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FuturistU > Retail > Omnichannel Retail > Module 3 / 5

Personalization in Retail

Instructor: Ady Floyd
Retail Technology
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In the second omnichannel retail module, Ady dives into the Megatrend Personalization to showcase how targeted retail strategies are positively impacting consumers and brands alike. Today's shopper wants personalized deals, discounts and offers. They even want retailers to recognize them by name and to create a more humanized experience.

In this module, Ady looks at a variety of targeted retail strategies from branded social media interactions to shopping virtually from the comfort of one's home. Understanding the array of trends and tactics will allow you to assess what platform will work best for your brand, and how you can attract the right consumer.
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Workshop Question:
How can you utilize multiple channels to personalize the path to purchase?
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Featured Insights

Omni-Personal
Brands combine social media and personalization to increase engagement
Implications - In order to create seamless omnichannel interactions, brands are combining social media initiatives with personalized campaigns. Through online engagement, brands create unique coupons, Avatars, websites and more, that illustrate their understanding of individuality. This shift in personalized retail will increase consumer engagement while allowing brands to cultivate authenticity for their audiences.
Workshop Question - What is one way you can create a more personalized omnichannel experience for your consumers?
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AI Measure
Fashion retailers employ virtual scanning devices to customize clothing
Implications - Scanning body measurements for the purpose of finding clothing and accessories that fit perfectly is becoming increasingly popular among retailers seeking to customize their offerings in relatively low-commitment ways. The adoption of virtual scanning technology allows fashion brands to better adapt to the needs of their customers, while improving brand appreciation for their perceived focus on customer service.
Workshop Question - How can your brand adopt low-commitment customization into its products/services?
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Omnichannel Assistance
Brands create seamless shopping micro-moments through digital assistance
Implications - Embracing the increasing interconnectivity of digital and physical, consumers are leveraging online resources to make their shopping experience even more intuitive. Brands are adapting by taking an omnichannel approach to their consumer engagement, offering personalized assistive functions that help make shopping, either online through e-commerce or in-store brick and mortar, much more seamless. Where friction creates a barrier to purchase, brands that enhanced the shopper experience through impactful micro-moments will win out with the increasingly digital modern consumer.
Workshop Question - What alternative platforms could your brand tap into to offer your consumer an elevated experience?
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Insights by Trend Hunter AI

Focused Mood-Boosting
Apps that prioritize mental wellness offer more focused functions
Trend - Wellness and mindfulness apps that are designed to boost users' moods are becoming more focused rather than offering several functions and uses. Apps in this space include ones that recommend mood-boosting podcasts to quick daily journaling prompts.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize its customers' and/or employees' wellbeing?
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Grocery Rewards
Grocery stores promise loyalty points that lead to discounts on groceries
Trend - With stiff competition, some grocery store brands are aiming to stand out with apps and loyalty programs that reward consumers with points and discounts on groceries for shopping at their locations.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing its customers' wellbeing?
5.9
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Eco Banking
Finance apps allow users to make eco-friendly decisions
Trend - Banking and sales apps are allowing consumers to be more sustainable by offering features that have a positive impact on the environment. These include everything from clothing resale functions to making eco-conscious investments.
Workshop Question - How is your brand empowering sustainability?
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Retail Finance
Banking apps are including online retail features and functions
Trend - Banking apps are becoming increasingly functional, now with extended features that allow people to shop (or sell) within the apps. These features help customers consolidate some of their lifestyle habits, merging banking and shopping to create simpler online experiences.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing convenience for its customer base?
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Eco Organization
Apps help consumers prioritize eco-conscious fashion choices
Trend - With the fahion industry being an enormous contributor to worldwide pollution, some brands are releasing apps that help users make better choices when it comes to buying, repairing and generally extending the life cycles of their wardrobes.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing sustainability?
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eLearning Entertainment
Consumers are increasingly learning new skills for fun, not employment
Trend - Pre-Pandemic, consumers would seek out eLearning mostly to learn necessary skills or increase employability. In the post-Pandemic world, acquiring new skills has become somewhat of a hobby. Platforms and niche brands alike are offering tutorials and learning formats more akin to entertainment than education.
Workshop Question - What is one area of your business where you could better prioritize consumers, as opposed to monetization?
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Virtual Changing
Virtual fitting rooms are growing in popularity amidst the pandemic
Trend - Virtual fitting rooms are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to in-person fitting rooms, particularly as the ongoing pandemic has put restrictions on in-person shopping. Now, consumers are able to see how clothing may look on them without having to worry about hygiene or being inconvenienced.
Workshop Question - What long-term pandemic-related changes could your brand better adapt to?
6.8
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One-to-One Retail
Stores serve one customer at a time to give safe, ultra-custom experiences
Trend - The retail industry has seen a lot of transformation in light of the pandemic. One recent development is the growth of storefronts or services dedicated to limiting the shopping experience to two people: the retail worker and the customer. This is being executed virtually as well as in person and has the benefits of both safety and full personalization.
Workshop Question - How will you satisfy the opposing consumer need for experience and safety in the new normal?
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