The holy grail for e-commerce is to find the best set of factors to boost conversion rate. We all know that of the many elements that can influence the conversion rate (price, shipping costs and time, testimonials, etc.), visual merchandising is playing a dominant role.

According to a survey by Field Agent, an eye-popping 83% of shoppers consider the product image to be the most crucial trigger in their buying decision. 


White vs. lifestyle backgrounds 

Though many online marketplaces require merchants to upload only white background product images for standardization, brands do not have to follow this rule when managing their own e-commerce website or social media. We know that customers are looking for a shopping experience, not just products sold on a digital platform. And a product on a plain background just doesn’t do it. 

Creating lifestyle images can show what the product would look like in real life settings. And they bring an element of aspirational living to your products. These aspirations connect with the emotions and can influence purchasing decisions. 


Tips to boost the conversion rate of lifestyle product images 

nfinite, lifestyle creation tool to play with colors of visuals

With nfinite’s digital merchandising tool, content managers can create an unlimited number of lifestyle product images with essentially the same budget, but at a fraction of the time compared to traditional photo-shooting.

With this agility and efficiency, marketers can go very granular with their staging options and uncover key insights that were previously unattainable. Here are some tips marketers can test to boost their conversion rate: 


1. Play with colors 


It is best not to exceed three dominant colors in the same scenery. If the hero product has a light hue, then use a background with darker shades, and the other way around for products with darker colors.  


2. Speak to your target audience 

Lifestyle template selection to customize for audienceThe background should reflect the reality of your target audience. A mid-range price toothpaste should be placed in a bathroom that can be found in most homes and not in a bathroom with golden faucets and a marble floor. 


3. Add aspiration to the story  

The background should be coherent with the main theme of the product.

Lifestyle image  of living room to add story with products



For example, when displaying a sea-side vacation home furniture, it is best to use complementary products that are made of natural materials such as wood and fabric, and not metal and leather. 



4. Understand the demography of your shoppers 

E-commerce visual merchandising will depend on the preferences of the shoppers depending on culture and geography. 

beauty demography for french campaign



In Asia, for example, the scenery can be very rich with many different products while in parts of Europe, a minimalist scenery is preferable. 




5. Find the best angle 

packshot product view 360Product image with the right angle can accentuate its features. The buyer’s viewpoint, the openness of the scene will have an impact on the perception of the consumer.

In the case of a sofa, it is best to show a three-quarter view of it to highlight the two faces of the product, where you can clearly see the cushion, armrest and back. 


6. Show the product in multiple backgrounds 

a product in multiple background lifestyle

Displaying the product in multiple backgrounds and decors can help reach different audiences and also provide aspiration. 

nfinite’s solution is designed to enhance the performance of visual merchandizing. It can create an unlimited number of product visuals for merchants to conduct extensive A/B testing. By following the tips provide above, marketers will find the best combination of visual elements to help boost conversion. Request a Demo.