We all know that retail spending increases dramatically over the holiday season. With gift giving on the forefront of everyone’s minds, brands and retailers are doing all they can to make the most of this busy retail period.
What’s Shaping Consumers’ Minds?
As a sales and marketing agency, we’re all over it.
Here’s a snapshot of the latest trends and developments shaping our sales, marketing, and retail environment.
In conjunction with Swinburne University’s CXI Research Group, we recently held a breakfast seminar in Sydney & Melbourne on how brands can amplify their CX deliver.
At our recent CXI Inspiration Breakfast Series with Swinburne University, one of our keynote speakers – Associated Professor Sean Sands, CXI Co-Director – shared his latest thinking surrounding Australia’s CX state of play and explored “What does best practice look like?”.
Customer experience is the new battleground for consumer-facing brands across Australia. Last week, in conjunction with Swinburne University’s CXI Research Group, we held a breakfast seminar in Sydney & Melbourne on how brands can amplify their CX delivery.
We came across an interesting perspective from Canstar Blue’s editor and consumer affairs journalist, Simon Downes. In the article: “The energy companies with Australian and overseas call centres”, Mr. Downes explores which Australians energy players have an onshore contact centre and who has an offshore service offering.
At a recent Path to Purchase Institute Summit, Mondelēz International stated that they don’t believe that in-store sampling is going to die and they consider their investment in “direct-to-consumer sales” as a powerful channel to engage consumers.
By Véronique Motte, President CPM Group of Companies in France
While in-store demonstrations are known for building trial and creating exposure, up until now calculating a return on investment has been more of a guessing game than an exact science Continue Reading…
By Andrew Potter, Managing Director, CPM & Retail Safari
As a business who has been deploying merchandising services on behalf of national and multi-national clients for over 20 years, we’re always trying to challenge the status quo and ensure we are leading best practice. Continue Reading…
We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with public relations agency FleishmanHillard to support their new data-breach management offering. This involves helping current and future clients manage the new mandatory data breach notification scheme in Australia. CPM Australia’s contact centre will assist FleishmanHillard with our crisis hotline centres. Continue Reading…
Last year we lost a client – something I am not used to, something I take personally and something that bothers me. Since then I have spent time reflecting on what went wrong and how we need to be better next time. Continue Reading…
Oct 13, 2017 – At last night’s 2017 POPAI Marketing @Retail Awards, Microsoft and their agency partner – Retail Safari – were awarded the “2017 Field Marketing Excellence Award”. The industry event is dedicated to celebrating and recognising the innovations of retail and shopper marketing across Australia.
Today’s consumers are faced with more choices than ever when considering how they want to reach a brand. They’re more digitally connected, socially networked and better informed than ever before.
Consumers are saying it’s still so hard to navigate and resolve customer service issues. These growing number of touch-points has had the negative effect of widening the gap between brands and consumers.
In the lead up to Christmas, we surveyed Australians to discover their shopping intentions for this Christmas season. To better understand this key trading period, we partnered with the ACRS Shopper Tracker via an online survey with a sample size of 444 shoppers representing the Australian population.
Most organisations approach outsourcing as a way to reduce costs. Studies suggest around 70% of companies that enter outsourcing arrangements do so with a view to making cost savings¹. Continue Reading…
“Successful retailing is different now” says Nabih (Nabs) Awad, GM – Merchandising and Assisted Selling, in a recent Retail World magazine article. There is a widely held view in marketing circles that the more channels and touch points a consumer is exposed to, the greater the prospect of making a sale.
Our CPM Expert Speak comes from Martin Ryan, Chief Development Officer at CPM Group of Companies Asia Pacific. Martin discusses the positive aspects of an overseas assignment and comments on the cultural and personal behaviours and strategies to demonstrate when conducting business in Asia.
Historically there’s been a divide amongst merchandising and store operations. To better understand this problem and to identify the root causes we conducted research with senior management in major FMCG organizations as well as leading retailers and in-field merchandisers.
‘A world class service that will empower any customer’ says John Ford from Microsoft International of the experience that Microsoft has promised to deliver at their new flagship store on Pitt Street in Sydney.
Customers are being invited to step inside The Lodge and be transported to a welcoming cabin in the snowy mountains, decked with vintage skis, sledges, Christmas trees and twinkling lights. Brand ambassadors wearing George fairisle jumpers are offering tastings of key Christmas quality lines.
This year’s theme centred on the idea of ‘Transforming retail today, tomorrow and beyond’ to survive in an age of disruption. Retail leaders – Dr. Sean Sands and Dr. Violet Lazarevic – thoughtfully took to the stage and shared their global perspective on these interruptions and trends affecting our industry. Their presentation included key findings from the Global Retail Index plus learnings from their attendance at the 2015 Congress in Rome.
As part of ACRS Retail Insights Seminar – sponsored by CPM Australia – high-level speakers joined together in Melbourne recently to explore the challenges and opportunities faced by organisations in the current and future retail market.