According to a new report, titled “Digital Shopper Relevancy” by Capgemini shoppers are not loyal to one channel but expect a seamless integration across online, social media, mobile and physical stores. 72% of digital shoppers surveyed rated internet sites as important or extremely important for learning about products, followed by email and in-store technology such as kiosks. Social media was cited ahead of smartphone applications, with call centers trailing.
Most Important Digital Channels for Product Awareness (Important/Very Important For Learning About Products)
% of Respondents
Email (newsletters, offers)
Phone (call centers)
Source: Capgemini, July 2012
The differences were less pronounced when it came to demographic factors such as education and income levels. A detailed segmentation analysis identified six distinct segments of digital shoppers: Techno-Shy Shoppers, Occasional Online Shoppers, Value Seekers, Rational Online Shoppers, Digital Shopaholics and Social Digital Shoppers.
Each segment uses digital channels and devices in different ways during their shopping journeys. For example, Digital Shopaholics are early adopters and experimenters; they use digital channels and devices like smartphone apps and in-store technology very actively throughout the shopping process. In contrast, Value Seekers are price-sensitive shoppers with low interest in digital shopping and new technologies. They shop online primarily to find the best deals on products they know they want and seldom use smartphone apps, social media or instore technology when shopping.
Digital shoppers, especially those in mature markets, want retailers and consumer products companies to get basics right before they will be open to engage. When researching, comparing and choosing products through digital channels, half or more of respondents said that these factors are extremely important:
Digital shoppers expect online prices to be lower than those in physical stores, cited by 73% of all respondents. Digital Shopaholics and Social Digital Shoppers are most likely to think online prices should be lower. More than 80% of these more digital-savvy shoppers said online prices should be lower vs. about 60% of non-digital-savvy respondents.
Across the phases of the shopping journey, Internet sites remain the dominant digital channel in all of the product categories studied, followed by e-mail:
The study findings show that shoppers are no longer loyal to an individual channel but rather to an experience across all channels, says the report. The majority of shoppers said they are likely to spend more money at a physical store if they use digital channels to research the product prior to purchase. In addition, they said they will spend more money with a particular retailer if products are available anytime via any channel.
Nearly 60% of respondents said they expect channel integration to be the norm by 2014, but more than half said that most retailers currently are not consistent in the way they present themselves across channels.
The report concludes by noting that “... understanding how shoppers are using channels and devices in the context of their daily lives is a critical starting point to serve them in a relevant manner... providing a seamless interaction across channels is challenging for retailers and consumer products companies... requiring considerations that impact the entire enterprise... shifting from a product- or feature-focused approach to a consumer- and shopper focused approach... integrating processes such as merchandising, order fulfillment and inventory management by category rather than by individual channel... “
To view the full report, including charts and graphs, please visit Capgemini here.