Don’t Forget to Vote for Your Favorite SXSW Panels!
August 30, 2016  |  By Catherine Seeds

OK kids, this is a BIG week! It’s the last week to vote for your favorite SXSW 2017 panels. In case you missed the memo or just need a friendly reminder, this Friday, September 2 is the last day for public voting and commenting for the panels you’d like to see as part of the 2017 programming. If you are having trouble deciding which panels to vote for, let your friends at Ketner Group help you out! This year, our clients at DynamicAction and Convey have thrown their hat in the ring to speak on some incredible retail and brand-focused…Read More

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It’s High Noon for Retail Loyalty
August 22, 2016  |  By Aidan Griffin

The old rules are broken. Look to the horizon as long as you want, there is no tough guy sheriff riding into town with his posse to restore law and order. Parking lots at major chain stores are turning into weed havens as they shutter their doors, from national department stores to niche retailers like Sports Authority. Others are searching for unique ways to increase their foot traffic and customer loyalty, putting car showrooms in clothing stores or bringing booze and bocce to a bookstore. Malls are asking startups to fill the same spaces they used to give away for…Read More

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Amazon Prime Day: Breaking Rules, Making Money
July 19, 2016  |  By Aidan Griffin

Pretty much everyone I know, knew about Amazon Prime Day. While most of them didn’t buy anything on Amazon that day, they still took the time and made the effort to look at the deals they could get on a day billed as being bigger and better than Black Friday and Cyber Monday.   How can such a self-serving sale day, or, as some venture to call it, a “holiday,” that’s so different from the norm succeed in retail? Not Your Grandmother’s Sale Let’s think about it. Why do retailers introduce sales? Traditionally, they are spurred on by a present…Read More

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The Inescapability of the Word ‘Millennial’
July 12, 2016  |  By Ketner Group

This blog was written by our intern, Kamilla Rahman. If you’ve ever surfed the web for more than 10 minutes, you’ve definitely come across the word millennial at least five times. People are constantly talking about millennials, what they’re doing, what they want, what they will be doing, how they react and how to resonate with them. Even the KG team has been known to write about millennials on behalf of our clients from time to time – here is a recent example. According to Investopedia, “a millennial is the given name to the generation born between 1982 and 2004…this…Read More

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Can Teslas and Pizza Get People Shopping Again?
June 20, 2016  |  By Jeff Ketner

A recent Washington Post headline read, “Unemployment is down. Gas prices are low. Why isn’t America shopping?” There are a number of possible answers. Both in the article and at the inaugural ShopTalk conference, there were numerous discussions about the U.S. being “over-retailed” – too many stores and e-commerce sites for too few shoppers. Many like to point to widespread uncertainty about the global economy and the twists and turns of the presidential election. Moreover, shoppers are spending their money differently: they are addicted to promotions and often opt to spend their hard-earned dollars on experiences like vacations or big…Read More

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Shoptalk 2016: It’s All An Experience
May 23, 2016  |  By Mariana Fischbach

Last week the Ketner Group team attended the inaugural Shoptalk conference at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The much-anticipated conference lived up to its promise, bringing top industry leaders together to discuss the technology disruption currently turning the industry on its head. Shoptalk offered a three-day jam-packed agenda that in true Vegas fashion ran well into the late hours of the night, bringing with it great networking opportunities, organic thought leadership conversations and even a stellar performance by Wyclef Jean at the conference’s Industry Night. This year’s sessions also brought a few resonating themes and posed several…Read More

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Scoring a Perfect 10 on Earth Day
April 20, 2016  |  By Ketner Group

This blog was written by our intern, Cambria Sawyer. Cause marketing is a lot like college. I first started to see this connection in my journey as a Ketner Group intern back and forth from the office to the jungle (a.k.a. campus). You see, college is a balancing act. Professors assign you more hours of homework than you have in a day. Somehow I’ve managed to survive off of cheese sticks and grapes for the past week, but the grocery store is in my imminent future. I need to go to the gym, steel drums practice, a club officer meeting…Read More

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SXSW 2016: The Customer May Always Be Right, But What The Heck Do They Want?
March 23, 2016  |  By Mariana Fischbach

SXSW Interactive 2016 blazed through Austin this past week in typical disruptive fashion, bringing the tech industry’s brightest minds into town for a five-day festival that was all business during the day and all party during the night. No matter the application, the topic of how to engage customers was at the forefront of the most prominent conversations. From machine learning to data analytics to mobile, all technology pointed to one focal point – the customer and their engagement. However, during all of the discussions one thing became apparent: while we now have technology that can help us track and…Read More

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Retail’s BIG Show: #NRF16 Client Recap, Part Two
January 29, 2016  |  By Ketner Group

If there is any indication that this year’s NRF show was the most exciting yet, it’s that we need two whole blog posts to recap just how great it was. Our clients were among the best and brightest out on that show floor, demonstrating cutting-edge retail technology and hosting thought-provoking BIG !dea sessions. They were invaluable additions to the educational atmosphere of one of the industry’s longest-running events, but don’t just take our word for it, see for yourself: Predictix Continuing to stay “one step ahead of the competition,” as observed in PYMNTS, Predictix announced during the show that it…Read More

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Retail’s BIG Show: #NRF16 Client Recap, Part 1
January 27, 2016  |  By Ketner Group

NRF’s 105th annual conference featured over 30,000 attendees, a plethora of thought leadership sessions from retail’s top leaders and a vast selection of innovative new technologies— too many to even count— however, in the midst of all the activity, our clients definitely shined through the crowd at Retail’s BIG Show bringing their own innovative stories into the mix. 360pi According to RIS News, 360pi’s session, “Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: Learn from Amazon” hosted by VP of Marketing, Jenn Markey, was a session quick hitter with the company’s “Holiday’s Insights Executive Intelligence Report,” which covered various pricing strategies…Read More

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