How might you tweak your mobile site search this festive shopping season?

Piranha Designs - Friday, November 29, 2019

This time of year is inevitably one when ecommerce sites like yours will be flooded with traffic from those looking to purchase Christmas gifts – and do you know what feature will particularly help them to narrow down the options your store offers, thereby taking them one step closer to converting?

Yep, that’s right; a ‘site search’ function. Indeed, even if you have such a facility on your site already, there’s always scope to improve it – especially if a large proportion of your visitors are discovering your site via their smartphones.

Mobile site search isn’t quite the same as desktop site search

Now, it’s important to appreciate that getting your mobile site search right doesn’t involve simply doing all of the things you would do to improve your desktop site search, merely on a smaller screen.

After all, there are certain issues applicable to mobile site search that don’t apply, as strongly or at all, to desktop site search – particularly given the frequently ‘on the go’ nature of the mobile experience.

On a desktop site, for instance, it’s likely that any site-search feature will include a visible, open search box, like the one that greets you whenever you load up Google. But on the much smaller screen of a mobile, this may be an ill-advised use of limited space, thereby making it wiser for you to simply include a search icon – usually a magnifying glass – for the visitor to tap.

Another thing that’s really important with mobile site search is to ensure everything loads nice and quickly. Many of your smartphone-wielding visitors may be using the often iffy Wi-Fi connections in public places like bus and railway stations, so it’s a good idea to optimise the images that appear in mobile search on your site to be as lightweight as possible.

What other steps might you take to optimise site-search results?

There’s a lot more than the above that you can do to make the mobile site-search experience on your site feel as effortless and convenient as it should be.

The search results page should certainly be one key focus for optimisation, given how slow and cumbersome these can often be on mobile. Good tips here include restricting search results to 20 items at a time to shorten loading times, while also enabling endless scrolling.

The latter means that instead of the shopper needing to load a new results page once they’ve reached the end of those aforementioned 20 items, a further 20 items will automatically appear as they scroll down.

Oh, and you might want to eliminate relatively superfluous information, like ratings, from your mobile search results as well. As a general rule, it’s a good idea to just stick to absolutely essential information here, such as the product name and price – again, in the name of bolstering usability and loading speeds.

There’s so much more that we could do for your site experience

As mobile continues to play an ever-more fundamental role in how prospective customers engage with ecommerce brands like yours online, it’s never been more crucial to refine every last detail of the experience your site gives to smartphone and tablet users.

This is precisely what we can help you with here at Piranha Designs – so why wait any longer to contact us about our knowhow in the finer points of ecommerce and mobile website design?

Would a minimalist approach help your site to sell more?

Piranha Designs - Thursday, November 14, 2019

The saying ‘yes is more’ may have been around for a while, but it seems that with the increasing dominance of the Millennial generation, it is taking on a greater resonance than perhaps ever before. More and more of us, it appears, are trying to ‘de-clutter’ our lives, and this may even extend to what we expect from and respond to in ecommerce stores.

Indeed, in much the same way as a tidy bedroom can assist you in finding that item you may have presumed you’d lost forever, so a minimalist website design – consisting simply of such elements as striking product imagery, some modest text and a clear call-to-action (CTA) – might make it easier for you to focus on precisely why you’re browsing that online store at all.

It’s a compelling theory – but does it stack up in reality? Well, let’s take a look at the cases ‘for’ and ‘against’ minimalist site design...

Make the right moves, and it could transform your online fortunes

In principle, there’s huge scope to par your site design down to just those elements that will help you to really make an impact, through heightened visitor engagement and conversions.

Cutting out or at least minimising every possible distraction on your ecommerce site, not least by bringing the most crucial content to the foreground, will help you to convey the messaging you really need your site visitors to know, without allowing them to become too easily sidetracked.

Using just a few large, emotionally evocative context-of-use product photos per page, while streamlining the site’s navigation systems to reduce how many clicks or ‘taps’ are needed to get to each destination, and deploying a white background contrasted with other colour elements, could all help to give your site a striking minimalist appeal.

You might also think carefully about the most fundamental sections that each of your product pages can be reduced down to – such as its main image, the product name, its price, a call-to-action (CTA) and a section for supporting information such as product details and technical specifications.

And of course, a key part of web-design minimalism is being ruthless about what to jettison on your site. Are your social share buttons giving you much benefit? What about those eye-catching labels that you like to use on certain products, such as ‘new’ and ‘featured’? If your store’s analytics don’t indicate they’re making a positive difference, it might be time to say goodbye to them.

Is there an argument for not being minimalistic?

The short answer is: yes. For some sites, it really is just too important to provide in-depth information and imagery that visitors can see straight away, in which case, it might be counter-productive to try to relentlessly slice away elements of your site that users may appreciate.

Nonetheless, even if you’re not specifically aiming at a ‘minimalist’ web design, there can be big advantages in keeping an eye out for unnecessary clutter on your ecommerce store. After all, by doing this well, you’ll be able to guide your visitors towards that all-important ‘buy’ button so much sooner.

Get in touch with the Piranha Designs team today, whether in Gibraltar, London or Edinburgh, for a more in-depth discussion of how we could assist you when you’re refining or – indeed – comprehensively revamping your own ecommerce presence.


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