If you have an online business means that you have to enhance your business’ credibility, add customer support, create rewards, manage online order fulfillment from the store, and so many other retail operations. A never ending story really: all these can create problems if not managed accordingly. But today I’m glad to show you some of my favorite new ecommerce tools that take the pain out of business management.
This is one interesting and productive competition created by Shopify. How does it work? During eight months, more than 21,000 entrepreneurs create new businesses. Together, this year, they managed to sell more than $120 million in products. There have been twice as many participants compared to last year’s competition, while the revenue generated tripled. So, these guys mean business. The winners get $50,000 each, VIP trips, meetings with industry experts and a set of other perks.
But let me take a closer look at the 10 winners:
If you’re a BigCommerce client and you want to sell more, there are quite a few apps out there that you should take into account. I’m sure you’ve already visited their apps page and noticed that there are dozens of them.
Today I’ve selected 3 apps that have the potential to become game-changers in your business. Take a look:
1. Social Rebate helps you to incentivize your customers to get the word out about your product after the purchase from your site. It’s a bit like turning the client into a brand ambasador in a snap. Basically, after the purchase, you can offer the customer to return a certain amount back if they share your message. Thus, your online shop receives social backlinks, new social followers and potential customers.
2. Zopim allows you to see who is on your website in real time, and what they are doing. You can also chat with them, but be ‘invisible’ too, if that’s what you want. Yep, just like in a real store. It’s a great way to track those products and indeed pages that are working well on your store, and those that aren’t. You can take the app for a ride, and download the free trial to see for yourself. Literally
3. Trueship is ideal for those who want to simplify their entire shipping process. It’s mainly a time saver. This application connects everything in one system and automates the entire fulfillment process. There’s a two weeks trial. Check it out.
Shopify was founded in 2006 by Tobias Lütke, Daniel Weinand and Scott Lake. Since the launch, the company has quickly grown from a small player to one of (if not the) leading ecommerce solutions. The company is currently powering more than 100,000 online retailers. Some of their most notable customers include among others General Electric, Amnesty International, CrossFit, Tesla Motors, Encyclopedia Britannica, Foo Fighters, GitHub, and many more. If you are looking for an ecommerce solution with a lot of great features that still remains easy to use for the novice users, then you should definitely give them a try. Continue reading
The two e-commerce platforms will be discontinued on February 1st, 2015. As you probably already know, these platforms are aimed at small to mid-sized online retailers.
If you’re directly affected by this, no need to worry, as Magento is offering migration options for each client, with special migration offers to Bigcommerce, and also to its Community and Enterprise Editions.
With their proven track record of migrating large groups of merchants (we’re talking thousands here) Bigcommerce and Magento managed to design a migration program to make sure that all retailers migrate their stores in time, and before the holiday season. What does the program include? Migration services, integration across sales, client support, and exclusive offers. This integration comes with PayPal and the ability to sell on eBay too.
With a reliable transition provider, this whole thing should be a walk in the park foe existing users. However I can’t recommend Magento anymore so I’ve just removed it from the chart and will look for a new entry soon. Let me know if you have any suggestions.
One of the most important aspects of creating a successful online store is having a great design. If the interface is messy or complicated to navigate then visitors are much more likely to ignore the products and quickly leave the store. I’m often asked which ecommerce platform has the best stores. Here’s my answer: I’ve selected some of the best examples from our best rated ecommerce platforms. Check them out below, if you feel we have forgotten any feel free to add them in the comments below.
My colleague Stephanie was busy recording some new videos for you guys. So if you’d like to find out more about any of these platforms and prefer to watch a video instead of reading the whole thing, this is for you! Let us know if you have any suggestions for our future reviews in the comments.
Shopify Video Review (read the full review here)
We’re proud to offer you a set of 40 amazingly designed vintage ecommerce icons, in collaboration with our friends from Vecteezy. Scroll down to see the entire collection and you’d find the download button at the end of the post.
Yes, the icons are free to use for both personal and commercial websites, and might actually increase conversions if your potential customers are in a nostalgic mood. My favorite is the cheque icon, so much classier than the CC
Matt DeLong established the company in 2001. However it wasn’t fully launched as CoreCommerce until 2008. They offer an ecommerce shopping cart software that is completely web-based and easily allows you to launch an online store. Noteworthy clients include among others, Tendergrass Farms, Spark Living and The Poster List. Since their launch the company has powered more than 13,000 stores. While that might seem like a lot it is actually only 1/10 of other major competitors such as Shopify. We still feel the company is worth considering and here’s why.
In the UK, a new eMarketer report shows that the key digital trends influencing the digital ecosystem this year are “Mobile Usage, Big Data and Ad-Buying Options”. In just one year (2012 -2013), visits to retail websites rose from 24.0% to 45.0%, with nearly half of the smartphone and tablet owners using these devices for research. A significant percentage made a purchase using them. Also, these devices rank very close to laptops and desktops when it comes to the first time users had seen and ad or marketing message about the product they bought.
According to IAB UK, 74% of the polled retailers had a mobile-optimized site, and half of them optimized their search functions for mobile, plus, they added a GPS store locator. However, not too many retailers offered contactless payment facilities, in-store Wi-Fi, or optimized their site for tablets.
Another interesting aspect is that when it comes to groceries, for instance, most UK web users would rather have their shopping delivered to their home, although some of them would have some suggestions regarding ordering, purchase and delivery.
It’s not easy to keep up with the complexity of shopper behavior, but it looks like UK retailers do their best to adapt to shopper preferences (digital and/or physical), to be flexible and surprising.