Writing great product descriptions is not as easy as it looks—you have to portray the product accurately while convincing the reader it’s better at solving their problem than anything else on the market.
When your description falls short, the browsing shopper gives their sale to someone else. In fact, a study by Nielsen Norman Group reflected that insufficient product descriptions are to blame for 20% of deterred purchases. The reader has to be enticed, enlightened and reassured that this is the product for them in a matter of seconds. No pressure.
And not to worry—we’ll guide you through all the important elements that make up a strong product description.
Building a Winning Product Description
Hitting a home run (or “add to cart”) depends on precision and strategy from beginning to end. You must command and hold the reader’s attention while continuing to provide them with the information and answers they’re looking for, only to finish strong with encouragement. Here are some elements to include to ensure a strong sales funnel.
Write for the buyer you want. Identify the target demographic interested in your product and then strategize your marketing to appeal to their needs and persona specifically;
- use the lingo and tone they’d respond to,
- present their problem and describe how you’re the solution,
- use ‘you phrases’ to speak directly to them,
- and bond through relatable storytelling based on their interests.
Convince them you’re the best in the biz. Assert yourself as the leading competitor, standing out because of your product quality and trusted values. Build this trust by including the following in your description area:
- case studies,
Another way to build credibility is to write well, with attention to detail. Proofread, edit, spellcheck. Use a natural tone that’s consistent with your brand and audience and which isn’t too salsey, so you come off as genuine. Take care of your work and website as a whole; refinement communicates reliability.
Through writing, you want to create a vividness and tangibility to your product. The reader should visualize their life with it— a better life. When you appeal to emotions and 3D thinking, they’re much more likely to feel a visceral pull to own the product (since they already feel like they do). Use unique and compelling adjectives, superlatives, and eloquent scene-setting related to their lifestyle (and the one they want). Pro tip: market it as urgent or exclusive/limited since buyers like to feel they’re getting a special opportunity.
You need your description to capture the attention of a squirrel, especially online. Distractions are everywhere, and time is invaluable, which is to say that potential shoppers are actively scrolling and exiting pages at a very fast pace. You have to hook them in with text that isn’t too intimidating (bullet points, small paragraphs, and emboldened text accents) so they begin to skim. Key elements, such as usages/benefits, should be easily identified. A “buy now” CTA should be a bullseye right below the description.
The text itself should clarify any questions they have, finishing with basic specs (measurements, colour, material, price, etc.).
Online back-end marketing is how the reader finds themselves on your product page in the first place, so it’s integral. You should always be researching and leveraging keywords so you can increase SEO and conversion. Place keywords and phrases in titles, URLs, description text, and alt text so your product comes up as the solution to the searcher’s online inquiry. Some shoppers may recognize that the higher you rank on search engines, the more credible you are, lending their trust in your product.
Using a larger, more established platform to display your products can really help you get seen. Platforms like Deliver by Linkeo give clients a commission-free store display of products and descriptions so their customers can click & collect their items easily with no extra fees. Linkeo facilitates easy online payment which comes to you in full. From there, the solution delegates pick-up/delivery and sale info to you with no added cost! And when you work with Linkeo, you benefit from 20+ years of expertise in SEO, helping work your keywords so you rise to the top of Google.
Check out Deliver to make your own curated store menu and winning product descriptions, or visit Linkeo’s online retailers branch for more marketing and copywriting tips!