Category Archives: Web tip

3 Homepage Tips for a Winning Website

As Danish usability consultant, Jakob Nielsen says, “your homepage is often your first — and possibly your last — chance to attract and retain each customer.”

What does your website homepage say about your company? Is it the “face” you want users to first meet? Does it put new users at ease and create a lasting impression? If you answered “no” to these questions, follow our three homepage tips for a winning website.

1. Your Homepage At-A-Glance

Are you a trendy footwear retailer? Do you offer face-painting services for parties? Is your homepage tailored to your unique audience? It takes a user a rapid 0.05 seconds to form an opinion about your website.

Your homepage should clearly state what your company does, why your user should explore further, what differentiates you from the competition, and what action you’d like the user to take. Try to keep your messaging simple, but impactful and descriptive, especially when it comes to headlines and calls-to-action (CTAs).

Photography is your friend here! Photography goes a long way to communicate your business objectives and values. Include simple lifestyle and product photography to draw attention, without looking too staged (stock photos) or cluttered. If you sell services instead of products, use environmental or human-interest (lifestyle) photography.

Step it up a notch by using GIFs or quality video content. Regardless of the medium, ensure the imagery makes sense and furthers your brand’s story.

Visitors to Hello Fresh’s website, instantly learn Hello Fresh is a home cooking service that provides simple recipes and pre-measured ingredients. The call-to-action to “view our plans” is front and center.

Hello Fresh Homepage Tips
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Shipping Options to Compete with Amazon: Order Online, Pick Up In Store

I was finishing up a craft project recently, when I realized I needed spray sealant stat – even Amazon same-day delivery wouldn’t cut it. What’s a crafty gal to do! Fortunately, I saw on Michaels.com that they stocked spray in a nearby store, so I panic purchased (we’ve all done this) the spray online to pick it up later that afternoon. I’ve been an “order online, pick up in store” convert ever since.

Ecommerce

According to Invesp, 49% of shoppers say that same-day delivery makes them more likely to shop online. Not only that, more than 25% of shoppers would abandon a cart online if same-day shipping wasn’t available!

If same day shipping isn’t feasible for you, consider offering the option to pick up in store for online purchases. While this also requires infrastructures in place to ensure the product is at the specific store, it allows the customer to receive the product within 24 hours of purchase, with no shipping or handling fees.

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5 Website Quick Fixes Checklist



Your website is one of the most important channels to engage customers, capture leads, and sell products. You have just 7 seconds to grab a visitor’s attention on your website, according to Tribute Media. Whether your website is outdated, underperforming, or in need of a little love, we can help.

Follow our simple 5 Website Quick Fixes Checklist to reduce friction and increase conversions on your website.

Whereoware Redesigns Website for The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation

We recently partnered with The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation to revamp their website, pro bono. The new website features an elegant design and streamlined navigation.

A focus on improving and enhancing user experience (UX) ensures website visitors easily find membership information, extensive photo and video galleries, oral interviews from industry experts, information on Hall of Fame inductions, and more.

“We redesigned The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation website with user experience and information discovery in-mind, to support their mission of preserving the home furnishings industry and recognizing industry leaders. It’s a great cause and we’re honored to be involved,” said Eric Dean, CEO of Whereoware.

The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation Homepage in Desktop

In Their Words: The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation

“We thank the Whereoware team for helping us create a new website, robust with information,” says Jeff Child, president of the foundation board of directors. “The Hall of Fame is dedicated to telling our story through video, oral interviews and memorabilia, as well as promoting this year’s induction celebration. As we roll out the leadership initiative, it will offer a highly informative experience as we work to generate not just future leaders but future hall of famers who exemplify exceptional leadership.”

The Website Redesign

The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation Homepage Comparison
The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation’s previous website was content heavy, leading to a difficult user experience. It was also not mobile-friendly, and required developer support to update content.

The redesigned website is visually appealing and features large-scale imagery and video. A streamlined navigation and site architecture enhances content discovery, and integrations with Eventbrite and PayPal eliminate resource-intensive manual processes, like purchasing tickets and sending email confirmations.

The website is responsive, so visitors receive a consistent and pleasant user experience from every device.

The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation can now easily update website copy and imagery to promote industry news, events, interviews, and other foundation happenings. The website has been well received, and was recently featured in Furniture Today. Read more about it here.

About The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation
The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on preserving the home furnishings industry and honoring its leaders. The organization researches and preserves cultural, economic, and artistic history. Each year, The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation holds a Hall of Fame induction celebration, where they choose three to five innovators of home furnishings in the United States. The celebration is held at High Point Market.

4 Facts About Facebook Advertising

This week, we welcome a guest post from our Search Marketing Associate, Gaby Dagata.

Gaby is responsible for managing Facebook Ads, pay-per-click (PPC) services, and search engine optimization (SEO) for our clients. She conducts account audits, optimizes ongoing campaigns, and works closely with clients to reach their advertising goals.

Are you one of the 93% of marketers regularly advertising on Facebook? With Facebook’s extensive reach, the benefits of advertising outweigh the negatives.

Whether you’re new to Facebook advertising, or an old pro, we’ve highlighted four things to know about Facebook advertising.

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5 Product Detail Pages That Stand Out

Product detail pages make or break the shopping experience and directly impact conversions. Today, we’re highlighting 5 retailers exceeding our product detail page expectations with easy-to-scan and relevant product details, interesting imagery, and clever upsell features to enhance the customer purchase experience.

Sizing

We’ve all been there: you find the perfect item online, but you’re unsure of how it will fit. Should you order your normal size, a size down, and a size up just in case? Anthropologie, PinkBlush, and Asos feel your pain and are taking some of the guess work out of online sizing.

Anthropologie
Anthropologie is a brand under Urban Outfitters’ umbrella, focused on women’s wear and home décor. Their product detail pages are clean, utilizing easy to read fonts, colors, and multiple images.

What caught our eye is a quick statement underneath the size options – “Customers say Runs a Little Large”. This fit prediction comes from the mix of “True to Size” and “Runs Large” comments from reviewing customers, offering important real-time feedback to help unsure shoppers. In this case, we’d get our size and the size down.

Anthropologie Reviews

PinkBlush
PinkBlush carries women’s maternity and non-maternity apparel.

We like that  PinkBlush’s product detail page includes a “Model Stats” section under “Size and Fit.” It’s not new for a retailer to include the model’s clothing size, but what sets PinkBlush apart is they include both the model’s picture (so you can double check the model  is the same one featured in the product images) and the model’s measurements. Customers can compare their own measurements  to the model’s , making it easier to assess the item’s fit.

PinkBlush Model Stats

Asos
Asos is a men and women’s wear company based in the UK. They recently started testing a new feature within their product images for a select group of products.

You may not notice at first glance, but they’re showing models with different body shapes and skin colors to reflect the products’ wear on diverse customers (yay!). Similar to PinkBlush, a “Model Stats” section breaks down the models’ height and  size (UK, EU, US sizing).

Asos Models

Sale End Dates + Discounts

Bauble Bar

Bauble Bar is a women’s jewelry online retailer, hosting frequent sales and games to engage customers.

The product detail pages for final sale items has a lot of thoughtful information, but we love how they call out sale details. The sale deadline is prominently displayed above the price in red, with copy under the CTA calling out “Psst: You’re Saving 64%”.

There’s no way a customer will overlook the red font and other need-to-know details! We also like the clever “Psst” text under the CTA, enticing the customer to buy more.

BaubleBar Product Detail Page

Personal Shopper

Nordstrom

Nordstrom is currently testing a new feature on their product detail pages that builds a complete head-to-toe outfit based on the item you’re viewing This interactive feature allows customers to view different options within the outfit, based on style and price.

We took this feature for a test spin. The top of the maxi dress product detail page looks normal , but  scrolling down under the product specifications reveals a new section showing a head-to-toe outfit idea built around the dress.  Shop the items shown without leaving the page, or  “refresh” the page to see another outfit idea.

Nordstrom Outfit Maker

Check out the product page for yourself here.

Simple to Sophisticated

Are you ready to test-run any of these ideas on your own product detail pages? Adding a sale end date or percentage off are fairly simple adds, while photographing multiple models or adding a full-outfit feature like Nordstrom is more sophisticated.

Think about how to ease friction for your customers and provide all the information necessary to compel them to convert  from the product page.

Webinar Recap: 15 Min Webinar – Facebook Advertising 101

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our first 15 Minute Webinar on Facebook Advertising 101. We dipped our toes in Facebook advertising ad types and audiences, and hope you’re excited to get started creating compelling ads.

Missed the webinar or need a refresher? Get the slides.

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How to Create Your First Ad

Ad Placements 101

Facebook Ad Design and Tech Specs

How Mud Pie Generated a 954% Return on Ad Spend

3 Order Tracking Platforms Optimizing the Post-Purchase Experience

Ecommerce

Do you think the party’s over once your customer purchases? Wrong!  Keep the customer engaged with your brand by continuing the conversation. We’re talking about optimizing order tracking pages to maintain the same seamless user experience you’ve worked so hard to achieve.

Shipping confirmation emails often include plain text and a simple tracking number linking directly to USPS, UPS, FEDEX, or DHL. Yawn. Did you know many platforms allow you to customize the order tracking page with images, email sign-ups, promotions, and branding?

We’re sharing some of our favorite brands’ optimized order tracking pages.

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4 Social Media Trends and Brand Inspiration

Skipping social media, because it’s just for millennials? Think again. According to Pew Research, 78% of Americans age 30-49 use at least one social media platform; followed by 64% of Americans aged 50-64 and 37% aged 65 and up.

Social media offers a huge opportunity to build your brand, grow your audience, and encourage customers to show off your products (an implied testimonial).

Whether you’re a social media novice or expert, everyone can use a little social media inspiration. To help, we’ve rounded up our favorite examples of brands going the extra mile on social media and tips for creating your own social campaigns.

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5 404 Error Page Wins and Fails

“Oops! The page you are looking for no longer exists.” We’ve all landed on a website’s 404 error page when trying to find a product or information. Error pages are an important opportunity to motivate browsers to stay on the website and search for a new item, instead of jumping ship and searching for another site.

We’ve rounded up our picks for best and worst 404 error pages. The error page wins are clever, on-brand, and entice us to keep exploring the website. The error page fails need to be overhauled – fast.

Winning 404 Error Pages:

These error pages get an “A” for on-brand design, copy that made us chuckle, and clear calls-to-action (CTAs).

Website:
World Market
What’s working:
World Market extends an uninterrupted user experience with a branded landing page, clear CTA, and product category imagery, making it super easy and compelling to continue shopping.

World Market Error Page

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