How to Improve Your Customers Shopping Experience A Business Guide

How to Improve Your Customers’ Shopping Experience: A Business Guide

86% of consumers are willing to pay more if it means a better shopping experience.

With eCommerce shop after eCommerce shop popping up on the market, it’s easy to forget about nurturing your in-store customers. But, every customer experience matters.

Every experience shapes how your customers remember and talk about your business. If your in-store experience is lackluster, you’re missing out on a chance to rise above your competition.

In a world run by retail, you can’t afford to miss out.

You’re probably thinking… “That’s cool and all, but how do I do it? How do I get started improving MY customer’s shopping experience?” As with most things, it’s easier said than done.

But, don’t worry! Keep reading to learn how to start offering an excellent in-store customer experience, today. Your bottom line and your customers will be really happy you did!

The Shopping Experience Starts With Happy Employees

Your employees are the face of your business. They’re one of the first things customers see the second they walk in your door. If your employees aren’t happy, they’re less likely to care about making your customers happy.

One of the best ways to ensure they feel valued is to encourage feedback and open communication. When they offer criticism or clue you into what’s working, it’s your job to listen.

And act on what they tell you.

Make Your Values Known

Consumers care about doing business with companies that share their values. If you can display your values throughout the store, the right visitors will feel at home. They’ll feel comfortable and welcome.

Making your values known doesn’t mean plastering them on posters or aggressively selling them. Nor does it mean pushing away people who don’t agree. It means doing things like:

  • Training employees so they feel confident in what they’re selling
  • Treating customers as a friend coming to you for help
  • Weaving them into your company’s business structure
  • Considering them when sourcing materials, labor, and manufacturing
  • And being 100% transparent. You can show it by starting an online channel in

When core values run every aspect of a business, consumers notice and appreciate it. Use your values to accentuate the in-person shopping experience.

Your customers will thank you.

Think Beyond Visual Appeal (Use All Five Senses)

Running a brick-and-mortar shop gives your customers the opportunity to:

  • Interact with your products
  • Be immersed in the culture and atmosphere of your brand
  • Speak with real salespeople that advocate for your products
  • Use all five senses when deciding what to buy

Many stores only focus on the visual aspect and ignore the rest. Yes, we are visual creatures. But delivering an excellent shopping experience means considering the other four as well.

What type of music do your customers enjoy? Is there a genre that makes them want to spend more money? What scents do they like?

How is your product going to feel in their hands?

Little things make a big difference. It pays to pay attention and use what you know about your target audience.

Treat Customer Service as the Back Bone of Your Business (Hint: It Should Be)

Company’s in the United States miss out on over $41 million every year because of bad customer service. That’s a lot of money to miss out on because of something within your control.

Think about the last time you were unhappy with something you bought.

A business with good customer service will work with you to make things right by you. But, a business with bad customer service will leave you with a sour taste in your mouth. How do you want your customers to remember your business?

Think about what systems and policies you need to ensure customers leave your store happier than when they came in. Make sure every interaction lets your customers know how much you appreciate them.

Reward Loyal Customers & Give People a Reason to Come Back

Customers appreciate being taken care of. This is especially true for repeat customers. In a sea of other competitors, they choose you time and time again.

You know you appreciate their business. But they might not.

So, how do you make sure they know? You could try:

  • Offering a customer loyalty reward program
  • Hosting invitation-only events for frequent buyers
  • Asking for their feedback on new products
  • Sneak previews and exclusive giveaways
  • Coupons or free gifts to encourage customers to return
  • Sending a personalized note or email to say thank you

Tests out different ideas and ask them what they like best.

Consider the Customer’s Journey From Opening the Door to Checking Out

As soon as a customer steps foot in your door, they become a part of your story. They’re no longer on the outside looking in. Their shopping experience shapes how they think about your business.

When designing (or reorganizing) your space, think about the journey you want your customers to experience. What are they going to see first? Where will they go from there?

What will they see when they’re trying something on or preparing to pay you? Plan out every step of the way and help guide them from stepping in the door to leaving your store with a smile.

Offer a Unique Shopping Experience

It’s easy to confuse customer engagement with customer experience. While they do go hand-in-hand, they’re not interchangeable. So, whats the difference?

How a customer engages with your brand shapes their shopping experience. But, engagement is only one aspect of that experience. Creating a customer experience that demands engagement is a good place to start.

Think about the shopping experience your competitors provide. What do your customers expect from you? Once you know how to answer those questions, take them one or five steps further.

People remember unique experiences because they associate them with emotions. And those emotions cut through the mental noise. At the end of the day, they’re going to remember how you made them feel.

It’s Your Turn to Make It Happen!

Now that you know what you can do to improve the shopping experience, it’s time to decide what you’re going to do. What tweaks can you make to offer an excellent shopping experience for your customers?

Let us know by joining the conversation, below. We can’t wait to hear from you!