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When a customer comes to your site they may be looking for information or they may already know what they want and are ready to buy. Things like product availability and price can determine if you make the sale or not. Sadly what may also lose the sale for you is not having an easy to use shopping cart on your website.
Customers leave shopping carts before completing the purchase for a number of reasons. You yourself may have done that. Here are a few reasons that having a shopping cart that is easy to use can make or break the sale.
- Lack of confidence. Although more and more people are making purchases online, there are still a large number of people who never bought or very rarely use the internet to buy things. If your shopping cart gives them any reason to question what they are doing they may take this lack of confidence to your competition.
- Is your shopping cart confusing? This is a problem many of us have experienced. Surfing from one page to another and not being able to find what we have already looked at. Or having pages so crammed full of stuff you do not know what you are looking at. An easy to use shopping cart helps solve the problem of confusion by making it easy for your customer to buy from you.
- Slow loading pages. How many times have you left a website or stopped a purchase because you didn't feel like waiting anymore. This happens all of the time. Slow loading pages do not cut it in this world of give it to me now. An easy to use shopping cart has pages that load quickly leaving your customer feeling glad they are buying from you.
With the improvements in technology there is no reason to ever lose a sale because of your shopping cart. If you are using a shopping cart that is more than a couple of years old you may want to consider upgrading to newer software. If you use an online company to process your orders, make sure they have current technology. Just like the speed of the internet itself shopping carts today can process orders at an amazing speed and with a high degree of accuracy.
If you have an easy to use shopping cart you will cut down on lost sales. Although you may never achieve a 100% process rate, you can certainly do better than you are now if you strive to make it easy for your customers to buy from you.
Michael Moshkovich is a web developer and internet marketer who has written over 50 articles on SEO, shopping cart software and PPC marketing.To find out more information about WebCart visit http://www.webcart.net. For eCommerce marketing tips visit the WebCart Blog
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