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How brands can maximise their online revenues through app usage and customer retention

By Arunabh Madhur, Regional VP & Head Business EMEA at SHAREit Group

Despite many documented market and economic challenges, many brands continue to invest heavily in ecommerce marketing. In fact, the current global ecommerce market is valued at around $5.5 trillion, and it is estimated that online retail sales will soon reach $6.7 trillion by the end of this year, with ecommerce making up 22.3% of those sales.

However, businesses can still plan and position themselves for success by catering to customer needs and following key global ecommerce trends.

How mobile apps are reshaping the ecommerce industry

Mobile apps are now a fundamental component of retail, as they provide customers with a convenient and engaging way to shop from their phones. The past couple of years has been rocket fuel for digital transformation, providing an opportunity for the retail industry to innovate. Whilst global trends continue to point to the user growth of Facebook, TikTok and Instagram, the trends underneath the headlines highlight significant opportunities to drive new customer acquisition, which in turn demands a targeted customer retention strategy from companies.

According to research from Baymard Institute, 69.82% of online shopping carts are abandoned and with demand expected to continue, pressure is growing on retailers to expand current offerings and create personalised experiences to tackle this. One of the big challenges ecommerce companies face, though, is analysing and maximising behaviour of users, and bringing down the cost of their marketing and engagement against how much is earned through a customer making a purchase.

To meet customer demand, mobile apps offer a variety of features such as push notifications, product recommendations, exclusive discounts and offers, and easy checkout processes, to make the shopping experience easier for customers. By leveraging the power of mobile technology, brands can create an immersive shopping experience tailored specifically to their customer’s needs, and this in turn helps increase customer loyalty, customer return rates, and maximise online revenue.

How to retarget, re-engage and retain customers in 2023 and beyond

Brands should focus on re-engaging with returning consumers through a personalised strategy as this can help increase the lifetime value of users, which in turn helps brands bring the cost of their marketing down knowing that brand loyalty has been achieved. According to research from Google and Storyline Strategies study, 72% of consumers are more likely to be loyal to a brand if they offer a personalised experience.

Optimising the online shopping experience is crucial in retaining customers. Today, consumers need a more ‘human’ touch, i.e., smart product suggestions based on buying history & behaviour that helps build a one-to-one relationship between brand and buyer. In particular, push notifications hasn’t just enhanced personalisation but also increased app engagement by up to 88%. Push notifications have also proven to get disengaged users back, too, with 65% returning to an app within 30 days of the push notification.

Another strategy to consider is the option of adding buy now pay later (BNPL) options at checkouts for customers. Brands that add the option of financing at the checkout allow customers to spread the cost over time, which according to Klarna has resulted in a 30% increase in checkout conversation rates.

Publisher platforms allow brands to leverage their reach and sticky user base. Especially with open platforms such as SHAREit, which can help ecommerce brands create a strong revenue conversion with higher average order value with unique retargeting and user acquisition solutions. Because users are not just sharing product links, but also sharing ecommerce apps and deals among their community. Users of these publisher platforms are also encouraged to share products and apps through platform activities.

The future of ecommerce for brands

Ecommerce is quickly becoming the future of retail. With the rise of technology, customers now have access to various products and services worldwide with just a few taps on their mobiles, making shopping more accessible and efficient than ever.

Now more than ever before, today’s brands must put consumers at the heart of everything they do. From offering the right incentive and payment options to personalising the shopping experience, brands need to cater to specific consumer preferences if they want to influence purchasing decisions and improve engagement and retention figures.