4 Steps of the Post-Purchase Experience

4 Steps of the Post-Purchase Experience
Published on: Nov 25, 2016
Updated: Aug 18, 2022

Post-purchase experience seeks to create a special experience after the purchase of a product or the use of a service. The goal is to build brand loyalty and retain existing customers. After all, customer retention is 5 times cheaper than acquiring new customers. Nevertheless, only about 16% of retailers use marketing tools to promote customer loyalty.

One customer taken care of could be more valuable than $10,000 worth of advertising.

(Jim Rohn)

Below are four steps a retailer should follow to successfully create a post-purchase experience.


1) Awareness of the problem

Most e-commerce companies have (unfortunately) not worked out a concept for the post-purchase journey. The transaction does not end for the customer when he clicks the "buy" button. After a buyer has ordered something online, he still needs to receive the product.

However, before his package arrives, there is a gap in communication between the retailer and the customer: the so-called "experience gap". Here, it is up to marketers to create a consistently positive experience and deliver it to the customer (literally and figuratively). With parcelLab, we are trying to close this gap with our technical solution.

2) Continue the conversation

One of the parts of the customer journey that marketers should focus on is the post-purchase experience. Rather than sending customers to a third-party website, many major brands have implemented a customised shipping tracking solution that provides clarity to the delivery process. Shoppers are informed of the status of their delivery at any point in the Journey, can check the shipping status themselves and browse items on cross-sale. All this happens without leaving the retailer's online shop. As a result, retailers not only gain more website visits, but also reduce the volume of customer service calls.

3) Increase relevance

While customers are waiting for their shipment to be delivered, they are more likely to be receptive to communicating with the retailer. This is especially the case if the content is personalised. According to a study, 76% of all shoppers prefer retailers that use personalised, tailored information to create a relevant customer experience. Retailers achieve cross-sell sales through personalised on-site promotions such as "you might also like" items. These are based on the customer's previous purchases. Among other things, this increases relevance and boosts customer loyalty a little with the help of the post-purchase funnel.

However, during the 'experience gap' there are also a number of things that could go wrong and upset the customer: Delivery of the wrong item, wrong shipping address, damaged item, late delivery, etc. Unpredictable things happen all the time, but there is a way to prepare for them.

4) Proactive measures

One bad experience alone does not mean a lost customer. It depends on how much the brand is able to react in such situations in a timely manner. Successful brands seek feedback at the time of delivery because this is when problems are most likely to be identified. Using the right, end-to-end, post-purchase marketing tools, brands can monitor customer behaviour and take proactive action. This allows problems to be resolved quickly and in a timely manner.

A first-class post-purchase experience is becoming more and more established in our industry. Therefore, retailers should promote this customer-centric attitude in their business and ensure that marketing, supply chain, e-commerce and customer support are aligned with the rest of the company's values, creating a world-class post-purchase experience at all times.

Online entrepreneurs need to create an end-to-end post-purchase experience so that users become long-term and loyal customers. As a result, customers are not only satisfied with the product, but also with the entire journey at all times.


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