How To Get Increased Brand Loyalty Through M-commerce

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How To Get Increased Brand Loyalty Through M-commerce

Brand loyalty is vital for the long term survival of a business. The term refers to the tendency of customers to keep dealing with a particular business over others. Brand loyalty ensures a long lasting and trusting relationship between a business and its customers. This concept makes sure that by providing superior services and economical pricing, a business can keep its customers coming back.

With the rise in e-commerce, the rules of driving brand loyalty have changed a little. Businesses are now required to have specific strategy for fostering brand loyalty amongst its customers. The rules of the game have been modified further by the introduction of m-commerce or mobile commerce. As more and more people are now shopping on their phones, it has become necessary for businesses to adapt their customer centric policies to accommodate the requirements of m-commerce. Here are our top tips to help you achieve brand loyalty in the age of M-commerce.

Create your Brand: As intuitive as it sounds, this vital step towards achieving brand loyalty is generally forgotten by many businesses. Creating your brand image online requires concentrated efforts and comprehensive strategy. Whether you are using social media to promote your business or are going for paid advertisements, it is important that you offer a consistent message. Apart from the message, you may also create a unique brand identity by using the same color scheme, identical logos and consistent artwork. You should also properly analyse your products and services to identify your USP or Unique Selling Point. This USP will help you stand out in the crowd and create your own following.

Simplify: An important step towards achieving brand loyalty through the use of M-commerce is to simplify all your processes. The main reason behind this approach towards simplicity is that in the case of M-commerce, resources are at premium. The customer has extremely limited screen space on their phone. Further, despite vast improvements in technology, the internet and processing speed on a mobile phone are still slower as compared to mainframe computers. In order to ensure that the client is able to follow through all the requirements for making a successful purchase, it is imperative that various processes are kept as simple as possible. This will allow the customers to make faster purchases, adding to your bottom line.

Make an Offer: While the right type of messaging and efficient processes are big draws for clients, they also tend to respond well to financial incentives. In order to build brand loyalty, you may think about changing your pricing strategy and offer some discounts to your clients. The main purpose is to induce customers to make purchases repeatedly. To achieve this end, you may introduce loyalty points where the clients are able to use incentives to get discounts on their bills. Another strategy is to remarket, which is a tool aimed at customers who have not purchased anything recently. You can reach out to these customers with some offers, so that they are enticed back to your business.

Omnichannel Promotion: Once you have identified your USP, simplified your processes and started offering incentives, it is time to let people know about all your efforts. In order to succeed in the highly competitive world of M-commerce, it is important to take a comprehensive approach towards marketing and promoting your business. You should ensure that you are making optimal use of all the tools available to you. It pays in the long run when you take the time to align your email marketing with your social media promotions. This type of planning will ensure that you are able to provide a cohesive message which resonates with your USP. You can also start a blog to interact with your customer base. However, keep in mind that the quality of your content will determine your ultimate success.

Engage and Follow up: It is highly important that you maintain contact with your clients even after the transaction is over. After sales customer care is also necessary as it shows your commitment to quality. The key to keep people coming back to your business is to maintain a rapport with them even if they are not making any business transaction with you.

With these steps you can easily build brand loyalty in the age of M-commerce.

m-Commerce: The Future!

m-Commerce: The Future!

In 2014, global m-Commerce revenues were $184 billion which is poised to increase to $669 billion by 2018*.

These figures are a testimony to staggering growth of mobile retail commerce in recent times, primarily led by deeper smartphone penetration across the world. In terms of regions, Asia has witnessed the highest growth in mobile commerce, which is not surprising given the population of Asia as a continent and the pervasiveness of the smartphone across the continent.

In multiple surveys, shoppers across the world have agreed that modern mobile sites are safer and easier to use, than ever before. Clearly, there has been a sea change in UX (User Experience) of a mobile site or a mobile app, leading to greater affinity towards mobile shopping. However, the growth of mobile commerce is due to some key factors:

  1. Pervasiveness of Digital Wallets: Across the world, there has been a steady increase in the adoption of digital wallets, which has had its effect on mobile commerce numbers growing. In countries like India, clearly there has been a faster than usual growth in m-commerce, led by the government’s push towards non- cash transactions. The phenomenon of digital wallets has changed the mobile commerce industry worldwide and it is not just limited to developing countries.
  2. Increased Trust: Over time, consumers have increasingly felt more comfortable shopping on mobile. Trust has led greater adoption of m-Commerce across geographies. The trust has been built by the convenience offered by m-Commerce which has been lapped up by the consumers across the board.
  3. Checkouts in a Jiffy: One-page checkouts coupled with the adoption of digital wallets has made checkouts hassle free and has led to greater mobile conversion. If the consumer can quickly buy his or her product, he or she will surely visit the site again to make a purchase.
  4. Increased Awareness: In an interconnected world, a consumer anywhere can learn about m-Commerce and its growth. The stupendous growth has created an urge amongst shoppers to jump the m-Commerce bandwagon and experience shopping at his or her fingertips.

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*Data Source: Statista

7 Tips for E-Commerce Success

7 Tips for E-Commerce Success

The 2016 Pitney and Bowes Global Online Shopping study estimated 66% of online consumers are international. This percentage is likely to grow in the coming years.

Having said that, before you jump the international e-commerce bandwagon, it is important that you focus on certain areas for long term success. As we provide you with the following tips, you would need to be mindful of the fact that the e-commerce race is a marathon and not a sprint!

  1. Don’t Hurry: Launching your e-commerce site shouldn’t be done in a hurried fashion. There is only one shot you have in launching your site. Therefore, it is important to ensure that all functionalities of the site are working properly. Do a thorough testing. You can purchase a domain name and create a pre-launch page on the lines of “Coming Soon”, but until you have done significant groundwork in terms of content, technology, functionalities, SEO, paid advertising planning, don’t launch!
  2. Consumer is the King: The user or the consumer should be the focus of your e-commerce venture. Notwithstanding the recent advances in augmented reality and artificial intelligence, the big shortcoming that you would have to deal with is the fact that the consumer cannot touch, feel and smell the products before buying. You can compensate this by offering better prices, free shipping and more importantly, simplified shopping carts and a hassle free checkout with a seamless payments solution.
  3. Testing: At every stage of your e-commerce business (pre-launch, launch and growth), you should test everything, right from functionalities to user experience and user interface. Hence, it is imperative to invest significantly in testing and analytics.
  4. Social Focus: Do not outsource social media marketing at the starting phase of your e-commerce venture. It is indeed the heartbeat of your business. Through social media you can gain valuable insights into prospective customers. As an entrepreneur, you would need to be hands on with your social media. You can employ a community manager but you need to keep a close watch on your social media marketing. Include social elements on your e-commerce website. Small elements like reviews, social login options and follow/sharing buttons help in conversion.
  5. Mobile: Way back in 2014, Goldman Sachs had predicted that global mobile commerce will account for nearly half of e-commerce by 2018 amounting to a figure in excess of $620 Billion*. If you aren’t building your e-commerce portal with a mobile first approach, then there’s no point in venturing at all.
  6. SEO: Over time, Search engines have evolved to be more valuable for e-commerce sites. In fact, most of your traffic will come from search engines as people are increasingly searching for products on Google, Yahoo or Bing. Therefore ensure that you stay on top of SEO to stand out among competition. You may need to hire an agency to help you out with SEO in the beginning.
  7. Information and Evolution: Make it a point to collect as much of customer information and build databases to aid future launches of different versions, categories or a new sister site. Lastly, evolution is a critical element because technology, trends and consumer tastes/preferences change over time.

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*Source: Digicommerce 360