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Top E-commerce Errors: Bad/Small Photos

We’re continuing our look at top e-commerce errors. Monday, we looked at a mistake many sites make: trying to sell out of stock product. And yesterday, we commented on the mistake of “Coming Soon!” pages. But today we get to one of my favorites: small, poor photography. While this image is taken from a travel site, I run into this all the time across all industries:

Ecommerce errors small pictures

Sure, there’s lots of keyword rich content on the site, but the only image is labeled “Lobby View” and it shows… a bouquet of flowers. While I suppose it’s somewhat artistic, it doesn’t do much to answer a potential customer’s questions. And given that a picture is worth a thousand words, the site in question could easily remove—or at a minimum, reformat—that huge block of text and use images to more effectively sell this product.

To be fair, this poor product shot comes from a travel aggregator, not the hotel itself. The specific hotel shown on this page has a pretty good site of its own. But if you’re relying on alternate distribution channels—whether Amazon, eBay or Expedia—to sell your products, you want to make sure that they’re representing you well, too.

Pictures and videos both help sell your products, but only if your customers can see them and can use them to answer their questions. Make sure your photos and videos help you out by helping your customers out. Otherwise, your sales picture might be pretty cloudy, too.

Full disclosure: I have several clients in the hotel industry. I do not work with this particular online travel distributor or its competitors at this time.


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