Brand & communications

With less than a week to go until Christmas, Oxford Street retailers are fighting hard for their share of the Christmas shopping pie - so we took a trip to see which retailers had best captured the Christmas spirit in their windows.

It was clear to see that Selfridges, John Lewis and Liberty have shoppers stopping in their tracks to take in their displays. 

Priya Ghai
Christmas WindowsSelfridgesJohn LewisLiberty
YOLO

Social networking has become a way of life. Our attention spans are waning. We are living in a ‘refresh culture’, craving and consuming constant updates about the world and the people around us. Our urge to post something as soon as our contribution is buried under the newsfeed snowfall has become an almost physical twitch; and just as this is changing the way we interact with each other, it is changing the way we interact with brands.

Two growing digital tribes are emerging: the Keepers and the Fleeters.

Nicole Wilson
Fleeterskeepersdigital trendstribesretailnext generationrefresh cultureonline behavioursocial netowkrs
Appear Here Underground Sessions Video Screenshot

Appear Here, have just launched their first in a series of Underground Sessions, which take place in various underground stations, where discussions are held between important and interesting industry bods. As specialists in acquiring spaces and helping brands retailers have pop up space to execute their latest brand experience, they found the perfect location and a great first panel. Alongside Jonathan Chippendale (Holition), Ben Moffitt (Bailey Nelson), and Lili Papadimitriou (Google), Jon discussed the future of retail.

Zara Weller
An example of NFC mobile payment

£15 for a salad! – EE’s version of a NFC wallet ‘cash on tap’ shown here – NFC might be great, but it doesn’t stop you getting ripped off…

Simon Liss
Simon LissConnected RetailRetail Technology Predictions 2014
Shopper using a touch screen in-store

In the many conversations I’ve been having with clients and peers, one of the subjects that’s a hot topic for many is ‘customer experience’. Every person and company seem to have their own unique definition as to what this actually means but I’ve listed a few things that are important to me.

I may have been tempted to add the words ‘multichannel’, ‘crosschannel’ or ‘omnichannel’ in a shameless attempt to hit some keywords in my content strategy, but really what it boils down to is making sure customers get the best possible experience.

Andrew Hearn