Is Your Website Festive-Ready? Gear Up To Light Your Online Brand Store With 8 Ultimate Ideas!

Few days ahead of the festive season and shopkeepers are starting to revamp their shops with festive lights and gift packs. That’s what planning is all about. Before a festive season starts you buck up to attract your customer base. Just imagine, if brick and mortar shops are prepping up to makeover their stores from scratch then what do you have in mind to light-up the digital attire of your online brand store?

To attract your customer base with vibrant festive themes, it is rather important to deck up your website with festive cheers. Well, don’t get crippled over the growing competition, as we provide you with an array of ideas. Not only does it help you to increase sales, but also improves your brand’s online equity.

Before we delve into ideas about how you can revamp your website for the festive season, let’s dive deeper into your goals and how to set them.

How To Set Up Your Goals?

To set up your goals, you first need to get the hang of your customer base. Consumer segmentation is an important factor in marketing. Check the type and kind of customers you deal with and then tally the results with your product offerings. Designing the website without positioning your goals is merely a waste of your time and effort. With that, you also need to check upon your short-term objectives. Would you want to generate sales or just viral your brand presence, or would you rather want to position your products in the customer’s mind? It’s important that you come up with an action plan. 

8 ultimate e-commerce ideas to light-up your online brandstore this festive season!

1. Make your brandstore’s UI/UX festive-friendly 

UI/UX is the foremost point to be taken into consideration while revamping your website for the festive season. Start by modifying your website’s attire with festive-friendly features and sunshine themes. Also, with the advancement in technology, there is a rapid increase in smartphone users, who also use their smartphones to shop on various websites. Thus, make sure that your website is mobile-friendly and opens immediately without taking halts in-between. Nobody has a minute to spare, especially amidst the hustle-bustle of the festive season. To avoid any glitch, make a festive-friendly action plan beforehand

“How you should make-over your brand-store will depend on the uniqueness of your business, but the advantage of that will go beyond the festive season.” 

2. Check your web store’s navigation

Picture this; you’ve reached a hyper-local store to run some errands. But, you can’t navigate the items you came to buy. How would you feel? The same way, if your website’s visitor can’t find what they wanted to get, then it will directly have an effect on your site’s conversions, sales, and bounce rates. To avoid any hassle, create complete hierarchical website navigation that helps your visitors find out your festive combo offers and deals in a jiffy.

3. Optimize your site’s content to improve the search results

A rational customer generally looks for the first three SERPs when browsing for a particular idea. If your website is not SEO friendly and doesn’t land up on the initial result page with happy festive keywords then you’re losing the game. Look for relevant content ideas and nourish your website’s content including product descriptions and banner ad copies with specific keywords. Play with the ideas and check what works best.

4. Create a festive version of your brand logo

Colors play a major role to reflect your corporate identity. A logo is the voice of the brand and playing with it is not an easy thing to do. You can’t change your logo altogether for a temporary festive season. Instead, think of changing the hues to match the happy sunshine vibes. Not only does it showcase that your business is celebrating national festivities, but also helps to boost your sales.

“Keeping harmony between bright hues and minimal design is the key to steal your customer’s heart.”

5. Optimize your site’s content to improve the researches

A rational customer generally looks for the first three SERPs when browsing for a particular idea. If your website is not SEO friendly and doesn’t land up on the initial result pages with happy festive keywords then you’re losing the game. Look for relevant content ideas and nourish your website’s content including product descriptions and banner ad copies with specific keywords. Play with the ideas and check what works best.

6. Introduce a new feature to manage refunds

With increased sales, refunds have also become a common issue. When a customer returns a product, then they tend to face a problem in refunds. This not only degrades the reputation of your website but also wipes-off your strategies to retain loyal customers. Thus, it’s important to create a segment on your website where your customer can check the refund status.


To enjoy services like these, you can check up on Kartify- handcrafted to deliver exceptional e-commerce experience. Having come with a refund manager, Kartify assists you to process refunds on both prepaid and COD orders. Request your demo for Kartify solution.

7. Include your product offerings with deals and discounts

If you get extra money on the top of the discounts, then why would you be not interested? It is a great strategy to pull-off sales in bulk. Many retailers’ offers great discounts and cashback offers by partnering up with various other cashback enabled websites. You can also start up with programs that give early-bird discounts and better offers while they shop.

“Now’s the time to showcase your unique value proposition while including exclusive offers and discounts.”

8. Enable a gift card option to your website

Showing gratitude by giving gifts to friends and family is an essential part of Diwali. Thus, start by introducing e-gift cards, which will enable your customers to give exciting gifts to their loved ones. With this, not only can you increase your customer retention, but can also spread happiness on their faces.  

To make you enjoy this feature, ANS Commerce has enabled gift cards on Kartify. It’s an easier way to increase your customer loyalty. Also, this festive season, we have decided to offer it for *FREE*. Chase the offer before it ends.

To know more about the gift card module, check out this.

How to execute the ideas?

If you want your customers to get smitten by your web store then you must think of getting your hands on Kartify, a complete store-front platform by ANS Commerce. It helps you manage your brand store with extensive tech options and 60+ third-party integrations. With that, it also offers you value-packed features that are fully customizable UI/UX including menu layout, filter, cashback, COD fee, sales promotion, and many more features.

Revamping your website seems like a lot, but it can be very gratifying. Start strategizing your re-launch plan to give a boost to your sales and online presence. We want you to get your website all cheered up- drop us a mail on que@anscommerce.com to get the free demo.

What should you consider while choosing an e-commerce platform?

Nearly 72% of India’s urban internet users and 57% of rural users access the internet daily. With this huge rise in internet penetration, brands are constantly looking for ways to expand their customer base. The explosion of online shopping in the Indian market has given retailers a new outlook towards building their own e-commerce websites. 

Building your own e-commerce website can be a long and intimidating process if you don’t have the right resources. Not only do you need backend support but also a team of dedicated individuals who know your needs and can provide you with solutions that tick all your boxes. The easiest way to set up an e-commerce website is to develop it on an e-commerce platform – where you get technical support readily available and do not have to deal with the hassles of finding modules or extensions repeatedly.

With the staggering growth in the number of options available, there are a multitude of e-commerce platforms available to select from. And if not done correctly, it can be an extremely expensive affair. It is quite easy to get lost with this so we have curated a list of things to consider when selecting your e-commerce platform. These pointers will help you prioritize your business needs and filter out platforms accordingly.

Considerations to keep in mind while choosing an e-commerce platform

  • Technology:
    Being the nucleus of your e-commerce website, it is important that you put emphasis on the technological aspects of the e-commerce platform you are selecting. It is quite possible to get turned around in technical jargon if you are new to this. For this purpose, you need a hands-on team that offers you technical assistance.

Kartify, a brandstore solution by ANS Commerce, offers you comprehensive tech options for your platform with a “no-code” usage for configuration. With no add-ons needed, you can start a fully functional store out-of-the-box. With more than 50 third-party integrations, Kartify strives to make your experience only better along with continuous bug-fixes and feature development.

  • Secure:
    It is no news that consumers value their data and their privacy the most during online shopping. Hence it is imperative that your e-commerce platform is secure and provides customers reassurance regarding their data, especially during transactions.

With regular security audits, Kartify ensures a smooth running website for your brand. It also comes equipped with Cloud armor, regular backup and version control as well as data encryption. It also enables brands to set up payment gateway and payment methods as per their needs, including payment with coupons, COD as well as wallets, and UPI.

  • Scalable:
    While all brands aspire to expand, it is quite possible that the platform may not be able to cater to the size of the expansion. Therefore, it becomes important to choose such an e-commerce platform, which does not put a limitation on the number of products and traffic that your site can have.

Kartify provides you with a scalable platform for your e-commerce needs with automatic deployment and scaling (Google Cloud + Kubernetes), real-time image optimization with cache and DB replication. Not only that, but the platform is also load-tested for more than 1 million concurrent users, making sure that traffic does not hinder the smooth running of the website.

  • Customizable:
    Setting up an online store should not feel like rocket science. You want the ability to fully capture the feel of your unique brand. One solution for this are website templates because they don’t require you to hire outside help or to be a design whiz to create a professional look and make a bold statement.

Kartify offers you a fully customizable UI/UX including user flows, menu, layout, filter, etc. It not only provides a feature of editable CSS/HTML for front-end but also checkout view customization packed with features such as guest mode/login, shipping/handling fee, cashback, COD fee, sales promotion, and many more. 

  • Integrations:
    Another factor you should take into consideration is integrations and plugins. Look for a platform that integrates with your other existing systems and marketing channels.

Kartify is an omni-friendly platform that already has more than 50 third-party services integrated including logistics, payments, loyalty, and engagement partners. It is also integrated with four leading omni-channel partners which enables fulfillment from offline shops for online orders.

  • Analytics:
    While every brand wants to put in efforts for their growth, it is also imperative that you monitor that growth and then make data-driven decisions. The business will soon rake-in money so it is important to monitor the store’s performance. You don’t want to play the numbers guessing game hence you should look for an e-commerce platform that helps you keep tabs on all of the important things – number of sales, payment methods, order amounts, and more—and displays stats in an easy-to-understand format.

Kartify enables you to get reports straight to your inbox or phone with dashboards that are standard and also customizable. Kartify gives you the option of viewing and analyzing data for sales and orders, returns, products, customers, promotions, marketing funnels, and trends. And a cherry on top is that the platform can be integrated with any business intelligence tool.

With the ‘new normal’ slowly making its way into our routines, consumers are looking for ways to buy products without having to put themselves at risk. This is where e-commerce platforms come in, making shopping easier with the consumers’ convenience at its core. Hence, there couldn’t be a better time than now for brands to invest in an e-commerce platform and establish an online presence.

For a demo for e-commerce solution, drop your query at que@anscommerce.com

How COVID-19 Pandemic Impacted Marketing Efforts

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought us face-to-face with unprecedented times, where businesses struggle to keep the damage to the minimum. Since most countries have been under lockdown for the last few months, the impact of the restrictions on daily activities can be seen on almost all businesses and markets.

While the crisis has changed the business landscape, all is not lost. With these disruptions come opportunities for growth and overcoming challenges. With the right mindset and resources, you can navigate your way through these times in order to identify your customers’ needs, wants and expectations.

Should I continue my marketing efforts?

In times like these, the most impacted business is that of non essentials such as apparels, tech, beauty, etc. The greatest challenge is foreseeing how customer wants, needs, expectations and purchasing decisions will evolve. 

Keeping this in mind, businesses often have the question whether or not they should continue with their marketing methods at all. This question is only obvious since they want to optimize their costs of running the business to sustain during this period. And while making the cuts in the costs, the first thing to be sacrificed is more often than not, the marketing efforts. The thought process behind this is simple – If the buying capacity of the consumer has decreased then why burn money on advertising the goods?

Well, that approach here isn’t right. 

Abruptly stopping all your marketing efforts will cut off your relations and conversations with your customers. The longer the pandemic goes on, the more out of touch you will be with your brand followers. This will lead them to forget about your brand amidst all the engaging content provided by other brands. 

When things finally do get back on track, you will have to start from scratch.

So How Did The Pandemic Affect Brands?

As soon as the lockdown came into effect, offline stores were shut and deliveries from online stores had also come to a halt. This ultimately led to brands stopping most, if not all, of their marketing efforts since they could not deliver the products. Although this did affect sales, this also meant that the competition had lowered. Certain brands saw this as an opportunity and decided to run some of their marketing messages, just to ensure that they did not lose touch with their customers.

One more key takeaway from this sudden shift was that traffic clicks were cheaper since there wasn’t much competition in the market. Hence, for those who were continuing their advertising campaigns, this time couldn’t have been more fruitful.

Who Was At Advantage?

The lockdown had a huge impact on all traditional methods of sales and marketing but there were also certain businesses that benefited from it.

  • Brands that were delivering even during the lockdown period had an advantage by default since people had the ideology that it’s better to have products of any brand rather than not have any products at all.
  • Due to the social distancing mandate, people preferred buying online rather than going to offline stores, even if they were open for business. Thus the offline rush had found its way online. This played to the advantage of those who had established an online presence.
  • Another observation was that brands which had a prominent offline presence ultimately also had a prominent advantage online. This is due to the fact that customers trust a brand that they had been using, so that even while buying online, they do not have to worry about the product quality.
  • Brands which continued their marketing could leverage the customers of their competitors who weren’t aggressively marketing and promoting their products.

What were the downsides?

Although there were certain advantages, there were also some downsides that were seen by businesses and brands. One of the biggest adverse effects was seen in servicing after purchase since personnel movement was restricted. Not only that but deliveries also took a hit due to the limited movement of vehicles throughout the country which resulted in products being delivered within 2 weeks’ period or so instead of the previous 3-4 days period.

How do I sustain my brand in these times?

An article covered by The Economic Times outlines the concept of revenge shopping, taking the example of a luxury brand and how it recorded the biggest single-day shopping in China. Revenge shopping is the overindulgence in retail therapy by people who missed shopping during the lockdown period.

In India this trend might be witnessed in the upper middle class who have sustained their incomes and standard of living during the lockdown. Another way to recover the lost sales during the lockdown is carrying out promotional activities and sales or discount offers, which will attract customers loyal to your brand and also potential customers since everyone is looking for economical goods these days.

To summarize, the pandemic isn’t over yet. There might be a few more blind turns ahead but brands have already started planning for contingencies. Although this new economic climate has added challenges for brands, it has also opened up new avenues for growth.

If you are looking for performance marketing partner to grow your business in these uncertain times, please drop your query at que@anscommerce.com 

 

5 Reasons Why You Must Have an Online Brand Store

In a digitally driven world, businesses are constantly looking for ways to make their online presence more prominent. Since there have been many options for e-commerce platforms in recent years, the most common question a brand has is whether to set up their own online brand store or sell on marketplaces. While marketplaces such as Amazon, Myntra and Flipkart are popular these days, the possibility of your product being lost in the several hundred similar options is too high. Hence, in order to make sure that the customer recognizes your brand identity and its quality products, it is imperative that you must build your own brand ecommerce website.

It is estimated that brandstore can contribute to ~25-30% of overall retail e-commerce in India by 2026. Rise of DTCs and focus from established brands is a testament to online brandstore becoming core to retail strategy.

What are the advantages of building a brand store?

First and foremost, when you sell on a marketplace, the sole competition you have with other brands is on the basis of price. Marketplaces do not give many options for brands to show value against the 100 other brands offering a similar product.

Here are some key advantages of having your own ecommerce website:

Control brand experience:
You’re able to control everything on the site; from positioning to merchandising. You have a number of pre-built templates to choose from, complete flexibility over design, mobile-optimized interface, and a much more personal connection with your customers. Also, you get to control the pricing and authenticity of your products. This builds trust in buyers and familiarizes them with your brand and your ecosystem. Not only this, it establishes uniformity and a seamless transfer between your offline and online store.

Serve your customers directly:
Having your own website provides a personalized shopping experience to your customers, which ultimately reinforces your brand image. This allows you to have exclusive catalogs, discounts and content along with niche products according to their preferences. A personalized experience curated by the brand will reassure the customer about the authenticity and quality of the products and also make them trust the safety of the website.

Cross-sell and upsell your products:
You can boost your sales by adding a cross-sell option for customers, often seen as ‘similar products’ or ‘customers also bought’ options during the process of purchasing products. While in upselling, it is recommended that the customer buys a better, and hence more expensive, product. This is enabled when you know your customers’ purchasing preferences and have their data in order to tailor the suggestions as per their wants and needs.

Increased profit margins:
Your own brand’s e-commerce website will allow you to have more control over your online revenue. And since the sales will be on your own website, you will not have to share your profits with anyone except for ~2% gateway payment cut. Apart from that, unlike online marketplaces, you don’t need to pay any transaction or listing fees when you are using your own website. Additionally, you can run offers and deals as per your will and you won’t be penalized for a delay in delivery for some unforeseen circumstances.

Leverage customer data:
Since you will build your own customer database, their purchase patterns and key demographic information will help you improve targeting and personalization, along with aiding in product development and improving user flow. Adding to that, a leading fashion marketplace has its private labels which account for more than 25% of its business. Most of the time, marketplaces use the consumer data of other brands to improve their own private labels. Moreover, it is very difficult to formulate marketing actions such as sales promotion, discounts, abandoned shopping cart recovery, etc. for your own brand without customer insights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While marketplaces do provide the consumers with ease of shopping, if you are looking to position your brand and build a loyal customer base, having your own e-commerce website is more reliable. With the correct support team and resources, it can definitely go a long way in generating sales and ample revenue over time.

If you are looking for an expert e-commerce team to listen to your business needs and build a personalized website that reflects your brand identity, then get in touch with us at que@anscommerce.com