We’re all finding various ways to adjust to the new normal. One major part of that new normal is the abrupt shift to an ecommerce-first landscape. As marketers and business owners, data should be a key driver in making informed business and digital strategy decisions. But, the amount of data out there can be hard to access and absolutely overwhelming.
Klickly has a unique position in the ecommerce ecosystem. We’re able to generate a huge amount of proprietary data and present a much more nuanced view into your digital performance than most other platforms.
Frankly, merchants should already be looking at this data, but the reality is that it’s not always readily available for them. By curating this data we are hoping to help merchants, marketers, and beyond, make well-informed, data-driven decisions.
Stemming from the positive response we got with our COVID specific ecommerce data report, Klickly decided to begin analyzing that data (and more) on a quarterly basis and share our key findings on ecommerce performance across multiple verticals.
Our Q2 2020 data report consists of over 750 million data points from over 1200 eCommerce merchants across 11 verticals. We aggregated these data points and examined the week-to-week shift in D2C performance, order details, and on-site behavior.
An overview of eCommerce as a whole
The first area we decided to analyze was overall performance. We analyzed GMV, number of orders, number of products, number of new customers, and the average order value on a week-to-week basis.
The overall story told from this data shows a particularly strong start to the month of April. This strong beginning was a continuation of the positive performance we saw when we looked at the impact on ecommerce due to the effects of COVID-19. While the first two weeks of Q2 saw the largest increase in the following metrics: Revenues, Orders, Products, New Customers, and Average Order Value (to a lesser extent), the upward trend continued throughout the rest of April.
This is likely due to a combination of stimulus checks, the large shift from brick-and-mortar to ecommerce, and folks spending a larger amount of time shopping online due to stay-at-home orders.
Following April, as stimulus ran out, we saw an overall decline throughout the remainder of the quarter. This was reflected in a decline across all tracked metrics with the exception of Average Order Value, which experienced a slight uptick from April — meaning less people were purchasing higher value carts towards the end of the quarter.
Secondly, we wanted to get a sense of “when”, “where”, and “how” consumers were shopping. Somewhat unsurprisingly, we found that Thursday through Saturday were the days with the highest purchase frequency throughout the week with a tendency to do their shopping in the early afternoon (Eastern Time Zone).
From this, we can deduct that folks are either taking advantage of lunch-time shopping — or if you’re in the Pacific Time Zone, have a tendency to grab their phone first thing in the morning and start shopping.
Aside from a handful of outlier verticals (home goods, babies & children, electronics, etc), states with large populations were responsible for the highest order volumes. However, it is interesting to see the overall percentage of sales coming from California, nearly double that of the next closest state, Texas.
Finally, we wanted to explore the basic on-site consumer behaviors: Traffic, Click Rate, and Conversion Rate. Overall, we saw an increase in Traffic — which makes sense given the aforementioned shift from brick-and-mortar to ecommerce. However, it should be noted that this influx of traffic occurred in the first half of Q2 before dropping slightly in the second half.
Unfortunately, we did see Click Rate decline month over month. While stores did see more traffic, their engagement rate seemed to drop as the quarter progressed. Perhaps this is correlated to the significant decrease in conversion rate.
It’s likely there were far more window-shoppers than in previous quarters due to the increased accessibility to ecomm stores (and possible free time of consumers). Conversion rates decreased month over month, with a significantly larger drop from May to June — meaning merchants should be taking a close look at the methods they’re using to take a consumer from a browser to a purchaser.
There’s a lot that can be inferred from this dataset and hopefully, marketers can pinpoint certain areas that are relevant to their digital strategy. I think there are four main overall takeaways from this study:
1. Having an online channel is a MUST! Even in 2020, there are retailers who wonder “Do I need to have an ecommerce presence?” Unequivocally, as we’ve seen, that answer is yes!
2. Make sure to have a good customer acquisition strategy. Retention certainly shouldn’t slow down, but you want to make sure there is a solid strategy to capture the increase of online shoppers.
3. Evaluate the strength of your conversion strategy. Conversion rates have declined over Q2, so you want to take a look at how your current conversion strategy stacks up.
4. Optimize for mobile. If you haven’t yet, optimize your ecommerce store for mobile. Studies, including this one, show that the majority of people are shopping on their mobile devices. If you haven’t already, consider simplistic mobile checkouts that provide ease to your consumer. Think Apple Pay, Amazon Pay, etc.
It has been an interesting year, especially for ecommerce. While the above outlines ecommerce as a whole, we invite you to download the full report to view vertical-specific information to help inform your decisions moving into Q3.
We cannot stress enough the importance of making informed decisions when it comes to your business and excited to provide helpful research initiatives that give a deeper look into eCommerce performance, trends, and insights.
Klickly will continue to provide quarterly data reports to help you as marketers, merchants, and beyond, better prepare for the future. We hope you’ll sign up to take advantage of this free data.
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