We love helping start-up e-commerce merchants succeed in their new business endeavors. Last week, we talked about the risks involved in e-commerce businesses, including credit card fraud prevention and cyber attacks. Part 2 of the Back to Basics trilogy will cover the different written aspects of your website.
When it comes to writing content for your website, whether it be a return policy or a description of your goods, you should always write in a clear, conversational voice (unless you often use big, verbose words when talking with others!) to avoid confusion. As an e-commerce merchant, you want your customers to feel like friends. Here are a few tips on how to write great website content for your online store.
A common question among customers of e-commerce stores is how you handle returns. Including a clear return policy will let your customers know that you’re serious about their happiness. Things you should include in an e-commerce website return policy are:
You should also be sure to put your return policy in several places. Of course you want your return policy on your e-commerce website, but where else should you include it to make sure customers see it? Think about including your return policy on your online transaction receipt and also a printed version sent along with the shipped item.
When you sell tangible goods on your e-commerce website, you should let your customers know when they can expect their purchase. Here are some things to include in your shipping policy:
The terms and conditions section of your website may be the most difficult to write. Evaluate your online business and think about what problems your website’s visitors may encounter. Look at the terms and conditions pages on websites your industry for inspiration. If you offer services, you may want to include that prices may change. Additional topics you should consider covering are:
Having a contact page on your website not only lets your customers know how to reach you with any problems (or praises!), but it also helps build trust between you and your customers. When you’re running an e-commerce business, it’s important to do all you can to ensure your customers that you’re an honest businessperson. Along with a toll-free customer service number, other information you should have on your Contact Page includes:
Another way to help boost customer confidence is by including an About Us page. Share the history of your e-commerce business with the world. What trials and tribulations did you have to endure in order to serve your dedicated customers? Let your customers know how much you appreciate their loyalty. Is there a funny story associated with how your business began? Write a lighthearted anecdote about your business’s background.
To help mitigate the number of customer service calls, include a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page. Do customers seem to ask the same basic questions? Write a clear and informative FAQ page and insist your customers reference their question online before contacting you directly. Let your customers know that you’re not trying to avoid them (after all, you value and love helping all of your customers!), but a FAQ page will answer their questions much quicker than waiting for the next available representative.
Let’s face it: Out of the thousands of e-commerce websites on the Internet, you’re more than likely not the only merchant selling the products or services you offer on your site. When you write a description of what you’re selling, make sure it’s clear and descriptive, but also unique so it turns your website visitors into customers. An enticing product description can really make or break the sale.
Writing a misleading product description will probably result in a return or even a chargeback. Let’s say Suzie orders a pair of jeans from your online clothing store. Your product description should be so on point that when she gets the jeans in the mail, she’ll say, “This is exactly what I was expecting!” Satisfied customers most often turn into returning customers, which should always be a goal for e-commerce merchants.
Make sure you check back at our blog for our third and final installment of the Back to Basics blog posts. Part 3 will cover how to find the right payment processor for your e-commerce business.