2018

The Ultimate Instagram Marketing Guide for Ecommerce Stores

BigCommerce

On 9 April 2012, the lives of Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger were about to change forever. That day is… Branding Strategies

Word Of Mouth Is Less Important For Top-Line Growth Than You Think

Forrester's Customer Insights

Many companies ask their customers “How likely are you to recommend us to a friend?” However, for most brands, advocacy — positive word of mouth — isn’t the key to revenue growth. Retention and enrichment matter much more. Retention is when current customers continue to buy your products and services. Enrichment is when current customers […

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Long B2C Sales Cycle? Use Content to Power Marketing

Zaius

Think about the last time you bought a toothbrush. How long did it take you to decide which toothbrush to buy? Did you research the best toothbrush, read reviews, ask friends and family for their opinion, try the product in-store, and then finally look for the best deal online? Probably not. You likely just picked up a new toothbrush when you were standing in line at the store. Now think about the when you last bought a new TV. The decision-making process was likely quite different.

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Retired Women: Retail’s Savior?

RTP blog

By Erica Baird and Karen E. Wagner, Lustre There were more than 2,000 store closings in 2017. And there were more retail bankruptcies than in any year since the 1930s. Economists, sociologists and the media bemoan the economic and social havoc wreaked by retail’s decline. But retail stores are part of the character of the streets we walk every day. Online shopping, with no live people and nothing to touch, just isn’t the same experience.

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Industry Shake-Up: 2023 Commerce Trends To Rock Your World

Speaker: Ashlee Aldridge - Reach Partners LLC | Bill Mirabito - Chameleon Collective | Ronak Shah - PSA Retail & CPG, Amazon Web Services | Wayne Teigen - Pivotree

Join this exclusive conversation with our expert panelists and learn how you can thrive as an e-commerce retailer - even when faced with adverse market challenges. Don't miss out; register today!

The Dangers Of Selling On Amazon And Horror Stories From Real Amazon Sellers

My Wife Quit Her Job

Right now, selling on Amazon is almost too easy. All you have to do is find a product with good margins/demand, list it on Amazon, and it will eventually sell because Amazon’s audience and reach is so vast. When my wife and I first started selling on Amazon several years ago, we sold over 60 units in a matter of 8 days with just 3 products listed online with no reviews. Amazon is seriously that powerful.

Top 10 PayPal Alternatives: Best Solutions Revied (October 2018)

Ecommerce Platforms

PayPal was once one of the most revolutionary pieces of technology in the world. At that time there was not that much interest in PayPal alternatives. It not only allowed you to quickly send and accept money from friends and family, but it ensured that the money was far safer than many of the other options you could choose from. This came in huge once eBay emerged, considering both sellers and buyers were concerned about fraudulent activity.

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The 7 Biggest SEO Lessons I Learned from a Google Employee

Kissmetrics

In the past, I broke down the most vital SEO strategy I learned , which came from a Google employee. This time, I thought I would do something similar and share the 7 biggest SEO lessons that I learned from a Google employee. Some of these things you may already know, but most you probably aren’t too familiar with. And of course, I am not telling you anything that would jeopardize my relationship with or the career of the Google employee.

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How Do You Handle Revenue Blind Spots?

Bryan Eisenberg

Companies routinely have Revenue Blind Spots that cost them 20-60% of their revenue. It is like revenue that disappears without you knowing it or seeing it. It is like heat escaping from a poorly insulated home or water leaking from an old bucket. Or like the daily death by a 1000 cuts (think Sears). There are really small ones like a paper cut and others that run much deeper. .

Customer Journey

Rishi Rawat

Nice animated graphic by McKinsey to describe customer journey: Key takeaway: More than half of customers- 58 percent – change brands from one purchase cycle to the next. This means, as marketers, we have plenty of opportunities to acquire new customers. Article Thoughts

Improved Stacked Bar Charts with Tableau Set Actions

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Stacked bar charts are difficult to interpret more often than not. One thing we can do is to use percentages instead of the actual values. Comparing the top and bottom segments becomes easier, but we lose track of the totals, and we still have difficulties with the middle parts. To focus on one category at a time while keeping the others in sight, I implemented an interactive component to move the part of the bars we're interested in at the bottom.

How to Address the Needs of the Next Generation of e-Commerce Customers

Speaker: Jenn VandeZande, Head of Digital Engagement Strategy at SAP Customer Experience | Beth Scott, VP, Business Operations - Supply Chain | Nikki Grigsby, PHR, Chief Operations Officer at Syndigo | Levana Wang, Content Creator, Gen Z Expert

Join Jenn VandeZande, Beth Scott, Nikki Grigsby and Levana Wang for this insightful and topical conversation on the modernization of e-commerce tech.

Affiliate Marketing in 2018: What It Is and How You Can Get Started

BigCommerce

Wake up at an ungodly hour. Drive to the office through total gridlock, streets jammed with other half-asleep commuters. Slog through email after mind-numbing email until the sweet release at five o’clock. Sound terrible? What if, instead of dealing with the monotony and stupor of the rat race to earn a few bucks, you could make money at any time, from anywhere — even while you sleep? That’s the concept behind affiliate marketing.

How to Optimize Your Google Shopping Campaigns

Store Growers

Optimization is a word that always sounds fancy to throw around. But what does it actually mean? To me it means becoming more efficient at reaching your goal. That means that you should know what your goal is before jumping into tactics. And that’s not different if you want to optimize your Google Shopping campaigns. Do you want to get more clicks, a lower your cost per click, improve your return on ad spend (ROAS) or want to make all your campaigns more profitable?

How Email Personalization Increases Revenue-Per-Send by 52X

Zaius

Marketing personalization isn’t as simple as it used to be. Today, personalizing an email is a lot more than just saying “Hi, [YOUR NAME]” at the start of the message. Your buyers likely expect that, and you have to step up your game to the next level. Deep personalization in ecommerce relies on a combination of dynamic segmentation , smart product recommendations , triggers based on customer behavior, and much more.

Leveling The Retail Analytics Playing Field

RTP blog

By Anna Arwidi, Axis Data is increasingly at the heart of every business. The ability to collect, analyze and derive actionable insights from multiple sources of data in real time can be the difference between winning a customer or seeing them captured by the competition. And retail is no exception. Brick-and-mortar retailers have, in the past, failed to keep pace with their e-Commerce rivals in the capture and use of data to optimize the customer experience.

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Learn Today, Sell Tomorrow: Increasing ROI & Conversions Through Search Metrics

Search metrics can drive conversion by helping website owners, and marketers learn from their online visitors. The data provided by an onsite search engine can help personalize the eCommerce experience and turn a visitor into a repeat buyer.

How To Start A Business With No Money And No Ideas. Here’s Exactly What I’d Do

My Wife Quit Her Job

Contrary to popular belief, it does NOT require a large upfront investment to start a successful online business. What you lack in funds can be made up for with a little ingenuity and this post will show you how to start a business with no money whatsoever. But first things first. You have to be determined. And when it comes to determination, you have to be willing to persist with your business for at least 2 years or more regardless of the outcome.

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Affiliate Marketing for Ecommerce: 10 Ways to Boost Your Sales

Ecommerce Platforms

For ecommerce business owners, it’s hard to ignore the power of affiliate marketing. By 2020, U.S. affiliate marketing spending is expected to rise to $6.8 billion. By leveraging the power of influencers, knowing which products to promote, and creating ad campaigns to support your affiliate’s work, you’ll see a significant growth in sales. Join the 81 percent of brands utilizing affiliate marketing and implement these 10 tips to increase revenue. Partner with a Reliable Affiliate Marketing Tool.

Ecommerce Instagram Strategy: 3 Ways to Use Instagram to Boost Ecommerce Sales

Bootstrapping Ecommerce

Developing an Instagram strategy that supports your ecommerce site can be a task but we’ve broken it down into 3 steps for your business to implement. The post Ecommerce Instagram Strategy: 3 Ways to Use Instagram to Boost Ecommerce Sales appeared first on Bootstrapping Ecommerce. Getting Traffic Conversion Optimization Strategy & Analytics

My New SEO Tool: Ubersuggest 2.0

Kissmetrics

I promised you months back that I was going to release a newer, better version of Ubersuggest for free. And can you guess what? I just released it! ??. Before I go into the features of the new Ubersuggest and how it works, I just want to tell you that not all of the features have been released yet. For the first release, I focused on keyword research. So let’s dive into the new Ubersuggest. Keyword Overview.

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Management Techniques for Offshore Employees

This whitepaper looks at the changes and challenges that stem from remote hiring and current HR trends that address them. Download this comprehensive guide to learn more!

Can you improve 2019 looking back at 2018 data?

Bryan Eisenberg

I have been sharing more content on LinkedIn lately, are we connected there yet? Have a great 2019. The post Can you improve 2019 looking back at 2018 data? appeared first on Bryan Eisenberg & Jeffrey Eisenberg. Uncategorized Advertising Personas

Is Loss Aversion a Real Thing?

Rishi Rawat

Sure it is. Do I (the reader) suffer from it? Yes, you do. Let me prove it. Which option would you pick between 1 and 2 below? Option 1: Get $900. Option 2: Take a 90% chance of winning $1,000 (and a 10% chance of winning 0)? If you picked option 1 you have a full blown case of loss aversion because the outcome of option 1 and 2 are identical. Don’t feel too bad, I picked option 1 too. It isn’t our fault, these are deep-rooted cognitive biases.

We tested 1 Million Websites to see how Mobile-Friendly they are [Original Study]

Canonicalized

Everyone is talking about the mobile-first world. The web as we know it is turning upside down. All because people are spending a lot more time on their mobile phones. We rolled up our sleeves and did a study. We analyzed the top 1 million websites in the world to see with our own eyes how mobile-friendly they really are. The post We tested 1 Million Websites to see how Mobile-Friendly they are [Original Study] appeared first on Canonicalized. Case studies SEO Analysis

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The Complete Guide to Advertising on Facebook: Strategies That Convert [in 2018]

BigCommerce

Why Advertise on Facebook? Facebook ads are the most popular form of online advertising of our time. Reports by Forrester Research and eMarketer show that 25% of total online spending in 2018 will go toward social media. And, 90% of social media users are on Facebook –– which is significantly higher than the other platforms. But beyond the famed success of Facebook Advertising for online businesses, Facebook is continually expanding its offering.

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How To Fix Your Google Shopping Feed Without Going Crazy

Store Growers

“I just got a mail from Google saying they’re suspending my Merchant Account got suspended!” Audrey messaged me. This wasn’t good. A couple of days before, she had reached out to me with some questions about Google Shopping. She was trying to figure out how to get started and create a Google Shopping feed but was running into a lot of errors. I had tried to give some tips, but now her Google Merchant account got suspended. To fix that, we had to dig a little bit deeper.

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Why Weird Ecommerce Ads Kill It on Facebook

Zaius

You may have noticed something strange happening on Facebook lately. And I’m not talking about your high school classmate’s obsession with their cat.). It’s the ads. The weird ones. Facebook is suddenly full of sponsored ad campaigns for ecommerce brands that are, to put it mildly, a bit odd. These aren’t your standard promotions offering 20% off the newest product line, featuring a gorgeous model and perfect styling. Instead, these ads are getting seriously creative.

Which Super Bowl LII Ads Scored Touchdowns?

RTP blog

When retailers and brands advertise during the Super Bowl, they need to hit the mark. With NBC charging more than $5 million for a 30-second spot, businesses can’t afford to bungle an opportunity to reach a massive audience — a good portion of which watch the game at least as much for the commercials as the on-field action. The RTP team discusses which Super Bowl advertisements were the most effective, which they enjoyed the most and what retail brands can learn from these examples.

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Why Chinese Sellers Are Dominating Amazon And How To Beat Them

My Wife Quit Her Job

If you’ve shopped on Amazon lately, you’ve probably noticed that the platform has become a cesspool of non-name brand goods. And most of these products are sold by private label sellers, retail/online arbitragers and companies in China selling direct on Amazon. Of these 3 types of sellers, the Chinese have been the fastest growing segment and they are utterly dominating the platform. In fact, they’ve pretty much taken over.

A Master's Guide to B2B: How Listening to Your Customers Can Grow Your Business

Speaker: Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation & Michele Bettinazzi, Customer Experience Manager at PeakMade Real Estate

Improved marketing conversion, happy customers, and faster growth - that’s only three things that can be accomplished by just listening to your customers. Customer feedback is an extremely invaluable tool to keeping retention high, attracting new business, and improving the general operations of your business. The question is - how do you capture all this? Join Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation & Michele Bettinazzi, Customer Experience Manager at PeakMade Real Estate, for this essential discussion on the ins and outs of brokering the optimal customer interaction.

10 Must Read Shopify Tips & Resources. (Mainly) For Beginners.

Ecommerce Platforms

There are tons of resources and tips out there to help you make the most of one of the most popular ecommerce platforms on the market in Shopify. This blog has touched on tips and resources for ecommerce users before. Maybe you remember this list of 293 general tips for ecommerce websites that we put together a while back. In this article, we are going to list the top 10 resources and tips specifically for Shopify users.

80 Startup Business Ideas That Can Make You Money: 2018 Edition

Bootstrapping Ecommerce

Check out this list of 80 startup business ideas. Product-based business ideas & service-based business ideas to help you break into any market. The post 80 Startup Business Ideas That Can Make You Money: 2018 Edition appeared first on Bootstrapping Ecommerce. Product & Niche Selection

The Future of Content Marketing: It’s Not What You Think

Kissmetrics

Have you heard the saying, “content is king?”. Well, of course, you have. But creating more content won’t necessarily get you more search traffic. You’ve heard people like me mention stats like the average piece of content that ranks on page one of Google contains 1,890 words. But that doesn’t mean writing in-depth content that is 1,890 words will automatically get you more search traffic. It just means that the average web page on page 1 contains that many words.

How You Can Build A Powerful Influencer Marketing Strategy in 2018

BigCommerce

In the words of marketing guru Seth Godin, “People do not buy goods and services. They buy relations, stories, and… Ecommerce Marketing influencer marketing

The Headless (CMS & Search) eCommerce Hunt

Speaker: Jonathan Meyer & Jonathan Read

Headless CMS is redefining the way online content is presented. But don't worry––it’s not nearly as spooky as it sounds. Connect with Hawksearch’s Jonathan Meyer, joined by Sitefinity’s Jonathan Read, where the pair will define Headless CMS, the benefits it offers, and outline its eCommerce potential,