Captivating Consumers With Top-Notch Product Images

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How important are product images in your online marketing activities? If you effectively describe the product specifications, give some detailed reviews and have an in-depth description, is that enough? It seems like it isn’t. In fact, Lumina Datamatics cites a survey by the National Retail Federation showing that 67 percent of customers consider images more important than product-specific information, long descriptions and product reviews.

Think about that for a second. Two-thirds of customers care more about seeing a product than hearing what other users of the product think about it. Clearly images matter. So how do you make the best of your product images? In an article for Entrepreneur, Dan Salco looks at a number of ways businesses can effectively use product images to boost sales.

Emphasize Quality

Don’t cut corners when creating images. If you are going to include them (and you should), make sure they are high-quality. A poor-quality image can be worse than no image at all.

Provide as Many Views as Possible

Customers can’t pick up and hold, try on or even walk around a product online, as they can in a brick-and-mortar store. Try to provide as many views as possible to get as close as you can to an in-person feel. If you have the wherewithal you might also want to consider providing a “virtual view” of your product—putting the consumer in the picture!

Help Customers Envision the Product in their Lives

Rather than showing the product on a blank white background, put it in context. Show someone wearing your jacket. Show a family in the outdoors with using your camping gear. Show an athlete measuring his heartrate with your heartrate monitor watch.

Prioritize Accuracy

Nobody likes buying a product online and finding out what gets shipped to them isn’t what they expected. Make sure your images are accurate, or you risk losing a disappointed and distrusting customer permanently. That’s not the kind of word of mouth you want to generate!

Add Images to Site Search

Make sure to include images on your website’s search results, as opposed to just listing a product name. This can save customers time while they are browsing.

Use Images in Content Marketing

This goes for both yourself and your PR partners. Incorporate as many images as possible in the content you generate. Make images available in the media section of your website so that reporters can readily find, and incorporate those images.

 

You can have the best product description in the world, but customers still want to see what your product looks like. Obviously, the online experience can’t totally replace the brick-and-mortar experience, where you can touch, examine and try out products, but adding captivating images of your product in your online marketing gets you a step closer.

How are you using images to captivate consumers?

 

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