The eCommerce marketplace is a large and ever-growing swath that sees thousands of new entrants each day. According to Statista.com, between the years 2002-2013, eCommerce sales ballooned from just $72 billion to a staggering $322 billion per year. They are estimated to increase exponentially in the short years that lie ahead, as mobile shopping truly takes force. Anyone with motivation, a computer, an internet connection and something to sell can hop on the eCommerce bandwagon and become a[...]
Conversion Optimization | 6 min read
Ask 80's parody powerhouse Weird Al Yankovic about the power of viral marketing. Weird Al is back with a new album, and to launch his new album, he created a viral marketing campaign featuring 8 videos in 8 days. Word Crimes, a parody of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, received over 9 million views on You Tube in approximately one week. Weird Al's new album is poised to potentially debut in the Number 1 position on Billboard's 200 Chart this Wednesday, July 23. So you may be asking, what does[...]
When you're running an online business, it's certainly a MUST that you have an amazing shipping partner you can rely on. For some online stores, it's not only one but several different companies that take care of shipping their products to customers.
What can even be more taxing in the long run is when you've expanded to various sales channels online and you need to log in to different platforms to manage all the orders.
But what if you can actually integrate all these selling venues into just[...]
If you have an eCommerce website or are just getting started, you likely understand the value of your website. Since eCommerce is a branch of retail that is entirely online, your website is your digital storefront, your first impression with the customer. The physical state of your site will speak louder than any marketing trumpet can sound, so here are some great tips to keep things organized and efficient:
3dcart’s integration with EBay Motors can create benefits and advantages for retail automotive clients. Whether it is for cars, trucks, motorcycles, parts, accessories, or other auto-related items, EBay Motors usually is a place where consumers browse, compare prices with other merchants, and most of all –shop. Hard to find, specialty items, accessories and custom parts and products in the realm of vehicles are usually listed on EBay. For these reasons, in a move projected to bring higher[...]
We’re excited about the changes we’re making at 3dcart University!
In our continuing effort to make your e-commerce experience as exciting and fun for you as it is for us, our new articles focus on details—on the specifics of how you have to think about your online store to be successful. When you have the momentum of a big-picture vision, you don’t want the little things to trip you up.
Macramé Magic, a start-up small online business creates decorative, crafty and well-designed macramé plant hangers. Their motto is “Keeping an Ancient Art Alive,” by designing their aesthetic, tightly-woven and highly functional plant hangers. With 60 designs to choose from and 40 specialty designs, in different colors, materials and styles. One of the more intricate macramé plant hanger has upwards of 1000 knots in design. After moving to 3dcart’s shopping cart from GoDaddy's Website Builder,[...]
Apps & Integrations | 2 min read
In becoming an online retailer, you don't really need to manufacture or come up with your own products. There are plenty of eCommerce top sellers who actually just source their products from different wholesalers or vendors. Essentially, they fall under the category of "resellers".
If you currently do business with multiple vendors, you offer drop shipping, or you're currently in the fulfillment business, the inventory and operation can be quite tricky. Hence, 3dcart is offering its merchants[...]
The IRCE (Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition) 10th annual event, held in Chicago is the biggest of its kind. Hosting hundreds of presenters who showcased all aspects of online retail, Ecommerce and merchant solutions, IRCE 2014 has provided the visitors with a glance of state of the art products in just about every field in the industry. There were a number of threads and themes during the convention, especially the whirlwinds of change that mobile commerce has brought into play.
One thing is for certain at 3dcart, we love our customers! Sometimes we get lucky enough to meet our clients, and we hope that someday we get to meet everyone. Mike Morgan or Director of Customer Success finally had his life long dream come true at IRCE last month. He finally got to meet Mitch from Windy City Parrot. Can you see the excitement on Mike's face! Sometimes dreams do come true!
Whether you participate in marketing forums or read authoritative websites on ecommerce, you'll surely come across this same conclusion about live chat--- it can boost your business!
The great news for 3dcart merchants is that Olark Live Chat, a premium provider that's bound to do wonders for your online store, is being offered for a 14-day free trial.
What are the perks of using Olark Live Chat? Take a look at these amazing benefits reported by those who have used it:
Today, we officially announce the release of 3dcart's 6.3 version with new features and upgrades for our merchants who wish to integrate his or her store with eBay and specifically the integration of UK's Royal Mail and Parcel Force. This is the 3rd version release for 2014. The 2 previous releases included, HTML5 Responsive Themes in beta, Amazon Product Ads automated feed, payments with Checkout By Amazon for US, UK and DE merchants, and multiple SEO built-in features like the rel="next" and[...]
Everyone loves free stuff and some savvy merchants are learning that giving stuff away can bring in new business and keep existing customers loyal. As internetretailer.com tells us, in this article, some online marketplaces have grown their follower bases by 14.4% and improved more referral traffic upwards of 140% by using sweepstakes, raffles and giveaways.
Do you know that you can actually make money from FedEx and UPS for a change? Most of the time, a lot of online businesses that make use of their shipping services never find out that there may actually be refunds from these companies that they can retrieve.
Yep, you heard it right. You can actually get money from FedEx and UPS through refunds. You'll be surprised how much money you can save over time from even little amounts every month!
On average, 75% of online shoppers abandon their shopping carts and don't push through with their purchase. If you've been ignoring these potential buyers, you're missing out on a lot of business.
The ecommerce giants will all tell you that it wasn't a piece of cake trying to make their way to the top. Lucky for you, the journey toward the summit has become less challenging because of various automated software available today to online sellers. 3dcart has always made it a point to assist merchants in tapping different online markets and expanding their businesses. This is why we offer a range of valuable apps that can help you in this aspect.
Through SureDone, you can sell your products[...]
Just because you're running an online store doesn't mean you can't also have your share of exciting events for your customers. Different events -- like product launches, contests and special giveaways -- are also effective for attracting new customers.
As an online retailer, it's important that you also host an event every now and then to keep existing customers loyal to your brand. Events keep your visitors interested and excited about your brand opens the opportunity to gain some feedback[...]
Do you know that an average of 75% of online shoppers abandon their shopping carts and don't push through with the purchase? If you've been ignoring these potential buyers, you're missing out on a lot of business.
If you have a physical store, you should definitely encourage your online visitors to drop by and check out your products. This is especially a helpful strategy to target those living nearby and those who prefer to actually see and touch the items.
It's even more useful to have a good store locator on your website if you actually have several different branches. After all, there are still plenty of shoppers who like to visit brick and mortar boutiques instead of buying your stuff over the[...]