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What drives shoppers to buy in the current retail environment?
To find out, my company surveyed more than 1,000 US consumers who shopped online at least once in 2017, and some clear lessons for brands emerged from the results.
1. Have at least 3 photos for every product you sell
In the same way that consumers want to touch and feel products on the physical shelf before they buy, they are becoming similarly discerning online. Seventy-three percent of consumers indicated that they need to see three or more images of a product of any kind before buying online.
Increasingly, consumers search for a product category rather than a specific branded term and then self-select specific classes of products based on personal preference or requirements, such as size, color and price.
This increases the value of those first impressions your brand makes with above-the-fold product images — it’s easier to make a consumer decide to buy if you give a clear window into your product’s qualities.
Having more images also helps convert consumers more often, and rank higher on retailers like Amazon. My analytics department colleagues proved this by analyzing hundreds of thousands of product listings on Amazon back in January 2018. They found that 53 percent of the time, a product with more images would convert at a higher rate and outrank that product’s top competitor on the search results page.
2. Make your product trustworthy if you want customers to pay a premium
Consumers have always looked for external validation before purchase, especially for more considered purchases.
The difference is that thanks to robust review platforms on retailer sites themselves, consumers now have the advantage of quickly mining an infinitely larger trove of buyer feedback, and they value this information to a substantial degree. So much so that “better reviews” was the most selected reason for springing for a higher-priced item online.
This fact also bears out in behavioral data. The same Amazon study found that 58 percent of the time, a product with more reviews would convert at a higher rate and outrank that product’s top competitor on the search results page.
Getting review counts up isn’t likely to be a quick process. It requires actively soliciting them from recent purchasers through marketing automation programs and similar customer relationship management techniques.
It’s absolutely worth the effort in terms of best positioning a product for increased sales over the long term.
3. Address your target buyer’s personality in your product content
The concept of true shopping personalization is like the Maltese Falcon of retail — there is a general vision of what it looks like and an incredible desire for it on the part of consumers, brands and retailers, but for now, it remains “the stuff that dreams are made of.”
Yet creative brands are already using the natural differentiators of each product in their catalogs to better speak to specific portions of their target audience. Personalization will assuredly get more granular in the future because it’s what consumers want — 78 percent of consumers surveyed responded that more personally relevant product content makes them more likely to buy.
Brands need to rise to this challenge by producing product content that speaks to the specific type of consumer for a given product. Even something as simple as having more family-oriented terminology and photos to accompany bulk packaging is a good place to start.
Demographic and behavioral data can help you make some of these decisions, but you should never sacrifice product content consistency across retail outlets (so one product is not described in vastly different ways on Walmart vs. Amazon).
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