Building the Next Generation of AI, with Helixa

Artificial Intelligence touches just about every facet of our modern lives, and its effect on marketing cannot be overstated. So, when you want to learn about what’s now, new, and next in AI, who do you turn to other than the folks that are building it? Today we’re joined by Antonio Maiorino and Alberto Mario Pirovano of Helixa, to talk about the evolving world of marketing automation, from next-gen chatbots to natural language processing. The two shared a peek behind the curtain on new developments in the company and discussed what other innovations could come from cracking the code of processing natural language.

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Are Instagram's Reels... for Real? Exploring Options in a World Where TikTok's Time May Be Up

TikTok’s popularity quickly exploded on the mobile video app scene, and marketers followed suit. Recent controversies over TikTok’s data collection and privacy practices, however, have put the future of the app in the U.S. into question, and this poses a distinct loss for brands carving out a niche there. Amidst this chaos, Instagram launched a similar service – Reels – and while brands certainly want to include Instagram’s latest effort into their marketing mix, the question remains: will it be as effective as TikTok, whether it stays or goes? The resources here look at how lucrative Instagram’s Reels can be, and how to use them for marketing.

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Pulse Issue 5

C&C Retail Factory: Inside Click & Collect Retail Tactics

May 2019

There have been a number of innovations in online retailing – free shipping, sponsored auction listings, exclusive membership privileges, bundling, etc. – but because of this, traditional retailers have suffered a hemorrhage of store closings, bankruptcies, and decreased sales (despite increasing omnichannel tactics). Hope remains on the horizon, however, as many retails are now adopting a new tactic – the Buy Online and Pickup In-Store (BOPIS/BOPUS/BOSS/BORIS…) method, AKA Click and Collect. Read on to see how retailers are using it, and how marketers can adopt this innovation.
The option to buy online and pick up purchases in store has stopped being a nice-if-you-have-time-for-it frill and become all but a competitive necessity. 27% of consumers who visited a store during 2018’s Black Friday weekend were there to pick up a purchase already made online. Almost two-thirds of BOPIS customers — 64% — made one or more additional purchases while they were in the store.
In 2018, locations offering, “buy online, pick up in-store” nearly doubled. Walmart, Target, Kroger, Ahold, and Albertsons all brought their collective number of click-and-collect locations from 2,451 to 5,800. In-store and curbside pickup has filled a key need for flexible fulfillment: consumers are always looking to save time. However, they may feel more comfortable picking up items in person, whether for security or because they need that order today.
The emergence of buying online and picking up in store, as well as in-store returns for online purchases, is driving shopping expectations. Practical Ecommerce put together key factors for retailers looking to implementing BOPIS.
This discusses a study that evaluated shopping experiences from beginning-to-end across 10 of the largest retailers. It looked at BOPIS through the lens of customer experience, and from these omnichannel journeys shared key learnings.
Nearly 67% of shoppers in the U.S. have used BOPIS in the past six months and 10% of all sales will be fulfilled by Click and Collect by 2025. Check out this infographic to learn more about the evolution of BOPIS and the latest statistics and trends.
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