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25 Mar 2024

How data underpins e-commerce effectiveness

During the pandemic, the volume of online shopping doubled due to necessity. According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), e-commerce represented 38% of all retail sales in January 2021, in comparison to 19% in February 2020. This sudden shift forced brands to think about their omnichannel customer journey, particularly when it came to considering purchase items.

This was already the direction of travel, and while online sales proportions have dropped back to the mid-twenties (hitting 26%in January 2023), the acceleration of brands’ e-commerce plans has started a race to enhance operational agility to remain competitive and appealing.

The size of the drop indicates the ongoing power of in-store shopping and the importance of the omnichannel experience. However, we can expect the online share to return to a stable growth in the months to come.

It is not enough to present consumers with a transactional website, a well-considered data stack is needed to provide the customer experience they expect. The right set-up will help to identify consumers’ needs at each touchpoint, which is where performance marketing comes in.

To read the published article written by Dan Todaro, Managing Director please visit Performance Marketing World

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