Our Top 11 Brand Advocacy and Loyalty Articles from 2015

With 2016 merely days away, it seems appropriate to indulge in a look back at what we’ve learned and shared this year. We’ve picked 11 of our most helpful and interesting posts about ecommerce, brand advocacy, digital marketing, loyalty, and social commerce for you to enjoy… 1. “Why US Brands Should Follow China as a Social Commerce Example,” from January 13: Read more…

The 7 Most Interesting Digital Marketing Trends for 2016

Maybe we’re unusual, but here at Annex Cloud we love how at the end of every year, tons of articles appear about the next big ecommerce and digital marketing trends. Rather than focusing on what’s already happened this year, marketers look ahead, brainstorm, and hypothesize about what we might see soon. In short, it’s all about possibility, and with that comes excitement. Read more…

Loyal Customers or Advocates?
by Grace Miller | September 2, 2015 | Advocate Marketing, Customer Loyalty, Social Commerce

Too often today the two terms “loyalists” and “advocates” are used interchangeably when referring to valuable customers. In fact they could not be any more different from each other, but there is a spectrum to where customers fall between loyalists and advocates that needs to be understood. Today, customers have many choices and are distracted by messages, promotions, and opportunities to save and drive greater value from their purchases. A brand like Nike hopes that their customers buy all their tennis shoes from Nike but the reality is that a single customer may have Nike, Adidas, and Puma in their closet.

Is Conversion Rate an Antiquated Metric in eCommerce?
by Grace Miller | August 19, 2015 | Customer Engagement, Customer Loyalty, Social Commerce

Today’s retailers, eTailers, or eCommerce companies are heavily focused on acquiring new customers. Those who are forward thinking have already shifted some of their attention to Retention (think Loyalty), but there is still not enough attention been paid to use of conversion (think high impulse shopping items around the checkout lanes). Within an organization each person will give you a different definition of what is/are conversions(s) for their business. Instead of trying to converge everyone to agree on one definition, we should recognize its different nuances within the buying process.