As an eCommerce agency, Echidna has a unique lens as to how industries are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We see just how essential eCommerce has become in all sectors. Our team remains committed to providing actionable recommendations to alleviate major commerce pain points.
Poor user experience (UX) continues to be a main reason eCommerce businesses are failing to hit their growth goals. From drops in conversions, increasing bounce rates or cart abandonment, and overall low sales, a poor UX can do major damage. Our UX team has provided actionable insights and recommendations to remedy these issues and more for our clients. By leveraging data and applying best practice user experience and usability principles, we identify key pain points and areas of opportunity.
The following are general recommendations that have worked for many of our clients, but won’t always be applicable to all sites. If you would like a UX Site Audit led by Echidna’s User Experience team with prioritized insights and recommendations that can be smoothly transitioned into your roadmap and implementation plan, please contact us.
Our current unique circumstances mean changes to the business. Addressing that upfront with your site visitors and how your brand is taking action is not only transparent but builds future trust.
Consider putting a geo-targeted header or pop-up to link to additional information on how your company is addressing this unprecedented time. This could be shipping delays, BOPIS contactless options, or changes in your communication styles.
Echidna client Orscheln Farm and Home displays a banner linking to additional information regarding COVID-19 commitments.
Look over your site regarding CTAs (calls to action), links, icons, and visual elements. Are they consistent? A visual design system improves the consistency and usability of the site. This ensures that page elements are not visually chunked and have a consistent color or font hierarchy. This also improves usability, readability, and task completion for customers.
Echidna client Frontpoint Security offers a consistent visual design throughout their entire site.
A slow page performance can hurt not only those visiting your site's ability to engage and convert but also Google’s ability to give you a strong search rating. One quick hit tip is to minify code to improve page load and transition speed.
A search that returns accurate results is one of the most critical factors in any eCommerce site. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most overlooked. Consider implementing a smart search and guided navigation feature to create a more efficient and scalable search management within the shopping experience.
The mobile experience is just as important as the desktop user experience in 2020. A poor mobile experience can critically damage your ability to be found on Google and also your conversion rates on mobile.
Several ways to ensure you have a clean mobile experience include:
Having the most simple and streamlined checkout possible is key to closing the deal. With holiday around the corner we are sharing top comments that have come from our client user groups when discussing simplifying the checkout process:
Removing unnecessary links and information in the checkout has been shown to improve checkout conversion by up to 15%.