Market research is a crucial point in a business’s journey, whether you’re just starting or you’ve been open for years. Without it, you’ll be essentially going in blind in terms of marketing efforts, product development, customer service, and even business operations as a whole. But what exactly is market research, and how can you conduct your own to gain valuable data-driven insights? Let’s find out.
SEO | 9 min read
How to Use H1 Tags to Improve SEO Ranking
Most common ecommerce SEO practices typically focus on elements like meta titles, meta descriptions, etc. because they’re the tags that show up on SERPs, or search engine result pages. But there’s other tags that only appear on your website page that also play a vital role in ranking on SERPs; one such tag is the H1 tag.
Although the H1 tag isn’t visible in a search result, it helps both search engine spiders and human users to better understand the content of your web page. This helps to[...]
eCommerce Marketing | 12 min read
The Beginner’s Guide to Remarketing
Once you’ve built your online store, you naturally start to focus on building web traffic towards it. But what happens when users within that web traffic browse your store and leave without making a purchase? Through a remarketing campaign, you can build a strategy that regains those lost leads while nurturing your existing ones through dynamic, personalized advertising. Let’s go through what you need to know to start a remarketing campaign of your own.
Designing your website to be fully accessible to any customer, regardless of ability, is vital for providing the best customer experience possible. Not only does your online store have to be fully ADA compliant, but your checkout process must also be optimized with accessibility in mind. Many disabled web users rely on accessibility tools, like screen readers, to more easily navigate the web. By keeping these customers in mind, you’ll stay compliant with ADA standards and include all customers[...]
Email optimization and marketing isn’t all about newsletters or abandoned cart campaigns – the most effective email can often be a simple order confirmation notification. If your business’s transactional emails aren’t delivering on time to everyone, you’re missing out on marketing opportunities and may end up frustrating many of your customers. That’s why you need an effective transactional email provider for your online business; without it, your customers will feel left in the dark and may[...]
Every year, the eCommerce industry sees new progress and developments that has business owners and their teams working on new strategies and adapting to the current landscape. Not only is technology advancing at a rapid pace, but customers are also evolving and changing what they want to see from businesses. To keep you up to date and ahead of the curve this year, we asked more than 20 business professionals what their 2020 eCommerce essentials are and what they predict will change in the[...]
Hacking and cyber attacks have been the bane of websites since the internet’s creation, and that still hasn’t changed. As security measures get more advanced, so do hacking strategies. Any website being hacked is a serious ordeal, but stakes are elevated in the case of eCommerce due to the sheer amount of sensitive data that can be breached and stolen from online stores.
As a merchant, you want your business to be as secure as possible and your customer’s information safe from bad actors.[...]
With every change Google makes to its browser and search engine, the purpose is to improve the browsing experience for internet users. This usually manifests in influencing sites to become more responsive, easy to use and secure. Google’s newest change fits within the realm of improving user security as the tech giant moves to more strictly enforce HTTPS connections on websites. By coming down harder on instances of HTTP content on secured HTTPS websites, Google isn’t leaving a stone unturned[...]
When Snapchat hit the scene back in 2011, it shook the social media world by taking an entirely unique approach to social sharing. Today, Snapchat is one of the largest social media apps in the world and has influenced almost every other social media platform to adopt similar practices.
Unfortunately, many advertisers still seem to underestimate how powerful Snapchat is. Let it be known that ignoring the potential of advertising on Snapchat is a mistake – especially since the app is leading the[...]
eCommerce Features | 23 min read
13 Best Scheduling Apps & Booking Software to Increase Productivity
Whether you’re dealing with booking clients for your spa service, or you’re scheduling meetings with your employees, you’re going to need a way to set that up. Of course, you can enter everything in manually – but, that method is bound to leave you with endless mistakes that lead to lapses in productivity and loss of sales.
By utilizing a scheduling app or booking software to automate your processes and make them more convenient and accessible for both employees and clients, you’ll see a boost[...]
If you’ve got the best customer service and support team on the planet, even they won’t be able to help customers effectively without the right tools at their disposal. For great customer service, you’ll need tools that your whole team can use to accomplish everything needed to treat customers great and delivery them exactly what they need, whether it’s fast answers to a question or a quick resolution to their issues. Today, we’re going to go through some of the top eCommerce customer service[...]
This year, eCommerce continues to be a consistently growing aspect of world commerce. But, it’s also constantly evolving; what may have been a successful product on an online store yesterday may be flopping in sales today. It’s the nature of the internet itself, and eCommerce is no different. While there’s a lot that goes into your business, from web design to marketing to management software, there’s one thing at the heart of it all: your products. If your store isn’t selling good products[...]
Apps & Integrations | 5 min read
Make Navigation Effortless with Shift4Shop's New “Mega Menu Builder” App!
Navigation is the crux of your online store’s user experience, with its quality either making or breaking a sale. Obviously, you want to make sure that it’s as easy as possible for customers to navigate your site to find the exact products they’re looking to buy. In order to get the job done right, a good menu will include categories and sub-categories that are organized properly and in a way that’s pleasing to the eye. If your store has a decent amount of categories, sub-categories and product[...]
Social proof is a tried and true method of marketing, proven in situations such as a line outside of a restaurant indicating that it’s a quality business worthy of your time. But, showing off social proof in eCommerce isn’t as easy as that, so several companies have come up to the plate to provide a solution: notifications on your website that show prospective customers what conversions are occurring in real-time. Fomo is one such company with its own social proof software, so today we’re[...]
B2B eCommerce | 9 min read
How to Sell Your eCommerce Business
So, you’ve worked hard, been a great business owner, and have managed to build a successful eCommerce business from the ground up. But, for one reason or another, you feel like it may be time to sell. For some business owners, the ultimate goal for starting a business is to make it successful and then sell it. For others, selling their business is a last resort. Whatever your reason for wanting to sell your business, the process is not as simple as you may think. Let’s dive into the actual[...]
Shipping & Fulfillment | 8 min read
How Does Dropshipping Work?
Dropshipping is a form of eCommerce fulfillment in which an online store doesn’t physically stock the items it sells on its website. Instead, the store’s merchandise goes directly from the wholesaler, supplier, or distributor to the final customer. In this process, the online merchant never comes in contact with the product, relying entirely on their dropshipping partner to fulfill the order.
Because of the way dropshipping works, it requires the distributor and the online merchant to have a[...]
Being a stay-at-home woman, you probably have a plethora of unique skills that you use every day for free so your family runs like a well-oiled machine. But, you might have the urge to be your own boss and start your own business, perhaps using those skills or exploring a hobby that you love. Don’t worry, you’re not alone: according to SmallBizTrends, 72% of home-based startup businesses are run by women.
Thankfully, in this day and age it’s easier than ever to start your own home business. A[...]
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