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Video Commerce: Selling Online with Video - Alison Jeske, Director Product Management @


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Alison shared the past, present, and future of online video at e-commerce retailer at the January 2009 Seattle Direct Marketing Association (SDMA) monthly dinner event. Among the nuggets Alison spoke about:

- Review of the objectives behind's launch of video

- What's at the core of's current video commerce efforts

- Results & looking to the future

Everyone enjoyed watching her example videos - especially the one of the pet treadmill and the mini luges. is doing some great things with video commerce - they're an inspiration to us all!

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Video Commerce: Selling Online with Video - Alison Jeske, Director Product Management @

  1. 1. Selling online with video Seattle Direct Marketing Association January 8, 2009 Alison Jeske Director, Product Management
  2. 2. Introductions: <ul><li>Alison Jeske </li></ul><ul><li>With a decade of experience in eCommerce, Alison Jeske has worked in customer acquisition, retention and customer service aspects for online retailers. Alison is currently Director of Product Management for, inc., where she is responsible for defining site strategy, and implementing new site features to deliver an exceptional personalized shopping experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Prior to joining Alison was a senior member of the eCommerce team at Cingular and AT&T Wireless. </li></ul><ul><li>, inc. (NASDAQ:DSCM) is a leading online retailer of health, beauty, vision and pharmacy products. Our portfolio of brands include:™,™ and™. All are accessible from and provide a convenient, private, and informative shopping experience while offering a wide assortment of more than 35,000 products at competitive prices. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Overview of’s entry into video – where did we start? <ul><li>Launch of new site in November 2007 – included video </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Video library (self-produced and vendor videos) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Brand boutique videos </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Objectives: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increase basket size </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increase time on site </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide enhanced shopping experience for prestige beauty customers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What did we achieve? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Basket size and time on site difficult to directly correlate to video viewing (new features also launched w/ new site) but noticeable improvements </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Positive feedback from customers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Pop up window displays video
  5. 5. Overview of’s entry into video – what are we doing now? <ul><li>New tools and expansion of video into </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Partnered with Liveclicker to provide rich tools for bridging video and commerce </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Launched new video site in July 2008 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Launched video site in Sept. 2008 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Securing content from vendors and producing our own videos </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expanding distribution to our affiliate network as well as Twitter, YouTube, Google Video, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Measure, measure, measure! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Liveclicker tool provides many features: -’buy’ just one click away -product links in video -product listings and reviews -sharing -rating of videos -customer generated comments videos -access to related videos/whole library -push to YouTube, Twitter , Viddler, Linkshare, Google Video
  7. 7. Over 45 videos on, 60 on Monitoring impressions, page views, viewing time (10 sec, 60 sec, full view), click through on buy button Note: Spikes in impressions correspond to industry blogs, emails
  8. 8. Other exciting metrics – majority of videos have 10-sec play through greater than 70%! (that tells us our customers are engaged and responding to the video content)
  9. 10. Affiliate distribution launched in Dec. and page views have been increasing steadily (monitoring impact to orders, but too early to tell)
  10. 11. Initial launch of video site was heavily focused on toys and games
  11. 12. Expanded video to product details pages in December Placement on product details page is to aid customer in purchase decision (like reviews)
  12. 14. Results? <ul><li>Continue to see increases in page views, impressions, time on site </li></ul><ul><li>Positive feedback from customers </li></ul><ul><li>Enthusiastic response from vendors – finding content is not a roadblock </li></ul><ul><li>Analyzing benefits from video placement on product details pages (launched in 4 th quarter) </li></ul><ul><li>Also analyzing benefits from distribution of videos across social media sites, affiliates, partners (launched in 4 th quarter) </li></ul>
  13. 15. What’s in our future? <ul><ul><li>Continue to broaden access to video throughout the site (product details pages; tutorials on new site features) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expand adoption with our affiliates and partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on customer generated videos (contests, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop in-house videos (videos for our “brand”) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Addition of video sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continue to monitor and analyze results (customer satisfaction, orders!) </li></ul></ul>