Getting started with e-commerce is a process that requires learning about different aspects that influence setting up and running an e-commerce website.
It is also helpful to have in mind the e-commerce statistics that provide a glimpse into the importance of this industry and the trends that are tremendously shaping the way strategy is implemented.
• Millennials and Gen Xers are similar in their likelihood to buy online—more than 90% of internet users in both age groups have made a digital purchase in the past year. But millennials are more likely to research products or make a purchase via their smartphone. (eMarketer).
• In 2015, the global population amounted to around 7.3 billion people, of which 1.4 billion people purchased goods and/or services online at least once. In total, they spent $2,272.7bn online, which results in an average spending per e-shopper of $1,582. (EcommerceWiki).
• Worldwide retail sales—including in-store and internet purchases—will surpass $22 trillion in 2015, up 5.6% from 2014. Retail ecommerce sales, those purchased over the internet, will make up 7.4% of the total retail market worldwide, or $1.671 trillion. By 2019, that share will jump to $3.578 trillion, yet retail ecommerce will account for just 12.8% of retail purchases. (eMarketer).
• About 71% of consumers are shopping online to find the best price. (IBM)
• 53% of global internet users have made an online purchase in 2016. (SocialMediaToday).
• Primary reason for digital shoppers in the United States to abandon their carts is the cost of shipping. (Statista).
• Nine out of 10 of the survey participants said free shipping was the No. 1 incentive when asked what would make them shop online more often. (MarketingLand).
• Average e-commerce conversion rate vary from 3% to 4%. (SocialMediaToday).
• 42 percent of online shoppers worldwide stated that they preferred to pay via credit card, while 39% preferred PayPal. (Statista).
• In 2017, global B2C e-commerce sales are expected to reach 2,143 billion U.S. dollars. (Statista).
• Customer satisfaction is the number one success metric for marketers today. (Salesforce).
• 39% of people will stop engaging with a website if it takes too long to load. (SocialMediaToday).
• Eighty-eight percent of shoppers characterize detailed product content as being extremely important. (Forbes).
• Over 90% of people buying on Amazon wouldn’t purchase an item with less than three stars. (Forbes).
• One-click checkouts and e-wallets will become a game-changer in 2017. (HuffingtonPost).
• 75% of people participate in webrooming to find the lowest price, while 72% do it to compare the products. (RetailPerceptions).
• The main reasons why customers webroom over showroom is because they don’t want to pay for shipping (47%) and because they like to go to a store and touch and feel the product before they buy it. (Shopify).
• Social commerce accounted for 5% of ecommerce. But predictions are healthy and show a 25% growth rate over the next five years. Mobile ads are the backbone of this growth. (HuffingtonPost).
• Mobile remains a powerful upward force for ecommerce. US retail mcommerce will climb 43.2% in 2016, paced by a 78.3% jump in sales via smartphones. (eMarketer).
• In 2015, mobile commerce accounted for 30 percent of all U.S. e-commerce in 2015, and U.S. retail e-commerce dollars are projected to grow to almost 482 billion in 2018. (PointSource).
• 56% of smartphone or tablet users intend to utilize their devices to search for and/or buy gifts this holiday season. (Invesp)
With the analysis of the data from numerous researches on the state of e-commerce, the following can be concluded:
• E-commerce market is expanding each year
• Mobile commerce is increasing its share in the overall e-commerce
• It is important to understand the profile of digital buyers
• Digital buyers want quick and easy way to buy online
• They also want the best price and free shipping
• Webrooming is slowly taking over showrooming.
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