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George Hague

B-to-B Insights

By George Hague

About George

A columnist for Retail Online Integration, George founded HAGUEdirect, a marketing agency. Previously he was a member of the Shawnee Mission, Kan.-based consulting and creative agency J. Schmid & Assoc. He has more than 10 years of experience in circulation, advertising, consulting and financial strategy in the catalog/retail industry. George's expertise includes circulation strategy, mailing execution, response analysis and financial planning. Before joining J. Schmid, George worked as catalog marketing director at Dynamic Resource Group, where he was responsible for marketing and merchandising for the Annie's Attic Needlecraft catalog, the Clotilde Sewing Notions catalog, the House of White Birches Quilter's catalog and three book clubs. George also worked on corporate acquisitions.


 

Retail Revelations

Melissa Campanelli
Domo Arigato, Lowe’s, for Using Robots
Oct 29, 2014

It’s not April Fool’s Day! Just before the holidays, Lowe's really is introducing two robotic shopping assistants at one of its...



Designed to Convert

Tim Ash
If You Must Tweak Your Way to E-Commerce Success, Then Pay Attention to These Two Steps
Oct 27, 2014

Some websites are so broken that tweaks really aren't the best approach. Yes, you can split test your way into...



Shipping Insights

Rob Martinez
UPS Announces 2015 General Rate Increase
Oct 22, 2014

Effective Dec. 29, 2014, the published rates for UPS services will increase. UPS Ground, Air and International rates will increase...



The Art of Delivering Style

Maria Haggerty
Are Drone Deliveries the Future of Online Shipping?
Oct 21, 2014

While the quest for faster shipping is an ongoing struggle for retailers and fulfillment companies, it's unlikely that drones or...



Retail Rants & Raves

Joe Keenan
Retail Jobs Not so Bad After All?
Oct 15, 2014

The National Retail Federation (NRF) today released a study authored by a University of Georgia economist who found that retail jobs...



Return on Inventory

Joe Palzkill
Done is Better Than Perfect
Sep 30, 2014

I was reading an article about Facebook recently and took note of the social network's motto, "Done is better than perfect."...



Catalog Doctor

Susan J. McIntyre
Tips for Finding the Right Product Density for Your Catalog
Sep 11, 2014

Product density is quite a science. What's right for one brand is wrong for another. Here are some guidelines that...



Print-Plus

Stephen Lett
How Important is Average Order Size?
Sep 3, 2014

Catalog executives always seem to have a great deal of interest in their average order size. They become concerned when...



Email Marketing Bites

Liz Ryan
The Email Hierarchy of Needs: Deliverability is the Foundation
Jun 18, 2014

If you're not getting the most of your email messaging, you might not be asking the right questions. How many...



Return on Intelligence

Jim Gilbert
LinkedIn Publishing Platform: User Review, Tips and Some Wishes for its Next Iteration, Part 3
Jul 23, 2014

This week in the third and final part of this series, I offer suggestions for how LinkedIn's publishing platform can...



Email Applied

Reggie  Brady
Subject Lines That Work
Jul 18, 2014

Standing out in the inbox isn't easy. A lot of promotional emails I receive have subject lines that aren't special....



ThinkAbout: Inspirational Verve for Your Product Line!

Andrea Syverson
Springboard From Your Brand Filter
Jun 26, 2014

One of the most important ways I strengthen my clients’ brands and product lines is by collaborating with their leaders...



2 Must-Have B-to-B Metrics

Smart CEOs know two essential B-to-B metrics to successfully grow their businesses: contribution per order (CPO) for new customers and life-time value (LTV) of existing customers. They may sound difficult to figure out, but the process is actually easy.

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Is Your Company a Tribute Band?

Tribute bands pretend to be something else. Their motivation may be out of admiration, but essentially these musicians copy successful bands right down to dress, hair style and accent. Tribute bands appeal to a subset of fans of the bands being imitated. They limit their potential by pretending to be musicians perceived to be more talented than themselves. Is your company a tribute band? Are you constantly pretending to be your competitor? Here are some ways to tell:  Read More >>

Mine Gold Nuggets in Your Consumer File

Many consumer catalogers have unknown gold nuggets in their database. These nuggets are called businesses. If you treat these high-value customers as if they're retail customers, you're missing a big opportunity. If your product line has this cross-over appeal, you could potentially double your sales through expansion into the B-to-B universe.  Read More >>

Show Me the Data

Concerned about privacy? Now you can see what data has been collected on you. I was in for a shock. In an admirable move toward transparency, Acxiom, one of the largest data collection companies in the world, will show you a summary of your personal data. You can see its view into your world at AbouttheData.com. The shock for me? Acxiom got me just plain wrong.

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We Cut Cable: What This Means to Retailers

Our cable bill doubled. Apparently we had an introductory rate — which lasted more than five years. We had nearly 500 channels, and nothing ever seemed to be on, so we cut cable. Cold turkey. Even returned the cable company's DVR full of unwatched episodes of nothing in particular.

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The Illogical Song: What Makes Sense vs. What Works

It's official: J.C. Penney scrapped its every-day-low-price strategy for the rollercoaster world of markups and markdowns. Merchants, marketers and graphic artists waited with bated breath, hoping J.C. Penney could make this strategy work. Imagine the time it would save! Price changes and errors would be a thing of the past.  Read More >>

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My Copywriting Lesson From the Pope

The Roman Catholic Church needs a serious brand makeover. It's gotten so bad that the previous CEO, aka Pope Benedict, gave his three weeks notice. Since he couldn't cite wanting to spend more time with his family, he intends to devote his life to prayer. Prayer? This brand really needs help. In selecting its new boss, the church's board of directors, aka the College of Cardinals, had to pull a rabbit out of their mitre. And did they.

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4 Steps to Better B-to-B Data Decisions

Making decisions with data requires a mysterious process called data mining. The term brings to mind a cadre of programmers in darkened rooms, illuminated only by the eerie glow of their monitors. The whole process sounds complicated and expensive. It can be, but getting started doesn't have to break the bank or require rocket scientists. In fact, introductory data mining is simple and cost effective. The key is starting with these four easy steps:  Read More >>