Shopper-focused Art is Key to Successful E-Commerce
December 10, 2018 | By Mathew Waller
About ten years ago, to be successful in e-commerce, at a minimum you needed the following, in addition to a product or service:
- An e-commerce website
- A payment application
- A way to drive business to your e-commerce site such as search engine optimization
Now You Need:
- A well-thought-out e-commerce website that draws you in and accounts for the customer journey
- A seamless payment process
- Search engine optimization and social media for inbound marketing
- Artistically tasteful photos that draw on emotions
- Imaginatively well-written text that is consistent with your brand
The new School of Art at the University of Arkansas has been created through a $120 million grant by the Walton Family Foundation. E-commerce businesses are being started by many of our alumni, and they need the talent that will be produced by the School of Art. The School of Art will contribute to the success of our community which is not just growing in the degree to which it is digital, but also to the degree to which “digital” in integrated seamlessly into innovative business processes. The artistic dimension is in some cases just as critical to competitive advantage as the product or service; in other cases, it is more critical and can be viewed as a necessary condition for competitive advantage.
"The mission of the Walton College is to “advance and disseminate business knowledge using a global, diverse, and inclusive perspective and to encourage innovation in our primary strategic endeavors: entrepreneurship, analytics, and retail.”
Having business students who understand and appreciate art will help us encourage innovation in entrepreneurship and retail. When we say, “retail,” we mean it in a broad sense when including e-commerce, supply chain, and consumer products.
In the Walton College, we have minors for non-business students, including art majors. So, art majors can minor in business, including the following concentrations: general business, accounting, economics, enterprise resource planning, enterprise systems, finance, information systems, international business, management, marketing, retail, and supply chain management. We have gone to great lengths to allow non-business students to learn business since understanding business is essential in any field.