Now, when we say “user experience,” we’re talking about more than simply how an e-commerce website looks. UX is also about how it feels to the shopper when they’re using it. It’s the experience as a whole from the customer’s perspective and everything that entails.
Think of it like this - imagine two physical stores that look exactly the same from the outside.
One of them is well laid out inside with good lighting and an attractive design. Products are neatly grouped into different types and there is clear signage so that you can quickly find what you want. The checkouts are well signposted, and the staff are knowledgeable and friendly.
The other is uncomfortably cramped with a dated design and poor lighting. All of the product types are muddled together and scattered across the store so it’s impossible to find a specific item quickly. There’s only one checkout and it’s up two flights of stairs. Which gives you the best experience as a shopper? More importantly, which store would you choose to shop at?
Creating a winning e-commerce experience is much like creating a world class physical store. You need to consider how the user will interact with the website. Is it easy to navigate? Is it useful in helping them complete their shopping goal? Is it nice to use?
A poor user experience usually makes for a poor conversion rate. Poor conversion rates are, in turn, going to work against your online retail strategy.
It’s because of this that user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design are part of every single e-commerce project that we deliver at Avensia – from start to finish. They’re always an integral component of any online retailer’s winning strategy.
What Does UX Involve?
User experience is more than just design. We emphasize this because so many online retailers fail to consider UX on a larger scale.
How an e-commerce site looks and is structured is important, but UX goes far deeper than just visuals. It’s the overall experience for the customer of using the website.
At a minimum, a good UX means the site is easy to use, is pleasurable to engage with and does what the customer is expecting. And that’s fine. Good UX can get you pretty far in achieving the goals set forth by your online retail strategy.
Great UX, however, can go above and beyond that to improve your brand perception, overall customer engagement satisfaction, and even strengthen loyalty.
When we work with online retail clients, we don’t settle for good UX. We want great UX.