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How to Design a Profitable Shopify Website

Shopify is one of the most popular eCommerce platforms in the world! With an intuitive page builder, beginner-friendly interface, and loads of built-in functionality, it’s no surprise that nearly 4 million store owners have chosen Shopify to build their eCommerce empires. As Shopify experts, Confetti Design has put together our thoughts on How to Design a Profitable Shopify Website.

If you thinking of starting an online store, you need our tips to design a profitable Shopify website!

But starting a Shopify store is actually the easy part. The harder part is converting website visitors into buying customers. For this, getting your Shopify website designs right, is crucial. Because even if you have great products, without a Shopify website designed for optimised online sales, you will have a very hard time building trust. And a harder time convincing them to buy online from you.

So here are some fundamentals about Shopify design for profitable eCommerce websites.  To get your Shopify strategy right, start with this article first. Explore our eCommerce portfolio or Shopify experts portfolio for website inspiration.

Give your Shopify or eCommerce website products clear titles and pricing

This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many stores get it wrong. Your product title in Shopify should be concise, specific, and easy to find. It should also accurately describe the product. This will include any relevant product specifics such as size, colour, or weight.

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Additionally, have your price clearly displayed in Shopify next to your products title. An ‘add to cart’ button underneath each product in Shopify is paramount.

Wherever you can, include a discount or special offer to drive online sales. Shoppers are always looking for a good deal, and the more value you can stack into the pricing section the better.

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Use high quality product images for your Shopify and eCommerce store

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words and that’s certainly true in eCommerce. Your product pictures need to be high quality and clearly showcase the product.

Using a white background is a good idea for most eCommerce products. Backgrounds that look too busy, colourful or distracting, will confuse and distort your visitor’s view of the product.

When building a Shopify product page, aim for between 5-8 images of each product. Each product image should be taken from different angles so that website visitors can get a good idea of size and shape. Where possible, use large format pictures with a zoom function as well, so that visitors can examine the quality of the product in detail.

Once you’ve nailed your photography style, stick to it! Keep your images consistent across your store, so that your viewers get a smooth visual experience as they browse.

Communicate your unique selling proposition

With over 94,000 live Shopify stores just in Australia, you can be sure that whatever you’re selling, someone else is doing it too!

So why should visitors buy from you, and not your competitors? What makes you different? What makes you better? That’s your unique selling proposition, or USP.

Your USP gives your brand a competitive edge. It will highlight factors that closely match what your ideal audience is looking for. Examples can include:-

  • Do your products tailor to an under-represented market (hello, fellow left-handed people).
  • Perhaps your online store guarantees fast product delivery.
  • Or your products in Shopify include features that similar products don’t offer.

In the example below, the brand clearly highlights what makes their product different/better. Plus they also display another USP of free expedited shipping in the top ribbon.

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Highlight whatever makes YOUR brand different on your home page, and in your Shopify product pages. You must remind online visitors why your products are the perfect choice for them.

Write persuasive product descriptions for your Shopify website

Writing persuasive product descriptions have three jobs to achieve in your Shopify website:

#1 Give visitors a quick overview of the features of your product.
#2 To create an emotional connection with visitors by highlighting the benefits.
#3 To boost the SEO value of the page

This is achieved firstly with a short description underneath the product title that summarizes what the product is and its key benefits.

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You also need to include a longer product description underneath the ‘add to cart’ section. This will expand on the product’s value.

The longer product description not only helps potential buyers understand more about how the product is going to be useful to them, but includes keywords for search engines like Google to use to rank your website and this page higher in their results.

Things you could include in a longer description –

  • About the product ingredients
  • How to use (demonstration videos are great here)
  • Expand on key features and benefits
  • Address common objections or concerns
  • FAQs

Showcase your brand identity in Shopify

Your brand identity is like your online store’s fingerprint. The colour palette, fonts, image styling, and tone of voice should all be consistent with your brand and followed throughout every page in your Shopify store.

Online visitors are shopping with you for products, but also an online experience. Consistent branding elevates that experience and will build a personal connection with your website visitors.

Always keep in mind your online store is your shopfront. Integrity must be maintained! The stakes are high in the eCommerce?online world – It takes about half a second for visitors to decide whether they like your website or not, and whether they’ll stay or leave.

Include lifestyle imagery in your Shopify store

Creating an emotional connection between the product and the potential buyer is the #1 influencing factor in online sales.

At our core, we buy things because we’re seeking to create a version of ourselves that we aspire to be. We buy lawn mowers to achieve a perfectly manicured lawn we can be proud of. We buy baking tins to delight our kids with home-made cakes on special occasions.

Lifestyle imagery helps nudge people’s imaginations into picturing what owning the product will do for them. More importantly, how it will make them feel. Similarly to staging a house you want to sell, lifestyle photography gives potential buyers a taste of the experience they’ll get, with the aim of triggering an online buying decision.

So think of how you can demonstrate your product in a real life setting to create an emotional connection with your potential buyers in Shopify.

Who do they want to be? And how can you show them that version of themselves with some lifestyle imagery?

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Don’t hide shipping information

One of the biggest reasons shoppers abandon their shopping carts is unexpected shipping costs. People expect delivery to be either free or fast – preferably both. If you can promise them this, then let them know!

It’s best to offer either free or flat rate shipping when you can so that there are no surprises when buyers begin the checkout process. Free fast delivery is also a great way to incentivise high value orders.

Display your shipping on your Shopify product pages at an absolute minimum. Ideally your shipping will be on your website home page too, especially if it’s free or flat rate. Your online store visitors want to know!

Automate upsells for every online order

Upsells are a terrific way of increasing order value without having to capture the customer all over again. They can take a variety of forms – cross sells, add on sales, bundle sales, ‘customers also bought’ are all examples of an upsell function at work in Shopify.

Whichever ‘upsell’ strategy you choose to use, make sure your checkout cart process remains smooth, and doesn’t require too many hoops to jump through. You don’t want to interrupt the sale!

The copy on your upsell pages should be short yet compelling, and the product imagery needs to be on-point too.

Most importantly, the upsell item should complement the initial product. For example, a solar powered phone charger is a great upsell for camping gear. But a Christmas tree is not!

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There are a number of Shopify upsell apps that can automate the process for you, so you can maximise your revenue on each sale and significantly increase your customer lifetime value.

Offer an incentive for signing up to your email list

According to a Marketo study, 96% of consumers who land on a website aren’t ready to buy. Email is the perfect way to keep in touch with them and entice them to come back and shop with you when they’re ready.

Once they’re gone, they’re gone. The amount of time, money and effort you spent on advertising to attract them in the first place is gone too! If you do it right, email marketing can generate $42 for every $1 spent. This is an incredible 4,200% ROI. Can Facebook compete with that? I don’t think so!

There are many ways you can incentivise store visitors to leave their email address with you, so you can keep in touch.

  • Offer a 10% discount
  • Send them a free book or item
  • Enter them into your VIP club
  • Give them a chance to win

Just don’t expect a great result by just asking them to ‘Join my newsletter’. Think about what they might find most valuable, and offer a piece of it to them!

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Over to you…

As a web designer in Melbourne, we think designing a profitable eCommerce store is certainly achievable. You need to follow these basic principles of Shopify store design. But the reality is, in order to make the most of Shopify’s huge range of features and functionalities and maximise your chances of online success, it really pays to work with a experienced Shopify web builder.

Confetti Design specialises in eCommerce websites. We understand how to build functional and conversion-focused Shopify stores that grow with you. Our team has extensive Shopify design, Shopify development, and marketing experience to help online store owners succeed. With more than 500 websites built, our team has the runs on the board!

Whether you are starting up a business or thinking about your current digital marketing, give us a call.

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Author - Johannah Barton

Johannah Barton

Johannah is founder and owner of Confetti Design, a leading Melbourne Shopify Agency. Her extensive background in fashion, interior design, sales and marketing contributes to the Agencies great ability and reputation. She creates content that helps small businesses navigate the online space helping them to consider their website as a sales tool.

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