By 2021, it is estimated that 230.5 million people will be dedicated, online shoppers. As a business owner, offering a seamless online experience is essential to get and keep these millions of shoppers. While this can be challenging, there are some steps you can take to improve the shopper’s experience. Keep reading to learn what those steps are.
Make the experience personal
The goal to encouraging customers to come back time and time again is to show them they are valued. One of the best ways to show you care about your customers is by personalizing their online shopping experience. This can be done using cookies to remember their login details or offering the option to create a wish list.
You can also send emails on their birthday and use retargeting to remind them of what they loved on your website. All these efforts help a customer feel special and valued, which leads to them coming back, time and time again.
Provide access to a help desk
Issues can crop up at any time – day or night. If you don’t currently have a help desk your online customers can contact, you are likely losing more than a few each day. A help desk is designed to help with troubleshooting issues with the website, the shopping experience, or even problems with the checkout process. If you don’t have a help desk feature, now is the time to consider implementing one.
Use high-quality photos and plenty of product information
Do you use codes to describe your products? While this may be an effective way for you to keep up with things, the same can’t be said for your customers. In fact, codes such as these can actually cause quite a bit of confusion.
This means that you need to ensure that you are including high-quality photos for each product you offer, along with an extremely detailed description of the product. The information you need to include in the description needs to be any descriptive factor that will help a customer better visualize the item. The more you add, the better.
Provide access to product reviews
It’s estimated that up to 84 percent of people trust online reviews as much as they do a recommendation from a close friend. If you think about it, this makes sense. How many times have you looked at a review before purchasing a product? Chances are, the answer is more than a few.
Past customer reviews will help provide information to new customers about the quality of an item and what to expect when it is received. It’s similar to word of mouth – and it’s effective.
You can significantly improve your customer’s experience when you showcase product reviews on your site, but also through your mobile app and if you have a brick and mortar store, there, too. Be sure the reviews you add are easy to see – this will help ensure they are effective.
There’s no question that the online marketplace is extremely competitive. If you don’t take steps to improve the experience your customers have, they may go elsewhere for the products they want to purchase. Don’t let this happen! The tips an information here will help ensure you provide the best possible customer service for your online shoppers. In the long run, it will help to increase brand loyalty, sales and profits.