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Email Marketing | 10 min read

How to Grow Your Dropshipping Business with Email Marketing

Already gaining traction with budding eCommerce entrepreneurs, the dropshipping business model promises low start-up and operating costs. This model's low-stakes approach makes it an excellent way to test your entrepreneurial skills.

If done right, you’ll be able to sell tons of valuable merchandise, set your own prices, and build your brand without ever managing inventory and the substantial costs associated with it.

But, for your dropshipping business to take off, you first need a virtual[...]

Social Media | 8 min read

Instagram Marketing Mistakes to Avoid for New eCommerce Owners

Showcasing interesting eCommerce product images can give your Instagram account visibility. However, if you're new to Instagram and trying to build an eCommerce brand, there's a lot more you can do.

You can begin by avoiding the mistakes of other eCommerce stores, making it easy to skip directly to the good part of positioning your product, defining your audience, creating interesting videos and stories, and working on persuasive product-focused copy.

SEO | 8 min read

The Beginner’s Guide to Link Building for Businesses

If you want your business to be found online, then it needs to be seen online. That means, of course, that you need to understand how search engines (and their rankings) work. But, if you’re looking for one of the fastest and easiest ways to improve your ranking on Google and other search engines, then you can bypass all of the other Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tactics and jump straight into:

Link building.

Web Design | 8 min read

Digital Marketing for eCommerce: How to Enhance Online Presence with Design

Good web design is essential for eCommerce businesses looking to improve their online presence. In this article, we'll take a look at 23 ways that you can enhance your website's design to boost engagement and conversions.

eCommerce Features | 14 min read

Shift4Shop Version 12 Brings New Features & Upgrades to Online Stores

The landscape of eCommerce is always changing, and a smart business makes sure to stay on top of each new development. Since most of your ability to adapt is dependent on the capabilities of your eCommerce software, it's vital to use a platform that keeps up with the times. That's why, at Shift4Shop, we work constantly to bring you all the newest tools, integrations, and features as soon as possible. When you thrive, so do we!

Conversion Optimization | 10 min read

10 eCommerce Tips to Boost Customer Retention and Increase Sales

The customer is always right” is one of the most overused quotes for customer service. It’s hard to say where this quote originated from, but some sources indicate that it could be traced back to 1909.

Allegedly, a London department store founder used this quote to assure his customers that they would get good services in his store, which would make the saying more than 110 years old today. This says something about how vital customer service is for businesses to survive and grow.

Online Tools | 7 min read

19 Ways You Can Make Remote Work Even More Secure

Remote work is here to stay, whether businesses like it or not. The more people work remote, however, the higher the chances of cybercrime, fraud and data mishandling. In order to avoid all of these things, managers and employees need to be aware of where the pitfalls lie. Regardless, good remote work policies must include features and safeguards to ensure customer, company and employee data integrity. Below are 19 ways you can make remote work even more secure.

Starting a Business | 10 min read

How to Start a Custom Sticker Business (2023 Update)

Let's be honest, building a custom sticker business is difficult and there is a lot of competition. However, it’s not impossible to succeed. Customers are more supportive of small businesses than ever before, and eCommerce platforms make it easier than ever to reach a worldwide audience. Forget about expensive brick-and-mortar locations — the best place to have a sticker business is online! A couple of sticker ideas won't make you wealthy, but if you have a vision, a business strategy, and a[...]

Social Media | 8 min read

10 Ways to Gather More YouTube Subscribers for eCommerce Businesses

Our world is becoming more visual by the day. That means an explosion of easily shared audiovisual content being spread throughout the world. While, naturally, there are a variety of platforms useful for posting video content, YouTube is still the undisputed ruler of sharing videos of all subject matter and length. You can make your content educational, entertaining, and have a certain level of creative freedom to truly express your brand’s voice. All the while, your videos can be shared in a[...]

Starting a Business | 12 min read

The Most Common Financial Difficulties Your Start-Up Will Face

Most people don't step into a new venture with a wealth of experience in financial management. Knowing how many new start-ups have failed to succeed financially — and why — is essential for any business owner.

A smart business owner comprehends the central role of accounting and bookkeeping to make effective business decisions.

Starting a Business | 12 min read

How to Start Your Own Online Boutique in 10 Steps

The last few years have seen an absolute explosion in eCommerce growth, and there has never been a better time to get in on the action yourself with an online boutique.

During the 2020 pandemic, eCommerce sales soared upwards by an incredible 33.6%, destroying previous estimates in its wake.  That growth has only continued since, and it’s just common sense to want to get in on the action with your own venture.

Let’s be honest: it’s an exciting time to be an entrepreneur. In days past, starting[...]

Conversion Optimization | 11 min read

8 Tips to Optimize Your Checkout Process for More Sales

Ecommerce owners typically focus on the design and interface of their websites to encourage customers to move down the purchase funnel. However, the eCommerce checkout process is ultimately where visitors will convert.

The eCommerce checkout process refers to the steps a customer will take to fill a shopping cart and complete its purchase. A good checkout process will have a clear flow and enable seamless buying with minimal friction.

Buyers with intent may enter the checkout flow but may not[...]

Starting a Business | 7 min read

How to Identify Market Trends for Long-Term Business Planning

Identifying and analyzing trends is an excellent way to get a jump on future business, but it's important to remember that the best trend analysis will depend on taking everything into consideration. With that in mind, below are some tips on identifying market trends for long-term success.

eCommerce Marketing | 11 min read

What is Cause Marketing & How Can It Benefit Your Business?

When customers choose a business to shop with, they don’t just compare prices or browse product selections. They also want to see responsible social practices.

Fraud Prevention | 12 min read

6 Reasons Why Digital Security is Vital to eCommerce Success

Ecommerce websites have always been one of the most common targets of digital attacks. For digital thieves, it is a treasure trove full of personal and financial information about active customers.

Once a business’s security has been breached, it leads to data loss and depletes the trust that could have been gained over the years.

Apps & Integrations | 9 min read

Shift4Shop Builds a Powerful Integration with Google Analytics V4

Google Analytics has been a staple of eCommerce for years. It's a versatile tool built to provide you with data you can use to better understand your customers. And as every successful business owner knows, understanding your customers is the key to growing your business.

With Shift4Shop Version 12, we upgraded our Google Analytics integration to support the newest version, Google Analytics V4. This brings powerful new features to Shift4Shop stores.

Social Media | 10 min read

8 Tips for Using Images in Facebook Ads

Facebook ads are an unavoidable part of a digital marketing journey. With the social media channel boasting billions of active users, there is a good chance your potential customer is already residing on the platform. And advertising effectively will give you an excellent opportunity to create awareness, connect with the audience, and acquire leads that will help increase your sales.

Fraud Prevention | 9 min read

Top 7 Fraud Schemes to Watch Out for During the Holidays

Much like the year that preceded it, 2021’s holiday season looks to be unprecedented for online shopping. Unemployment is low and government economic stimulus checks are helping to give consumers the confidence needed to do a little extra spending on their friends and families this year. At the same time, supply chain issues are real and concerns about inflation loom, driving many buyers to get their shopping in as early as possible.

Starting a Business | 11 min read

8 Essential eCommerce Pricing Strategies to Beat Your Competition

With everyone and their best friend opening an eCommerce store to sell anything from home-cooked vegan snacks to soy-based candles and everything in-between, price is the numero uno differentiator in helping consumers decide.

Shipping & Fulfillment | 7 min read

7 Tips to Optimize Inventory Management in eCommerce

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more customers, both B2B and B2C, shopped online in 2020, resulting in tremendous eCommerce growth. Online retailers like Amazon and eBay had their biggest years ever. B2B eCommerce will be worth nearly two trillion dollars by 2023, which means eCommerce business owners are in need of more sophisticated online sales methods. 

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