So You Wanna Do It Like Amazon?

Today being Veteran’s Day in the US (Remembrance Day in Canada), I thought it would be fitting to share a presentation from a web usability veteran – Jared Spool. His presentation Revealing Design Treasures From The Amazon is one of the best (and funniest) I’ve ever seen.

Spool explores the hidden secrets that every ecommerce professional should pay attention to about what makes Amazon so successful:

  • The simple Yes/No question that increased revenues by more than $1 billion
  • The elegant subtlety of Amazon’s security system
  • Why Amazon’s business model is more than meets the eye (and why designers need to care)
  • The wins and losses that Amazon has had with social media functionality

Though Jared agrees “doing it like Amazon” is often not a smart approach, he does leave us with ways we can learn from Amazon’s successes – and failures.

To start the slide show and hear the audio, make sure you press the little triangle at the bottom, not the big one on the right side of the center of the deck. You can enlarge the presentation to full-screen by clicking the icon at the bottom right. (Email subscribers, click here to see what I’m talking about).

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6 Responses to “So You Wanna Do It Like Amazon?”

  1. What an amazing presentation. Have added it to my FavoriteVideos tag on delicious. Thanks for sharing Linda!

  2. Great insights.
    Regarding bad ways of “doing it like Amazon” IMO it is to copy their style of notoriously long and complex product pages.

  3. Leigha says:

    Really enjoyed this presentation. Not only great information but entertaining as well. Lot’s of good humor and this guy has a laugh that you have to love!

  4. Good video, thanks…………

  5. Rob Smith says:

    This is fascinating, especially the bit about their operating cycle. Well worth the 53 minutes – thanks.

  6. Asif says:

    Brilliant stuff! It was a bit flat for the first 10 minutes, but once the presenter got into the meat of his topic it got really interesting. Thanks for posting this!

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