On average, a UK resident is said to spend almost £200 a month on impulse purchases which can include everything from chocolate bars and bottled water, to cosmetics and novelty toys. This habit however, doesn’t tend to stretch into the virtual market, with reports showing that people are more likely to spend their extra cash in store rather than online.
While consumers enjoy browsing websites, there are many times when digital shoppers have a clear idea of what product they want, so they simply apply the filters and buy it in a few clicks. Online supermarkets, in particular, might struggle to tempt people away from their shopping list without the cross-promotional offers or bakery treats you see in store.
Here are our tips for making every visit to your site count.
Understand your customers
As part of its brand guidelines, your company may already have a list of buyer personas that it uses to understand the different types of customers that might visit the website, so it’s always important to keep these front of in mind in all of your external marketing. Representing your target audience, these personas give you the opportunity to put yourself in your customers’ shoes so you can anticipate what products they might buy in addition to what they have already chosen. Alongside typical demographics, such as age and gender, consider common barriers to purchase – such as cost – and think of ways to overcome them.
Unsurprisingly, 79 per cent of consumers are more likely to engage with a personalised offer, which could be anything from an email that addresses the customer by their first name, to recommending products based on their interests, or previous buying and browsing behaviour.
Once you have your buyer persona, you can create options that encourage bulk, impulse or subscription purchasing. It’s also important to use browsing and purchasing data to cross-sell related products, or ones that other customers, with similar profiles have bought. Amazon is well-known for this, as are fashion retailers such as ASOS who link to other items, encouraging shoppers to ‘complete the outfit’.
Engaging new customers
Sometimes, retailers only generate customer data once someone has visited the website several times, or once the first transaction is complete – often meaning the chance for early personalisation has passed.
Audience insight tools can solve this issue by connecting your website to large volumes of consumer data. Using a simple piece of website code, you can segment your audience and optimise content from their first visit to improve the chances of conversion.
Research proves that the average page visit lasts less than a minute, so you need to make sure you get your audience’s attention from the very first second they lay eyes on the website and your brand.
From social media and blogs, to product pages, always ensuring that content is relevant to your customers will keep your audience engaged. At every touchpoint, think about the tone of voice, imagery and the products that are most likely to promote positive action. Creating a seamless online experience that guides customers towards purchase with consistent messages – from timely reminders for customers who have left un-purchased items in their baskets, to campaigns around new product launches or seasonal sales.