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The more things change, the more they stay the same—especially when it comes to the world of retail. Though the industry is shifting to accommodate a world of increasingly digital and mobile customers, attendees at Shop.org’s Annual Summit this week were quick to note that above all, serving the customer is key.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled the top 4 takeaways from the event to help you serve your customers better:

1. Connect with your audience. Followers are the new foot traffic, said Open Sky’s John Caplan. Use this to your advantage and connect with your audience. Rather than focusing solely on how the customer is shopping, determine what emotional connection the customer shares with your brand as apply those insights. As WebTrends pointed out, 41% of online shoppers buy more after receiving a personalized email offer. Give customers a 1:1 shopping experience as if they’re standing right in front of you.

2. Deliver seamless experiences. “Omni-channel” and “multi-channel” were big buzzwords at the conference, as HSN’s Bill Brand pointed out. While digital marketers touted the importance of creating unique content for all social media channels to reach engaged customers, direct marketing is still effective in getting customers to hit the “buy” button. Use an integrated approach to get the most reach.

3. Find your mobile fit. Unsurprisingly, mobile continues to be the fastest growing channel for many attendees and is still accelerating. Responsive design is still on everyone’s lips. Make sure the mobile strategy you pursue aligns to your business to better attract and retain customers. Are you really ready for a responsive site? Side note: A well thought out mobile strategy is an excellent way to connect with your audience, too (see point #1).

4. Chicago Public House makes a mean cocktail. Those drinks were seriously good – thanks to everyone who joined us for happy hour on Monday night (and double thanks to Guidance for providing the drinks all night long). We had a blast partying with you!

Congratulations to Laura Arand of Cornerstone Brands, our grand prize #MagentoMania winner! Thanks for joining the festivities with us. Be sure to send us some photos from Magento Imagine.

What did you take away from Shop.org? Tweet your learnings to @Magento and check out some of the best photo moments on Facebook.

-The Magento Marketing Team

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