Ecommerce News Around the Web for January 21, 2011

“Ecommerce News Around the Web” is our weekly review of articles, blog posts and other news items that could interest ecommerce merchants.

Tips for Better Performing Websites – Direct Marketing News

Most web visitors have little patience for slow-loading pages and websites that perform slowly. Here is some helpful advice for fueling up an underperforming site.

SEO: Which Side Are You On? – Search Engine Land

Search engine optimization (SEO) is not just black or white tactics; there are many sides to optimizing for search engines and everyone has an opinion about how best to do it. This blog examines two different views on the processes of implementing an SEO campaign.

A Technical View of 2011 – E-commerce Times

It is shrewd to consider the past when predicting what the future may hold. Here, an IT (Internet technology) expert takes an illuminating look at 2010 to forecast how technology may impact the Internet in 2011.

Shipping Costs Are on the Rise – AuctionBytes

The cost of shipping continues to rise. Fees for UPS, FedEx and USPS Priority Mail and Express Mail took a jump this month. USPS also intends to raise its First-Class and Standard rates in April.

Photography Inspiration – 1stwebdesigner

A fascinating collection of 50 photo portfolios designed to inspire designers and marketers who want to take better photographs.

Adolescents Greatly Prefer Texting Over Emailing – BizReport

A recent survey by youth-focused marketer YouthBeat found that teens (14-18) and tweens (11-13) greatly prefer texting to email for communicating. In fact, the older the teen, the more likely he or she is to abandon email in favor of text messaging.

Visualize to Discover Your Creativity – Both Sides of the Table

The process of online selling can force dozens of strict rule sets on merchants and marketers and leave little room for creativity. Here is a very detailed post on how to rediscover your creative juices through visualization.

iPhone Beats Competition for Consumer Loyalty – cellular-news

Apple’s iPhone scored 84 percent higher in loyalty ratings than Android phones in a survey of U.S. consumers conducted by mobile media tracker Zokem. Zokem’s CEO predicts that iPhone’s high loyalty ranking makes it “an increasingly likely pick for a repurchase.”

How to Build Landing Pages That Convert – copyblogger

It’s not too difficult to get searchers to visit your landing pages, but how can you persuade those visitors to convert? Learn how to create compelling landing pages that will directly appeal to your audience and work better for your business.

Expert Tips for Raising Money – Entrepreneur Daily Dose

Raising investment capital can take a lot of perseverance and stamina. Here are four quick tips for entrepreneurs who want to find high-quality investment resources without wasting time.

Blend Social Media With CRM – ClickZ

Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook are extending their reach into numerous areas of marketing and commerce. This blog examines how some retailers are blending social media efforts with customer relations management (CRM).

Bring Your Website Up-to-Date – HubSpot

Is your website is in need of a makeover? Here are six excellent tips to put some shine on your website and bring it up to current standards.

Stats for Cybercrime – Mashable

Cybercrime can include identity theft, stolen credit card numbers, malware attacks, computer hacking, data theft and many other disturbing Internet crimes. Online virus researcher PandaLabs has released a report that details cybercrime statistics and its evolution in ecommerce.

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