Website Review: iSkino skins

Hello hello. Yes, I’m still around the Internetz, hovering about and planning the roadmap for this blog. All I have to do now is commit a time slot for myself to keep working on this and aim for where I want to be. 🙂

I was approached by the iSkino skin store owner; Ben, to write a review of their website. And like every other I’ve done, it’s my non-bias opinion otherwise I’ll reject the offer for review. Ben was cool to agree and gave me some giveaway to my readers for their patience of reading this. sw33t.

iSkino case skins for mobile phones, laptops and tablets

Let’s kickoff the breakdown with the homepage. Personally, I’m feeling the header is heavy.



Maybe it’s because of the newsletter subscription with the orange button which occupies most of the space. 😐 Probably would’ve been better to promote the $5 dollar off when you Google +1 the website and visitors are rewarded instantly. Otherwise, they could experiment by removing the newsletter subscription and move their “spread the word” referral programme on the same level as the social sharing icons.

Moving on to the rotating banner. Yes, it’s taking too much space. However, my real peeve with this is its got no call to action. Meaning, users aren’t prompted to do anything to it. Even when I tried clicking, links weren’t assigned. Sigh. 🙁

Scrolling lower down, you’ll find the category images and widgets to the left (shopping cart, product categories, most popular products and referral programme). Now, I may be nitpicking a little here. Would you have preferred the category titles to be larger? My reason is the category images to differentiate iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 isn’t obvious enough. Not to mention there are categories for clear cases and hard cases as well.

On the flip side, I feel the homepage has its strong points too. For instance, putting front the customer service phone number and promoting the free delivery nationwide. Also, the main menu bar has a nice space to split the menu on the left and the login / register links to the right.

Some quick fixes I would recommend for the homepage is to reorganize the header’s newsletter subscription and social links. After that, either replace the rotating banner with only 1 promotional banner. Or, replace the banner area with the video found in the “Is this a sticker” page.

Alright, I hope you’re still with me. Let’s jump to the category page now.

I was a little confused when I saw the phone case skins page had the breakdown of manufacturers and the laptop skins didn’t. What went through my mind was, “so does it mean laptop skins are applicable to all manufacturers and sizes?”

Trying to answer my own question, I clicked on the image to browse deeper and found I had loaded the product category page.

Product category page

Product category page

Unfortunately, I still couldn’t find the answer to my question. However, what I still liked about this page was I could select my preferred design style. This would definitely save any customer time looking for a type of design.

My only quick fix (if possible) is to include a short description about the laptop skins compatibility. Ben, if you read this. Can you replace the laptop category image with a banner to include the short description?

Okay, I found the rest of the website pretty common so I’m jumping to the last thing which interested me; support page.

Support page

Support page

When I saw the Support Center link in the website, my first assumption was it probably would be just a regular page with common questions. Boy, I was surprised.

The support center was powered by User Voice and it had a lot of answers to questions buyers may ask. Sad to know though, I couldn’t find the question or answer which addressed my uncertainty earlier. Hmm…

So ladies and gents, that’s my website review for the iSkino skins and casing website. Thank you for reading the article completely and thank you Ben for giving me something to write. LOL! 😛

By the way, Ben would also like to extend his gratitude to my readers by offering RM10 discount vouchers for all products in his website. Please note the discount code is only for FIRST 10 buyers who use it.

iSkino voucher only usable by the FIRST 10 customers

iSkino voucher only usable by the FIRST 10 customers

ZALORA Launches Android Shopping app


South-East Asia’s fashion and beauty e-commerce leader invests further into m-commerce

ZALORA, South-East Asia’s fastest-growing fashion and beauty e-tailer, today announced the further expansion of its mobile repertoire with the launch of its Android shopping app across the region ( The app launch follows the successful launch of the ZALORA iPhone shopping app three months ago, which within 24 hours, became the #1 lifestyle app in the iTunes stores of all ZALORA countries, and the #1 overall app in Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam.

The Android app enables on-the-go shoppers to seamlessly navigate over 500 brands and 15,000 products across the apparel, shoes, accessories and beauty categories, making ZALORA’s convenience-centric offerings finally available to Android users too. The ZALORA Android app enables shoppers to:

  • Receive push notifications on new arrivals and flash sales so that they are always in the know
  • Easily browse for a quick overview of product information, images, ratings and reviews
  • Add items to cart and infinitely save them for later (*as long as the app is kept active)
  • Pick from multiple payment methods – Credit Card, PayPal, Cash-On-Delivery

In addition to these shopping features, the ZALORA Android app also provides a richer mobile shopping experience – It uses the built-in capabilities of the Android OS to create engaging native animations such as with the ‘add-to-cart’ action. The app also manages to cater to all ZALORA markets despite each e-store’s localized ZALORA product collections, by routing shoppers to the fashion and beauty catalog for their respective locations (see below for a view of Android App visuals).

Further to this mobile development, ZALORA will also be launching a redesign of its mobile site in August. The redesign will feature a more visual navigation route, with a style focus that is optimized for marketing and customer relationship management (CRM). The new and improved site will also feature additional filters, a clear multi-step checkout, and social sharing (see below for a view of preliminary visuals).

“Our developments in the m-commerce sphere earlier this year have proven to be the right move for us – Now almost 25% of our revenue across the region comes from mobile”, says Michele Ferrario, Regional Managing Director, ZALORA South-East Asia. “Investing in our software development team has paid off, as their hard work has yielded successful mobile developments for ZALORA even within a region that has a promising but still nascent m-commerce sector.”

Screenshots of the ZALORA Android app