5 Good Reasons Why Headless Is the Right Architecture for 2024
Looking for a more secure and profitable 2024? Start by losing your head.
With brands embracing the highs and lows of varying market opportunity, retail has always been something of a white knuckle ride. After the boost that the pandemic lent to eCommerce, recession is now looming with many brands facing a challenging year ahead.
Fortune favours the prepared. Could a switch to Headless be a good strategic choice as we head into a new year? In this article, we’ll explore some of the ways Headless architecture is a smart choice, even in a market full of potential uncertainty and headwinds.
➊ Replatform for the Last Time
No one jumps for joy at the prospect of migration – but what if this was the last time your brand had to deal with the upheaval, a move into your “forever home?” One of the most significant benefits of a Headless approach is that you should, in theory, never need to replatform again.
This is thanks to the flexibility and agility that can be achieved when working in a decoupled structure. As you’re not constrained by the compatibility issues that a monolithic platform can impose, your setup can evolve to meet the needs of your scaling operation over time, eliminating the risk of “outgrowing” your platform.
In addition to improving your agility, there are economic benefits to Headless move too, as this approach delivers higher platform ROI over time, as well as ensuring sales are never impacted by additional future migrations or excessive downtime.
➋ Switch up Your Stack
A Headless approach also offers comparative freedom when it comes to teaming up with vendors. There is much less vendor lock-in with a Headless approach, and this means that brands can partner with technologies that offer them the best value in 2023. It’s a case of fitting solutions to need with intentional precision, instead of trying to shoehorn workarounds using solutions that “have” to be leveraged.
There’s much more scope to “plug and play” when it comes to your stack, as Headless helps ensure that brands which need to pivot with the ever-changing world can do so freely. They can maintain more flexibility and proactively ensure they’re working with the very best tools for the job, as issues (and opportunities) emerge.
➌ Optimise for Conversion
Headless can also herald improvements for your conversion KPIs. As competition and conditions become more challenging in 2023, the most successful brands will be those that make the effort to sharpen up every small advantage. Incremental improvements all add up, helping to keep retailers competitive, and optimizing for conversion will always pay dividends.
Given the economic headwinds, brands should be increasingly conscious about anything that reduces their ability to convert customers. Slow site speeds are a known conversion killer – especially for an increasingly mobile audience. Headless is an antidote to this, laying the foundations for lightning fast commerce. It’s another very good reason why Headless is the right architecture for a brand in 2023.
➍ Keep Ahead of UXpectations
As well as considering the economic challenges of 2023, it’s also important for brands to stay mindful of the ways their customers are evolving. While value for money will doubtless be high on everyone’s agenda, consumer expectations are also continuing to rise when it comes to user experience – and in particular, personalized user experience.
Even in a challenging market, customers will continue to demand exceptional user experiences that feel custom and highly relevant across all channels and touchpoints. Headless puts the customer first as you can create totally unique customer experiences across multiple touchpoints, empowering better collaboration and autonomy across your teams to speed delivery and improve outcomes.
This is a sensible option going into 2023, and beyond, as brands will be able to keep ahead of the game as tastes and trends evolve.
➎ Deliver the Best Developer Experience
In addition to your customers, consider your team. All brands understand the importance (and associated challenges) of hiring and retaining great developer talent in the modern market. Adopting a Headless approach to your architecture brings many benefits to your developers’ experience, making attracting and retaining talent easier (in an increasingly competitive and challenging recruitment market ).
Headless is quicker and easier for developers, and offers the opportunity to work with bleeding edge technologies, trying and testing new ideas at pace. Ultimately, by being able to promote the fact you run a Headless operation, you’ll represent a much more attractive proposition for the kind of ambitious and talented developers that you’re looking to land.
2024: Meet the Challenge Head(less) On
There’s no escaping the fact that 2024 is likely to be a year full of twists, turns and uncertainty for brands, retailers and consumers alike. As we head out of the 'golden quarter' at the tail-end of 2023, brands must adjust and be more adaptable than ever before.
This approach should extend to your architecture. Headless gives brands (Like the ones above) the greatest adaptability as it is rooted in flexibility and allows for rapid iteration, economical exploration and increased ability to deliver cutting edge commerce experiences.
If you make one resolution this year, make it the serious consideration of a switch to Headless in 2024.