A 7-Step Framework for Successful Ecommerce Implementation

A 7-Step Framework for Successful Ecommerce Implementation

Now that the fundamentals of an ecommerce business in theory are clear (Is your Ecommerce website, a retail web-store? – the 4 fundamentals to make sure!).It is now time to put them to practice.

The sustainability and success of any eCommerce business is dependent on the implementation or adoption of the following seven key steps:

Each of these steps, which form a critical part of eCommerce website development, are interconnected. Successful implementation of each of these is consequential of the preceding it.

Hence, implementing each of them in the right priority and in a phased manner is of utmost importance – to ensure your eCommerce business is successful in the long run.


1. Strategic business planning and roadmaps – Strategy is about making the right choices that will help you reach the stated business objectives. Brands with successful ecommerce website vouch for the benefits of starting your ecommerce journey with a solid, well-defined strategy and technology road map.

For a successful ecommerce website implementation, it is imperative for you to have a should clear-cut vision, and understanding regarding:

  1. Business goals to be achieved with the ecommerce channel
  2. Timelines & Cost factors required to achieve the goals (in how much time, within what budget)
  3. Challenges that you may face in your eCommerce website implementation journey
  4. Right resources and innovations to address the above challenges and facilitate smooth eCommerce journey
  5. Omnichannel digital experience strategy to ensure seamless, consistent and connected experience for your customers. Your brand should be able to engage, communicate and reach out to customers across all touchpoints – website, mobile app, social media, billboards – basically wherever they are engaging with your brand. Knowledge and deep understanding of the digital marketing tools and techniques that will help in reaching and acquiring customers is required. the assumptions considered in preparing the strategic business plan should be in alignment with the ecommerce industry’s norms and trends.

2. Website audit and analysis – In order to provide the maximum benefit to your online store visitor, your chosen ecommerce technology should be fully capable of being customizable. Additionally, the platform should compliment your business model, and adhere to the existing best practices in offline retail.

If you’re a retailer foraying into the world of eCommerce, you should have razor-sharp clarity about the functionalities that you do and don’t need on an e-commerce website. The features and functionalities in your eCommerce website should be a factor of the following :

  • the industry,
  • the size and type of audience being targeted, and
  • different customer segments your online business aims to serve.

And if your business already has an eCommerce presence and is yet to gain complete benefits of eCommerce technology for your business, you must consider a deep website audit!

A complete assessment of how your eCommerce website can perform better by examining the storefront and customer flow, analysis of competing websites, and identification and implementation of solutions based on the gap analysis should be carried out (‘as-is’ and ‘to-be’).

3. Customer acquisition – Online or popular digital marketing encompasses multiple tools for reaching out to the new generation of customers, who are actively engaged in using multiple devices, through search engine optimization, search engine marketing (paid advertisement that includes both cost per click and cost per thousand impressions), social media marketing (that includes both cost per click and cost per thousand impressions), email campaigns, display advertisements using various ad networks, referral programs and re-targeting campaigns.


Going by the sales principles of AIDA (awareness, interest, desire and action), it’s important to note that the cost of customer acquisition will be very high for brands and retailers that are newly establishing their product offerings exclusively online.
However, for brands that are well established offline and are pursuing ecommerce strategy, the cost of customer acquisition is lesser compared to the new entrants.

4. Customer engagement – Customers these days are actively seeking to engage with brands to understand the core benefits and unique value proposition that the brand offers, discounts and offers during special seasons, a robust support mechanism for queries/clarifications regarding the products displayed and interaction with customer support executives to know more about policies on returns and exchange, etc.

Engaging customers through various social media channels and offering them accurate and context-specific information and content also instils superior trust in the minds of customers.

5. Customer retention – With the advent of sophisticated e-commerce technologies, new age retailers will be able to leverage an almost one-to-one customer experience and that’s the best a customer can really expect.

However, it should be noted that to fully leverage best-in-class technology, there needs to be a constant effort to look out for features and functionalities that will enhance the customer experience.

Also Read: 4 Essential Tips for Customer Empowerment and Retention

6. Optimization based on key metrics – Some of the key metrics to measure the health of an eCommerce venture include:

Total revenue generated
Cost of customer acquisition,
Percentage of customers converted, and
Percentage of customers visiting the eCommerce store through various channels.

However, these metrics may vary significantly based on the business objectives and so every business needs a fully customized approach for defining the key metrics and further analysis.

Once these are defined and there are a substantial number of customers visiting the website, a deeper level of optimization is needed at 2 levels – on the technology and the business front.

  • Technology – This generally includes optimizing the ecommerce website load speed, shopping cart, check-out and other web pages, a/b and multivariate testing, etc. Creating unique and well-researched blog content, refining the titles & headings in the content, and using engaging meta descriptions are other ways to attract organic traffic to your website.
  • Business – Optimization here includes analysis of the total revenues generated, total spending for running the e-commerce operations, optimizing the gross net margins, conversion rates from each of the various channels, customer loyalty and retention rates, rate of repeat purchase, frequency of repeat customers (across multiple dimensions), % of carts abandoned, etc.
  • Ecommerce brands can optimize these metrics with significant investment in innovative tech solutions available today.
  • Online ratings and review, product recommendations, AI-enabled search features – There are a lot of technically advanced features that you can integrate with your eCommerce website to improve these numbers and enhance online shopping experience.Also Read: How Product Recommendation Engines are Becoming a Game Changer for Ecommerce Brands?
  • There is a lot of research evidence supporting the incorporation of features like reviews and ratings, and display of the right products either through up-selling or cross-selling.
  • As per market research done by Digital.com, 54% of online shoppers refer to product reviews before making a purchase.
  • 26% of online shoppers marked good reviews as the prime factor for influencing to shop from a particular eCommerce website.

7. Business analysis and customer insights – The final step in the entire process is about fine-tuning and understanding the product categories that have performed well compared to other products displayed in the webstore. Assessing this is crucial since each of these categories and products within those categories occupy the prime real estate in the online world – the web store.

  • It also should consist of understanding the customer segments, demographics, profitable customers, source of channels through which the profitable customers came to the web store, % of revenue each profitable customer contributes to and the marketing spends that has gone into acquiring these customers.
  • These metrics are only a small representation of a larger list that can be optimized further. These metrics vary based on the business needs and require a customized approach for defining, monitoring and optimization.

In today’s “compete hard or perish” environment a holistic e-commerce strategy, if planned and executed well, can be an important means of bolstering revenues, increasing brand awareness, providing best in class support and shopping experience to the new generation of customers.

The successful implementation of an e-commerce strategy helps in gaining a competitive edge over the existing competitors, no matter whether they are online or offline.

It’s evident: a clear winner in the game of e-commerce power play will be the one who understands the role of deep integration of these 4 core pillars along with the importance of executing a 7-step approach around these pillars.

For more information and to know how Embitel Technologies can help you drive your business objectives using e-commerce technologies, contact us at sales@embitel.com or visit our website at www.embitel.com

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