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8thBridge's Second Annual Social Commerce IQ Study Reveals New Retail Leaders Who Adopted Significantly Different Success Strategies Over Past Year
Companies Who Focused Predominantly on Social Network Presence Dropped Off Leader List, While a New Vanguard Created Richer Social Shopping Experiences Integrated Directly with Their Websites
By: PR Newswire
Dec. 11, 2012 06:31 AM
MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- 8thBridge®, the market leader in social commerce, today announced the results of its second annual Social Commerce IQ (SCIQ) report, which analyzed the social commerce strategies of the majority of companies on the Internet Retailer 500 (IR 500) list. The study revealed a number of new best practices as compared to the 2011 report, including an extended focus beyond simply increasing social network presence to include creating richer social shopping experiences that are directly integrated with, and driven from, the top players' ecommerce sites.
The 2012 SCIQ: Retail report covered more than double the number of companies as the 2011 study, which focused entirely on retail brands. The report also reflected a major shift in social commerce strategy that is perhaps best exemplified by increasing interest in Pinterest, which has been adopted among 78 percent of IR 500 companies in less than a year but has not generated a corresponding rise in traffic or sales conversion. Pinterest emphasizes curation and the concept of an Interest Graph that creates more meaningful connections based on things that interest people rather than simply who they know.
"In line with the expanding role of social commerce and the new skill sets required by companies to fully monetize its benefits, this year's SCIQ Top 25 reflect both traditional and non-traditional companies," said Wade Gerten, CEO of 8thBridge, Inc. "Three types of companies have emerged as leaders in this year's report – the first is ecommerce companies that have deeply integrated social functionality into their sites, the second is 'in-transition' companies that do well in all social commerce areas, and the third is strong viral companies that score exceptionally well in social network branding and referral traffic."
The top retailers identified in the SCIQ report included many who were new both to the SCIQ 25 list as well as this year's IR 500 rankings. Based on a weighted total of four key success factors, the top 25 companies are:
Details about the Report
The 2012 SCIQ: Retail report covered a broad spectrum of retail brands in segments ranging from apparel, computers/electronics, health/beauty and jewelry, to toys/hobbies, flowers/gifts and sporting goods. Mirroring the latest social commerce adoption trends, the report evaluated four success factors as the industry extends beyond focusing exclusively on social network presence to include integrating a richer set of social networking experiences directly with their own ecommerce sites. These success factors include:
The report also identified specific best practices that top brands implemented during 2012, including offering social expression capabilities and rewards, creating social list and curation opportunities, enabling social discovery features, and using Interest Graph data. Other key usage statistics emerged, including:
Additionally, the report included results from a survey of 1,819 U.S. residents between July 9 and July 12, 2012, regarding their Facebook usage and interest in social commerce. Key findings include:
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About 8thBridge, Inc.
8thBridge makes it possible for customers to shop where they socialize and socialize where they shop. 8thBridge's clients empower their customers to shop on their own terms in a shopping experience that is portable, personalized, and participatory. From the groundbreaking early days of F-Commerce with 1-800-Flowers in 2009, to the award winning Delta Air Lines social travel planning app in 2010, to the 2012 launch of the Ticketmaster Timeline app, 8thBridge has partnered with some of the world's most respected and innovative brands, including American Apparel, Blue Nile, Coach, Deb Shops, Delta Air Lines, Dogeared, Juicy Couture, Musician's Friend and Ticketmaster. 8thBridge is funded by Split Rock Partners and Trident Capital. For more information, connect with us at /www.8thbridge.com and on Twitter at twitter.com/8thBridge.Media Contact:
Libby Smith, 8thBridge, 720.936.9889, firstname.lastname@example.org
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