Even though a majority of merchants already have their back-to-school game plan in place, it’s still not too late to make the most out of the $72.5 billion shopping season.
Predictions for the uptake of mobile payments by American consumers have been falling like the stock market in 2008, while global payments are zooming upward.
Selling internationally for U.S. based retailers can be tough especially since international shoppers tend to abandon their shopping carts at higher rates compared to their American counterparts. In fact, according to this snapshot of the international shopper, 37% avoid buying online because of the shipping costs alone. But don’t let that discourage you from selling and shipping globally, here are a few steps you can take to snag that sale.
Customer acquisition via email marketing has magnified since 2009. According to Custora’s report “E-Commerce Customer Acquisition Snapshot” the channel grew from 0.88% of customers acquired in 2009 to 6.84% in 2013.
Logging on a retail site should be fast, easy, and stress-free but it can be more of a juggling act for consumers who can’t remember their passwords and ultimately leaving a site. In fact, according to a recent survey, of those users who do not remember their information, 70% will leave. But retailers and shoppers found a new and faster way to stay engaged: the social login.
The modern day consumer is constantly connected no matter where they shop. It could be by using their smartphone to showroom in store, reading an email on a mobile device, or by interacting with a brand on Facebook. Even though a consumer is always connected to the digital world, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are connecting with your brand the way you’d like.
U.S. online retail sales are expected to reach $370 billion by 2017. Between 2012 and 2014, ecommerce growth has seen a 13% hike and 20% of online purchases are made after surfing social media, according to this infographic by National Positions.
Ecommerce merchants are primarily using email to communicate with shopping cart abandoners, according to the results of the MCM Outlook 2013 survey. According to the results, 45.1% of respondents use email, up from 36.2% in 2012.
In what Macy’s is calling a continual effort to connect with the ever changing consumer, CEO Terry Lundgren announced plans to see a total of 500 stores double as fulfillment centers by the end of 2013.
Free shipping was once the goldmine for online retailers and what set you apart from your competitors. But as more and more retailers offer the service, is it now just something the shopper expects?