eCommerce tactics

5 eCommerce Strategies That Will Help Your Practice Grow

eCommerce is booming. By mid-April 2020, there had already been a 129 percent year-over-year growth in eCommerce orders in the United States and Canada. Many sales and finance experts believe this growth is due at least partially to the COVID-19 pandemic. While more traditional sales avenues might have suffered during widespread lockdowns, eCommerce grew.

eCommerce works not only in retail; it has been introduced to the field of audiology as well. For those in the profession who are more traditionally minded, the increasing shift to eCommerce may be more difficult. There is good reason, however, to embrace eCommerce. When done right, it can help your business thrive in a new way.

Here are five eCommerce tactics you can use to increase your conversion rate and help your hearing practice grow:

  1. Add a countdown timer.

Once a customer adds an item to their cart, the countdown begins. Adding a sense of urgency to their purchase can speed up the process. For example, you may alert the customer that their options for express or next-day delivery will expire within a certain number of hours. This will encourage them to complete their purchase more quickly and can help avoid cart abandonment.

  1. Capture your user’s data.

Learning more about your customer can help you provide a more personalized experience, which can lead to more sales. One simple and effective way to learn more about your customer is to use a behavior-based popover.

This popover appears after a customer has spent a certain amount of time browsing your eCommerce store. A typical popover of this type will offer a discount in exchange for the customer’s email address. You can also personalize these offers based on the customer’s behavior on the site up to that point.

  1. Use social proof.

When your customer is viewing a product page, your ultimate goal is for them to add it to their cart and complete the purchase. One way to encourage this is to use social proof. For example, you can add user-generated content to the page to show the customer how real people use this product in their everyday lives.

You can also showcase real-time customer reviews and ratings. Highlighting good reviews will help your potential customer make the decision to purchase as well. Another tactic is to display a counter with the number of people who are looking at or have added this same product to their shopping cart.

  1. Offer product recommendations.

Did you know that product recommendations can generate sales uplifts of up to 11 percent? You can recommend products to your eCommerce customers by showing them products that are new, most popular, or currently trending. As the customer continues to browse, personalize the recommendations based on the products they search for or look at.

  1. Display a dynamic banner.

This banner will be one of the first things a potential customer sees when they visit your eCommerce page. It should grab their attention, spark interest, and encourage them to stay on your site.

Try personalizing this dynamic banner using data from the customer. For example, you could display delivery details based on the customer’s location.

With these five strategies, you are well on your way to winning at eCommerce. To learn more about how to succeed in eCommerce and grow your hearing practice, we invite you to contact us at AudiologyPlus today.

Ecommerce & COVID-19

How eCommerce Is Revolutionizing Business in the Age of COVID-19

If you have seen the 1959 Cary Grant classic Operation Petticoat, you may remember the wisdom of Lieutenant Nick Holden: “In confusion, there is profit.” This phrase has proven to be true time and time again, and now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can see it being fulfilled again. In this time, a slight adjustment of the quote may be appropriate: “In crisis, there is opportunity.”
To say that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way you do business would probably be a huge understatement. However, those changes come with great opportunities. One of those opportunities lies in an aspect of business that many people thought was already well explored before COVID-19 hit. That aspect is ecommerce, or business transactions that take place online.
Gone are the days when young people dominated the ecommerce field as consumers, leaving older generations to shop in more traditional ways. Also gone is the time when consumers only looked to Amazon for ecommerce solutions. Now is the ideal time to seize upon ecommerce as a new opportunity that could yield immense profits.
Although many areas of the world are reopening in-person businesses, people remain cautious about returning to their old way of life. Many people are opting to avoid in-person shopping experiences whenever possible. This provides a perfect opportunity for you to meet your customers where they are: online.
Here are a few ways ecommerce is shifting thanks to the experiences we are dealing with due to COVID-19, as well as some tips for how you can succeed in this new business landscape:

  • Consumers want services and products that are easily accessible. Make sure that your website where your ecommerce services are hosted is easy to use and provides customers with a simple, fast transaction and a positive experience.
  • People are looking for businesses that connect with them on a personal level. This can be accomplished through content, whether on your website or in communication with your customers. Reconnect with them on a deeper level than simply trying to sell goods and services.
  • Show them how you can help solve a problem or relieve a pain point. This will set up an opportunity for a consumer to see your business as their solution. Be willing to adapt to their changing needs and grow with them.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people reevaluated their consumption habits, their values, and how they do business. While the pandemic seems to be easing in some areas of the world, people are not returning to their old habits when it comes to consumerism. Be authentic and show your customers that you share their values. Prove to them that you are a brand they want to do business with and support. Be trustworthy.

With all of the change that has already occurred in business over the last few months, even ecommerce will likely continue to see adjustments and shifts in focus. One thing, however, is for certain: this is a business trend you do not want to miss or adopt too slowly. The time to take advantage of this opportunity is now.
To learn more about the importance of ecommerce and how it is revolutionizing business in this crucial time, we invite you to contact us today at AudiologyPlus. We look forward to hearing from you!