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Kroger’s Efforts to Connect Online & Offline Experiences Set Standard for Supermarkets

Stephanie Miles

Kroger’s Efforts to Connect Online & Offline Experiences Set Standard for Supermarkets

In order to find out more about how the ambitious digital efforts of America’s largest supermarket chain are boosting Kroger’s bottom line, helping the company exceed analyst expectations with a $2 billion profit on revenue of $37.5 billion, we spoke to Ed Kennedy, senior director of commerce at the global software firm Episerver.

Heard on the Street, Episode 6: Engineering, Surfing, and Acting with Frost Prioleau

Mike Boland

Heard on the Street, Episode 6: Engineering, Surfing, and Acting with Frost Prioleau

How do you bring brand-like programmatic advertising to local advertisers who spend less than $4 per day? It takes good software and partnerships to hit the sweet spots of automation and customization, according to Simpli.fi co-founder and CEO Frost Prioleau, our latest guest on Heard on the Street. 

Street Culture: Pointy’s Collaborative Culture Grows Without Written Values

April Nowicki

Street Culture: Pointy’s Collaborative Culture Grows Without Written Values

In one year, digital search company Pointy has grown from 13 to about 30 employees, moved into a new office, and seen significant growth in its product, which allows retailers to publishes their inventories online, attracting potential customers nearby. What hasn’t changed much is the company’s culture, says co-founder Mark Cummins.

Street Culture: Techstars Co-CEO on Coaching Startups to Define Culture

April Nowicki

Street Culture: Techstars Co-CEO on Coaching Startups to Define Culture

“I think that culture is one of the few problems that you have to address before they’re problems,” says TechStars co-founder and co-CEO David Brown. “If you’re struggling to figure out how to grow sales, you can wait until sales are in trouble and still turn it around. But if you wait until you’re in trouble with culture, it’s really hard to turn that boat.”

Macaroni Kid Leverages Local Influencers to Connect Brands to Consumers

Stephanie Miles

Macaroni Kid Leverages Local Influencers to Connect Brands to Consumers

“Our secret sauce is our ability to connect brands with consumers on a local level, via authentic local influencers,” says Macaroni Kid co-founder Eric Cohen. “Other media outlets can plug into an algorithm to target an audience. We have local moms telling other local moms the scoop as they hand out samples.”

Cousins Subs Leverages Social, Marketing Tech to Stay Local

Kate Talerico

Cousins Subs Leverages Social, Marketing Tech to Stay Local

Look at the menu board at Cousins Subs, and you’ll immediately notice how important local is to the restaurant’s brand. But the commitment extends beyond the Wisconsin cheddar cheese featured among the Midwest chain’s list of local ingredients—it goes all the way back to how the brand chooses to represent itself on social channels.

Brand Battle: Shell vs Exxon Mobil

Sponsor

Brand Battle: Shell vs Exxon Mobil

Sponsored: To see how two gas giants—ExxonMobil and Shell—stacked up in a competitive marketplace, digital marketing company Brandify used its proprietary software to see which marketing and branding areas stood out as strengths, and which areas fell short.

Blaze Pizza Leverages Mobile App, Instagram, Events to Entice and Keep Customers

Kate Talerico

Blaze Pizza Leverages Mobile App, Instagram, Events to Entice and Keep Customers

Blaze Pizza has branded itself as the on-the-go pizza option for millennials. In-app mobile ordering, location technology, and a focus on partnering with local franchise owners who know their neighborhoods have allowed Blaze to maintain a robust loyalty program and keep its customers coming back.