A 5% increase in customer retention can improve a company’s profitability by 75%, according to Bain research. Yet most retailers are more focused on acquisition and conversion than retention. Despite investing billions in this pursuit, ecommerce has created a “customer experience gap” for retailers unable to engage customers at key post-purchase moments. Brands are learning the hard way that lackluster engagement and an afterthought communication strategy is a guaranteed way to lose loyalty.
To address this important issue Pulse Commerce conducted mystery shopping at nearly 500 leading U.S. online merchants prior to the 2017 peak holiday shopping season. The result is a picture of true behavior rather than survey feedback, and benchmarking by product category for comparison to peers as well as to Amazon.