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Category Archives: Photo and Video

5 Dos and Don’ts of A/B Email Testing

Almost every email campaign can be informed by strategic A/B testing, and there is no better way to find out the impact that a design, copy, or external change can have on the success of your marketing emails. But if you’re unfamiliar with A/B testing, it can be an overwhelming project to start. Here’s our starter guide (or quick refresher for old pros).

6 sales-boosting design trends for eCommerce

eCommerce owners have a seemingly limitless number of ways to design a site and achieve a desired look and feel. Unfortunately, limitless isn’t a term e-retailers have in their budgets. Our Art Director, Dilek Katgi, breaks down 6 design trends that make sense for eCommerce and shouldn’t be going out of style anytime soon:

The 2013 Nielsen Outlook: Ripen's Takeaway

Nielsen just released their online advertising performance outlook for 2013. A good portion of it is not surprising; mobile, social media, and video will see an increase in advertising spend; marketers are hungry for better metrics to measure performance; brand advertising will see an increase. But, as always, there’s a subjective interpretation to this data. Today our Marketing Director David Rekuc weighs in with his views on the data.

"Creative Day" highlights personal marketing

Recently, Adobe and a digital artist collaborated at a downtown bus stop to Photoshop unsuspecting pedestrians during “Adobe Creative Day.” The digital artist snapped photos of people sitting at the bus stop and quickly distorted, added backgrounds and played around with the image. The pedestrians could see his work live on a large screen that replaced the banner ad on the bus stop wall next to them.

As amusing as this stunt is, it is also interesting to note the power of advertising directed towards a single person. Seeing your own name, image or even features about yourself commented on (i.e. a hair commercial “Calling all blondes!”) is a powerful attention-grabber. Here are a couple of economical ways eCommerce companies can direct their advertising towards a single person:

Shoppable Video: Merging entertainment with eCommerce

Shoppable video, an interactive film that showcases products that can be selected and purchased, is one of the most interactive and innovative eCommerce experiences we’ve seen this year. It’s bound to be profitable – after all, combining shopping and entertainment is what advertisers have been doing since they created cartoon mascots for sugary cereals.

The real question is how can brands best execute messages in this medium? So far there have been a couple of methods attempted by various companies, each with interesting results. Here are three videos which take different approaches to the shoppable video, as well as advice for those looking to follow suit.

If you build it (exceedingly well), they will come

Trade shows are a unique platform for brands to engage with customers and the media. They’re the perfect way for your audience to directly interact with your newest products – a simultaneously exciting an daunting opportunity. Well executed booths will wow consumers and business owners; middling showings will be forgotten or, worse yet, they’ll leave a bad taste in the mouths of would-be buyers. Strong strategic and creative direction at every stage of planning are necessary to create a trade show experience that is both exciting and cost effective.

For the second year, Ripen eCommerce is proud to have crafted a successful trade show presence for Happy Chef, a leading culinary apparel manufacturer and provider. The booth, which appeared at the 2013 National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show in Chicago, IL, was designed to attract potential customers and introduce them to the company’s newest restaurant and foodservice attire. While we knew many attendees would be familiar with Happy Chef, thousands of others would be discovering it for the first time. Product selection, targeting, and messaging were all carefully selected with both these audiences in mind.

Build a Better Brand: Start with a style guide

The serenity of your local Starbucks. The happy “surprise” of an Amazon delivery. The purposeful craftsmanship of an iPhone. Successful brands resonate with customers on a fundamentally emotional level. They make buyers feel things, associating emotions with seemingly mundane actions like making a phone call or buying dish detergent online. It’s subconscious. It’s Pavlovian.

And it all starts with a style guide.