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  • Are c-stores delivering a better customer experience than QSRs?

    Katie Cofer | Dec 12, 2018
    Grabbing a quick bite to eat used to mean pulling up to your favorite fast food restaurant for a burger and fries. But with the rise of food and beverage purchases from convenience stores (c-stores) over the past few years, this assumption is no longer.
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  • Who is the c-store customer + what are they buying?

    Katie Cofer | Nov 6, 2018
    The look, taste, and reputation of convenience stores (c-stores) aren’t what they were 10 years ago—and they’re not going to be the same 10 years from now. For the past decade, c-stores have been improving and innovating their food and beverage offerings...
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  • Don’t let subpar ecommerce experiences hurt in-store conversion rates

    Charlie Moore | Oct 25, 2018
    In the age of cross-channel shopping, no touchpoint exists in a vacuum—and customers have elevated expectations for integrated brand experiences. With 73% of consumers using multiple channels during their shopping journey, single-channel excellence is no longer enough.
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  • Adapt your conversion strategies to cross-channel shopper motivations

    Paul Tiedt | Sep 25, 2018
    When customers experience disjointed channels, they see a disconnected brand. And if the stats are any indication, they’ve been seeing a lot of disconnected brands lately.
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  • The sudden rise of third-party delivery + where brands are falling short

    Michele Vance | Aug 2, 2018
    Life is hard—dinner shouldn’t have to be. That’s the basic principle that’s been driving the convenience economy in the restaurant industry for decades. Today’s consumers are ordering through mobile apps with food delivered right to their doorsteps—but a lot can happen in between.
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  • Chip Conley of Airbnb demonstrates how brands should dare to disrupt

    SMG Insights | Apr 12, 2018
    One of the best parts about our annual SMG Forum is the opportunity to hear from some of the most innovative minds in the CX industry. This year, we had the honor of welcoming keynote speaker Chip Conley, former Airbnb Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy, who wowed our audience with his powerful insight on market disruption. On today’s blog, Chip takes the reins and expands on this hot topic.
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  • On stage with Postmates: Tapping into the third-party delivery market

    Michele Vance | Mar 22, 2018
    Imagine: you’re having a “can’t-leave-your-desk” day at work, when you realize the leftovers you brought from last night’s dinner suddenly sound stale compared to something fresh from that new restaurant everyone’s raving about. Thanks to third-party delivery vendors, there’s an app for that (actually, there’s quite a few!). While this convenience is great for you as a consumer, it can present hurdles for you as a business owner—especially if your location is already slammed at lunch and not fully equipped to handle delivery orders.
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  • How mobile access to CX data engages the field + drives results

    Claudette Stevenson | Oct 13, 2017
    We all know how difficult it is to change your work habits. That’s why SMG is always trying to find new and innovative ways for our clients to get the data and insights they need, without disrupting their day-to-day jobs. When we launched the smg360® mobile app, we thought about how we could build a tool that adds the most value for clients’ employees by providing more convenient access to the data and insights they need, ultimately making their jobs easier.
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  • Themes to watch in the restaurant industry

    Katie Cofer | Sep 15, 2017
    SMG is looking forward to spending time at this year’s MUFSO conference in Dallas, seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones. Every year we leave with our brains buzzing, ready to put everything we learned into practice. MUFSO gives us a chance to meet with top restaurant industry leaders, innovators, thinkers, and doers. We get a chance to step into our clients’ shoes—so we can know more about their business, and how to help them prepare for what’s on the horizon.
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