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04/01/2013 - Guide to Product Listing Ads
Google Product Listing Ads are a type of advertising that follows the pay-per-click (PPC) model. This kind of promotion, however, presents a greater opportunity than a typical text-only ad, which was long the cornerstone of PPC advertising. With Product Listing Ads, businesses can include rich product details, including merchant name, product images, product name, price and message

03/01/2013 - SEO: Make Your Website Work
Search engine optimization (SEO) is one of the most important, and elusive, elements of an ecommerce website. It is important because of the impact organic search traffic can have on ROI, and it is elusive because search engines are always changing the rules. Still, there are a few core SEO principles that Google and other search engines recommend which should play an integral part in your online strategy.

03/01/2013 - Google Feeds Your Appetite for Success
When it comes to the recipe for Internet sales success, brand and product exposure are key ingredients, and organic search engine optimization (SEO) and pay per click (PPC) are just two ways of gaining publicity. A third, often overlooked, option for product awareness is the use of shopping comparison sites, such as Google Shopping, which is fed through the Google Merchant Center.

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 - Facebook Offers Viral Advertising
Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, using text ads and banners to engage social media fans on Facebook, has been losing its luster in recent years. Advertising to these fans may be great for building brand awareness, but it is not doing much for the immediate bottom line. The low returns businesses see from PPC methods may be because people that typically use social media sites, like Facebook, do not necessarily want to be sold to directly.

12/01/2012 - Free Shipping Builds Profits
With 2012 winding down it is time to finalize plans for next year, and online sellers must not overlook the vital role that shipping plays in driving sales online. At some point during the buying cycle all shoppers ask, "How much does shipping cost?" and "How fast is the item shipped?" The answers to these questions play an important role in buying decisions, especially when all other comparison factors are consistent.

11/01/2012 - Engage Customers with Email
Chances are good that you have wondered about your communications strategy as an online wholesaler or retailer, and you may question whether you are communicating enough or too much. Think about how many times during the year, quarter or month a customer needs you, or your products or services, and let that be your guide to how often to reach out and touch your audience.

11/01/2012 - Six Design Tips to Generate Sales
To be successful, ecommerce businesses need to build sites that are able to sell products. Sounds simple enough, yet, too often sites are designed based on improper knowledge of customers' wants and needs. In some cases, companies even let technology drive design efforts, and that is one of the worst things that can happen.

10/01/2012 - Ecommerce Holiday Checklist
The holidays are quickly approaching and your business promos should have already begun. Keeping everything in check and making sure you leave no stone unturned can be a difficult task. To help you in that effort, here is a checklist of items you should consider while preparing for the holidays.

09/01/2012 - 9 Lessons For Running an Ecommerce Business
If I have learned anything over the years while running ecommerce businesses, it is to plan for everything, and expect the unexpected. Growth requires adaptation, constant attention and change. "You reap what you sow," "garbage in, garbage out," and the list goes on.

08/01/2012 - Broadcast Your Brand with Video Marketing
Video marketing is a way to promote your products and services through the use of video, either online, on DVD, at tradeshows or via other systems. It is an opportunity for you to put your face and voice out there with the rest of your marketing messages.

08/01/2012 - Nine Tips for Mastering Google Remarketing
Nine Tips for Mastering Google Remarketing - If you are running any Pay Per Click (PPC) campaigns, and you should be, you cannot overlook what remarketing can do for your efforts

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 - Fortune Products Pioneers
Fortune Products has become a trustworthy name in wholesale during the last 27 years by offering numerous events décor items, including LED candles, blacklights, police beacons and signals, fantasia fairy lights, and more. These fun tech items and numerous others can be found at www.fortuneproducts.com, often coming in attractive variations. For instance, the 5" x 5" police beacons can be purchased in green, amber, red, blue and pink, and the blacklights come as light bulbs and fixtures.

07/01/2012 - Peer-to-Peer Reviews
When it comes to making a buying decision, nothing can be more important in closing the sale than customer reviews. A form of social proof, non-biased peer-to-peer reviews are just as good as getting a referral for a product from a friend. "What online tool most influenced your purchase decision?" The number one answer was product ratings and reviews.

06/01/2012 - Email Marketing: 4 Success Factors
Email marketing is a critical component to building any business. Being at the forefront of your customers?, and potential customers? minds, and those of your potential customers, plays a vital role in generating sales.

05/01/2012 - Six Secrets of Successful eCommerce
Web companies need to stay on top of the constantly evolving methods of advertising on the web.

05/01/2012 - Drop Shipping For Retail ROI
E-retail companies and mom and pop shops that want to make more money without the potential of overstock headaches need not look further than drop shipping.

05/01/2012 - Data Segmentation for Ecommerce
If you only use the standard data gathering and reporting features present in Google Analytics, you are not getting a complete picture of how your business is performing.

04/01/2012 - 7 Strategy's SEO Expertise
The most important thing for any web-based business is to rank on the first page of Google and other highly used search engines, attainable with superior Search Engine Optimization (SEO) practices.

04/01/2012 - Google Analytics Custom Reporting
Sure, you can wade through standard reports to gather all the data needed to make a decision.

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.

06/01/2011 - Myths Surrounding PPC
It should come as no surprise that in order to grow a business, you need to market that business.

05/01/2011 - Google Product Ads
In November 2007, Google invited users to beta test a new form of advertising available to Adwords advertisers called the Product Plusbox.

05/01/2010 - Successful Email Marketing
Many people hearing the term, "email marketing," think of spam cluttering up their inboxes from unwanted (and, unknown) companies, or occasional notes about upcoming sales or coupons that may or may not be relevant to their lives and lifestyles.

03/01/2010 - Tracking MSN and Yahoo! PPC in Google Analytics
When fed the right data, Google Analytics can extract query string variables that may offer better reporting capabilities.

10/01/2009 - Loyalty Differs Online and Off
Customer loyalty in the online world is not the same as loyalty to a brick and mortar store.

10/01/2009 - Abandoned Cart Email
In a study of 500 online retail shopping websites, just 11 percent of Internet merchants sent email responses to shoppers who abandoned carts.

09/01/2009 - Wholesale Central hits 600,000 items
WholesaleCentral.com, the internet's leading directory of wholesalers and wholesale products, has reached a new milestone of 600,000 items for sale.

09/01/2009 - Tasty Energy Mints
The inventors of Revive Energy Mints were on a mission to revolutionize energy supplements.

08/01/2009 - Five Paid Search Myths
My previous few articles revealed details on what it takes to run a more profitable paid search campaign.

06/01/2009 - Finding the Wholesale Products You Need
In the early days of WholesaleCentral.com, buyers were constantly asking us where they could find specific products.

06/01/2009 - 4 Ways to Increase ROI of Your PPC Campaigns
Many see running a profitable paid search campaign as an art.

10/01/2008 - Using Live Chat to Boost Sales
It has been reported for some time now that adding an attended Live Chat strategy to a website can help increase sales.

10/01/2008 - Email Marketing Minefields
There is no marketing medium that has better ROI potential than email. Utilizing email marketing requires diligence, however, because there are a handful of minefields one may encounter.

09/01/2008 - The Facebook Edge
Many leading web retailers are losing ground to competitors in marketing to young adults by not maintaining a fan page on the social networking site Facebook.com.

08/01/2008 - REAL Wholesale Deals from TrademarkCommerce.com
Many wholesale companies offer dropshipping and maintain a claim that they have millions of products. In reality, such a high and vague number of SKUs may really mean that the company is not a true wholesaler.

06/01/2008 - Education For Sellers At eBay Live 2008
Later this month, more than 10,000 entrepreneurs and other businesspeople will convene at McCormick Place West in Chicago. They will be in attendance for the seventh annual eBay Live Show, which runs June 19-21.

10/01/2007 - Strategies to Skyrocket Web Sales
In the last issue of Web Wholesaler, I explained how to overcome a high bounce rate of visitors arriving on your website, only to immediately leave without taking one step deeper into your site.

09/01/2007 - Teamwork Drives UB2B's Success
One of the key components of Fatima Siner's game plan for business success includes the philosophy used by all winning football coaches: surround yourself with the best assistants and the most talented personnel.

08/01/2007 - SilverSource.com Grows Online
Some companies get things right the first time, whether they are marketing online or offline.

06/01/2007 - Housewares & Gifts Summer Forecast
June can be an extraordinary month for retailers in terms of finding a fantastic mix of hot products and cool prices.

05/01/2007 - ROI Marketing Tools
Godfrey, a nationally ranked business to business marketing communications agency, has launched a new series of thought leadership pieces to help marketers improve their company's marketing ROI (Return on Investment).

01/01/2007 - Know Your ROI?
If you do not know how much return on investment you are obtaining from your website, you are not alone. Even some retailers bringing in millions of dollars online cannot quantify the ROI from their website, according to a study by interactive agency Brulant.

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