A big part of what makes the online arena attractive to marketers is the ability to engage customers and potential customers in a variety of ways. The most important “engagement” aspect, however, is a user’s experience with the site. If a site is cumbersome and not user-friendly, people aren’t going to spend a lot of time trying to navigate through what is fast becoming a bad experience for them.
Add to that the aspect of being asked to register, and most users will alter their behavior as a result. A recent study by Janrain in conjunction with Blue Research noted that:
- 75% of consumers take issue with being asked to register on a website and will change their behavior as a result
- 76% of consumers admit to giving false information or leaving forms incomplete when creating a new account
- 54% will either leave the site or not return
- 17% go to a different site
The research indicates that “…consumers are frustrated with the traditional online registration process and will favor brands that make it easy for them to be recognized.…”
One method that surfaced as a solution to being recognized was being able to sign in using an existing social media log-in such as from Facebook, Google, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Two-thirds (66%) of consumers said that this would be an “attractive solution to the problem.” Of this 66%:
- 42% feel that companies who offer this are more up to date, innovative and leave a more positive impression.
- 55% say they are more likely to return to a site that automatically recognizes them
- 48% say they are more likely to make a purchase
Making your site user-friendly goes a long way in your effort to keep customers engaged. Listen to what your customers tell you about your site. They spend the most time there. Make their time on your site beneficial for both them and you. Like most things in life, people use things that they are familiar with and make them the most comfortable. Sometimes that’s a website, and most times that’s your customer.
— Dave Capano, EVP, Director of Connection Planning