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Are you ready to “wow” your customers and edge out the competition in 2018? With a dizzying array of channels and marketing tools, it can be hard to know what to focus on. We here at Yeoman recommend you focus on these 6 growing trends.
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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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Li-Fi

Light Fidelity (Li-Fi) uses visible light from LED lamps and overhead bulbs to deliver networked, mobile, high-speed communication similar to Wi-Fi (which utilizes radio waves).

The FCC has warned of a potential spectrum crisis because Wi-Fi is close to full capacity, whereas Li-Fi has almost no limitations on capacity - the visible light spectrum is 10,000 times larger than the entire radio frequency spectrum.

It is predicted that future home & building automation will be highly dependent on Li-Fi technology as it is secure & fast.  Researchers have reached data rates of 100 megabits per second (Mbps) vs. the avg. U.S. broadband speed of about 15 Mbps.  As light waves can’t penetrate through walls, it isn’t all purpose as Wi-Fi, but it’s secure from being hacked from a remote location,…

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Smart Posture Trainers

Wearable posture trainers are the latest gadgets designed to help us improve our posture. They’re made for those who sit a lot for work. There are a variety of styles – from small modules that stick to your back, to headset styles, to magnets that clip to your clothing – and they often pair with an app to give you live feedback on how you’re sitting. Some of them are designed to vibrate a warning when it senses that you’re slouching or leaning to the side, while others have an avatar that shows you a live representation of your posture. The idea is to make you aware of how you're sitting or standing so that you can train your body for proper alignment.

This article reviews some of the choices that are out there, as well as some that provide additional tech such as heart rate, breathing, and walking habits to name a few:…

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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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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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Groupon may have started life as an online coupon site, but most of its growth and revenue is due to their discount goods business, which launched in 2011. Five years and nearly $2 billion USD in goods revenue later, the company is ready to take on the world of ecommerce mega giants like Amazon, eBay, Sears, Buy.com and Jet—just to name a few.
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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 using…

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A recent Yeoman study of over 1,500 items sold on Amazon from a leading US manufacturer found a whopping 70% contained errors or did not follow Amazon’s best practice recommendations for providing product details. This study further showed the same level of inaccuracy on Google and Bing product searches. This is a maddening problem that plagues manufacturers in every industry. Once a product is “out there,” resellers, partners, distributors and reviewers end up shaping and revising the product details that your customers are going to use to make their purchase decision.

Products sold by Amazon definitely had better data quality, but less than 4% could be considered 'optimized' with the proven best practices for any item:

  • Descriptive title at least 50…
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Amazon has just rolled out the full version of Brand Central to all sellers in North America, but with very little fanfare and even less information. Yeoman has already enrolled several brands. Here's why this should be a priority for your team.
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Can You Feel It?

Haptics (touch) technology has been around for a while (think about how you can "feel" the buttons vibrate when you tap on your smartphone), but now is being developed with more real time control and feedback between fingertip and touchscreen. Companies like Tanvas are finding new uses for this technology. Tanvas Touch allows the user to "feel" different textures - such as grainy, silky, wavy and more - on a smart screen. It has also been used to simulate different fabrics, wood, stone and grass. Users have reacted differently to this - with some being very impressed and others "not feeling it" as much. Haptics technology could have a lot of really neat applications - it could allow users to "feel" fabrics before they purchase clothing online, it could be used in immersion gaming, and it could also be used to help the visually impaired when they use smart technology. It will be interesting to see how this technology develops over time and what new applications people create for…

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Remember that good old, predictable Christmas sales curve you’ve built your forecasting around for the last five to ten years? Amazon has changed it for good. If you’re not on board by next Black Friday, you’re kissing a good portion of potential holiday sales good-bye.
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Cars That Run On...Poo?

Researchers have discovered a way to create biocrude oil from human waste. Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) mimics the geothermal conditions Earth uses to create crude oil - applying high pressure and temperature to raw sewage - they can create biocrude in about 45 minutes. The biocrude can then be refined to make gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. Scientists estimate that HTL could produce up to 30 million barrels of oil per year.

This is a pretty amazing concept and an interesting way to reduce and recycle human waste. We don't know yet what size or scale this technology could be applied to - if it would only be used at wastewater treatment plants, or if it could eventually be used in homes. And I have to wonder...how does this new fuel smell when it's burned in an engine?

This new source of alternative energy could be ready as soon as next year.

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