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?

Retail TouchPoints

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.

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!

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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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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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

Canonicalized

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.

A Quick Guide to Shopping for Fulfillment

5 Factors to Consider When Comparing 3PLs

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.

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.

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

Retail TouchPoints

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.

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.

Is A Free Ecommerce Platform Just As Good As Shopify, BigCommerce, WooCommerce Or Wix?

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If you want to start a successful ecommerce business, you need the ability to process transactions on your own website. And choosing the right ecommerce platform is one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make. Right now, Shopify and BigCommerce are the two main shopping carts that most people recommend and they are both fantastic platforms to base your business on. But did you know that there are open source solutions out there that are as powerful as Shopify or BigCommerce?

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.

The State of Ecommerce Platforms in 2018: Cloud Commerce, Open SaaS and The API Economy

BigCommerce

Meeting your business objectives isn’t easy – no matter how many Inc., Entrepreneur, Fast Company or Medium posts go viral within the executive community explaining why this or that strategy produced hockey stick growth. The truth of the matter is this: What makes your business successful is your dedication to customer experience, your market strategies, your operational efficiencies and the team of people you build.

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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Why Offshoring is Better than Outsourcing

Offshoring and outsourcing are not interchangeable, as they differ in purpose depending on what drives the need behind the hiring decision. In this whitepaper, we clarify what offshoring and outsourcing are, along with the unique use cases they address.

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.

Everything You Need to Know About Achieving PCI Compliance [Checklist Included]

BigCommerce

If you’ve been contacted by your bank or financial institution lately only to discover that your credit card information has been compromised, then you’ve felt the growing frustration many consumers face today. Indeed, the situation with respect to credit card fraud is only getting worse. Card data stolen from 5 million Saks and Lord & Taylor’s customers in 2018. 56 million card numbers from Home Depot in 2014. 40 million card numbers from Target in 2013.

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?

7 Secrets of Effective Management for Remote Employees and Teams

In this white paper, we will review in more detail the challenges that virtual team managers face as remote work accelerates, and how companies are successfully overcoming these challenges with creative problem-solving.

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

BigCommerce

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. Adii Pienaar, Founder of Conversio and WooThemes (later acquired by WooCommerce), sums this up best: Customers worldwide are using their mobile devices for online shopping more often.

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?

Retail TouchPoints

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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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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Make Payment Optimization a Part of Your Core Payment Strategy

Everything you need to know about payment optimization – an easy-to-integrate, PCI-compliant solution that enables companies to take control of their PSPs, minimize processing costs, maximize approval rates, and keep control over their payments data.

EKM Review: A UK-based Ecommerce Platform With All Features Built In

Ecommerce Platforms

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.

Google’s Doubling Down on Ads. Here’s How to Optimize Your Google Shopping Ads Now.

BigCommerce

Have you been watching? Google and Amazon are in a showdown. Just check out how their ad listings currently look: Google Shopping search versus Amazon Shopping search (via Search Engine Land). But Google isn’t stopping with a similar design. They are placing themselves firmly in the corner of businesses. In March 2018, Google announced their Shopping Actions launch –– a tool aimed at helping retailers compete against Amazon.

How to Get Around Google’s Latest Algorithm Change

Kissmetrics

Have you noticed that Google is constantly making algorithm changes ? And when they do, they rarely tell you the change they’ve made. They tend to keep it a bit vague, like this… So, do you want to know how got around this algorithm update? Well, before I tell you how, there are a few things you need to know. How Google works. Can you guess how many factors there are in Google’s algorithm? It’s over 200! SEO is complicated.

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21 Sessions, Presentations and Workshops You Can’t Miss at IRCE 2018

BigCommerce

IRCE is arguably the ecommerce industry’s biggest and most influential annual event. My first year attending, I rode the bus from hotel to expo center along with representatives from Nordstrom, Walmart, Macy’s and more. The chatter was a mix of ecommerce technicalities, marketing strategies and a bunch of “I haven’t seen you in forever!”. IRCE is the who’s who of ecommerce – and it doesn’t discriminate.

Negative Reviews & Online Feedback Happens - But Where Do You Go From Here?

Speaker: Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation and Jeremy Shubitz, Director of Marketing at Bosley

Responding to online negative feedback can be challenging. What should you say? What should you not say? Should you even respond? In today's, your customers will be not only your biggest advocates but also your biggest critics. However, negative feedback can offer actionable insights to build a stronger product and customer experience.