Now that you have your ecommerce store up and running, the next thing that should be on your mind is sales and conversions. Conversion happens when someone goes from just browsing to buying. When a customer commits and purchases from you, then a conversion has taken place. To calculate your store’s conversion rate, divide the number of purchases within a time frame, say for example the month of April, by the total number of visitors to your store within that time (so the number of people who went to your site in April)––that proportion is your rate of conversion. With any good retailer, you should always look to increase your conversion rate, and in this post, we’ll go over three methods to do just that. Continue reading 3 Methods to Increasing Your Ecommerce Store’s Conversions
The most wonderful time of the year is quickly approaching us. In fact, we are just two months away before the holiday season kicks into full gear. A single day of sales in November and December can easily bring in double or even triple the amount of revenue seen on a typical sales day. To show you just how much revenue potential is out there, 2012 saw $33.8 billion spent on online sites alone during the holidays, which was up from $30 billion in 2011 (a 13 percent increase!). It’s safe to say that there will be equal if not larger sales numbers for this year. Here are a number of ways you can prime your ecommerce site for the holidays. Continue reading Five Ways to Prepare Your Ecommerce Site for the Holidays
When Pinterest first launched, everyone was confused. Was this new platform going to be more of a personal social media venture or an online outlet for retailers and businesses? As the image-driven platform began to pick up steam and popularity over the last three years, it’s become clear that Pinterest can be used as both––though how and whether companies are utilizing Pinterest to its fullest ability and using it well, is a whole other question.
What is not in question, however, is Pinterest’s value to ecommerce businesses. Nothing is as shareable as photos and images, and shareability is the driving success factor in social media, marketing, and getting your products out there to as many people as possible. Thus, pinning your product photos via Pinterest and encouraging others to repin them will increase your store’s conversions. Afterall, Pinterest essentially functions as a visual shopping or wish list for online buyers. Continue reading 3 Strategies To Get People Pinning Your Products
We know what you’re thinking: how hard could it be to make a website user-friendly and intuitive? After all, just stick a search bar somewhere at the top and some clickable tabs somewhere on the home page, and you’re good to go, right? Wrong.
Did you know search bars are not a more clear navigation tool than well-organized categories? In fact, if your product groupings are clearly named and your site is indeed intuitive, there’s no need for a search bar. What many people don’t realize when they’re thinking about how to set up their ecommerce website is that search bars are only effective for those who come to your store knowing what they’re looking for; search bars don’t directly encourage people to browse more or comb through your categories.
Therefore, the ultimate goal with intuitive navigation is well-organized tabs and categories that lead to clearly established product pages. A well-designed, user-friendly online store effortlessly guides consumers through the entire process of shopping, from searching to purchasing. At no point should customers be confused or not know what their next step is. Convoluting the path to purchase leads to abandoned shopping carts and low conversion rates. So, in this post, we’ll go into further detail about what you can do to ensure that your ecommerce store is intuitive and user friendly, and guides your customers along as they shop. Continue reading 3 Ways to Ensure Intuitive and User-Friendly Navigation for Your Ecommerce Store
Let’s be frank: there’s too much content out there on the web. Every second of every day we’re inundated with it. As consumers, we receive newsletters and sales promotions in our inboxes; we spend the first half of our work days––you know, those hours spent waiting for lunch––reading online content via CNN, Buzzfeed, and Reddit, and many of our jobs require regularly digging through all the information (some good, most bad) presented to us on the web. So the worst thing you could do for your ecommerce business is to add to the slush pile and fall, unnoticed, among the competition.
In an earlier Ecommerce Rules post, we discussed the importance and money-making potential of product pages. They hold the weighted key to increasing your online store’s conversions; thus, as a smart and savvy online business owner, it is vital that you do everything in your power to write engaging product descriptions for your product pages that not only draw buyers in but encourage them to share with friends and increase your consumer network. In this post, we’ll go over how to create captivating product descriptions that your customers will want to read and share. Continue reading Ecommerce 101: How to Create Captivating Product Descriptions