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Optimizely (Episerver) Named a Leader in Forrester Agile CMS Wave, Q1 2021

Optimizely (formerly Episerver), Whereoware’s longstanding technology Partner, has been named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Agile Content Management Systems, Q1 2021 Analyst Report.

The quarterly, 26-criteria evaluation provides an overview of agile CMS market trends, as well as assesses the strengths and weaknesses of 15 Content Management Systems vendors’ offerings, strategy, and market presence. Interested in learning how the leading CMS providers stack up? Dive into the full report here.

Receiving the highest possible scores in the content hub, content services, and supporting products criteria, the Forrester report noted that “Optimizely’s developer and practitioner tools and content services capabilities are particular strengths.”

“We believe Optimizely’s leadership position in Forrester’s most recent report is a validation of both the strategic business decisions we’ve made over the last 12 months and the continuous effort our team puts into improving our CMS strategy and capabilities,” says Justin Anovick, Chief Product Officer of Optimizely. “The breakthrough combination of our traditional CMS with the added benefits of acquired organizations like Idio and Optimizely make Content Cloud a strong choice for those searching for a content management system.”

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Reduce Cart Abandonment: How to Build A Better Shopping Cart

Improving website user experience (UX) is a continuous process, as technology, product interests, and consumer behavior is constantly evolving. To get it right, marketers analyze every aspect of their customers’ journey to pinpoint areas to reduce friction and improve the digital experience. In fact, The CMO Survey found that 54% of Marketers focused on improving the customer experience throughout COVID-19.

Today’s customers expect to find products or information on a website quickly and without error, and simple irritants will cause them to click away to an alternative. Taking painstaking care to improve and elevate customers’ experience at every touchpoint is critical – a single bad web experience makes visitors 88% less likely to return (Equation Research).

If you’re overwhelmed by the endless customer experience challenge, one e-commerce area for immediate gratification and improved conversions and revenue is the shopping cart and checkout process. It is a pivotal moment for your customer and business: they’re eager to buy; emotions and urgency are high. It’s also prone for abandonment – Statista found that 88% percent of online shopping orders were abandoned.

Reduce abandonment and recoup lost sales by improving your customers’ cart experience. We’re sharing four optimizations to reduce friction and capture revenue.

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Webinar Recap: How to Thrive in 2021’s Digital-First Sales Environment

Thank you to all who joined us for our webinar, COVID-19 Changed Your B2B Customers and Buying Cycles Forever: How to Thrive in 2021’s Digital-First Sales Environment.

In 30 minutes, we shared research on how COVID-19 transformed the B2B customer and upended traditional buying cycles.

Watch the recording and get the webinar slides to learn how to adapt to meet the heightened expectations of today’s digital-native buyers. Discover how to future-proof your business with a digital-first approach and must-have digital strategy tactics to deliver a first-class online experience.

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Webinar Recap: Optimizing Email for Dark Mode

Thank you to all who joined us for our webinar, The Dark Side of the Inbox: Optimizing Email for Dark Mode.

In 20 minutes, we shed light on what dark mode is, why your subscribers are embracing the trend, and practical tips for designing and building emails optimized for both light and dark themes.

Watch the recording and get the webinar slides to learn how to embrace the dark side. Discover how to evolve your marketing strategy to meet this growing user preference and deliver dark-mode-friendly email experiences.

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Episerver (Optimizely) Named a Leader in 2021 Gartner Quadrant for Digital Experience Platforms

Each year, Gartner publishes their Magic Quadrant Report, to provide a comprehensive evaluation of Digital Experience Platforms (DXP) based on both their ability to execute and completeness of vision. The report demonstrates the qualifications of each DXP in an evolving marketplace, and helps digital marketers find the right tools to power their customer experience.

In Gartner’s 2021 Magic Quadrant report, Whereoware’s longstanding technology partner, Episerver (Optimizely), is recognized as a Leader for the second consecutive year for Digital Experience Platforms, coming in the top 3 DXP players in the market.

Being named a Leader by Gartner for a second consecutive year is an honor and we believe it validates our purpose to empower people to unlock digital potential,” says Alex Atzberger, CEO of Optimizely. “Companies need to move from guesswork to a data-driven approach to achieve high ROI for their digital investment and content creation.”

Among the 16 vendors featured in the report, Episerver (Optimizely) is recognized for a powerful combination of vision, execution, customer understanding, and marketing. Episerver (Optimizely) maintains a strong reputation for cloud, personalization and content management capabilities.

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Webinar Recap: Digital Strategy Mistakes You’re Making and How to Fix Them

Thank you to all who joined us for our webinar, Digital Strategy Mistakes You’re Making and How to Fix Them.

In 30-minutes, we uncovered common digital strategy pitfalls and how to use data-driven insights to recalibrate your efforts for a winning marketing plan for 2021 and beyond.

Watch the recording and get the webinar slides to learn how to create and execute a smart, agile multichannel strategy that bridges the gap between your business goals and customers’ evolving needs. Discover how to maximize your marketing tactics across channels and optimize your strategy to consistently improve results.

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4 Ways to Use Digital Marketing to Increase Customer Lifetime Value

Research shows it’s far more expensive to acquire a new customer than to retain an existing one. Just consider the marketing or sales resources, proposal or RFP responses, multichannel acquisition campaigns, and more, that go into landing a new client, compared to the endless opportunities and automated efforts that drive repeat sales from a loyal customer.

While converting prospects into new customers is a crucial aspect of every business strategy, customer retention focuses on driving loyalty among your strongest supporters. According to Crazy Egg, returning customers spend 31% more than new customers. Moreover, when you release new products, existing customers are 50% more likely to try them out.

Data from eConsultancy supports this trend, finding that revenue add-to-cart rate for a repeat customer is 23.5%, versus a new shopper’s 5.29%. What’s more, returning customers drive $10.67 revenue per session, versus a new shopper’s $1.73 – an increase of 517%.

How are you keeping loyal customers coming back for more? The key to customer loyalty lies in delivering a consistent and simple multichannel customer journey. Think about a vacation you’ve taken: the better the experience, the more likely you are to plan a return trip.

The best customer experiences are easy. They may not be flashy or sexy, but they stand out for not standing out. Your customer get answers to their questions quickly, find the perfect products, get a refund without a hassle, autofill credit card information, access invoices fast – the list goes on.

Does your website provide a frictionless, intuitive user experience (UX) that helps customers find the products and information they need – and fast? Is your marketing on-brand, consistent, contextual, and providing value? We’re sharing four must-have digital strategies to deliver an easy and enjoyable shopping experience, deepen relationships, increase order frequency, and continuously drive repeat sales.

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5 Product Detail Page Must-Haves to Maximize Revenue

Web design conversations frequently focus on the homepage. While the homepage may be the “virtual storefront” of your e-commerce business, most of the “action” on your site doesn’t happen on the homepage, but rather on your product detail pages. According to Salsify, 88% of shoppers say that product content is highly important to their purchase decision.

Product detail pages (PDPs) serve three purposes: inform, entice, and convert. They’re a key decision point for customers — to add-to-cart or abandon. When optimized for design and user experience (UX) best practices, product detail pages generate customer loyalty, establish trust, maintain brand identity, and of course, capture revenue.

Think of your product detail pages like an interview. The customer is the hiring manager and each product they research is a candidate. How are you ensuring your product pages seal the deal? Are they providing the right information, impression, and experience?

Here are five product detail page must-haves to improve customers’ shopping experience and maximize revenue.

1. Compelling Product Names and Descriptions

Each product detail page should prominently feature a unique and descriptive product name. The product name distinguishes the product from similar items and should be specific and meaningful to the audience, incorporating keywords.

For example, internally, you may refer to a couch as “The Ashley,” but this generic name means nothing to your audience. Instead, your product name could be “The Ashley 3-Piece Chaise Sectional, Gray.” This not only enables a customer to refer to the product by name, if they’re in your store or talking to sales or customer service, but it also offers information for customers searching for the right product.

Invest some time performing keyword research to develop a list of terms your audience is likely to search. Then, include those keywords in your product names, page titles, and product descriptions. Next, write a clear and concise statement that describes the product and its key features and benefits, as well as high-level details that answer common customer questions before they arise. This is where planning ahead and doing your research to understand your customer really comes in handy, so you’re able to anticipate their needs or problems that your products can solve.

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Targeted Email Campaign Increases Order Frequency and Online Sales

Read the case study to see how Dennis East International uses email to increase order frequency and drives repeat sales, while deepening buyer relationships.

Solution:

Dennis East International teamed with digital agency Whereoware to deliver personalized, behavior-driven automated emails to nurture more personal and sustainable brand experiences with their existing buyers, long after an initial purchase. The Target Closeout Campaign emails customers when products they previously purchased go on sale and reminds them to restock, increasing loyalty and motivating regular online sales.

Using behavioral data, the email campaign is triggered once products the retailer ordered, added to their cart, or browsed in the past are marked down. Recipients receive hyper-relevant promotional messaging to propel them further down the purchasing path and encourage them to re-stock their favorite products at a reduced cost. In addition, smart product recommendations increase relevance through a personalized “recommended for you” section.

RESULTS:

The tailored Target Closeout email campaign:

  • Achieves a 65% open rate and a 43% click-through rate to the website
  • Drives 4% of DEI’s total email revenue, including one-off and continuous programs

Check out the full case study to see how DEI’s personalized remarketing campaign proactively re-engages buyers to cultivate more meaningful touchpoints, drive long-term loyalty, and grow revenue.

Whereoware Strengthens Digital Strategy and Campaign Services with Strategic Hire

Lynne DeRoché Joins as Vice President of Strategic Solutions

Whereoware, an award-winning full-service digital agency, is strengthening their digital strategy and campaign services offering with the new addition of Lynne DeRoché as Vice President of Strategic Solutions. DeRoché will lead and mentor Whereoware’s media, creative, delivery and digital strategy teams, responsible for rigorous strategic planning, data-driven digital roadmaps, continuous optimization, and measurable achievement of client acquisition, retention, and maximization goals.

Our clients rely on us to guide them through the ever-changing digital landscape. We’re thrilled to add an executive of Lynne’s caliber and experience to lead our team of strategists and marketers activating 360-degree digital roadmaps to drive continuous growth for our clients in 2021.” said Whereoware CEO Michael Mathias.

DeRoché brings over two decades experience in both traditional and online marketing. Most recently, DeRoché was Vice President, Digital & Social Marketing, for Marriott International, where she focused on introducing industry-leading capabilities and standardizing social and digital marketing practices across 30 hotel brands and the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program. While at Marriott, DeRoché also led global marketing efforts for Marriott Rewards, and defined the company’s approach to online performance marketing as Vice President, Digital Acquisition Marketing.

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