The explosion in smartphone technology has meant that ordering products and services has never been so easy. A quick swipe and tap of the finger at home or on the go and the deal is done. If a company’s website is clumsy, full of pop-ups or difficult to navigate, that potential sale can vanish as the consumer moves on.
How then, does an Ecommerce store owner stand out against the fierce competition to attract and hold on to loyal customers that spread their experience across social platforms? Well, it won’t happen overnight but with some careful planning, some astute branding and using social media to your advantage, you can create an online presence that is ahead of the pack.
1. Create a reliable brand
This means that your logos, lettering and artwork need to be exactly same across your website and any social media platforms you use and that potential customers receive the same brand message and experience, whether on your Facebook page or your LinkedIn. Carefully consider the colors you use in your graphic design; there is a lot of evidence to suggest that thinking about the psychology of color can play an important role in successful digital marketing campaigns.
2. Bulk up your social media
Social media has the potential to catapult your brand. It also has the potential to do extensive damage to your online reputation so you need to use it intelligently. It may be tempting to share the same message 10 times a day or spam your subscribers endlessly but believe us when we say that nothing is more guaranteed to put off your followers! Less is most definitely more when it comes to social media. By coming up with well thought-out, entertaining and interesting posts and not overdoing how often you release them, you are far likelier to be rewarded with shares, likes and new customers.
Social media is a highly effective form of word-of-mouth marketing as customers “like” and “share” your brand pages. Looking after your reputation, then, is crucial. Never delete negative comments or messages from public pages, instead engage with the problem and resolve it in a helpful, friendly way. It goes without saying too that you should never get into arguments or petty squabbles with unhappy customers, no matter how frustrated you feel.
3. Create loyalty
Competitions or special offers are great ways to encourage loyalty among your growing customer base. Don’t overdo them though or you run the risk of consumers thinking your prices are artificially high, just so you can reduce them.
4. Provide live web chat
Brands are increasingly having a live web chat so that customers can have their queries answered as soon as they find the page. Most have someone available to chat through the day and a direct message after hours. This is a relatively simple thing to implement but is a great way of fostering trust and giving potential customers the impression that you are an accommodating and reliable company with a personal touch!
5. Stay on top of email
Email is the communication mode of choice for nearly half of online customers. This means questions and complaints should be answered promptly. In addition, email is still a fantastic marketing tool and personalized email campaigns should definitely be a feature of your online marketing.
6. Have a great delivery service
If you are delivering products to consumers, make sure that if they need to return items, they can do so easily and free-of-charge. If customers feel valued and they know that they can change their minds, they are far likelier to visit your site in the future.
7. Add great content
Great content plays a key role in today’s Ecommerce marketplace. The most effective campaigns are those in which exciting, thought-provoking and well thought-out blog posts and articles, such as this, are distributed to support the brand and its products. It can be search-engine optimised to give your page greater exposure as well as providing a talking-point on social media platforms.