AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bazaarvoice, an innovator in helping brands use online word of mouth to build their businesses, and iPerceptions, a leading web-focused attitudinal analytics provider, today announced that 81% of surveyed CompUSA shoppers consider customer ratings and reviews important when they are researching or planning a purchase. The findings are based on feedback and comments gathered by iPerceptions from over 2,000 CompUSA online shoppers during the month of August 2006. CompUSA is one of the nation’s leading retailers and resellers of technology products and services.
“CompUSA offers over 20,000 products online,” said Al Hurlebaus, Sr. Director of eCommerce at CompUSA. “Customer ratings and reviews are absolutely critical to helping our customers choose the right products from this assortment – and for attracting new shoppers to our site. We’ve seen the great data on ratings and reviews from the analysts this year, and we are now able to develop an understanding of how ratings and reviews influence the decisions of our own customers.”
A recent study by JupiterKagan found that the number of online buyers who cite customer ratings and reviews as the most useful shopping site feature has more than doubled from 2005 to 2006. JupiterKagan also found that online shoppers who find user-generated product ratings and reviews useful are heavier online spenders than average online buyers.
In addition to measuring the overall importance of customer ratings and reviews for consumer electronics purchases, the CompUSA study provides new insights into the conditions that influence the importance and relevance of other consumers’ opinions:
“Our findings for CompUSA represent a significant advancement in measuring the impact of customer word of mouth on both online conversion and branding,” said Jerry Tarasofsky, CEO of iPerceptions. “With ratings and reviews, CompUSA has managed to transform thousands of customer voices into a very tangible and strategic marketing advantage. Harnessing customer word of mouth is critically important for companies that want to build their businesses in the always-on and always-connected online environment.”
“CompUSA understands that customer ratings and reviews are strategic to their customer acquisition and conversion efforts,” said Brett Hurt, founder and CEO of Bazaarvoice. “Online word of mouth and user-generated content is gaining more and more momentum and merchants who consider ratings and reviews to be just a site feature are at risk of missing out on a huge multichannel marketing opportunity.”
Based in Austin, Texas, Bazaarvoice offers outsourced technology, community management services, analytics, and syndication to encourage and harness word of mouth marketing, and bring it closer to a company’s brand and customer experience. The company’s flagship hosted and fully managed customer ratings and review service allows businesses to enable, encourage, and analyze customer ratings and reviews on their website. With Bazaarvoice, companies can empower their customers to share honest opinions and influence each other to make more informed and rewarding purchase decisions. Clients like Bass Pro Shops, CompUSA, Macy’s, Overstock.com, and PETCO benefit from a credible and reliable customer-to-customer community, without having to delve into complex IT work or the laborious process of community management. Bazaarvoice is a winner of the “Red Herring 100 North America” award by Red Herring magazine. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.bazaarvoice.com or email email@example.com.
iPerceptions is one of North America's leading web-focused attitudinal analytics providers. Its webValidator Continuous Listening solution and its Proprietary Satisfaction Index (iPSI) turn thousands of data points into easy-to-understand strategic and tactical decision support for web site marketers. Based in New York, iPerceptions' clients include such well known brands as InterContinental Hotels, General Motors, Dell Computers, Hyundai, CompUSA, LG Electronics, Toshiba, Choice Hotels International, BMW and Hilton Hotels.