In mid-October, one of the most important awards in e-commerce, the Shop Usability Award, was presented in Munich. We are incredibly proud that our client SLV has prevailed in the category »B2B« and warmly congratulate them on this well-deserved success. It shows once again that an outstanding user experience is not a question of industry and that the investment in the design of digital customer relationships pays off.
Anyone attempting online retail will realise the following. Success doesn’t just happen without any input. And even those who have been successful in e-commerce for a few years should ask themselves a question again and again: How can what I offer be even better?
This question often carries others with it. What ensures that visitors to my online shop not only surf on my pages but also follow through on a call-to-action? How do you ensure that customers not only order something once but that they become regular customers?
In order to answer these questions intelligently and to increase sales and customer loyalty in the long term, without immediately forcing a huge relaunch, one can heed a few tips to get the screws tight and correctly aligned.
Platforms. Really? Yes really. A buzzword, especially in e-commerce, that really isn’t losing any importance. But… Everyone wants to build a platform. Brands, retailers, and manufacturers kept asking themselves: Platforms, yes or no? But now they’re asking themselves which platform they want to integrate with. The answer is pretty simple. Go where your customers are.
And where are your customers? They are where the widest range of products and service are available. They’re where they can choose from this offer. Whatever is the easiest, fastest, and best priced. They’re shopping where it’s an experience. After all, those are the added values that go into creating an outstanding user experience – the sacred customer experience. And through platforms, brands, retailers, and manufacturers are able to fulfil that customer promise.
What the platforms of this time promise and why they’re so successful, will be brought to you today.
What’s easy to do in B2C is hard to do in business-to-business. Excite users, create loyalty, and have them as returning shoppers. But why is that so tough? Quite simply, it’s because you can assume that people have a wall up when they come through the office entrance.
With a view to creative marketing strategies and close customer relationships, this attitude is completely counterproductive. After all, even in B2B, decisions are made by people who don’t want to forget their gut feeling from 8 am to 5 pm, but want to be inspired by a similarly good experience as with private online shopping. B2C strategies and measures can also work with business customers.
A perennial favourite among optimisation suggestions: personalisation. Haven’t tried it? You’re gonna. In the digital business, what employees have to do with personal consulting services in local commerce has to be tackled differently.
Influencers aren’t always pets. Or models. Even disheveled craftsmen in guild clothing or corporate bosses with critical opinions can have a great effect as brand ambassadors as long as their appearance on Facebook, Instagram or Youtube is embedded in a clever B2B marketing strategy.
B2B (business-to-business) is a huge area because it’s about nothing less than that manufacturers aren’t selling a product directly to an end customer, but first to a retailer or service provider who then processes it or markets it. How can successful B2B Influencer Marketing look?
Walter Gropius is a German architect, designer, and founder of Bauhaus. This is what’s in every dictionary. But Gropius is more than a historical figure; he’s an icon, a brand, an influencer. His name is still synonymous with pioneering architecture and the best design. We’re taking the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus as an opportunity to ask an important question: What can digital businesses learn from Bauhaus and its masters of the time?
The tech industry isn’t the only thing that’s being moved by digital technology. Farming’s getting high-tech! Tractors and combined harvester? Controlled via GPS. Irrigation planning? Supported by AI. In the field, in the vineyard, on the water: Data is collected everywhere and transmitted to the central computer. For example, the farmer can monitor the route of the vehicles, react to weather conditions, and simply optimise processes.
»Digital Farming«, »Precision Farming« and »Smart Farming« are no longer foreign phrases for farmers. But what does the future hold for agriculture?
In our series, »Top-5 commerce trends, revisited« we’ve dealt with trends that have not gone out of style for years. The topics, such as digital business is more than e-commerce, brands are (service) platforms, personalisation is required, and content is king prove a long term stay in digital business.
In order to secure our own customers in the future, it’s fundamental to understand them. With the continuous development of your own user experience, customer satisfaction can be increased.
In our fourth part of the series: Top-5 commerce trends, revisited, we’re asking: How do I keep customers’ attention with my brand?
Our market is flooded with offers distributed through a variety of digital channels. Since it’s difficult to stand out from the competition in a sustainable manner. But how can you ensure you brand is visible, as more and more major players want to grab a piece of the market?
Classic online advertising hardly helps with this challenge. Many users are already blind to banner ads and just hide them automatically. Merging content and shopping, that is, content commerce can be a solution. Because customers value, added value!
In our fourth part of the series: Top-5 commerce trends, revisited, we’re asking: How do you become a content king?
Twelve years ago Handelskraft saw the light of the virtual world as a blog. Since then we have been reporting day by day on topics and trends of the digital revolution. And six years ago we published our first trend book: Handelskraft 2013 »Trends, strategies and potential in everywhere commerce«.
Old but gold, because going through it, you realise how long so many trends actually last. In 2019, and more than ever before, it’s all about theory becoming a real-life success and how to turn trends into innovations.
To do this, companies need to write their own digital code, because »Digital DNA« is what they need to survive in a highly competitive online business. It’s their evolutionary
advantage in the digital age and our title for this year’s trend book: Handelskraft 2019.