Creating a Personalized Buying Experience

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Remember when online shopping was a new phenomenon that seemed risky and impractical? I certainly do. Fast forward to present day. Not only are retail companies expected to have an online purchasing option (eCommerce), it seems as though in-person shopping is becoming a thing of the past. In fact, we’ve become so lazy busy that we use online services to order and deliver groceries rather than going inside of an actual grocery store.

Since online shopping is a somewhat new way for retailers to get in front of their potential customers, most have adopted a platform that allows for online purchasing. Many companies have even taken it one step further by providing each potential customer with a personalized marketing experience. This personalized marketing experience does two things: 

1) it removes the monotonous footwork required of the customer and

2) it eliminates the negative feeling of being marketed to. Potential customers can now enjoy a simple, unique experience with a company that truly “gets” them. Fortunately for consumers, and unfortunately for providers, this tailored experience is not only becoming more common, it’s also becoming the expectation.

Personalization is Crucial for Customer Retention

52% of consumers are likely to switch brands if a company doesn’t make an effort to personalize communication.

With such a big risk to customer retention, why don’t more companies make the purchasing experience easier and more personalized? Four main reasons: time, resources, budget and understanding your customers.

Let’s face it, all companies need more time and resources to complete the endless to-do list of projects. Factor in the costs and knowledge needed to create a highly effective and personalized shopping experience and it becomes a daunting task for many companies and is often de-prioritized. However, the fact remains if you want to create loyal customers and want them to buy more, companies must anticipate customer’s needs. One of the most common ways to display curated, personalized content is through an activity feed. Luckily there is a way of doing this without the headache and without breaking the bank. Anticipating Customer Needs

So how do you start to anticipate customer needs? Create a personalized feed experience within your app and optimize emails and item recommendations.

Stream specializes in helping companies build personalized feeds like the ones mentioned above. The ranking for personalized feeds is based on each customer’s individual interest profile: what they like, purchase, add to-cart, click on, etc. Collecting this type of data enables you to build very complex ranking rules that show the most relevant content such as recommendations on influencers to follow, relevant reviews or item recommendations.

The detailed interest profile, based on user engagement, allows you to send the most relevant content and “stickiness” to keep users coming back for more.

Article Courtesy of Get Stream.