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E-Commerce Loves Snow Days

 Snow days typically evoke cheers from kids and groans from your retail partners.  Bad driving, no foot traffic, and limited staff mean yesterday's big blizzard was likely a bust for revenue except for e-commerce.  Superstorm Juno may have crushed the malls, but it made online sales jump in almost every category.

Yeoman analyzed yesterdays the online activity and performance results of 125,000 client products across multiple markets including B2C, B2B, and Education segments.  We also analyzed performance of these items on Amazon.   The comparison was simple - how did year over year sales compare yesterday versus last year. Last year was cold but clear weather.

Some of the results are pretty obvious, but there are a few surprises.  Traffic and revenue to…

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JC Penny's Big Book Blunder - 5 years later!

 This post was originally published 5 years ago.  Today JC Penney announced they were bringing back catalogs.  It took them almost 5 years to realize what Yeoman has always said; customers shop in a multi-channel way and can't be forced into 'online or offline' mode. 

Original Post: JC Penney may now join the list of retailers, manufacturers, and publishers who have mistakenly assumed they can go 'all in' online and abandon one of their traditional channels.  In this case, JC Penney has opted to exit the traditional catalog business to focus on e-commerce.

Big mistake for several reasons.  First, as all Yeoman…

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Should a B2B Manufacturer Tweet?

 Tweeting may be darlings of retail, music, and news junkies everywhere, but should it be part of a B2B manufacturers' plan?

Sometime in 2014, social networking (including micro-blogging sites like Twitter and Tumblr) quietly surpassed all other online activities, accounting for 41% of time spent online (GlobalWebIndex).

If you looked back at Twitter in 2010, they had only 105 million users and 55 million tweets per day. Twitter now boasts ”about a billion” registered users who post  500 million tweets per…

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New Year, new best practices.  The Yeoman team is pleased to announce it's updated 2015 Best Practices Scorecard for manufacturer and publisher websites.  Now in it's sixth year, the scorecard let's Companies compare their brand websites against 117 Best Practices for manufacturers and publishers across multiple industries.

Manufacturers and publishers have a unique challenge with websites. Their sites have to combine sales, operations, marketing, support, and channel programs. These have to be organized and easy-to-follow for customers and partners. Plus they have to be 'consumer friendly' and keep up with the latest trends in devices and behavior. 

The scorecard was created by Yeoman Technology Group based on an extensive review of the top 500 websites of…

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Amazon Re-positions for B2B

Amazon wants more B2B and is using their holiday boost to try and jumpstart the program.  Many Amazon visitors (mostly businesses users) will be seeing new ads for Amazon for Business service.  This is a relabled version of their existing Amazon Supply (www.amazonsupply.com) service that has been around for a few years.  The Company has seen some of its fast growth in traditionally B2B categories - industrial supplies, office equipment, basic medical supplies, etc.  The issue for Amazon has always been their inability to support what a business wants - purchase orders, multiple users, and a phone number to call.

Enter Amazon Supply.  Launched back in 2012 it was positioned as a 'Grainger killer' and would woe the industrial world. The separate site even has a…

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Online price discrimination?

 If you’re shopping from a Manhattan zip code or logging in with a Mac (avg. household income for Mac owners is 32% higher than Windows PC owners), Orbitz concedes that you’ll pay more for your hotel room.  Orbitz has rolled out what it calls a “predictive analytics” initiative in an attempt to increase revenues.  Indeed, it’s not hard to find examples of different people paying different prices based on their demographic checkboxes.

Orbitz isn't showing the same room to different users at different prices, but more luxurious rooms at higher prices to certain users.

The sort of targeting undertaken by Orbitz is likely to become more commonplace as online retailers scramble to identify new ways in which people’s browsing data can be used to increase…

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Yeoman focuses on multichannel sales and marketing programs for manufacturers, publishers, and creators of original content.

The Internet isn't 'one thing'  It serves as a platform for business, more than just ecommerce, social commerce, or search optimization.  Call it multi-channel, splinternet, or just a big mess.  We help you figure out the puzzle.

Our services include channel development, technology assessment, competitor analysis, data quality programs, and web operations development and management
 
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