Ecommerce trends that worked in 2016

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As the year comes to a close, it’s good to take a look back over and ponder what went right with 2016 - especially with ecommerce.

Here’s a run-down of the ecommerce trends that worked in 2016.

Personalisation 

Product suggestions based on a visitor behaviour has been a pioneering development in the ecommerce landscape. Tools that have been developed to harness personal data have contributed to quicker purchasing actions, fewer abandoned carts and more repeat customers.

Mobile

Every single ecommerce website needs to be fully responsive. Mobile sales account for over half of the UK’s ecommerce sales and there are no signs of mobile usage slowing down. If you haven’t already made your site fully responsive to accommodate use of devices, it’s strongly recommended that you do.

Speed 

Improvement in site speed played a big part in conversions in 2016. A slow running site is surefire way to have an abandoned cart and kill a potential conversion. Users wants high performing websites which are quick, convenient and meet their needs. There are lots of services that are available for this purpose. Make sure this isn’t neglected in 2017 and you could see an upward trend in your completed sales.

Testing 

Being immersed in your website day in and day out can make it easy to overlook flaws in usability. Testing services this year have helping monitor feedback and demonstrate what should be addressed on your site, as well as letting us know why users do what they do.

Food ordering and delivery

2016 has been a year of food convenience. From Amazon Prime with its one hour food delivery slots, to Deliveroo’s takeaway offering of your favourite restaurant meals right to your door. Let's hope this trend certainly continues for years to come!

Niche products 

Shopify has paved the way for a multitude of ecommerce startups looking for high quality bespoke stores  (without the hefty transaction fees imposed by services such as Etsy.com and NotOnTheHighStreet.com). These niche businesses are able to successfully sell what once would have previously been ideas on paper.

What do you think have been the biggest ecommerce trends of 2016? Let us know your thoughts below.