5 Essential KPIs You Can Boost With Conversational Commerce
February 28, 2023

5 Essential KPIs You Can Boost With Conversational Commerce

If you're in the ecommerce business (or you've read our other resources), chances are you know the importance of connecting with your customers personally. And with conversational commerce, you can take customer engagement one step further and create an even better ecommerce experience.

With an engaged customer base, you'll retain more of them, increase the volume and frequency that they order, and make them happier overall. In doing this, you'll also get plenty of zero-party data that you can use to further optimize your conversational commerce strategy and make improvements in other areas of your business.

Best of all, you'll have the numbers to prove it.

What KPIs Should I Measure for My Ecommerce Business?

There are five ecommerce KPIs that every business should monitor.

  1. Customer Lifetime Value (LTV): The total value of all a customer's orders over the span of their relationship with your business. This is one of the most important KPIs, as it shows how valuable each customer is to you in the long run.
  2. Average Order Value (AOV): Ecommerce business owners use AOV to measure how much customers spend when they make a purchase. Increasing AOV is one of the most effective ways to grow your business because it means that customers are buying more at once.
  3. Repeat Purchase Rate (RPR): The rate at which customers make multiple purchases. This metric is closely tied to customer retention and loyalty, as it shows how many customers keep coming back for more.
  4. Customer Satisfaction: Keeping customers satisfied is key to having a successful business, as happy customers are more likely to return and recommend you to others. Businesses measure customer satisfaction in a few different ways, including CSAT scores and customer survey results.
  5. Zero-Party Data: This type of data is collected directly from customers, such as their preferences or interests. Zero-party data can be incredibly valuable for personalizing your customer experience, so it's important to collect this information whenever possible.

Of course, individual businesses might have their own unique KPIs to measure. For example, ecommerce businesses that use the subscription business model (e.g., Amazon Prime) might also measure churn rate and subscription renewal rate.

Cart abandonment, another common metric in ecommerce, is also worth watching, along with percentage of overall revenue generated by a particluar channel.

In general, though, the five KPIs above are the most important ones to track when it comes to ecommerce.

What is Conversational Commerce, and How Can it Help?

Conversational commerce is an incredibly powerful marketing tool for boosting these KPIs. It allows customers to interact with your business in real-time, which means that they can get the help they need immediately.

As a whole, conversational commerce is defined as the intersection between customer experience and commerce, providing customers with an easy way to access information about products, make purchases, and more.

Conversational commerce is executed through multiple forms of communication. Depending on the products you sell, their level of complexity, and the amount of customer support your business needs, choosing the right conversational commerce platform will be essential.


A chatbot can provide customers with quick, accurate answers to their questions. You've probably seen one of these on a website's FAQ page or at the bottom corner of your screen when you load a webpage.

They are especially helpful when it comes to basic customer service inquiries, providing product recommendations, and moving customers through the first step in the sales funnel.


SMS is the perfect opportunity to meet your customers where they are—on their phones. Texting or messaging customers can be a great way to send special deals, alert them when something they've been eyeing is back in stock, and keep them updated with product launches.

Using the Humankind platform, businesses can interact with their customers 1:1 to give them personalized shopping experiences via two-way SMS.

Social Media

Leveraging your social media channels can not only help you build relationships and trust with your target audiences but also encourage brand loyalty. Tweeting back responses to customer concerns, solving customer service problems through Facebook Messenger, and replying to Instagram direct messages (DMs) are great ways to show that you care about your customers.

Voice Assistants

Voice assistants like Alexa and Siri are revolutionizing how businesses interact with customers. Through voice-activated software, you can provide personalized recommendations, give customers product information, and even help them make purchases directly through their devices.

Live Chat and Video

1:1 consultations, appointment-based conversations, and video conferencing are great ways to provide customers with a unique shopping experience. Clothing brands use this technology to offer virtual styling services, and it enables companies with complex products to have experts advise on product selection.


The omnichannel approach incorporates all of the above. It involves providing customers with a seamless shopping experience, regardless of which platform they are using or what device they are on.

Businesses can better serve their customers by being present where the customer is. This is especially important for businesses with a physical presence, such as brick-and-mortar stores and sit-down restaurants.

How Conversational Commerce Boosts Ecommerce KPIs

What good does giving you this information do if we don't tell you exactly how it can improve your ecommerce KPIs?

If you're wondering, "what's in it for me?" don't worry. We've got you covered. Let's look at how conversational commerce can help boost the metrics that matter most to you.

1. Increasing LTV

There are a few reasons why conversational commerce does wonders for your customers' LTV:

  • You can respond to customer inquiries faster. 91% of global consumers want real-time assistance. The faster you respond, the more likely they are to become loyal customers (and the less likely they are to take their business elsewhere).
  • Customers can get help finding what they need. Most e-commerce experiences are DIY; customers are presented with a list of options - via either a curated boutique-style presentation or a vast selection with various filters -and it is left to the customer to discover the product themselves through trial and error, orders and returns. There is a yawning gap between this choices and true customer satisfactio, especially for brands with longer sales cycles or higher end products. Brands that successfully navigate this gap with their customers both improves customer satisfaction and dramatically decreases their chances of getting it somewhere else.
  • You can reward your customers for their loyalty. Customer loyalty programs are a great way to keep customers coming back for more, and incorporating follow-ups and alerts via conversational SMS makes it easier than ever to do so.

When customers find what they need quickly, with minimal effort on their part, they are more inclined to make multiple purchases—increasing their LTV.

2. Boosting Average Order Value (AOV)

Chatbots and voice assistants are the perfect partners for boosting AOV. They can suggest complementary products, give customers discounts and offers during checkout, and even provide personalized recommendations based on their previous purchases.

Another reason that ecommerce managers need to care about AOV is that it's directly related to the bottom line. Customers who buy more in a single visit tend to have a higher lifetime value, and those customers are the ones you need to retain for long-term success.

When companies use direct channels (e.g., SMS, live chat, and video chat), live assistants can recommend products, find solutions to issues that would have otherwise resulted in cart abandonment, and provide additional guidance throughout the purchasing process.

It is also worth mentioning that small incremental increases to AOV can dramatically improved the overall value of a business. For some businesses, just improving AOV by 10% can make a significant difference in bottom line revenue.

3. Increasing Repeat Purchase Rate (RPR)

It takes time to develop a loyal customer base, but conversational commerce can help kickstart that process.

When customers have an easy way to contact you with questions or comments, they can reach out for help or advice, allowing you to show them a viable solution based on their needs. That's why your visitors who have chatted with you first are 82% more likely to convert, according to Intercom data.

And when you provide this experience consistently, your chances of selling to them again are much higher.

Plus, when you use conversational SMS, you can also send follow-up messages after purchases with offers that are tailored to their interests and needs. When customers know that you are taking the time to answer their questions and provide them with personalized advice, they're more likely to purchase from you again and again.

4. Improving Customer Satisfaction

No matter how you measure customer satisfaction, one thing is certain: it's a critical factor in the success of your business. Businesses lose about 35% of sales due to poor UX, and the result of that is a drop in customer satisfaction.

But conversions are only half the battle. To retain customers, ecommerce brands need to continuously provide a good user experience that helps them use their products and services.

For existing customers, communicating as soon as possible and on their preferred channels is critical—if they have an issue with your product, can't figure out how to use it, or need to return, exchange, or cancel an item, they should easily and quickly be able to reach you.

Making the customer service experience more convenient is key to improving customer satisfaction. Ecommerce managers can leverage conversational commerce to do just that: customers can get answers to their questions in real-time with minimal effort on their part. They don't need to wait on hold in a queue, fill out tedious forms, or navigate web pages to find the answers they need.

5. Building Zero Party Data Lists

When you use conversational commerce, you can build customer profiles based on survey data collection. This helps create zero-party data—data that customers willingly share—which provides insights into your customer base that you wouldn't have otherwise.

These insights benefit ecommerce companies in a few ways:

  • Better targeting for marketing campaigns: You can use zero-party data to create more effective ads and tailor the experience of your customers
  • More personalized product recommendations: By understanding your customers, you can make better product recommendations that are tailored to their needs.
  • A better understanding of customer behavior: Understanding why customers interact with your brand helps you identify what works and what doesn’t.
  • Insights for future product development: When you use zero-party data, you can identify gaps and areas for improvement in your products.
  • Increased accuracy in data collected: Since zero-party data is actively provided by customers, it’s more accurate than passively collected data.

Conversational commerce tools are perfect for collecting this type of data. Since each conversation with a customer is well-documented by the platform, you can easily track customer behavior and create actionable insights. Surveys and questionnaires stored in the software get representatives up to speed quickly on the customer’s needs and preferences, making for a seamless zero-party experience. 

By leveraging the data collected through conversational commerce, ecommerce managers can better understand their customers’ needs and preferences and use that insight to optimize the customer experience, improve their products, uncover new product and marketing opportunities, and ultimately increase sales.

Give the experience your customers want. Get results with Humankind.

If you haven't figured it out yet, conversational commerce is kind of our thing. We help ecommerce managers and brands create seamless, personalized experiences that enhance the onsite experience while also increasing sales. 

Using our platform, you can engage customers with personalized messages delivered at the right time to the right channel. You can also ask and answer any questions they have in real-time via live chat —all while collecting valuable zero-party data.

A few of our favorite features (and how they pertain to your KPIs):

  • Item-Level Conversion Tracking: Identify which items your customers are buying and understand why to optimize sales rates.
  • Customer Profiles & Segmentation: Who is a new customer? Who has been around for a while? What are they all about? Understanding the different types of customers you have and how to satisfy each of them helps you give them the best experience.
  • Automated Nudges and Follow-Up Flags: Your RPR will thank you when we take the responsibility of reminding customers to buy and sending them new deals off your plate.
  • Onboarding Surveys and Quizzes: Learn your customers' personal needs and preferences before texting. That way, you can provide tailored advice, build loyalty, and boost conversions and order values.
  • Program Performance Reporting: Keep your finger on the pulse of customer engagement and satisfaction to determine which KPIs need more focus.

We understand the importance of metrics for ecommerce managers and are dedicated to helping our customers reach their goals. That's why we do what we do.

Want to see how it works? Book a demo here.

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