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Red Technology are hoping to take home an award at the European eCommerce Awards

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Published Date 17.07.2023

Founded in 2001, Red Technology, are a UK-based company specialising in designing, developing and supporting UK and international ecommerce solutions. We deliver high-quality ecommerce solutions by combining the power of our award-winning ecommerce platform, tradeit™, and our range of complementary ecommerce services. We have a team of over 30 staff, all based in the UK across front-end design and development, back-end & platform development, project/account management, technical support, sales, marketing and accounts.

We entered the Ecommerce Innovation Award for our work with Something Different Wholesale, the UK’s fastest growing wholesale giftware supplier.

As customer for a number of years, they approached us looking for ideas about how they could drive increases in revenue and AOV from their existing customer-base, without any additional marketing spend. Rather than just set up promotional campaigns, or give discounts, to try and entice customers to spend more, they wanted something more subtle and sustainable, preferring the idea of steady incremental growth than the peaks and troughs often associated with online promotions.

They weren’t entirely clear how they could go about it, or what they could do, so sat down with one of our senior consultants to deliver a number of small changes that we thought could help. We started with three that revolved around alternative products, previously bought items, and upsells in the basket page.

Alternative Products

When you sell thousands of different products, you won’t always have every item in stock all the time, and if you don’t have an item in stock, you run the risk of losing a sale. In order to try and prevent the loss of sales in this scenario, some new functionality was derived which shows users similar alternative items to those that are out of stock both when viewing them on the product listings pages and on each product detail page.

When the blue ‘View alternatives’ button is pressed the user is shown a number of alternative products with the closest in similarity displaying first. Only alternatives that are in stock will display, and if there are no alternative products, then the option is removed from the product completely.

Previously bought items (BUY AGAIN)

The second modification included adding a ‘Buy Again’ button to the header and a previously bought products section to each customer’s account. That way, when they were logged in (they sell B2B so this is the norm) they are able to see a list of items they have previously bought, over a time period defined by Something Different Wholesale. This can be sorted by most commonly purchased, most recent purchase, or the number of previous orders containing that item, as well as showing only those items in stock.

Basket page upsells

The third modification revolved around upsells on the basket page during checkout. Once a user has added their items to the basket and goes to checkout, they are shown a screen with a list of their previously purchased items. The items are sorted by those most often purchased and if any are currently in their basket they are obviously not displayed.

On the face of it, the changes look small but they’ve already driven double digit percentage increases in both AOV and revenue. Not only that, the number of customers using these features accounts for almost 20% of all customers.

“We are delighted with the success of our latest projects with Red Technology. We have seen a significant increase in both our average order value and revenue as a direct result of launching the new website features. It is evident that the automated system is efficiently driving sales in the background while concurrently providing customers with a value-added service.”

Senior Marketing Manager, Something Different Wholesale

These changes are only the first phase of a number of different improvements that Something Different Wholesale are looking to make to drive increased revenue and orders from their existing customer base. The next phase will feature a set of options where users will be served even more hyper-personalised content as well as targeting new customers with enhanced upsell and cross-sell opportunities.

There’s no such thing as a magic bullet in ecommerce so it’s more about a series of incremental enhancements that when combined can make a huge difference to most merchant’s KPIs, including revenue, conversions, AOV and basket abandonment. It’s also a great way to ensure a site outperforms its competitors by introducing functionality they don’t have and doesn’t rely on clunky apps, extensions or plug-ins, the functionality is all native to their ecommerce platform.

“We’re delighted to be shortlisted for the awards. The work we’ve done, and continue to do, for Something Different Wholesale is proof that carefully planned and tested incremental changes can make a huge difference to your online growth.”

Senior Project Manager, Red Technology

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