Online shopping has abolished any borders: you no longer have to sigh about Paris fashion if you live in a provincial village, or sighing for provincial artisan cheese if you live in Paris.
However, most users still prefer to buy in their national area, as for international shopping they expect high shipping costs, longer shipping times, difficulties in changes and returns, customs retentions, as well as the maintenance of prejudices against some countries.
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Although this is a type of contemporary consumer, in fact the local customer is the oldest one of all. Traces of the old days still persist, when acquiring a product or service meant to rely on the recommendations of others, to inspect the business and merchandise in person, and to discover if the seller inspires or not some almost magical confidence.
Some time ago, Google replaced the local term with visit-in-person, referring to those users who make an online consultation with the intention of making a subsequent visit in person. Among the keywords to determine when a search is local, or visit-in-person, Google includes near me, gas stations, restaurant, cafeteria, bar, class (eg yoga), cinema / billboard, dentist, workshop or ATM. The SEO for this category of user must be considered, especially if your business depends more on physical visits than on final online sales.
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In recent years, the use of electronic devices for buying products and services has skyrocketed, with an average of three devices per citizen. But that does not mean that all users use their smartphones, tablets, and computers efficiently or even confidently.
The smart shopper is the ideal customer type… but also a fussy one and pretty difficult to impress. These clients use all available channels and sources to gather the most valuable information before making a purchase.
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In July 1937, during her attempt to go round the world on-board the plane Electra, Amelia Earhart should have arrived to Howland Island from Lae, in the middle of the Pacific archipelago, but she didn’t make it. Electra had disappeared at some point over the ocean without leaving a trace, and among a spatter of islands, which practically no one could name, let alone point out on a map. Was it a technical error, an insufficient fuel level, or a navigational mistake between confusing radio directions?
Amelia Earhart never landed and we can only speculate without a solid foundation, but the disappearances that occur day-to-day in your online shop do have an obvious explanation. While planning on the internet, potential customers discover the sign of a business in the distance like the remarkable silhouette of a Hawaiian island. Then, if they decide to approach, the fog starts to surround them and they suddenly don’t find themselves in the place that they expected to go to. What happened? Where is the gain, the promised sale?
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I want this! I want this! I-WANT-THIS!
How many times did you shout out that as a child, while you were marking your favourite toys in the Christmas catalogue with a pen? Some brochure made up by a designer with so much love was then suddenly turned into a drawing and writing platform for young children. But the catalogue had fulfilled its purpose: to reach its target market and encourage a wish that Santa (pssst: the parents) would take care of for it to come true.
A very dangerous factor intervenes here, and it’s the number one enemy of any online business: nostalgia. If there’s somewhere we have to look towards, it’s the future, and not the past. Not even childhood bliss. But despite all the new tools and technologies that we talk about, paper catalogues are still appearing in letterboxes, on doormats and among piles of publicity at shop entrances. How is this possible? What is this waste all about during a time of needed ecological awareness? Did you make a good decision when you stopped printing your catalogues, or was it a very bad decision?
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It’s Friday night. You’ve ordered Indian takeaway food, but you feel like having a beer and a bowl of (peeled) cashew nuts while you’re waiting, and you’re not sure if there are any of those left in the fridge or the cupboard. You’re very comfortable wrapped up in a blanket (although you’d like another one made of a more comfortable material) and you already had to get up before to phone the restaurant. You hit the cushions on the sofa: why can’t things come quickly to us when we want them on Friday nights?
After taking your frustration out against the cushions, you take a look around you: no, there’s no butler who appears after having been attracted by the commotion, and holding a tray with beer and nuts. Your only private butler is still on the table where you left it after insisting on buying yourself Tandoori chicken: your mobile phone. No cosmic cats, nor spooky artificial intelligences. The most similar thing to the future just now lights up and vibrates from time to time, inviting us to open videos of kittens.
And the thing is that smartphones haven’t actually caused any new and harmful behaviour among the population of users. Neither has ecommerce supposed any betrayal to the future of the human race when convincing it to consume more and more rapidly. The reason why the smartphone and ecommerce have merged so easily with our essence is that we were already capricious from the start. People like immediacy and to satisfy their impulses with a click: they like magic. If science (or technology) ends up being indistinguishable from magic, the best tricks will end up being used to the liking of the majority (or the majority with money and smartphones).
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Let’s say out loud what some salesmen tell us just by their look: they hate the sound of the doorbell and when we go through the doorway to sniff around and ask to be attended, or simply to serve us at the till. We have seen this taken off in many sitcoms where the introverted shop assistant hates all the customers. Moving clichés aside, when you go into a franchise or a small shop, it’s not strange to come across whispering, lack of visual contact, open archives used as little places to hide, or a screen that the aforementioned never stops studying.
The arrival of e-commerce meant a huge advantage for those who didn’t want to sell in person, or to physically deal with customers. Naturally, gigantic chains and large shopping centres kept waging for all the opposite, and for a physical and labyrinthine experience in which customers can easily lose their bearings to find empty information points and unfocused staff in hidden stock rooms. So, why does the TV comic seller hate the business so much if it seems like a videogame?
Ideed, buying is an individual process for the customer and the seller that requires the community’s support from time to time. What do e-commerce customers have to lean back on when everything is made virtual and the shelves, products and shop assistants disappear?
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In one of the episodes in AMC’s series “Halt and Catch Fire”, a father had forgotten to go to buy his daughter a Cabbage Patch Kid. The toy, which is a doll that managed to take over shops in the US, decade after decade, is famous for rapidly selling out, and our character in the series isn’t any luckier: the last Cabbage Patch Kid is displayed behind the shop window of a closed toy shop. So what does a desperate father decide to do? He smashes the glass window with a brick, so he can take the doll.
Needless to say, such reaction is illegal and over the top, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary. We have all experienced the stress of Christmas shopping on either side of the shop window, either as sellers or as customers. So, what is the moral of the Cabbage Patch Kids? Apart from using reminders so we never forget the most important gifts, you also have a responsibility to “smash the glass” from the other side of the window as a business. Make the public aware of your products before it’s too late and investigate their reactions and wish lists to find out which product will be most in demand to cause a shower of bricks (well, metaphorically, we hope).
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Manuel Climent, entrepeneur, co-founder and director at CleverPPC since 2012, the matrix of Clever ecommerce, a software tool for ecommerce with more than 5,000 clients in more than 87 countries.
Remember those gifts that always appear at Christmas: the perfume that you never open, or the tie that you never wear? The campaigns in Google AdWords provoke a similar impression in any business: they are an inevitable step but no one has time to be creative. But you want your customers to feel like children on Christmas morning when they are seated in front of your products or services, so to do this, your business must be the first in transmitting excitement, and to go beyond the typical last-minute ideas.
The main key to an online advertising tool consists of how to personalise your content so that it reaches its suitable audience. Google AdWords may seem like the obvious, quick and simple answer to respond to this need, but it unfortunately requires quite a lot more technique than just those three adjectives.
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At Sales Layer we are nonconformists, and that is why we constantly ask our team of developers to make all the right adjustments for our users. At Sales Layer we want to continue being the PIM for the people.
In this article we tell you about 7 new features we have introduced in the last quarter!
#1. First PIM with Excel Mode on the cloud
Excel Mode means maximum flexibility for review tasks and block tasks.
#2. Import via XML
If you have XML two-dimensions you can already import them directly in Sales Layer. Who said importing from Google Shopping?
#3. Importation of products from several families
Inserting product families via Excel allows you to import products belonging to different families in just one step.
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