Clear & Concise Part 2: Product descriptions can be a wealth of information for your customers about your product. It also has the added benefit of helping you with Search Engine Optimization. New products should not necessarily get all of the copy-writing time. Consider re-working existing product descriptions that are top sellers too. Never skimp here. Hire someone if that is how it will get done.
Most people think that the journey of starting an online store first starts when they sign up for Shopify. But successful online stores take a few earlier steps to help them achieve long-term success. The idea stage isn’t simply about having an idea and executing on it, it’s about building a foundation. Here are a few ideas for your ecommerce checklist:
Special Unicode Characters in Data Validation Lists: ☐, ☑, ✓, ✔ - This may be my favorite approach. You can include special characters like this in a Data Validation drop-down list. This isn't quite as good as clicking once to fill in a checkbox, but it is great for the mobile Excel apps. The only hard part is remembering how to insert a check mark symbol in Excel. For more information, see my article Using Unicode Character Symbols in Excel.
Clear & Concise: Make sure your policies regarding Shipping, Returns, Conditions, and Terms are readily available and clear to customers. Make it easy for potential customers to do business with you by providing steps and contact point (phone, email, or online forms) for dealing with different situations (ordering offline, exchanging a products, et al).
Consumer Trends – Just because something is popular domestically doesn’t mean it will be internationally. Are they behind in a trend –– or does it just not apply for that market? If you don’t already have sales in a region, do consumer testing and surveys before you ever launch. Know that most businesses that expand internationally already have sales in a particular region before they launch specifically in that country.
Product Shots: Starting out with great product shots is always nice, but it doesn’t always happen for a variety of reasons. Think about getting or taking better pictures, as well as optimizing old and new pictures for the best display and fastest download. Batch converters get better over time, and you may find that you can keep high quality while reducing file sizes by 50% or more.
Recent Examples on the Web Fortunately, most of the following checklist items are reasonably easy to implement, without requiring much heavy lifting. — Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Follow these steps to keep your personal finances in check during the coronavirus pandemic," 29 Mar. 2020 In Seattle, officials are distributing hygiene kits and provide tips and checklists on prevention to shelter operators. — Popular Science, "COVID-19 could hit homeless communities hard," 18 Mar. 2020 In Seattle, officials are distributing hygiene kits and provide tips and checklists on prevention to shelter operators. — Michael Cousineau, The Conversation, "Coronavirus could hit homeless hard, and that could hit everyone hard," 13 Mar. 2020 True, the building was missing a few amenities: doorman, garage, gym (all must-haves on Henderson’s original checklist). — Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "Shawn Henderson Turned This Turn-of-the-Century NYC Apartment Into a Hidden Gem," 10 Mar. 2020 Most significantly, the copilot had had difficulty locating checklists and performing in emergency scenarios. — Fortune, "After first 737 Max crash, why did Boeing’s pilot warning fail to stop second plane from going down?," 9 Mar. 2020 The second document provided a checklist that included developing contingency plans, establishing key relationships across communities, providing supplies to prevent spread at events and planning for staff absences. — Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Elections Commission issues guidance on coronavirus ahead of April election," 6 Mar. 2020 Since tackling your entire house and yard at once can be overwhelming, take things one step at a time by following this checklist. — Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Follow This Spring Yard Clean Up Checklist to Make Your Patio and Lawn Summer-Ready," 29 Jan. 2020 Elevator buttons have been added to the checklist, too. — Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, "These 4 People Are Facing the Coronavirus Head-on," 12 Mar. 2020
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