Is WooCommerce The Right Choice? WooCommerce Features, Pricing, Security and More (Compared To BigCommerce for WordPress)


From its launch in 2003, WordPress has risen from an obscure content management platform to the power behind 33% of… Ecommerce Technology

Should You Use a WordPress CMS for Your Enterprise-Level Website?


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How WordPress is Powering Businesses Around the World


Since their start in 2003, WordPress has become the leading content management system for individuals and businesses alike. In fact, WordPress currently runs 31% of all websites around the world. Odds are some of your favorite sites on the internet are powered by WordPress

Akamai Purchases Janrain

Forrester's Customer Insights

Founded in 2003, Janrain was one of the first [… Today, Akamai announced that it has acquired Portland, Oregon-based Janrain. Although the financial terms were not disclosed, Forrester estimates the purchase price to be in the $250M–$275M range, based on typical M&A SaaS revenue multiples of 4X to 6X and Forrester’s estimation of Janrain’s annual revenue.


Get Sirius About Customer Engagement Marketing

Forrester's Customer Insights

In 2003, Fred Reichheld, who was by then a partner at Bain & Company, introduced a way of measuring how well an organization treats its customers. This metric also assessed how well a firm generates relationships worthy of loyalty. Sixteen years later, most business people recognize this metric as the Net Promoter Score™. Mr. Reichheld […]. age of the customer B2B marketing customer experience B2B Marketing customer engagement marketing Customer Experience (CX

Black Friday Ecommerce: The Hype and the Reality

Nerd Marketing

It was 2003. Black Friday e-commerce can really stress you out. I remember my first Black Friday as a retailer. The holidays kinda snuck up on us. We had no idea that we had to strategize this entire month. We came up with a few last-minute deals. We sent out a few last-minute emails. WE […]. The post Black Friday Ecommerce: The Hype and the Reality appeared first on Nerd Marketing. Analytics Blog Posts Ecommerce Strategy black friday cyber monday

How VR Is Shaping The Future Of Product Design And Consumer Experiences

Retail TouchPoints

Prior to Spatialand, Kimberly founded Prologue with Kyle Cooper in 2003, as well as Prologue Immersive in 2015. By Kimberly Cooper, Spatialand It’s no secret that over the past few years virtual reality (VR) has become increasingly influential across countless industries. Most recently, VR has emerged as a game-changer in the retail sphere, modifying and improving the consumer experience even as it enhances what brands already offer.

How Good Content Lets Your Customers Know You Care

Provide Support

2003 - 2017 Provide Support LLC. How Good Content Lets Your Customers Know You Care. Whether you are a start-up company, regional SME or global corporation, chances are how you and your staff provide great service to your own customers is a process that has been carefully honed and refined. The customer care you provide should after all be your biggest USP as a brand, especially as super savvy consumers expect more from the companies they spend their hard earned cash with.

Will the demise of the third-party cookie crumble quality marketing?


Silver compared the current privacy push to 2003, when the CAN-SPAM Act changed email marketing by giving consumers the ability to unsubscribe from content they didn’t want. Our president, Brian Silver, had a message for brands and publishers when he spoke on a panel hosted and moderated by One World Identity: It’s time to be proactive about the impending demise of the cookie and the pivot toward a first-party world.

How to Avoid Spam Filters When Sending Ecommerce Emails


The CAN-SPAM Act 2003. Reading Time: 8 minutes. Typically, ecommerce marketers use open rates, click rates, and the number of orders to determine the success of their email marketing efforts—and this is the right thing to do.

Email strategy teardown: Converse vs. TOMS


In 2003, the company was purchased by Nike for $305 million. Great marketing is successful because it treats users as individuals— real living, breathing people— not just as email addresses. Great email marketing strategies succeed for the same reason. For our latest email strategy teardown , I’ve focused on two super successful ecommerce fashion & apparel businesses.

Macy’s Underwhelms With New ‘Shrink To Grow’ Strategy

Steve Dennis

In fact, much of Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette’s presentation this morning was eerily reminiscent of one I shared with the Sears board in 2003 shortly before I departed. A few weeks back Macy’s announced plans to close 125 stores and eliminate more than 2,000 jobs. It will also be closing its Cincinnati, Ohio office and relocating from San Francisco to New York City. The next day the company expanded on its “shrink to grow” strategy—dubbed “Polaris”—in its Investor Day presentation.

Bed, Bath & Beyond Boring

Steve Dennis

Of course, I don’t have to wonder all that much since I worked at Sears from 1991 to 2003. What is it like to work at a brand that, since the turn of this century, doesn’t seem to have learned much of anything about what it takes to stay remarkable and relevant in today’s retail environment? Well, some folks like to watch , I guess. Yet while Sears has been on a slow march to oblivion for decades, Bed Bath & Beyond was mostly on the ascent during the same time frame.

Customer Showcase: Clear Solutions – Premier Glass Repair Products


Based in Calgary, Alberta, Clear Solutions has been a provider of premier windshield repair supplies since 2003. They supply only the finest quality windshield repair kits, auto glass repair and headlight restoration products and are constantly evaluating new technologies to keep their customers on the cutting edge.

Sears: Is The End Finally In Sight For The World’s Slowest Liquidation Sale?

Steve Dennis

When I left Sears in 2003, I was quite pessimistic about the company’s long-term prospects. Some initiatives we had put in place during a two-year strategic re-positioning effort were gaining traction, but most key metrics were alarming. The apparel business was well below a sustainable productivity level.

Dead brand walking: Sears is going out with a bang

Steve Dennis

In the weird irony that is often part of retail (and life in general), Sears Holdings recently announced its first quarter of comparable sales growth in many years—and I believe only its second or third since I left the retailer in 2003! It turns out that the liquidations sales being held in the many Sears and Kmart locations that were closing during the quarter finally brought out customers in droves. Better late than never, I suppose.

NRF’s Big Show: Addressing the knowing-doing gap

Steve Dennis

Aside from confusing correlation with causality–and aside from having shared this type of analysis myself at two different retailers in 2003 and 2006 respectively–some version of this alleged wisdom nugget has been trotted out at many a conference for quite some time.

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Customer Showcase: Beads in Bulk – Wholesaling Beads Worldwide


Based in Metro Atlanta, GA, Beads In Bulk has been involved in the wholesale distribution of beads and related products since 2003. After getting married and moving to the United States, I finally got a chance in 2003 to fulfill my dreams and was born. Importing beads direct from manufacturers enables them to provide price savings direct to their wholesale customers, who buy in bulk.

How Revolve Uses Personalization to Help Customers Find That One-in-a-Million Dress


Revolve has been doing this since 2003, when most fashion brands were barely aware of the power of personalization. Revolve works with more than 3,000 clothing brands and offers about 1,000 new items for sale every week. How, in such an overwhelming sea of inventory, is a shopper supposed to find the perfect party dress by Saturday? The answer lies in data. Revolve is as much a tech company as it is a fashion company.

Fashion & Apparel Ecommerce Site Design


In 2003, my business partner and I designed a novelty brand that was in the international clothing convention called the “Magic Show.” The fashion and apparel industry has one major negative associated with it: there’s so much competition. Not only is there so much competition, but there is much money that so many of any one site’s competitors have. And money –– while not the final nail in a brand’s winning strategy –– can definitely help with online design.

Eddie Lampert just can’t stop picking at Sears’ carcass

Steve Dennis

When I left Sears late in 2003 (the year before the Sears and Kmart merger), we had valued Kenmore well in excess of $2 billion, and Sears’ major appliance market share was north of 40%. As some readers may know, I began my retail career at Sears. And these days, when folks ask how long I worked there, I typically say, “Too long.” ” The more accurate, less snarky answer is 12 years.

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I love it when a plan comes together


In 2003 I was a freelance writer and my largest client and former employer, adidas, asked if I could help them write product copy for an eCommerce site they had recently launched. As Colonel “Hannibal” Smith, the cigar-chomping leader of the A-Team used to say, I love it when a plan comes together. Today my team and I crossed a threshold we’ve been working toward since 2010.

Making The Case For American Dream As The ‘Ultimate Experience Center’

Retail Touch

But American Dream, which is on its third developer since its first contract was awarded in 2003 , reverses the traditional mall mix, devoting the majority ( 55% ) of its space to entertainment rather than retail. Mark Ghermezian, Co-CEO of the American Dream complex located in New Jersey’s Meadowlands, insists that his internal team doesn’t think of it as a mall. “We

WordPress vs HubSpot : Choosing the Right CMS


It has evolved immensely since its launch in 2003, when it was made specifically for blogging. Choosing the right Content Management System (CMS) can be difficult. There are a variety of factors to consider, and depending on your goals and resources, one may offer more functionally and usability to fit your needs. When talking about CMS platforms, the two that are in the spotlight are WordPress and HubSpot. These two are similar in many ways but have some noticeable differences.

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Despite Amazon tire deal, talk of a Sears turnaround is just hot air

Steve Dennis

Opportunities to have struck a grander bargain with those omnichannel brands with the best distribution power, market share and growth potential — which my team aggressively explored in 2003 — have long since passed. Having spent 12 years of my career at Sears, I find it particularly sad to see the once-storied retailer sink slowly into oblivion in what I frequently refer to as the world’s slowest liquidation sale.

How to Create a LinkedIn Newsletter (and Why They Matter)

Neil Patel

Launched in 2003, LinkedIn has become the most popular social network for professionals. With over 700 million users globally, it is now one of the biggest social media platforms. That’s why every brand should be using LinkedIn to grow their brand.

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Black Friday 2018: An Ecommerce Survival Guide


By 2003, Black Friday was the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States. Thanksgiving is supposed to wear us out. And even if a turkey-tryptophan-sleep connection isn’t rock-solid as we were once led to believe, every Thanksgiving still brings the draining combination of travel, preparation, and digestion. It’s a coma-inducer. However, if Black Friday proves anything, it’s that we’re never too tired to shop.

How Robots Can Help Retail Operate Safely Again

Retail Touch

GBAC consultants are the experts on clean: They have been on the front lines during international outbreaks of serious illnesses such as the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak, the 2003 SARS outbreak, Zika, H1N1, and COVID-19. Before COVID-19, the brick-and-mortar shopping differentiator for the consumer was the in-person experience: They could try on the goods, or just see them in context. They could lie down on that mattress.

From Bookstore to Superstore: The Evolution of


2003: Amazon launches Search Inside the Book — a feature allowing customers to hunt for keywords in the full text of books listed on Can you believe that a little more than two decades ago, Amazon was still one man, a light bulb idea and a home garage? Circa 1994, Jeff Bezos began working on a business plan (yes, in his garage) for what would eventually become the largest internet retailer in the US. In 1995, the company made its official debut. Since then, a lot has changed.

Deliverability 101: Sailthru’s Glossary of Terms, Acronyms and Regulations


Bush in 2003, the CAN-SPAM Act is a set of regulations for commercial email senders. You’ve just created what you think is the perfect marketing email. It’s crisp and beautiful, user-friendly and relevant. It may even be your best email yet. However, there’s a 95% chance nobody will ever see it. That’s roughly how much email Gmail’s network outright blocks… as well as those of Yahoo!, Hotmail, Comcast and AOL.

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7 Brands Discuss the Benefits of the New Cashless Economy and Apple Pay’s Growing Ubiquity


2003: 95 million cell phone users worldwide made a purchase via their mobile device.?. Technology is restructuring how money moves. From crypto-currencies to peer-topper payments and one-click checkouts, modern innovations are shifting the basic payment infrastructure of our economy. The gadget we carry in our pockets is becoming more than ever thought possible. And the wallet is its next target.

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Sears: Dead brand walking

Steve Dennis

As I have recounted before, back in 2003 when I was part of the senior team working on trying to fix the department store business, it was abundantly clear that Sears’ concentration of assets (particularly for its home business) in regional malls was a significant and growing liability. Recently Sears Holdings made several interesting announcements. First, it declared it was closing 63 more stores , in a continued false notion that it can shrink itself to prosperity.

Sears must think we’re stupid or gullible. Here’s why.

Steve Dennis

When I left Sears in 2003 (a year before Sears and K-mart merged), I had already concluded that the once iconic brand was on a slow slide to oblivion. Having spent my first 12 years in retail as an executive at Sears, I’ve followed the company’s trials and tribulations with more than a passing interest.

The Best Blogging Platforms (In-Depth Review)

Neil Patel

However, since Google’s acquisition in 2003, you can display Google Ads on your blog to make a little extra money on the side. Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission.

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The Best Green Web Hosting Out There (June 2020)

Ecommerce Platforms

A2 don’t boast about their green creds, but what we can tell you is that since 2003, A2's HQ has been located in Ann Arbor or “Tree Town.” As you go about choosing the best possible web hosting provider for your business, you’ll naturally look at features, price, and speed. But, it’s fair to say ‘environmental impact' isn’t always the first thing users think about. Yet it's something worth considering.

With Kenmore Deal Amazon Is A Winner. For Sears, Not So Much.

Steve Dennis

Way back in 2003 I was Sears’ VP of Strategy and my team was exploring options for our major private brands. Investors reacted quite favorably to the news that Kenmore appliances will soon be sold through Amazon. For Amazon, it’s clearly an interesting opportunity.

Cross-Border Commerce 101: The History, The Lingo, The $900B Opportunity


2003 – Taobao founded. In 1994, Jeff Bezos founded Amazon in Seattle, Washington, USA. Since, the landscape of commerce has forever been changed. Bezos gave way to a plethora of technology advancements that have accelerated market disruption causing increases in consumer demand, competition, and emerging technologies. . He and his company changed the way we buy and sell online. But Amazon isn’t the only company to have altered the ecommerce landscape in this way.