Slow sites dramatically reduce purchase intent. Simply put, faster is better than slower.

Even with big brands like Amazon and Walmart, people are not willing to wait to get the products they love.  For Amazon, each 100ms of latency costs them 1% in sales. For Walmart, they gain an extra 2% in conversions with every second of performance improvement. This shows that every second counts.

According to Visiture and Shopify, 64% of smartphone users expect a website to load in 4 seconds or less and 40% of people will abandon a website if it takes more than 3 seconds to load. The last thing you want from your visitors is getting annoyed and frustrated with your business not because of design or content, but simply because of loading speed.

Luckily for you, this is not totally out of your control.  Things you can do include:

  • Use tools such as Google PageSpead Insight, GTMetrix and Pingdom to help you assess your site’s current loading speed and level of optimization
  • Optimizing your store so that it loads in less than 3 seconds to load.
  • Optimizing your store for both desktop and mobile.

This article won’t go into full detail on how to optimize your site, but here are 9 tips on how to make your website faster.

Overall, it is a good idea to invest in the speed of your site. Instead of having online shoppers bounce from your site to another site based on speed, like 14% of shoppers reported doing, you can keep visitors at your site if your page loads fast enough.  This is great for the customer and great for you, as they find what they are looking for faster and you get their earned loyalty and business.

How have you gotten your page loading speed down and has it been worth the investment so far?

 


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*** This is a guest blog post by Matt Tanguay where he shares his numbers-backed findings in the form of Ecommerce conversion tips ***

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