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These are just some of subconscious questions we ask and answer during our appraisal, as we turn item, hold it up against our skin or place on a finger.
If answers are not instantly evident, we ask sales person, who also provides encouraging comments about item and your good choice.
So how does this translate to a web site?
Simply by addressing natural flow of consumer assessment on your web site.
Here are some basic steps you need to take: 1.Enhance your product descriptions; don’t expect image to sell item for you. Describe how item feels, smells, its weight. Are all items highest grade? 2.Make best use of images. If people try it on (jewellery, clothing etc) as part of normal appraisal process, how can you best meet that need online? Do you need pictures of necklace being worn on different skin types, or if clothing how does it look on different complexions and hair colours? 3.Tell people how they will feel by owning this item – that they will they look a million dollars in that dress, they will attract admiring glances, that it will enhance off colour of their eyes – all designed to reassure customer that they are making right choice. 4.Make returns policy statement with each item. Include it in text perhaps like; ‘we are so confident that you will be delighted this ‘productname’ that if you are not 100% satisfied, return within XX days for a full no questions asked refund”.
If you are unsure about buyer process for your product, go down to a retailer and go through motions of buying your product, observe others, listen to what they ask sales staff.
Implement these steps and you will see your sales rates increase.
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Matt Eliason is CEO of PlusOne -> Marketing Media Communications – www.plusone.com.au. He has over six years internet marketing experience and also runs several successful e-commerce web sites. Take advantage of PlusOne’s free website appraisal offer at http://www.plusone.com.au