The Ultimate Instagram Marketing Guide for Ecommerce Stores
OCTOBER 3, 2018
On 9 April 2012, the lives of Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger were about to change forever.
OCTOBER 3, 2018
On 9 April 2012, the lives of Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger were about to change forever.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2018
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.
FEBRUARY 26, 2018
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.
My Wife Quit Her Job
FEBRUARY 19, 2018
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.
Speaker: Nicole Ramirez, M.A. - Marketing Director, Growth, Emerging Products - Forbes | Advisory Panel - University of Houston | Named Top 5 Digital Marketing TEDx Talks
Data-driven client engagement is revolutionizing the way businesses interact with their customers. Using data to understand customer behavior and preferences can improve personalization and customer pleasure. But while most businesses understand the value of data-driven client engagement and delivering tailored experiences, many are having difficulty implementing them.
MAY 30, 2018
When you hear the words “site architecture,” the first thing that comes to mind is probably SEO. It doesn’t take much digging into SEO best practice to learn that Google loves a site with clearly defined architecture that’s easy to crawl and index. But if you stopped your site architecture planning with just your SEO, then you’ve missed out on the greater picture.
NOVEMBER 5, 2018
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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OCTOBER 2, 2018
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.
OCTOBER 15, 2018
Commerce innovation is not just for retailers and consumer brands, business-to-business organizations must capitalize on the disruptive trends that are emerging. It’s either innovate or die. When B2B buyers leave the office, they become those same B2C buyers; and they all still demand remarkable customer experiences. So, what does this mean for organizations and bringing B2B ecommerce strategies to the next level?
MARCH 7, 2018
Anyone who’s read a marketing blog in the past few years has come across the buzzword “growth hacking.”. Coined in 2010, the term is thrown around to describe a straightforward concept — that every strategy you develop and implement should be centered around driving growth. Traditionally, growth hacking describes how online services and tech startups gain new users.
JANUARY 8, 2018
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November of 2013. While a lot of the original content still stands, algorithms and strategies are always changing. So our team has updated this post for 2018 and we hope that it will continue to be a helpful resource. For eCommerce SEO professionals, issues surrounding duplicate content , and also thin/low-quality content, can spell disaster in the search engine rankings.
Speaker: Brooke Cunningham, CMO at inriver
As demands for product information grow and the product journey goes circular, ensuring you have the right PIM software in place today is essential. Join our guest speaker, Chuck Gahun, Principal Analyst, Forrester in conversation with Brooke Cunningham, Chief Marketing Officer, inriver and Johan Boström, inriver Co-Founder & Chief Customer Ambassador, to learn about the expanding role of PIM and how to prepare for new product journey demands.
JUNE 27, 2018
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.
NOVEMBER 6, 2018
On November 5, in line with tradition, a huge array of sparkling displays took place across the UK to celebrate Guy Fawkes night (“Remember, remember, the fifth of November. ”). As days get shorter, Bonfire Night is also a friendly reminder that it’s that wonderful time of the year (again) when we […].
JUNE 25, 2018
It's not unusual to pass a Zara store and do a double-take - didn't you just see that on the catwalk? As a brand, their speed and responsiveness to the latest fashion trends are key to Zara’s competitive advantage. Owned by the distribution group Inditex, we had a look at what makes Zara so fast that the New York Times called it "mind-spinningly supersonic ".
FEBRUARY 8, 2018
Every town has several small businesses with strong goodwill and a loyal clientele. If you think your local business falls into this category – then congrats. There must be something that you are doing right. Additionally, you have something that in the business language is referred as the “local advantage”. You may analyze and list down the factors contributing to this local advantage: Is it a strong network of trusted dealers/suppliers?
Speaker: Andrew Regan, Managing Partner at BlueSeed Retail Ltd.
Did you know that 70% of new retail technology fails to deliver expected benefits and can often decrease customer value, service, and experience? With that in mind, how can we empower our store associates to leverage new technology to optimize the customer experience and boost productivity? This exclusive webinar with Andrew Regan will dive into strategies to empower retail associates for success with new technology.
DECEMBER 4, 2018
What’s one thing that you are constantly seeing on the web? Especially if you are on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube? Come on, take a guess… No, I am not talking about people taking half-naked selfies of themselves or posting their lunches. I’m talking about people showing off. From taking pictures of their cars or money and even their homes to standing in front of private jets and yachts.
OCTOBER 31, 2018
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.
JANUARY 18, 2018
Years of predictions finally became reality this holiday season, with mobile activity playing […]. The post Five Priorities to Make the most of Mobile Commerce in 2018 appeared first on The Omni Channel.
JULY 2, 2018
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.
When economic headwinds pick up, sales leaders are the first to sound the alarm — and chart a new course. Longer sales cycles, larger buying committees, increased price pressure, and smaller teams can quickly combine to reduce your margin for error and increase the urgency to find a solution. To thrive in a challenging environment, sales teams need a rock-solid grasp of the fundamentals and the biggest force-multipliers they can get their hands on.
OCTOBER 4, 2018
Former Forrester analyst and founder of B2B Paradigm, Andy Hoar, in collaboration with Vertical Web Media brought a much-needed conference to B2B companies attempting to “reinvent for a digital-first economy” Over 700 B2B commerce practitioners from manufacturers and distributors of all sizes and specialties convened in Chicago for three days to evolve or begin their digital commerce strategy.
JANUARY 22, 2018
Selling online without an SEO plan is like an unlit shop on a remote road. Buyers can’t easily find the store, so the merchant can never make a sale. SEO is the key to driving more customers to your online store. Some say that SEO is dead as search engines have changed their algorithms to have more complex standards for relevant results. But SEO isn’t dead — it’s just changing.
JANUARY 23, 2018
When we ask eCommerce site owners what data they most want and need, they almost always say the same thing: What are successful eCommerce sites are doing today to convert traffic into paying customers online? To answer this question, every year we analyze 20 best-in-class eCommerce sites to figure out what they’re doing. We look at everything—design, messaging, site flow, UX, and even their technology stacks—and generate a 270-point matrix of mobile, desktop, and tech stack decisions of 20 Best
JULY 27, 2018
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?
Inflation, cost of shipping, and changes in consumer spending are some of the biggest challenges online merchants face today. Get a thorough analysis of these trends, current customer behavior, and more in Shippo’s latest “2023 State of Shipping Report.
AUGUST 14, 2018
Journey mapping can be an energizing and eye-opening exercise in customer empathy. As advisors to B2B CX and Marketing Leaders in the Forrester Leadership Boards (FLB), we come along on many journey mapping “journeys”. The most common question we receive from executives is, “How do I ensure the journey mapping process is actionable and aligned […].
A Better Lemonade Stand
OCTOBER 15, 2018
Starting an online business is hard while working a regular 9-5 job but we’ve got some productivity tips to make it easier for you! The post How to Start an Online Business While Working 9-5 appeared first on A Better Lemonade Stand.
FEBRUARY 15, 2018
Is Walkable Retail the New Thing? Walkable retail is a pedestrian-centric shopping experience. Think of it as a smaller format, open air, shopping area. The idea here is that shoppers, even in the sub-urban areas of major cities, can still appreciate the downtown aspects of being able to walk to a small retail hub. Rather than being big box store oriented strip malls, the core concept is that these are smaller format stores.
NOVEMBER 20, 2018
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.
Understanding search intent and getting the right customers in front of the right products is the best way to boost both conversion and the average order value of first-time and return buyers. A properly functioning site search solution is one of the most critical yet underutilized tools available to eCommerce merchandisers. Working to match site visitors with the relevant content they need improves and personalizes the user experience.
DECEMBER 26, 2018
If you've been looking for an affordable ecommerce platform with all of the needed features packed in, EKM might just be the system you want. In this EKM review, we'll outline how the UK-based development and support team make it rather advantageous for some online stores. We'll also talk about the features that make it stand out. Not only is EKM affordable, but it has an in-house support team, a focus on built-in features (as opposed to apps,) and an interesting service that scans your website
Canadian Special Events
DECEMBER 25, 2018
The team at e=mc 2 events landed a dream event when their client came to them with dreams of their own. Ones that would immediately set their minds spinning with imagination and big, bold, out of the box ideas. This wasn’t just any client, this group of disruptors was charged up and looking for a partner to build a conference like no one had ever seen before.
JUNE 5, 2018
All businesses require branding. Yet, as an ecommerce entrepreneur the task can seem daunting. This article has 6 tips to help you start building a brand that will set you apart from the millions of other online businesses. The post Building a Brand: 6 Ways to Grow Your Brand on a Limited Budget appeared first on Bootstrapping Ecommerce.
OCTOBER 29, 2018
During the inaugural B2BNext conference, Hill & Markes presented on how automation is changing their customer engagement. This article recaps the session from Chicago and highlights how this family-owned business used an ecommerce chatbot to lower costs, increase sales and improve customer satisfaction. Hill & Markes located in upstate New York is positioned as the one stop shop for foodservice disposables, janitorial & office supplies, and industrial & farm stand packaging ̵
Having Data is great, but if you can't or don't use it what is the point of collecting it? Find out how to centralize your data and get it to work for you and transform your data collecting practices. A digital transformation is essential for success in today’s retail environment. Yet even among retail organizations that have invested in digital technologies, it’s still highly common for data from various departments to be housed in disparate software systems that don’t communicate with each oth
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