3 Reasons to Have a Mobile Application for Your eCommerce Customer and Business Needs

eCommerce is enjoying unbridled success due to the many conveniences it offers such as shopping without having to visit a store, indulging in impulse purchases, fabulous offers and doorstep delivery! We bring you 3 reasons to have a mobile application for your eCommerce customer and business needs.

Mobile Feature Integration

As mobile technology is maturing towards the minimalistic and sixth sense programming, its features and instruments like wearable device, GPS tracking, beacon technology etc. can be leveraged for completely automated and informed business approach. From the customer end, GPS tracker on the customer’s device can be used to find their current location and make a spot delivery to ensure you don’t miss them when they are not at home when the agent is out-on-delivery. Further, the in-built NFC technology can be used for cashless payments in cash-on-delivery transactions. Beacon technology can be used to streamline warehouse activities and the GPS tracker to ensure seamless supply chain management.

Regular Updates via push notifications

SMSes and emails can be intrusive or overlooked or spammed based on the receiver’s mood. Mobile applications have in-built technologies to send push notifications that can be glimpsed at for further details in the drop-down before being pursued or discarded. These are unobtrusive yet attractive messages to catch the device owner’s eyes and spur them to explore offers further. Internally, they can be used as reminders, chats and instant messaging tools to communicate with team members or even stakeholders, suppliers and business partners.

Building brand loyalty with Indigenous Experience

A mobile application can be arranged to suit the customer’s preferences by showing them similar products and new offerings based on their lifestyle and interests. With personalised messages pushed onto their device regularly, it gives the shopper a personalised shopping experience. The company may consider integrating a voice navigation tool that will verbally communicate with the prospective buyer and act as their style guide to give a live shopping experience. Further, with features such as 4-D images customers can try out the product before deciding to make the purchase. Within the company, with employees, partners and suppliers, a loyalty towards the company can be established by facilitating them with the right technologies to perform their tasks easily, in a timely manner and with greater transparency.

Mobile application keeps people connected with the business all the time and it makes activities such as marketing and communication more noticeable. Hence, along with a full-fledged responsive website, a mobile application for the business is equally essential.

A cross-platform mobile application that works well on all major mobile platforms will ensure the eCommerce business gets greater visibility among prospective customers.

Internet Marketing and the Reinfusion of Humanity

Selling on the Internet has often removed a very crucial element from the buying experience – humanity. It is easy to log on, peruse an ecommerce site and escape unnoticed. That is, in fact, the appeal of most online stores. Consumers like the opportunity to look without buying or buy without the long speeches and quality assurances offered from slick haired salesmen.

That being said, the consumer still misses some kind of interaction especially when it comes to a product or service they are most interested in. They may still buy online, but they may feel that something is missing and never fully be able to explain what that missing element may be.

This brings me to social media. We gravitate toward those who share similar beliefs, similar interests or shared pasts. Every day people are finding connections with those they haven’t heard from or about in decades. Others are mobilizing for a cause or a leader in expressing their ideas and dreams.

Why not access the same technology to mobilize your customers and infuse some humanity into the buying process.

Consider some of the following ideas that may make your marketing strategy more human.

Blogs – These can allow you to provide direct input for consumers. They can read a well-defined post from you by visiting your site or using an RSS (Real Simple Syndication) reader. Your expertise adds a human face to your product.

Customer Feedback – This can allow customers to inform others about the service and value they receive from your company. Even if you have a negative comment from time to time it demonstrates the honest to goodness humanity of your business.

Forums – This allows consumers to have direct interaction with other consumers. Many will come to your forum because of genuine interest while others may come to cause trouble. Make sure you have moderators that can help keep the troublemakers to a minimum.

Ezines – This is a tool you can use to help lead your consumer base in a direction that will be mutually beneficial. This should be packed with information and resources that remains a valuable tool in human relations.

This may sound as if it is an endorsement for niche marketing. I suppose in a sense it is. You see, when it comes to an online business you can afford to fill a very specific niche. The reason this is true is there are many more potential consumers that are online as opposed to those only found in your immediate vicinity.

If you can come up with solutions and information for your niche audience you may find that your humanity and their motivation can make a more successful online business than a more general interest retail store located in a storefront on your local Main Street.

When you are viewed as a cutting edge niche marketer you may find that you gain the trust of those who have always wanted the kinship of others who share their passion for the product or service you sell.

Accept their trust in good faith and lead wisely.

Affiliate Marketing Strategies – 2 Steps to Find a Hot Niche, 3 Steps to Select a Winning Product

Confused about what to sell as an affiliate? Worried your affiliate marketing strategies will fail? Top affiliates sell what people are already buying. Here’s how to find a hot niche and winning product.

Two Steps to Selecting a Hot Niche

Go to ClickBank and choose one of the nine categories. Whichever one strikes your fancy works fine as you’ll find gold in all of them. Leave the keyword field empty and browse through the products using Sort by: Popularity. This will reveal which niches and products sell well.

1) Test interest level.

Look at the last item in the line under each product listed–grav. A big number after grav shows the niche has ready buyers. If you chose the computing and internet category in ClickBank, you may see a registry cleaner in the top spot and with a high grav number.

Test this with the Google keyword tool (KeywordToolExternal) where you search for a general term for the niche. Search for registry cleaners in the keyword tool. A monthly search volume of 5000 is good, more is great. Still looking good, right?

2) Test competition level.

First, look for at least three competing products in ClickBank. There are more than three registry cleaners.

Second, with your browser do a Google search for “registry cleaner” and see how many Google Ads appear on the right. Five or six ads indicate that affiliates make money from their ads. When I checked there were eight ads. You’re ready to find which product to pick.

Three Steps to Selecting a Winning Product

1) Look for healthy ClickBank statistics. See the line of symbols/numbers in the ClickBank search results you got before? Here’s what those notations mean to you.

  • $/sale — average amount earned per affiliate per sale, a number that can be driven down by refunds and chargebacks. If the number is less than the next number (we’ll get to that in a minute), it’s a signal that customers demand refunds. Not so good.
  • Total $/sale — Go for a minimum of $20 to profit from your affiliate marketing efforts.
  • %/sale — average percentage commission earned per affiliate per sale. You want at least 50%.
  • %refrd — fraction of product owner’s total sales that are referred by affiliates. You want to see 70-90% as that suggests lots of affiliates make a generous commission on this product.
  • grav: numerals — an estimate of the number of affiliates with at least one sale in the last 30 days. Look for a product with 50-100 which indicates affiliates do sell it, but not too many, so there’s room for you at the table.

When you find a product that has all the right numbers, and you will, go on to step two. ErrorFix and RegDefense numbers look good.

2) Look for a professional sales page.

A good sales page is crucial to your success. Visit the sales page, read it and see if it motivates YOU to buy. Some great products have lousy sales pages that turn off customers. Pass up a bad sales page. If you like the sales page, go on to step three. Luckily, most are good. ErrorFix and RegDefense sales pages look good.

3) Check for ready affiliate marketing tools.

Go to the product web site and check out the affiliates section. You don’t want to rely entirely on your own devices and have to invent enticements. More and more smart product owners supply you with a wide array of tools like PPC keywords, ad copy, email ad copy, banners and support. Both ErrorFix and RegDefense offer lots of tools–everything but sample articles.

So these two products pass all the tests. With these new affiliate marketing strategies on how to find a hot niche and select a winning product people already buy, you can finally succeed as an affiliate.