If your brick and mortar store is looking to boost sales and expand beyond your four walls, launching an E-commerce store could be just what you need.
Many shops don't like the idea of running an online store alongside a physical shop, but the two can coexist successfully, while the digital version can actually build useful momentum to boost the popularity, reach and marketing efforts of the offline shop itself.
Here are three reasons why an E-commerce website could provide the sales boost your store needs.
Online Shop Window For Products 24/7
Your physical store has a decent amount of foot traffic and the people in your neighbourhood know about what you have to offer, but an online shop can amplify your reach and let people far and wide know what products you have for sale. They may go ahead and decide the buy through your online store, or seeing what you have through your online catalogue could prompt them to visit your shop and purchase in person.
Boost sales with online search trends
By analysing the search data provided by users when they visit your online store or by gathering online feedback from e-commerce site visitors, you can determine ways to improve and enhance your product offering in your actual store. For example, if people who visit your online store say that they are looking for a particular product or would like bigger sizes or new styles of a certain item, that information can be used to fine-tune the product line that you have available in your store, improving the likelihood that people visiting your physical store will purchase your products.
Build A Database Of Potential Customers
Getting people to sign up for mailing lists or customer databases can be challenging in a typical store environment, but this is not as difficult when people visit your online store. An online store is a great way to build a database of customers that you can then contact for marketing purposes and to convert into sales. People who visit your e-commerce site can register an account and sign up to receive blog posts, news, offers or promotions. When these people purchase products or show interest in specific products or product lines, that allows your business to build marketing lists that serve as an invaluable resource of information.
ITSys designs and develops world-class websites for clients across South Africa, and has been doing so since 2004.
E-commerce websites are among the most popular websites that we have developed across a wide range of industries, and we are pleased to continue supporting the digital shift of businesses into the online shopping movement.