From Transactions to Delight: Unleashing the Power of Creative Commerce

eCommerce has traditionally followed a path where simplicity and seamlessness took precedence, often at the expense of the joyous aspects of the shopping experience. The exploration of new products and the admiration of storefront windows were gradually replaced by transactional interactions that sometimes, lacked passion.

This year’s Cannes Lions served as a powerful reminder that digital technology and creativity can be harnessed to create and deliver exciting experiences that not only make shopping easier but also keep it engaging. This serves as a testament to the fact that the passion of shopping can still be alive and well in the digital realm.

Moving forward, we can expect a proliferation of rich and engaging commerce experiences, fueled by the creative integration of digital tools and AI. These advancements will enable us to encounter commerce opportunities virtually anywhere and at anytime. While transactional commerce remains an essential aspect, leveraging creativity will allow us to fully immerse ourselves in the world of brands and retailers, resulting in engaging commerce experiences that transcend physical boundaries.


Turn every engagement into a commerce engagement: As customers engage with various platforms and content, it is crucial for marketers to seamlessly transform every interaction into a commerce opportunity. For instance, employing AR to enable customers to visualize how a dress would look on them while browsing the internet or encountering an advertisement. A notable trend emerging in this regard is the increasing emphasis on "10-foot commerce," which aims to enable shopping experiences while watching TV shows or movies. This concept is gaining momentum as content-to-commerce initiatives proliferate across digital media channels.

Embrace conversational commerce and storytelling commerce: In order to connect with customers on a personal level, it is important to embrace conversational commerce. This approach allows us to engage with customers as if they were trusted friends or store advisors, delivering messages that resonate with them individually. It is crucial to recognize that selling a TV requires a different approach than selling coffee. Conversational commerce can be facilitated through various means, such as livestream commerce, video commerce, and even through the utilization of long-form content for storytelling and brand purposes. For instance, this approach would allow for a coffee brand to not only describe the richness of the coffee, but also to convey its aroma through engaging video and narratives.

Harness the power of Generative AI in your commerce strategy: AI itself is not a standalone strategy, but rather a valuable tool that can unlock tremendous growth in commerce. We have witnessed brands utilizing Generative AI to revolutionize their imagery, ensuring a more diverse representation that resonates with their targeted audience. Additionally, many brands are leveraging Generative AI when expanding into new markets, optimizing efficiencies and conversions by continuously fine-tuning content based on user interactions. By incorporating Generative AI into your commerce strategy, you can tap into its potential to drive innovation and enhance customer engagement.

Unlocking the full potential of Retail Media Networks: In today's landscape, retail media partners and brands are seeking ways to integrate retail media networks with customer experiences and relationships. It is no longer sufficient to simply place offsite or onsite media buys; brands now aspire for media to become an integral part of the overall experience. Retailers must take steps to connect their media networks with in-store experiences and forge connections between their networks and customer relationship and loyalty programs. By doing so, retailers can maximize the impact of their media strategies and create cohesive, immersive experiences that drive customer engagement and loyalty.

Embrace authenticity: Purpose-driven commerce and creativity are undeniably critical factors that play a significant role in the success of businesses today. This was evident in the winners and shortlisted work at the Cannes Lions awards. The key to effectively adopting a purpose-driven approach lies in authenticity, both in your messaging and overall customer experience. When brands deliver an authentic experience, customers are more likely to connect with it, leading to stronger relationships and increased loyalty. By staying true to your brand's values and genuinely connecting with your audience, you can foster a deeper level of trust and engagement that sets the foundation for long-term success.