Study underlines consumers’ concern over fake reviews

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Bazaarvoice, a platform for full-funnel authentic user-generated content (UGC) and social commerce solutions, today released its latest study based on a survey of more than 8,000 global shoppers and more than 400 brands.

The results revealed that fake reviews are something that weigh heavily on people’s minds when they are shopping, and they want brands to take action in order for them to feel confident in the content they’re consuming online.

Andy Chakravarty, VP...

Online shopping habits show resilience as Brits plan around Black Friday  

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74% of UK shoppers said they are likely to shop online on or around Black Friday this year, a rise from 63% in 2021, according to a survey from commerce media company Criteo.

While speculation about the sheer scale of this year’s Black Friday compared to previous years remains, it seems Black Friday will play an important role for consumers. 

In fact, roughly a third (32%) of UK shoppers say they ‘always’ shop online on or around Black Friday each year. The...

Customers willing to sacrifice delivery and brand loyalty for quicker path to purchase online

As post-pandemic consumer expectations continue to skyrocket, so too does their need for digital shopping speed.

Nearly one-half of U.S. online shoppers now say it’s more important for them to be able to buy something quickly than it is to have a large selection of items to choose from, according to the inaugural eCommerce Trends Report released by headless commerce solution, Pack. The report also illustrates the impact website speed and ease of use have on consumers’ path to...

25% of UK’s leading brands charge consumers for returning online purchases

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A quarter (25%) of the UK’s leading brands such as Zara and Boohoo are now charging shoppers to return purchases they have made online; a year-on-year increase of 14%.

The State of Operations Experience Management Study Series 2022, conducted by parcelLab, the Operations Experience Management platform, found that of those consumers being charged for making a return, the average cost is £3.53 and it takes an average of nine days for refunds to be processed. To undertake this...

72% of shoppers more likely to return to brands with strong online communities

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Almost three-quarters (72%) of the consumers are more likely to return to a brand that creates a strong online community, 

This is according to a study by Amity, a tech platform that powers in-app social experiences, which highlights the importance of brands creating online communities to engage with their customers.

The research also found that almost two-thirds (63%) admit they are more likely to buy from a brand that leverages engaging social features on its...

Half of UK consumers plan to do Christmas shopping exclusively online

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48% of consumers in the UK plan to shop exclusively online ub the run up to Christmas 2021. 

A survey of more than 1,000 consumers by recommendation platform Outbrain revealed that only 6% of consumers plan to shop exclusively in-store. 

The news comes as the UK high street attempts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic by encouraging consumers to return to bricks and mortar shops. 

Brand values will also play a role informing the brand that...

How to reduce shopping cart abandonment rates

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The customer experience is essential for improving conversion rates in the e-commerce market. It’s important to make the buying and checkout process as simple as possible, creating fewer barriers to a complete sale.

While online sales have become the new normal for quick and efficient shopping, there’s still room for improvement and growth. Here, we explore the expectations of customers for an easier and more enjoyable checkout experience, and the innovative solutions that are...

Quarter of British consumers still prefer in-person shopping experience

A quarter of British consumers said they would be more likely to buy items they find challenging to buy online if they could ask questions and get advice in-person.

The data comes from new research by ecommerce tech firm Ve Global and it also found the products consumers find most difficult to buy online.

Clothing was considered the most challenging category of products to buy online, ranking first amongst the 2,014 respondents 27% of the time, followed by groceries at...

Customers lack faith in brands protecting them from fraud

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Half or UK retailers believe they are doing everything they can to prevent e-commerce fraud, but far less consumers (17%) share their confidence.

The stark disconnect between retailers and shoppers on the matter of online shopping fraud has been highlighted by new European and US data released by Riskified, an e-commerce enablement and fraud-prevention solutions provider.

The research, which comprised 4,000 consumers and 400 retailers across the US, UK, France and...

AnalyticsIQ’s Data Shop launched on Narrative’s data streaming platform

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AnalyticsIQ, a specialist in predictive analytics innovator and marketing data creator, has launch an e-commerce store for audience data. 

The store is built with Narrative’s new Data Shops offering, which enables companies to effortlessly spin up a branded data shop that lets data users easily find, purchase, and leverage a variety of proprietary data assets via a familiar e-commerce experience.

Psychological drivers

AnalyticsIQ is said to be the first...