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Top 5 eCommerce Development Trends to follow in 2018

The web world changes so fast that what is in trend today may not be in trend tomorrow. The concept of web aesthetic changes very frequently to provide the audience with the most immersive user experience. User engagement is the key to succeed in the domain of online marketing. However, when it comes to an eCommerce website, the business needs to stay ahead of the curve with its intuitive design, engaging content and other visual appearances to accommodate with user needs.

Here are the top 5 eCommerce website development trends in 2018.

Virtual assistance:

With the disruption of Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, online businesses are changing their ways of service and overall look-and-feel factor. Virtual assistance is one of the major integration to businesses who are incorporating the latest technologies. Having a virtual assistance into an eCommerce website is like having a 24×7 sales assistance. There are people who think that coordinating with sales assistance during shopping make the process smoother and faster. A rightly programmed virtual assistance will not only interact with the buyers like a real human being but it can also help buyers with a product recommendation.

Automated return software:

One of the major drawbacks of online shopping is that many customers don’t have the facility to test their product authenticity. This is also a major issue behind a low conversion rate to many eCommerce websites. Using automated return software enables the orders to integrate with the internal purchase cycle that keeps the track of the process. This automated process allows customers to return their policy, while the company can keep track of the returned products.

Mobile ready site:

With more customers will be using mobile as the primary source of online research and purchase, the rate of online sales from mobile is likely to increase in coming years. Hence, the developers need to focus more on creating a website that is mobile ready. Apart from the mobile responsive website, which is a must for every business, there are few things to consider to make the website ready for mobile devices such as maintaining AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages), mobile-friendly content and to name a few.

Interactive mobile application:

In the world of mobile application, no one bothers to search on Google to buy products. An eCommerce website without an application is incomplete. The application enables users to have a one-to-one, personalized shopping experience. When the customers have easy access to your online shop, they are more willing to buy from you. With the mobile application, retails can branch out their service and products to their targeted audience in much less time.

IoT Enabled shopping experience:

E-commerce sector is undergoing a major shift with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT). With the changing lifestyle of consumers, an online retailing shop is becoming a part of their life. It is very crucial for the online marketers to stay up to the expectation of their customers. Thankfully, proper integrating of interactive technology like IoT can help increase customer delight. When it comes to IoT, a wearable connected device is the main object. The internet-connected device helps retailers and buyers to go through the purchase process more efficient.

For instance, IoT enabled smart mirror offers customers to try out clothes on the shop without actually changing the dress. The mirror simulates the real-life dressing room and it also helps customers to place an order of their desired clothes.

So these are the most happening eCommerce trends to be followed this year and after. But more trends will take the lead in coming years.

To know more about such technological trends, please stay connected with us at Digital Marketing Lab, India.