Most every online store needs a robust site search feature. Potential buyers need to find things quickly and easily. Search result filters are vital to help guide shoppers to exactly... Read More »
In the 1950s, most products were built to last. Companies knew that manufacturing long-lasting products would spread word-of-mouth referrals, which meant sales. The focus was on the lifespan of a... Read More »
Ecommerce merchants need easily accessible data to make quick decisions and drive more sales. But the data used by merchants differs based on their particular circumstance. They need data that... Read More »
After eavesdropping recently on a conversation between two people in a restaurant, I realized I’ve been remiss in talking more about “front of house” tactics as it relates to converting... Read More »
Typically when we talk about ecommerce conversions we are referring to sales. After all, the primary goal of any online store is to sell product — hopefully a high volume... Read More »
Product reviews and ratings help ecommerce shoppers make important buying decisions. Small online retailers, particularly those selling unique items, should encourage reviews and listen to customer feedback.
“Consumers have long relied... Read More »
Loyal, repeat customers boost an ecommerce company’s bottom line without requiring expensive marketing campaigns or intensive customer service.
Repeat customers convert at a higher rate than first time buyers. Repeat customers... Read More »
Software solution providers are using templates and product data, such as brand name, price, and specifications, to automatically generate thousands of ecommerce product descriptions in practically no time.
Ecommerce product descriptions... Read More »
In “5 Ways to Draw Shoppers In, and Keep Them,” one of my posts last year, I addressed how you have about eight seconds to get an online shopper’s attention.... Read More »
Fraudulent transactions can occur for most any ecommerce company. Larger companies can invest in sophisticated fraud protection services. But smaller merchants sometimes attempt to detect fraud themselves.
Back in 2014 we addressed... Read More »
Shipping costs are a primary reason for cart abandonment. But cost is not the only shipping issue that can harm your business. What happens after a customer makes a purchase is... Read More »
Last month I addressed the rise of visual search for ecommerce. Many larger merchants now offer the feature as part of their mobile app. This holiday season gave me an opportunity to test the... Read More »
Last year I addressed ways for ecommerce merchants to keep the momentum going in January. Tips include changing up the home page, using section headers, and running the best types of sales.... Read More »
Ecommerce merchants presumably want to convert as much traffic to sales as possible. The Google Analytics metric “Ecommerce Conversion Rate” gives merchants broad insight into their site’s conversion status. But... Read More »
It’s time. By Thanksgiving Day, online shopping will kick into high gear. And Cyber Monday may be your store’s biggest revenue day of the year.
While time has run out for... Read More »
With 1.7 billion monthly active users (over 50 percent of Internet users worldwide), Facebook is the social network. For brands, Facebook is one big opportunity to measure impact with customers.... Read More »
The holiday shopping season is already here. If you have ignored many of the urges over the past few months, get ready. There are a few things you can do... Read More »
Among the most important decisions a niche ecommerce company should make is to establish a value proposition, the key reason why someone should buy the company’s products and services. Without a clear value proposition, which... Read More »
If yours was one of the thousands of online stores that suffered from the October 21 distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, you likely saw a decline in sales. Hopefully,... Read More »
Many women (and men) will tell you that buying clothes and shoes online is difficult, primarily because of sizing. Zappos does well with its “free shipping both ways” policy, but the... Read More »
Niche ecommerce merchants face challenges in competing with big box retailers. Providing an online shopping experience on a tight budget that is comparable to the larger sites (with huge budgets)... Read More »
The ideal customer — one who makes regular purchases over time — wants more than just good prices and an attractive return policy. The ideal customer wants a positive experience... Read More »
In April 2016, Google Analytics launched a new report called “User Explorer.” It allows you to see individual user behavior and interactions with your website. Each interaction is in order... Read More »
Merchants often argue that customer accounts should be optional. And they should be. But there are good reasons for encouraging shoppers to create accounts and, done right, this practice can... Read More »
Do you wonder how people navigate to find products on your ecommerce site? What about visitors that hit just one or two pages and then leave, without buying anything? Did they... Read More »
Facebook is steadily becoming a go-to platform for finding products online. That’s because the social network reaches more than 80 percent of Internet users, even if they primarily use Facebook... Read More »
In May 2016, Google Analytics launched new reports for analyzing organic search traffic. Now you can view search engine data and Google Analytics data side-by-side, in the same report, to... Read More »
Ecommerce merchants strive to optimize their returns on investment from advertising. Google Analytics can help, with its integration to Google AdWords that allows ecommerce sites to view advertising spend, revenue, and... Read More »
Many restaurant chains rely on SMS (text) messaging to entice customers. The text messages typically include a link to a special graphic, accompanied by textual content and a special code.... Read More »
Google Analytics provides a way to receive email and SMS alerts when something important occurs on your website, such as a traffic spike or a sudden traffic drop. The alerts... Read More »