There are some compelling arguments for the use of video by online retailers, such as increasing brand engagement, the opportunity to tie in online video with offline campaigns through QR codes, but the biggest argument is the impact on conversion rates.
Here are some stats:
- Using video demos of items on product pages increased sales for Zappos by between 6% and 30%.
- Shoppers who viewed video on Stacks and Stacks product pages were 144% more likely to add to cart than other shoppers.
- On Ice.com, the conversion rate for shoppers viewing video on product pages increased by 400%, while return rates dropped from 12% to 9%.
- Shoeline.com improved the conversion rate by 44% for product pages containing videos.
- Videos on the simplypiste.com product pages increased conversion rates by 25%, as well as leading to a reduction in the number of returns.
1. Optimise video for SEO
Adding video to product pages provides more opportunities for search engine indexing, and there are ways that retailers can maximise the SEO value.
For example, Simplyhike has several product videos, and these appear frequently in product searches on Google:
There are several factors that determine where your product video will rank in search results:
- Metadata: video title and description tags.
- Number of comments and shares.
- Date added.
- View count.
- Rating and flagging (where applicable).
- Incoming links (exposure on other sites, other embeds, RSS links).
Not every one of these factors can be controlled, as many are down to actions that viewers take and this places even greater importance on the content of the video.
2. Show the product in use
For many products, people want to see it being used so they can make an informed decision.
This demo video of a Kayak on the REI site provides an opportunity for people to see that the product works, looks good, while also explaining the various features and key selling points:
3. Embed video into product pages
This is better from an SEO perspective, and it makes for a better user experience than opening up a pop-up window to showcase videos.
For example, by simply linking to an advert hosted on YouTube instead of embedding, Smyths is missing out on some of the SEO benefits, and actually taking users away from the product page:
M&S does this better, hosting the videos itself, but they open up in a new window:
ASOS provides a better example on its product pages. Videos are embedded, load quickly, and can be viewed there and then on the page.
This also means that, if they like what they see on the film, the ‘add to bag’ button is right in front of them.