Category Archives: Building E-Commerce

Portrait of the best E-Commerce Director – Is it about the “e” | POLL

A recent review on behalf of a client led me to meet the e-Commerce Directors/Vice-Presidents of some of the most iconic Luxury Brands around the globe. As I wondered why some where more successful than others, I realised what the successful ones had in common.. and by successful I meant those achieving their projected financial […]

What’s next… in Luxury Customer Experience online?

I am very lucky to sit with the Brands when they are defining their digital roadmaps and devising the briefs for their CRM, E-Commerce and Retail operations. Looking back at the last year (2012-2013) I noticed obvious and solid trends: * The end of the “Shop on the side”: Brands are now seeking a deep integration between Brand […]

CARTIER new E-Commerce site November 2012 - USA - E-Commerce November 13

CARTIER – new Online Store opens in the USA – November 2012

This is a long overdue overhaul for Cartier’s online and E-Commerce presence.

It took the Iconic Luxury Brands about 2 years to revisit its online retail presence. The new site is now live in the USA and will rollout internationally. Cartier should be praised for having engaged – and taken a resolute position to build a consistent and quite exciting online presence.

Luxury is extreme attention to detail and those teething problems are annoying. But Cartier will get it right. In time it will surely become a case study, and one of a successful Luxury Brand Retail endeavour.

Time for Luxury brands to develop experiences in store, fuelled by online traffic – Is ROPO (Research Online, Purchase Offline) verified?

Time for Luxury brands to develop experiences in store, fuelled by online traffic – The ROPO (Research Online, Purchase Offline) effect is worth verifying!

CHANEL Digital Relaunch – the sensual explosion of beauty that captures the essence of the ‘Maison de Luxe’. But why are they still afraid of E-Commerce?

Superb – at last a Luxury Brand focusses on it’s ‘raison d’être’: beautiful products, their history and the craftsmanship that make them happen. But where is the “order” button?
One cannot order online, and this is.. disappointing and frustrating.

CRM & Luxury Brands – What for? Poor for Segmentation, but rich for Experience?

Many of us measure and understand the power of nurturing and mining a clean and relevant customer databases to create, manage, broadcast and measure campaigns. Some of us daily experience the richness of the data collected – behaviours, purchase patterns, customer service.. etc.. both explicitly and implicitly. But what is the value of this information in the context of FASHION & LUXURY?

CRM – as a business process and from the perspective of Customer Segmentation  – is extremely valuable for brands and retailers distributing goods which are purchased regularly or in cycles – food, groceries.. even books, and other necessities and cultural items. Profiles and suspect/prospect groups can be created in many cases.. and ‘predict’ patterns and interests.

But is there a FASHION/LUXURY CUSTOMER PROFILE?

Are Flash Sales players fit for purpose to run Luxury Brands’ E-Commerce operations?

Are Flash/Private sales pure players fit for the job of actually running the online operations of Luxury Brands?

Lessons from China in Luxury Brands E-Commerce: the new benchmark for the West?

Examining successful online operations in China, I wonder if they are not showing us the way.. at home – to improve E-Commerce and multichannel sales in our Luxury Brands’ domestic markets.