WAKEFIELD, Mass. & MAIDENHEAD, United Kingdom--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ninety percent of consumers said they expect the customer experience to be consistent across channels and devices used to interact with brands this holiday shopping season, according to a new global study of more than 3,000 consumers by SDL (LSE: SDL). This is a growing expectation from shoppers, representing a 17 percent increase from what consumers reported last year.
Considering that half of holiday shoppers use their mobile devices to research possible gifts before purchasing them in-store and 6 in 10 holiday shoppers do at least some showrooming – going to stores to evaluate products but then purchasing online – brands should make it a priority that the customer experience is consistent across channels and devices, something many consumers have reported frustrations with.
Specifically, 47 percent of holiday shoppers have been frustrated that in-store impressions are different from online impressions and 40 percent have reported a disconnect between the information available online versus in stores. Further validating the need for consistency, the top two reasons shoppers say they are loyal to their favorite brands are consistent, predictable service and a consistent experience across all devices they use to interact with the brand.
“Consumers today engage with organizations through multiple touchpoints,” said Mark Lancaster, CEO and founder, SDL. “This holiday season, more than ever, brands need to be prepared to cater to shoppers wherever they are as they research and purchase products – in store, online or on their mobile devices. A consistent, superior experience across all interaction channels has become something that customers not only expect, but they demand it; and the brands that can best meet this demand will build customer relationships that continue long after the holiday season.”
Sixty-six percent of consumers say they are willing to pay a premium
for a positive customer experience; though this varies across
generations and genders.
- Seventeen percent of 18-29 year-olds strongly agree that they are willing to pay more for a product if the brand delivers a positive customer experience. Those aged 30-39, feel even more so, with 19 percent agreeing strongly. However, this percentage dips with the older generations. Just 8 and 6 percent of those aged 40-54 and 55+, respectively, strongly agreed with this.
- Males and females also feel differently about paying more for a positive customer experience; 12 percent of males compared to 9 percent of females strongly agreed with this.
- The top three resources to research products are: in-store (63 percent), online search (46 percent) and retailer website (32 percent). Twenty percent of consumers say they still use catalogues as a resource to research products as well.
- Seventy percent of those aged 55+ say that in-store browsing is their top resource for shopping research, compared to 57 percent of those aged 18-29.
- The top three frustrations with online shopping include: shows out-of-stock items (60 percent), not enough information available (52 percent) and in store impressions are different from online impressions (47 percent).
- Holiday shoppers rely on their desktop computers for both research (83 percent) and for purchasing (79 percent).
- A smaller, but still significant, segment of shoppers will use their tablet (31 percent) or smartphone (24 percent) for research, but there is a large fall-off in using a tablet (20 percent) or smartphone (12 percent) for purchasing.
- Shoppers over the age of 40 are most likely to use computers for research, while tablets are most used by those aged 30-39 and smartphones are used most by 18-29 years-old shoppers.
Learn how to better engage with holiday shoppers this season during SDL-hosted webcasts on November 12 in NASA and EMEA and November 13 in APAC.
SDL (LSE: SDL) allows companies to optimize their customers’ experience across the entire buyer journey. Through its web content management, analytics, social intelligence, campaign management and translation services, SDL helps organizations leverage data-driven insights to understand what their customers want, orchestrate relevant content and communications, and deliver engaging and contextual experiences across languages, cultures, channels and devices.
SDL has over 1,500 enterprise customers, over 400 partners and a global infrastructure of 70 offices in 38 countries. We also work with 72 of the top 100 brands. For more information, please visit www.sdl.com.