Global digital consultancy Practicology has ranked a group of 15 Australian fashion retailers against 10 of their UK competitors, in research to determine who is doing a better job of serving Australian consumers online.
Each retailer was reviewed in Q4 2018 on criteria related to their mobile site usability, customer service, delivery proposition and SEO performance. In addition, Practicology looked at a range of localisation criteria for the UK retailers, to assess how well they were tailoring their Australian websites for the intended audience. Only one UK retailer – Asos – ranked in the top 10 of the retailers overall. Missguided ranked next highest in joint 11th place.
The findings demonstrate how much Australian fashion retailers have improved their online offers in the last few years; and how UK competitors are failing to keep up with the experience and services provided. This includes a growing adoption of Live Chat, same-day and next-day delivery services; as well as offering click-and-collect and adding Afterpay as a payment choice. The Selling Fashion Online in Australia Report highlights benchmarks that all brands should be working towards if they want to delight Australian consumers. These include:
Merline McGregor, General Manager for Australia, said of the report findings: “It’s great to see that Australian retailers are holding their own against their UK competitors, and often providing significantly better online experiences too. However, no retailer can afford to be complacent, and there are some key areas of improvement for both local and international retailers to consider if they want to maximise their online sales. Investment in SEO will drive more consumers to your site, and great customer service will help to convert them into paying customers and retain them too.”
You can download the full report here.
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