Harnessing the Power of Data to Stay Ahead in E-Commerce

April 3, 2023

Indonesia’s reputation as a prominent nation is largely attributed to the significant expansion of its digital market over time. Despite the current economic recession, there is a concurrent phenomenon of digitalisation that is being facilitated by government initiatives, aimed at promoting the proliferation of internet access and widespread adoption of smartphones.

The present-day circumstances have also influenced people’s perspectives from diverse backgrounds to seek expeditious and convenient means of acquiring products and services, such as through the utilisation of e-commerce. Today, Indonesia’s internet penetration rate exceeds 80%, with no fewer than 100 million people using social media and 50 million people resorting to e-commerce for their daily necessities.1 It offers a noteworthy prospect for enterprises seeking to leverage its online presence in Indonesia, as it entails millions of data points that could promote business expansion. 

How Data Helps Businesses to Go Beyond

Every transaction has the ability to produce data that provides customer insights. According to research conducted by Deloitte, most businesses have experimented with 17 technology applications in leveraging customer data, and have used at least 28 different data sources to generate customer insights and customer engagement.2 In light of this study, collecting and connecting data are the top business priorities across the board.

“Collecting and connecting data are the top business priorities across the board.“

Other important benefits include:3

Easier Data Access and Unified Data Management

This reflects on the sheer volume of available data, which makes collecting and analysing a wealth of data a challenge.

Understand What Customers Want, Need, and Expect

Through comprehension of consumer behaviour, businesses may determine the level of personalisation as a means to not just cross or up-sell, but also to build loyalty and ensure business growth. 

Data Privacy and


Conditioned upon customer’s prior consent, it enables businesses to establish data access policies, implement audit logs, and identify any potentially anomalous behaviour.

Leveraging Data with Customer Data Platform

Commonly referred to as CDP, Customer Data Platform provides businesses with a single view of the customer through a range of data, from consumer behaviour to store transactions. Customer attributes are then generated using probabilistic and deterministic Machine Learning algorithms.4

Customer Attributes

Most popular products, average order value, day or hour with the highest sales, customer demographics, most used shipping method, and retention cohorts.


Traffic and conversion rate.


Customer service interactions, order fulfilment, and time-to-serve.

Market Insights

Comparisons with products in the same category, consumer reviews, as well as what the competition is doing in terms of price and volume.

The data acquired enables businesses to promptly and comprehensively understand each customer through various touchpoints, allowing real-time insights and interactions at just the right moment.

In spite of the technological advancements that have inadvertently provided advantages to businesses, it is important to bear in mind to:

Be in the business your customers want you to be in.

If businesses do not present a product that gives customers the benefit, a solution that they seek, or a service that precisely encompasses their pursuit, they will move their transactions elsewhere.

Hence, the next question is: 

“What’s in it for the customers?

And, how does this benefit the business?”

For Customers:

For Businesses:

Customers are willing to:

Isn’t great experience the driver of loyalty?

Wrapping Up

At the end of the day, customers want to be served and to buy, but they do not want to be sold to, at least not directly. Among other priorities, it is crucial for businesses to make the vast and growing volume of data easily accessible, understandable, and actionable.

In purely commercial terms, the potential to leverage customer data to drive profit is staggering. More importantly, businesses may provide enormous advantages and convenience to their customers while they are at it.

“Customers want to be served and to buy. It is crucial for businesses to make the vast and growing volume of data easily accessible, understandable, and actionable.”

At SIRCLO, we offer a solution, known as Swift Analytics, allowing enterprise brands to better use the data they acquire in e-commerce. Though it is possible to construct a CDP from the ground up, our platform streamlines this process for the businesses we serve. The underlying idea is notably nothing short of radical, whereby businesses can leverage consumer data to gain deeper insights into their target audience and enhance customer satisfaction, ultimately leading to accelerated growth.

An example of Swift Analytics’ dashboard.

For more information about Swift Analytics, visit our website and reach out to our team at https://www.getswift.asia/contact-us


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