Thus shoppers who might otherwise have gone to a local store were pursuing digital aisles. Those shoppers wanted product information, including top-of-funnel content.
Product detail pages in 2021 have evolved from closing the sale to serving the entire journey — a full-funnel page.
- Product name,
- Product options,
- Two call-to-action buttons,
- Social media buttons,
- Product recommendations.
Thus ecommerce is competitive. Product information can provide an edge.
The WOW shampoo product page had three videos, numerous photos, and more words than most articles on Practical Ecommerce.
The product name is long.
Funnels and Journeys
Historically, such models have focused on the action steps. As an example, consider the popular AIDAR model, a hierarchical funnel with five stages:
And the list goes on. The page includes three product videos and six product-related photos. There’s a 1,097-word product description (longer than most articles on Practical Ecommerce), two charts, two bulleted lists, and 20 more photos. And there are sections for specifications, ingredients, usage, reviews, and user videos.
Covid-19. The pandemic intensified ecommerce competition, forced more businesses to compete online, and impacted buyer behavior.
In December 2020, Salsify, a maker of product information management software, surveyed 1,800 U.S. shoppers. About 40% of respondents had relied on ecommerce in some form since the outset of the pandemic. Roughly 24% only shopped online. And another 37% limited brick-and-mortar shopping to trusted stores.
Amazon’s product detail pages in 2007 contained content for end-of-journey actions.
“WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo – Reduce Dandruff, Frizz, Split Ends, For Hair Loss – Clean Scalp & Boost Gloss, Shine – Paraben, Sulfate Free – All Hair Types, Adults & Children – 500 mL”
In a discussion about search engine optimization and link building, James Wirth, senior director of strategy and growth marketing at Citation Labs, an agency, pointed out that his firm builds links to ecommerce product pages. That process requires link-worthy content.
The Wow Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo page on Amazon has to attract attention in search, generate interest, and develop desire so that a shopper will make a purchase.
These sections are fundamental to conversions except, perhaps, the social media buttons and product recommendations. The rest — product name, price, description, images, and add-to-cart buttons — are more or less essential to completing the action.
Sales funnels and buyer’s journeys are meant to describe how prospects become customers. These models help us think about the required emotional, psychological, and physical steps.
Take the product detail page on Amazon for Wow Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo from July 22, 2021. On marketplaces such as Amazon, product pages have to attract attention in search, generate interest, and develop desire so that a shopper will make a purchase.
On Amazon, the Wow Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo page contains content aimed at consumers earlier in their shopping journey.
Culture. Finally, shopping culture is changing.
This could be why shoppers might prefer a minority-owned company or why WOW’s shampoo description states that its products are vegan and cruelty-free. All of this needs to be communicated. Product pages might be the place to do it.
A product detail page with just the basic info described above fits best near the bottom of the model in the “Action” or “Retention” step.
Several factors are likely responsible for the differences on the Amazon product detail pages for the George Forman grill in 2007 versus the WOW shampoo in 2021.
Competition. Worldwide retail ecommerce is booming, with sales nearly tripling in the six years from 2014 to 2020 when it hit .28 trillion, according to Statista. And B2B ecommerce is even bigger. Global B2B ecommerce revenue reached more than .6 trillion in 2020, according to Grand View Research.