As our lives get deeper into digital integration, customers, especially in the retail segment, are merging their online and ‘in-store’ experiences. Shoppers make themselves well-informed about their prospective store/brand through extensive online research before they visit the physical store. And if customers are to have an all-encompassing experience, their service providers (read retailers) need to offer the same and utilize this opportunity to make their presence felt.
Breaking the barriers between digital and in-store
A smart omnichannel strategy helps retailers to connect their in-store commerce with all of their digital touch points and create a seamless user journey for their customers. This allows customers and shoppers to connect their online research with the actual in-store experience.
This is where tech tools like store-visit analytics programs and others help create a new kind of interface between offline and online commerce. By adopting such innovative ideas, retailers can turn their physical stores as a field for innovation and experiments with newer sales techniques and means to improve the customer’s experience at every turn.
More channels for sales
Omnichannel marketing is all about exploring your customer’s footprints and enhancing all possible avenues where your customer is. This lets you be flexible and agile as per your customer needs and integrate methods like ship-to-store, ship-from-store, buy-online-pickup-in-store, endless aisles, social commerce etc. The idea is to reinvent the tried-and-tested wheel and introduce new experiences every time.
Easy and simple payment processes enable faster purchases. With mobile payments, digital wallets, and payment options offered by brands themselves, customers enjoy better shopping experiences. Digital systems like Amazon’s ‘One-click Pay’ and similar others, further simplifies the omnichannel journey for the customer and drives sales for the retailer.
Gone are the days when a brick-and-mortar store and its respective e-commerce site would be a world apart. The future of retail is all about bringing all interfaces and building a holistic experience. While this redefines shopper’s journey, it also enhances your business approach and improves your marketing strategy.