2016

Can Salesforce Really Prescribe An End-to-End Sales Process?

Forrester eCommerce

Last week, nearly 170,000 business and technology professionals descended onto San Francisco for Salesforce's annual conference, Dreamforce. The event itself was ripe with discussions on social responsibility and charity, but most attendees, including myself, attended for other reasons. We wanted Salesforce to pull back the curtains on what it saw for the future of sales. Once things got underway, Salesforce's Einstein took center stage … quite literally.

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Even Your Shopping Cart isn’t Sacred

Bryan Eisenberg

Birth of the Shopping Cart. The first rolling shopping cart was created by a Piggly Wiggly owner in Oklahoma City. Once a regular basket got too heavy, customers headed straight for the check-out line. This robbed stores of incremental sales. So in 1936, that store owner introduced a rolling cart to make shopping easier. In CRO terms, he reduced the friction of shopping to increase average order size. The design went mainstream in the 50s.

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How to Increase your Sales with Better Product Photos

Traffic and Sales

This is a guest post by Holly. Holly is the founder of Pixc , an on demand image editing company. She has a passion for eCommerce and design. When she is not working, she loves travelling and drinking a good coffee. High quality product photos are the key to increasing your online sales. It’s not just about taking flawless shots — you need to optimize your images for eCommerce so that they showcase your products in the best possible way and give your store a professional look.

Ecommerce KPI Benchmarks (October 2016)

Store Growers

I use a lot of ecommerce benchmarks in my work. With new clients, they are great to put together a plan with projections. With existing clients, they are great to see where we need to step up our game. This article is centralizes all of the different research and reports that I use. Quick word about the data: I’ve tried to focus on high quality data from studies with a large enough sample sizes. That said, some of these metrics vary between studies.

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Retain Valuable Customers with Loyalty

Learn how to effectively retain your most valuable and profitable customers. Download Annex Cloud's 2020 Customer Retention white paper.

Prestashop Speed Optimization – How to make it insanely fast!

Canonicalized

Canonicalized is going all in on Prestashop optimization. We are testing everything as we go along the speed up process. Is actual speed essential for your store? Or maybe you want to score high in PageSpeed tests from Google, GTmetrix or Pingdom? We go trough all of these in the Prestashop speed up guide! The post Prestashop Speed Optimization – How to make it insanely fast! appeared first on Canonicalized. eCommerce Platforms

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How to Start an Online Business When You’re Not Ready to Start an Online Business

A Better Lemonade Stand

In this post you'll learn what you can do with no experience or connections, and very little money and time, to build your own audience that you can eventually sell your product to whenever you’re ready to do that. The post How to Start an Online Business When You’re Not Ready to Start an Online Business appeared first on A Better Lemonade Stand. Getting Traffic Personal Development Product & Niche Selection Resources & Tools

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Growth Hacking for New Ecommerce Stores

Bootstrapping Ecommerce

This is a guest post by Matt Janaway. Gary Vaynerchuk describes growth hacking with this simple quote: “Growth hacking is just: GET USERS!” It’s a simple statement pulled from his Twitter account, and it works as a nice introduction to this term we call “growth hacking.” I’m not a huge fan of the movement, considering […]. The post Growth Hacking for New Ecommerce Stores appeared first on Bootstrapping Ecommerce. Getting Traffic

CEOs, Remember These Things when Reviewing Marketing Metrics

Groove

When I search for “marketing metric recommendations,” I found 26 million different articles. With another search of “marketing metrics examples,” I found 968,000 articles. The frustrating part of this is that I could not find any one article in the first three pages of results that I completely agreed with from start to finish! Analysis & Strategy

US and UK online shopping trends: Amazon purchases analyzed

Jumpshot

We know everyone loves Amazon, as we’ve been analyzing consumer shopping behavior on the site for nearly a year. T o c e l e b r a t e a y e a r ’ s w o r t h o f d a t a , w e ’ r e l a u n c h i n g a monthly series to identify shopping trends and MoM changes in Amazon purchases. To kick off the series, we analyzed the online purchases of US and UK residents throughout 2016.

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Realizing ROI in an Omnichannel Rich Retail 4.0 Environment

Welcome to Retail 4.0. This is the land of opportunity where retailers connect with shoppers and drive sales in a way like never before. With this eBook, you’ll learn about the advanced technologies that are available to create a seamless integrated omnichannel experience.

The Art of Incentives

UpSellIt

While incentives are commonplace in e-commerce strategy, they are limitless in their implementation and ROI. Before choosing a random % or $ amount to supplement your sales tactics, look at your data and known variables to cater to your audience the best you can. Hilarious comedy queen Chelsea Peretti calls for a discount of 50% off minimum, yet the sentiment to takeaway is that she wants to feel that she is being offered a fantastic deal – not a skimpy markdown.

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Making Sense Of Round One In The eCommerce War During The Festive Sales Season In India

Forrester eCommerce

The first week of October witnessed the start of the holiday sales season in India as the big three online retailers -- Flipkart, Amazon, and Snapdeal -- launched high-profile sales. Originally started by Flipkart in 2014 as Big Billions day, this week witnessed a discount-driven war among the top three players. Online retail in India has witnessed significant growth during the past five years, powered by highly funded online retail companies that bought growth through discounts.

11 Social Media Tools & How to Use Them to Boost Conversions

Bryan Eisenberg

Social Media has become a key component to the success of many businesses. Contextual Advertising, real-time word-of-mouth sharing and positive reviews help generate lots of traffic. If you can’t turn that traffic into sales or leads, then the traffic is wasted. Knowing how to collect and use the data generated can be difficult if you don’t have the best tools. After all, you wouldn’t use a screwdriver to get a nail into a wall.

Ecommerce and UGC: How to appear more human to your customer

Traffic and Sales

People shop online for all sorts of reason. Some are looking for the best deals and lowest prices. Some like the privacy. Others just feel too lazy to give up the comfort of their couch and drag themselves through the crowds of shopping malls. There’s also those who are looking for unique products with a cult following that can’t be found anywhere else.

Real-time Personalization Guidebook: 10 Tips to Improve eCommerce Conversions

Conversion rate remains the most important metric for measuring success. This guidebook reveals 10 tips to improve eCommerce conversion rates, and insight into how an AI-powered personalization platform can dramatically improve performance.

Why I Keep My Failed Ecommerce Business Alive

Store Growers

When you start working on a new idea, it’s always a ton of fun. You’ve got a clean slate, nothing to hold you back and you’re free to pursue any bold idea you can dream up. This freedom fuels your passion and drives you to make your dreams a reality. Your brain helps with something called confirmation bias. That means that you look for facts that match your ideas or plans, and ignore the ones that don’t. This is a double edged sword.

Woocommerce SEO Optimization – Everything you need to do now!

Canonicalized

Everything you will read in this article about WooCommerce SEO and beyond it's tested under sweat and tears. It will definitely help anyone who is looking to improve their Search Engine Optimization regardless of the platform. The ones who will win the eCommerce SEO game will do so by the quality of implementation and by creativity. The post Woocommerce SEO Optimization – Everything you need to do now! appeared first on Canonicalized. eCommerce SEO

Your Customers Have Abandonment Issues

Forrester Omnichannel

Omnichannel fulfillment services have indubitably piqued the interest of today's retail leaders; nearly one-third of the retail organizations we surveyed already support "buy online, pick up in store" (BOPIS) functionality or have plans to implement the technology by the end of next month. However, proponents of omnichannel fulfillment are starting to recognize that simply offering services like BOPIS does not in itself lift the bottom line.

How To Start a Dropshipping Business In a Week

A Better Lemonade Stand

Drop shipping enables you sell products you don't own, so you can focus on the marketing, customer support and daily functions of your store. Instead of investing thousands of dollars into product inventory that may or may not sell, you can invest your resources into paid ads, SEO, and content marketing. The post How To Start a Dropshipping Business In a Week appeared first on A Better Lemonade Stand. Product & Niche Selection Sourcing Suppliers

Tips For E-Commerce Best Practices

An infographic listing the best practices companies can follow to bolster their e-commerce website.

Ecommerce and Chargebacks: How to Manage and Prepare to Scale

Bootstrapping Ecommerce

This is a guest post by Scott Stone, CMO at Chargeback. Ecommerce merchants, from brand-new to industry veterans, experience chargebacks. In 2016, ecommerce will lose $6.7 billion to fraud, according to data from LexisNexis and eMarketer. Chargeback fraud and friendly fraud represent 71 percent of those losses. Unfortunately, many of these same merchants are unaware […]. The post Ecommerce and Chargebacks: How to Manage and Prepare to Scale appeared first on Bootstrapping Ecommerce.

The Top 5 Mistakes People Make with Social Media Marketing

ChannelAdvisor

So you’re a business owner who has been hearing for years about how you should be out there Booking Faces, Tweeting your InstaPins and everything else the millennials are doing these days. At first, you resisted. You thought, “You know, that might be great for some people, but I don’t really need that.”. Then you saw the returns, brand loyalty and customer engagement your competitors that invested in social media were getting.

Did Walmart buy Jet to steal market share from Amazon?

Jumpshot

Yesterday, Walmart officially announced it will acquire Jet.com, an online marketplace akin to Amazon, for $3 Billion as part of their efforts to boost the brand’s online transactions and challenge Amazon. Two-year-old Jet recently released financial information on the company, which peaked our interest. We cross referenced its online sales activity with this information to assess the potential acquisition and found that the online purchase activity does not line up with the reported figures.

Webbula Named to iMedia Connection’s “3 Impressive Email Companies You Need to Follow in 2016”

Webbula

Webbula, the most comprehensive data quality platform on planet Earth, has been named to Chris Marriott’s “3 Impressive Email Companies You Need to Follow in 2016” list. The recognition reflects. News CloudHygiene email data email hygiene email list email verification marketing trends news

Short Form Product Video Can Be The Key To Converting Customers

Forrester eCommerce

Marketers have a great arsenal of tools to drive conversions and now short form video needs to be part of that mix. Invest in it now to differentiate your business. Historically, video has been expensive to produce and manage, but that's changed. It no longer costs a fortune to produce video content. In fact, some retailers added video production to their existing photography process and they're using the same equipment.

Why CEOs Don’t Care About Conversion Rate Optimization #CRO

Bryan Eisenberg

I recently presented (slides below) at Conversion World. Sam Hurley ; Digital Marketing influencer and Founder of OPTIM-EYEZ , asked me the following eight questions. The interview is still getting regular retweets so I’m providing a link to the interview and the slideshare. Jeffrey, why do you think CRO has become relegated to junior managers as a side project? Has it always been this way? How can those with knowledge of CRO get board members to invest in the practice?

Stick With It

Traffic and Sales

Podcast listener and subscriber, Coby, told me he grew his store to $10K/month in sales under a year. I asked him what was the key to his success and he listed a few things and then just cut to the chase and said: Honestly, I think picking a niche product and sticking with it has been the main reason for our success. This is underrated advice.

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How To Double Your Revenue With Google Shopping Custom Labels

Store Growers

High costs are a problem that plague most advertising campaigns. A lot of the store owners I speak to, tell me that they could easily plow more money into more and bigger ad campaigns. But they don’t because of these high acquisition costs. That’s pretty sobering because they know advertising can grow their business, they’re just not sure on how to take make it work. This is true regardless of platform or campaign type. So Google Shopping suffers from this as well.

PrestaShop vs. Woocommerce – What is the bottom line?

Canonicalized

We present a thorough comparison of the two eCommerce platforms based on our knowledge. We love, hate and work with both Woocommerce and Prestashop. We break it down without any bias. Leaving all subjectivity at the door so that anyone who reads this article will be able to make an educated decision. If you had your share of bad eCommerce decisions, now is your chance to make a good move! The post PrestaShop vs. Woocommerce – What is the bottom line? appeared first on Canonicalized.

Banks: Your Customers’ Cross-Channel Experiences Are Shoddy (Or Worse)

Forrester Omnichannel

Note: If you're a Forrester client, you can jump straight to the full report here. The other day, I stopped by my bank's ATM to get some cash. After entering my card and PIN and while waiting for my money ( during which I was a captive audience ), I was presented with an ad for a new service from the bank. Unfortunately, the ad's call-to-action was a message telling me to call the bank's 1-800 number to find out more.