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Jul 25, 2022

From price to product information elasticity of demand – navigating the demands of the new K-Shaped consumer

Six in ten (61%) of UK consumers would spend 10% more on goods with better product information. Two fifths (38%) would pay more for a product that clearly displayed its brand values in its product information.

25th July 2022 -- LONDON, UK – While pricing sensitivity is rising amongst shoppers as the cost-of-living and inflationary pressures hit household budgets, UK shoppers would pay more for products carrying better quality product data, the latest data from Akeneo, the global leader in product experience management (PXM) and product information management (PIM), reveals. 

Original research of over 1,800 shoppers in its latest 2022 B2C Survey: Product Experience Satisfaction Around the World’ Report, showed that six in ten (61%) would pay up to 10% more for items with good quality and accurate product information, while 10% even say they would spend 50% on products if the information supporting their buying decision was enhanced.  

“We used to talk about price elasticity of demand, but now the quality, accuracy and consistency of product information is having an increasing role in how changeable demand for a product is at a particular price point,” James Barlow, Regional Director UK&I at Akeneo, commented.  “And, during a time of economic turbulence and when each purchase becomes even more considered for consumers, good product information can shore up demand for products at higher price points, helping retailers maintain margin by supporting full price selling.”

After price, the most common product information customers look for when deciding to buy a product is the product description (55%), followed by consumer reviews (52%).  A further 43% of shoppers would rely on information about technical features.

Meanwhile, two fifths (38%) of UK shoppers said they would pay more for a product that clearly displayed its brand values in its product information.  Details about the history of the retailer or brand topped the key values shoppers wanted to learn about when making their purchasing decisions (26%), followed by certifications and quality assurance kitemarks (22%) and sustainability, such as eco-friendly credentials, fair trade, or responsibly sourced status (18%).

“The concept of value is becoming fragmented because the cost-of-living has given rise to what’s been deemed the new ‘K-shaped consumer’, where shoppers at all income levels are value conscious, but this is becoming polarised,” Barlow continued.  “Those where value means affordability are at one end of the spectrum and those who are focused on brand values – brand personality, sustainability and quality – rather than price are at the other.  This means retailers and brands need to ensure product information and data speaks to both audiences – consistently and accurately across all touchpoints and channels - in order not to alienate customer segments and leave revenue opportunities on the table.”

For further information on the new ways shoppers now want to discover brands and the role of PIM and PXM in increasing conversions, CLV and loyalty, download the 2022 Global B2C Survey Report: here.

 

Methodology 

For the study, Akeneo set out to gain insight into exactly how consumers make decisions when buying products and what product information they use to make those decisions.  The surveys were conducted from January 28 to February 8 and were completed by 1,800 consumers aged 18 and older from Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The resulting report is aimed to assist brands in understanding what consumers’ expectations are when evaluating products, thus highlighting the importance of prioritising enriched product experiences. 

Last year, Akeneo released its first global B2C survey report and it has quickly become the premier benchmark report for retailers making decisions on omnichannel product experiences. This year, the 2021 survey was repeated with minor amendments to the questionnaire, in order to compare consumers' product experience satisfaction year-over-year. 

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Akeneo is the product experience (PX) company and global leader in Product Information Management (PIM), enabling organizations to build and deliver world-class product experiences across every customer touchpoint through a comprehensive PX Strategy. By providing best-of-breed technology and expertise, Akeneos intelligent Product Cloud accelerates growth, reduces time-to-market, and gives organizations the competitive edge needed to convert browsers into buyers.

Leading global brands, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers, including Chicos, The Very Group, TaylorMade Golf, Rail Europe, Kering, and more trust Akeneo to scale and customize their omnichannel commerce initiatives. Using Akeneos AI-Centric Product Cloud, companies can activate product experiences in any and all channels that drive an improved customer journey from discovery to purchase, resulting in increased sales, reduced returns, faster time-to-market, and increased team productivity.

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