E-commerce platforms are so much more than an online store-front,
shopping cart, and taking payments. The platform should start by
generating leads and ultimatly creating valued repeat customers. We
will break this down further below and give an example platform.
1. Generate new leads
Lead generation is the obvious first goal of a good platform
Lead capturing begins with quality site building and advertising campaigns.
Next, we add meaningful methods of engagement, this is almost
always content driven. It can be products, reviews, activities,
Following the engagement, we have to have a measurable way fo
capturing the potential lead. Common methods are newsletter
signups, contact forms, live chat, and promotionals offers.
Once, the marketing campaigns are decided on, the engagement
methods are in place, and the methods for capure, we move on
to measuring the incoming data. A typical campaign runs for 30
days, but this is based on business decisions, and there is
almost always multiple campaigns going on at once. This data
is vital for giving a business it's "Starting Point" and future
The number of leads is relative to the number of sales. Depending
on the industry, you may see a 3% end conversion rate per lead.
That's why this first block is so important.
2. Create Engagement
Engagement is anything to adds value to your website and keeps your
potential customer interacting with your brand.
Blogs are a great way to keep your customer interacting with
your brand. We suggest a weekly updated blog with relevant,
useful, and unique entries. There's no limit to a brands
creativity with their blog and it can also be used as a marketing
Unique assets on the site are probably the best form of engagement.
Search tools that allow customers to drill deeping into data to
find the information their looking for are a great start.
3. Land the Sale!
This step is more crucial than just keeping your business running.
Sales are channels and once your potential customer is in the
"Buy" channel, you need to remove everything else from the
process except for the most critical parts of checkout.
Keeping the above line in mind, this is where you can add
value added options. For instance, if you're selling
shoes, add laces or water proofing spray. Socks (possibly even
laces) can be distracting at this point in the channel.
4. Re-engage the customer
Depending on your business and its strategy, you'll want to have
a re-engagement program.
Typically this is started with a request for a review on the
customer's experience. It's not a terrible idea to include a
'Friend Coupon' at this point. This first email needs to wait
at least one week after the sale. Don't forget the customer may
get 2 - 6 emails (typically) in an order process, so wait some
time so the re-engagement is more effective.
Next, a product review email is important. Both of these emails
should provide data that is available on your site. Depending
on complexity, manually or automatically, it is invaluable for
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Next, you customer needs to be a part of newsletter campain,
ideally this will coincide with blog entries and be very
Last, a re-engagement campaign. After 3 months or so without a
new order, send the customer a special coupon, reminder of your
loyalty program, or a taylored email like a birthday discount, or new specials.
The above strategies are great starting points for a successful
ecommerce platform but just a tiny fraction of the over-all product.