3 Web Design Tips from Amazon (Part 3)

This will be last of the 3-part series. For the first part, we’ve discussed Amazon’s color choices, their ability to create a huge demand for their products, and being able to group related products together. For the second part, there’s Amazon’s rating system and their free shipping deal for orders over $25. Now, here’s the last 3 tips you can learn from Amazon.

  • Tip #1: Build an exclusive club.

    • The rating system is effective in creating trust. Customers from all over the world converge and give out their honest opinions on the different products. These established relationships lead to more engagements.
    • These people won’t mind spending a few extra bucks for a special subscription like the Amazon Prime program. With $12.99 a month, customers have an exclusive FREE Two-Day shipping and FREE Same-Day Delivery. Plus, they have unlimited access to songs, books, and photo storage.
    • The customers are in it for the exclusive promos and discounts. It is Amazon’s way of strengthening customer ties and proving to the world they can do more.
    • So, how can you do this? You have to listen to customers and what they want. Offer solutions to their problems. Find out how you can help them. Your answer does not always have to be a product. It can also be through publishing high quality content.
Five People Shopping

A group of frequent shoppers.

  • Tip #2: Consistency is key.

    • If I were to describe the world’s top brands in one word, it would be: consistent. These brands don’t just focus on the months ahead. They aim for the future.
    • A brand is more than its logo. You are your brand. You are the best representation of it. You have to  consistent in showcasing what you want. If you are fickle, you won’t be able to establish trust among your customers. From time to time, you change your message. It confuses everyone and derails you achieving something concrete.
    • In order to convince people and eventually boosts sales, you first need to be sure on what you want, your aspirations, and your goals. Look at Amazon… they have been consistently offering free 5-day shipping if your total is more than $25. Amazon Prime members can take advantage on the unlimited free 2-day shipping.
    • Another famous example is Coca-Cola. The carbonated drink has displayed its supremacy in the soft drinks market. In 2015, Coca-Cola was hailed as one of the best global brands, next to the tech giants Apple and Google.
    • The company logo has been consistently red. It didn’t dare to reinvent itself because red works perfectly fine. The color red exudes boldness and excitement. The bottom line is that there’s no certain rule to follow here, but there are some guidelines that may help you.
  • Tip #3:  “Add to Cart” Buttons.

    • A conversion optimization agency named Proimpact7 studied the usability of different sites and the results indicated that having a call-to-action (CTA) button that had a “buy now” or “purchase now” are NOT quite effective.
    • The conversion rates of these buttons went down by 14.50%. So, if you are setting up your online store, stay away from the “buy now” or “purchase now” buttons.
    • Follow Amazon’s way of just sticking to the “add to cart” button. Not a single “buy now” button is visible in the entire website. The “add to cart” button is a more safer choice for you because customers are sure that they are NOT paying for the items yet.
    • So, they just click and click because they know that sales are not final yet and that shipping cost will still be added later on. The “add to cart” button is a great addition to your website because it is a subtle yet effective CTA button.