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5 Types of Influencers for Your Brand

Marketers have leveraged influencers for a long time, from athletes on the Wheaties box to celebrity chefs endorsing cookware. With the advent of social media, influencer marketing has quickly trended toward helping brands expand their reach and connect with new customers. Influencers can be highly effective when they’re knowledgeable and enthusiastic about your industry and products, especially when attracting a Read more…

White Paper: Emotional Loyalty in 2019

  We all know how the traditional rewards program model, right? A customer buys something and the retailer offers incentives like loyalty points or additional products. This is known as the transactional, or rational model of customer loyalty. Though it’s a very successful strategy, it really only considers consumers who are loyal for the reason of logical transactions. It doesn’t Read more…

6 Easy Ways to Promote Your Referral Marketing Program

According to The Word of Mouth Marketing Association, there are approximately 2.4 billion brand-related conversations each day in the United States, a breeding ground for referral marketing. Not to mention the fact that 83% of consumers say they trust recommendations from people they know (Nielsen). In layman’s terms, recommendations are the highest source of trust, making it a very important Read more…

Ask an Expert: Inside Sugarfina’s Sweet Loyalty Strategy

In this edition of Ask An Expert, we sit down with a leading marketer in the boutique candy space. Sugarfina has built a fun and playful brand atmosphere by marketing themselves as candy for adults. Zainub Naqvi, Sugarfina’s Senior Manager of CRM & Loyalty, had a lot to say about the importance of customer loyalty in ecommerce. We also dive Read more…

7 Ways to Surprise & Delight Your Customers in 2019

  You’ve implemented a great loyalty program, your rewards program is converting quicker than you can imagine, but you’re trying to think of that little extra special something to give to your customers in 2019. Lucky for you, we have just the thing. The perfect way to send your customers a bonus for taking loyal actions like referring friends or Read more…

Let’s Talk: Enterprise Loyalty Programs for Retail Brands

  Welcome back to our favorite segment, Let’s Talk! This is where thought leaders in ecommerce and retail discuss topics surrounding our industry. In this installment, our Chief Strategist Al Lalani speaks about enterprise loyalty programs for retail brands. As retailers grow, their needs become more unique to the brand. This is especially true in the case of customer loyalty. Read more…

5 Top Brands Doing UGC on Instagram

  Did you know that 47% of top brands rely extensively on user generated content for their marketing efforts (Forrester)? UGC can effectively bring a new level of authenticity to companies, showcasing the human side of your brand while building engaged communities around products and services. With ubiquitously available reviews for nearly every product and experience out there, consumers rely on Read more…

Annex Cloud VP Speaks on Retention at RecurLA

Our very own VP of Marketing Chris Bechtel recently spoke at the RecurLA Event in Santa Monica, CA where he presented “Overcoming Distractions with the Right Incentives.” During his presentation, he explains how shifts in consumer behavior and content habits are shortening customer attention spans while general consumer trust in businesses continues to fall. But there are many actions we Read more…

The Importance of Emotional Loyalty

  When we think of traditional customer loyalty, we think of the points-for-purchase rewards model. We think to ourselves “How many points do I need to can earn this item?” Many brands limit themselves to rational or transactional loyalty as opposed to emotional loyalty. Purchasers make decisions based on logical decision-making and economic incentives like rewards points, sales, and discounting. Read more…

Creating Your Full-Funnel Facebook Ad Strategy

To create a full-funnel ad strategy on Facebook, not only must you have a great funnel, but your landing pages need to be on point as well. You can write the best ad copy and target the right audiences, but if your landing pages are missing valuable information that the prospect needs to make their decision, then running a profitable Read more…