Ecommerce is a growing industry that only seems to become more lucrative and expansive as the years go by. While the Ecommerce market value is constantly on the rise, and that creates a prosperous environment for online stores, this also means that Ecommerce is becoming increasingly competitive. Yes, you can grow with it, but you need to know how to leverage the trends and stay one step ahead of your competitors.
By EMMA WORDEN
Investing in long-term growth and customer acquisition is important after a recession, particularly the one caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you want to come out strong and even thrive in the years to come, you need to implement the best practices we’re going to cover today. Here’s what you need to know.
Building a recognizable brand
Firstly, it’s important to note the importance of building a powerful brand for long-term Ecommerce success. Now that the Ecommerce world is saturated by hundreds and even thousands of stores per niche, it’s more important than ever before to stand out with stellar branding. After all, how else are your potential customers supposed to develop a meaningful relationship with you and become your loyal advocates? The truth is that you can have the best products on the market, the customers will still choose a business with a recognizable and memorable brand.
With that in mind, you can start by investing in the brand-building process. You’ll need to define a clear set of brand values that resonate with the values of your target demographic. Next, be sure to build a brand personality and tone of voice that fits your niche and is relevant to your audience. Finally, don’t forget to weave these elements into a visual identity that will make your brand memorable and inspire your visitors.
Developing an omnichannel strategy
Nowadays, you can’t hope to be successful in the world of Ecommerce by sticking to a single sales, marketing, or communication channel. The modern customer needs and wants to interact with their favorite brands in a variety of ways, and most importantly, on their terms. This means that you can’t force a potential customer to buy something on your site if they want to place an order on social media, nor can you force them to send you an email if they want to chat.
The key is to make yourself readily available to your customers at any time, and on any online platform. This is called an omnichannel approach, and it should permeate your sales, marketing, and communication departments. Make sure you’re interacting with your online audience on all relevant channels, and you will be able to improve customer experience, boost conversions, and generate more leads than ever before.
Acting on relevant industry data
One of the most important elements of Ecommerce success is, simply, data. Every decision you make should be founded on relevant market and customer data, because acting without relevant information can put your brand in jeopardy in such a competitive field. It is imperative that you monitor your KPIs at all times and generate informative reports to guide your decision-making process.
Of course, manually collecting and collating data is an impossible task nowadays, so integrating intuitive reporting software is a great way to automate the process and create reports quickly. After all, you need to act fast if you want to capitalize on the latest trends in your niche, which means you don’t want to waste time on data collection and creating reports.
Leveraging user-generated content
Another important element of success is building social proof for your Ecommerce brand. Always remember that people trust their family, friends, and other customers more than they trust fancy marketing and sales campaigns. This means that you need to leverage user-generated content to show the world that people are satisfied with your store and products.
User-generated content is one of those innovative marketing ideas that, when implemented correctly, can help build brand trust and authority in your niche. Be sure to inspire your customers to leave reviews and testimonials, and even post their own photos and videos using your products in order to inspire others to put trust in your brand.
Optimizing UX across the board
Last but not least, you need to minimize customer effort on your site as much as possible, and the best way to do that is to focus on user experience. Nowadays, customers expect Ecommerce websites to run smoothly while being easy to use, so you need to combine web design with optimization and functionality.
You’ll need to optimize your site for mobile viewing by using AMPs (accelerated mobile pages), add UX functions like quick filters, a search bar, and a sitemap, and by upgrading your hosting plan to ensure the responsiveness of your site. Make sure to invest in stellar cybersecurity as well to further instill trust in your brand.
The Ecommerce industry is one the rise around the world, which makes it more lucrative and competitive than ever. With these tips in mind, though, you should have no problem surpassing the competition to ensure long-term success in your niche.
Emma is a digital marketer and blogger from Sydney. After getting a marketing degree she started working with Australian startups on business and marketing development. Emma writes for many relevant, industry related online publications and does a job of an Executive Editor at Bizzmark blog and a guest lecturer at Melbourne University. Interested in marketing, startups and latest business trends. Follow Emma on Twitter.