JupiterResearch has found that social networks and online communities have little effect on influencing online retail sales. Outlined in a new report, “US Retail Consumer Survey, 2007,” social and community sites are only driving about 12 percent of online shoppers to buy more than planned.
The effectiveness of social and community sites, like MySpace, in driving retail sales is still emerging. Because 53 percent of online shoppers go directly to the retailer website while they are shopping, in contrast to the only three percent utilizing blogs, itâ€™s clear online shoppers continue to seek out direct access to locations where they can purchase a product or the source of that product when researching and purchasing both online and off-line.
According to the report, social and community sites help reaffirm purchase decisions as 29 percent of online shoppers say they make better decisions after using these sites. Yet, retailer must also manage their expectations with regard to incremental sales potential. In this increasingly competitive retail market, those that use an affiliate model will maximize opportunity with appropriate social and community sites.
Originally posted on July 2, 2007 @ 12:00 pm