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02/01/2013 - Video For Your Website - Tactics to Build Online Sales
Ten years ago, it was rare for online wholesalers and retailers to have video on their websites, and those that did incorporate it into their online marketing plans were considered innovative. Now, if you ask a room full of business owners if they have video on their websites, at least half will say yes, as it is quickly becoming the norm rather than the exception. Today, it is how, not if, you use video that makes you stand out from the competition.
02/01/2013 - Time Equals Money
As a small business owner, one of your most important assets is time. Many independent retailers are under the assumption that using mobile phone and tablet APPs will increase productivity, and allow them to use their time more effectively. Using APP center features, however, is a time killer that can leave you frustrated and with less time to do the things that enable you to run your business smoothly.
02/01/2013 - mCommerce: Adapt or Die
Shoppers are quickly moving to mobile commerce, or mcommerce, with more than 50 percent of U.S. consumers saying they plan to use smartphones or tablets to make purchases over the Internet, according to research giant Nielsen. In addition, research firm Canalys notes that, in 2011, for the first time ever, shipments of smartphones (487.7 million) exceeded shipments of personal computers (414.6 million).
01/01/2013 - Mobile Sales Drive Profits
Mobile payment APPs are fast becoming a popular mode for web wholesalers and online retailers to generate more sales at offline venues, such as tradeshows and conventions. Various mobile payment platforms enable merchants to accept PayPal, cash, credit cards, invoice or checks, wherever they are, on the phone they already carry.
12/01/2012 - Popular Smartphone APPs
Smartphone users download entertainment and game APPs more often than any other APPlications, with social media, finance and productivity APPs also popular mobile downloads, according to a study by customer service technology company Virtual Hold Technology (VHT).
11/01/2012 - Inside Quick Response - QR Codes
Quick Response (QR) codes originated in Japan under Denso Corporation, a Toyota Motor Corporation subsidiary, and were intended to hasten the code reading process, while at the same time allowing for more data to be captured in a single scan. Their efficiency was harnessed to help track vehicle parts during the manufacturing process, but has now spread across every industry as a savvy square for sharp consumers.
10/01/2012 - The Best APPs for Your Business
The slew of promises that comes with many mobile APPs APProaches productivity from every angle. As business owners find themselves becoming more and more mobile, the curiosity surrounding these collectible tools makes a visit to an iTunes or Android store feel like the grown up version of a trip to the candy shop. Hundreds of thousands of APPs are available for iPhone, iPad and Android, with more being added by the minute.
09/01/2012 - Collectibles Create a Craze
When it comes to making the web do work, Dimension 9 LLC is one company that knows how to strategically crack the whip. With 30 years in the gift and souvenir industry, the company has spent years perfecting products and learning from peers.
09/01/2012 - The Sky's the Limit with Cloud Computing
Instagram, Groupon and LinkedIn are amazing success stories that serve different markets yet share a common link. Each was born in "The Cloud," a complex infrastructure that, in real time over the Internet, extends an online business's IT capabilities without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel or licensing new software.
09/01/2012 - Small Businesses Eye Big Sites
A study recently completed by Vendio, a multichannel ecommerce solutions company, found that small and mid-sized online retailers are highly confident in the future of ecommerce.
07/01/2012 - Using Social Media to Grow Business
Most small business owners know that social media is an important part of their online strategy, but may not know where to start or have the time to learn. Others may not believe that social media is important at all. The truth is that social media is critical to the success of any business.
07/01/2012 - The Green Revolution
Cloud computing, data and APPlications housed in a centralized data center rather than various offices maintaining their own server farm, offers significant benefits to companies and to employees. Tele-working is on the rise, as it helps employees balance work-life demands and it offers true cost savings to both employee and employer.
07/01/2012 - There's an APP for That
Mobility changed communication. Freedom from wires and landlines, freedom from cables, cords and tangles has spread like wildfire in a culture that prizes speed and efficiency. The demand for mobility has affected the way we live and, in turn, the way customers shop. Text-ready thumbs are now interested in making purchases, placing orders online via cell phones and tablets.
07/01/2012 - Social Gifting Trend
The Official Merchant Services Blog keeps its finger on the pulse of ecommerce, and recognizes the latest hot trends by staying ahead of the technology curve. Trending now is Social Gifting, the activity where consumers on social media channels like Facebook can individually, or in groups, purchase gifts for friends.
06/01/2012 - Walmart Dives Into Social ECommerce
Walmart recently launched its first social gifting platform, Shopycat, a Facebook APPlication that suggests gifts for friends based on their Facebook use.
04/01/2012 - Online Payment Trends
Online Payment Processing is an ever-changing industry.
03/01/2012 - Staples Expands Ecommerce
Staples, the world's second largest ecommerce company, has announced that it will open an eCommerce Innovation Center in Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA, near its Boston headquarters, in May.
02/01/2012 - Local Marketing With Google AdWords Express
In 2011, Google launched a new service, AdWords Express, aimed at providing the easiest way to advertise on Google.
01/01/2012 - Making Your Website Mobile
Designing a website to sell your products used to be pretty simple, because you knew your audience.
01/01/2012 - 2012 CES Preview
The Consumer Electronics Association?s (CEA) 2012 International CES will be held January 10th to 13th in Las Vegas, NV.
01/01/2012 - Mobile Marketing Trends
On a planet with about seven billion people, 2011 saw an astonishing 5.3 billion mobile subscriptions, about 77 percent of the total population.
01/01/2012 - Facebook Shopping
Facebook users have integrated their pages with third-party APPs to show what they read and listen to, where they go, and what they are doing.
12/01/2011 - Mobile APP Sales Rising
According to IT market research group Gartner, companies will generate half of their web sales via social media and mobile APPlications by 2015.
11/01/2011 - Tablet Ecommerce Heats Up With Amazon's Kindle Fire
With the release of Amazon's new color tablet, Kindle Fire, the ecommerce giant is competing with APPle's iPad with a product half the price.
10/01/2011 - Google Universe: Tools To Build Your Business
For any retailer seeking low cost tools to boost the bottom line, the first place to look is Google.
10/01/2011 - Erply's New POS System Offers Six Compelling Strengths
Erply, an Estonian company, has created an innovative ecommerce solution for big box retailers as well as medium and small retailers.
08/01/2011 - Facebook & eCommerce
With 700 million users worldwide and 150 million in the U.S. alone, Facebook is a platform of potential shoppers to many ecommerce innovators looking to make Facebook a part of online retail.
07/01/2011 - New Payment Frontiers: Smart Phones
With smartphone use growing in America, the technology exists for anyone to process a credit card when it comes time to check out a customer.
07/01/2011 - Etailers And Facebook
Many ecommerce merchants are using Facebook to promote brand awareness, offer deals, and provide customer support.
06/01/2011 - Polling Customers On Facebook Pays Off For Ecommerce Merchants
Although there are a number of ways to make social media work for an ecommerce business, online polling is often overlooked.
04/01/2011 - Product Comparison Sites Let Retailers Reach Shoppers
As more and more shoppers go online, the chances are slim that any one potential customer even knows your web address, much less wants to shop specifically at your site.
02/01/2011 - Toy and Game Forecast
From radio band helicopters to rubber band bracelets, it is not easy to figure out the next hot toy.
01/01/2011 - Moving To Mobile Ecommerce
Converging trend lines show that the importance of mobile computing and smartphone shopping is beginning to be seen on the retail front.
12/01/2010 - Mobile Commerce
With all the talk of iPhones, APPs, Blackberrys and like-minded "smart" devices, at some point, if not already, you need to consider when it is right to make a move to mobile commerce.
09/01/2010 - E-Book Marketplace
The news on electronic book wholesaling is a real page turner these days, and like any good mystery, there's no way to know how it's all going to turn out.
07/01/2010 - The iPad and eComerce
The latest and greatest gadget from APPle has the potential to transform the online shopping experience, ecommerce experts say.
05/01/2010 - The Rise of Mobile APPs
To date, the world of mobile retail has been confined largely to promotion and marketing. But that looks to be changing greatly in the coming years, with a move into outright sales and revenue production via mobile APPlications.
10/01/2009 - Turn iPhone into POS Terminal
PHONETRANSACT.COM, an iPhone software developer, offers two retail related software programs that combine to give retailers a handy, portable credit card and point of sale terminal.
08/01/2009 - 7 Ways to Tighten Your Belt
The following practical and timely tips for managing during challenging times can help keep a small business resilient and solvent.
07/01/2008 - Office Depot Teams with Google
Office Depot Inc. has launched an online business resource center with Google, to give small retailers access to Google's marketing and business tools.