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6 Essential Digital Product Metrics for Ecommerce Success

By Dom Scarlett (originally published on Salsify)

MARCH 8, 2022 | 6 mins read

Key performance indicators (KPIs) are essential for brand manufacturers to gauge both successes and failures. While it’s tempting for brands to report on every KPI they encounter, the digital shelf is changing continually.

Leaders must focus on the essential digital product metrics that will help them meet their unique goals. Too much data can blur the appropriate next steps for your team, leaving them chasing irrelevant or unactionable information.

Using these six essential digital product metrics for ecommerce will help you hold your team accountable and ensure continual optimisation to improve performance.

Build a Foundation for Measuring Performance

Salsify co-founder and CMO Rob Gonzalez stresses that brand manufacturers must have a solid foundation before they can hone in on the more complex aspects of ecommerce optimisation. This foundation must include both content and brand ownership.

Positive sales share, search rank, traffic, conversion, and low cart abandonment rates are the results of solid content health and brand ownership.

Together, these digital product metrics paint a detailed picture of a brand’s competitive position — and, more importantly in today’s consumer-centric world, how shoppers view and engage with products.

Metric 1: Content Health

Every element of your product detail pages (PDPs) can provide insights to help boost performance and increase revenue. Title length, description length, number of feature bullets and images, and the overall quality of images all play critical roles in how your products are discovered, researched, and purchased by consumers.

Immersive, robust content is the consumer expectation, and detailed product content is the number one reason shoppers complete transactions. Retailers also expect brands and content to be intently focused on the consumer experience.

Comparison charts, 360-degree product image spins, PDF downloads, and image galleries are being used more than ever on PDPs.

Using the Salsify Product Page Report, product content is benchmarked against data-based best practices, and your product pages receive a letter grade depicting overall content health. This grade can help guide brands to make critical improvements to increase performance.

Metric 2: Share of Search

Take a deep dive into relevant search terms for your products. Identifying search terms should be a thorough process — conducted product by product — so consumers can easily find your products during the search and discovery stage.

With this information, you’ll be armed with insights into how your search rankings compare to your competitors and how easy your products are for consumers to discover.

By calculating the percentage of search results compared to your competition, the Salsify Share of Search Report can help your brand improve your search engine optimisation (SEO) strategy.

Gain insights on how to increase your SEO rankings and decide how much your brand should invest in SEO marketing.

Metric 3: Search Rank

Your brand must know where in rank your products appear — both within search engines and within retailer site searches. According to business analytics firm Databox, “67% of all clicks go to the first five organic results.”

Improve your product rank visibility by using more quantitative and qualitative content, taking steps to generate more reviews, and improving your click-through rate (CTR).

SEO is one of the most critical aspects of boosting search rank across retailers. The Salsify SEO Report will provide SEO keyword recommendations that your team can add to product pages to lift discovery and improve search rankings.

Metric 4: Onsite Traffic

Monitor how many consumers visit your PDPs and website, when they visit, which pages they view, how long they stay, and if they click the “buy” button.

These digital product metrics can help your team plan and execute more targeted marketing objectives.

Onsite traffic is also a direct influencer of online sales. It can tell you which channels are most effectively funnelling consumers to your products.

Helpful, instructional, or explanatory videos; immersive enhanced content; comparison charts; image galleries; and other content will aid in keeping consumers on your PDPs longer.

Metric 5: Conversion Rate

The percentage of visitors to your PDPs who complete a transaction is your conversion rate. These numbers should be continually increasing from regular optimisation, aligned with regular updates and changes.

Low conversion rates can be a result of consumers abandoning PDPs due to a wide range of content issues.

This is supported by our “Consumer Research 2022” report, which surveyed more than 4,000 consumers across Great Britain, France, Germany, and the U.S.

We found that 46% of British shoppers, 46% of U.S. shoppers, 45% of French shoppers, and 44% of German shoppers will abandon a product page if there’s not enough information or details provided.

You can use conversion rates to set benchmarks for your team and identify opportunities for improvement and optimisation.

Metric 6: Shopping Cart Abandonment Rate

A lack of product detail information, videos, or images will send consumers to your competitors who will answer their questions upfront more thoroughly.

By referencing your shopping cart abandonment rate, you can assess whether consumers are leaving behind your products because of cumbersome checkout processes or unexpected costs like taxes or shipping fees.

Be transparent with those costs early on and make the checkout process as seamless as possible.

Tracking Digital Product Metrics Is the Key to Success

Tracking these six digital product metrics will enable you to hone in on the critical data that will elevate both your brand positioning and consumer experiences.

Not only will you strengthen your foundation for measuring digital success, but you’ll also build a stronger team that is laser-focused on improving performance through continual optimisation.

Download this guide and learn which ecommerce KPIs are right for your brand, and build a plan to drive growth across all of your top sales channels. 


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