When it came to boosting its customer base during the holiday shopping season, apparel retailer Banana Republic didn’t monkey around, using Facebook’s lookalike audiences to achieve a return on ad spend that was four times higher than via other advertising channels.
Customer Relationship Management
Consolidation struck the social shopping sector, as 8thBridge, a provider of social discovery, curation, analytics, and marketing solutions for retailers, announced that it was acquired by digital shopping software and services company Fluid.
Cloud-based help-desk-software developer Freshdesk announced that its new In-Sync Facebook application is integrated with the social network, allowing its users to synchronize their customer-service and social efforts.
Customer-relationship-management tool Nimble announced the release of Nimble 3.0, with updates highlighted by the Today Screen, a new homepage that allows users to more closely follow and monitor their Facebook friends and fans and contacts from other social networks, and the Signals Screen, which highlights social network interactions that should receive priority.
Spruce Media, a Facebook Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer, examined the state of Facebook advertising in the first quarter of 2013, and reported mostly positive results, in advance of the social network’s first-quarter earnings call Wednesday afternoon.
Following last week’s announcement of an expanded partnership with customer-relationship-management system SugarCRM, social analytics and engagement solutions provider NextPrinciples Tuesday named SugarCRM as one of three new customers for its Insight-to-Action platform, joined by Marathon Sports and IT World Canada.
When social analytics and engagement solutions provider NextPrinciples debuted its Insight-to-Action integrated platform in January, one of the features it highlighted was the platform’s ability to integrate with existing customer-relationship-management systems such as that of SugarCRM. The two companies further extended their ties by announcing an expanded partnership Wednesday.
Social commerce firm 8thBridge announced the results of its second annual Social Commerce IQ report, and Facebook favorite Fab.com had a pretty fab showing, finishing atop the SCIQ 25 list, which measures the social commerce strategies of retailers based on four key success factors.
Social-media-management platform HootSuite means business with three new applications it introduced Tuesday, all of which are targeted toward small business users.