Best Ecommerce Software Package

Getting the balance right for many entrepreneurs is like a juggling act. Some may find it real easy while others will have to constantly work on it. When it comes to choosing an ecommerce solution that will be the backbone to your online business, you need to choose between getting something that is workable, reasonable and affordable.

It may sound easy as all you need to do is to see what kind of subscription package is available. However, if you would step back a bit and take a real good look on how you would want your business to run, picking a package that is affordable will usually mean that you can bypass the cheap package.

Most people would look for the best ecommerce software package that is the cheapest of the lot. However, if you pay close attention to detail, you will notice that there’s a bunch of limitations that will drive you bananas in the long run. Limited products, disk space, bandwidth and features are the major ones.

Lots of people who normally jump into the ecommerce market may end up calling it quits because of lack of knowledge on how to run an online business. Either they do not know how to market their business or they may not know how to get their SEO right. For those who managed to generate some side income from their online business, they are stuck trying to have a breakthrough to get more conversion.

If you’re on a limited budget, start with the basic package. As you gradually grow, you can then upgrade to the higher range package based on your affordability. The ecommerce service providers do not guarantee that you’re going to be raking in money when you use their solutions. Check them out here http://www.thinkecommerce.net/

You need to take responsibility on how to build your own online store and market your business effectively to generate sales.

Saw the news that Cisco may be promoting their current Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Padmasree Warrior to become chief soon. The women didn’t get to where she is today overnight. It took a lot of hard work to get to where she is today. It’s the same for all those who own an online business. Hard work and perseverance. And a learning attitude.

Check out this short video where Padmasree Warrior shares a bit of her experience and how she grew to be where she is now :

Top Ecommerce Solutions Strategy To Sell More

Top Ecommerce Solutions Sale Strategy

Talk about offering a huge incentive to lure the right talent to your company. I just saw the news that Apple offered Burburry’s ex-CEO, Angela Ahrendts a potential $67 million signing bonus to be their head of retail.

Well, Apple has a lot of cash to throw around and no doubt they would have very good reasons to hire Angela Ahrendts to take the helm for retail.

Ahrendts is known to have turned Burburry around to be a profitable brand by sprucing up it’s brand image with the use of social media. Not bad for a 53 year old who currently reports to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

The top ecommerce solutions should be taking note to see what else will Ahrendts come up with since joining Apple a week or so ago. Will she introduced more social media interactions between Apple and its wide customer base? Or will she introduced different strategies to boost Apple’s retail sales figures to impress us all?

The rest of the top ecommerce software providers who are working hard to help their merchants sell more will want to watch and learn what Apple will be announcing in their upcoming WWDC in June.

Click here http://www.thinkecommerce.net/ to see some of the top ecommerce solutions in the market that are helping merchants sell their products and services online.

With mobile powering ecommerce sales and with deskptop sales on the decline, consumers seem to be using tablets and their mobile phones to make online purchases. Most retail stores have already launched their own mobile apps in the hope of making online shopping easier for their customers.

However, most of the tech companies are still analyzing the ecommerce shopping trend to see which strategy best works to sell more products and services. Google recently offered their users a neat way to locate their recently searched or purchased products using Google Now card utilizing location service.

Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer will be laughing all the way to the bank as Alibaba recently filed their IPO. That will give Yahoo a big boost in cash flow for Mayer to use to acquire more tech companies to improve Yahoo’s business while Alibaba’s Jack Ma watches his company’s skyrocketing valuation.

Things look pretty exciting this year as we expect to see more tech company acquisitions and technology breakthroughs that are aimed to sell more products and services for these companies. Consumers will be literally spoiled for choice as shopping online gets easier and more convenient.

Anyway, here’s a short video about Angela Ahrendts at TED so that you can get a glimpse of the power house she is :

Charles Tang Conversion Specialist

Charles Tang Conversion Specialist

Known for creating the popular InstanteStore shopping cart software, Charles Tang is also widely sought after for his conversion expertise. While many merchants continue to use his ecommerce solutions to power their online store selling products and services online, those who are keen to increase their online sales will also seek him out for some conversion advice.

Some of the merchants that I know have even approached him to critique their online stores. Of course they would pay him to do so and usually his keen eye for details will be able to catch a whole bunch of mistakes that the merchants are doing right or doing wrong for their web store.

It is not often that service providers will offer such a personalized service. Many ecommerce software providers will be happy to guide you through on how to create your online store. But most will not offer constructive criticism in order to help their merchants improve.

There are a whole number of solutions that Charles Tang will usually offer his merchants. Some range from improving their entire website design to implementing professionally customized templates. Other suggestions would be to change the type of keywords that they thought would help them get ranked by Google.

Some times merchants will also ask Charles for advice on whether the products that they are selling are going to get them anywhere. I guess the honest feedback that he gives stems from the belief that he wants to offer the best to his customers. And often times, that would mean telling them the blunt truth with the right intention along with suggestions on how they can improve.

The InstanteStore template split test that Charles came up with was also meant to help his customers sell more. Instead of limiting his merchants to only one main template for their online store, the new template split test system allows merchants to compare up to 5 different templates. The main objective was to help them decide which template is able to convert better results for their online business.

Here’s a short video that shows how his new template split test system works :

And because he didn’t want to burden his merchants, Charles decided that he didn’t want to charge them for the use of the template split test system.

To find out more about what Charles can do or has in mind, check out his site here http://www.charlestang.com/

InstanteStore Customizable Template

Had a look at some of the new templates that were recently added by online shopping cart provider InstanteStore. Thought they were just churning out more new templates to add to their collection of existing templates but was rather surprised that all the old templates had been removed and replaced with fresh new ones. Guess the ecommerce shopping cart felt that it was high time they get rid of the design template feel of 2014 and get with the times.

Anyway, what caught my curiosity was the ‘Add To Split Test’ button. Normally most shopping cart software just have a simple button for you to pick the template of your choice. Since there was no instructions written anywhere on the page, I had some fun adding a few free customizable templates to the split test.

Realized that I could only add up to 5 templates to split test as the screen could only accommodate that many! I guess most merchants who have their own online store that is powered by InstanteStore would most probably pick one or two extra templates on top of their original store template to test out.

Bear in mind that one also has to customize the split test templates so that will take a bit more work. But it is definitely worth it for merchants who are planning to upgrade the look of their web store. While the split test doesn’t guarantee that one will make more money but it is a good effort to encourage online sellers who have steady traffic to see which store look is able to convert offering better results.

While doing split test is not something new in the ecommerce world, one of the ways in which online ecommerce service providers could help their merchants is by making it easier for them to measure their online results. Offering easier ways for them to set up their store and compare results is a bonus as experienced online merchants know how valuable it is to constantly measure their sales.

Bottom line, everyone wants to make more money selling online. If they are already making some, they want more. And the only way to sell more is to have a way to improve the selling process and reach more people. This basically entails tweaking the way your store looks to making sure your SEO is done proper along with active social media signals so that your store is alive rather than boringly dead.

Here’s a short video on how to customize InstanteStore’s template and layout :

To know more about InstanteStore, check out their review http://www.thinkecommerce.net/instantestore-review-2014 to get an idea about this ecommerce solution.

Ecommerce Software Reviews

It’s easy to be completely convinced to use any online shopping cart software provider out there. They make their ecommerce software solution look so good. Almost all of them will tell you that they are the best. As in the most easy to use or that they have so many templates that they throw in for free that you would not be able to make up your mind on which to choose for your online store.

Then there’s the tonnes of features that could be quite overwhelming especially for those that are new to setting up an online store. Talk about a whole load of decisions that one has to make. And that’s not even related to actual business decision making yet when it comes to how you want to sell or market your products!

Anyway, it would be easier if new merchants check out some of the best ecommerce software reviews that are available online. That will at least give them a complete overview on what are the options available for them. The reason is because no one will have all the time in the world to test out every single ecommerce solution out there. Unless if you really have nothing to do.

But since time is money, then you might as well ride on the efforts of those who have done a whole bunch of the donkey work reviewing all the popular ecommerce software solutions out there. At least it will give you a bird’s eye view on what is good and what is not so good with some of these shopping cart providers. That will definitely help you to make a decision on what you need for your business and also on what to watch out for.

No one wants to reinvent the wheel. And I’m sure that most of these ecommerce software providers will also check out the review sites to find out what are their short comings so that they could quickly have improvements made. Here’s a link to one of the top ecommerce review sites http://www.thinkecommerce.net which will be of great help.

Watch out for some of the warnings and shout outs that the reviewers discovered. That will help you avoid or know what you can expect when you come to certain stages of setting up your online store. Anyway, here’s a short video on some of the features that you can expect to find with these ecommerce software solutions :

Online Stores Funding Laid-back Lifestyle

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Not everyone wants to be super rich and drive around in super cars. Really. More and more people want to escape the rat race and live out their lives relaxing and chilling in more affordable and slower paced towns. In many cases, these towns are based in developing countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

The advent of ecommerce has allowed this group of entrepreneurs to experience their laid-back lifestyle without worrying about how the bills are going to get paid. They can live very comfortably on $4,000 a month profit and still have lots of spare change.

Under normal circumstances, it takes just a couple of hours of work a day working on an online store to reach that amount, if done properly.

If they ever need to make a bit more, they can always market their stores a tad more aggressively to bring in more traffic and hopefully, more sales. Some have even started new small brick and mortar businesses to pad their income from their online stores.

I’d like to have this lifestyle too, but maybe later. Right now, I for one, enjoy being part of the rat race. But for those who are interested in not having a boss looking over your shoulders, going on round-island scooter rides whenever you like and lazing under a coconut tree while you check on your online store, ecommerce could be the way to go.

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But before you get all weak in the knees and subscribe to the first software you come across, do yourself a favor and carry out some research first. Google popular ecommerce solutions reviews; CoreCommerce review, for instance. Or go directly to http://www.thinkecommerce.net/corecommerce-review have a read about their pros and cons before signing up.

 

Shopify Apps

Popular ecommerce solution provider Shopify recently integrated two new apps to bring more convenience to their merchants. Ever got boggled down with trying to key in all the shipping details for orders that came pouring in? Don’t have the time to deal with the nitty gritty details of managing your company’s inventory? Wish there could be an easier and faster solution?

Shopify TradeGecko App

Shopify TradeGecko App

Well, the latest app on the block that recently integrated with Shopify was TradeGecko. Based in Singapore but already making waves, this online inventory and order management software company aims to help small and medium sized businesses to manage their inventory and improve customer relationships. This ecommerce solution is currently available on a 21 day free trial for merchants and sellers to try out.

Those using Shopify to power their online store could easily find TradeGecko listed among the company’s impressive list of apps. Depending on the number of orders and products that you need to process a month, sellers could pick the plan that best fits the needs of their business and have the app integrated with their online store.

If you are not sure on what Shopify has to offer, you can visit their main site or check out the Shopify review to get a feel of this ecommerce shopping cart.

Shipping Easy App

The other app that recently integrated with Shopify is called Shipping Easy. This app will come in real handy for those who do not like to keep track of all the minute details of their product shipping – especially if your shipping tends to get a bit more complicated and not as straightforward as other businesses. While some shopping cart providers may have a very simple and old fashion way of configuring shipping, this app takes the complexity out of it while providing an easy to understand interface for merchants and sellers.

Shipping Easy has an impressive list of ecommerce partners consisting of eBay and top shopping cart software providers like Volusion, Magento, Big Commerce, etc. Basically, it makes processing your shipping orders easy, convenient, fast and with real time tracking built in from partner shipping companies which you could track on your mobile any time and any where, a sense of relief.

Shipping Easy’s pricing plan is also quite affordable and worth a try if you have constant shipments to handle. If you would like to know more about Shopify’s ecommerce shopping cart software, you could check out the review here http://www.thinkecommerce.net/shopify-review    

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Showrooming has become the bane of many brick and mortar stores. People walk into a store, compare prices with online stores via smartphones and if the price online is cheaper, they make an online purchase there and then. That’s like a kick in the teeth to brick and mortar store owners.

But showrooming isn’t just affecting smaller stores. Even the big players like Best Buy are feeling the pinch.

So what do you do if you have a small brick and mortar store and is constantly being a victim of showrooming shoppers? No. Don’t close shop. Instead, embrace the technology that drives the showrooming trend and use it to your advantage.

Here’s how.

If you have traditional store, expand to the web by subscribing to an ecommerce software provider. Most are pretty affordable, about $100 a month. This will allow you to sell to anyone in the world. More importantly, it’s a relatively cheap way to increase sales without drastically increasing overheads.

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With an ecommerce store, you can you can take advantage of the economies of scale and reduce your selling prices and therefore be more competitive. You can offer your customers the luxury of shopping from the office and then picking the items up themselves on the way home from work so that they can save on shipping charges. There’s just do many things you can do with an online store that will benefit your business as a whole.

There is no shortage of good ecommerce software in the market. Just do a search for reviews on some of the more popular solutions in the market to help you short list the ones to take a closer look at. To be honest, most of the top solutions have around the same features. The key is finding one that you are comfortable with.

So, just do a search for 3dCart Review, for example, or go direct to http://www.thinkecommerce.net/3dcart-review to have a look at what’s good or not so good about the solution.

 

Ecommerce Predictions For 2013, Top 3

Past Ecommerce Predictions

It is not surprising that the increase in sales of smartphones and tablets have contributed the growth of ecommerce. Though people still shopped online via the use of PCs and laptops, that trend is waning. It was predicted in 2011 that more people will shop via smartphones than via PCs by 2013. That prompted 73% of companies to state that they would be investing in mobile channels in 2011.

More people are shopping online via smartphones and tablets, especially those which use the operating system designed by Apple.

2013 ecommerce predictions:

1 – An increase in online sales but with a further decrease in order value, a continuing trend from 2012. This is to be expected as people continue to look to the net purchase a larger variety of items with a larger variation of prices. Inevitably, this will lower the order value.

2 – Predictive commerce programs like Google Now will play a bigger part in ecommerce, especially in localized ads and even SEO. Imagine, 15  to 30 minutes before you leave for dinner, your phone gives you suggestions of 5 restaurants to consider, based restaurants you frequent, distance you usually travel to dinner and the days you frequent those restaurants.

Once you’ve decided where to have your dinner, you can make a reservation directly from your phone. You might even get a discount if you pre order and pay in advance. That’s as targeted as you can get.

3 – Augmented reality could be the knight in shining armor for brick and mortar stores. Just like predictive commerce or context aware commerce, the software makes very targeted suggestions. The best thing about it is the fact that it is real time. Just select a criteria – gift shops, for example – and point your smartphone in a certain direction and suggestions will pop up, complete with deals to entice you.

The ecommerce trends for 2013 looks to be exciting. Ads will be more targeted and conversion rates should increase. I, for one, can’t wait for all these ecommerce predictions to come to fruition.

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If you have a brick and mortar store as well as an online store, these are exciting times. If you want to get on the online commerce band wagon, remember to do some research first. Look for ecommerce software review site and read up on review likes Volusion Review and so on at http://www.thinkecommerce.net/volusion-review.

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