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Augmented Reality

From Browsing to Buying: The Power of 3D/AR Technology in the Furniture Industry

Team Avataar
Team Avataar
May 25, 2023
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The Covid-19 pandemic has reshaped the way we shop, particularly impacting boutique furniture brands. As physical stores were forced to close, online shopping became the norm, leading to a surge in sales for these brands. However, as brick-and-mortar stores reopen in the post-pandemic era, shoppers have shifted their preference back to in-person shopping. During the pandemic, the closure of physical stores prompted a significant increase in online shopping. This situation provided boutique furniture brands, which have always operated online, with an equal opportunity to compete with other players and benefit from the circumstances. However, as brick-and-mortar stores reopened, shoppers preferred the in-person shopping experience once again, especially in the furniture industry where customers value the ability to physically interact with products before making a purchase, even when shopping online. While smaller items or accessories may not require as much consideration, furniture, being a significant investment, is often preferred to be evaluated firsthand before making a decision. The ability to assess the size, design, and texture of furniture holds utmost importance. As a result, boutique furniture brands have seen a decline in the momentum they had gained during the Covid-19 period. 

In addition to the general challenges faced by the furniture industry in the online shopping landscape, boutique furniture brands encounter a unique set of hurdles. These brands often specialize in distinctive and high-quality furniture pieces, offering a range of products that distinguishes them from mass-market retailers. Although their reputation for craftsmanship and unique designs attracts customers through word of mouth, converting visitors into paying customers becomes a different and arduous task. The absence of physical stores means potential buyers cannot experience the furniture firsthand, leading to hesitancy in making a purchase decision. Thus, the need for a solution that replicates the tactile experience and showcases the true essence of these boutique furniture pieces becomes paramount. This is where the transformative power of Augmented Reality (AR) and 3D technology comes into play, revolutionizing the pre-purchase evaluation process and driving sales conversions.

Overcoming Challenges: Finding the Perfect 3D/AR Solution

In their quest to bridge the gap between the online and physical shopping experiences, boutique furniture brands encounter several challenges when seeking a suitable 3D/AR solution. They desire a solution that is affordable, easy to implement, and effectively showcases their products. However, the search for the right technology can be overwhelming, as many available options are complex and demand significant human involvement.

Simplifying Integration with Avataar's No-Code Turnkey Solution

One of our boutique brand customer, like many others, desired a solution that could generate high-quality 3D models using a limited number of product images. They needed a streamlined and user-friendly process that would seamlessly integrate the 3D models into their website's frontend, without requiring extensive technical resources or expertise. Additionally, cost-effectiveness was a crucial consideration, as they sought a solution that could deliver the desired results within their budgetary constraints.

To meet their specific requirements, they needed a no-code turnkey solution. The solution would need to simplify the integration process, provide cost-effectiveness, and offer the necessary flexibility to showcase their unique furniture pieces in an engaging and realistic manner. The company aimed to identify a solution that would address these challenges and empower them to enhance their pre-purchase evaluation process while boosting sales conversions. It was during the search that they discovered an innovative solution offered by Avataar.

Transforming 2D Catalogs into Immersive 3D Experiences

Avataar's no-code turnkey solution provided the perfect answer to their requirements by offering a streamlined approach to incorporating 3D and AR features. Through the power of Avataar's neural rendering technology, the brand was able to transform their existing 2D product catalog into visually captivating and photorealistic 3D models. This enhanced presentation allowed customers to thoroughly examine the furniture pieces from various angles, spin them around, and zoom in, all within their own environment. The attention to detail and realism conveyed by Avataar's technology empowered shoppers to visualize how the furniture would complement their own living spaces, facilitating more informed purchase decisions.

Seamlessly Integrated and Cross-Platform Compatibility

Avataar's solution effectively addressed practical considerations for the brand, ensuring fast loading times and a seamless experience for website visitors. The integration process was simplified, requiring minimal technical resources and expertise from their team. Furthermore, Avataar's solution offered cross-platform compatibility, enabling shoppers to engage effortlessly with the 3D and AR experiences, regardless of the device they used to access the brand's website, be it desktop computers, laptops, tablets, or smartphones. This accessibility ensured that their immersive offerings reached a wide range of users.

In addition, Avataar's solution expanded the customization options available to customers. By incorporating camera color swatches for product configuration, they elevated the level of personalization and interaction. This attention to detail in the shopping process further enhanced customer satisfaction and engagement, making their experience more tailored and enjoyable.

Impressive Results: High Customer Engagement Time Resulting in Improvement in Sales

The adoption of Avataar's AI-led 3D and neural rendering technology had a profound impact on the brand's sales metrics in a remarkably short period. Within just six months of implementing the solution, they witnessed significant improvements across various key performance indicators.

One of the most striking benefits was the impressive 5x increase in sales conversions compared to traditional 2D content. The integration of 3D/AR technology not only enhanced the customer experience but also translated into tangible business growth. The captivating and immersive nature of the 3D/AR experiences led to increased customer satisfaction, confidence, and ultimately, higher sales conversions.

Furthermore, the average engagement time per session experienced a substantial boost, with customers spending an average of approximately 3 minutes exploring the 3D/AR experiences. The immersive and interactive nature of the technology captured customers' attention and kept them engaged for longer periods. This extended engagement allowed customers to thoroughly evaluate and appreciate the furniture pieces, further increasing their likelihood of making a purchase.

The integration of Avataar's solution also led to a remarkable 5x increase in product detail page (PDP) to cart visits. By offering customers an enriched and interactive shopping experience, they successfully enticed more visitors to explore the product details and add items to their carts. This metric demonstrated the effectiveness of 3D/AR technology in driving customer engagement and moving them further along the purchase journey.

Embracing the Future of Furniture Retail with Avataar

The success achieved by the brand, serves as a testament to the power of 3D/AR technology in the e-commerce and furniture industry. As this technology continues to evolve, it is poised to reshape the online shopping experience, offering customers a more immersive and realistic way to explore and interact with products.

By simplifying the integration process, providing high-quality 3D models, and offering cross-platform compatibility, Avataar enabled the brand to overcome the challenges faced by boutique furniture brands in the online shopping landscape. The transformative power of 3D/AR technology enabled them to enhance the pre-purchase evaluation process, drive sales conversions, and deliver an engaging and realistic shopping experience.

In addition to upgrading product description pages with 3D and AR experiences, features like virtual photography and product configurators can take the customer experience to the next level. Product configurators are a game-changer when it comes to personalization. They empower shoppers to go beyond the standard choices and truly customize their furniture. From size and color to shape, materials, and textures, customers can have full control over every aspect of their desired piece. This level of personalization ensures that each customer enjoys a tailored shopping experience, resulting in higher satisfaction and increased brand loyalty.

On the other hand, virtual photography opens up a world of possibilities for retailers. By showcasing products in aspirational settings, retailers can spark customers' imagination and inspire them to create their dream spaces. It's like offering a sneak peek into how the furniture would look and feel in a beautifully designed room.

As the furniture industry continues to evolve, embracing 3D/AR solutions is no longer an option – it's a necessity. By leveraging these technologies, retailers not only enhance the customer experience but also stay ahead in the ever-changing landscape of online furniture retail.

Frequently asked questions

How can AR enhance Brand experiences?

AR can transform the buying journey for shoppers. AR enables customers to see an accurate representation of the product by allowing them to view it from all angles. Customers can experience the look and feel of a product by placing it in their environment and using features such as colour change and dimensions. This improves the customer's understanding of their purchase, leading to more sales and fewer returns.

How Brands can Use Augmented Reality?

Augmented reality can be used across various industries to give customers a first-hand experience of the product or service. Here are a few examples how businesses can benefit from Augmented Reality. Ecommerce retailers can help customers visualize the product in the intended environment for a better shopping experience. Tourism businesses can use Augmented Reality to give clients a virtual tour of the destination before they even reach there. Retail stores can use AR to create infinite product aisles with no limitation of physical space or use Hologram-based sales assistants for product demos. Restaurants can use augmented reality to let diners see their dish virtually on the table before placing an order. Using AR in this respect can help diners decide what to order and how much to order, eliminating the element of surprise and complaints. Museums can display the same artifacts in augmented reality across multiple locations.

How Augmented Reality Can Help Your Brand boost sales?

There are several ways AR can help your brand increase sales and acquire new customers. By providing an immersive shopping experience, AR helps eliminate indecisiveness and encourage customers to hit the ‘Buy’ button right away. With AR integrated into your product catalog, customers can try out your products in the intended environment and see if it meets their expectations. Such experiences are far more likely to convert a lead than conventional ways of online selling.

What are the Benefits Of Augmented Reality For Online Businesses?

Augmented reality enables buyers to make informed purchasing decisions by allowing them to evaluate products in real size in their own environment. AR helps shoppers make quick buying decisions. AR offers buyers the confidence and convenience of viewing product in AR using their phoen camera Implementing an 3D and AR using Avataar’s out of the box solution is simple and easy Retailers can use their cameras to create 3D renditions and push the 3D catalog live in minutes, not weeks. Stores with augmented reality see 94% higher conversion and 40% lower returns.

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