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How to engage online shoppers in 2019 - without forgetting your brand

Posted by Kimi Tiinus on February 5, 2019

Conversions. Conversions everywhere. The things we are all longing for - right? But as we blindly aim towards increased clicks and purchases, we simultaneously forget our all-important brand. We push people towards filling-up their shopping carts and forget to put focus on their overall customer experience which should represent who we are as a company. The eCommerce trend of recent years continues in 2019: customer experience is about convenience and personalization. These two in turn transform singular customer transactions into true customer engagement. How?

Top 4 reasons why your business should start using live chat

Posted by Nea Bjorkqvist on January 24, 2019

Using time and money efficiently are top priorities for most businesses. The challenge usually lies in finding the right balance between saving resources and providing a top notch experience, especially when it comes to customer support. Naturally, that’s where live chat comes in...

How active online engagement can increase sales for B2B companies

Posted by Linda Kullas on January 16, 2019

As a business owner faster lead generation, efficiency and saving both time and money should sound interesting, right? Many people associate live chat with the B2C sector and e-shops - you know, that chat window that pops up, available for questions and complaints. That definitely is one purpose of live chat, but it can be a whole lot more -  a lead generator, a goal measurer and a targeting marketing solution.

How expanding customer support channels can create more value for contact centres

Posted by Nea Bjorkqvist on January 16, 2019

The interaction between businesses and consumers has completely changed, due to the increase in mobile usage and the rise in digital.

How to increase conversion rate with simple real-time analytics and machine learning

Posted by Kimi Tiinus on January 8, 2019

Are you interrupting your online visitors - or are you leaving them hanging? 

Most industries working with large amounts of data have already recognized the value of AI and machine learning technology. By using machine learning algorithms to build models that uncover connections and identify important insights in data, companies can make better decisions without human intervention. This means that companies can work more efficiently and gain an advantage over competitors.

Ecommerce websites can use real-time analytics and machine learning to recommend visitors items they might like based on their buying history – and to promote other items they could be interested in. And, this ability to utilize the data collected to provide even more personalized shopping experiences (or implement targeted marketing campaigns), is the future of retail. Visit any major eCommerce sites and you may notice that this future is already becoming a reality. 

How to avoid abandoned shopping carts?

Posted by Nea Bjorkqvist on December 11, 2018

What is cart abandonment? Imagine a scenario where you walk into a supermarket and start filling up your shopping cart. While shopping you bump in to a neighbour, have a quick catch up, and following the “distraction” you forget all about your weekly shop and head off home. 

This scenario is pretty unlikely in real life. However, in the world of eCommerce, it is just another day in the office. In fact, it is anticipated that four out of five shoppers leave their carts without converting.

Despite your well-laid plans, shoppers will visit your site and start shopping, only to be distracted by an email, a notification from another platform or even human intervention. And, they may never return. This forms the basis of cart abandonment. In simple, it happens when buyers add an item to a website shopping cart but never complete the transaction. 

So how can you avoid shopping cart abandonment? Here are our top three tips to abandoned cart recovery:

New giosg logo and brand video - Business up front, party in the back

Posted by giosg.com on December 10, 2018

giosg is a vibrant, growing and innovative company formed by effective professionals with a cheerful attitude. To illustrate this we have published our new logo, which is a part of a bigger brand update of giosg. We found that our old logo did not represent our values today, company culture nor our overall way of doing business so it needed a makeover. We are proud to represent this makeover through our brand new brand video!

How to boost your eCommerce during December

Posted by Kimi Tiinus on December 5, 2018

Your eCommerce website acts like your online, virtual shop window, and unless it engages prospects immediately, they will leave and visit a competitor. December is the time of retail decline as the Christmas purchases are more and more often made already in November - so what will help you to minimize this trend?

How to tackle the Black Friday hangover

Posted by Kimi Tiinus on November 28, 2018

After the excitement and chaos of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Cyber Week dies down, it’s been proven that UK retail sales drop in December.

UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) released data showing that in 2017, shoppers reduced their levels of spending after Black Friday by 1.5%, even when Christmas is around the corner. What is this all about?

Building more business through digital partnering networks

Posted by Heli Pulkkinen on November 27, 2018

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.”

— African Proverb

Step up your live chat game for holiday season

Posted by Laura Leskinen on November 21, 2018

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and other major "holidays" can make any customer service agent sweat. Who can blame them though, as the service lines and chat windows pop up one after another. 

The popularity of Live Chat has been growing amongst all ages but it’s quickly becoming the most desired method of contact especially (and unsurprisingly) for millennials. They are more likely to prefer chat over other generations, with two top reasons being limited wait time and convenience. And as the popularity of Black Friday and it's online equivalent Cyber Monday grows all over the world, customer service agents manning live chat services have had to up their game!

Live chat offers customers a great alternative, allowing them to interact with an actual person in real-time without having to make a phone call or wait for a reply. From a commercial standpoint, live chat certainly increases business potential, an infographic by Website Builder showed that chatting customers were 3 times more likely to become returning shoppers and bring in a 48% increase in revenue per chat hour. 

Implementing live chat into your online store isn’t hard (in fact it's as easy as copy pasting a line of code into your website script), but you have to make sure to have the right online sales strategy, which will lay the foundation for effective live chat sales. Here are a few simple principles to follow to an ensure efficient live chat service during peak shopping seasons:

Black Friday and eCommerce - learnings from 2017 and how to succeed this year

Posted by Nea Bjorkqvist on November 15, 2018

Black Friday first began in the US and has spread like wildfire internationally. Last year 91% of retailers in the UK and 81% in the US offered Black Friday discounts and promotions, according to a SaleCycle’s study.

AI Trends of 2019 and Beyond

Posted by Kimi Tiinus on November 6, 2018

AI has not yet reached the point of being a mainstream phenomenon and still needs a fair bit of elaboration, but it's certainly getting there. When that time comes, companies will need to be ready to compete in a digital environment where adaptation to AI is a prerequisite for all. For that exact reason, we compiled a list of the upcoming AI trends to give you a head-start, provide you with insight into the AI industry and prepare you for what's to come in the world of AI not only for 2019 but beyond.

What happens on your website after dark?

Posted by Kimi Tiinus on October 31, 2018

[Derived and updated from our previous blog by Petri Vilpponen]

With Halloween coming up, we have started thinking about the horror stories we face as businesses - Disappointed customers, high returns, low sales, cart abandonment...

And as we learnt from Game of Thrones, the night is dark and full of terrors, we wake up in the morning thinking things at work are as we left them, but that may not always be the case. With so much going on outside working hours, the experiences you deliver then can really make or break your brand in the eyes of your customer. Why? Because if something goes wrong, you need to be able to come to the rescue and deliver in the same way as you would during the day. 

So how can you maintain your service quality and capture leads after hours, even with Michael Myers creeping on you?

5 impressive AI applications in use today - from cucumber sorting to emotion detection

Posted by Nea Bjorkqvist on October 24, 2018

AI is being used in so many impressive, creative and beneficial ways across pretty much every sector out there. The common denominator, regardless of industry, is that AI often works behind-the-scenes to optimise operations, helping us work more efficiently and make better decisions. To the extent that, more often than not, people aren’t even aware that AI is working its magic to deliver better experiences. 

AI, Data and Transparency - opening the lid of the algorithmic black box

Posted by Nea Bjorkqvist on October 17, 2018

Investment in AI is showing no signs of slowing down - actually it's quite the opposite. Companies clearly see and understand the importance of optimising business operations and are not shying away from using the latest technologies. In fact, in a 2018 NewVantage Partners survey which surveyed Fortune 1000 business and technology decision-makers, virtually all respondents (97.2 % to be exact) indicated that their company was already investing in Big Data and AI.