E-commerce Strategy - Visualise Your Funnel And Fill The Gaps

Getting Crystal-Clear on the Most Important Part of Your Ecomm Business: Your Funnel Strategy

Take our free survey and find out what's missing in your e-commerce funnel 

E-commerce Strategy - Why Does It Matter?

e-commerce strategy impact

Having Implemented an Effective Strategy and Constantly Working on Improvements Makes All the Difference Long Term.

This visual model shows what typically happens to businesses over time.
The marketplace is constantly changing. And businesses who do not adapt to these changes will end up in stagnation (50% - grey line) or go out of business (25% - red line). To be part of the 25% that thrive, we need to constantly adjust our strategy. And having a visual strategy in place makes this process much easier.

Why Visual Strategy?

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Visual Models communicate a much larger amount of information in a short period of time compared to text. As they say - ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’.

A visual plan provides clarity and makes it easy to:

  • Get the big picture
  • Understand the customer journey
  • Share with others
  • Identify missing parts
  • Implement improvements

The Four Pillars of your E-commerce Strategy

Before designing our e-commerce funnel, we have to keep in mind what it's supposed to do: enable these four essential elements for selling online:

Get people to see our offer

Get people to buy

Get customers to come back

Make all previous easier

The Four Pillars of your E-commerce Strategy

The Idea Behind The Ecomm Plan:

We use visual funnel-design software to map out all the elements and interconnections of a successful e-commerce business. Who Is It for? 

  • For Amazon sellers who want to expand their business beyond Amazon and benefit from the higher business value by doing so
  • Businesses who want to start or improve online sales

Ecomm Plan Overview

This is a visual E-commerce Strategy Funnel I created.
I call it the 'Ecomm Plan'. It contains all essential elements to grow your online business.

ecomm plan strategy overview

Let's have a look at the components of this structure.

1. Traffic - No Online Business can do without It

e-commerce strategy traffic

Traffic is the lifeblood of our online business. No traffic - no sales. That's why we want to use all available sources of traffic, some of which come for free (organic search, social media, CRM), others are paid (Google and Facebook Ads). The traffic sources mapped out in this funnel are:

  • Our blog or brand website
  • Facebook Group
  • Facebook Page
  • Instagram
  • Google Ads
  • Google organic
  • Facebook Ads
  • Instagram
  • Retargeting
  • CRM (our customer database)

2. Conversion - Turning Visitors into Buyers

e-commerce strategy conversion

The second most important part of our funnel is its ability to convert traffic into buying customers. This happens in our store, which must be optimized for conversion in every possible way. Here are some aspects to consider when setting up your store:

  • Short loading time
  • Mobile-friendly (responsive) design
  • Attractive images and videos
  • Testimonials
  • Call to action (buy button) above the fold
  • Check-out convenience (payment gateways)
  • Upsells and downsells

3. Retargeting / Retention - Getting Visitors and Customers to come back

e-commerce retargeting strategy

One of the costliest mistakes is to not have a retargeting plan. Quote from TangibleWords: "To convert a visitor into a customer takes several touchpoints. Prior to mainstream internet usage, it took 2-7 touch points to close a new customer. That figure has been tracked to have grown to 28-62 touch points because of the access to information customers now have." That's why we need a system to bring visitors back to our store.

The most efficient ways to do that are Google and Facebook retargeting pixels. These code-snippets, included in our store and brand page, allowing us to run ads targeting people who visited our websites and bringing them back.

Our existing customer database (CRM) is a free retargeting-source often under-utilised by e-commerce business owners.

4. CRM (Customer Relationship Management)

CRM for ecommerce business

It's much easier to re-sell to an existing customer compared to a person who never bought from you. All big e-commerce platforms make extensive use of this fact (Amazon, eBay... you name it).

Engaging with your customer list in a meaningful way is not only a source of repeat sales but also a great opportunity to establish a connection and build your brand. Your CRM should have at least three 'buckets' or segments to address leads according to their standing:
- Prospects
- Customers
- Premium / repeat customers
Setting this up including all the copywriting for the emails, integrations with SMS and Messenger can be a lot of work but definitely worth it.

Where Do We Go From Here?

  1. The best next step is to get a firm understanding of where you are right now with your e-commerce funnel strategy. Take our free survey and find out in 5 minutes. We will send you a report of your exiting funnel assets and what's missing.
  2. Get on a free discovery call with me so we can get a better understanding of your current situation and how to improve it.

  3. Book a strategy session to map out your tailor-made, ideal visual funnel strategy.

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Dano E. Falk 
Entrepreneur &
E-commerce Consultant

Your funnel strategy is the backbone of your online business. Making it visual will help you fully understand it and act on the missing parts.