The only predictable thing about your business is changing customers. That’s frightening! Because there are so many unpredictable things in today’s business world.
In fact, changing customers can cause havoc with your trusted and tested business models. Indeed, they can destroy them quickly and disruptively. Or changing customers can destroy them over time…
After all, you need not to be caught off guard or let your business dies a slow death because the behavior of your customers has changed. In fact, if you’re closely, and regularly monitor the behavioral trends of your customers, you might keep up with their needs, wants and motivations.
However, being one step behind your customers buying behavior will probably be not good enough. You should surprise them and let them know that you know what they’re going to buy even before they’ve realized it themselves.
So, let see how you can predict and manage your changing customers.
Impulsive shoppers are customers of online retailers that don’t think twice to buy a product online. For that reason they are targeted by most online retailers. However, the same characteristics that make behaviour of certain customers impulsive, may also affect their post purchase behaviour.
So let’s have a look at impulsive shoppers. Who they are? What motivate then? And how online retailers should manage them?
I’m not aware of one retailer that does his/her business without customers. Indeed, retailers that have plenty of loyal customers enjoy a competitive advantage and are doing well. So, how do they do it? Retailers with a clear and effective value proposition at least know who their customers are, what they want and need and why are they coming back. Above all, retail customers can also be found online…
Webrooming and showrooming are popular jargons that describe how retail customers use different combinations of online and physical channels to search for information about products, corroborate this information and make the purchase 4. These customers are tech savvy and they use their mobile phones to great effect to help them to decide what to buy where and at what price.
If you were born 50 to 70 years ago, you’re a ‘Baby Boomer’. Yes, most of you are still alive and do most of things you did as a youngster, but doing it differently. Retailers should realize that you are different from other generations and therefore behave differently when shopping. If they make your shopping trip a pleasant one, they may find that you (Baby Boomers) can be a profitable customer niche. Similarly can retailers with an online presence achieve more sales and positive word of mouth once they recognize Baby Boomers is a valuable consumer segment.