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BizReport : Social Marketing : February 12, 2013


Study: Password fatigue getting to shoppers

While the online space has made it simpler for some shoppers to find some products, it's also made shopping a bit more frustrating - at least for some. All those sites requiring site logins and passwords? According to new data out from Janrain password fatigue is on the rise among online shoppers.

by Kristina Knight

For retailers, requiring logins so that a website visit can be more personalized and potentially result in higher purchase totals, is a good thing. For the shoppers, however, the need to remember passwords and logins for a number of different sites is taking away from the shopping experience - even though many do like the personalized aspects allowed by the logins.

Social login is one solution. It allows shoppers to use their existing logins from Facebook, Twitter and other sites rather than creating a new login for each retail site visited. The problem? Not all retailers offer this option.

According to the Janrain study:

• 92% of shoppers have abandoned a website rather than recover lost login information
• 4 in 5 say they offer 'bad' information when creating a login for a retail site
• 67% of shoppers like website personalization
• 65% of shoppers are more likely to revisit a site using social login; 52% are already using social logins

"Social login appears well suited to address common challenges organizations face," said Paul Abel, Ph.D., Managing Partner, Blue Research. "Despite social login's recent introduction, most online consumers are encountering it and, among those who do, the majority are using it. These findings suggest social login is an effective way for organizations to better understand and target consumers in a way in which consumers find beneficial."

Tags: ecommerce trends, Janrain, on site personalization, password fatigue, social login










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    Social login is tricky because you're daisy-chaining your accounts together. If someone gets your Facebook or Twitter password (not hard to do thanks to browsers that store login info), then someone also has access to sites that store your credit cards. Sure, it's convenient, but not the best security practice IMO. Better to use a password manager that has smart auto-fill, and let it remember all that info for you. I can highly recommend Dashlane for that. It's the best, and it's free - though there are others that are decent too.


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