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Website Branding in eCommerce — a Complete Guide + Examples & Best Practices [2024]

GemPages Team
10 minutes read

Your website is the face of your brand.

It helps you showcase your brand’s personality, philosophy, and the mission you’re working on. Also, customers may perceive the value of your product or service based on your website design and branding.

And for all these reasons, website branding is one of the most important factors, especially for eCommerce businesses.

In this blog post, we’ll walk you through a step-by-step guide on how to create striking website branding along with examples and the best practices for website branding.

Before that, let’s go a bit more in detail about its importance —

Why is Website Branding Important?

  • Create Your Unique Identity

There are tons of eCommerce businesses out there — what makes you different from the rest? 

You might say, your product, customer service, mission, or anything else you’re proud about. But how do you express it? It’s the website branding that helps you articulate and communicate the message to your customers.

  • Build Credibility of Your Business

Customers see your website as an authenticity of your brand. A study found that nearly 75% of users said they judge the credibility of a website based on the design or content presentation.

For example, if you’re a premium jewelry brand but your website looks poor in design, customers might hesitate to purchase from your website.

  • Express Your Brand Messaging

If you’re an eCommerce store, your business may operate through different channels or platforms; however, your website is the biggest asset for your business.

From the origin story of your brand to the future vision of your business — your website is the primary platform to express everything about your brand, in detail.

  • Establish Authority in the Market

Website branding goes beyond the design aspect. It’s also about the content you publish through your website. It gives you an opportunity to stand apart from the competitors.

For example, start a blog on your website and publish content that resolves the problems of your target audience. It’ll show your expertise in the field and you’ll become their go-to source of information.

  • Increase Your Conversion Rate

For any eCommerce business website, traffic is not the primary factor of success — it’s how much of that traffic converts into your paying customers that matters.

Website branding plays a crucial role in increasing your sales and conversions. Brand your website in a way that’ll help you with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and make it your conversion funnel, too.

Learn more: How to Create an eCommerce Website Conversion Funnel in 2024

  • Build Customer Loyalty

To make your customers your fans, website branding is the major tool you need. It can help you build a strong connection with your customers and turn them into your loyal customers.

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How to Create Striking Website Branding with Best Website Branding Examples

Step 1: Identify and Know Your Target Customers

For anything related to branding or marketing, customers always come first.

Your website’s branding shouldn’t be based on only what you like, it’s primarily about what your customers would like or resonate with. Knowing your customers in and out helps you create a brand that’s aligned with their vibe and style.

Research on social media platforms to figure out their vibe, style, likes, and preferences. Observe them and their conversations to learn more about them—and use it in your branding.

Where to find your target audience?

Check out community pages in your niche as well as the social media accounts of your competitors. They’ll have almost the same or at least a similar target audience.

Learn more: 6 Best Shopify Loyalty Apps to Boost Customer Retention

Step 2: Prepare Brand Assets for Your Website

Brand assets consist of the visual and intellectual properties of your brand.

2.1 Brand Name & Domain Name

For an eCommerce business, two of the most crucial brand assets are the brand name and domain name. All other brand assets are created around the theme of your brand name.

It’s advisable to keep your brand and domain names the same to avoid any confusion. Also, keep it as short as possible to make it easy to remember for your customers.

Here are some of the best brand/domain names from popular Shopify-powered stores:

Brand domain name examples

2.2 Brand logos

Create at least two different versions of your brand logo — a square logo and a rectangular shape logo. The square logo is useful for favicon and social media profile pictures.

For most website designs, it’s highly recommended to use a rectangular-shaped logo in the header design so that it won’t take up much space in the above-the-fold website section.

For example, let’s take a look at Decathlon’s brand logos. The header has a rectangular-shaped logo that helps keep the header narrower, and the square favicon logo looks clearly visible.

Decathlon homepage

2.3 Color Scheme/Palette

Your website branding should have a consistent color scheme across all pages. Of course, certain pages may be shown in a different theme to show a specific aspect; however, you can still keep it within your primary color scheme.

But more importantly, understand “color psychology” — meaning, the emotions attached to colors and use it in your website branding. Multiple factors should be considered when finalizing the color scheme, but again, your target audience and the product/service are the most important factors to consider.

For example, this “Color Emotion Guide” published by The Logo Company explains how different brands seem to have designed their logos with a certain color scheme inspired by the emotions it represents. The same can apply to your website branding as well.

Color emotion guide displaying emotions related to colors with brand logos

Learn more: 10 Best Shopify Color Schemes + Color Palette Ideas

2.4 Typography (Font style)

Typography applies to various areas of your website branding including, logo text, website copy text (headings and body text), and other visuals such as images and videos. 

Typographies can express your brand’s personality and feelings. And thus, it can also help you elevate your product copy.

For example, Buffy — an eCommerce brand selling products like comforters, pillows, and puffer blankets — uses typography that suits the comforting feeling of its products.

Typography on Buffy’s homepage

That said, you also need to consider the page load speed when using the font style. Using system fonts can help the website load faster, whereas other fonts may impact your page speed and you also need to consider GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and licensing from the font developer.

2.5 Images & Videos

As a best practice, it’s better to use images and videos of your own to avoid any copyright infringements. However, it’s understandable that small businesses may not have a budget to produce high-quality images and videos.

You may check out Burst (powered by Shopify) to download and use royalty-free stock photos for free commercial use.

Stock photos on Burst

2.6 Design Elements

You may create various types of elements exclusively for your brand such as icons, illustrations, and graphics — and use them in your website branding and other marketing materials.

Using your own design elements can help the audience quickly recognize your brand even when the marketing material is published on other websites or platforms.

Step 3: Create and Design Your Website Pages

So, now we’re ready with the customer research and brand assets. It’s time to start building your website with your unique branding.

3.1 Create Your Primary Store Pages

These pages include:

  • Homepage: This is the front or main page of your website, and thus, one of the most critical parts of your overall website branding.
  • Collection pages: Collection pages are different categories of your products. For example, a clothing brand’s collections may include men’s t-shirts, women’s tops, unisex hoodies, and so on.
  • Product pages: Product pages are crucial not only from a branding perspective but also from a conversion perspective. Make sure to keep the right balance.
  • Contact page: This page helps customers with your contact information. Make sure you provide your email with the custom domain as it creates a professional image of your brand. For example, instead of help@gmail/
  • Policy pages: These pages cover various legal and contractual aspects of your business such as privacy policy, terms of service, return policy, refund policy, and shipping policy.

Make sure your website structure makes it easy for visitors to navigate through all these pages to enhance the UX (user experience).

If you’re using Shopify or looking to start your eCommerce website with Shopify, you can use GemPages—the powerful page builder app—to design and brand your Shopify website.

You can create and design your homepage, collection and product pages, about page, blog, contact page and more using professionally designed templates. Also, you can customize the templates with a visual editor that allows you to easily drag and drop elements.

GemPages’ template for homepage

3.2 Create Your Brand Pages

This is where the core of your branding comes into the picture. Your brand pages are mainly focused on highlighting your brand story and messaging.

On these pages, don’t try to promote your products. However, you can surely highlight how your product or service is fundamentally important for your brand and what positive impact it’s aiming to bring in the lives of customers as well as society in general.

Here are the key brand pages:

  • The About Page:  Create a dedicated About page and tell your brand’s story. It could be named “About Us”, “About Me”, “Our Story” or any other creative name you can come up with.

Use images/videos to showcase your story and include your or your team’s pictures to show the audience who’s behind the brand.

  • Mission, Vision & Values: Create a page(s) to express your brand’s mission, vision, and values. You can cover all these in just one page or create a separate page for each depending on the content length.
  • Brand initiatives: Highlight initiatives or causes your brand supports, if any.

Learn more: How to Create an Impressive Shopify About Us Page? (+Examples & Templates)

Pro tip: Just like your website’s primary pages, you can design your brand pages with GemPages. GemPages’ template library covers various styles of About pages that you can use or create one from scratch.

The About page template in Gempages’ visual editor

Step 4: Write Your Website Copy and Content

4.1 Write Solid Website Copy.

Customer research plays a significant role here as well. Understand what kind of language they speak and write copy that resonates with them.

  • Above-the-fold Copy: Let’s start with the above-the-fold section on your homepage. Most visitors are likely to land on the homepage. Write a solid headline and sub-headline to entice visitors to explore more on your website.

The headline copy is a one-liner copy that typically represents the brand’s USP (Unique Selling Proposition), and then you can further expand on it in the sub-headline text block.

In this example, REI does a great job of highlighting its snow clothing collection:

REI’s above-the-fold copy

  • Body Copy: Throughout the website, you’ll need to write copy in various sections explaining about your brand and products. Make sure to highlight the unique elements of your brand.
  • Product Copy: Product copy, also known as product description, explains more about the products and their qualities and specifications. Make sure to highlight the benefits over the features.

Pro tips: Don’t be afraid to be bold and unique. Customers don’t want to read lengthy and boring paragraphs. Be creative to write unique website copy. It must evoke excitement or emotions. Break the lengthy text blocks into small parts with bullet points.

4.2 Start a Blog

Starting a blog on your website is not like a mandatory step to be followed but it has several advantages you wouldn’t want to miss out on.

As we mentioned before, a blog can be a great way to build authority in the market. Also, it can give a boost to your SEO efforts.

The Sports Edit—a sportswear brand—is a great example of an eCommerce brand running a blog. Its blog has different categories such as Fitness, Yoga, Running, and Wellbeing.

Blog on The Sports Edit’s website

Also, the brand makes great use of its blog to promote product collections with the “Buying Guide” blog category. For example, take a look at this blog article titled "Best Waterproof Jackets for Running and Everyday". 

This article not only helps customers with useful information but also creates an opportunity for the brand to promote its products. As you can see, the intro paragraph has a link with the keyword — “waterproof jacket”.

Blog on The Sports Edit’s website

When customers click on that link, it will take them to the collection — "Waterproof & Water Repellent Jackets" — as shown below:

Blog on The Sports Edit’s website

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Best Practices for Website Design and Branding

Make Proper Use of Images and Videos

Images and videos help you convey your message visually; however, don’t use too many images and videos unnecessarily. Make sure they’re relevant to the copy or content.

While images and videos can elevate your website branding, they can impact your website speed. Optimize your images and videos. Using WebP format for images and WebM format for videos can help you reduce the file size. You can even embed YouTube videos to enhance the page load speed.

Understand the Core Elements of Website Design

Apart from the design elements, you need to take care of certain technical elements as well. Don’t worry—it’s not that complex especially if you’re using GemPages.

Make sure your website design is responsive and optimized for all devices. 

Research Your Competitors

To be different from your competitors, first, you need to know your competitors. Review their websites and find how they have positioned their brand and think about how you can position your brand differently.

Check Your Design for Readability

Some brands tend to overlook this important aspect. You must ensure your website design has proper color contrast in the background color and text to ensure the content is easy to read.

Pro tip: Use a tool like Coolors to check the contrast of your background and texts. You can insert the hex color codes for your text and background colors, and it’ll show you the contrast score along with the rating. It will help you see if the color contrast is Good, Very good, Good, Poor, or Very Poor.

Coolors’ color contrast checker demo

Start Building Your Website Branding

We hope this guide is helpful in building your website branding.

However, keep in mind that website branding is an ongoing process. You can’t just create your website branding for once and leave it there forever. 

Review and analyze how your branding is helping you connect and engage with customers. The ultimate goal is to create and maintain a loyal customer base, and for that, you also need to maintain your website branding.

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FAQs about Branding for Websites

What is branding in websites?
Branding, in the context of websites, means designing the website with elements that are unique to your business. These elements include logo, color scheme, typography, images, videos — and other design elements such as icons and graphics. All these elements help your website become a brand.
How do I create my own website brand?
To create your own website brand, you need to follow these steps: 1. Identify and know your target customers 2. Prepare your brand assets 3. Create and design your website pages 4. Write your website copy and content. Check out this guide for more detailed information on all these steps.
What is a brand page on a website?
A brand page on a website is a web page that explains the details about the brand. For example, the About Us page or Our Story are brand pages that explain the story about the origin of the brand and how the business evolved from an initial idea.
Is website design part of branding?
Yes, it is. In fact, it’s one of the most significant parts of branding. Website design helps you showcase your brand’s personality and establishes the credibility of your brand.

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