Your company’s landing page is its first impression. It determines what potential customers see first, whether they click around to see more and possibly makes a purchase, maybe even whether they sign up to your email list to receive regular updates. For eCommerce businesses. the first impression visitors have of your brand is often the product pages. Like all first impressions, it’s vital that your landing page makes a good one, especially in today’s crowded eCommerce marketplace. What exactly goes into some of the best product pages on the web?
What make the best product pages?
So how can you make your page stand out?
We combed through the web checking out product pages from household names and companies you might not have heard of to analyze their landing pages to find out exactly that.
We used the following criteria to make our choices:
- Aesthetic appeal: What kind of images and copy do they use? Do they fit well? Are they appealing to the eye?
- UI/UX: How easy is the page to use on desktop and mobile browsers?
- Page Load Speed: How quickly does the website and accompanying graphic or video content load? We tested this using GTmetrix.com.
- Innovation: Are there any new and interesting tools this website uses to present the product in an interesting and engaging way?
☕ So, grab some coffee, make yourself comfortable, and prepare to do some shopping: here’s our list of the ten best product pages of 2018.
The 10 Best of the Best Product Pages of 2018
Aesthetics: With plenty of white space offset by clean images of their product and simple fonts. This retailer of bags and wallets uses video, photography, and sketch art to give both a modern and whimsical feel to their page.
UI/UX: Usability feels intuitive, and they’ve got a nice large photograph of their product at the top of the page with their tagline (“Considered carry goods to enhance your every day”) just above a link to their shop. It’s the first thing the customer sees.
Innovation: Video and animations keep customers on the page longer. This one was a no-brainer for our best product pages list, and also has some of the best product detail pages we saw.
Speed: GTmetrix score: B (81%) on page speed, ranked above the average score. Page size: 1.27MB.
Aesthetics: The very top of the page catches attention with a looping video of a Grecian beach, with the company’s colorful towels laid out in a pleasing display. The ‘as seen in’ layer right after the fold adds a degree of prestige to the company name, establishing them as a trustworthy eCommerce company in the prospective customer’s mind.
UI/UX: The website is laid out in Instagram-friendly fashion, with hover text on images letting customers know product names, pattern names, and how they can ‘shop this look.’
Innovation: Sun of a beach also uses ContactPigeon’s all-in-one eCommerce marketing automation suite to help them reach their customers. The suite lets companies use for entering/exit popups, behavior-driven product recommendations, and more.
Speed: GTmetrix score E (57%). Page size: 3.3MB.
3. Forever 21
Aesthetics: Super bold colors and text let the customer know about sales and deals right away. Below the fold, motion graphics and more of the same bold colors and fonts draw the eye from one thing to the next, with links to popular products and coupons.
UI/UX: Forever 21’s UI is designed to help shoppers browse and shop faster. Categories are laid out in a clear, linear way by clothing type. Additional filtering options by size, color, and price range are great time savers for visitors to narrow down to the items from the wide selection of inventory. Shoppers can mouse over a product to see the product in various angles without having to enter the product page. Within the product page, all the key information from product images thru descriptions are laid within a single page view, without much need of scrolling.
Innovation: Given the range of product offerings F21 provides, the website makes great use of product recommendations based items a shopper may like based on browsing history, and matching products often purchased together.
Speed: GTmetrix score C (77%). Page size: 5.4MB.
Aesthetics: Beatific sells funky, styled planners and journals with an inspirational bent. Their site is simple and clean, making strategic use of white space and clean font design. An animated banner at the top of the page makes use of beautiful photography and provides a link to the store and a little icon at the top right links to the Shopify cart.
UI/UX: The interface follows the design of simplicity without overwhelming options and choices. It helps to focus the attention on the product itself with the goal of communicating a sense of purpose.
Innovation: They have an entry popup promoting their email newsletter and a nice big link at the bottom for you to sign up as well.
Speed: GTmetrix score C (73%). Page size: 2.47MB.
Aesthetics: This page hits you with a video, product declaration, and endorsement all at the same time, in the top banner. The video looks to be taken at a store opening, with a guy running along a line of excited customers. Bold lettering in the middle of the banner says, “World’s first t-shirt bakery,” and below that is a quote from the Boston Globe calling the company a “top innovator” in the world of eCommerce.
UI/UX: The site’s design is consistent and easily navigable and plays up the company’s unique “bakery” aesthetic.
Innovation: We love the fact that this page loading animation is a guy chasing after a cupcake, which is a fun touch.
Speed: GTmetrix score D (61%). Page size: 16.5MB.
Aesthetics: A light color palette and lots of white give this luxury hair extension site an airy feel, and the fonts they chose to use support that. The look of the site, its aesthetic, and even the company’s name are meant to give the consumer a high-end image. Before and after images, testimonials, and manufacturing info round out the page.
UI/UX: The UX of Luxy’s product page is designed for better content awareness. With the inclusion of videos, reviews, FAQ, hair tutorials are all geared towards educating the shoppers on quality and use of its products. Navigating the different sections on the product page is pretty straightforward. There’s a site search bar in the top left corner and Shopify cart link in the right, easy to find and use. The sales pitch is right under the video: “In just minutes, you can get your dream hair.” A large professional photograph of a model wearing their product, plus a video of her, show the customer how it looks in pictures and in motion.
Innovation: Use of tutorial content and videos within the page enhances user awareness, as well as increase the on page duration.
Speed: GTmetrix score: F (47%). Page size: 8.52MB.
Aesthetics: This site keeps it simple, with Amazon-like product listings and large images. The white background and yellow highlights serve as a visually popping contrast to the black products and text. Overall design offers a sleek and clean appeal.
UI/UX: The top navigation menu drops down into consumer and pro categories for their line of 360-degree cameras. Banner images are action-oriented, marketing to athletes and adrenaline junkies to film their adventures.
Innovation: This site also makes use of the ContactPigeon eCommerce suite for marketing automation, tracks usage stats with Inspectlet, and uses Google’s Viewport Meta for mobile usage stats.
Speed: GTmetrix score F (41%). Page size: 5.2MB.
8. SuzyQ Donuts
Aesthetics: This website looks delicious.
UI/UX: Large photographs of its tasty products, a prominent “order now” button, and sidebar navigation menu all make this page pleasing to the eye and let the user know exactly what it is that SuzyQ sells right away. The best part is the elimination of the typical e-shop cart with a visual representation of a donut box as you fill up the order. This would probably win our award for best product page design.
Innovation: The visual of the donut box replacing the typical eCommerce cart serves as a clever and fun way to resemble a brick & mortar concept. At the same time, a real-time display of total cost provides fool-proof transparency in the checkout process.
Speed: GTmetriz score: A (92%). Page size: 3.21MB.
9. Tesla Motors
Aesthetics: From the jump, this page captures attention with large, dynamic photographs of Tesla’s products. Each section of the easily-scrollable page is dedicated to a separate Tesla vehicle, with the last slice reserved for Tesla’s Powerwall products.
UI/UX: The navigation menu, including an option to sign up for the newsletter, is right at the top of the page, the font used is futuristic and fits the image of the company as a technological trailblazer, and there’s one line of copy to describe each thing: ‘Model 3: The car of the future.’
Innovation: The ability to visualize the final product as shoppers customize to their hearts content is a great way to increase the product appeal.
Speed: GTmetrix score: D (67%), below average. Page size: 2.47MB.
Aesthetics: From the start, Made’s simple yet modern page visuals blend perfectly with the product design. They also added context-related pictures and videos for visitors to immerse themselves in the product.
UI/UX: The page navigation is seamless with clear CTAs and stunning visuals. Further down the page, the retailer listed full details on the product dimensions as well as comparative visuals of the product relative to a standing person.
Innovation: Create use of 360 product views that allows shoppers to fully see the product digitally across all angles.
Speed: GTmetrix score: F (33%), below average. Page size:6.36MB.
There you have it, our ten best product pages of 2018. All of these sites blend eCommerce functionality, best design practices, and good UI/UX for a winning product page. Every entrepreneur should be thinking about this when designing their own site. You can have all the right pieces: a Shopify cart, a newsletter link, a picture or two, but if it isn’t presented in a way that pulls the customer in, you’re only doing half the work of creating a good product page.