How to Create Effective Product Pages

| November 20, 2008 | 1 Reply

[tweetmeme]According to’s Top 500 Guide, is ranked as the 19th biggest ecommerce store on the Web today. From $756 million in 2004, Target’s web sales has grown to 1.153 billion in web sales in 2007.

While we do not have access to’s analytics data (though estimates that’s conversion rate is 1.9%), it is worth looking at the changes has made with their website to boost sales, with this post focusing on the product page.

Below is a look at’s product page for a bed in a bag back in 2005 (courtesy of the Internet Wayback machine)

For a product in the same category, below is the 2008 version of how currently shows their product:

During the 3-year time period, Target has introduced a number of interesting changes to their product page design. These changes are worth considering for your ecommerce website as well:

  • The predominantly white space next to the product in the 2005 version now contains product selection choices such as size and quantity. Visitors who know that they have found the product they want can easily order the item without the need to scroll the page down.
  • Formerly empty gray space separating the header navigation now contains the product category and subcategory listing, making it easier for customers to navigate the product listings
  • Add to Cart button has been moved from below the fold to above the fold position making it more visible to the visitor
  • Addition of product review from customers highlight the recent emphasis on community participation.
  • The 4-tab product information section has been retained though Features and Description were merged (which makes perfect sense), while Additional Info and Shipping Info tabs were retained. A tab Guest Reviews was added.
  • The shopping cart icon located at the topmost row of the page has been made more prominent. Whereas only the shopping cart graphic was red in the 2005 version, now the word “Shopping Cart” has been spelled out and both the text and graphic are now in a can’t miss red color.

There’s nothing as “little changes” in web design. Sometimes slightly moving a page element or changing its color can boost the site’s conversion rate. Test these changes in your site and track whether the change has any impact on your conversion rate.


Category: Ecommerce, Online Business

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Isabel Isidro is a small business owner who writes about her experiences in starting and running a business. She is the co-founder of and also runs

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  1. Joe Crawford says:

    Great info!

    would you be interested in a blogroll exchange?

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