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How Augmented Reality in Packaging Helps Your Message Leap Off the Shelf

Vital Farms’ pasture-raised chickens run off the egg carton and roam freely outside. The Lego Digital Box shows what users can build using the blocks inside each package. With a wave to the first rule of creative writing: “Show, don’t tell,’” early adopters of augmented reality in product packaging are taking their message beyond the written word and into demonstration mode.

Augmented reality (AR) has been around since at least the 1990s, but trended hard and fast in 2016 with Pokémon Go — and its more than $1 billion in revenue — and is now beginning to impact modern product packaging. Early adopters to augmented reality are using the technology to make their product stand out from the rest, by offering additional content or emphasizing their brand’s unique qualities.

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Your Mass Marketing Campaigns Aren’t Enough: 5 Ways for Marketers to Take Personalization in Retail to the Next Level

We define personalization as one-to-one marketing in the truest sense — one brand speaking directly to one specific customer. For digital marketing, this is increasingly becoming the norm, as today’s savvy consumers grow impervious to mass marketing techniques and expect personalization at each and every touchpoint.

The demand for more personalized marketing was recently confirmed by Salesforce’s State of the Connected Customer report, which found that “51% of consumers expect that by 2020, companies will anticipate their needs and make relevant suggestions before they make contact.” That’s a high expectation for brands to meet and a challenge that requires marketers to create a unique, personalized experience for every customer in a world where mass, impersonalized marketing runs rampant. It’s imperative that retail brands adapt to consumer expectations now, or fall by the wayside next to industry disruptors like Amazon.

In 2018, online retailers need to enhance their marketing strategies through innovative techniques and take personalization to the next level to meet growing consumer demands. Here are five personalization strategies that retail marketers should look to adopt this year.

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Marketing to Generation Z: How Reaching Gen Z with Your Brand Message is Different than Engaging Millennials

They don’t recall being able to walk through an airport, straight to the gate without a ticket. If they remember a world without an iPhone, it’s a hazy recollection.

They’re Generation Z (Gen Z), defined as an up-and-coming consumer demographic born between the late 1990s and early 2010s. By 2020, they’ll make up 40% of the consumers, according to a recent whitepaper by CrowdTwist.

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Holiday Shopping Trends 2017: 4 Consumer Trends to Watch this Holiday Season

The consumer purchasing process is evolving, and it will be even more pronounced this holiday shopping season. Holiday shoppers are creating new traditions for gift buying, and smart retailers will adapt.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the importance of holiday sales, which are expected to grow a modest 3.1% in 2017. In their July 2017 monthly report, Prospect Insights & Analytics found that consumer confidence is up by 30% compared to 2016, which shows a positive year-end sales outlook.

Since retailers earn 40% of their yearly profit during the holidays, they should pay attention to these four main shopping trends in order to maximize revenue this season.

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10 Personalization Statistics You Need to Know: Why Personalized Marketing is the Way to Go

Fact: Consumers are tired of being treated like a number. Actually, they’re not tired of it, they’re over it. And that’s why personalized marketing matters for any brand looking for long-term customer loyalty.

Consumers, aka your customers, place a high value on being acknowledged as an individual. They have increasingly come to expect a personalized customer experience from the brands they remain loyal to. Think Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Netflix — the digital platforms rated by consumers to provide the best personalized experience, according to a recent report.

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