Special Edition of “Ask the Influencers” – Who Run the World? Girls! Part 2
December 11, 2017  |  By Catherine Seeds

In part two of our special edition of “Ask the Influencers” we talked to Janet and Nikki about how they stay up to date on retail trends, the best advice they’ve been given and what they are most looking forward to in 2018: How do you most like to stay up to date on trends? Janet: “I keep up via Twitter, LinkedIn and events I participate in. I follow the industry magazines, retail experts and the retailers themselves. There is some great content out there if you look. I also maintain great relationships with our customers. They are a wealth of…Read More

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Special Edition of “Ask the Influencers” – Who Run the World? Girls! Part 1
December 11, 2017  |  By Catherine Seeds

I’d like to take a second to brag on my fellow “Wonder Women” out there: a recent Zenger Folkman study of 51,418 leaders in the U.S. and internationally found that women are considered more effective than male leaders. What’s more, former U.S. President Barack Obama said last month at an invitation-only event in Paris that more women need to be put in positions of power “because men seem to be having some problems these days.” Seriously though, it’s been tough out there for women – and I’m not just talking about the past few months of daily horrific sexual harassment…Read More

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A Look Ahead: 2018 Retail and Ad Tech Predictions
December 7, 2017  |  By Catherine Seeds

At Ketner Group, we live and breathe retail, grocery, consumer and ad tech day in and day out. It’s what we love to do, and, more importantly, why our clients hire us! It is literally our job to stay “in the know” on what the latest trends are in those industries and use those hooks to create media coverage-worthy storylines for each of our clients. This year has certainly seen plenty of breaking news stories (shocker, mostly about Amazon), trends that didn’t and did surprise us (chatbots will rule the world and digital platforms need to step up their game…Read More

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Not All Press Releases are Created Equal: Tips & Tricks for a Successful Press Release
November 30, 2017  |  By Mariana Fischbach

  In the world of public relations, the words “press release” are part of the daily vernacular in day-to-day communications. The bottom line is, everyone has a story to tell. Whether a company is launching a new product, issuing a breaking news alert, providing details on an upcoming event or highlighting the great work they’ve done, a press release is the best and most efficient way to deliver the news straight to the media and external audiences. However, not all press releases are created equal. For a press release to be truly successful, companies need to strategically think about the…Read More

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Did Amazon Find the Key to Shoppers’ Happiness?
October 26, 2017  |  By Jeff Ketner

Leave it to Amazon to keep things interesting. Now, in addition to same-day delivery of just about anything, Amazon can walk your dog, clean your house, install and set up your new refrigerator, let selected neighbors in, leave your packages securely inside your home, and who knows what else. I’m talking, of course, about Amazon Key. Like everything else they do these days, Amazon’s announcement is big news for the retail industry. Available exclusively for Prime members, Amazon Key includes an in-home kit with a cloud-enabled indoor security camera and compatible smart lock for $249. According to an Amazon press…Read More

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Ketner Group is Seeking an Intern for Spring 2018 Semester
October 23, 2017  |  By Ketner Group

Ketner Group is currently seeking a proactive and diligent intern for the Spring 2018 Semester to support our team, with the possibility of being invited to stay on for the summer term. The paid internship would begin in January 2018 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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A Twitter-Sized Recap of the 2017 PRSA International Conference
October 20, 2017  |  By Catherine Seeds

It’s been over a week since I returned from Boston, having attended the 2017 PRSA International Conference, and my mind is still blown – in a good way of course! After spending three days with my PR peers from all over the world in more than a dozen professional development sessions, I’ve come back energized, inspired and full of ideas! It’s been 18 years since I last attended the PRSA International Conference. I was a senior at Texas Tech University, president of my PRSSA chapter and ready to take on the world! (Funny story, that year the conference actually took…Read More

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INFLUENCER INSIGHTS: STEVE DENNIS
September 25, 2017  |  By Ketner Group

A Ketner Q&A with Steve Dennis, President of SageBerry Consulting What technology trend do you see most impacting the field? In the short-term, technologies that help create what I like to call a more “harmonious” experience will add the greatest value.  Brands need not only remove the friction of shopping cross-channels, but find a few things to do remarkably well.  Medium-term I look to artificial intelligence and machine learning to help retailers create smarter more personalized experiences. Longer-term, virtual reality has the potential to be transformative. How do you most like to stay up to date on trends? I read a…Read More

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#TexasStrong— Hurricane Harvey and The Texas Spirit
September 1, 2017  |  By Mariana Fischbach

This past week, Hurricane Harvey brought historical havoc to the Texas Coast, making landfall right in Rockport, Texas and traveling all the way to Houston, where it proceeded to sit stationary for five days and dump the equivalent of what The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration compared to as “the biggest waterfall in Niagara Falls continuously pouring on Texas for nine months.” Early estimates on Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the retail industry have come in at about $1 billion in losses. However, the entire impact is yet to be seen as the flood waters slowly subside and reveal the full…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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