How would you feel if you knew the majority of your customers were reading your product descriptions before they purchased –
Quietly confident or…
According to Salsify’s 2017 “Cracking the Consumer Code” report, 87% of consumers rate product content extremely or very important when deciding to buy. That’s why every booming brand from the likes of Harrods and Frank Body to Apple have got some serious wordsmithery on their product descriptions, ensuring they’re detailed and ready to convert.
Note: product descriptions are NOT just a list of prices and features.
Example One (Harrods)
Example Two (Frank Body)
Example Three (Apple)
If you’d like to try to improve or create some product descriptions yourself, we’ve put together a 6 step how-to just for you:
6 simple steps to write your next product descriptions:
- Start with an intro that grabs attention
Otherwise called the hook. What is going to get your audience’s attention? What matters to them, what do they need, what is unique about your product (or service)?
- Clearly explain what it is
and how it can enhance the person’s life or make them feel. Appeal to your target audience’s imagination and try to tell a micro-story with a beginning, middle and end.
- Use writing techniques like onomatopoeia
For example, food restaurants could describe their star ingredient as crunchy with a squeeze or splash of fresh lime. Or an essential oils could describe their latest blend as crisp yet smooth. Writing techniques like this help add interest and appeal to the senses.
- Put your features/technical details in bullet points
Your audience needs to know exactly what they’re getting, but bullets make that list of not-so-sexy but very interesting features easier to digest
- Add in some keywords
The more keywords you have on your website, the more likely you are to rank for them. That’s why product descriptions are the perfect place to scatter some SEO keywords. Just remember our motto: never leave a page behind.
- Share some social proof (reviews) below
People like people. And people want to know what other people thought in order to make their decision – “If Barbara S and Steve M loved it, I’m sure I will too”.
Remember your brand’s tone of voice is crucial when it comes to your descriptions. If you’re known to be “cheeky and punchy” – have some eye-raising, belly-laughing fun with it! If you’re known to be “futuristic and innovative” – grab that trailblazing terminology and scream lift off.
With these 6 steps, you’ve got the knowledge to write some conversion-ready product descriptions. However, if you still think you need some help, don’t wait to send us an email and see if we can collaborate. We can’t wait to hear from you!