New research by Wunderman Thompson Technology (formally Cognifide), reveals the common pain points for consumers when it comes to digital experiences, with slow websites (37%) cited as the biggest frustration when dealing with brands online, and over a fifth of consumers (23%) stating that brands are failing to live up to expectations.
Experiences Customers Want
Over a fifth of UK consumers feel brands are failing to live up to online expectations.
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Nearly half of UK consumers are now less forgiving of poor online experiences than before the pandemic.
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When decision-makers were asked about their own website’s performance the majority thought it was ‘great’.
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Over a third of consumers are willing to give more of their personal data to brands if it improves the online experience.
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Hard to navigate websites (29%) a lack of clear information (23%) and poor mobile optimisation (22%) all feature highly as common issues when consumers deal with brands online.
Yet, when decision-makers were asked about their own website’s performance the majority (77%) thought it was ‘great’. A concern, when a fifth (21%) of consumers say a slow website alone would stop them interacting with a brand altogether.
Seamless experiences across channels are also a top priority for consumers (42%), yet only 11% of decision-makers think that a connected, omnichannel experience is the most important factor for great customer experience. Difficulties with unifying data across channels (38%) and data siloes within their organization (34%) were called out as barriers when it came to the omnichannel experience.
Impact of COVID-19
Nearly half (46%) of UK consumers are now less forgiving of poor online experiences than before the pandemic, signifying how critical digital experiences and interactions are to business success.
Expectations have clearly risen, with nearly two-thirds (62%) saying they expect more convenience from brands as a result of COVID-19. During this time brands have looked at how they serve their customers, with 72% now offering new products and services, 40% putting sites through a fundamental redesign, and 36% making information easier to find.
As a result, 44% of consumers say their online experiences with brands have improved since the beginning of the pandemic.
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The Value of Personalization
While 76% of decision-makers say they personalise experiences based on customer data and behaviour, only 14% surveyed said they are prioritising the creation of personalised content in order to deliver on it, exposing a mismatch between the aspiration to personalise and the ability to deliver.
Over a third (35%) of consumers are willing to give more of their personal data to brands if it improves the online experience. But targeted ads should be approached with caution, as potentially “creepy” ads were high on the list of pain points, with 33% saying targeted ads are among their biggest frustrations.
However, the value of targeted ads is clear when they do not jar with the consumer experience. When relevant and contextualized, 42% see targeted ads as a valuable use of their personal data and 37% say they are more likely to buy a product if they have seen a relevant ad.