Within the clothing and apparel sector, worldwide eCommerce revenue and revenue per user are expected to grow from $317 billion in 2018 to $475 billion in 2022. As the ease of online shopping only continues to improve, the demand for a compelling online journey – while shopping fashion and apparel – will only grow.
Then, in the mix, is the trend of social shopping, which continues to grow with the rise of social proof. Customers want to know that their latest looks are Instagram approved, and that’s often where they find new products, too.
So what can your brand do to bridge social shopping with your eCommerce? That’s where User Generated Content comes into the picture.
UGC is 5X more likely to convert customers into buying your products than professional product shots. For fashion and apparel brands in particular, there’s huge potential for growing your engagement – and your sales.
And I’ve got proof! Let’s take a look at how these 4 fashion and apparel brands are using customer content to improve their eCommerce marketing.
Shoeby: Inspire shoppers by showing off how other customers wear and style your products
In the clothing & apparel sector, social shopping has a strong influence on the fashion trends. Seeing an image of another user pairing one of your brand’s dresses with a jacket helps them envision how they would wear the product after purchase.
One could argue that models could do the same – but customers are aware that products don’t look the same styled professionally as they do an a normal user. That’s why UGC is so powerful.
Shoppers want to know that the people who spent money on your products love them! And customer content is the perfect way to show off your products in an authentic way.
With Shoeby’s Instastore, they give customers the opportunity to browse their customer content with filters for women, gentlemen, and kids. Then, when customers click on an image, they are brought directly to the product that is featured within it.
This provides their customers with a compelling online shopping journey. Rather than wasting time searching for the products that they’ve seen on Instagram – and perhaps losing interest in the search – you’re directing them straight to product pages.
This customer inspiration benefits the shopping journey – as well as sales. So let’s learn how fashion and apparel brands increase their conversion rate with genuine customer content.
Barts: Increase sales with authentic UGC
Not only does Barts show how their customers style their products, their UGC implementation has also brought them a 9.19% increase of conversion rate and a 20.49% average order value increase.
When customer see an authentic product shot, they feel much more inspired to purchase and even add more to their shopping cart.
“UGC is very useful for us because we are selling fashion accessories. And I think it’s great for people to see someone who is wearing the product. With a beanie, you have several ways you can combine it with an outfit, and it’s very useful to give our customers a little bit more inspiration.”
– Marlot Smeets, PR & Content Marketer with Barts
The benefit of a User Generated Content platform is that your brand can accurately measure exactly how well each piece of customer content is performing. This is useful because attributing conversions to specific images or videos helps you understand your customer better. Plus, it means you can use this same content on social ads to help improve performance.
“The analytics reports are very helpful because I can see if people actually clicked on the content and if they are buying from it. This is one of the main reasons we use it because we know that people are actually looking at the content.”
-Marlot Smeets, PR & Content Marketer with Barts
To learn more, read the whole Barts case study here.
For now, let’s move on to the power of visual reviews.
DENHAM The Jeanmaker: Provide your customers with visual reviews
Word-of-mouth has always been the most powerful form of marketing – and that’s why User Generated Content is so compelling. Your customers are already on social media producing high-quality content. If that content features your clothing, it’s like a stamp of approval that all of their friends can see.
As we know, written reviews are a great format for convincing people that your products look great, fit well, and are well-produced. But when you add a visual element to it, shoppers don’t have to just imagine how people look and feel in your products – they can see it for themselves.
If this kind of content exists on social media, wouldn’t you want to use it?
DENHAM The Jeanmaker has discovered the importance of these visual reviews to their online shopping journey. Learn how they use it in the video case study below.
Once you’re leveraging visual reviews, you can start forming a community of people who love your brand and who talk about it on social media. Hopefully, with every happy face showing off your clothes, your community will only continue to grow.
Seraphine: Create a community of customers by extending your social engagement
When your customers engage with your products on social media, you can extend this engagement into your eCommerce store. The best way to achieve this is to create a community that is excited to be considered apart of your brand.
When you feature this community prominently on your site, they feel like they belong to something bigger than just the purchase of a new dress. Suddenly, they are an ambassador for your brand, which will only make them – and others – want to post more.
Let’s look, for example, at maternity brand Seraphine. They encourage their “Insta-moms” to post content featuring their products to then be displayed on their eCommerce store. Because their followers like to see this content on Instagram, they love to see it in their webshop.
They also feature their earned images and videos within a shoppable lookbook, so that users never run out of inspirational styling content. Then, the fact that they can directly purchase the featured products from the content that interests them only makes the shopping journey that much more compelling.
Embracing User Generated Content as a fashion & apparel brand
Now that you’ve learned how these 4 fashion and apparel brands leverage User Generated Content in their eCommerce stores, it’s your turn to try it out. But let us help you!
With Photoslurp’s User Generated Content platform, you can easily collect, manage, publish and analyze your customer content for a truly killer strategy. Learn more about our solution here.
Then start improving your eCommerce performance with the help of your customers. With so many key benefits, it’s really a no-brainer for fashion and apparel brands.