Your product page is where the magic happens.
There are many factors that go into a successful business.
First, you need to build a stellar product for the right people.
Unfortunately, that’s not the end of the road.
The next step is building a product page that communicates the value you provide while compelling visitors to take action.
It can be the difference between a business that takes off and one that flounders after a few months.
It’s the difference between a profitable advertising campaign and one that sucks up all your resources with no ROI.
In short, your product page (or pages) is one of the most important linchpins in your business.
It’s not important to get it right – it’s essential.
In this post, we’re going to dive deep into how to create a product page design that moves the needle in your business.
What is a product page – really?
There’s a bit of confusion around what a product page is and isn’t.
It’s commonly confused with a landing page. They’re not the same thing.
A landing page is a focused solitary page developed for a specific marketing or advertising campaign. It is designed for a user to take a single action such as download a resource.
A product page, on the other hand, is a page designed to sell a specific product. It details product information, order instructions, and shows product imagery.
Note: a product page doesn’t always show pricing information. For example, most SaaS websites separate pricing and product information.
Ecommerce websites tend to display pricing information on product pages.
Now that we’re on the same page, let’s dive into the process of building a compelling product page.
The product page copy
This is where the product page is made.
You can have the most useful product with the prettiest pictures but it won’t get the job done if your copy sucks.
How to write copy is beyond the scope of this article.
Instead, we’ll focus on the necessary elements and a few tips to enhance your writing.
Length of product page copy
There’s a long-standing debate about how long copy should be.
Some people say no one reads anymore so make it short.
Others believe you can’t say anything important in a few sentences so make your copy long.
I say it should be as long as necessary to get the job done.
That’s not helpful. There are general situations when you should use long and short copy.
These situations vary and no rule is written in stone but when in doubt, follow the guidelines I’m about to give you.
When to use long copy
Use long copy for your product pages when the product is:
- Expensive to the point of needing justification later.
- Is complex and has many features that need to be explained.
- Is part of a specialized sector not many people come in contact with.
- Not unique so you need the extra copy to explain your case.
- They found it but they weren’t looking for it. Your copy is a chance to convince them.
When to use short copy
Use short copy for your product pages when:
- The product is simple and doesn’t require much explanation. Show them how to buy.
- It doesn’t cost too much so people won’t need to justify the purchase later.
- The CTA itself isn’t asking for an upfront purchase. An example would be to start a free trial.
A vague product page doesn’t get results. No one wants to buy a product only to go through the process of returning it or seeking a refund.
Instead, they won’t buy it in the first place.
At all times, be as specific as possible.
If you’re selling shoes, don’t say they last for a long time. Instead, mention how you simulated 9,475 hours of walking time and they still looked brand new.
The more specific you are in your copy, the more believable your claims are.
Do you have testimonials from customers that point to specific results or outcomes they received?
Do you have a quality control process that ensures purity? Alcohol companies do this by telling us their drinks were distilled three times and aged over the course of five years to ensure quality and flavor.
Novo watches takes storytelling and specificity to heart. In the above image, it looks like a text heavy page.
That’s not the case.
They have compelling product imagery and a video above the fold.
Down below, they get into the details. It tells the story of the machinery they repurposed to make the watch.
The details and history weave together to form a strong narrative which helps close the deal on their $4,000 (CAD) watches.
Features are important yet they don’t matter without context.
Let’s say you’re selling a laptop that has one terabyte of hard disk space. That’s nice but most laptop buyers don’t know what that means in a practical sense.
This is where the benefits of your features come into play.
You can restate it as one terabyte of hard disk space to store your entire movie library, tens of thousands of songs, and pictures of every family event.
Suddenly, it’s easy to see how useful one terabyte of space is.
There’s a simple test you can perform every time you write a feature. At KyLeads, we call it the “And so what test.”
For every feature you have or want to mention, ask yourself “and so what?”
Our sunscreen has SPF 30. And so what?
Which means your skin is protected from 97% of all UVB radiation so you can enjoy your time in the sun without worrying about harmful effects.
We discuss the benefits of our features on our quiz product page. Instead of just saying you can do xyz, we also point out why that matters and the advantages it gives.
Have you ever understood what a product did and thought it would be valuable but couldn’t decide how you’d use it?
With a fashion-oriented purchase, you may like the piece but can’t figure out what you’d wear it with. That alone may make you skip it.
What about when you want to get something more important like software for your business?
You can understand the value of the software but don’t know how to use it in your business.
This happened to us recently.
We use a tool called Databox to combine and visualize some of our data.
When we were evaluating it, we knew it would be valuable but couldn’t figure out how to apply it to our particular situation.
Databox knows their prospects have this problem so they include a line on their homepage that addresses it.
The link in the above image takes you to a page with multiple templates. Each one is a use case.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Almost any product can benefit from displaying new and interesting use cases to potential customers.
- Computers can be used for gaming, social media, or entertainment.
- A table can be used in the living room, office, or on the patio.
- Shoes can be for work, a night on the town, or weekend hangouts.
You know the ways your product can be used better than anyone. Educate your potential buyers to give your product page design an edge.
Visible refunds, shipping, and terms pages.
No one likes to be surprised during or after a purchase.
How would you feel if you were excited about a book, a pair of shoes, or anything else you were about to buy only to realize the shipping charges were exorbitant?
If you’re like 44% of people that abandoned carts, shipping may have played a part. It’s better to pre-qualify visitors who won’t pay shipping than have them skew your metrics.
Amazon is crystal clear with their shipping information. For the product in the above image, they mention how much shipping costs four separate times.
Be crystal clear about how long shipping takes and how much they will pay. You don’t want people hitting up your support line for products that haven’t arrived yet.
Apart from shipping, make sure it’s easy to find refunds, returns, and terms of service pages. An online purchase comes with a lot of uncertainty.
It may not fit, the software may not work right, the widget may be a different shade of blue, etc. Clear refund and return information alleviates some of that fear and increases the likelihood of someone giving you a try.
Sunday Somewhere includes shipping and return information right on the product page.
Now, people can make an informed decision about whether or not they’ll pay shipping fees.
Before we jump into videos, I want to make it clear that they’re optional.
Not everyone has the budget or the skills to make high-quality videos.
A subpar video will do more harm than good so if you can’t get it right then skip this step altogether.
Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, video can work wonders on your product page.
They have been shown to increase conversions by up to 86%.
It’s easier said than done.
I’m sure you’ve seen poorly executed videos that do more harm than good.
There are three key elements:
- Cohesive narrative. A good story/narrative draws us in and keeps us engaged. While you’re busy enjoying the story, lessons and information are passed into your mind. There’s no defense because we’re hardwired to love a good story.
- Leave out all the buzzwords, jargon, and symbolism. You’re not trying to win an award, you’re trying to get people to buy. Let them know what it does, why it matters, and the outcome they can expect as a result.
- Quick delivery. Again, you’re not trying to win an award. You’re trying to get a message across. Deliver it as quickly so your visitor doesn’t get tired.
In Qubit’s product video, they focused on one thing – speed. They wanted to illustrate how fast it was to get set up with their platform.
It was cohesive. They focused on one aspect of their product.
It was clear. They used no words and let the video do the talking.
It was concise. At 1:44, it was a good length for on the go consumption.
An online purchase is unique in many ways. Your customer is trying to understand what they’ll get from a few pictures and words.
There’s no way for them feel, smell, weigh, or otherwise interact with the product.
Images and videos help but they still leave a lot to be desired.
Many product page designs don’t make room for the technical details/specifications. It seems like unnecessary information people don’t need.
It’s true, a lot of people don’t care.
It’s also true that a lot of people do.
A small percentage of them will write in and ask for the information they need.
Most of them will bounce and leave you with a lost sale.
For the people that want the technical specifications, you can add them under a tab or in a section after the main product information.
One of Press London’s products is what they call homegrown supplements for hair, skin, and nails. They offer a quick description next to the product image and an option to read more.
They’re aware their customers need more than a three line description before they buy ingestibles. In response to that, they add a detailed section that gives a more thorough description as well as an ingredients list.
Images are a tried and tested way to illustrate your product. It doesn’t matter if you’re selling software, clothes, or drones.
In fact, you can’t sell without images.
People want to see what they’re buying before they enter their credit card details.
- Larger images
Shopping is a tactile experience. People see and feel the products they buy. Online, that sensation is missing. The best way to bridge that gap is to use clear high-resolution images.
Mall.cz saw a 9.46% increase in sales when using clear large images for their products.
For a digital product, screenshots of the dashboard or lessons inside the product also work.
- Multiple angles
This follows on the heels of high-quality images. People need to be able to see the product from different directions.
When I’m buying shoes online, I want to see the sole, the front, the back, and everything in between. I also want to be able to see the stitching.
According to ThinkWithGoogle, user-controlled zoom is an important factor with mobile shoppers.
In the image above, ASOS provides multiple angles of the product so browsers can get a clear picture of what they’re buying. In addition to that, they have a video.
- Different designs
Standard product photos are on a white background. While this isn’t bad, it won’t allow you to stand out from the white noise of the internet.
In addition to the standard white background, show your products in use in different situations and with different people.
For example, if you’re selling shoes, show them in a formal, casual, and office setting (whichever ones apply).
Finally, gather and curate UGC (user generated content) for your product page as well as for your wider marketing collateral.
ASOS curates UGC and uses it throughout their marketing collateral.
Calls to action (CTA’s) are the buttons, text, and little nudges you place throughout your website to inspire a visitor to take your desired action.
There are no hard and fast rules for CTA’s. The only thing you must do is test them.
With that being said, there are best practices to give you a head start.
There are many schools of thought when it comes to CTA copy – especially on the product page. I think they’re over analyzing it.
There are two things to keep in mind above all else:
- Keep it short. Your actual call to action should only be a few words long.
- Action commands. Phrases like Shop now, Proceed to checkout, and add to cart aren’t used by accident. They’re embedded commands that inspire action.
Again, there are no hard and fast rules about the color of your buttons. Some people say use a red button to increase conversions.
While that may be true in certain cases, it may not always be feasible. This is especially true if your branding doesn’t play nice with red.
Andreas Carter Sports increased their conversions by 50% by changing their CTA button from green to blue.
Your situation may be different. The most important thing to keep in mind is that your buttons need to stand out from the rest of the page.
This is a given but make sure your button is where it can be easily found.
If your visitors need to search for it then you’ve already lost.
Place it in a prominent position above the fold close to the major value proposition or title.
Conversely, you can place it next to the price of the product.
There’s no rule that says you can’t have more than one CTA on your page. On our forms product page, we place multiple CTA’s throughout the content.
Customer Reviews and Testimonials
The last element I’ll mention that’s super important for your product page design are honest reviews and testimonials.
90% of buyers say their decisions are influenced by online reviews.
Some brands throw their customer reviews on a wall of love or something similar.
Why do that when they can work so much harder for you on the product page itself?
Express watches added customer reviews to their product pages and increased sales conversions by 58.29%
In a survey of 1,000 consumers, it was found that reviews were the number one factor that drove shoppers to buy a more expensive product.
Few customers leave reviews because:
- They’re busy
- It can be difficult
Take the pain out of leaving reviews by adding the option to leave one right on the product page.
WordPress.org clearly displays reviews for plugins.
It seems people aren’t happy with Gutenberg.
There are a number of ways to take advantage of the reviews you get.
- Video reviews on the product page for people to play while making the final decision.
- A weighted review score that takes into account all the reviews you’ve received for that product over time. The individual reviews that make up this average are also displayed.
- A text review (without the score) that shows the persons headshot and a specific reason why they liked your product.
- Images of the customers using your product or service. This is also useful for other marketing collateral.
This Amazon page for Gates of Fire by Stephen Pressfield (recommended read) combines many of these features together.
A note on negative reviews: If all of your reviews are five stars then something is wrong. You can’t be perfect for everyone. A bad review here and there is expected and can help you shape the kind of product people love.
Second note: You may not have reviews and testimonials in the beginning and that’s perfectly OK. We all start from zero.
Examples of Product Pages that work
We’ve gone through the process of understanding what makes a great product page stand out. Now, let’s look at a few examples of high converting product pages.
Note that some of the things mentioned below are on the page but not in this particular screenshot.
What I like:
- They show multiple angles of the product with and without a model
- They have a prominent star rating for the product
- Size chart clearly visible to reduce returns due to poor sizing
- Contrasting call to action button with action oriented wording
- An extra sizing chart that would give you a better idea of the fit
- A recommended products section
What I don’t like:
- The product description is just a bunch of bullet points that list out features and few benefits
- No lifestyle shots of the clothes in action
- Shipping information isn’t readily available
Pure Cycles sells premium bikes for adults. At least, that’s the message I got from their messaging and the imagery they use.
What I like:
- The details section is well written
- They have product as well as lifestyle images
- Further down the page there are videos of the product in action
- Reviews score is prominently displayed
- Return policy and warranty is clear
- Action oriented call to action button
What I don’t like:
- The reviews aren’t on the same page
- Size information isn’t clear until you scroll further down the page and open a different tab
- Call to action button blends in with the color palette of the website – it’s muted.
Figleaves is a women’s Ecommerce brand that sells lingerie, nightwear, and Uggs (no comment on that one).
What I like:
- Prominent reviews section
- Very clear shipping and returns info. If you click the link, it opens a popup.
- Multiple product images with and without the model
- Zoom on hover to get a closer look at the product
- Action-oriented call to action
- Recommended products further down the page
What I don’t like:
- No sizing information
- Call to action button is a different color but it’s muted
- Generic product description
- No lifestyle images
What I like:
- They have prominent review info
- Nice CTA color
- Strong CTA text
- Interesting question and answer section
- More detailed information nestled in dropdowns
- Product zoom function
What I don’t like:
- The product image takes up most of the fold
- No return information
- No shipping information
- No pricing information
Your product page is an asset that determines whether or not your business will be successful. I hate to put so much emphasis on a single page but it’s the truth.
IF there’s missing information or it’s poorly presented then all your marketing can go to waste.
In this post, we’ve taken a deep dive and you’re well equipped to create amazing product pages.
Start with the copy and make sure it’s specific and benefit driven. Show important information upfront to instill trust and reduce the fear associated with buying things online.
When you have compelling copy, the right imagery, and clear calls to action your product pages do what they were made to do – sell.
Let us know how you’re designing your product pages in the comments and don’t forget to share.