As an ecommerce business, product pages are arguably the most important pages of your whole website. Yet many online business owners fail to make them as convertible as possible. While improving other aspects of your website, such as optimizing the checkout process, can help, ultimately, product pages are essential to turning window shoppers into sales.
Some elements of a great product page are obvious — high-quality photos and well-written, detailed descriptions are key. But there are a lot more opportunities to optimize your product pages that you may not realize.
This is a basic rule of journalism that is also essential to store owners: put the lead up front. This means begin with the most important information first so that people don’t have to dig to find it.
You can address this by offering a quick, clear blurb at the top of the product descriptions that provides shoppers with the essential information that they know. You can then go on to add a fuller explanation of the benefits of your product, as well as address any frequently asked questions. This strategy allows you to pick a shopper’s interest immediately while still providing all the information that they need to know to learn more.
When writing your product descriptions, make sure that you keep in mind your customer’s motivations for buying your product, as well as any objections they may have. This will allow you to understand what information your customer needs addressed up front. For example, if you sell nutritional supplements, your customer may not know why they should take your product. Lead with this information so you can pull them in immediately.
When it comes to ecommerce, offering a clear call-to-action is especially important. Your customer should never struggle to actually buy your product. Make sure your add-to-cart button is obvious, while not being obnoxious. It should be impossible to miss while seamlessly fitting into the design of the page.
Live chat is an excellent feature for ecomm businesses that is associated with higher levels of customer satisfaction. Live chat makes it easy for customers to ask quick questions without having to take the time to call your business. This gives them the opportunity to make an informed decision about buying your product without any hassle.
Because live chat requires more work, either by you and your support team or a chatbot, it’s best to use it during higher traffic times or on specific product pages that generate higher than average sales.
You already know that high-quality product photography is essential to an excellent product page, but these days, to really set yourself apart, you also need product videos. You don’t have to make these too lengthy or complicated; just answer the questions that your customers need. For example, if you sell clothing, use product videos with a model to show how the items fit.
Reviews are a powerful way to build trust with your shoppers. In fact, nearly 95% of shoppers read the reviews before they make a purchase, and most report that they trust reviews more than the product description itself. Therefore, it is essential to feature reviews on your product pages. If you sell a personal care product, before/after pictures are very helpful for showing that what you offer truly works.
Once you complete the worksheet, you will have a fully formed customer avatar. But you don’t have to stop there! Feel free to make other avatars to address other market segments you want to address.
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Professional photos mean a world of difference if you’re trying to create or improve your brand. While simple headshots and product photos taken with your camera phone is acceptable for those just starting out, upgrading your brand images will automatically upgrade the value your clients see when they are on your website or visiting your social media pages.