Peak is More Important Than We Thought

We’re all aware of how consumer habits are evolving, and how this change is translating into increased expectation and demand for discounts and regular sales. I’m sure we’re also aware of the fact that, as a result, Black Friday is no longer just the Friday and has now spread over several weeks. Despite the fact that 30% of yearly sales take place in the final 3 months of the year and therefore make peak integral to success, high acquisition costs and increased pricing competition mean that margins are ever thinning.

However, with this comes an untapped opportunity; to understand your peak traffic and customers, identify your valuable ones, and make them work harder for you throughout the year – not just at peak. In this blog, I’ll present the ways in which you can employ the customer data you collect during peak times in order to increase retention rates and build a loyal customer base year-round.

Peak Brings Untapped Personalization Opportunities

Since it costs five times more to attract a new customer than to keep an existing one, increasing customer loyalty is key to brand success through peak and beyond. Across all of retail, 84% of purchasers will only ever convert once. This one-and-done mentality represents a massive opportunity for any retailer; if you’re a $65mil revenue brand in the beauty and cosmetics industry, for example, moving just 1% of one-timers to a second purchase is a $1million opportunity.

Personalization is a solution to this – in a recent survey, it was found that 81% of consumers were open to switching loyalty to sites that provide them with better customer experience and more personalized service.

Personalization as a Solution

Personalization can help to deliver customer loyalty by utilizing and actioning the data gathered in peak with the aim to encourage that repeat purchase, providing an opportunity to make those peak purchasers more lucrative in the long run.

Segment customers by understanding their context. In this case, segmenting those who have only purchased during peak and personalizing their customer journey with your brand accordingly, can encourage them to convert outside of peak. For example, landing pages can feature content personalization like “welcome back” offers and messaging tailored specifically to those who have only shopped peak, or we can offer product recommendations for items that are popular with those peak purchasers who went onto purchase outside of peak. Offering your customer personalized content will encourage them to return!

You can also increase retention rates with better marketing, by reaching out to peak purchasers through omni-channel personalization. Engage your visitor with the same impactful message via email marketing and by deploying push notifications and ads. As 52% of customers say they would share more data in exchange for a personalized experience, it’s hard to ignore the benefits personalization would provide.

Through a context driven understanding, you can harness the power of customization by creating bespoke experiences around the consumer which helps them fulfil their purpose. Your personalization efforts will ensure that they purchase beyond peak periods and throughout the year.

To learn more about personalization, check out our blog post One to One Digital Personalization: Fact or Fiction? Read more about the challenges surrounding personalization in our article Personalization: Why It’s So Hard to Get It Right.

Don’t worry, our Ultimate Guide to Personalization in Ecommerce will help you overcome any hurdles in your journey towards offering the ultimate personalized customer experience!

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