Many consumers shopping for retail products start their journey online, and usually with a search. Although retail marketers know that online shopping often ends with either an online purchase or an in-store visit and sale, many paths to purchase in retail also involve a consumer calling a store location or contact center. Customers use the call channel to ask questions about products, check inventory, make high-stakes purchases, arrange curbside pickup, and more.
To acquire more customers in 2023, retail marketers are optimizing their digital ads to drive more high-quality calls and personalizing the caller experience to increase call conversions.
1. 81% of retail shoppers conduct online research before buying. The overwhelming majority of retail consumers start their journey with online research (Source: GE Capital Retail Bank).
2. Consumers researching water heaters, auto parts, bicycles, and mattresses are the most likely to research products via search engine. In almost all retail verticals, the majority of shoppers start the research process with a search engine query (Source: LSA).
3. 77% of shoppers use a mobile device to search for products. The majority of these searches occur on mobile devices, since retail shoppers frequently research competitor products and pricing in-store (Source: Salsify).
4. In 2023, US retailers will spend over $50 billion on digital ads. This is a 50% projected increase from 2020, when many retailers pulled back spend due to COVID-19 (Source: eMarketer).
5. eCommerce spending is expected to reach $36 billion in 2023. This is a 20% projected increase from 2022. (Source: eMarketer)
6. The average cost for a retail lead is $34. With ad spend on the rise, retail marketers are paying more for each lead (Source: Integrated Marketing Association).
7. The average conversion rate for a retail lead is 3%. Despite paying more for leads, retailers are often failing to convert them to customers (Source: Marketing Insights).
8. 73% of retail consumers use multiple channels to shop. To gain a unified consumer view, marketers must connect all of their channels (Source: Harvard Business Review).
9. 59% of shoppers use their mobile devices in-store to compare costs or research deals and coupons. Retailers need to optimize the mobile experience to deliver seamless omnichannel engagement (Source: HRC Retail Advisory).
10. 30.9% of retailers say they cannot track consumers across devices, and another 38.2% can only track some consumers some of the time. This makes it difficult for marketers to personalize experiences (Source: Internet Retailer).
11. 35% of marketers say poor data quality impacts their ability to target consumers with the right digital ads. To unify consumer experiences, marketers need to capture and integrate data across all their channels (Source: Forrester).
12. The opportunity cost of not being omnichannel is 10% in lost revenue. A failure to provide high-quality omnichannel experiences directly impacts ROI (Source: VendHQ).
13. The average engagement rate of campaigns using three or more channels was 18.96% across all channels, while single-channel campaigns earned only 5.4%. Omnichannel marketing is essential in today’s retail landscape (Source: Retail Dive).
14. 84% of consumers believe retailers should be doing more to integrate their online and offline channels. To address this concern, retail marketers need to gain visibility into all touchpoints — both online and offline (Source: RetailNext).
15. Consumers running mobile searches are 39% more likely to call a business. Since the majority of shoppers run search engine queries on mobile devices, this represents a huge quantity of calls to retailers (Source: Google).
16. $119 is the mean price point at which retail customers are likely to call. Consumers usually call when shopping for more expensive retail goods, since these are considered purchases and often require a conversation with a live agent to clear up questions (Source: Google).
17. 37% of retail shoppers call directly from paid search ad call extensions. Call extensions are an effective tool for retailers to drive more calls to their locations or contact centers (Source: Google).
18. Consumers researching water heaters, windows, and farm equipment are the most likely to call retailers after performing a search. In many retail verticals, consumers transition directly from online searches to phone calls (Source: LSA).
19. Calls will influence $1 trillion in US consumer spending this year. In our mobile-first world, calls are often the most convenient way for customers to convert (Source: BIA/Kelsey).
20. Phone calls convert to revenue 10-15x more than web leads. Calls are the most valuable conversions retail marketers can drive. By tracking the calls driven by your retail ads, you can measure your full ROI and optimize accordingly (Source: BIA/Kelsey).
21. Callers convert 30% faster than web leads. Calls provide a more immediate return on your marketing investment (Source: Forrester).
22. Caller retention rate is 28% higher than web lead retention rate. Driving calls from retail marketing campaigns is also more profitable in the long-term — callers are more loyal than web leads (Source: Forrester).
23. 84% of marketers report phone calls having higher conversion rates with larger order value (AOV) compared to other forms of engagement. Phone calls are often the most valuable conversions for retail marketers (Source: Forrester).
24. 41% of organizations report having increased phone conversion rates by 25% or more in the past 12 months. Not only are consumers calling more due to COVID-19 — they’re also calling with higher intent to make a purchase. Both the volume and value of calls are increasing for many businesses due to COVID-19 (Source: Forrester).
25. 85% of marketers believe inbound calls and phone conversations are a key component of their organization’s digital-first strategy. Retail marketers plan to tap into phone call data to better understand their customers and inform their strategies (Source: Forrester).
26. 80% of customers say the experience a company provides is as important as its products and services. Expectations for the customer experience have never been higher — to acquire new customers, retailers need to meet them. This includes calls (Source: Salesforce).
27. 32% of consumers say phone calls are the most frustrating customer service channel. Simply fielding inbound phone calls isn’t enough — it’s important to have data on each caller so you can quickly and efficiently address their needs (Source: Aspect).
28. 65% of consumers have cut ties with a brand over a single poor customer service experience. If you fail to provide frictionless caller experiences, it will cost you customers (Source: Digiday).
29. 38% of consumers will stop doing business with a company if they have a bad call experience. Providing great call experiences is an exercise in customer retention. (source: Invoca)
30. 59% of consumers say rude agents creates a bad call experience, 58% say long hold times, 54% say too many transrers, 46% say having to repeat information. To ensure a great call experience, you need to avoid these common pitfalls. (source: Invoca)
31. 75% of consumers will hang up within 10 minutes of waiting on hold. To convert callers to customers, you need to ensure your contact center is operating at peak efficiency. (source: Invoca)
32. 40% of consumers purchase more from retailers that provide a personalized shopping experience across channels. Improving the shopper experience will have a direct impact on your bottom line (Source: RetailNext).
33. Retail marketers who invest in personalization can realize upward of $20 in return for every dollar invested. There is an exponential return on the budget you invest in personalization (Source: The Relevancy Group & Liveclicker).
34. Consumers expect higher levels of personalization over the phone than on any other channel. Personalizing the call experience is critical to converting callers to revenue. (source: Invoca)
35. When a company does a good job of personalizing customer interactions, 49% of customers feel like they care about earning their business and 47% are more likely to do business with them. Personalization can have a direct impact on revenue and customer loyalty. (source: Invoca)
36. 48% of marketers have provided or expect to provide enhanced customer experiences as a result of scaling conversation intelligence across the enterprise. With conversation intelligence data, retail marketers can enhance ad targeting, segment email campaigns, serve personalized website experiences, and more, based on the content of phone conversations (Source: Forrester).
37. 43% of marketers have improved or expect to improve customer acquisition and retention as a result of scaling conversation intelligence across the enterprise. When you tailor consumer experiences based on the content of their phone conversations, you better meet their needs and earn their loyalty (Source: Forrester).
38. Marketers who have scaled conversation intelligence across the enterprise have seen or expect to see improved analytics efficiency, increased business efficiency, improved employee productivity, and seamless integration with existing systems. Conversation intelligence allows retailers to get smarter insights into their consumers and make more informed decisions to drive efficiency (Source: Forrester).
To learn more tips for driving and converting retail sales calls, check out our Ultimate Guide to Conversation Intelligence for Marketers.