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The Customer Knowledge Revolution

Since the advent of Amazon in 1995, online shopping hasn’t changed all that much. The customer takes the time to find a particular product, puts it in their cart, and pays.  Most online services change dramatically over the course of a few years, months even. For one of the most widespread services, eCommerce, to go on like this for 19 years, it’s just mind-boggling.

 

For too long, businesses have treated customer expectations as a secondary concern, being more interested in supporting their own culture and brand name. Yet at the same time, consumers have become more and more demanding in what they expect from their online service providers, whether that is more privacy, more options, or more emotional involvement. Consumers want a more real-life interaction in their online spaces. They want an experience that caters to them as valued customers, rather than numbers on an executive’s chart.

 

One factor that separates consumers from this experience and the products they really want is expert knowledge. Today, when surfing the variety of choices on Amazon, eBay or Alibaba, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Take cameras for example. A cursory glance can reveal a huge amount of similar looking cameras at wildly different price points.

How can a customer, searching for their first digital camera, make the right choice for them without wasting hours of their time and going through a number of different sites. If the customer was in a brick and mortar store, they would have a sales representative, providing expert knowledge. This is what is and has been lacking in the online shopping experience.

 

Those websites that do have a knowledge base generally make it available to their customers through a basic search bar. This doesn’t take full advantage of your knowledge base, as the customer often doesn’t yet know what he or she wants. Why not open up your knowledge base in an intuitive and accessible way? Letting your customers leverage your expertise will make the shopping experience more fun for them, keeping them on your website longer, and ultimately making the decision to buy from you. In short, increase customer knowledge to increase conversion. Luckily there are platforms to help retailers do just this.

BestMatch provides your customers with straightforward questions, help text every step of the way, and rich media. All of which combine to make a positive shopping experience. Let us help you bring expert knowledge to the people, and let them make the best decision for themselves: shopping on your site.

 


Cyber Monday

The Biggest Cyber Monday Yet, What the Numbers Mean

It seems the turkeys may have been out to sabotage holiday shopping this year. Thanksgiving fell a full six days later than it did last year, on November 28th. This meant that the mayhem of Black Friday heralded the coming of holiday shopping just two days before December 1st. Starting nearly a week behind schedule left online retailers scrambling to play catch up and secure their quarterly goals. It looks like they actually pulled it off.

 

Cyber Monday, a day dedicated to online shopping started in 2005 by a group of retailers, is always the first Monday after Thanksgiving. This year, it looked like the perfect opportunity to kick off the shorter holiday shopping season on the right foot. Online retailers dedicated more time and energy this year to driving e-commerce sales, focusing more than ever on m-commerce. And their work paid off:

Total sales rose 15.7% to close at 2.29 billion total sales for the quarter. This marks a huge record for online sales, but what’s perhaps more impressive is the rising trend of m-commerce. With smartphones and tablets more popular than ever, sales on these mobile devices accounted for nearly 20% of the total sales this Cyber Monday -a figure already up an astounding 55% from last year. This is a growing trend that shows no sign of slowing. It’s clear that developing a streamlined mobile sales platform will soon be necessary for every online retailer.

The other important takeaway from this infographic is the driving role social media has continued to play in online sales. Social media alone accounted for 148 million in sales in the five days between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. It’s clear that social media as a tool for advertising is here to stay.

What’s the takeaway? E-commerce and m-commerce representing an ever-growing piece of the American economic landscape. Ensuring you can capture your digital marketplace will become increasingly essential as we hurtle into the future, and the Cyber Mondays to come.

Cyber Monday Sales