TireBuyer Case Study

TireBuyer.com Ebay product pages

I was tasked with overhauling a 3rd party design of TireBuyer.com’s Ebay product pages. The new design needed to be responsive (the old one wasn’t), it needed to be on brand, and most importantly, it needed to be easily scannable so customers could get the information they were looking for.

I both designed and coded the front end of the final product, working with and around the 3rd party’s existing style sheets. 

These new product pages helped TireBuyer stand out from the competition, with unique product information and a modern, legible look and feel. The Ebay vertical became 20% of all sales.

Director Product Managment: Beth Harris
Director of Customer Experience: Heidi Brown

Out with the old

The previous product pages were designed by a 3rd party who had ignored the branding and style guides. On top of that, they hadn’t bothered to make the pages responsive, and the information contained did nothing to set TireBuyer apart from their competition.

TireBuyer wanted to:

  • Leverage product information the competition didn’t have
  • Guide customers to order over the phone
  • Stand out from the competition with a modern, consistent look and feel

The original product page

original ebay page design

The original product page, which looked nothing like TireBuyer.com at the time.

  1. The most important part of the header was the contact info, and yet no one knew it was there.
  2. The search bar was a clumsily coded mishmash of positioned images.
  3. There were upper and lower navigation menus, which were confusing and redundant.
  4. Lots of relevant information was hidden behind tabs. It needed to be visible and easily scannable.

The redesign

  1. I re-designed the search bar, removing unnecessary elements and images and coded it using CSS. Research said that a larger, more visible phone number would be a major sales converter, so I turned the Call us feature from an afterthought to a visible call to action. I combined and consolidated the upper and lower navigation menus, making them less confusing and easier to scan.
  2. A big feature request was the review section, a major sales component and also one of the first of it’s kind for tire product pages. The component section is dynamic, and designed to show anywhere from 0 to 7 reviews, based on project specs. As has been widely studied, more reviews = brand trust.
  3. We wanted all the information currently hidden behind tabs to be visible, and scannable. I designed modules that could quickly be arranged in any possible combination, or added and removed depending on the page. Since much of the data was dynamic and specific to individual products, the informational sections needed to be flexible. They are also responsive.
Responsive Ebay page redesign

Content modules