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While mobile traffic is becoming a major player when it comes to ecommerce, nearly half of the small retailers out there are unaware of exactly how much traffic is coming from smartphones or tablets.
When it comes to revamping their ecommerce sites in 2013, retailers are focusing on keeping the consumer in the loop from the moment an order is placed right until the packaged is delivered to the doorstep.
Gone are the days when the contact center meant having a customer call a 1-800 number or send an email if they have a product question or concern. Nowadays, the shape of the contact center is one that meets the needs of the 24-7 consumer and in order to do that successfully it all comes down to training.
Smartphones, tablets, and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter not only have transformed the way consumers shop but they have also changed the face of the contact center. It’s no longer a world of customer representatives but now a world of universal agents.
More and more companies are looking into using Third Party Fulfillment (3PF) as an option to avoid increases in staff, warehouse size, and technology investments. But for some considering outsourcing, the basic hang-up is giving up control of contact center and fulfillment operations.
When it comes to successfully creating a social media presence for your brand, consumer interaction is key. Unfortunately, as this infographic from Reach Local points out, not every fan or follower engages the same exact way. Check out the seven most popular social media fans and the best ways to engage with them.
No matter how prepared your company is when engaging with customers through social media sites there is bound to be a public misstep. It can be a criticism from an unhappy customer or an error made by your social media team but in order to save face, it comes down to how you handle it.
The holiday shopping season will be approaching before we know it and if you are expecting an increase in traffic, Chris Kivlehan, vice president of account management for INetU, offered some hosting musts to prepare for the rush.
Mobile commerce has arrived. A surge in tablet adoption – with one-third of American consumers expected to own one by 2015 – and the near ubiquity of smartphones has created a tipping point for mobile retail. By the end 2017, mobile retail sales in the U.S. will reach $31B, up from $8B this year.
CEO and chairman, Hiroshi Mikitani, explained the non-traditional business model at Rakuten during the IRCE conference this week and reminded attendees while it’s easy to get stuck in the technology of your business, it really is all about your customers.
by Curt Barry
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