Sarah Engel

Sarah Engel

Sarah Engel serves as the chief marketing officer and chief people officer for the digital leadership company, January Digital, a company reimagining how brands and retailers rapidly grow and adapt to evolving consumer shifts and changing market conditions. The strategic consultancy and full funnel digital agency identifies and solves the most difficult marketing challenges with connected data, technology, digital strategy and award-winning media execution.  With more than 20 years of marketing, communications and human resource management experience, Engel came to January Digital from fashion brand Lilly Pulitzer, where she served as the vice president of marketing and creative communications. She has held executive roles at consumer brands, media agency and retail technology companies, and serves on the advisory board of Shoptalk and advisory committee for NRF Next.

The Year of Agility: No New Normal

This isn't another article about the “new normal.” Having been a retail executive during the pandemic myself, here's the truth: Normal no longer exists. What exists (and is emerging) is a range of new business models and revenue streams, vastly different marketing mixes, customer expectations evolving faster than businesses can pivot, and organizational change that…

What a YTD Analysis of Consumer Transactions Tell Us

As the heat index increases across the nation, so do the questions surrounding what customers will expect and how retailers and brands will perform in the months ahead. From constant promotions to ease of returns, increased free shipping to buying on mobile, consumer behavior is shifting faster than ever, leading to intense challenges and distinct…

How Retailers Can End the Discounting Cycle

The results are in, and despite technical glitches, Amazon Prime Day proved even more successful for the company than last year, with worldwide orders rising 60 percent compared to 2015. Analysts estimated 1.5 million people signed up for Prime on July 12. Retailers knew Amazon.com would put its marketing weight behind its own manufactured holiday and…