Optimizing a website requires taking into account so many elements that we sometimes forget how important it is that users have the best possible experience once they arrive on the website…
Yet, user experience is an essential notion in any digital environment.
User experience (UX) encompasses all the features that increase user satisfaction by improving accessibility, ease of use and efficiency of interaction with the website or e-commerce. It refers to the emotions felt by users when they visit the site.
There is a reason why we return to the same supermarket every week. The reason is the same when we get into the habit of systematically going to the same hairdresser, DIY store or restaurant. These merchants have created a positive experience, which in turn breeds customer loyalty.
In physical retail, brand experience and engagement are the primary drivers of loyalty. E-commerce is not much different. Design, atmosphere, speed and functionality are all pillars of a good user experience on an e-shop.
In concrete terms, it’s about being clear, accessible, easy to “use” and focused not on your business, but on the user.
Most Internet users expect a website to load within three to four seconds. Every additional fraction of a second of waiting increases a visitor’s frustration.
A study conducted by Radware found that a 2-second delay in load time during a visit leads to abandonment rates of up to 87%. So to keep visitors on your e-shop and have them come back again, your site must load in less than three seconds.
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Your site is not a rebus or a puzzle to solve! Use clear, descriptive headings in navigation menus so users know where to go without hesitation. If they are vague, the user will not understand where each heading will lead him. In this sense, and in order not to lose the visitor, the navigation path (breadcrumb trail) must appear clearly on each page.
Also, never leave users wondering where they should go after they finish viewing one of your pages. Suggest an alternative exit or route, for example by adding “you’ll like it too” suggestions at the bottom of product pages on an e-commerce site.
Keeping enough white space between elements (text, headlines, photos, videos, etc.) remains one of the most elegant and easy ways to draw the user’s attention to the most important information on your website. In addition to highlighting the essential content, these spaces improve reading comprehension and make the overall look of the site more pleasant and modern.
In 2019, people browse websites at work, on the go and in their living rooms. When a computer isn’t nearby, they log on to their smartphone or tablet to browse the internet.
The responsive thus represents a crucial part of the user experience. It allows websites to change their layouts according to the visitor’s screen resolution. Therefore, you need to make sure that your website / e-commerce site is responsive so that users can access and purchase from your site regardless of the devices they use.
The calls to action tell visitors what to do on your website. These should stand out clearly from the rest through:
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Imagine a website like Amazon without a search bar. Would people find the products they want so easily? Definitely not. The same is true for your e-commerce.
When potential customers search for a specific item on your site, they’ll be frustrated that they can’t locate it easily. And a bad user experience often leads to frustration, which undermines user satisfaction.
Your customers may have a question when they visit your website. Therefore, you need to include your complete contact information so that they can contact you at any time. The contact page should contain the following information:
For a better user experience, include the phone number and email address in the footer of all your pages. When your potential customers see your contact information, they immediately perceive your legitimacy, which helps build their trust.
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For most websites, UX isn’t just about all-out interactions, eye-catching design or intuitive navigation. A satisfying user experience also depends on how information is delivered. It must be in the right place, at the right time and in an engaging way :
Setting up a live chat or chatbot is a good way to improve the UX of your e-commerce along with the conversion rate. This system triggers a popup window allowing the user to get in touch with a sales consultant or a conversational agent. If the user needs help or has questions (about delivery or return policy, for example), he can chat with the advisor or the chatbot.
Storytelling is an integral part of branding. On its e-commerce, a brand must know how to tell its story: put forward the universe, the vision, the values that make it unique to involve the visitor emotionally. The story and the values claimed will be the basis of the feelings born in the customers. Use icons, images, videos and emotionally engaging animations to make your customers’ experience attractive.
In summary, a good user experience on a website allows visitors to find everything they are looking for easily and quickly. It’s up to you to create a content-rich website/e-commerce site that creates engagement in order to build customer loyalty. By following all of these tips, your conversion rate should then increase significantly over time.