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Website Functionality Benchmark 2011: Luxury Fashion Brands

Forrester Applies Its Website Functionality Benchmark Methodology To The Sites Of Five European Luxury Fashion Brands

May 23, 2011


  • By Andrea Carini
  • with Patti Freeman Evans,
  • Sabine Poltermann,
  • Douglas Roberge

Why Read This Report

Forrester evaluated the transactional websites of five European luxury fashion brands — Burberry, Dolce&Gabbana, Gucci, Hermes, and Louis Vuitton — using our Website Functionality Benchmark methodology. The results: The overall functionality set across the fashion brands received very poor scores in many areas, and no brand scored a passing grade across the full set of criteria. While these sites feature some advanced functionality such as video, they miss widely on most of the very basic functionality that drives conversion rates and creates a trusted environment online. These luxury brands can significantly improve upon their online functionality specifically in the areas of search and navigation — or better said, product discovery.

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  • Website Functionality Benchmark: Criteria
  • Results From Website Functionality Benchmark Of Five Luxury Brands

Table of Contents

  • Forrester's Website Functionality Benchmark Methodology
  • European Luxury Brands Are In Early Stages Of eCommerce Development
  • Best Practices Exist, Yet There Is A Lack Of Basic Functionality

  • Luxury Goods Firms Should Improve The Basics And Multichannel Features
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents