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Kroger Gets Its Fuel from Customer Rewards

Posted in Advertising, Digital, Marketing

Kroger has always been an innovator. It was the first store to combine meats and groceries under one roof, and the first grocery store to have its own bakery. Kroger pioneered the use of optical scanners in the checkout aisles and was one of the first grocery chains to open superstores, a move that has helped it weather competition from big box stores like Sam’s Club and Costco. That drive to innovate has helped make Kroger the nation’s largest grocery chain and the second largest retailer in the country after Walmart.

But, what has really driven Kroger’s recent success is its commitment to the customer experience, and particularly how well it has applied its customer loyalty program. Kroger launched its … Continue Reading

Marketers Predict Trends to Watch in 2014: Insights from Brown Shoe Company’s Chief Marketing Officer, Will Smith

Posted in Digital, Marketing, Mobile

Concluding the three part prediction series, I turn to Will Smith, Brown Shoe Company’s Chief Marketing Officer, to get his thoughts on what 2014 holds for the retail industry.

2014 Predictions within the Retail Industry and How They Have the Potential to Affect Marketing and Advertising, with Brown Shoe Company’s Chief Marketing Officer, Will Smith.

 

QWhat are your 2014 predictions within the retail industry and how do they have the potential to affect marketing and advertising? AOne of the biggest trends we need to pay attention to as marketers is the increasingly savvy, mobile customer.  Where customers once got their product information from a newspaper, TV ad, or billboard, today it’s in the palm of their hand. … Continue Reading

What’s Next in 2013: A Lesson in Trendspotting with Marian Salzman

Posted in Advertising, Digital, Marketing, Media

Spotting industry trends and making forecasts for a year ahead is a challenge, especially in an age of constant change and technological developments.  The way I see it, in terms of trends, it is critical to seek out the best when you need to spot trends and discern the real change elements at work.  After offering my year in review and looking back at the trends in 2012, it’s time to also look ahead.  We are at the dawn of a new year – a year filled with potential and uncertainty.  So, let’s get some clarity on what the future holds.

The Way the Industry Sees It

I had the pleasure of speaking with Marian Salzman, CEO of Havas … Continue Reading

Toasting to the New Year

Posted in Advertising, Marketing

Ah, December 31st.  Each year, the ball drops in Times Square, and people count down excitedly from ten as they plan their resolutions for the New Year, and clink champagne flutes to toast to the year ahead.  New Year’s Eve is all about glitz and glamour, from the sparkle of the Times Square crystal ball to the abundance of black tie affairs.  New Year’s Eve is the top and the most festive of holiday celebrations.  The holiday has become synonymous with a certain alcoholic beverage in particular: champagne.  Bubbly is the drink of choice for party-goers.  And leading up to this night, champagne brands are busy marketing to have their corks popped most on New Year’s Eve.

The Way I… Continue Reading