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Online Tools | 8 min read

7 Best Zapier Alternatives for Software Integration

A customer places an order for a product from your online store. You open your Gmail app to see the order form. Then, you open your QuickBooks app and create a new invoice with information from the order form. After that, you open your Google Sheets app to update a spreadsheet with the details.

You likely open several more apps before the order is fulfilled and recorded. Then, you have to do it all over again for your other orders. These are the consequences of running an eCommerce business.

eCommerce Marketing | 9 min read

How to Measure Your Content Marketing ROI

With the growing complexity and competitiveness within the content marketing world, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult for brands to measure their returns.

eCommerce Features | 11 min read

What is Address Validation and Why Do eCommerce Stores Need It?

Long before eCommerce existed, people invented other ways to shop remotely. Physical catalogs have been around for over 200 years and are still popular. Newspapers also have a long history of advertisements that invite shoppers to mail in an order. Even comic books have had mail-order products advertised on the last few pages.

But no matter how much the methods have changed, mail-order shopping has always required a correct shipping address. From newspaper ads to eCommerce, a business needs[...]

Starting a Business | 12 min read

Top 10 Best Subscription Box Services (& What You Can Learn from Them)

Subscription boxes have become incredibly popular over the last several years, both with businesses and consumers. While consumers love them for their specificity and convenience (how nice is it to get all of your dog’s favorite food and snacks sent to you each month automatically?), businesses love subscription boxes because they allow for targeting niche audiences and make monthly sales consistent. Of course, just because subscription boxes are popular doesn’t mean that you can start a[...]

Social Media | 8 min read

Top 5 Facebook Ad Creatives That Convert (Examples & Explanation)

If there’s anything about Facebook ads that will make or break your results, it will be the Facebook ad creatives themselves. There are some really great ads out there, while others may fall into what we like to call the not-so-great category. Ultimately, ads in the first category are the ones that will convert.

We also understand that creating ads in the hopes of gaining conversions can sometimes become a painstaking guessing game of trial and error (emphasis on the errors). As masters of[...]

Success Stories | 8 min read

Meet Dr. Sian Proctor: Inspiration4 Crew Member & Shift4Shop Contest Winner

As a crew member on the Inspiration4 mission to space, Dr. Sian “Leo” Proctor has an impressive resume. Not only is she slated to become an astronaut on the first all-civilian mission to orbit, but she’s also an accomplished geoscientist, artist, and entrepreneur.

eCommerce Marketing | 6 min read

How to Build a Local eCommerce Presence

Over the last five years, online transactions have doubled their total retail market share, growing from seven to fourteen percent according to Statista. While the pandemic has certainly accelerated the growth of the eCommerce industry, its growth prior to 2020 suggests that this has simply been a speeding up of the inevitable.

Common wisdom seems to suggest that the shift in consumer behavior towards buying products online is bad news for smaller, local retailers. Proponents of this view[...]

SEO | 8 min read

5 Social Media Tactics to Improve Your SEO Results

Most marketers think that social media performance has nothing to do with SEO rankings.

And they’re right... partially.

Online Tools | 7 min read

Everything You Need to Know About Website Downtime

One major advantage that online stores have over brick-and-mortar shops is that they’re always open for business. Anyone can access your site at any time, which is great if you’re trying to attract customers in other time zones. Moreover, the order placement process hums along smoothly without a serious need for constant human supervision. As the old marketing cliché goes, eCommerce business owners can make money in their sleep.

Unfortunately, nothing is perfect. Online stores never close …[...]

Starting a Business | 6 min read

10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Business

Starting a business can be an excellent way to achieve your dreams. For starters, you’ll have more freedom working for yourself than working for someone else. You can also create your own schedule and working hours, build anything you want, and most importantly, make a profit.

But, this comes with many challenges and drawbacks. So, it's essential to ask yourself some critical questions.

Conversion Optimization | 7 min read

Why Crowd Testing Is Vital to eCommerce & How to Do It

The ways in which consumers interact with the world of eCommerce is as changeable and varied as the consumers that engage with it. Rapid growth in digital technologies and mobile spaces is continually morphing to meet the demands of a multifaceted market base. But this growth has also created a unique challenge where immediate and continuous testing is vital.

SEO | 7 min read

Core Web Vitals: How to Improve Them for an eCommerce Website

When it comes to your eCommerce website, ensuring that your core web vitals are all running smoothly and efficiently is absolutely crucial. However, for many eCommerce store owners, this is something that goes forgotten surprisingly often. To this end, it’s important that you know what core web vitals are and how they can boost your site – and what you can do to improve your site’s metrics if they’re not already performing well.

Web Design | 9 min read

The Complete Guide to Using Images Legally Online

As a savvy marketer, you understand that visual elements are invaluable to your marketing campaign. With the ability to attract attention, they can get you more clicks and sales than any text ads would.

This is because consumers are visual learners. When compared with text, the information presented in the form of photos and videos is more likely to be retained longer.

It also increases the overall user experience of the website visitors and helps stimulate their instinctual desire to engage[...]

Conversion Optimization | 9 min read

How to Leverage A/B Testing to Increase Your Conversion Rates

Whether your conversion rates are low, average, or high, there’s always room to optimize better. But without the right methodology, you risk making changes that push your conversion rate in the wrong direction. If you don’t make changes in a controlled way, you won’t even know which change affected your conversion rate.

Online Tools | 10 min read

Free Screen Capture Tools for Online Collaboration

You never know when you're going to need to take a screenshot. There are all kinds of reasons why you might need one.

Maybe you're writing an article for your online store's blog, and you want to mention one of your favorite websites. This would be a perfect place for a screenshot to enhance your content. Or maybe you're trying to choose between two products, and you want a friend's opinion on which looks better. Sure, you could send links, but a screenshot would save your friend some time.

Starting a Business | 7 min read

How to Get a Resale Certificate for eCommerce

On paper, reselling seems like the perfect plan. You, an enterprising eCommerce business owner, need an inventory for your store. You purchase a large number of goods from a supplier in bulk, taking advantage of the included discount. Then, you mark up the price and resell the products at a profit. This business model is bulletproof … or is it?

SEO | 10 min read

How to Change Your Website's Domain Name (Without Hurting SEO)

Sometimes a business might need to change its website's domain name. There are a few reasons why you might need to do this.

SEO | 8 min read

How to Leverage Local SEO for Your Online Store

Search engine optimization (SEO) is important for any business operating online. From multinational corporations to small businesses, a good SEO strategy will increase online visibility. This means more people searching for your services and visiting your pages.

Web Design | 9 min read

Popular Website Wireframe Tools for Web Design

Building a website is a lot easier than it used to be. However, it's still a significant project. And just like any other type of project, you need a solid plan.

The layout of your website is the most crucial part of this plan. Colors, graphics, and other content can all be changed much more easily than the layout. Think of the layout as your site's skeleton. It determines the structure of each page, to be fleshed out later.

Starting a Business | 8 min read

A Leader’s Guide to Measuring Time and Boosting Productivity

Managing a team, whether in a small business or large corporation, is no easy task. The better technology becomes, the more distractions there are.

In today’s fast-paced world, efficiency and time are key factors in determining productivity. To ensure efficiency and timely output, leaders need to actively measure their employees’ time and boost their productivity.

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