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4 Powerful Strategies to Increase Conversions of Your Ecommerce Business

4 Powerful Strategies to Increase Conversions of Your Ecommerce Business

Getting visitors to your site is only half the battle won. You aren’t making any of the profit unless the visitors convert, I.E: pay and make a purchase. After all, this is how ecommerce stores make money.

The average conversion rate is around 2.75% for most industries. The top 25% companies seem to be converting at a rate of 5.5%. Not everyone who lands on your page visits it with an intention to purchase, hence you can never have a 100% conversion rate.

So how do you improve your business’s conversion rate? It’s all about finding what’s preventing users from converting. Here are some solutions:

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1. Make Your Website Secure with Multiple Payment Options

According to research, 18% of users decide to abandon their purchase for security concerns. It’s quite understandable why users would be apprehensive of sharing their personal details on a new site.

The solution is to join hands with a trusted name like PayPal and 2Checkout as your payment partner. These payment gateways are trusted by buyers all around the world, and will make your website look authentic. Other than this, you may even use an ecommerce platform like Shopify which comes with payment gateways integrated into the platform itself.

Other than this, make sure to use multiple payment options, from PayPal to Skrill to debit and credit cards. Research says that 8% users are not able to move ahead with a purchase due to the absence of their preferred payment method. You do not wish to lose on these clients, so make sure to offer as many payment methods as possible.

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Moreover, offer gift cards as well. The use of gift cards is on a constant rise. According to reports, digital gift cards were among the most sold items in 2017, growing at a rate of 200%.

2. The Buying Process Should be Simple

The buying process should be made as simple as possible. If it takes users a lot of time to complete a purchase, they may quit in between resulting in low conversion rates.

According to this report, around 35% of users abandon a cart because the website requires them to make an account. Most users find this to be a nuisance and would rather abandon the purchase than make an account. A simple solution for this problem is to allow guest login or to login using their social media accounts.

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Other than this, make sure to have clear policies regarding payment, delivery and returns. You can also use infographics, as they tend to have a strong impact on users and can be used to make a point. Businesses like Amazon now use infographics to explain a procedure to users as infographics seem to be more effective.

3. Help Should be Readily Available

It is all about making the user experience good. While prices are the same at almost all stores, you can compete on the basis of overall experience. This can be done by making the buying process easy and providing users solutions to all their problems, even before the problem arises.

Most users prefer a self-help method instead of getting in touch with a customer service agent. The best option is to create a FAQ section and provide answers to all possible questions.

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However, other than this, at times the help of a live person is necessary. People are now moving away from phones and emails as the waiting time is usually very long over the phone or email. These days around 70% of users prefer to get help via online chat, where the average time it takes to solve a problem is just 46 seconds.

4. Keep Prices Low and Have Special Offers

Keep your prices low and stay away from having hidden charges. In fact, high charges is the reason why 61% of people abandon a purchase. This includes taxes, shipping costs etc. Always mention the total cost clearly, instead of showing it as a final cost in the end.

Other than this, look at having free or discounted offers. A good option is to provide buyers with free shipping, which is the number one thing most buyers look at when purchasing a product online. In fact, around 80% of buyers agree that they are more inclined to come back to a store if it offers free shipping. Almost an equal amount of users will even purchase more to reach a minimum threshold to avail free shipping. This is one of the best ways to boost conversion rates.

These simple but effective tips will help you boost your conversion rates and make more money. Look at your competitors and try to outdo them by improving the overall customer experience.

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Ahmed Raza

CEO of Samurais.co

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

50 Great People To Follow On LinkedIn, No Matter Your Industry

50 Great People To Follow On LinkedIn, No Matter Your Industry

LinkedIn is an excellent platform to network with great people to help you in your career and businesses. However, with over 575 million people on the site, who should you follow? This list will steer you to the right people to follow, organized by categories of expertise.

Job Search Experts

You will likely have several jobs throughout the course of your career, and you will constantly need advice on new trends and strategies out there in the job market. Here are the LinkedIn experts who you should follow on these matters.

1. Liz Ryan is the CEO and founder of Human Workplace. Her articles on job searching are filled with creative and colorful cartoons.

2. Lou Adler is the author of The Essential Guide for Hiring and Getting Hired.

3. Dr. Marla Gottschalk will help you make an impact in a new job.

4. Hannah Morgan runs CareerSherpa.net, where she gives expert advice on job searching and how to be more visible online.

5. Alison Doyle is the CEO and Founder of CareerToolBelt.com.

Management Experts

They say that people leave managers, not jobs. These experts in LinkedIn will help you become your employees’ dream manager.

6. Jeff Weiner. How can we leave out the CEO of LinkedIn himself?

7. Nozomi Morgan is an executive coach. She can help you transition from a boss to a true leader.

8. Mickey Mikitani is the CEO of Rakuten. He constantly shares his expertise in managing a global player in e-commerce platforms.

9. Andreas von der Heydt was the head of Amazon’s Kindle Content and now the Director of Talent Acquisition. He has extensive experience in management, branding, and marketing.

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Productivity Experts

By maximizing your productivity, you can win in all aspects of life. The following LinkedIn experts will help you win big in your career.

10. Gretchen Rubin is a happiness coach and the bestselling author of the The Happiness Project.

11. Carson Tate is the founder of Working Simply. She advises us to include play in our schedules.

12. Greg Mckeown is an essentialist. Part of being an essentialist is saying no to many things so that we can focus on the things that matter.

13. Brian de Haaff, CEO of Aha! Labs Inc. provides strategies on how to be productive and happy at work at the same time.

Marketing Experts

14. Sujan Patel is VP of Marketing at When I Work, an employee scheduling software. He is an expert in content marketing and he even shares his ideas on content marketing in 2020.

15. Megan Berry is the Head of Product Development at Rebelmouse, a content marketing and AlwaysOn powerhouse.

16. Sean Gardner will help you navigate the social media landscape. This includes how to use different platforms to help accelerate your career. He is also the bestselling author of The Road to Social Media Success.

17. Christel Quek is an digital and marketing expert. She is the VP of South East Asia at Brandwatch. Their products help businesses utilize social media data to make better business decisions.

18. Jeff Bullas is a digital marketing expert. His blog has over 4 million readers annually.

19. Michael Stelzer is the CEO and Founder of social media powerhouse site, Social Media Examiner.

20. If you’re looking for inbound and content marketing expertise, follow Dharmesh Shah, Founder and CTO of Hubspot.

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21. David Edelman is a McKinsey partner and is at the helm of the Digital Marketing Strategy Practice Department.

22. Dave Kerpen leads the social media software company Likeable Local. He is the author of Likeable Social Media: How to delight your customers.

23. Clara Shih is the CEO of Hearsay Social and the author of The Facebook Era.

24. Aaron Lee is Grand Master of Customer Delight at Post Planner. He is an excellent resource for everything social media.

25. David Sable is the CEO of Y&R, one of the largest advertising firms in the world.

26. Content marketing trumps traditional marketing these days, and who else better to lead you in this area than Joe Pulizzi, Founder of Content Marketing Institute.

Personal Branding Experts

Part of what we market in our personal career is our brand. When people hear your name, what kind of brand comes into their mind? What traits and qualities do they associate with you?

Here are some personal branding experts from LinkedIn to improve your own brand.

27. Dorie Clark is the author of Stand Out and Reinventing You. He can help you craft the professional image you’ve always wanted.

28. Dan Schawbel is the managing partner of Millennial Branding. If you’re a millennial, Dan is the guy to help you craft your personal brand.

Other Notable Experts to Follow

29. Lisa Gates is the expert to follow if you’re negotiating for higher salaries and promotions.

30. If you’re a Baby Boomer, Marc Miller will help you navigate the continually changing landscape of the workplace.

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31. To avoid getting your resumé moved to the “No” pile, read Paul Freiberger’s excellent advice.

32. James Caan provides insightful ideas on careers in general. He is also a serial entrepreneur.

33. Jeff Haden writes on various topics, such as leadership and management. He is the owner of Blackbird Media.

34. If you’re looking for expert business advice on getting new customers and keeping them, follow Jay Baer.

35. Suzanne Lucas, aka Evil HR Lady, is a great human resources specialist.

36. If you need help in using Twitter to boost your career, Claire Diaz-Ortiz can guide you in the right direction.

37. Ryan Holmes is the CEO of Hootsuite, a social media management tool.

38. Customers are the lifeblood of a business and Colin Shaw focuses on revolutionizing this customer experience.

39. Brian Solis often reflects on the future of business and how technology can disrupt our world.

40. Nancy Lublin provides advice on more lighthearted topics, which are perfect after a long day’s work. She is the CEO behind Dosomething.org, a portal designed for social change; and the founder & CEO of Loris.ai and Crisis Text Line.

41. Katya Andresen provides advice on how to manage your career. She was the CEO of Cricket Media and now responsible for the SVP Card Customer Experience at Capital One.

42. Gallup has created a system to test what your strengths are and how to use them at work. Jim Clifton is the CEO of Gallup.

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43. Adam Grant is a Wharton Professor and the author of Give and Take, which provides advice on why being helpful at work can accelerate your career.

44. Hunter Walk is a partner at Homebrew Venture Capitalist Company and has specialty in product development and management.

45. If you’re running a nonprofit organization, follow Beth Kanter for expert advice on this area.

46. Emotional Intelligence is necessary to succeed in your career, and Daniel Goleman is your expert for that.

47. Rita J. King connects science, technology and business.

48. Tori Worthington Rose is a Creative Director at Mary Beth West Communications, LLC. She has extensive experience in sales and digital media.

49. If you’re looking for some advice on how to use writing and personal content marketing to boost your career, follow Ann Handley.

50. Tim Brown is the CEO at IDEO and shares his insights on Leadership and Creativity.

These are just some of the key thought leaders and movers in various industries. They will provide you with constant inspiration, as well as the willpower to pursue the career that you’ve always wanted. Their stream of expert ideas in their respective fields will help you become well-equipped in your professional pursuits.

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