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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 - A Message from the CEO
This year marks our 25th anniversary serving the wholesale and retail merchandise industry, and I want to thank you for choosing us to help you grow your business. It is an honor to bring you the news, business insights and, most importantly, new product information you need to succeed. Throughout the years, our motto has been to under promise and over deliver, and we are dedicated to connecting reputable wholesalers with the most active buying audience across all venues.
01/01/2013 - Strength in eCommerce Sector
Retail ecommerce spending for the first 32 days of the November-December 2012 holiday shopping season reached $21.4 billion, marking a 14 percent increase versus the corresponding period last year, according to Internet ANALYTICS company comScore.
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.
09/01/2012 - Ecommerce Essentials to Grow Your Business
Efficient ecommerce platforms are a vital part of Internet wholesalers' and retailers' businesses. They provide a variety of tools that automate web based sales, such as creation and maintenance of product catalogs, shopping cart services, payment processing and order tracking.
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.
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 - 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 - Marketers React to Google Changes
Google recently upended the ecommerce marketing world with the announcement of upcoming changes to what will now be called Google Shopping. Many retailers and marketers we spoke with are positive about the switch. One might think taking a product from free to paid would cause an outcry, but for many it is an answer to long time concerns about control.
06/01/2012 - Conversion Funnels for Web Profits
Conversion funnels help website owners understand the online behavior of visitors during a conversion process.
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.
03/01/2012 - Analyzing Google ANALYTICS
When selling merchandise online, it is not enough to simply track sales.
03/01/2012 - Your Guide to the New Google ANALYTICS
In March 2011 Google released its new and improved version of Google ANALYTICS.
02/01/2012 - Social Media Grows Up
Social media is no longer just for college students and other young adults to announce their Friday night plans.
01/01/2012 - Making Your Website Mobile
Designing a website to sell your products used to be pretty simple, because you knew your audience.
12/01/2011 - The Truth About Traffic
In the last issue, I outlined some important thinking that makes up basic foundational elements of a successful ecommerce business.
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 - Mapping Multi-Channel Sales Funnels
You can not manage what you do not measure.
09/01/2011 - Optimizing Search Results for Ecommerce
For many ecommerce merchants, customer traffic arrives primarily through search engines, including Google, Bing, and Yahoo.
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.
03/01/2011 - Landing Pages Drive Conversion
Effective landing page design can drive ecommerce conversions, as every online retailer wants to convert browsing consumers into paying customers.
03/01/2011 - Coping With Ecommerce Change
An ancient Greek philosopher said, "The only constant is change." That's especially true in this most changeable of fields, online retailing.
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.
10/01/2010 - Turning Web Shoppers into Buyers
Many online store owners have the impression that all they have to do is attract more traffic and sales rise.
07/01/2010 - Track Google Product Search Traffic in Google ANALYTICS
Since measurement is the key to success, I wanted to continue that series providing yet one more item ecommerce sites may want to consider tracking.
06/01/2010 - Home Furnishings & Housewares On Roll
The home furnishings and housewares segment of consumer goods has come through the economic downturn with mostly flying colors, according to both U.S. government statistics and purveyors of goods in the category
06/01/2010 - Tracking Email Campaigns
In past articles, I showed you how to track various paid search traffic channels using Google ANALYTICS and Google's URL Builder
05/01/2010 - Best Days & Times for Emails
When considering how to get the most out of your email campaigns, do not overlook the timing of a send.
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.
11/01/2009 - Optimizing Conversion
A majority of Internet retailers and other online businesses are failing to take advantage of ANALYTICS technology, in order to optimize website content to better convert online browsers to buyers, according to a recent study by Omniture Inc
06/01/2009 - 4 Ways to Increase ROI of Your PPC Campaigns
Many see running a profitable paid search campaign as an art.
04/01/2009 - 3 Most Important Web Pages
To be successful in ecommerce, you need to be proactive, not passive.
09/01/2008 - Social Networks Build Brand Awareness
Increasing buyers' awareness of your company and products is just one element of running a successful online business.
03/01/2008 - New Click Fraud Filter Improves Traffic Quality
Click Forensics, Inc., the leading provider of click fraud prevention solutions, has announced the availability of Click Forensics for Publishers
03/01/2008 - Building Relevance And Sales Momentum
Relevance occurs when an input (a sight, sound, a display, words) connects with an individual's background to yield conclusions that matter to them, like answering a question
02/01/2008 - Golden Compass Increases Web Sales
I have noticed a recurring problem among merchants who have contacted me to help them increase their website sales.
11/01/2007 - Websites to Get Facelifts
As today's shoppers become more discriminating about their interactions online, the stakes are being raised for retailers to provide a consistently positive, more sophisticated experience.
11/01/2007 - Optimizing Product Pages For Sales
Usability research from Nielsen Norman Group (E-Commerce User Experience, pg. 26) suggests that there are two primary reasons why website visitors decide not to purchase from a website:
11/01/2007 - Email Results
Engaging online customers requires more than quick thank you notes for buying or signing up for newsletters.
10/01/2007 - List Turnover Troubles
Managing list growth is a constant challenge to online merchants that communicate with customers via email; such a challenge, that it topped this year's list of a study by JupiterResearch.
09/01/2007 - Web Profits: Proven How-To Strategies to Skyrocket Web Sales
Last month I presented the importance of knowing your website performance numbers. Knowing these numbers enables you to decide where to focus your efforts, including time and money to increase your website sales.
08/01/2007 - SilverSource.com Grows Online
Some companies get things right the first time, whether they are marketing online or offline.
03/01/2007 - Email Personalization
Just 10 percent of email marketers individualize all aspects of their email campaigns.
01/01/2007 - Positive Marketing From Your Limited Database
Discouraged by your limited ability to target past customers? Whether you are in wholesale or retail, you are not alone. Even some of today's fastest growing companies do not have their web divisions set up the way they want or need them to be. So how can you compensate if you do not have precious data on visitors because you do not have a proper ANALYTICS program?
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.