A three-step approach for standing out and being distinctive in the retail space
It’s no secret that we’re experiencing a high street retail crisis in the UK. According to the Centre for Retail Research, there are around 50,000 fewer shops on our high streets than just over a decade ago, with some predicting this will only get worse in the following years.
The number of empty shops stands at a record high. In July 2019 the proportion of all shops that are empty reached 10.3%, its highest level since January 2015:
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There are many reasons why high street retailers are suffering, including:
Changing consumer tastes - whilst chain stores have declined on the high street, …
Starting up in the e-commerce sector is a challenge because of market saturation, which is why many savvy business people opt to buy an already established e-commerce store
The exponential growth of the e-commerce sector cannot be argued with. The Office of National Statistics reported that the proportion of adults aged 65 and over who shop online trebled since 2018, rising 48% in 2018, a 32% increase on 2008. While the percentage among all adults who have bought goods or services online was 78% in 2018, and this is a figure set to grow further.
In less than a decade some of the largest e-commerce brands such as Amazon, eBay and Alibaba have grown to a colossal size and there is always scope for new brands to make their mark. Retail has changed for good due to the truly global nature of e-commerce. There are zero barriers or…
Awareness of smaller retailers is on the up, but winning the high street battle will come down to a niche product offering and a personalized shopping experience
Following countless announcements of high street store closures and a long line of large retailers reporting financial difficulties, new research from Pure360 has revealed that nearly three quarters (72%) of British consumers want the government to do more to back the growth of smaller, independent retailers.
The research, which commissioned YouGov to poll a representative sample of GB consumers, found that nearly half (42%) would consider shopping with an independent retailer because they prefer to support smaller operations over a larger retailer. In addition, over one in five shoppers said they like to compare price and product offerings between larger retail brands and independents, before going on to make the final purchase from the smaller retailer.
Chart of the Week: 53% of traffic to online stores comes via mobile devices, but this translates to just 32% revenue
While the majority of people browse sites via a mobile device, it seems that the majority of purchases are still made via desktop. According to Wolfgang Digital’s KPI Report 2019, 53% of traffic comes from mobile devices, but mobile accounts for just 32% of revenue.
However, this is actually an improvement on last year’s finding, with revenue on mobile device increasing by 23%, suggesting that it is now becoming easier and more convenient for people to press ‘buy’ on their smartphone.
In comparison, desktop accounted for 37% of traffic but over half (56%) of revenue, showing that larger purchases are still being made via computers. Tablets only took a small share of the overall market, with…
E-commerce businesses cannot stay on one platform if they want to get ahead of the competition. This is where e-commerce multichannel marketing comes in
Channel loyalty doesn’t exist; buyers check different channels before they make a purchase.
Even with promos, they still compare offerings. Take Amazon prime day for example. Some 76% of shoppers plan to visit other channels before making a purchase. Around 46% of them compare prices at Walmart, 40% use Target, 39% try brand websites.
E-commerce businesses cannot stay on one platform if they want to get ahead of the competition. This is where e-commerce multichannel marketing comes in. Multichannel marketing involves promoting and selling on every channel that your customers can interact with you on.
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"Almost all members of Generation Z prefer to shop in bricks-and-mortar stores" - IBM & National Retail Federation
Online sales continue to grow in importance, as shown by our compilation of ecommerce growth trends. But for many businesses, the days of double-digit, year-on-year growth in online sales are over. We are now in the era of ecommerce optimization where, to maintain growth, businesses are having to innovate their growth strategy, for making their online experiences engaging and persuasive.
As the world of digital continues to transform, with different generational segments of the population adapting to technology at their own distinct pace, marketers keep a close eye on retail ecommerce trends and developments. With artificial intelligence being hot topic for the future of marketing, trends like conversational commerce, using chatbots and voice search have been closely associated to widely-adopted online shopping habits amongst millennials as…
Should you be using omnichannel marketing to boost customer experience?
It has now become vital for brands to inject their unique voice in every communications channel that they make use of, be consistent with pricing policies and promotional offers to avoid any confusions for potential buyers. More and more brands are wanting to move towards an omnichannel experience, integrating the offline with the online.
As Christina Dam, Product Marketing Lead of Square suggests, “A great omnichannel experience feels familiar to the customer, regardless of the channel.” Hubspot defines the omnichannel experience as, “the ability to deliver a seamless and consistent experience across channels, while factoring in the different devices that consumers are using to interact with your business.”
A 2017 ecommerce survey of 1,164 U.S. small and medium retail business owners, conducted by Square and Mercury Analytics, found that:
56% have a physical store
21% have a pop-up store, or pop-up at events
Chart of the Day: A gradual transition from desktop-first to mobile-first for EU5 ecommerce?
comScore has recently released their EU5 report - detailing the ecommerce trends and benchmarks in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Mobile reach vs. Desktop reach for selected products
In the first group we see that consumers are more likely to access retail sites across all product categories through a mobile device. In the second group, consumers are more likely to do so through a desktop device.
*"European countries divide in two groups: the mobilefirst group (by reach), which includes the UK and Spain, and the desktop-first (by reach) group which includes France and Germany. (Italy sits in the middle.)"
Top three retail sites, by % reach
Amazon is still dominating all ecommerce markets in the UE5.
Amazon's reach is 41% in Spain,…
How you can get more bang for your buck on Google shopping
The truth is competing in Google Shopping is hard, but if you are a retailer it is fundamental to success online, considering that more advertising spend is now spent on Google Shopping than Google Search in the USA.
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There are 7 main strategies that you can implement to maximize your success on Google Shopping.
First, segment your campaigns by branded and non- branded search queries. You will find that performance will vary considerably between the two so it's important to change your bids…
All online businesses need to move quickly to embrace a multi-channel strategy
All of us online business owners agree that our website visitors and paying customers are, by far, our most important asset.
It makes sense. Everything we do is targeted towards satisfying prospects, gaining their trust and hopefully, convert them in to paying and recurring customers. That’s why most of our marketing and sales efforts are focused on bringing visitors to our website (or app).
To convert this great story into industry terms, business pros live and breathe conversion rates and ROI metrics.
One important conversion enabler (or ROI generator, if you’d like) is related to the business’s customer communication strategy. I’ll focus on this one, in this article.
Online customer communication is a wide topic: It covers customer technical support, online chatting with prospects, answering frequent questions on different channels and much, much more.