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Shoppers shout ‘I am not a number!’

oe9N7VseBay has been hiding things from me. I suspected it was true and now I know I’m not being paranoid. When I search, I only get back a portion of the items available for that keyword.

They say it’s for my own good. That they’re helping me weed through the clutter so I can get the best item for the best price. But frankly, I’d rather wade through an extra page of listings than have a computer decide what I should buy.

McCann Truth Central’s “Truth About Shopping” says that consumers are getting tired of being treated as part of an algorithm. Which is not to say they don’t like personalized service. The difference falls somewhere between personal and personalization.

Looking for power consumers? You’ll find them on LinkedIn

LinkedIn Consumer Buying PowerLinkedIn released an unusual report this week called “Harness the Power of the LinkedIn Pro-sumer“. Unusual, because the topic is shopping – not an activity I usually think of when I think about LinkedIn. But the B2B social network claims that their users have more buying power than visitors to any other social network.

Here’s a graph to prove it —>

Look at LinkedIn, towering over even Pinterest and way over Facebook.

Are we talking about business buying power? Office supplies? Expensive hardware and software? Inventory?

No, LinkedIn appears to be talking about the same kind of consumer goods we all buy.

  • $839 annually on clothing
  • $2000 – $3000 yearly on vacations
  • 41% more likely to have spent over 30K on a new car

Nearly half of all consumers expect a customer service response within an hour

lithium impatient customersThere are companies with a team of dedicated customer service professionals whose job it is to monitor and instantly reply to all consumer queries.

Your company probably isn’t one of them. How can I make that assumption? Because I know that a large number of online companies are small businesses. Some a run by 1 person or a couple. Some are manned by an owner who also has another full-time job. These are the companies that can’t afford to lose even one customer, so attending to questions and complaints is even more important.

Trouble is, 66% of consumers in a recent Lithium survey said they expect a same-day response to their online request

  • 43% expect a response within an hour.
  • 14% expect a response in a lightning fast five minutes or less.

What’s in a Gnome? Groupon launches new point-of-sale device

gnome_w_standI’ve often thought that the one thing keeping Groupon from being a total success is the lack of a specific cash register made to handle Groupon coupons.

No, I’ve never actually thought that, but someone did and now there’s Gnome – a tablet-based, point-of-sale device specifically designed for businesses who promote through Groupon.

The tablet will let merchants instantly recognize their Groupon customers as they enter their business, seamlessly redeem Groupons and save time and money with a simple point of-sale system and credit card payment processing service.

Really? There are enough merchants using Groupon coupons on a regular basis that they need a system like this? Okay, maybe NEED is too strong a word. How about want? And what if you don’t ‘want’? Doesn’t matter. Word around the farm is that Groupon is going to (gently) insist that any merchant who works with Groupon, use Gnome to process their transactions.

Back-to-school time is . . . here?

The kids are barely out of school for the summer which means its time to start planning your back-to-school campaigns.

Facebook says that back-to-school chatter begins in July, so that gives you about a month and a half to put together a strategic plan. Here are some facts that might help:

Back to School

Side note: no insult intended to the young model in the red shirt but there’s something very menacing about this image. . don’t you think? Pigtail girl is texting with her friend on the back of the buss while red shirt pretends to be a part of her life by voyeuristicly reading over her shoulder. . .

Back to the facts:

On Facebook in the US,

This is how 60% of millennial women learn about fashion brands. . . .

Punchtab millennial genderOnline advertising, blog content, social media posts — there are so many ways to reach the fashion buying audience. How do 60% of millennial women learn about fashion brands? From direct contact with other people who are wearing it or talking about it.

According to Punchtab, the omni-channel engagement and insights platform, only 20% of millennial women and 10% of millennial men learn about brands via a social channel. (Haven’t we sung this song before?)

34% of millennial women and 29% of millennial men say they read articles online to learn about new brands.

Not such good numbers but don’t give up the fight.

Punchtab says that once they hear about a brand from friends, 80% of millennials will go to an online shopping site to check out your product. 58% will go to your company website for more information.

New Facebook Audience Insights gives you a look into the lives of your customers

facebook audience insights“Know thy enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles, you will never be defeated.”

I’m sure Sun Tzu didn’t have social media marketing in mind when he said that but it sure is true . . . well, it’s true if you substitute the word “customer” for enemy.

Do you know your customer as well as you know yourself? Facebook has a new tool that can help you if you don’t and might surprise you if you think you do.

The new Audience Insights tool will show you what your target customer loves to do, watch, buy and how they spend their free time. It’s an intriguing look at not only your customer pool but how that pool stacks up against Facebook users as a whole.