Shortlisted in the highly sought after category – Brandbank Multichannel Retailer of the Year, Halfords are up against fierce competition from other retail giants including, Argos (also a Salmon customer), Debenhams, House of Fraser, John Lewis, New Look and Tesco.
Sue Pratt, Head of Marketing at Salmon said, “Halfords and Salmon have worked together to develop their multi-channel proposition over the past few years. We are delighted that this work has been recognised by the judges.”
Halfords have a strong multi-channel offer, combining store, online, mobile and apps to deliver a compelling customer experience. They provide an excellent case study in how to ensure different channels perfectly complement each other.
Other Salmon customers also shortlisted at the awards include, Homebase, Boots, Pets at Home, Lloydspharmacy and Kiddicare – good luck to all.
The winners will be announced on the 15th March 2012, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, in the heart of Mayfair. More information on the awards can be found here.
* Update 30/05/2012 The ICO’s latest guidance is here and provides additional information around the issue of implied consent.
* Update 22/05/2012 Econsultancy post on ‘EU cookie law: ICO to contact 50 UK websites about compliance’ is ‘ here and link to their guide to compliance is here. The Direct Marketing Association and Interent Advertising Bureau’s how to guide on email and cookie legislation is here.
In principle the regulations are right but how practical are they? Remember back to when 3D Secure came about, originally this was seen as an inhibitor to online shopping but is now seen as a necessary evil. Although, by comparison, the cookies compliancy will have a much bigger impact.
So what do you need to know?
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Argos has had a bit of a rough ride with the press recently but it’s not all bad news, that’s for sure. Yes, sales are down by 6% on last year, but that’s not surprising with the prevailing economic conditions. Positively, they are still leading the way when it comes to multi-channel expertise and leadership, with multi-channel sales continuing to grow. News Salmon is pleased to hear, as we’ve been working with them since 2002 to help them deliver and support their website, and most recently, to deliver their mobile optimised site.
The latest figures show that multi-channel sales are now 46% of total sales. Total sales from mobile shopping are now at 4%, (that’s about £2.6m per week), with total internet orders, including Check & Reserve comprising 33% of Argos’ total sales, that’s approximately £21m per week. The remaining 13% of sales classed as multi-channel are for products ordered in-store for home delivery or by telephone.
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It’s often said that opposites attract. As far as personal relationships are concerned, I haven’t found this to be the case. However, for people working in the eCommerce and multi channel world, the ability to attract or bring together opposites is becoming increasingly important.
Here are six sets of opposites that come to mind:
- Developing strategic IT architectures and embracing rapidly emerging technologies.
- Listening to what the customer wants now while anticipating their future needs.
- Balancing cost versus capability in solution design.
- Delivering personalised customer experiences and super-fast web site performance.
- Managing divergent goals of stakeholders from marketing, stores, supply chain, IT and finance.
- Building sound return on investment cases in the context of rapidly changing business models and technology.
(I’m sure there are many more than six, so would welcome your thoughts on others.)
So why is the ability to attract opposites important ?
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Groupon made it’s first deal in late 2008 with a half-price pizza offer. Today Goupon is offering deals in 43 countries with an estimated revenue of around $2 billion. Andy Jones, Director of Customer Experience at Salmon takes a look at their site and gives his take on eight things he believes they do well, leading to a design that is not only compelling and visually coherent but also very persuasive.
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Salmon and Halfords have picked up an outright sector category win and two highly commended citations at the Online Retail Awards 2011. The Awards are international, impartial, independent business awards that can be won by online retailers of any size anywhere in the world.
For the category “Cars and Car Accessories” Halfords.com and Salmon were named the overall winner. The judging panel said, “The vast Halfords’ website is proof of how successful a retail website can be if the customer is placed centre stage. Halfords’ customers can now source and pay for products in four different ways both online and mobile. This in turn has led to increased sales and greater conversion. Navigation options are made easier for customers, too, with fewer clicks on the customer journey. Over 40 million visitors and growth of around 35% prove Halfords have got their multi-channel strategy right.”
Halfords and Salmon were also highly commended in the categories “Multiple Online Retail Site of the Year” and “Online Retail Mobile Site of the Year”. (More here).
“Internet Retailing” magazine (n.b. takes you to the July/Aug 2011 digital edition) is focused upon serving the UK and Europe’s leading multichannel and pureplay retailers. Inspired by the very best, and commercial to the core, Internet Retailing analyses, stimulates and challenges the etail community with news, analysis, events and insight.
In the latest edition, we are delighted that a Salmon retail project, Halfords has been showcased. Emma Herrod speaks to Jon Asbury, Channel Development Manager, Halfords, about how system integration has improved customer choice and encouraged mobile interaction. The interview covers Reserve & Collect, Text & Reserve, Advice Centre, Order & Collect, Distribution, M-commerce site, iPhone and Android apps.
To read the full story click the image above, or simply go to Internet Retailing Magazine. (The Halfords/Salmon story starts on pg. 10 of the digital magazine).
With the impressive returns apparent for those retailers who have optimised their web sites for access by smartphones and the inexorable rise in smartphone adoption, the debate has moved beyond the ‘why’ and ‘when’.** The question now is ‘how to optimise your web site for mobile devices’. Here’s a summary of the pros and cons of the main options to help you navigate your way through this key decision.
Option 1. Building a mobile store – developing a set of pages specifically optimised for mobile devices
Pros: Fancy something (relatively) quick to market and with easy access? Then a mobile store could be just what you are looking for. No snazzy touch screen smart phone needed, even if your customers have a Nokia e71 they can shop on your mobile store, plus with auto detection and re-direction, accessing your store couldn’t be simpler.
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Salmon have developed iPhone and Android apps for Halfords, extending their current mobile and multi-channel proposition. The apps allow customers to shop, scan products and find their nearest store.
Mobile phone shoppers will receive a better online experience with the ability to research, locate and purchase products via the apps. The apps combine both web and app capabilities, providing Halfords with a cost effective solution and customers with a better online experience.
Jon Asbury, Halfords Channel Development Manager said: “We aim to give customers an even better online shopping experience through cutting edge technology. The apps are a natural progression from our successful mobile site. Customers will find the apps versatile, functional and easy to navigate.”
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Tesco: Homeplus in South Korea offer customers a new way of shopping via their SmartPhone and QR Code technology. It’s proving popular with customers there. I’m not sure we have the same issues in the UK as Korea do to warrant this here, they are quite a unique market, but this does offer customers an alternative shopping method and is a great visual reminder. See for yourself here.