How E-Commerce Businesses Can Protect Themselves From Cyber Breaches Neill Feather President SiteLock "Over 760,000 websites are breached each year, and it is estimated that 60 percent of small businesses fold within six months of a breach. Consumers are seeking assurances from the brands where they shop and expect them to do everything in their power to secure the websites themselves and, in turn, protect customer data. During the profitable holiday shopping season, it is imperative for online retailers to demonstrate that they are doing so." Feather is available to provide tips for how e-commerce businesses can protect themselves. He can also discuss findings from a new SiteLock survey about cybercrime and online holiday shopping, including: 60 percent of consumers abandon e-commerce retailers after a cybercrime occurrence; e-commerce sites are 1.5 times more likely to be compromised than a website that does not sell anything online; one in five consumers will avoid online holiday shopping this season; Millennials are the most concerned consumers. Survey: http://prn.to/2g1Ps1B ProfNet Profile: http://www.profnetconnect.com/sitelock Website: http://www.sitelock.com Contact: Sara Faxon, [email protected]
Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Holiday Retail Trends and Issues Noelle Nelson Assistant Professor of Marketing and Consumer Behavior University of Kansas School of Business Nelson can discuss trends and issues surrounding Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holiday retail period: "This year, we're seeing not just that some stores are choosing to close on Thanksgiving but also a continued 'Black Friday Creep.' While it might have seemed -- based on 2015 -- that the pendulum was swinging back toward more limited shopping hours in general, now it seems that some stores are clearly still competing heavily on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. If anything, the new 'trend' is that certain categories of stores are continuing the intense Black Friday marketing, while other categories are moving away from that." Nelson is the co-author of several articles and working papers on consumer behavior and marketing issues. Contact: George Diepenbrock, [email protected]
Holiday Spending: How to Better Budget and Plan to Avoid Debt Rod Griffin Director of Public Education Experian Experian recently released its holiday spending survey results for 2016, and Griffin can discuss these results, as well as what is putting consumers into debt this holiday season -- and how to better budget and plan for next year: "What consumers don't realize is that after the merriment of the holidays, they won't be having such a happy new year, because they will be saddled with debt. With a little bit of planning, consumers can save themselves a lot of stress and put themselves in a better financial position in 2017." Griffin is director of public education for Experian. He is responsible for Experian's national consumer education programs and supports the company's community involvement and corporate responsibility efforts. He speaks regularly at regional and national financial literacy events and supports various national consumer education initiatives, including the LifeSmarts Consumer Knowledge Competition, for which he serves on the Corporate Advisory Board, and the Jumpstart Coalition for Financial Literacy. For more than 15 years he has written Ask Experian, an online consumer credit advice column. He holds a B.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas, has a Fair Credit Reporting Act certification from the Consumer Data Industry Association and is a Center for Financial Certifications Certified Financial Counselor. Contact: Corynne Randel, [email protected]
Benefits Communication Amanda Lannert CEO Jellyvision "The world is bored and confused when it comes to 'anti-fun' topics like health insurance, benefits, financial wellness and debt management. To effectively communicate benefits programs to employees, we believe in injecting humor into the conversation. Humor helps people de-stress so they can make better, more informed decisions about their benefits." As CEO of Jellyvision, a rapidly growing employee communications technology startup, Lannert is an expert on a variety of topics, including open enrollment, human resources and benefits communications. She has grown Jellyvision from 30 to 300 employees in the last three years, due in part to her approach to corporate culture. Jellyvision boasts a number of culture perks, including unlimited vacation days, made up holidays like Mustache Day, a company band and an annual Work from Anywhere Week, which attracts individuals from all different walks of life to come work for the company. Lannert has been recognized on several occasions as leader for women in business and technology -- an industry that is deprived of diversity -- and for her commitment to mentoring other young women. She serves on advisory boards at 1871, Healthbox Industries, and The Starter League, where she also teaches. Website: www.jellyvision.com Contact: Kaitlin Myers, [email protected]
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