EN_5 Secrets for better ecommerce conversions

No matter how big (or small) your online store, you’re always looking to convert visitors. Your conversion rate is essentially the life line of your online business. Ecommerce conversions cover a wide range of activities from purchasing products to subscribing to newsletters. Each of these actions show that visitors are not just interested but want to engage with you.

Since your success as an ecommerce merchant depends on conversion, I’m helping you by sharing the 5 secrets for better ecommerce conversions.

1. Mobile Friendly

Google and Nielsen conducted a study last year to learn more about shoppers and their use of mobile. They found that 93% of people who used mobile to research a product go on to make a purchase. Yes, 93%! To convert these mobile shoppers, your store has to be easily accessible on mobile devices. Every mobile friendly site should:

•  Have big buttons for easy use
•  Fit into a smartphone-sized screen
•  Load quickly with mobile internet speeds

2. Stunning Images

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Make sure yours say, “Shop!” We understand that not all online merchants are photographers by trade. So we’ve come up with simple ways to improve product images:

•  Use the right image quality – they should not be pixelated nor take too long to load
•  Allow customers to zoom in to get a better view or to examine a particular detail.
•  Have consistent backgrounds – Looking for a budget-friendly way? Remove the background.
•  Learn even more in our article on how to Improve Product Photos for your Online Store.


3. Powerful Searchability

Help customers find exactly what they want … or another site will. Having a search bar is a great start but is only helpful if customers know exact names of your product. PrestaShop makes it easy for customers to find what they’re looking for with both front and back office tools.

•  In the front office, you can allow customers to filter by product attributes such as color, price, or size to help narrow down your product catalog.
•  From the back office, you can refine common search terms by directing them to words you use. For example, when a customer searches “XS” you can direct them to the results page for “extra small”.

4. Effortless Shopping

Make shopping on your site effortless by offering helpful tools throughout your site for a better shopping experience.

•  Allow side by side product comparisons – Beyond that, PrestaShop creates unique links for product comparison so that your customers can share it with friends to get their input or bookmark it to view it later.
•  Offering complementary products, commonly known as cross selling. If you’re selling wine, ask if they want glasses for that type of wine. Or if a customer adds an MP3 player to their cart, suggest that they add the matching case or headphones to their order. People forget things all the time, this is a nice way to help them complete their purchases and increase your average cart value!

5. Incentivize

Everyone likes to feel like they’re getting a good deal. Attract customers who are on the fence with enticing incentives by:

•  Offering— The types of ecommerce incentives you offer depends on the types of conversions you’re trying to achieve. Get customers to subscribe to your newsletter by offering free shipping with their first order. Convince visitors to share your site with friends by giving rewards for each additional person they recruit with the link. Finally, get customers to shop by offering them a discount for purchases.
•  Promoting — After all, if no one knows about the promo, does it really exist? With all types of banners built into PrestaShop 1.6, there are numerous places to highlight your promotions. Try placing it on the banner at the top of the page, within the rich navigation, or even on the homepage slider.


Start increasing your conversion rate today!
All of these secret tips are completely free features in the latest version of PrestaShop! Take advantage of these built-in features and create a successful, conversion-oriented store with PrestaShop today!

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About Julie Liu

Julie is a dog-lover, UMiami Alumnus and ecommerce veteran. Prior to her role as a product marketing specialist at PrestaShop, she managed day-to-day operations for an online store.

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