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It’s been an exhilarating few days here at the National Retail Federation’s annual BIG show – both for us at Magento and for our business partners. In true fashion, we started the show with big news that Magento and eBay Enterprise are now offering a new solution for mid-market merchants and are advocating omnichannel approaches for success.
On the floor itself, our booth representatives shared time with existing and potential clients to help each understand the full gamut of our solutions, ranging from Magento’s highly flexible, open source front end customization, to eBay Enterprises’ interfaces and tools, including store-based fulfillment and call center capabilities. We also showed off eBay Inc.’s connected glass technology, a shoppable interface that we developed in concert with our business partners Rebecca Minkoff and TOMS shoes — both of whom presented during NRF.
eBay Inc. executives, including Ben Pressley, Head of Enterprise Strategy and Business Development at Magento, and John Sheldon, Global Head of Strategy at eBay Enterprise Marketing Solutions, discussed with TOMS and SONY their recent customer experience innovations in Monday’s panel, “Redefining the Customer Experience.”
With the wide variety of discussions and topics on the event floor this week, we’re curious; what did you take away from NRF’s Big Show? Let us know on Twitter! Share your learnings with @Magento using the hashtag #NRF14.
The first full day of the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual BIG Show 2014 was sure not to disappoint. Following an opening keynote by former President George W. Bush, which touched more upon his legacy than retail, thousands of NRF attendees caught a full day’s worth of panels, breakout sessions and one-to-one chats, which roughly revolved around the importance of these five key themes for retailers: innovation, big data, personalization, omnichannel and mobile.
Here are a few of our favorite takeaways from the day:
1. Leverage innovation to dominate the larger conversation. As online and offline stores continue to merge, and more and more audiences go mobile, retailers need to figure out creative ways to attract new customers without alienating existing ones, while staying true to their brand proposition.
One company that has seen success in solving this puzzle is the shoe brand (and Magento customer), TOMS. In a panel on “Redefining the Customer Experience” Monday afternoon with Ben Pressley, Head of Enterprise Strategy and Business Development at Magento, and John Sheldon, Global Head of Strategy at eBay Enterprise Marketing Solutions, TOMS Digital Business Development Lead Jordan Glassberg described how his company’s recent “shoppable windows” pilot with eBay Inc. not only positioned the company at the forefront of ecommerce, but it also provided an innovation twist in true TOMS spirit. By transporting their Marketplace experience of being able to shop by causes (such as children or education) into a digital storefront, they were able to stay true to their roots while expanding their business.
Electronics giant, Sony had a similar experience with eBay Inc. when they set up a shoppable window in a San Francisco mall. Sony Electronics’ Director of Guest Experiences for Sony Store, Megan Farrell Ragsdale noted that the holiday–only pilot was “a great expression of the brand.” Not only did the company appear technologically advanced and innovative, but they also received a treasure trove of data (such as time spent engaging with the windows) to learn from and enhance future experiences.
2. Keep mobile and omnichannel top of mind when it comes to online strategy. These two other big retailer themes—mobile and omnichannel—were discussed in a second eBay Inc. panel, “Mobile Innovation as a Roadmap to Customer Success.” During the session, Bernardine Wu, Fred Argir and Healey Cypher, altogether discussed the importance of engaging with customers at multiple touch points. After first clarifying the difference between cross-channel (engaging with a brand in one channel and finishing in another) and omnichannel (seeing one brand experience across multiple touch points), the trio launched into how customers differentiate. Argir noted that while Toys “R” Us now has roughly 80 different ways of providing a seamless shopping experience across multiple channels, the company is still very focused and has an intentional route for all of them. Cypher also encouraged retailers to embrace different uses for different devices, and offered multiple tips for mobilizing one’s website, such as improving the site itself (quick load times, high quality graphics), improving the product (include category and search boxes, include a QR barcode), and improving your checkout process (adding checkout button on the top and bottom of every page, offering guest checkout).
3. Retailers need to figure out their online and offline strategies as they continue to make inroads with customers. As Jon Stine, the Director of Cisco Consulting Services noted in an Expo session early Monday morning, there is $99 billion at stake in the Internet of Everything—and that includes innovation, big data, personalization, omnichannel and mobile.
What did you take away from NRF’s Big Show? Let us know on Twitter! Share your learnings with @Magento using the hashtag #NRF14. For those at the event, be sure to stop by the eBay Inc. booth (4245) to say hi and to check out the awesome Connected Glass, Digital Storefront experience featuring Rebecca Minkoff and TOMS.
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Our first Magento Live Germany event was a great success! Many thanks to the 300+ merchants, partners and developers that traveled to Munich to share insights, best practices and fun. We had a packed program of keynotes and multiple breakout tracks spanning merchant stories, partner best practices and technical and business sessions.
Magento and eBay executives kicked off the day:
Surprise speaker and former top-level German football referee Dr. Markus Merk inspired attendees to tap their emotions, identity, courage and responsibility when making difficult decisions whether in soccer, commerce or in life.
Here are some highlights from the breakout sessions:
Big thanks to those who were able to join us! Special thanks to all of our presenters and to our sponsors for making this exciting event possible!
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Each MagentoLive event this year has been a huge success and MagentoLive Germany will be no exception! But don’t wait to register. The Last Minute Rate of €299 expires on November 8.
1. Magento COO and Co-Founder Roy Rubin Will Be Speaking
Roy will be sharing his vision for the ongoing opportunity for growth and innovation that he sees for merchants, and how Magento and eBay can help empower your success. Don’t miss this opportunity!
2. Groundbreaking Breakout Sessions With eCommerce Leaders
We have innovative German and English breakout sessions, with all-new content from eCommerce leaders, including our own Magento executives and experts.
3. Meet Other Magento Merchants
The Merchant to Merchant Session is a fantastic opportunity for merchants on Magento Enterprise Edition to meet and share ideas and best practices. We hope you can attend!
When: Tuesday, November 12, 9:00–10:30 (CEST)
RSVP: Please RSVP to attend.
4. Opening Night Event
We always make time for fun at our events, and we’ve planned another fabulous party for MagentoLive Germany!
Where: Rilano No.6
When: Monday, November 11, 19:00–23:00 (CEST)
MagentoLive Germany Platinum Sponsors:
More than 500 merchants, partners and developers from around the UK and across Europe gathered to network and share insights and knowledge at Magento Live UK. The excitement and energy in the air were electrifying: packed session rooms, buzzing exhibit halls, and brewing conversations throughout.
The day began with Jamie Clarke sharing his experiences, as an adventurer and merchant, harnessing fear and unpredictable outcomes to reach new heights – don’t be afraid! Most importantly, he discussed the need to pick the right partners on uncertain journeys to foreign lands and to be flexible, speedy and cost efficient in your approach.
Magento COO and Co-Founder Roy Rubin shared his vision of the incredible opportunity for growth and innovation that he sees for merchants, and how the power of Magento and eBay Inc. can help empower business success. Magento’s Head of Product, Jimmy Duvall discussed Magento Enterprise 1.13, Magento Community 1.8, and shared his vision of the future in Magento 2.
Magento’s Danny Essner reviewed SEO best practices, challenging merchants to think of themselves as content publishers that educate customers in addition to being merchants. Key takeaways include that the most important aspects of SEO are user-generated content, how third parties link to your site, as well as the need to combine social media strategy as a way to bring these two pieces together.
Screenpages’ Roger Wilcocks offered practical advice on tracking key metrics and shared insightful benchmarks across 100+ stores. Key takeaways include focusing your plan around the behaviors that influence conversion, keeping a keen eye on what makes for a good proposition, as well as planning out your improvements with metric targets. At the end of the day, It’s all about measurement and refinement.
Big thanks to those who were able to join us! Your incredible energy, camaraderie and passion for driving commerce innovation inspire us all! A very special thanks to all of our presenters and to our sponsors for making this exciting event possible!
To learn more about these sessions and the many other presentations at Magento Live UK, check out our Website for additional content that we will be posting shortly, Click HERE.
Be sure to join us next year at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, on July 14th and 15th, 2014.
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