Add Personality to Your E-Commerce Business and Beat Your Competition

Jan 10, 2018 | eCommerce, Website Design

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Kevin Fouche

Add Personality to Your E-Commerce Business and Beat Your Competition

Posted by Kevin Fouche, Pixel Fish Director

Kevin handles the planning, design, launch and training of every website that Pixel Fish creates. He ensures that every website is highly engaging and aligned with our client’s goals. With over 20 years of design and web industry experience to draw upon, Kevin aims to pass on his knowledge to our clients and like-minded businesses wanting to grow their online presence.

In many ways, e-commerce has enhanced the way we shop. But at the same time, an E-Commerce that relies solely on its digital sales will face some significant challenges. Among the highest is the personal touch that is often lost, especially when compared to traditional brick-and-mortar stores offering the same products. Let’s explore How to Add Personality to Your E-Commerce Business.

A clothing website doesn’t tend to offer the same type of experience as a local fashion boutique. Customers don’t get to know the sales staff or feel like they’re part of the establishment. Nonetheless, you can personalise the experience for your online customers to maximise their expertise and beat your competition.

1. Create a Customised Browsing Experience

First, you must recreate the experience a customer might feel in a store on your website. That means customising the browsing experience, from an advanced search option to a ‘customers who like this also like’ option.

It also makes sense to add testimonials to each of your product pages. These are the virtual versions of small talk that might happen in a store. If your web visitors learn how much others like your products, they’ll be more likely to buy.

2. Offer Exceptional Digital Customer Service

In e-commerce, you do not have the opportunity of a sales staff that can assist customers at a moment’s notice. You do, however, have the power of the internet behind you and your customer service efforts.

Live chat, for instance, could enhance your website and increase your shopping cart conversion rates. But sometimes, the simplest thing is the most effective: answer questions and concerns honestly and quickly. You will get plenty of them on social media and via email. The faster you answer and the more sincere you are, the more likely your customers will be to start appreciating your sales process.

3. Build Personalised Email Follow-ups

Who said you could not personalise your communication efforts in e-commerce? Email marketing is the perfect opportunity to add the right personal touch to your messaging. After you get your audience’s contact information, follow up with products and offers they might find relevant. Your recipients will appreciate the tip if the sales pitch is soft and you don’t get too promotional.

This personalised messaging doesn’t have to stop when your leads become customers. Now, you can reach out with follow-ups, such as asking for their opinion on the product or making yourself available for any questions. The key is walking the line between being open and visible and being pushy and annoying.

4. Publicly Reward Your Most Loyal Customers

Finally, it makes sense to hand out rewards for your loyal customers now and then. Put simply, your audience wants to be appreciated. Free samples, coupons for future purchases, or pre-releases of new products can all be effective in making loyal customers feel unique and driving new customers toward getting to that point.

To be effective, of course, your rewards should be public. Send out social media messages and blog posts highlighting your customers and showing their rewards. That way, you increase your chances of creating copycats who want to get to the same point.

Do it right, and your e-commerce business can flourish with the personalised experience usually reserved for physical storefronts. But of course, to get to that point, you have to get your backend infrastructure right.

That means partnering with professionals who can help you build a web presence and an email marketing and social media strategy designed to engage and reward your customers. We’d love to be that partner for you. Contact us today to learn about our experience in the e-commerce industry and how that experience can become beneficial for you.

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