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Courageous Commerce

By Marti Tedesco in eCommerce, Retail on May 5, 2014

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Day two of the Retail Online Magazine Women in Retail Leadership Summit left me thinking about courage: especially the courage to change. Lisa Gavales spoke about what brick and mortar retailers must do to succeed in the fast, fast world of e-commerce which is forcing store-based retailers to change in unprecedented ways.  From marketing, to merchandising, IT and planning, retailers still struggle to align digital and physical channels.  Lisa, ... Read More »

The Retail Game of Thrones – Marketers Wear the Crown

By Marti Tedesco in Retail on April 2, 2014

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Retail, like other industries, is fairly inbred.  Many retail leaders have been in the business for years, even decades, and have seen a lot change. Jeffrey Gennette is a perfect example of a couple of retail management phenomena that we are seeing. The first is that he has been with Macy’s for over 30 years. That’s a long time to be in retail, ... Read More »

The Power of Brand (and the people who manage them)

By Jen Burns in eCommerce, Personalization, Recommendations on February 14, 2014

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Branding is a powerful way to define your company in a marketplace. While I prefer Seth Godin’s definition of a brand, the traditional definition is “a type of product manufactured by a particular company under a particular name.” Boring, I agree. To me, a brand is much more than a company or product name; it’s everything that is implied by the purchase process and continues on through to ... Read More »

VUE Changes Everything

By Bill Hustad in Featured, In the Company of Baynote, Personalization, Recommendations, Retail on January 27, 2014

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These are exciting times in ecommerce and at Baynote! Today we are thrilled to introduce you to Baynote VUE; a new, self-service web application, specifically designed for eCommerce merchandisers.

The Changing Face of Retail

By Marti Tedesco in Customer Experience, Featured on November 25, 2013

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Previous Baynote blogs have noted the need for retailers to initiate their personalization strategy by first understanding who their customer really is.  Looking into the future, this will become even more important to the core of each retailers business. Why? Because there is a fundamental sea of change in retail happening right now, and the last 24 months have seen a massive acceleration of this change.

Algorithms, Merchandising and Psychology – Part 2

By Robin Morris in A Word from the Engineers, Featured on May 9, 2013

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In my last post, we discussed the recommendation algorithm, the merchandizing layer and the presentation layer as well as the fact that I am working on a KPI-optimizing algorithm that differs from a collaborative filtering algorithm. In running A/B tests on these differing approaches, we’ve found that the sites divide into two types. Type 1: ... Read More »

Algorithms, Merchandising and Psychology - Part 1

By Robin Morris in A Word from the Engineers, Featured on May 7, 2013

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I was going to write this blog about feature hashing, a massively useful trick when building classifiers and predictive models.  It saves the time and complexity of building a dictionary and allows the hashed feature vector to be smaller than the number of possible features.  It is smaller because the number of actual features in a particular data set is often much ... Read More »