The Complete Guide To Amazon’s Ad Business

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Amazon has become part of virtually every media plan and it’s only going to continue to grow. Yet, Amazon’s advertising business remains an enigma. Even its closest partners aren’t exposed to the inner workings of its ad stack. It’s also not clear how much spend flows through Amazon’s ad platform, though the investment bank BMOContinue reading »

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ContentSquare Raises A $42M Series B To Democratize Data Analytics For Ecomm Brands

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Paris-based ecommerce analytics platform ContentSquare has raised a $42 million Series B round from a series of investors including US VC firm Canaan and Highland Europe. ContentSquare previously had raised $20 million, bringing it to a total of $62 million after this round. The company will use the financing to support research and development ofContinue reading »

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Ecommerce Sites Have A New Form Of Fraud To Fear: Journey Hijacking

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Online retailers are losing revenue right under their noses thanks to a devious form of ad injection only visible to infected site visitors. “I didn’t even know we had a problem,” said Jason LeBoeuf, director of ecommerce at athletics footwear brand Asics. The Asics website was the victim of customer-journey hijacking, a sneaky practice byContinue reading »

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Edible Arrangements Uses Digital Tactics To Deliver More In-Store Traffic

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Edible Arrangements is best known for its fresh fruit and chocolate arrangements, many of which are gifted at the last minute for holidays or anniversaries. Although 65% of Edible Arrangement’s business comes from ecommerce, the brand wants to drive visits – particularly from repeat customers – into its 1,200 local store franchises. “No one’s goingContinue reading »

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How The Beauty Startup Wunder2 Grew From Facebook To Retail Stores

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Since it began delivering makeup product lines in 2015, the London-based beauty startup Wunder2 demonstrates how savvy ecommerce companies can use Facebook targeting and video campaigns to push into retail distribution. Wunder2 follows in the footsteps of Facebook-centric startup brands like the mattress-in-a-box manufacturer Purple, which landed its first retail distribution deal last month, andContinue reading »

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BarkBox Experiments With Offline And TV As It Expands Beyond Ecommerce

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Since 2011, ecommerce startup BarkBox has been delivering boxes of toys and treats to dogs and their owners. The six-year-old subscription service has half a million subscribers, became profitable in Q1 and is projected to reach $150 million in revenue for 2017. In August, BarkBox brought on Bank of America marketing vet Jay Livingston asContinue reading »

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The Purchase Data Playbook For Marketers

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While tapping into purchases helps advertisers close the loop around the actual conversion, the use cases for purchase data have evolved far beyond measurement. The use of transactional data is maturing in media activation, as is the ability to commingle it with other data sources like behavioral, location and even panels in channels like addressableContinue reading »

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Rue La La Rejiggers Its Retargeting Program

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Ecommerce site Rue La La, which offers deals on designer fashion and goods, wants its members to have a great experience so they keep coming back. “How do we stay top of mind for our best members and encourage them to come back over long periods of time?” said Jeff Steeves, VP of marketing atContinue reading »

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Amazon Benefits As CPG Advertisers Trim Digital Dollars

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Amazon is winning a growing share of CPG media dollars, and its September announcement that it would open an office in New York City to house a major expansion of its advertising platform business means the competition will only heat up. It comes as CPG brands pulling back on digital media undercut global agencies, marketingContinue reading »

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Bringing Programmatic To Product-Level Data

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Marketing automation is designed to push out messages, but it hasn’t always been great at incorporating pricing or product information. Datalogix vet Rob Holland recognized that reality when he served as an EVP at the Oracle Data Cloud – and he just jumped to ecommerce marketing startup Bluecore last week to help solve that problemContinue reading »

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