing (CRM) is an important tool to help turn your marketing campaigns into a success. With this tool, repetitive tasks are automated, freeing up time for teams to engage with tasks, that are more demanding to meet business objectives...

By Michael Gullan 13 Jun 2019

#AfricaMonth: The rise of Afrocentrism and its impact on the luxury business
#AfricaMonth: The rise of Afrocentrism and its impact on the luxury business

Africa has been a rich source of artistic inspiration for many parts of the world for centuries, but what's changing now is that Afrocentric culture is being spearheaded by the sons and daughters of the African continent...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 May 2019

The most valuable global retail brands for 2019
The most valuable global retail brands for 2019

The results of the second annual BrandZ Top 75 Most Valuable Global Retail Brands have been revealed. The research shows that the world's most valuable retail brands are worth $339 billion more...

14 May 2019

Successful retail chatbot interactions to grow eightfold by 2023
Successful retail chatbot interactions to grow eightfold by 2023

The global number of successful retail chatbot interactions will reach 22 billion by 2023, up from an estimated 2.6 billion in 2019, as AI offers compelling new engagement solutions...

9 May 2019

Phygital: 6 ways to adapt, or die
Phygital: 6 ways to adapt, or die

Innovative phygital business models, where bricks and mortar and digital seamlessly integrate, are popping up across the globe. But the best phygital experiences still remain aligned with old-school sales strategies...

By Eben Esterhuizen 30 Apr 2019

Up, close and very personalised
Up, close and very personalised

The shift to a more individualised society that values experiences more than goods has resulted in a strong drive towards personalisation...

By Refilwe Maluleke 23 Apr 2019

Six steps to successful customer relationship management
Six steps to successful customer relationship management

As Easter looms businesses are looking for powerful ways to promote their goods and activate more sales. This should include beefing up customer relationship management (CMR) systems to streamline communication with potential clients and encourage more sales. Here are six steps to sprucing up your CRM and captivating customers at every touch point along the way...

By Eben Esterhuizen 16 Apr 2019

The need for speed in modern retail
The need for speed in modern retail

In an age where leisure time is an increasingly precious commodity, customers are placing an even greater premium on convenience...

By Refilwe Maluleke 8 Apr 2019

PwC releases consumer insights survey for 2019
PwC releases consumer insights survey for 2019

Anton Hugo, retail & consumer leader for PwC Africa and associate directors Rashaad Fortune and Andries Geertsema presented PwC's 2019 Global Consumer Insights Survey at the Peech Hotel in Johannesburg on 3 April...

3 Apr 2019

Consumer demand at the forefront of African business priorities
Consumer demand at the forefront of African business priorities

There are interesting shifts in African manufacturer and retailer business priorities and a growing appreciation for the fact that no one-size-fits-all approach is enough to ensure ongoing success in sub-Saharan Africa...

28 Mar 2019

African retailers have the opportunity to re-imagine a data-driven sector
African retailers have the opportunity to re-imagine a data-driven sector

Transforming retail starts with the business model, not the technology...

By Toros Esim 27 Mar 2019

#ECO19: Is your mobile commerce strategy excluding the mass market?
#ECO19: Is your mobile commerce strategy excluding the mass market?

When you design for mobile, consider who you're building for. For the small percentage with beautiful, high-end phones, or for 61% of the market?

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 Mar 2019

Mike Joubert of the Billybo Group, in action on the eCommerce Africa 2019 stage.
#ECO19: Unpack why your brand story matters before you start telling it

In a talk titled 'Why your story matters', in the 'driving demand' track of the fifth eCommerce Africa conference, attendees heard from Mike Joubert, founder of the Billybo Group. Dubbed a godfather in SA brands and marketing, he walked us through the virtue of storytelling and why it matters, while shedding light through examples from some of the greatest commercial stories ever told...

By Leigh Andrews 20 Mar 2019

Chantel Botha of BrandLove in action at eCommerce Africa 2019.
#ECO19: Why brands need to create emotional experiences for Generation CX

The eCommerce Africa conference kicked off at CTICC on 19 March with a keynote session by Chantel Botha, founder of BrandLove, titled: 'More than a feeling, on why CX is the #1 competitive differentiator'. Here's what you missed...

By Leigh Andrews 19 Mar 2019

Is your organisation customer centric?
Is your organisation customer centric?

By the year 2020, poor customer experiences will destroy 30% of digital business projects. Will yours be one of them? What does it mean to be customer-centric?...

14 Mar 2019

8 trends driving innovation in sub-Saharan Africa
8 trends driving innovation in sub-Saharan Africa

Across all consumer industries, innovation in sub-Saharan Africa is seeing new products and services offered to address challenges the continent faces...

12 Mar 2019

Retail marketing and point of purchase trends for 2019
Retail marketing and point of purchase trends for 2019

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.'s company thought leaders are peeking into their crystal balls to predict what the coming 365 days have in store for the retail and point-of-purchase industries...

By Leo Van De Polder 28 Feb 2019

Keeping on trend in digital retail
Keeping on trend in digital retail

As we approach the third month of 2019, some interesting trends are being predicted and already seen, in the retail and online market segment. Considering that December was a tough one for SA retailers...

27 Feb 2019

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