|Free Shipping Still Big Winner For Offers|
|Monday, 26 September 2011 10:07|
According to a new release from Kantar Media Compete, successful
retailers are using free shipping, sales and email promotions to
attract increasingly budget-conscious consumers. The study found
that nearly one in three consumers receive more than 20 emails from
retailers in a week. And, 89% of respondents at least occasionally
click through to a retail site from an email or visit a retail site
immediately after reading an email.
SMS, on the other hand, is still a largely untapped channel for brands to reach shoppers. During a typical week, three out of four consumers (72.2%) don't receive any text messages from retailers.
35% of respondents say that Twitter feeds have been influential or extremely influential on purchase decisions, while 23.5% say that Facebook has been influential or extremely influential on purchase decisions
72.6% of shoppers wait for items to go on sale before they make a purchase. As additional proof of consumer restraint, 55% indicated that they are spending less on entertainment now than a year ago. And 60% of consumers buy private label
products if they are cheaper than the equivalent brand name products.
One in five respondents used a coupon code on their most recent
online purchase and nearly 60% said that they wouldn't have made
their most recent online purchase without a coupon code. 37% report
using coupons most of the time.
As free shipping becomes increasingly mainstream, consumers have come to expect it. 45.7% of respondents received free shipping on their most recent online purchase and more than 60% avoid purchasing products online if they have to pay extra for shipping.
As an example, says the report, L.L. Bean introduced free shipping on all orders without restriction and saw a drop in shopping cart abandonment among unique visitors, though there was no noticeable decline when looking at all visits. Free shipping may entice shoppers to make more visits to the site, confirmed by the bump in repeat visitation to the site in April.
Matt Pace, Kantar Media Compete managing director of retail and consumer products, says "... the proliferation of free shipping is forcing retailers to decide whether the additional orders they gain by offering free shipping will offset the initial loss of shouldering this cost..."
To view more from Kantar Media Compete, please visit here.
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