How to win over the Millennial Shopper? A great personalised experience will make them stay

Anshul Kudal    19 March, 2019

Data is essential in creating a personalised experience which attract Millennial clients. The obtaining and exchanging of information, always maintaining the privacy of the client, which is key in continuing to capture and retain their attention.

Millennials, the first digital generation

We know that according to historical and economic context, human beings tend to develop similar attitudes and concerns. More than 8 million people in Spain belong to the Millennial generation. Many companies directing all of their forces into connecting with them and understanding their characteristics is essential to achieving this. Millennials are demanding, digital and reserved, but however they are lazy and impatient. They live in a digital world offering a wide a diverse product range and they are accustomed to immediate communication, purchases and access to information. And it is not okay merely to capture the attention of a Millennial, you must maintain it.

In recent years. Marketing professionals have realised that the retention of clients is actually more important than acquiring them. As a matter of fact, a recent E-commerce 2018 survey about Spain shows that the conversion rate of existing clients is three times that of new clients.

When it comes to retaining clients, creating a personalised user experience is key, already 77% of Millennial clients consider that personalised recommendations are extremely useful and 33% end up buying recommended products. There is nothing like knowing the client and offering them what you know will interest them.

Millennial clients of Generation Z have a very short attention span. It is less likely that these users will stay on a web page for more than a few seconds in order to find what they are looking for or a website that doesn’t suit their needs for that matter. Also, in a digital world characterised by a wide range of products offered, these types of clients have at their fingertips countless tools and possibilities to choose what they want, when they want.

So, how do we retain these types of clients? According to experts in this sector, the key is in anticipating their searches and wants, and to show them the products in as little time as possible. Creating a great personalised user experience.

Understanding the client and anticipating their needs:

The key to all of this, is information. Digital clients generate data online and on other platforms which, while always preserving their privacy, can be used commercially. With sufficient data it is possible to differentiate between the curiosity of the client and the intention of the client, meaning, actually knowing if a client is interested in a product.

How do you get this information? There are different sources of data available:

  • Data which the user generates online on their own web page, application or platform. This could be data from sources such as subscriptions or product searches and purchases.
  • Third party data which accumulate on applications and web pages of third parties in the form of cookies and email lists. This information is sold to businesses and generally is of quite poor quality and not overtly legal.
  • Third party data, other providers and companies which are willing to share or sell it. This is of better quality and legal.

Always taking into account that the privacy of the client should not be violated, the latest model which brings together all of the best aspects, is something in which all salespeople should invest. To this day, giants such as Oracle, Salesforce and Adobe are investing in markets and platforms to support this exchange of data between businesses.

At Telefónica, one of the biggest telecommunications businesses in the world, a team of data scientists have developed a state of the art solution based on artificial intelligence which can drive marketers’ needs using an abundance of company data. Thanks to this, a business-person canknow the needs, and the context of their clientele and anticipate when the next purchase will occur. These solutions are totally compatible with GDPR and they ensure the privacy of their users.

Telefónica, which has access to information and data for a large number of clients, is already associated with being one of the main companies helping them understand their clients. They hope that, with their advanced artificial intelligence, their data and focus centred on defending privacy, they can support companies to create a much more satisfactory digital ecosystem for their clients.

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