Azek, a provider of building materials, has released a new virtual reality application that lets consumers visually build and explore outdoor decks with Azek products before they go and purchase them.
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NEW YORK – A Home Depot executive at the MMA SM2 Innovation Summit 2016 revealed that mobile and tablet usage make up 50 percent of the retailer’s online traffic, a significant number that has prompted it to explore other mobile commerce initiatives, including beacons and chatbots.
Mobile is flowering this spring at Home Depot via an application update integrating installation and rental services, a seasonal promotion, enhanced fulfillment services and scaled-up in-store experiences, pointing to the growing role for smartphones in home improvements and gardening.
NEW YORK – A Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores executive at the Mobile Marketing Association’s Mobile Location Leadership Forum revealed that local discoverability is one of the company’s top uses of mobile, as four in five local mobile searches culminate in a purchase.
Ace Hardware is building on its innovative strategies for connecting consumers to home improvement help with a mobile-focused 31 Days of Color campaign that includes Facebook chatting with a paint expert.
A Home Depot executive said that the chain is now reaping the rewards from starting to invest in mobile years ago and expects more good news in the future as it focuses on enhancing search capabilities, streamlining in-store checkout and experimenting with new innovations.
BOSTON – An executive from Build.com at eTail East Boston 2015 stressed the importance of optimizing a mobile application to ensure higher sales and less customer frustration, including making the checkout process as fast as possible.
A new mobile application from The Home Depot helps paint shoppers find the right shade and is the focal point of an effort to create a best-in-class omnichannel experience the chain says is an improvement on similar offerings from other marketers.
IKEA Canada is extending the shopping experience with an in-store companion application to help consumers create lists, check off collected items and find product locations from their mobile devices.
Horticulture retailer Gardener’s Supply Company is one of the first marketers to jump on board Pinterest’s new buyable pin option to reap the early-bird-gets-the-worm benefits.