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Hard to believe it's almost Thanksgiving.  If you're like most manufacturers, there's a belief that your holiday die is cast; reseller orders are in, final pricing negotiated, market plans set, and budgets spent.  It's all up to the channel now right?  Wrong
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Yeoman is often asked by clients to help identify 'gaps' in their teams' abilities to be more digitally focused.  Most companies we work with often have great sales teams, a solid marketing group, and good business analysts but they still struggle with the best way to support their sales and distribution efforts online. 
 
Over the years, Yeoman has found most organizations have gaps in 3 key areas:
 

1. Online Product Merchandising:  The actual creation of product details online is often relegated to a junior buyer, marketing associate, (or worse) an intern. The thought of what product details will be often comes last and is rushed out as the product is shipping.  Big mistake.  Building up your internal content skills is…

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Amazon Brand Registry - It's Working

In our recent blog post, Amazon Brand Registry: What You Need to Know Right Now, we covered some of the advantages of signing up for the new Amazon Brand Registry. Of course the main benefit of the brand registry is that once you prove your brand belongs to you, Amazon will help you protect it against counterfeiters and unauthorized resellers. Well, it's working.
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How to Empower Staff with Data

Data, data everywhere, and nary a data scientist in sight. Or at least, not one you can afford. It's a classic Catch-22. To thrive, businesses need to pull financial, sales, predictive, social, and other data into a complete view of the customer. But big data practitioners with fancy degrees who can bring sophisticated analytics chops to bear on that effort start in the six figures, if you can even find one.

Academics and consultants pontificate on the crisis. McKinsey & Co. exclaims that advanced big data analytics, driven partly by the Internet of Things, could increase GDP in retailing and manufacturing by up to $325 billion annually and trim nearly as much from the cost of healthcare and government services by 2020. Too bad most organizations will never be able to hire that expertise.…

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What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name? In online merchandising just about everything.

Data quality online is one of the biggest problems manufacturers face. How good your product “looks” online (including not just clean photos, but also well-written product descriptions and titles) impacts everything from SEO rankings to customer preference to channel relations – so getting it right is important.

There’s a lot that goes into data quality. One critical element is the title. This is often the first and only information your prospect is going to see before making that all important decision to click or not to click. This snippet of text is also weighted heavily by the search engines, meaning a good title will get you in front of more prospects.

 

The biggest mistake we see manufacturers make is…

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Fast Lane: Getting Product to Market

 Here are a few easy steps to get a new product to market and quick:  

  • Design an innovative product and be confident in your ability to deliver this product at some point in the “foreseeable future,” actual date not necessary.
  • Rock the marketing for said product and be sure to create a buzz. One way to accomplish this is to turn to You Tube.  Make a clever video, insert a hipster type, “Average Joe,” have him crack a few jokes, explain what your product is and hope this goes viral.
  • Now you may need some capital to manufacture your product, try crowdfunding.   Kickstarter, IndieGoGo and Tilt are a few crowdfunding programs gaining popularity.

Sounds simple right? This process is actually happening, people. Products such as Navdy,…

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Is Amazon Go a Go?

Amazon opened its first retail storefront on Monday, January 22. The convenience store is located at 2131 7th Ave. in Seattle, and sells grocery items, ready-to-eat meals, and quick-meal kits – and of course features items from Whole Foods, who Amazon owns.

What makes this store so unique is that there are no checkout lines. You scan the Amazon Go app on your smart phone at the door, which will open the barrier gates to allow you into the store. (No app, no entrance.) Once inside, you shop by taking an item off the shelf and placing it in your bag. The item is automatically added to the cart in your online account.

How? Hundreds of cameras around the store and weight sensors on the shelves can see and identify which products you pick up. And if you decide you do not want an item you picked up, place it back on the shelf and the technology will remove the item from your online cart.

When you’re finished, “Just Walk Out” through the gates and you’re…

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Shoppers often will learn about a product, retailer, or offer from a mobile ad, then visit the bricks and mortar store to complete the purchase. 

But tracking the store visit back to the ad has been a challenge for advertisers.  Placed (www.placed.com) provides a platform that measures the impact of mobile advertising campaigns in driving traffic to your stores. 

Chief Product Officer Tim Barnes said “the ability to quantify consumers' offline behavior with digital touch points will systematically transform the way media is measured.”

How do you measure the effectiveness of mobile ads to drive in-store…

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The product details page is the most critical component of a website, but it's often overlooked. But as the primary action point for almost every desired goal (offering options to buy direct, find a reseller, become a reseller, and get a quote) it needs to combine all the core content a visitor needs to make a purchase - from any channel. Product details pages can be broken into two core areas.
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Your ‘About Us’ page is often one of the top 5 organic landing pages across all industries. And users who read the ‘About Us’ page are 5-6X more likely to engage in a sale, contact request, or dealer app. Take this great opportunity to expand your story beyond the short blurb of a product detail page or a partner’s site and engage customers on a more personal level.
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Best Practices Tip: Getting Search Right

Visitors simply expect great search everywhere online. Think about it this way: approximately 35-45% of your web traffic comes from organic search on an engine like Google or Bing. Naturally those users will want to leverage search on your site. If search is clunky, inaccurate, and/or incomplete, users will get frustrated and go back to Google—and possibly your competition.
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Brands have a unique challenge with websites. They have to combine sales, operations, marketing, customer service and channel programs into one site. These have to be organized and easy-to-follow for customers as well as partners. Here at Yeoman, we’re rather famous for our website best practices review. In this blog series, we’re going to reveal our carefully honed criteria, so you can make sure your website is engaging and converting customers with the best of them.
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Brands have a unique challenge with websites. They have to combine sales, operations, marketing, customer service and channel programs into one site. These have to be organized and easy-to-follow for customers as well as partners. Here at Yeoman, we’re rather famous for our website best practices review. In this blog series, we’re going to reveal our carefully honed criteria, so you can make sure your website is engaging and converting customers with the best of them.
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