Generate More Traffic by Optimizing Your Web Images Cross-Platform

Generate More Traffic by Optimizing Your Web Images Cross-Platform

Whether you’re selling flashy sets of custom racing wheels or children’s clothing or frames, images are absolutely integral to your e-commerce store. They make your website design approachable, they lend reputability to your product listings, and they give all those online shoppers who are visual learners a way to browse your digital shelves without having to read every tedious description and spec.

Your web images can be very effective off-site tools as well. From improved SEO, to ranking at the top of Google Images, to building your brand and audience via social media – sprucing up your web images and sharing them around can help bring a whole lot of new shoppers to your web store.

In this guide you’ll learn how to optimize and share your product images to drive more traffic to your website.

 

Being Unique Goes a Long Way

Whenever possible, it’s always better to use a unique image instead of a stock one. Search engines will count it as unique, relevant content, which lends a hand to your on-site SEO. It will also make your product listings stand out from your competitors – customers will see your product pages as tailored, refined, and reputable rather than yet another auto-generated product directory from an anonymous third party. 

  • What If I Have a Huge Product Catalog or Drop-Shipping Program? If you have thousands of components listed for sale or a large drop-shipping program, taking unique photos of every product you have listed isn’t feasible. Still, you should take the time to snap quality, unique pictures of your top selling products (with multiple perspectives and vantage points whenever possible). Include those on the product pages along with quality product descriptions instead of copy-pasted manufacturer specs. This will make your pages really stand out from the competition.

 

  • What About eCommerce Stores that Sell Premium Aftermarket Parts and Upgrades?  On the other end of the spectrum, if you’re an automotive aftermarket store offering custom car parts and performance components, it’s practically imperative that you focus your product listings around unique imagery. Whether it’s racing wheels or performance exhaust systems, selling premium aftermarket components is all about getting the viewer to picture the product installed on their own car. To accomplish this, you need to showcase quality images of the components installed on each specific vehicle that the component is compatible with. If a user is shopping for a custom muffler kit to install on their 2010 Ford Mustang, they’ll be much more enticed into buying it if they’re greeted with a picture of the kit installed on a 2010 Ford Mustang when they click the page. A manufacturer’s image of the uninstalled muffler kit or a stock image of it installed on a Honda Civic will come across as impersonal and generic to the shopper.

Turn Your Product Pictures into Billboards on Google Images

All of the usual SEO rules apply when it comes to ranking your store’s product shots on Google Images. Obviously, due to ample competition, domain authority is going to be the biggest factor when it comes to ranking stock images that you host on your server.

For smaller stores, the way to outrank the big dogs is to post unique product photos that are of equal or better quality than their stock counterparts. Google will rank those unique images within the top results of copy-pasted stock images that larger stores use on their product pages – as discussed above, using unique content makes you stand out from the crowd, literally in this case.

To make sure your unique images are properly scraped and categorized on Google Images.(Check back next week for our  “Image Optimization 101” guide.) For now, you can start by surrounding the images with a quality product description, fact-checked specs, and organic keywords that focus on the vehicle make and model which Google users will be searching for.

Reach Some Niches on Social Media

You can turbocharge the outreach of your web images by sprinkling them across social media. Pinterest is a great platform for this because it easily lets you cross-post images straight from your site, copy-paste a relevant portion of your product description, tag some relevant keywords, then set your pictures loose into the wild. Google Images automatically scrapes Pinterest too, so the images you post there and on your web store should pop up side by side in user searches.

Instagram is another great repository for your web images. Stock photos won’t play very well there when it comes to audience reach – they’ll come across as spammy and generic. Instagram is a platform where your unique images can really shine though. Simply cross-post them, throw on a cool filter if you want, and tag them with a dozen or so relevant keywords, such as the name and type of the component, the make and model of vehicle, and colloquial hashtags used by demographics likely to shop at your web store.

Finding the niche tags that are followed by the demographics you want to target with your products takes a bit of research up front, but it’s a great way to get your brand in front of the right users and potentially build a reliable network of social media followers that you can easily market to.

Image SEO Is One Integral Piece of the Larger Puzzle

Optimizing your images for search engines and cross-posting them isn’t a magic bullet that will suddenly flood your site with millions of viewers – unless by chance you post an image that goes absolutely viral. Nevertheless, it’s an integral part of the overall SEO picture that will give your web store a better foothold on the climb up the ladder of SERPs.

In the end – as always – content is king. Publish great content, supplement it with quality images, make sure everything is search engine optimized along the way, and your e-commerce store will have a great foundation from which to build.

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Best Practices to Make Your Webstore Mobile-Friendly

Best Practices to Make Your Webstore Mobile-Friendly

The mobile age is here and more people are turning to their cell-phones for their shopping needs. Almost 230 million people purchase items online with that number only expected to increase each year. To meet customers’ needs and make their viewing experience easier, having a mobile app or mobile version of your eCommerce store will give customers a better, smoother overall experience and can help drive sales on your webstore. But while mobile native apps and PWAs can be costly, there are actions you can take today on your existing eCommerce store that will make it more mobile accessible to your customers and profitable for your business. Keep scrolling to learn the best practices to make your eCommerce store mobile-friendly.

Include Simple Navigation

If you want users to enjoy visiting your site on their mobile device, you need to have an easy to use and simple navigation. Navigation directs your customers to where they want to go or to find what they are looking for. Due to limited screen space on phones, your content must not look overcrowded on a mobile device. An overcrowded navigation can cause disconnect, confusion, frustration and lead to the user exiting the site. Navigation menus on both mobile devices and desktops have the option of having dropdown lists. Multiple dropdown menus may structurally fit on a desktop but will take up the majority of space on a phone. Avoid this issue by keeping your mobile navigation to a few dropdown lists and all in a single column or row. 

Fawn Shoppe has an excellent example of simple, clean and mobile-friendly navigation on their homepage and landing pages:

Limited-time sales and discount codes

Why do you think your inbox is constantly flooded with limited-time sales and discount codes? Because they work! These time-sensitive initiatives are a no-brainer for creating a sense of urgency in your customers, and almost seem to create a ticking clock in their minds. If someone is interested in your product or service and sees an end date or expiration date for a discount code, it’s a trigger that compels them to make up their mind on whether or not to purchase. A deadline is a powerful incentive to action. Help your customers make up their minds by giving them a time limit.

Create Easy Registration

For every store, easy registration is a must. It is where your brand gains customer information to send future emails, newsletters, messages and fulfill orders. Most people do not want to spend longer than a couple of minutes inputting their information just to browse a store. Plus, a small screen with a complicated registration may deter people from continuing to purchase. Instead, stick with the option of an easy registration at checkout that involves limiting your required fields to an email or phone number. You can ask for additional information like shipping or billing addresses and payment information later when the customer is at the end of their checkout process. Another option would be to allow users to register using their Facebook or Google account. Even on mobile, this is a simple 1-click option that will collect all the necessary data fields without requiring customers to enter the fields one by one.

Position CTAs Properly

Trying to click on specific buttons and tabs can be hard enough on a mobile device, so placing call-to-action (CTA) buttons incorrectly can make the user experience nearly impossible. In most cases, the user will leave the page and most likely never return if they can’t find the navigation and purchasing links they’re looking for. You can avoid this from happening by strategically and correctly placing your CTAs and making them easy to find. And it’s especially important to make sure to place key CTAs like Add to Cart and Checkout front and center.

Accept Guest Checkout

When people use their phones to make any purchases, they are expecting a fast checkout process. And in many instances, customers prefer to skip registering during checkout or altogether. Phones have made information fast and accessible, so the checkout process on a mobile device needs to be the same way. The best way to achieve a fast checkout on mobile (and desktop as well) is to accept guest checkout. This option allows your business to sell to a more diverse audience because it encourages one-time customers to purchase as well. While setting up your checkout page, make sure to include a CTA that states checkout as a registered user or guest checkout. This may limit some registration fields; however, it gives your brand a wider possibility of new customers.

Write Short & Catchy Content

With the limited physical viewing space on a mobile device, it is important to keep your content short and catchy. Lengthy product descriptions, long blog posts, or too many images cluttering product pages divert many mobile device customers. Make the shopping experience easier by using short, catchy, and essential content on product pages. To help keep your content short and memorable, we recommend working with a marketing firm that knows how to create concise yet impactful content, including photos, graphics, video or written copy.

Size Images Correctly

Mobile screens and computer screens are two very different layouts. An image that loads and fits for a desktop website could take up the entire screen on its mobile counterpart, take too long to load or create pixilated or low-quality images. To avoid these scenarios, you need to correctly size your mobile images or partner with a marketing firm that knows how to format images for desktops and mobile devices. Even though there are no set sizing requirements, it is best to keep mobile images as small as possible to balance image quality against mobile networks download speeds and file size against mobile data caps. Generally, images range from 240 x 320 to 2560 x 1440 in size.

Always Upsell

Just because there is a lack of space on a mobile device does not mean you can overlook the opportunity to upsell your products. Upselling on product pages and shopping carts introduce customers to new purchasing opportunities. Think of it as the impulse items that many brick-and-mortar stores use to entice customers at checkout. After the product information, show off more of your webstore’s inventory by including links to items that other customers who bought this also viewed this or people also viewed. Studies show that 61% of customers say they are more likely to buy when companies include upselling that matches their preference. Many stores recommend other products that complete an outfit or are similar. An apparel eCommerce store that partners with InteractOne, Kabaryare Fashion has a simple way of upselling similar content with an analogous style and price when customers view their products.

Conclusion

Shopping through mobile devices will become more popular as technology continues to advance. Have a step up from other competitors by following these best practices to make your eCommerce store optimize mobile shopping. Contact us today for more information on how InteractOne can help your webstore become mobile-friendly.

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