Zmags, the Boston-based e‑commerce and digital publishing startup, has just clinched an investment deal with North Atlantic Capital worth $6 million.
E‑commerce managers with an ear to the ground for new business developments will be interested in just how the company plans to channel this cash injection. It’s being ploughed into the expansion of tablet-based e‑commerce, a trend toward mobile that’s being increasingly adopted by e‑commerce firms.
The startup’s President, Scott Bleczinski, said, “The massive adoption of tablets has amplified demand for our offering, as consumers increasingly engage with their favorite retailers and brands on this personal device…This investment is validation of the huge market opportunity for a unique platform like ours.”
Roll over print catalogs, the interactive digital catalog is here
Innovative web content managers may also wish to take a leaf from Zmags’ customer engagement book. With a glittering repertoire of high profile clients to its name, including Harper’s BAZAAR, PartyLite, Lily, Serena, Express, Kenneth Cole and The Container Store, it’s a safe bet that innovative methods will be deployed to keep customers hooked on the content. Zmags doesn’t disappoint, it’s been busily developing a highly interactive identity for itself. Browse through the Musician’s Friend catalogue, for example, and instead of simply gawping at enticing stills of your favorite guitars, you can actually listen to them. Print catalogs suddenly start to look dull and jaded.
Zmags’ aim is to create a customer experience as close as possible to shopping in a physical store. It’s preserving some aspects of traditional print catalogues, however, but in a digitally souped-up form. Hold the tablet in one hand and you can flip the digital page with a strum of the thumb. The firm is planning to develop other innovations specifically for the tablet market, but details are under wraps for the time being.
Is there gold in these tablets?
The proof of the pudding will, as always, be in the eating and the new venture remains uncharted territory for the firm at this stage. But if past performance is anything to go by – and the company claims it can double sales for its clients — the tablet direction looks as though it might be very promising indeed.