Infographic: Predicting Consumer Behavior with Data Analytics

Infographic: Predicting Consumer Behavior with Data Analytics


Predicting the ever-evolving consumer behaviour is one of the biggest challenges faced by marketers around the world. Well, it has always been a challenging task, but today, it is even harder as consumers are constantly being exposed to new technologies, products and even new wants! With a plethora buying options to their disposal, today’s consumer behaviour flickers way too often. Now, thanks to the advent of e-commerce and mobile commerce, buying a product or service is not a simple task it used to be. As they say, ‘Choices make life more complex,’ buying a product or a service in the present era is accompanied by a lot of comparisons and checking out for deals. Businesses face the brunt of this as many a time, after spending a good deal of money to promote their products, customers often leave the product in the shopping cart – never to return!

While all this is heart-wrenching for the businesses who keep losing the sale to competitors, all hope is not lost. Smart marketers put their money on data analytics to best understand their consumer behaviour.

Marketing cannot happen in isolation – a mere positioning of product to a potential buyer is not going to make the sale. Converting an interested buyer into a customer, in the era of digital overexposure, requires a deeper scrutiny of users’ digital movements. This involves tracing the digital footprints of your prospective buyers with the help of smart and intuitive data analytics tools.

Dot Com Infoway, an award-winning CMMI Level 3 Digital Marketing Company, has recently launched a comprehensive infographic titled ‘Predicting Consumer Behaviour with Data Analytics.’ The easy-to-understand infographic explains why it is important to analyze customer behavior. And with engaging charts and graphics, it lists online shopping behavior of an average online buyer along with a mention of sites where consumers share feedback about products and services. Next, the infographic lists down the steps involved in making a purchase as well as informs about the models of consumer buying behavior process.

The highly educating infographic ends with explaining various types of predictive modeling. All the facts and stats provided in the infographic are taken from credible sources including KPMG, TDWI and Optimove.
Tapping into the consumer behavior is key to increasing online sales, and marketers around the world can benefit by gaining a better understanding of how to track their target buyers’ behavior. The infographic from Dot Com Infoway can certainly be a helpful tool in knowing how to track your customers’ behavior.


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Predicting Consumer Behavior with Data Analytics

Top Reasons to Analyze Customer Behavior

  • Gain insight – Segmenting customer database with cluster analysis to identify consumer segments
  • Attract and engage – Targeting the segment of customers with right offers by analyzing historical purchases and profiles
  • Improve retention – It enables companies to calculate customer value and put proactive retention approach to retain customers

Why has customer behavior analytics become a vital tool for ensuring marketing success?

  • The number of online shoppers in US is projected to reach 224 million in 2019 (Statista 2017)
  • M-commerce will reach $284 billion by 2020 (BI Intelligence)

Excerpts from the studies on consumer behavior by KPMG reveals the following:

Online shoppers’ behavior:

  • 42% – Researching about products
  • 21% – Reading expert & user reviews
  • 16% – Price comparison sites
  • 14% – Searching discount coupons

Most important attributes when deciding where to buy:

  • 36% – Best price
  • 30% – Preferred website
  • 17% – Best delivery options/price
  • 14% – Stock availability
  • 2% – Peer advice
  • 1% – Returns policy

Sites where consumers shared feedback (%):

  • Seller’s website – 47
  • Facebook – 31
  • Manufacturer or brand website – 18
  • WhatsApp – 17
  • Instagram – 12
  • Online forum – 11
  • WeChat – 11
  • Blogs – 10
  • Twitter – 9
  • YouTube — 4
  • Snapchat – 3
  • Pinterest – 3
  • Others – 21

The path to purchase journey:

  1. Awareness – Triggers and Influencers
  2. Consideration – Product and Company Research
  3. Conversion – Where and When to Buy
  4. Evaluation – Experience and Feedback

Models of Consumer Buying Behavior Process:

  • Economic model
  • Learning model
  • Psychoanalytical model
  • Sociological model

Major Types of Predictive Modeling:

1. RFM Model

  • Recency – customers who have spent money on a product or service in the recent past are more likely than others to spend again
  • Frequency – customers who spend their money repeatedly on a business are more likely than others to spend again
  • Monetary – customers who have spent the most money at a business are more likely than others to spend again

2. Black-Box Model

External stimulus response – factors leading the customer to make buying decisions:

  • Environmental stimuli – Economics, Technology, Culture
  • Marketing stimuli – Product, Price, Promotion

3. Personal Variable Model

Consumers make decisions based on internal factors.

  • Personal opinions, belief systems, values, traditions, goals

4. Complex Model

This model considers both internal and external variables

5. Contemporary Models:

  • Nicosia model
  • Howard-Sheth
  • Bettman
  • EBK model
  • Markov model

Statistical Analysis and Market Research Tools:

  • Conjoint analysis
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Tests for statistical significance
  • ANOVA: The analysis of variance
  • Discriminant analysis
  • Factor analysis
  • Cluster analysis
  • Multiple regression analysis

Efficiently integrating customer behavior data into marketing strategies help companies / brands improve their approach towards attracting and winning the diverse and dynamic customer segments and retaining them online.

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