Given the ubiquity of online shopping and ordering, it’s likely that your small business has at least some presence on the internet, if not a fully functioning online operation. Because online payments are processed remotely by transmitting sensitive data, customers can sometimes be wary of online payment systems. It’s important that you build trust online with potential customers. Here are a few ways you can accomplish that:

Respect Your Customers’ Privacy

As you’re constructing and designing the layout of your website, keep your customer in mind. This is especially true at the digital POS. In order for you to effectively process your customers’ orders, you’ll need some information like address and credit card information and perhaps a phone number or e-mail address. But beyond that, don’t pressure customers into divulging more personal information than is absolutely necessary.

Also, remind your customers on your site that you do not sell or distribute consumer information to third parties and assure them that their personal details will only be used to process their orders. Customers, by and large, prefer to maintain a sense of anonymity when it comes to online purchasing, and if they feel that they are being required to submit too much personal information, they may cancel the transaction to look elsewhere to purchase.

Monitor the Conversation

Before they make purchases, customers often refer to online review platforms. A survey conducted by Dimensional Research found that 88{cd266c1509fca34f59dc93da7daf12a6ee52c6401aabb2126e757d9de7c223fc} of those surveyed had been influenced by online reviews before making purchases. More to the point, your online reputation matters… a lot. Be sure to monitor online review platforms, such as Yelp or the customer review sections on Google or Yahoo, to get the low-down on how your business is performing online. Customer reviews may help you refine, re-focus, and re-think your online business in positive ways. In the end, you want to create an online customer experience that hits it out of the park every time! So, listen to what your customers are saying.

Build a Convenient and User-Friendly Site

Think of a convenient and user-friendly website as the equivalent to quality online customer service. Customers want to be able to browse with ease, compare options and products, and pay without any hassle on your site. Again, it’s important to keep your customer in mind as you design the layout of your site. Is there an intuitive flow to how information is presented and organized? Is it easy for customers to checkout? Does the design have a unified theme and direction? These are important questions to ask yourself about your website. If customers get frustrated or disoriented on your site, you’re much less likely to make the sale. Do everything you can to make your site a pleasure to visit!

About the Author

Kevin Hodes

Owner and founder of Swypit, Kevin Hodes, brings honesty and integrity to credit card processing. With unparalleled communication and customer support, Swypit directly contributes to their client’s profitability with world-class service, rates and leading-edge technology. Kevin is a two-time Best-Selling Author®, Executive Producer of “Maximum Achievement: The Brian Tracy Story,” and host of “Whatdaheck” on KVGI Radio Thursdays from 10 – 11 am. Contact him via [email protected], 877-379-9748 or by visiting