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A recent report by RSR Research showed 87% of retailers find mobile apps are valuable for driving traffic to their physical store. That’s up from 67% last year. Mobile sites can enhance the in-store shopping experience by offering consumers a number of incentives for interacting with a product and making a purchase decision.

Mobile Retail Strategies

Getting value from your store’s mobile marketing site or app requires smart mobile design and strategy that fulfills consumer’s needs while shopping. Here are some ways to maximize your mobile site or app design so that it results in greater retail sales.

Create easy access to reviews.

Customers want to know how others liked or disliked a product. Posting reviews on your mobile site or appis one of the top things you can do to expedite consumer decision-making.

Allow consumers to lookup product availability and shelf location.

Consumers don’t like wasting time searching your store for a particular item. If your mobile design incorporates features that enable them to look up if your store carries a product and where it’s located, you’ll be more likely to make that sale. For example, I was in Target looking to buy a toy. The clerk didn’t know if the store carried the particular toy I was looking for.

I checked the mobile site and verified that the toy was in stock. The site even showed me what aisle to find the toy—highly convenient. Essentially, you want to think of your mobile site or app as a virtual retail assistant with all the answers.

Allow login and interaction with digital accounts.

When consumers login to your mobile site or mobile while at your physical retail locations, you can suggest additional items based on what they are purchasing as well as their user profile. Think batteries and accessories. You can also give these consumers specific incentives to drive other purchases. Mobile sites and apps designed for an integrated retail experience help you increase the size of your baskets.

Aid their memory.

Sometimes consumers want to save product information so they can purchase that product later. Design your mobile site or app so that it allows them to sign up for research later or create a wishlist.

Facilitate feedback.

Your mobile retail website should make it easy for consumers to forward product information to a friend and request an opinion. The simpler this process is, the more likely you are to make a sale.

Maximize QR codes.

QR codes bridge the physical good at the retail point-of-purchase to the digital. I scanned a plant’s QR code while in Home Depot. I was taken to a mobile web page with supplemental information that couldn’t have been shown on the plant. The site provided the info I needed to make a purchase—which I did. QR codes simplify the ability to get information about a product instantly.

Essentially, a good mobile site or app supplements the in-store shopping experience in ways that drive more sales. Instead of digital store versus physical store, you get a blending of the two for the ultimate retail experience.

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