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February 27, 2018updated 12 Apr 2021 2:16pm

Six ways fashion retailers can seize digital opportunities

With both luxury brands and high street retailers looking online to strengthen their brands, a new study offers advice on where companies should focus their digital marketing budgets if they are to seize the available opportunities.

With both luxury brands and high street retailers looking online to strengthen their brands, a new study offers advice on where companies should focus their digital marketing budgets if they are to seize the available opportunities.

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In 2017, online fashion sales in the UK reached GBP16.2bn (US$22.6bn), according to ‘Fast-paced Fashion: The Digital Forecast 2018,‘ a white paper published by digital agency Mediaworks. By 2022, this figure is expected to soar by 79%.

The white paper, however, found that 50% of retailers had experienced a drop in in-store sales, meaning digital appears to offer the greatest area of opportunity for fashion retailers going forward.

Mediaworks has identified six areas for retailers to focus on over the next 12 months if they are to seize the digital opportunity:

Mobile first Not only can mobile readiness help retailers capture a greater share of online sales, it can also boost in-store performance. 76% of people visit a business after a product search on a smartphone. Nearly a third results in a conversion.

All fashion retailers should have a mobile-friendly site in place by now – if not, implementing one is imperative. For those that do already, the priority becomes refining and building this mobile presence to deliver a superior user experience. Consider creating an app to diversify your brand, use conversion rate optimisation to improve the user journey and further your mobile presence through social ads.

Journey personalisation By 2020, customer experience will become the main reason a customer will choose one brand over another, overtaking both cost and product. This can be done through journey personalisation, which essentially helps you deliver an in-store experience online.

Crucial to this will be your adoption of advanced technology, such as VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality) and MR (Mixed Reality), which could lead to everything from virtual changing rooms to product AR scans. Artificial intelligence and understanding customer preferences and habits will also be important.

Voice search More voice searches are being carried out than ever before, occupying 40% of all searches. This is a result of its falling error rate (8% down from 20%), the growth of mobile devices and the rise of personalisation.

To cater to more conversational search behaviours, content should be optimised around long-tail search phrases. Review your existing content’s style, format and flow. Also consider implementing visual search, something retailers such as John Lewis and Boohoo.com are already experimenting with.

Customer profiling Successful digital marketing campaigns have always hinged on a brand’s understanding of their customers. In the near future, customers will become more willing to share data, which retailers can use to build a more comprehensive data model. Using purchase history and customer feedback can inform how to encourage additional sales from others within the demographic. Likewise, unify your online and offline efforts through local inventory ads.

Data The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rolls out in May 2018, so data and its use will be important for fashion retailers. A key process will be transitioning from segment-based to signal-based data, which will ultimately help you gain greater visibility of the success your digital marketing strategy is delivering. Prioritise contextual marketing to help you time the promotion of products and services, using data from each of your digital touchpoints to help you do so.

Attribution Around 90% of advertisers believe attribution is important for marketing success. Fewer than 27% of marketers use multi-touch attribution models, which can help you properly attribute value across devices and channels. Start by reviewing the existing attribution model you have in place: does it successfully give value to all channels and stages of the purchasing funnel?

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How is technology having an impact on Consumer buying behavior?

As the world rapidly becomes more connected, it is important for brands to understand the impact that improved technology is having on consumer purchasing behaviors. To react effectively, brands must know how to engage with increasingly digitally savvy consumers. GlobalData’s latest Trend Tracker report provides an analysis of Digital Lifestyles – one of GlobalData's top consumer trends for 2022. The report includes an overview of how digital lifestyles are evolving, including the significant impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on accelerating digitalization, and how this trend is emerging across different Consumer sectors. Key features included in the report:
  • A breakdown of the trend’s prominence across sectors
  • Insights into consumer online penetration, preferred electronic devices and engagement
  • The key drivers and challenges impacting the digital lifestyles trend
  • A spotlight on key innovations set to reshape the consumer landscape
  • Analysis of what’s next for digital innovations and how brands can leverage the trend
Download this report to keep in touch with the more digital consumer.
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