Compelling, creepy, annoying or just bad? Retail’s personalization opportunity

It's hard to believe it's been over 20 years since Martha Rodgers and Don Peppers' seminal book The One to One Future. At the time, Dr. Rodgers and Mr. Peppers (not to be confused with Mr. Rodgers and Dr. Pepper!) offered up the radical notion that mass, one-size-fits-all marketing would begin yielding to a brave new one-to-one … Continue reading Compelling, creepy, annoying or just bad? Retail’s personalization opportunity

With Cyber Monday behind us, the real holiday shopping season begins

As I wrote last week, the noise around Black Friday and Cyber Monday is mostly a bunch of hype. Both days represent a relatively small percentage of total holiday sales, and are even less important when you consider their contributions to profits given the amount of discounting that occurs. Moreover, there is little evidence that a "good" … Continue reading With Cyber Monday behind us, the real holiday shopping season begins

Unsustainable Customer Acquisition Costs Make Much Of Ecommerce Profit Proof

As much attention as both the growth and disruptive nature of e-commerce receives, few observers seem realize that often the economics of selling online are terrible (what I often refer to as "the inconvenient truth about e-commerce"). The fact is only a handful of venture capital funded "pure-plays" have (or will ever) make money and most are … Continue reading Unsustainable Customer Acquisition Costs Make Much Of Ecommerce Profit Proof

I am the captain now 

For a long time brands had the upper hand. The purchase funnel was relatively straight-forward. Media channels were few and generally well controlled. The consumer's access to product and pricing information was limited. Distribution channels were highly disciplined. Communication was largely one-way. Marketing plans were often drawn up just once year and any changes required … Continue reading I am the captain now 

I see dead marketers

I see dead marketers. Walking around like regular people. They only see what they want to see. They don't know they're dead. Marketers who behave as if customers care about channels. Marketers who continue to push average products for average people. Marketers who value efficiency over effectiveness. Marketers who think they can price cut their … Continue reading I see dead marketers