retail | December 13, 2015

#AskASpeaker #6: Twitter Q&A with Douglas Stephens

On Thursday, December 10, we held our sixth #AskASpeaker Q&A on Twitter, and for this edition, we welcomed author and consumer futurist—and founder of Retail Prophet—Douglas Stephens.

Stephens offers fully customizable, deeply researched keynotes for audiences who want to stay ahead of important new retail trends in demographics, economics, and technology. In fact, if your organization orbits retail in any way, then his advice is invaluable. He's helped major corporations like Walt Disney, Microsoft, WestJet, Target, and Intel adapt, evolve, and remake their consumer/brand relationships, offering innovative insights distilled from his over 20 years of experience. Stephens is also a regular guest expert on CTV, CBC Radio Canada, and other broadcasts. His first book, The Retail Revival, documents the new golden age of retail, and how it’s offering incredible opportunities for companies looking outside the big box paradigm.

For our Q&A, we asked Stephens what technologies brands should be experimenting with, how storytelling is changing the way customers and brands are interacting in retail spaces, safe ideas vs. unconventional innovation, digital retailers opening up brick and mortar shops, e-commerce sales figures, and even what Canadian consumers can expect over the holiday season. With Stephens’s great answers, we could have gone far beyond our 30-minute frame. For now, check out our Storify transcript and see what you might have missed.

With our conversation with Stephens wrapped up, we’re now going to take a short break from our regular #AskASpeaker rotation—the holidays are almost here, after all. But check back soon; we’ll be announcing our special guest for our seventh Q&A before you know it! For now, remember to follow @TheLavinAgency for more good news about our roster of incredible keynote speakers.

To help your company excel in the ultra-competitive realm of retail, Stephens is constantly collecting data and case studies—in a variety of fields—to give you strategies that are broad in scope, yet focused in purpose. To hire Douglas Stephens as the keynote speaker of your next event, contact The Lavin Agency speakers bureau.