InternetRetailing launches its “Inspiration Index”

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Vote now! Internet Retailing’s “Inspiration Index”

We’re pleased to launch today our “Inspiration Index“. Speaking with senior etailers we’re struck by the attention they pay to competitor and peer activity, continually seeking new ideas, better ways and cunning angles to improve their multichannel activity.

What do we mean by ‘inspiration’?

We’re focusing on those moments of admiration, enjoyment and – frankly – envy: when we look at another retailer’s activities and wish we’d thought of that first, had implemented as well, or have an open regard for a difficult problem elegantly overcome.

We decided not to go down a company or ‘awards’ approach since these tend to favour the established large players or the shiny new ones – in reality we’ve found that people covet the delivery capabilities of one, the design elements of another and the promotional campaigns of yet others.

There are six ‘dimensions’ to the Inspiration Index:

  1. Moments of brilliance and delight
  2. Customer experience
  3. Operations and IT
  4. Merchandising
  5. Marketing
  6. Strategy

How will it work?

Every other month we’ll ask our readers and members of the LinkedIn group to undertake a short survey on ONE of the dimensions. We’ll then cover the results in the coming edition of the magazine.

Over time we’ll build a picture of inspiration in internet retailing.

Best of all the winners will know that they’ve been nominated and rated by their professional peers — this is not a PR-led or sponsorship-driven activity: you can’t buy or promote prominence — it’s a question of whether you inspire others!

We’re really pleased to be partnering with eDigital Research on this. We’ve worked with them a great deal in the past and we welcome their support as a research partner on this project, helping shape the questionnaire and analysing the results.

I hope that you’ll make the time to take the survey and we’re really excited to see the results!

More in the March issue of Internet Retailing, and of course on the portal.

Here’s the link to the survey: https://ecustomeropinions.com/survey/survey.php?sid=986312169

Vote Now!

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Most useful digital marketers to follow on Twitter : Dave Chaffey’s Right Touching Blog

Most useful digital marketers to follow on Twitter : Dave Chaffey’s Right Touching Blog

Dave “Dr Dave” Chaffey, esteemed author and guru and author of the Managing Digital Channel report (well, book nearly) , has posted a list of his recommended twitter feeds to follow.

Dave’s criteria (signal to noise ratio) is a good one – I’m struggling with this, but less ruthless than Dave at present. Dave also mentions that he’s moving his attention from his RSS reader to twitter, which is something I’ve also found.

We, at Internet Retailing (www.twitter.com/etail) are super-pleased to have been included in Dave’s list. Blush.

We took a decision a while ago to use it as a living RSS/comments feed (hence meeting Dave’s signal:noise requirement). We’ll also use it for occasional event coverage.

I’ve taken to having a group on Tweetdeck just for RSS-twittering and find it’s turning into my ‘radar’.

Dave’s other suggestions (eg @lakey, @ashelyf1 and @mbites) already have pride of place in our monitoring.