Wearable Tech: Are You Ready?
March 18, 2014  |  By Ketner Group

SXSW 2014 has come and gone, and those who call Austin home are either still recovering from the constant state of exhaustion that goes hand in hand with doing SXSW right, or are beginning to venture out of their homes again into the world they had been so desperately avoiding for the last 10 days. The festival and all its visitors may have left, but the top trends are still buzzing about the tech community. Our last blog post focused on the top three hot topics we noticed at SXSW this year, but we wanted to dive a little deeper…Read More

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KG @ SXSWi 2014 – What’s Hot!
March 11, 2014  |  By Ketner Group

Spring is here in Austin, Texas, which means it’s that special time of year where we can all expect the lovely Texas sunshine to accompany us while we traipse around the Austin Convention Center during the annual South by Southwest Interactive Festival. Well, the sunshine hasn’t been quite as present as we would have liked, but even some rainy weather can’t put a damper (see what I did there?) on KG’s time at SXSW! For the last six years, Ketner Group has had a presence at one of the top technology and innovation conferences in the world that takes place…Read More

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Why Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar Acceptance Speech Was a Golden Example of Effective Communication
March 4, 2014  |  By Ketner Group

Some people like to make fun of Matthew McConaughey. There are those that think his “simple” speech patterns (read: his charming and cuter than heck southern accent) make him seem, well, simple. Other people recall his days living in a now trendy trailer park on Barton Springs Road in Austin, smoking (leaves) through a bong and playing the congas naked…well after he was a famous multi-million dollar actor. How could an eclectic, naked-conga-playing, Texas-born actor be smart and one of the best Oscar acceptance speech givers of the night? Answer: Because he knew the art of effective communication, and at…Read More

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NRF 2014: The REALLY Big Show
February 4, 2014  |  By Jeff Ketner

If you could sum up the NRF 2014 show in one word, it would have to be “big.” And this time, as attendees know, it was “REALLY big!” Our Ketner Group team descended upon New York recently along with 30,000+ other NRF attendees, and the show was big in every way: More attendees than ever. More exhibitors on three different levels of the Javits Center. More social buzz (check out the #NRF14 social  infographic from the National Retail Federation). And for Ketner Group, a full schedule of editor and analyst meetings for our retail technology clients. It was an exhilarating,…Read More

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Meet Jennifer Luskey
January 29, 2014  |  By Ketner Group

My name is Jennifer Luskey and I am a second semester senior at the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a degree in public relations and a Business Foundations Certificate. Growing up in small town Midland, Texas my life was full of football and the oil business. My love for football has grown even more while watching the Longhorns play at the DKR Stadium. On any given day you can find me venturing to different Austin restaurants, spending time with friends and family or running on Town Lake. After graduation in May, I hope to find a job in…Read More

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Our New Intern Cameron Ventures Into A Life Of PR
January 21, 2014  |  By Ketner Group

Let me introduce myself. My name is Cameron Whitaker and I’d first like to say how excited I am to be a part of the Ketner Group team this semester! As far as school goes, I’m in my last semester at the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism this May. I’m grateful to be here at Ketner Group but how I ended up here wasn’t the smoothest path. In the last year I’ve gone from wanting to be the lead anchor at a top news station, to going through what I’d call a “late-college…Read More

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Privacy Fears Hit Retailers’ Big Data Analytics Plans
January 17, 2014  |  By Ketner Group

Brick-and-mortar retailers plan to link in-store analytics with shoppers’ mobile devices. Shoppers say not so fast. Privacy will “almost certainly” be the leading big data issue this year as consumer advocates focus on controversial spying activities of the US National Security Agency (NSA), according to a new 2014 predictions report from global consulting firm Stratecast | Frost & Sullivan. If this prediction holds true, it’s unclear how it might impact big data efforts in the retail industry, particularly a new class of in-store analytics systems that use WiFi-enabled devices — typically smartphones — to gather information on customers’ shopping and purchasing habits.

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Best of NRF 2014: Top 10 Takeaways
January 15, 2014  |  By Ketner Group

The Big Show Keeps Getting Bigger This year’s NRF Big Show expanded its footprint taking over 200,000 square feet of the Javits Center – including the North Building for keynote presentations – with more than 30,000 attendees and 500 exhibiting companies. The vibe was very positive with a renewed confidence for retailers and vendors alike. With more space came a more comfortable show floor – the aisles weren’t cramped and busy booths weren’t obstacles to get around – in general the booths seemed more spacious. The Big Show doesn’t just get bigger physically though, it’s been reported that next year…Read More

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The RTP Team Wraps Up The #NRF14 Show (Day 2 Recap)
January 15, 2014  |  By Ketner Group

The final day of the NRF Big Show 2014 was a long, but rewarding one for the Retail TouchPoints editorial staff. Editor-in-Chief Debbie Hauss shared her top terms of the day, which included “multiplex channel,” and “heads up engagement.” Publisher Ed Cleary discussed the value of location by sharing insights from his meetings with top vendors in the location analytics space; and Senior Editor Alicia Fiorletta delved into how solution providers are adding more personalization and excitement to loyalty programs by integrating location, customer data and gamification. Tune in for our complete NRF report, which will be published in the…Read More

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Forrester’s Mulpuru: 2013 great year for e-commerce; 2014 even better
January 14, 2014  |  By Ketner Group

With average web growth of 29 percent, 2013 was a great year for e-commerce, and “2014 promises to be even better,” according to Forrester Research analyst Sucharita Mulpuru. Mulpuru previewed findings from Forrester’s upcoming “State of Retailing Online 2014: Key Metrics and Initiatives” study during her “First Look: 2014 Outlook for Digital Retail” presentation at Retail’s BIG Show, pointing to the web’s increasing influence on total retail sales this year and beyond. Mulpuru said we’ll reach close to $300 billion in online direct sales in 2014, but that “the really interesting number” is the additional $1.4 trillion of retail sales that will be influenced by…Read More

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