Grocery Staples Lead Online Searches in the UK

From washing machines and table lamps, retargeting company Criteo reveals that UK consumers are shifting their online spending to fresh grocery items.

Online searches for kitchen staples like milk, bread, cheese, and eggs have increased by 108%, which constitutes 20% of the most popular search terms from 1.5 million searches analysed across Criteo’s UK Sponsored Products between 1st of April and 26th of June 2017.

Households frequently shop for milk online, hence the reason for the increase in total searches for this item to 92% from the first three months of the year.

If you’re wondering how people do their groceries online, they compare prices from different retailers, place their order, and then they either pick it up in-store or have it delivered as they would with shoes, clothes or any other product.

As to how retailers of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) can take advantage of the growing eGrocery market, Ben Cooper, managing director at Criteo Brand Solutions, EMEA, shares this advice:

“The speed at which shoppers are using search as a discovery tool for their online grocery shopping is quickly starting to reflect more established retail segments. This means that retailers and marketers must adapt the ways in which they’re engaging these customers.”

The report of Criteo also shows that 40% of all online grocery purchases took place on mobile phones, indicative of a mature mCommerce market in the UK.

Who’s shopping for groceries online?

Practically everyone in the UK has shopped for a pantry item online, and hence the reason that the country’s total grocery spending is ahead of other European countries by nearly 7%.

As far as numbers go, though, there are more millennials who buy grocery items online than the older generations.

57% of younger shoppers said they have purchased volumes of food items online, while only 40% of baby boomers admitted to having done so.

If you’re into the FMCG segment, you will want to re-evaluate and reposition your product categories.

Put one’s everyday essentials in the forefront of your store for the convenience of your customers.

What are the other most searchable terms?

Aside from dairy products, the following items and brands also made it to UK’s top searches online:

  1. Coffee
  2. Bacon
  3. Crisps
  4. Chicken
  5. Pizza
  6. Chocolate
  7. Pizza
  8. Maxi dress
  9. Butter
  10. Paddling pool
  11. Cereal
  12. Sausages
  13. Soup
  14. Sandals
  15. Bananas
  16. Apples
  17. Wine
  18. Dr. Scholl’s
  19. Washing machine
  20. Magic Minerals
  21. Gazebo
  22. Weight Watchers
  23. Slim Fast
  24. Dior
  25. Makeup Forever
  26. No!No!
  27. MAC

Kudos to everyone of you whose products made it to the list, but keep in mind that no amount of search volume will do your business good if it doesn’t convert into actual sales.

While it’s good that people are looking for the stuff you’re offering, it’s better to work on getting them hooked on it so much that they eventually buy it.


Originally published at understandinge.com on September 14, 2017.