The holiday season is a time of lots of movement. People run into shops to buy their last gifts or the last ingredients for their feast, look for the perfect party outfit, and cram their bags to the last minute, before they go home on an often long journey. Excitement, stress, and loss of time precede the holiday calm and reflections.
Crowded shopping malls and endless queues cause chaos and frustration among consumers. In fact, nine out of ten shoppers avoid a store when queues are too long.
With all the attention on Cyber-Monday-Week and its excellent results, other relevant news from Amazon has gone almost unnoticed. Two weeks ago, re:Invent Campus took place in Las Vegas, one of the world’s largest cloud computing events. Amazon’s cloud service platform AWS made remarkable business announcements there.
In addition to machine learning, big data, blockchain and databases, AWS was also looking for new cloud services in funky areas like cosmos and robotics. The latter goes far beyond the debate of humanoid companions in everyday life and business.
How widespread are robots currently and what are Amazon’s plans to promote their use and development?
Phone calls are rare. Communicating via text or voice message is getting more and more popular, especially among younger generations. It’s a fast, simple, and comfortable way of communicating. Now users are expecting this kind of experiences when talking to businesses. Excellent and careful customer service is a distinguishing feature and has become essential.
11.11? Just a time before the holiday rush. But in Asia, this has been a special day for the last nine years. Thanks to the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, the 11th of November, since 2009, it’s also THE shopping event of the year called »Singles Day«. Not only is it the most successful, best-selling deal day of all time, it has also spread internationally and far beyond Alibaba.
In addition to sales records, the immense number of customer interactions, and parcel shipments, there are other aspects that are worth analysing.
Our cities are getting digital. There is public Wi-Fi and apps that not only provide real-time local information about parking options, but also provide local information such as events, news, or rental offers. But a smart city can do much more than just surf the web. At least theoretically.
But how developed are “smart cities” in Germany? Are digital offerings already known and when yes, have they prevailed? Where’s the biggest potential?
Christmas time is near. Consumers are buying gifts, retailers are stocking up, and parcel deliverers are gearing up to handle the mountains of boxes and avoid messy deliveries.
What can retailers and manufacturers look out for, make sure their shipments arrive on time and their customers are happy?
Influencer marketing is no longer a hype, but an integral part of a communication strategy for many companies. The reason is simple: Influencers are revered as idols and thus influence their followers. A business’ goal is clear: With influencers, they want to increase their own brand perception and reach new target groups — just think of the campaigns from established companies like Adidas with Kendall Jenner.
But beyond such top influencers, micro-influencers also represent an alternative as an advertising medium. Such a person does not have to have a million followers to be influential, as micro-influencer marketing proves. Using first use cases, we’ll take a close look at this new phenomenon.
Do I need an umbrella this morning? Add buttermilk to my shopping list. Play the latest episode of House of Cards in the living room. In millions of households, these questions and requests are already a regular thing in everyday life and are answered or completed (more or less) reliably by virtual assistants immediately. But how is it in offices? Are we ready to stop using our hands and let our voices work for us?
Social networks are everywhere and social media has long been part of everyday life. Online users are constantly in the thick of the action, averaging 7.6 social media accounts, and liking, sharing, posting, consuming, and chatting for just under two hours a day. This digital reality opens up a lot of opportunities for companies to address potential new customers and repeat customers. For about 80 per cent of companies, social media plays a crucial role in marketing.
Retails and manufacturers don’t just want to build their brand, they also want to find new employees, attract new customers and generate more sales. However, the competition is getting increasingly stronger. That’s why creative and target group-specific content is required and formats with a high level of engagement are being brought into focus: Formats such as videos.
Music has always been part of my everyday life. Through the good times, and the bad. During special moments I won’t forget. It has the power to shape every moment with the right notes and melodies. It has only recently become possible to have a limitless catalogue of music with you at all times – and when Spotify launched in October 2008 they made it possible. A lot has changed in ten years. Today, Spotify does even more than just music streaming. Let’s take a look at their track record and explain what other companies can learn from it to drive their digital business.