Article | August 5, 2020
When COVID-19 began spreading across the U.S., marketers scrambled to figure out how to respond. Sudden work-from-home mandates, cancelled business trips, postponed conferences and frozen budgets threw a wrench into usual expectations and plans. Users’ needs and online behaviors have changed in tandem, forcing marketers to meet them on their new terms. Search is more important than ever now because people are spending almost all of their time at home and online, consuming media, researching, browsing and shopping.
Article | March 11, 2020
The digital age has allowed everyone to become an entrepreneur, some to great success, but it has also created a whole new world of challenges which must be faced if you’re going to succeed. One skill above others is increasingly being seen as make or break for businesses in the internet age, and that’s digital marketing. Digital marketing is any kind of advertising or marketing you do online – on a PC, laptop, ipad or smartphone. Making it work for your business is the tricky part – you need every minute and pound you spend to count, and that means leveraging the potential of every facebook post and tweet, every review and every SEO ranking point you can. Step one is making sure your website - the online shop window - both looks professional and, most importantly, works for customers. It should also be mobile responsive, as 52 per cent of all website traffic comes from smartphones. A good example is this online casino site - everything is right there for customers to find from any platform without any effort.
Article | October 13, 2020
Since the vocation of an e-commerce site is to generate sales on a recurring basis, it is logical to state that the customer experience largely conditions these results. Indeed, for Internet users who visit your site to be encouraged to purchase, it is important that they are satisfied when they browse it.
Moreover, satisfied customers will be easier to retain, and more likely to recommend you to others. These are all reasons why it is essential that you continuously optimize the experience on your e-commerce site. In the rest of this article, you will discover the best practices to observe for this purpose.
Interact with Your Customers with An Online Questionnaire: You must first understand that to attract your targets, you must necessarily establish a relationship of trust with them. Then, the strategy you put in place upstream to attract customers and encourage them to sell will have to evolve over time. Of course, it is a question from the start of ensuring that the strategy is as efficient as possible, but it must above all be flexible to be able to adjust to the feedbacks of your customers.
It is therefore essential that you establish a proactive exchange with your customers, and for this, the online questionnaire is one of the most popular tools. Indeed, the online questionnaire allows to bring the humanized side of your service, to create an interaction, to show that you attach importance to the opinions and comments of your customers, etc.
As part of your marketing processes, the online questionnaire can also constitute an element of reassurance that will be useful to you to support and direct your customers more easily in the purchasing process. Moreover, it is very easy to set up: you can create a quiz easily by clicking here and thus set up your communication and digital marketing strategy without further delay.
Finally, it is important to note that the effectiveness of the online questionnaire depends on certain elements, such as the method used to distribute it or the frequency with which it is sent. It is strongly recommended that there be a comments area there, so that customers can share their requests and / or comments with you at the end of the survey.
Make Sure Your Site Is Accessible On All Media: The report published by a magazine shows that 70% of online purchases will be made on mobile in 2020, figures which prove that from now on, it will indeed be a question of “ m-commerce ” in addition to e-commerce. Think with Google also shows that 77% of online shoppers are more likely to place their orders with their mobile device.
This convinces us that it is of the first importance to make it possible to read your e-commerce site on all screen sizes. It is not only a question of planning a responsive web design theme, but also of setting up an m-commerce platform to meet the requirements of your targets who increasingly use their smartphones and tablets to browse and buy on Internet.
Making your site accessible on all media thus consists of:
• Eliminate the Tabs That Weigh Down Mobile Browsing,
• Use A Dynamic Theme,
• Reduce the Size of The Images by Compressing Them,
• No Longer Provide A Sidebar,
• Remove Pop-Ups.
Offer A Personalized User Experience: For the customer experience to be optimized, it is also necessary to offer them a personalized experience. The importance of this factor is such that 33% of customers will give up buying from an e-commerce site if they feel that it does not provide enough customization options.
You must therefore ensure that your merchant site allows customization by:
• The Use of Geolocation to Indicate the Closest Physical Points of Sale,
• The Offer of Complementary Products in The Customer Basket,
• Virtual Testing of Products (Via Augmented Reality for Example),
• The Proposal of Recommendations Based on The Customer's Previous Purchases,
• The Use of Predictive Targeting (To Personalize the User's Home Page).
A Simplified and Secure Payment Step: To ensure the satisfaction of your customers when they browse your site, you must also make the payment step as easy as possible. In many ways, this step strongly impacts the conversion rate of your prospects, as cart abandonment is most often found at this time, when they feel the process is too tedious.
It is therefore imperative that you pay particular attention to the means of payment that you offer to your customers. In this context, setting up a secure payment service is the best solution to adopt, using an HTTPS protocol for example. Also remember to systematically inform your customers that the payment page is perfectly secure (with the padlock icon).
Finally, it would be wise to offer the online payment methods with which your customers are the most comfortable (to be determined by means of a survey or an online questionnaire).
Guide Consumers with A Chatbot: While it goes without saying that an e-commerce site must have available and responsive customer service, some may think that the chatbot remains optional. However, be aware that 45% of Internet users prefer to use the chatbot to communicate with customer service. More importantly: 47% of e-commerce website users express their motivation to buy using this technology.
This is explained by the fact that the chatbot makes it possible to inform visitors more easily and quickly. With a simple message, they can know your general conditions of sale, your return conditions, your delivery times, etc. The chatbot is therefore a tool to be adopted urgently to optimize the customer experience on your site. Remember, however, that it does not replace real customer service!
It will nonetheless bring an increase in speed in the processing of your customers' requests, and above all, will provide the most relevant possible answers, as quickly as possible.
Article | May 12, 2021
It has been over a year since retailers were forced to temporarily shut their doors or put in place restrictions to limit the in-store experience. Now, as we return to some semblance of normality, it’s essential that trust and brand value are retained for those operating a digital-only presence.
In this article, Nate Burke, CEO at Diginius, discusses how brands have effectively kept customers engaged, consequently building trust and brand value in the process, and what techniques to use while navigating the next steps of the pandemic.
As I write this, physical retail and outdoor hospitality are feeling a little more rejuvenated after welcoming customers back. My inbox and notification centre are full of alerts from brands offering high street discounts and incentives for scanning an app in-store. This is a prime example of how fast and timely brands need to be in order to capture their customers’ attention when trends and circumstances change.
It’s also a great example of how essential communication and marketing techniques are in building trust and creating brand value. While I might not be one to rush back to high street stores so soon, I do feel reassured and excited by these messages. And nothing could be more important at a time like this.
It’s a reminder that these shops are still there and are prepared to welcome customers back in. After all, if they’ve had time to plan and create a whole marketing campaign around the event, I can only hope their efforts towards a safe reopening have been given just as much thought and attention.
Digital tactics like those mentioned above have only ramped up during the course of the pandemic, where remote communication and at-distance offerings have been the only touch points between brands and consumers. And of course, this hasn’t been without challenge.
It’s human nature for us to trust and find greater value in something we can see for ourselves in person. Traditionally, brands have been able to create this through in-store experiences where customers know they can see products and services in action and are able to interact with staff and experts should there be any concerns. While digital channels do offer their own set of benefits, meeting these innate human needs is not one of them.
So, in a bid to retain consumer trust amid the uncertainty of forced closures, measures and constantly changing restrictions, we’ve seen a number of effective strategies from brands. Regular push notifications and email communications just scratch the surface. These tactics are a great way to generate instant response, whether it’s a brand reminder, an update on important changes or simply an alert of a new deal in an attempt to drive website traffic.
By now, it’s a known fact that personalised messages generate better results. And these forms of digital communication can certainly be personalised with little effort on the brand’s part. Whether it's a mass email with a tailored first name field, or an app alert that is sent as a restriction lifts - both feel personal and as though they have been sent by a real individual who knows who you are and understands the context of a situation.
But today’s customers need and expect more. These tactics have been used for years, and the sensitivity of the pandemic has called for a more human approach in terms of marketing and customer service. And that’s exactly what many successful brands have been doing.
While driving traffic to a website is important, it’s the service on offer once a customer lands on a page that makes the difference when it comes to building trust and brand value, and ultimately, converting. It’s all about translating the human in-store experience online.
For example, we’ve seen greater focus and uptake in live chat features on websites, with this now being an expected function for over half of consumers. Through such features, customers expect to be able to talk to a real person on the side of the screen who is able to understand their queries and responsively provide a solution.
Companies such as Currys PC World have taken this one step further, and now offer a ‘Shop Live’ feature that enables customers to video call a real sales representative who can help them with their purchase. In this way, brands are able to bridge the gap between themselves and their consumers, even in a time of social distancing. And as a result, are able to retain trust, while also adding value to their brand through the out of the box and supportive offering.
Other tactics have included offering incentives that encourage repeat purchases. For example, many online retailers offer unlimited next day delivery subscription services, whereby a one off higher yearly fee provides access to a year's worth of free delivery. With the delay between placing an order and it then arriving, as well as delivery fees being some of the biggest deterring factors from online purchases, the incentive has been incredibly effective in increasing loyalty. That feeling of the brand also offering you a better deal is also a great way to build trust, so even though a brand might be increasing the cost it incurs for delivery, the value of a repeating customer and their advocacy hold much more weight.
In this sense, it’s all about how a brand and its offerings are perceived by customers. And another sure fire way of improving brand perceptions is through PPC tactics. Anyone operating in ecommerce knows how competitive the market is. Ensuring your brand is seen above competitors is key in driving awareness and trust, as ultimately, a higher ranking and greater visibility reflect positively on a brand’s trustworthiness.
Clearly, there are a number of ways in which businesses can adapt and improve their offerings in order to encourage trust and add value. Of course, implementing all of these changes will be wasteful for budgets and not necessarily effective for every brand. Therefore, it’s important that you understand your market and customers, which can prove a challenge as things continue to constantly change as they have been.
But a solution may not be too hard to find. Insight software has advanced just as fast as these markets and customer behaviours. Therefore, with the right tools on your side, you can monitor shifts in the market in real time and adjust your offerings in response.
For example, if data shows you receive more website traffic at certain times, it may be an option to increase the number of customer service staff operating the live chat function during those periods in order to minimise waiting times and improve customer experience.
These tools can also help you decide which channels to focus PPC efforts on depending on those your customers visit most often. Using this data, you can then allocate budget accordingly, ensuring wasted spend is minimised while results are maximised. For example, during the pandemic, the figures were showing a greater uptake in use of marketplaces such as Amazon, as well as social commerce channels, including Instagram. If businesses understood this in real time, aided by collaborative commerce software such as VTEX, they may have been able to optimise their performance by increasing their PPC activity and consequently, visibility and status on such platforms.
Ultimately, commerce is facing a period of significant uncertainty that is having an effect on both customers and businesses alike. Regardless of whether stores are open or closed, customer behaviours and needs are constantly changing to keep up. And brands need to understand that how they communicate their messages and offerings is vital in retaining trust and brand value.
It’s evident that a humanistic approach is prevailing, as that is one thing that will never change. But as digital channels take centre stage, it all comes down to how a brand is able to translate its personable approach online. While there are a number of innovative methods brands are using to appear more human on online channels, using the tools and data available is key to ensuring activities help rather than hinder a business.
And in this way, not only will brands be able to retain trust and brand value, but they will be building on it too.