KG’s Top 10 Favorite Newsletters
August 17, 2017  |  By Ketner Group

The retail industry is rapidly changing every day, and sometimes, it can be hard to keep up. That’s why our team stays up-to-date by subscribing to newsletters that will alert us on breaking Amazon news, inform us of a good responsive pitch opportunity, or give us insight on an interesting new study. Here are our top 10 favorite newsletters to help us stay in-the-know with all things retail and technology: Industry Dive “Broken out by vertical – Retail and Supply Chain Dive are my top picks – Industry Dive newsletters offer a combination of breaking news and industry insight I…Read More

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Retail Apocalypse or Retail Reinvention?
August 9, 2017  |  By Jeff Ketner

What’s the biggest “fake news” story of 2017? Surprise, it has nothing to do with politics! Instead, it’s the narrative of the “retail apocalypse” that has dominated media coverage of the retail industry this year. The term picked up steam in early 2017 amid reports of large numbers of store closings, and yes, legacy retailers and chronic underperformers including Sears, Radio Shack, Kmart, JCP and many others have announced massive store closings. It is true that some malls and retailers are experiencing a world of hurt. As Sageberry Consulting’s Steve Dennis says, though, “regional malls — and their department store…Read More

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KG is hiring: Fall 2017 PR Internship
July 21, 2017  |  By Adrienne Newcomb

Ketner Group is currently seeking a proactive and diligent intern for the Fall 2017 Semester to support our team, with the possibility of being invited to stay on for the spring term. The paid internship would begin in August 2017 with a flexible schedule of 15-20 hours per week. The intern will have the opportunity to work alongside our fun-loving, collaborative group while gaining real-world agency experience supporting B2B clients. Qualifications: Must be entering or in their senior year of undergraduate studies Possess strong writing and communication skills Willingness to work independently in a fast-paced environment Organized and detail-oriented Previous…Read More

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Retailers are fighting back this year on Prime Day
July 14, 2017  |  By Ketner Group

This blog was written by our intern, Madeleine Hatley. Amazon launched their third annual Prime Day starting Monday, July 10. Prime Day 2017 was the biggest sales day in history for Amazon, surpassing both Black Friday and Cyber Monday according to the Amazon press release highlighting the outcome of Prime Day this year. Despite popular opinion, this ‘micro’ holiday is not about boosting sales. It is simply a marketing tactic to advertise their “Prime” membership that guarantees customers fast shipping for an annual fee. And, boy, does it work. Prime Day sales grew by more than 60 percent from last…Read More

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A Ketner Q&A with David Matthews, Managing Director at REVTECH
June 27, 2017  |  By Ketner Group

What is REVTECH and why did you start it? REVTECH is a seed fund and accelerator program for leading retail tech startups.  I believe that Dallas is a logical hub for retail tech innovation given the number of national retailers headquartered here, most of whom are struggling to adapt to the rapidly changing retail model.  I started REVTECH because most of my most interesting deal flow (as a VC in Dallas for the past 17 years) has been in this sector. What technology trends do you see most impacting the field? The tools today’s consumer has at their fingertips bring…Read More

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48 Hours That Changed Retail Forever
June 20, 2017  |  By Jeff Ketner

The early morning hours of June 16 started like any ordinary Friday. Then came Amazon’s shot heard round the world, its boldest move yet in the retail revolution as the online giant announced its acquisition of Whole Foods Market. Journalists, retail analysts and PR teams shifted into hyper-drive to analyze the news before they’d even had a chance to finish their morning coffee. The Whole Foods deal, however, was just one of a series of events, all in a 48-hour period, that will change retail forever. Here’s a quick recap: On June 15, German discount grocer Lidl opened its first…Read More

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Projected Father’s Day Spending Reaches All-Time High
June 15, 2017  |  By Ketner Group

This blog was written by our intern, Madeleine Hatley. Dads, and retailers, will be getting some extra love this year on Father’s Day, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insight and Analytics. Total spending for the holiday is expected to hit a record high of $15.5 billion. Consumers are spending differently this year and are focused on the experience rather than the gift. For retailers, this means traditional tactics such as ads featuring sporting goods or cars will not suffice. When it comes to marketing around Father’s Day, retailers need to add a personal touch…Read More

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IRCE 2017: The Focal Point of eCommerce Innovation
June 13, 2017  |  By Mariana Fischbach

If you know the history of Chicago, you already know that the city proudly holds the title of the first skyscraper in the U.S. Similar to the innovation that took place to bring about one of the most transformative structures of our times, the annual Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE) at the beginning of June, united the best and boldest technology vendors and retailers in the industry, all at the center of one of the founding cities for merchant activity —Chicago. Whether attendees were looking for the next big technology invention on the show floor or sharing their best…Read More

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Get to Know Our New Account Executive: Greg Earl
June 8, 2017  |  By Greg Earl

Hey everyone—my name is Greg Earl and I’m the new Account Executive at Ketner Group. Prior to working with the fine people of Ketner Group, I was an Account Coordinator at Lois Paul and Partners (LPP) a technology and healthcare PR agency in Austin. There, I honed my skills in content development and social media for large clients like Kodak and Philips Healthcare, as well as smaller startups. Before that, I was an intern at Edelman where I focused on technology clients in the software and analytic spaces. Originally from New Jersey, I came to Austin to attend the University…Read More

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Meet Our New Account Coordinator: Stacy Lan
June 6, 2017  |  By Stacy Lan

Hi everyone! My name is Stacy Lan and I’m excited to announce that I am the new Account Coordinator for Ketner Group. I recently graduated with a public relations degree from the University of Texas at Austin, which means it is time to drop my textbooks and enter real “adulthood.” This will be my first full-time job and I couldn’t have asked for a better team to learn and grow with. Throughout college, I was lucky to have five different public relations internships. I look at each of those experiences as stepping stones to get to the place I am today….Read More

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