Tips for attracting repeat customers online

Johannesburg, 23 Apr 2021
Read time 4min 10sec

With an online shopping cart abandonment rate of 69.80%, getting browsers to become loyal customers takes a strategic, targeted effort, while providing value to consumers at the right time in their purchase journey. The tricky part is providing enough value to make them want to come back, time and time again. 

While every marketing strategy is industry and customer-specific, here are some tips to consider when trying to win over regular customers.

Emphasise your value

Even if you have a number of competitors who offer the same, or similar, products to you, customers want to see how your product might offer more value to them than the others they’ve scrolled through before. Help your customers see exactly what they’ll be getting and how it will make their lives better.

Make constant use of your unique selling points, and demonstrate them in your social media posts, videos, articles and product copy.

Offer secure, alternative financing

In a country where e-commerce is still lifting off, not all customers might have the ability to or are comfortable with purchasing products online using a credit card. To win over the customers who don’t have a credit card, don’t want to use their credit or just simply can’t afford the whole amount at once, offering a few payment options will offer both a convenient and more personalised service.

There are a number of alternative finance solutions that you can integrate into your e-commerce platform, including:

  • SnapScan: Immediate payment is made via scanning a QR code in the app.
  • Instant EFT: Immediate payment is made by the customer via a simple bank transfer.
  • PayJustNow: Interest-free payment is made over three months via the PayJustNow portal.

Use discount codes effectively

Offering customers discounts or offers based on past purchases is a well-known method of attracting customers back to a Web site. It can, however, be overdone, to the point where customers ignore discount messages because they know there will just be another one coming their way the next day.

Create discounts specifically for customers who come back to purchase, and add the advantage of exclusive, early access to sales and offers in the future. This will not only encourage customers to come back, but also make them aware that the access is limited to those who are loyal to the brand.

Show your customers gratitude

While discounts and offers are great, they aren’t the most unique way to show your customers that you are grateful for their purchase. Find a way to show your customers that you appreciate their business, in a way that both suits your brand but also sets you apart. This way, you’ll have more chance of sticking in their minds the next time they’re looking for your product.

There are a number of ways to personalise your gratitude to customers, including:

  • Send a hand-written thank you note with first purchases.
  • Educate customers on how their purchases help you to support local charity projects or NGOs.
  • Add a small, free gift to orders, whether it’s a sample of a new product or a fridge magnet to brighten up someone’s kitchen.
  • Show repeat customers extra love by giving them access to product launches, a higher percentage off their next purchase or branded goodies that will make them feel truly appreciated.

Provide a seamless purchase journey

You might have the best product in the world, but if customers can’t move through the purchase journey on your e-commerce Web site with ease, they will abandon their efforts pretty swiftly. From product search to clear product and shipping information and secure, hassle-free payment, there are a number of points in the customer journey that always have to be on point.

Thomas Vollrath, CEO of 1-grid, emphasises that it’s always valuable getting customer feedback on your e-commerce Web site to pick up any pain points, whether it’s a short survey or collection of common issues from your inbox or social media account. You’re then equipped to work on any problems that are stopping customers from completing an order and coming back for more.

Running a successful online store that converts new customers into repeat brand loyalists takes consistent effort. But you don’t have to wait for customer complaints before identifying issues. There’s no harm trying out the purchase journey yourself and you may just learn some useful information that you weren’t aware of before.

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