Social media is one of the most powerful tools for growing your ecommerce business. But it's not enough to just have an updated Facebook or Instagram page for your site. To be truly effective, your ecommerce site and your social media presence need to work together. By integrating social media features on your ecommerce site, and ecommerce features on your social media pages, you'll be able to grow the audiences faster than you would by treating them as separate. In this post, we'll look at some social media and ecommerce integration points and how they can enhance each other.
Social Sharing Plugins
This is a standard tactic you are likely already using, but it's a great example of social media/ecommerce integration. If you don't have them already, add social sharing buttons (like the ones at the top of this blog post) to your product pages and content such as newsletter articles, marketing emails, blog posts, etc.
Allowing users to log in to their ecommerce account using their social media credentials makes the registration and checkout process much easier. Social login also allows you to capture data about your website subscribers that you can use to customize your product recommendations and marketing emails to your customers’ interests and preferences.
Many social media sites have ways to funnel users directly to your ecommerce, like Facebook's "Shop Now" buttons and Pinterest's "Buyable Pins." If you use these features, don't forget to track their performance in addition to your other sales statistics.
Because it provides a convenience to most consumers, offering customer support through social media is a great competitive differentiator. It's also an excellent opportunity to engage with customers - even the ones who don't need support. By promptly responding to customer issues on social media, you're demonstrating your commitment to customer service to all your followers (not just the ones who need assistance).
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.
Pleasing customers is a constant effort in the ecommerce industry. Not only should your site work to get customers to complete the checkout process, but it must also convince them to come back for repeat purchases. However, you can address both issues by incorporating social login buttons on your ecommerce site. More...