HCL Commerce and Constellation Research: Smarter Search Drives
the Future of Commerce

Research Reveal How Purchase Velocity and Contextual Relevance Can Mutually
Exist to Drive Exponential Growth

PUBLISHED DATE: March 10, 2021


HCLSoftware’s Commerce and Constellation Research today released a report explaining how contextual search will power the future of commerce. The full report can be downloaded here.

Report Overview
Brands and enterprises must address the dual competing priorities of digital commerce. Constellation estimates that there are over 24.5 million digital commerce sites driving almost $4.5 trillion in digital commerce sales in 2020 with $10 trillion in sales by 2028. By 2025, an estimated 92.1 percent of all sales will be conducted on retail websites and mobile devices. With a plethora of options available to consumers, brands and enterprises must compete for their customer’s time and attention while delivering highly efficient check out capabilities. These dual competing priorities have created massive challenges for digital commerce leaders, setting up the battle ahead for relevance and decision velocity. Search and artificial intelligence (AI) are the key technologies that will power this next revolution in commerce.

First Impressions and the Speed of Thought
Being able to deliver world-class experiences has never been more important.

“At the touch of their fingertips, customers expect to find what they want and make purchases at the speed of thought,” states Ray Wang, Principal Analyst and Founder, Constellation Research.”

According to the report, when search is paired with AI techniques and technologies, brands and enterprises deliver more contextually relevant customer journeys, and each interaction further personalizes the complete journey. Each time a buyer searches a brand’s website, not only does it signal an intent to purchase, but also drives the subsequent interactions of how a product is displayed, how a service is offered, and how well the brand can deliver relevant content to the buyer. These interactions and micro moments make up the customer journey and the brand experience.

“At the end of the day, the brands that deliver consistent, highly relevant search results across every customer engagement point will come out on top,” said Brian Gillespie, Director of Product Management at HCL Commerce.

By the Numbers
According to the report, successful AI driven search strategies will increase seven growth-oriented digital commerce metrics: (see the accompanying infographic).

  • 23% more money spent per visitor
  • 27% more money spent per customer search
  • 35% more page views
  • 41% more time customers spend onsite
  • 49% higher add-to-cart rate
  • 54% higher rate of conversion

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About Constellation Research
Constellation Research is a technology research and advisory firm based in Silicon Valley. We deliver strategic guidance to companies seeking to transform their businesses through the early adoption of exponential technologies. Our analysts draw on their experience as practitioners to deliver pragmatic advice to CXOs leading business transformation within their organizations.

Our mission is to conduct research on exponential technologies identify and validate trends and empower our clients to succeed in the digital economy.

Clients include boards of directors, C-suite executives, line-of-business leaders, and IT visionaries who are not afraid to challenge the status quo.

About HCLSoftware
HCLSoftware, a division of HCL Technologies (HCL) that operates its primary software business. It develops, markets, sells and supports over 20 product families in the areas of DevSecOps, Automation, Digital Solutions, Data Management, Marketing and Commerce, and Mainframes. HCLSoftware has offices and labs around the world to serve thousands of customers. Its mission is to drive ultimate customer success with their IT investments through relentless innovation of its products.

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