A summary of a presentation held together with Danske Bank at Banking Horizon 2016 event on 18th of October 2016 in London. The presentation was about how online retailers can utilise partnerships and provide consumers with all the relevant services throughout the partner network.
The brutal fact is that roughly 70% of shopping carts are abandoned and the number is most likely going to increase as more consumers shift to online and mobile shopping. By 2018 the expected value of mobile commerce will exceed six hundred billion dollars but the difficulty is that there are numerous potential causes leading up to mobile conversion rates being even lower than with desktop shopping.
This may sound like a challenging situation, but can actually provide a great opportunity for differentiation and competitive advantage if approached the right way. Because, no matter the channel, at the end of the day the problem usually roots in the same cause: Your online store fails to meet the needs of the visitor. As highlighted in this previous blog, most purchase funnels are still built on someone’s best guesses of an optimal path. And, this doesn’t really match with the expectations of today's customers as 70% of them say they want more personalized shopping experiences.
To succeed in the future, businesses need to rethink their customer experience. And what better time than now because getting into customer’s head and finding ways to analyze their behavior enables enhancements. And, a rich and personalized live customer interaction and showcasing products in more engaging ways also contributes to a better customer experience and to higher conversion rates.
What does personalization mean and why does it even matter?
Let me start with a real-life example. Couple of years ago a friend of mine decided to enter a triathlon race. That was not something I had ever dreamed of before, but since I have a relatively competitive nature, it didn’t take too long for me to jump aboard. If he could do it, so could I.
At this point, I was not concerned about the fact that to actually finish the race; I needed to improve my non-existing swimming skills significantly. Instead, I was determined to make sure that I have the best possible equipment for completing the task. The one thing I needed the most was a new bicycle.
I spent the next weeks searching for information and making comparisons online. All this only to end up going to a brick and mortar store to make the purchase. So, what exactly happened and what did the online store lack?