The Power of the Unboxing Experience

Unboxing — when shoppers document and share themselves unwrapping packages (in a way that maximizes anticipation and also provides a critique of product presentation) — can boost your brand recognition and word-of-mouth marketing on social media. According to Google, YouTube hosted 1.3 million unboxing videos with 10.3 billion collective views in 2014 – with 62% of users watching unboxing videos as product research. For all those reasons, you need to treat the delivery of an order as more than just the completion of a transaction. More...

The Benefits of Premium Packaging

Premium packaging (i.e. custom or stylized packaging that is exclusive to your brand) can play a large role in customer satisfaction and brand perception. When done right, your packaging can create a memorable, positive experience for customers. And if they’re new customers, that first impression can go a long way. An ecommerce packaging study by Dotcom Distribution found that 61% of online shoppers think that premium packaging makes a brand seem more upscale and 49% of shoppers say they get more excited about opening an order delivered in premium packaging. More...

Ways to Make your Packaging Environmentally-Friendly

“Going green” has become a classic selling point for businesses, and the ecommerce sector is no exception. According to a recent packaging study by Dotcom Distribution, 57% of shoppers said that green packaging is important to them. In the same study, 61% of consumers said that they have considered green packaging when deciding where to shop. Ecommerce businesses can stand to benefit from emphasizing environmentally friendly business practices, and changing your packaging is a great way to start. It’s relatively easy to do and it drives home your eco-friendly messaging with every single delivery. Follow these tips to make your transition to sustainable packaging more successful. More...

How Personalization Improves the Customer Experience

Does your ecommerce site just sell things to customers, or does it engage them? More and more ecommerce businesses are focusing on ways they can personalize their customer experiences, and with good reason – personalization increases engagement and conversions.

You may think that newsletters and mass email promotions do the job engaging your customers, but the problem with one-size-fits-all messaging is that it’s not terribly interesting. Think about how much time you’ve spent cleaning up your inbox deleting generic and irrelevant emails.

According to a survey from Oracle Responsys, 61% of consumers have positive feelings about a brand when marketing messages are personalized in every interaction. It’s no wonder that personalized communication is more effective. But in order to add a personal touch to your communication, you’ll need more information about the customer. The best way to get it is to have the customer provide it during the registration process – that way, you’re dealing with “first-party data” that is up-to-date and accurate.

If you don’t want to include lots questions in your new customer registration, letting customers sign up using one of their social media accounts is a great (maybe even better) alternative. Incorporating social logins with your registration process will allow you to capture up-to-date information about your users, such as demographic, interests, etc. With that, you can customize your website, product recommendations, and marketing emails to better suit your customers.

Email Metrics you should be Tracking

The data analytics behind emails can teach you a lot about your customers and their behavior. The data you can glean from email marketing can help you diversify your efforts, identify weak points, and improve the effectiveness of campaigns. As you prepare your email campaigns for the holiday season, make sure you’re tracking the following metrics. More...