January 02, 2013 - 12:00
Cloud and web application monitoring provider proves that successful ecommerce sales depend on customers having a positive website experience
Monitis™, a leading cloud and web application monitoring software provider, today announced the results of a new survey which found that 56% of consumers who spend more than two hours per week shopping online have cancelled an order due to an error or slow response time. The survey also explored typical online shopping habits, factors that are considered when choosing an online vendor, and behavior when confronted with retail websites that are not functioning correctly.
The independent survey which polled 1,006 U.S. online shoppers was conducted by Opinion Matters on behalf of Monitis. The results highlight a number of common online shopping patterns and uncover the major pain points that consumers have when ordering online. As the holiday shopping season approaches – with Cyber Monday on the horizon on November 26 - this insight can be used to help e-retailers think beyond simply ensuring that their websites are up, moving towards assessing how effectively they are able to do business and putting more focus on strengthening the aspects of their online stores that will prevent customer and transaction losses resulting from sub-optimal performance and customer experience
Vendor Loyalty Scarce Online
Almost three-quarters (74%) of all online shoppers said that they would switch to a competing online vendor if they could find a better user experience and faster website than the one they currently use. Frequent online shoppers are even less tolerant of slow e-retail websites. 86% of consumers who spend two or more hours shopping each week say that they would abandon their chosen online vendor if they found a faster competitor.
Other key findings from the survey include:
· 81% of all respondents listed convenience as the number one reason for choosing to shop online rather than making purchases at brick and mortar stores, while only 61% say that price is the most important factor.
· More than half of all respondents (56%) also indicated that website usability is an important factor when comparing one retail website to another, coming in just behind price and reputation.
· 61% of all online shoppers would leave a web page and search for a competing vendor if it took longer than 30 seconds to load.
· The most popular time to shop online (40% of all respondents) is actually during typical 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. work hours while the next largest group (32%) of online shoppers typically shops in the early evening between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
“Simply avoiding downtime is often the primary goal for web developers and designers when maintaining websites, but as the holiday rush has shifted to online stores, success depends less on the minimum threshold of uptime and more on meeting the various other expectations of shoppers, to keep them coming back,” said Hovhannes Avoyan, General Manager at Monitis. “Consumers turn to online vendors for convenience, so it’s critical that e-retailers ensure a positive shopping experience by focusing on website usability and speed.”
About Monitis Inc.
Monitis Inc. is a specialist provider of web and cloud monitoring services that include website monitoring, site load testing, transaction monitoring, application and database monitoring, cloud resource monitoring, and server and internal network monitoring within one easy-to-use dashboard. Over 100,000 users worldwide have chosen Monitis as their provider of choice to increase uptime and user experience of their services and products. What makes Monitis’ solutions different is that they are fast to deploy, feature-rich in technology and provide a comprehensive single-pane view of on-premise and off-premise infrastructure and applications.
Monitis offers its services in two versions: premium and free. Monitor.Us gives home and small business users access to leading-edge availability and performance monitoring solutions. Monitis offers additional enterprise-grade features and greater performance including monitoring history, number of monitoring locations, and the frequency of checks. For more information please visit www.monitis.com.
Monitis was acquired by GFI Software in October 2011.
GFI Software provides web and mail security, archiving and fax, networking and security software and hosted IT solutions for small to medium-sized businesses (SMB) via an extensive global partner community. GFI products are available either as on-premise solutions, in the cloud or as a hybrid of both delivery models. With award-winning technology, a competitive pricing strategy, and a strong focus on the unique requirements of SMBs, GFI satisfies the IT needs of organizations on a global scale. The company has offices in the United States, UK, Austria, Australia, Malta, Hong Kong, Philippines and Romania, which together support hundreds of thousands of installations worldwide. GFI is a channel-focused company with thousands of partners throughout the world and is also a Microsoft Gold ISV Partner.