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Digital Insights: Tips to prepare for the Golden Quarter

By twentysix

The peak retail period of October to December (aka The Golden Quarter) isn’t far away and this year it’s going to be an interesting one. Following the “lockdown” disruption, 2020’s peak is going to be a vital sales opportunity for many retailers.

But how can marketers plan ahead when a global pandemic has turned everything upside down? How are consumers going to behave? Will they be in buying mode? Or will the impact of lockdown dampen demand as we’ve seen earlier in the year? Will there be a second wave and what will this mean?

Much of this depends on the course of the virus and as a digital agency, twentysix, we’re not going to attempt to predict that! But amongst the uncertainty, there are things we can still rely on: Christmas is still Christmas; people will still want to buy; and there will be pent up demand and a hunger for deals – all of which will open opportunities for your brand.

With lockdown accelerating online behaviours there is one thing that is certain; digital is going to be an enormous part of the mix for all advertisers. You need to make sure you have the right mix of channels with a solid foundation in search, affiliates and user experience to capture demand, alongside upper funnel activity such as display and social to help create it. But it’s not just about having the channels in place: success will also be about building the agility to adapt to conditions as they unfold – a must in this uncertain environment.

So whether it’s scenario planning, solidifying your technology and tracking foundations, assessing your SEO trajectory, or reviewing your website to ensure your UX is up to scratch, now is the time to start getting ready.

Download twentysix’s guide to the Golden Quarter to unlock 6 key principles to help you create competitive advantage, along with tips from the agency’s digital channel specialists to help you prepare for the most significant quarter of trading we’ll experience for some time.

Download the full guide here

Enhancing the mobile shopping experience (and improving conversion)

The B2C Retail Benchmark Report from Episerver predicts mobile share of traffic will exceed 60% during peak shopping events. However, the report shows mobile conversion rates are still trailing behind desktop. So, why do so many retailers and brands see this gap between their mobile traffic and sales?

In a guide produced by UX and CRO specialists from digital marketing agency twentysix, we look at common user experience issues when it comes to mobile, unveil opportunities to optimise customer behaviour and influence motivation, as well as discuss the importance of understanding your customers to take the guesswork out of your experience design.

Here are 5 tips to improve your mobile shopping experience, and ultimately, improve your conversion rates.

  1. Make your checkout as seamless as possible: Data shows us that mobile shoppers are often lost at checkout and users find filling in forms more difficult on mobile. Consider offering guest checkout options and efficient payment methods, such as Apple Pay.
  2. Reassure your mobile customers: Design for reassurance and transparency in mind to motivate shoppers. At every step, ask yourself the questions your customers might have e.g. what will they charge me for delivery?
  3. Be relevant: Avoid customers thinking your website and products are not relevant to them by displaying your main product categories on your homepage in an easy-to-scan form. On mobile screens, a clear value proposition, simple product category cards and text links attract attention.
  4. Be recognisable: The mere-exposure effect shows when things feel familiar, they are more appealing. Make sure your search and communications strategies are aligned with your website, using consistent messaging throughout the entire customer journey.
  5. Be personal: We’re more likely to respond to messaging and products that feel tailored to us. Use Customer Journey Mapping to understand your customers and where they are in their journey so that you can deliver timely, relevant content. 

It’s important to understand your customers as well as these wider trends. Consider gaining customer feedback and implementing research and testing to help you improve your customer journey and enhance your sales.

Download the full guide from twentysix here.