Mobile chat is one of four key tactics to reduce shopping cart abandonment from mobile visitors.

Mobile chat is one of four key tactics to reduce shopping cart abandonment from mobile visitors.

It’s estimated that by the end of 2015, mobile transactions will account for 40% of ecommerce business.

By some estimates, this will meet or exceed $31 billion. Mobile devices already beat out desktop users for email opens, by more than 35 percentage points. And unless you’ve been stranded on a desert island (without Wi-Fi) for the past 6 months, you’re aware of the major shift Google implemented earlier this year to benefit mobile searchers.

No one would deny that mobile traffic is too relevant and lucrative an audience to ignore—but does your site reflect that? Find below some of the most basic steps you can take to better capture mobile commerce revenue. With the holidays only a dozen weeks away, it may be time to consider making some changes to your site in advance of the 2015 rush.

Mobile Chat and Other Anti-Abandonment Tactics

There are four primary tactics you can use to combat shopping cart abandonment from mobile users:

1) Mobile chat-
The first tactic for mitigating shopping cart abandonment is preventative. By engaging site visitors when they have a question or issue, you are not only more likely to shepherd the current purchase to completion, you are also more likely to leave a positive impression of exceptional customer service with the site visitor. This means you are not only securing revenue now but you’re also positioning yourself well to secure revenue from repeat business.

Live chat vs. mobile chat is primarily a difference on the back-end (technology), but there are some considerations that will impact you, and you should be aware of them.

Two elements that differentiate mobile chat from basic website live chat are device tracking and design. Device tracking occurs on your staff’s end. This is useful for reporting purposes (data-driven decision-making is key!), but it is also helpful for site visitors that need to be talked through use of your website. Your mobile site layout is likely significantly different from how it would appear on a desktop device.

Design is primarily relevant on the user’s/visitor’s end. The size, spacing and placement of your chat window (and user interface within the window) needs to keep the smartphone-sized and finger-activated screen of mobile users in mind (more on this under UX below).

Contact a member of the Velaro Live Chat team to learn more about mobile chat here.

2) Modal (pop-up) dialogs-
Pop-ups are often deployed on sites as a last line of defense to reclaim a faltering purchase or even just capture the visitor’s contact information in the hopes of attracting their business via marketing efforts at some point in the future. UX Magazine had a pretty good article on this earlier this year– they can be particularly annoying to mobile visitors, so be thoughtful in your use of them.

3) Follow-up email (aka abandonment recovery email)-
This is the most common approach to attempting to reclaim lost revenue from an abandoned shopping cart. If an email address is captured during the session, a message can go out a day later (or whenever) with a discount offer. Shoppers have caught wise to this tactic however (note the date of the article, they are well aware of it these days). That having been said, ultimately if it results in them making a purchase from your online store at a price you were ready to offer them anyway, it’s probably not a bad tactic to employ.

4) Remarketing ads-
The final tactic involves placing cookies on your visitor’s device based on key product or pricing pages they viewed during their mobile session. Based on what they looked at, they’ll see ads through Google, Facebook, and/or other ad networks (depending on how you’ve set up your remarketing). This can have a creepy “big brother is watching” effect, but it can be very effective (stats below are for ecommerce in general, not mobile specifically).

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(image taken from this infographic: http://3sixtyinteractive.com/2015/07/29/understanding-the-online-abandoned-shopping-cart-infographic/)

If you want more information about services you can use for this, Stephen Walsh has a helpful post on the KISSmetrics blog about it.

User Experience (UX) for Mobile Visitors

None of the above tactics will be relevant however if your site visitors leave immediately in disgust at how awful/ugly/slow your site is.

30% of mobile shoppers abandon the transaction if the site is not optimized for mobile. 57% will do the same if they have to wait as briefly as 3 seconds for a page to load.

And as for apps – unless you’re getting a great tradeoff by forcing shoppers to use them, they are to be avoided. Mobile shoppers view downloading an app to be an unnecessary barrier and therefore will likely drive potential revenue away if it seems to be the only way to do business with you.

Ecommerce Content Marketing Tailored to Mobile Traffic

OK but let’s say you aren’t even struggling with any of the above problems (yet), because you’re not getting a whole lot of mobile traffic in the first place. Here is some very general info to equip you to better tailor your ecommerce content marketing for mobile users.

Demographics for mobile visitors might not be what you’d guess. Though the largest group is 18-34, one in four are over 55. Men in the 18-34 age group have expressed a strong preference (40%) for purchasing everything online if possible (33% of women in this age group said the same, and less than 30% of either 35-64 group reported this- see bar graph here, around fact #28). Keep this in mind when you are coming up with your buyer personas and developing your ecommerce content marketing!

Also keep in mind the user is viewing the product on their phone, so more concise, targeted descriptions will be an asset here. Additionally, if you can leverage local search terms for your content, you should: 78% of searches for local business information using a mobile device result in a purchase (as compared to 61% from desktop and 64% from tablet).

Implementing Mobile Chat

Hopefully this information has been helpful for accommodating mobile visitors to your online business. If you have questions about mobile chat in particular (for instance what data you are able to collect from mobile visitors, or how much time you’ll need to implement it comfortably before the holiday rush), please reach out to a member of the Velaro Live Chat team.