Approximately 250 attendees, mostly from the food-and-beverage sector, attended the Digital Food & Beverage 2019 conference in Austin, Texas on July 15-17. Brands abounded among the participating companies, including Kraft Heinz, Brown-Forman, Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch InBev, PespiCo, and Nature’s Bakery. Besides representing Cloudinary at the booth, my three teammates—Alexa, Dave, and Roseann—and I joined numerous interesting meetings and demos, sharing many enlightening conversations with the sponsors, speakers, and attendees.
Recent studies have shown that consumers are increasingly relying on online videos to shop around, learn about products, and make purchase decisions. Given that the online audience watches over 50% of videos on mobile devices, marketing through videos on eCommerce sites is a paramount strategy.
Everyone today is vying for consumers’ attention. Brands and marketplaces are all searching for a competitive edge in their direct-to-consumer channels to win and retain brand loyalty. In this crowded market, marketing teams recognize that a visual mobile and web experience is mission-critical for enhancing conversions, revenue, and customer loyalty.
We live in a world where we spend increasingly more time online. As our routines change and adapt to new trends and technologies, we perform more and more of our daily activities in virtual environments. A key example of this is shopping. There are many reasons why online shopping has become so attractive for many buyers. A near endless variety of products is accessible from the palm of your hand. Customer reviews give buyers more confidence in their decisions. It's increasingly easy to search for attractive prices. And the list goes on. But a customer's desire to "touch" or "feel" the product is an interactive experience that can be hard to overcome when shopping online.
Recently we added the Cloudinary Demo - eCommerce App to the Google Play Store. This app demonstrates the best practices for optimal delivery of images on a storefront, including category pages, product pages, and a shopping cart. At the time, we published Introducing the Cloudinary Demo Android App, Part 1, which provided an under-the-hood tour of how the eCommerce Android App was designed and how Cloudinary was integrated throughout.
Today we’re pleased to announce a new technology partnership with CoreMedia, a leading Content Experience Platform provider. CoreMedia users can now leverage Cloudinary’s web-based digital asset management (DAM) solution to organize, search, manage and optimize their media assets, including images and videos, and to orchestrate, preview and deliver digital experiences consistently and optimized across all channels and browsers. The official press release is available here.
eCommerce is a dynamic business. Visitors are constantly checking sites for the best deals or their favorite products, adding to their wishlists and exploring product recommendations from friends and influencers. At the same time, online vendors rely on numerous techniques - such as optimizing page load time, using sharp product images and aggressively targeting ads - to draw in shoppers and convert clicks into cash.
Dynamic Image Manipulation and Optimization is eZ-er with the Novactive eZ Platform Cloudinary Connector
At Novactive, we are always excited to use new technologies and/or to improve our favorite technologies with other ones when it makes sense for us, for our clients and for the community.
Our business is web technologies, and the most professional content management system (CMS) for us is eZ Platform (previously eZ Publish). That's why we love creating connectors to this CMS. Our most recent eZ project is an image management plugin using Cloudinary.
Over the past few months Inviqa have been working to build an official plugin to simplify the process of adding Cloudinary to the 100,000s of Magento sites around the world. Inviqa is one of Magento’s largest partners in Europe and has been working with customers to integrate Cloudinary and ensure that the plugin can cater to a Magento store’s needs.