Psychology of E-Commerce: How to Sell Online
How This Course Will Help Your Career
What You’ll Learn
- How decisions are made, and which part of the brain is really the web designer’s customer
- How to create an online environment in which people feel part of a larger group, where they are grateful for your service, and show that through purchasing your products and services
- How to know where someone's attention will be focused on your site, and how to make use of even the shortest attention span to generate sales
- What the psychology of choice is, and how you can harness it
- How to use storytelling for content that focuses on the clients and builds their commitment
- How to tap into the subconscious drivers that underlie many purchasing decisions
- How a coherent narrative can make it easier for your customers to engage with you and stay engaged
- How to keep your customers coming back in an ethical manner, thus generating repeat sales
- How to design for sharing, the next big thing in online selling
“Customer engagement is the direct route to every important business objective. It’s the pathway to everything good that a business could want.”
— Customer Experience expert Micah Solomon in Forbes
Online competition is fiercer than ever—and if you want to create a website that outperforms industry benchmarks in a big way, it’s vital that you know how to utilize your design skills to keep users engaged. The more engaged users are, the more likely they are to turn into paying customers—people who will buy your products and services time and time again, remain loyal, and ultimately become ambassadors for your brand both on- and offline.
Executing e-commerce successfully isn't easy: 69% of users abandon their shopping carts before checking out, according to Baymard Institute, a UK-based web usability research organization. That’s quite scary; what about the good news? Well, Baymard also found that many of the problems with e-commerce are solvable with changes to design.
There are many factors in designing great e-commerce experiences. You must know how to capture someone’s attention and present your goods and services in the optimal way. If you want customers who are committed, you’ll have to tell engaging stories and know how to build a long-term relationship.
In order to do all that, you will need to acquire and apply knowledge in human psychology. If you understand how your customers think, you can design for their needs. This course is based on tried and tested psychological techniques that bring together content and design so as to deliver hands-on advice for how to improve your web design and increase your customer engagement.
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Is This Course Right for You?
This is a beginner-level course, suitable for anyone wanting to take an online business to the next level:
- UX designers looking to design persuasive experiences to improve the conversion rate of e-commerce sites
- Project managers interested in building online businesses that engage shoppers
- Software engineers seeking to gain an understanding of psychology, sociability, and design
- Entrepreneurs who want their online shops to take off and perform better than the competition
- Marketers looking to improve the entire sales funnel by adopting a user-centric approach
- Newcomers to design who are considering making a switch to UX or web design
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Lessons in This Course
- Each week, one lesson becomes available.
- There’s no time limit to finish a course. Lessons have no deadlines.
- Estimated learning time: 18 hours 12 mins spread over 9 weeks.
Lesson 0: Welcome and Introduction
Lesson 1: The Subconscious Mind – The Customer of Design
Lesson 2: Introducing Social Validation
Lesson 3: Design to Grab Attention
Lesson 4: Choice is Not All That it Appears
Lesson 5: It's all About Them, Gaining Commitment
Lesson 6: Build Similarity and Then Make them Afraid to Lose
Lesson 7: Learn to Tell a Story
Lesson 8: Integrity Matters, Long-term Relationship Building
Lesson 9: Sociability and Going Viral
Lesson 10: Course Certificate, Final Networking, and Course Wrap-up
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How Others Have Benefited
Hsin-Jou Lin, United States
“My major is Psychology and I'm now working in e-commerce. I've learned about from college, but don't have a chance to apply on real world. This course provides a step-by-step lesson for me to apply Psychology to my work.”
Fernando Martinez Carreon, Mexico
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Natalie Verdon, Australia
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