Customer Ratings and Reviews – Benefit or Burden?

Historically, consumers have always talked to their friends and family about products and services. Does the baker around the corner have good bread? How do the shoes fit at the local shoe store? As products moved online, so did the voices of consumers who now trust the product experiences of consumers who they have never met or interacted with. Approximately 88% of online consumers now read online reviews before making a purchasing decision; a number that has continued to increase over the past five years and continues to go up.

So what are some of the benefits and burdens of customer ratings and reviews? Let’s take a look below…

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The Expectations of the eCommerce Consumer

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Take a moment and think back to just 10 years ago – mobile commerce didn’t even exist. Five years ago a tablet was something most people wrote on with a ball-point pen. Simply put, technology has evolved and so have the expectations of consumers when ordering products online. Here are four areas consumers expect more from their eCommerce experience:

  • Mobile commerce is now commonplace – Launching an eCommerce site is already an exhaustive task which can take months (if not years) of planning and execution. Although mobile still lags behind the personal computer in web sales, the smartphone adoption rate in the United States has soared to almost 50% of the population and the need for mobile support is essential. Just porting over or modifying a version of an eCommerce site for mobile use isn’t good enough anymore, consumers want a site built for mobile devices that’s low on bandwidth, easy to navigate, and makes checkout a breeze. 
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