After taking time to research products for some developments at my home which I was planning to have done, I noticed a pattern emerging through the various merchant websites that I was using.
The pattern was that I was getting frustrated at the difficulty I was faced with when searching to find products and offers easily on many websites.
Nothing was easily viewable on the tablet or the smartphone, navigation was difficult throughout in most cases.
I therefore thought that in 2016, the age of Super fibre optic Wifi and 4G almost everywhere, it should be possible to view most things quick and easy on a business’s website.
This is the global face of any business to the consumer, tradesman and the services and brands which they wish to sell.
To understand this better, I explored what customers required from websites in the Omni-channel environment we are in.
I have split these into 4 categories below.
Retailer or Merchant these are imperative for websites in 2016
To be able to therefore apply a measure to the 4 categories I decided to view 50 plumbing & Builders merchants websites in the UK to establish what each of their websites was really offering.
Ultimately identifying opportunities for many them to secure more customer focus, engagement and footfall through their estate. It also highlights who is currently focussed on the ease of transaction and use of both on-line and offline trading joining together harmoniously.
For each of the category areas I gave a point, therefore if the website incorporated all of the above 4 categories (Promotions, Showroom, Mobile Web, On-line trading) it achieved 4 points
My findings are detailed in *chart 1below, but the takeaways from the 50 Merchants is interesting, clearly highlighting many untapped opportunities for Sales & IT teams to embrace.
Overview of *Chart 1
4/50 merchants offer all 4 categories (8%)
9/50 merchants offer 3 of the 4 categories(18%)
(Only 6 of these offer promotions, 8 have showrooms, 6 convert to mobile web, 4 sell on-line)
18/50 merchants offer only 2 of the categories (36%)
(Only 10 of these offer promotions, 13 have showrooms, 8 convert to mobile web, 2 sell on-line)
11/50 merchants offer only 1 of the categories (22%)
(Only 2 of these offer promotions, 4 have showrooms, 5 convert to mobile web, zero sell on-line)
8/50 merchants offer none of the web categories (16%)
The key opportunities that stand out from the 50 merchants surveyed was:-
The mobility of a website is synonymous with the use of the customers it attracts.
The ability for all consumers and trades people to be able to view and order on-line when out and mobile themselves is very important. In addition to this the engagement of offers and ease of navigation throughout a website is greatly interactive and will bring repeat visits if the process is pain free.
If your website is clear, easy to use and visibly makes a consumer want to engage again and again, they will do just that
So if only 23 customers out of 50 offer mobile sites & menus and only 10 sell or offer click and collect on-line, then the two major opportunities that I see are:-
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As Steve Jobs, the CEO and founder of Apple said;
“You’ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology – not the other way around.”
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Leading your team to victory.
One of the best TV moments for me this weekend was watching the cycling team pursuit finals in Rio.
It’s visible to see from the athletes in this sector strong, clear and effective leadership skills in action.
As I watched the heats transpire I noted these, identifying the way all members of team fully understood and immersed themselves in the mission and goals.
Exploring the detail.
Everyone in the team including the coaches, riders and support staff have the same goal, to win gold. At this moment no second best is in sight, to even comprehend a silver or bronze, would detract in the effort and ability to deliver.
The race from end to end has been meticulously planned out both on practice, on paper and all of the team have the process clear in their minds on what is required of each of them. Collaborative input, consistent approach.
The strategy is set down and the pillars supporting the ability to win are in place.
From the very start of the race to the finish the team work together ensuring that they keep a forward momentum, yet ensure that all of the team are going at the same pace, with the leader setting the timing for the rest to maintain and follow very closely.
The competition equally are tasked with the same goal, yet will ultimately have their own strategy in place, ensuring they deliver a wield class performance.
Everyone in the team is aware of what the other members are doing and are able to communicate both through actions, body language and verbally. It’s key that every member remains in tune for a joined up delivery of performance.
The leadership in the race takes various forms and is rotated, so that new energy and pace can pull the team further forward. The stage 1 leader swoops to the back of the team and ensures that the pace is maintained, providing knowledge and experience now from the very front to the last person in the pack.
This rotation continues so that all levels of commitment and experience are able to come through to the front and new momentum delivered, ever increasing the focus on the goal in sight.
The more focus is applied and momentum is increased the more your competition will start to feel your teams pace disrupting them. This pressure can be seen here as track space or share of the circuit is increased, therefore chasing the competition down hard, to make them fail or lose confidence in their teams and personal ability to deliver. Increase the gap and own the race, take advantage and control your goal and it’s achievements.
Approaching the finish is critical and even though the team may have done everything to the letter if the planned strategic operation, it could all be for nothing in a split second if the team do not stay united and in control of their own emotions.
They started as a team and whilst various leaders have driven the team to their goal, if they do not remain a tight unit, drawing on experience and the common goal of winning, put simply they will fail. All the planning, training, research and execution will have been for nothing. It will then be another four years before they get the chance to try again.
This is very similar to a product or service pitch to a key client, if you miss your timing and fail, then it may be a long time before the opportunity raises itself again.
Whilst this is an Olympic cycling event the leadership and structure is very similar to what you will experience being part of a team and part of a winning one at that.
Here at Stormley Consulting we understand the requirement for teams to engage and develop, so therefore we are able to work with businesses and their employees, to both engage and develop their unity and success rate through developing them through the stages mentioned above.
Give your teams podium gold medals and contact Stormley consulting for a bespoke training & development package, related to your customers, your teams and your goals.
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