There is one thing that many online shoppers consider more important than cost. That essential component is convenience. The more a user struggles to check out, the more likely they are to change their mind.
The Baymard Institute released an E-commerce checkout usability study that covered seven years of testing and research. They found that 35% of consumers left because they had to take the time to create an account to buy and 27% felt that the checkout process took too long or was too complicated. And 22% experienced an error or crash when they tried to order.
All of these responses indicate a significant number of sales lost because of a poorly designed or malfunctioning online shopping cart.
Tips for Building Your Shopping Cart
There are important items to consider when you build a shopping cart. The following tips will help you get started.
- Look Through the Eyes of Your Customers – Make sure you view the experience through the eyes of your customers (UX design). This will help you identify problems and create a streamlined finished product.
- Don’t Overload the User with Unnecessary Content – Content is critical on your website but don’t add any unnecessary content to your shopping cart page. Keep it straightforward without distractions or obstacles.
- Minimalist Design Works Best with Todays Shoppers – Internet users consistently prefer a minimalist web design for their shopping cart. Keep it simple, and they will be more likely to follow through with their purchases.
- Make Sure You Include a View Cart Button – Have a view cart button on your website. These are usually displayed in the upper, right-hand corner of every page. Make it easy for the user to jump right to the shopping cart anytime they want.
If you need to develop a new shopping cart or have questions about shopping cart design, we can help. Contact OMA Comp today to find out how you can convert more visitors into paying customers.