Product pages are arguably the most important pages on your ecommerce site.
At Growcode, we realize that everything matters. Beautifully-designed home pages are vital for making a good impression. And robust check-out forms are key for sealing up the bottom of your sales funnel, preventing cart abandonment.
But no pages have a greater impact on sales and overall conversions than product pages. It?s where your customers evaluate your products, take in your special offers and sweeteners (like free shipping), and ultimately decide to click that all-important “Add to Cart” button. Your product pages are like the engine rooms that keep the whole ship afloat.
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Add-to-cart conversions hover, on average, around 10%. That means out of all traffic to a site, around 10% will add a product to the cart. Of all website sessions, around 50% involve a product page view.
At Growcode, we think this is a relatively low number. Most ecommerce retailers are leaving easy money on the table by failing to optimize their underperforming product pages. Research has shown that some retailers convert nearly half (49.73%) of all traffic to their product pages into sales.
So in this guide, we’re going to give you 20 simple but highly effective optimization tips to ensure you’re getting as many add-to-cart conversions as possible. We’ll also use some of the best product pages on the web as practical examples.
Large images with lots of detail are one of the most valuable assets you have as an online retailer. It’s important to remember that online customers will have a wider array of doubts compared to customers shopping in a brick-and-mortar store, where they can inspect items closely.
Your job is to replicate the high-street experience as closely as possible. Ensure that all images are big enough to see specific details. You don’t need to go overboard with images that are the size of a billboard. But all features and nuances should be visible.
It goes without saying that you should use professional product photography and, ideally, optimize pages to show the most enticing photographs most prominently. Split-testing to find the best flagship image (the one that visitors will see when they first land on a page) will provide you with concrete data on which to base your decision.Ecommerce product page improvement no. 1. Is the product shot large enough to see specific details? #ecommerce #optimization #productpage #cro Click To Tweet
The zoom function on photos can be a little difficult to get right. It’s important to ensure that images enlarge to an appropriate size (and dont fill the whole screen), that it’s easy for users to bring other parts of the image into focus, and that they can minimize the image quickly to interact with other elements of the page.
The level of detail in Zappos photographs leaves little to the imagination. Visitors can see all product features in detail. You should aim to create an experience for customers that is as close as possible to being in-store.
Zoom features on images are important because the replicate the interactivity a person would feel when shopping in a normal store. Test the zoom photo function – ensuring that it fits with the overall page experience – as part of your product page design process.
Along with ensuring that images are large enough and that the zoom feature works, it’s also important to enable viewers to see specific details, just as they would if they were inspecting a product in-person. This is especially the case for products that have a lot of features.
High-quality pictures also communicate professionalism. Customers are more likely to question the integrity of your brand and site if you display second-rate images. Customers are also more likely to equate good images with good products.
You’ve probably had an experience of landing on a website only to see pixelated, low-quality images. I’ll bet you didn’t stick around for long. Reviewing product images before publishing them constitutes an important part of ecommerce best practices.
Certain products will have stand-out features that constitute major USPs. These features should have their own dedicated high-resolution, zoomable photographs whenever appropriate.
It’s also important to include photos that highlight the most notable features of products, like the soles of shoes, keyboards on laptops, major design features on clothing, etc.
Also make sure that product descriptions match up with images. If you reference specific features and USPs in descriptions, ensure there are corresponding images for customers to check. It’s also worth organizing pictures in order of the most important features so that customers see them first.
Showing multiple pictures, even if they are from similar angles, recreates the experience of handling a product. Customers usually want to see a product from numerous perspectives and build a complete understanding of it before purchase. This is especially the case with certain products, like clothes and accessories, where a high amount of handling would usually occur.
Keep in mind that online attention spans are notoriously limited. These images should be easy to scroll through, especially on mobile. If you make it difficult for users to view different images quickly, you’re just increasing the likelihood they’ll leave the site.
Here’s a quick tip: ensure that users can use both thumbs to scroll through images on mobile devices. Don’t try to guess their favorite hand!
Including information about the size of a piece of clothing and the model wearing it can prompt visitors with similar measurements to buy. It will also put a product into perspective for the customer. Even customers that don’t have the same measurements will have a solid point of reference for picking a size.
Remember, customers are trying to quickly make an informed judgment about a piece of clothing without the luxury of trying it on. They’re unlikely to spend a lot of time searching a product page for all the information they require. By providing as many details as possible in one place, you increase the likelihood customers will feel confident enough to buy.
Ratings and reviews have a huge effect on conversions. You should make it as easy as possible for potential customers to access reviews, including them directly after the product description.
It’s also good practice to add aggregated information, like the overall rating and the averages of reviews that have five stars, four stars, three stars, etc. in the review section (see the screenshot below).
If your customers tend not to write in scannable prose, structure your review form so that it asks for short answers that can be displayed as bullets. These questions should reflect the most important issues that prospective buyers encounter. You may also wish to rank reviews by “helpfulness”, placing the most persuasive and useful at the top.
Some ecommerce sites include a roundup of reviews outlining what customers liked and disliked most about products to provide customers with a comprehensive, easy-to-read overview.Ecommerce product page improvement no. 8. Are the opinions of reviewers easily scannable? #ecommerce #optimization #productpage #reviews Click To Tweet
When structuring your product pages, it’s important to show the “big four” elements prominently and in the same place. These are:
a. Name of the product
d. “Add product to cart” or equivalent
Before a customer clicks on the main “Add to Basket” or “Buy Now” CTA, they need to know these key basic pieces of information. By placing them next to the main button on the page (which represents your most-desired action), you are eliminating the need for many customers, particularly customers that are ready to buy, to scroll down the page to find essential details.
An “imperative sentence” is one that “orders” a visitor to take an action. “Add to cart,” and, “Click here to buy now,” are both examples. Don’t worry about upsetting or offending visitors. When used in the right way, imperatives don’t sound like commands.
It’s also worth testing variants of imperative phrases that include further prompts like offers and discounts. Phrases like “Buy Now to Get 50% Off” or “Buy Before 5 PM for Free Delivery” are far more interesting than a generic “Buy Now.”
Don’t make it hard for visitors to hit purchase! Including the buy button above the fold is one of those small tweaks that can have a significant impact on your product page conversions.
This is especially the case on mobile devices, where already-strained attention spans are even shorter than usual! Most visitors will scroll down the page to find further information, but there is no harm in making it as easy as possible for those that don’t want to.Don't make it hard for visitors to hit purchase! #ecommerce #optimization #productpage #design #CTA Click To Tweet
Urgency is one of the most effective ways of boosting conversions on your product pages. Ensure you utilize at least some of the following techniques:
Two elements need to be present to ensure that customers find it easy to navigate to the cart:
Discontinued products are items or item lines that you no longer stock. Many retailers assume that if a customer lands on a product page when an item is out of stock that they’ve lost them completely. But this isn’t always the case. By including an email opt-in form, along with suggestions of similar products, you can effectively take advantage of what would otherwise be “lost” traffic.
Lack of shipping information on product pages is one of the main reasons that customers don’t add items to their cart. There is a common tendency among site visitors to expect exorbitant rates if they are not clearly visible alongside the item price.
If you offer free shipping or discounted shipping, display it visibly next to the primary CTA. Free shipping is a major incentive for customers. If free or same-day shipping is time-limited – for example, if a purchase needs to be made before 5 PM to qualify – display this information too.
Eliminating doubt is a key part of optimizing product pages for higher conversion rates. Providing clear information about the price of shipping enables customers to make a decision about whether or not an item fits within their budget.
Sometimes, however, it’s not always possible to provide exact shipping rates, especially in industries like construction, where the cost of shipping varies depending on the size of the order, the country (or country area) of delivery, time-sensitive prices offered by shipping companies, and more.
If this is the case, eliminate doubt as much as possible by including an estimated price or a shipping calculator that will provide a customized quote for customers. Reassure customers by telling them that shipping rates vary within a set of parameters and it?s very unusual for prices to exceed these boundaries.
Customers shopping in certain verticals will need very specific information about products. Buyers of construction materials, for example, will likely need access to in-depth specs.
Even product pages of common retail products can usually appeal to a wider customer base by including a description of an array of features. Do your clothes products listings, for example, appeal to environmentally-conscious buyers by including details about how they are sustainably manufactured?
There’s nothing more frustrating than product customization buttons that just don’t work. If you’re selling items that are available in a number of different styles, sizes, or with custom features, ensure that the options all work properly.
It’s also a good idea to include these options next to the CTA. Generally speaking, the choice of which specific product to purchase is made immediately prior to adding it to the cart.
If a customer has made a mistake by not selecting required product features, notify them with a visible reminder near to the main CTA. It’s doubly frustrating for customers when they can’t check out and aren’t told why. One of the easiest ways to improve your overall customer experience is by displaying notifications when a mistake has been made.
If you have included product options next to the main CTA, it will be easy for customers to rectify the mistake and move on to checkout with a minimum of friction.
User-generated content, like Instagram photos and rich-media reviews (that include customer videos and images) carry a large amount of credibility and social proof. Consider including them somewhere on your product pages if you are able to. They will help to build engagement and bolster the positive effects of good reviews.
The inclusion of user-generated content from social media also allows customers to see real-life product images, which can add an extra dimension to the shopping experience by showing them how products are used by customers.
Don’t be put off by the length of this list! While it might feel like you’ve been attacked with a fire-hose of ecommerce store optimization advice, it’s important to remember that most of the tips on this list are nothing more than small tweaks.
But while implementing these changes only involves altering a few lines of code, the results can be significant. Small changes to product descriptions, photographs and design will often boost add-to-cart conversions by several percentage points.
As always, testing is the key. The only real way to pinpoint those changes that will work for your store and your audience is by testing. Fortunately, running split-tests for the types of optimization tweaks outlined here is a relatively simple matter. And once you have the baseline data, you can forge ahead with new improvements, brainstorming and tweaking even further.
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