While anyone can make predictions, we don’t always know if they actually happened. Over the years, there have been many ideas about where ecommerce is headed. I thought it would be interesting to look back at what analysts, industry experts and influencers predicted would happen over the past decade.
2009: Twitter isn’t an advertising platform.
A well-intentioned writer noticed that new Twitter accounts were being created with brand names, rather than their owners. He predicted that there would be a backlash in the Twitterverse, or that Twitter would crack down on company accounts as marketing was not its intended purpose.
In 2017, 75% of Twitter users had followed brand accounts. A large portion of these accounts were retail accounts. Twitter and brands won’t part ways anytime soon.
2010: Mobile commerce is here.
Mobile commerce has been on almost every prediction list since 2010. They were all correct, and mobile commerce was growing rapidly. Experts were not sure how quickly it would grow. Experts were wrong to predict that U.S. mobile sales would reach $3.4 billion by 2010. The growth of mcommerce has not slowed down nine years later.
2011: Video will be the new way to buy.
The yearly predictions lists have often included video. You’ve heard all about the video’s ability increase click-through and conversion rates. Video is a great way to increase confidence among online shoppers. However, we still want to see videos that have buy buttons and an easy click-to-purchase process.
2012: Say Goodbye to Shopping Holidays
One blogger predicted that 2012 would be the year Black Friday and Cyber Monday lost importance. Cyber Monday 2017 salessurpassed $6.5 billionLast year, sales reached a record $7.9 million. They are not only staying put, but there are new holidays such as Amazon Prime Day and Alibaba Singles Day. These holiday sales topped those of Cyber Monday and Black Friday this year.
2013: Amazon to open retail stores
This prediction was spot-on, but it was five years too soon. After all the efforts made by Amazon to become the world’s number one online shop, it was obvious that the next step would be opening actual retail stores. Amazon acquired Whole Foods in 2017 and eventually bought 460 physical stores. It also opened AmazonGo in 13 locations last year, a technology-forward convenience store.
2014: Omnichannel is now the only channel.
This concept is simple and brilliant: Customers get the same experience online as offline. The blending of digital and physical commerce has been a hot topic since the first online purchases. Although we’re further than five years ago but still striving to meet our goals
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Everyone in ecommerce expected the convergence of shopping and social. These platforms were used by brands to promote their products. Influencers shared their favorite products with peers and followed them. Online retailers were constantly looking for ways to reduce friction in the purchasing experience.
Twitter made that bet first, making its “buy Now” button accessible to all users in 2015. The popular social network disbanded its commerce development team in 2015. A year later, the “buy now” button was gone. Today, Snap, Instagram, Pinterest, and Instagram all offer growing social commerce options. The most likely reason for Twitter’s failure to offer “buy now” on its platform is that it wasn’t built for images, as most users want.
2016: “Nano Commerce will take over big retailers.
DTCs finally have a moment in 2019, but “overtake” might be too strong a term to describe the impact it has on big retailers. It is also bold to coin a term in the hopes that another industry will take it. It’s a term I like, but nano-commerce was trademarked to refer to trade shows in areas of tiny technologies.
2017-2019: Time will tell.
It’s been a little more difficult to make predictions in recent years and determine their validity, as the jury is still out on many of them. It’s easy for us to look back at 70 years and laugh about Popular Mechanics predicting computers of tomorrow. But, it becomes more difficult when we consider the change over time.
Many themes are common in discussions about the future ecommerce. We at BigCommerce are betting on many of these themes.
- We are eager to see what merchants do with the potential offered by headless commerce.
- We would love to see omnichannel evolve from conversational to real world.
- We are eager to see what these DTCs can do to reenergize the way consumers interact with retailers.
- There are many areas of innovation in the world. Shipping and Logistics
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