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Is Ecommerce Right for Your Business? 36 Pros...
If you read popular business literature, you are often left feeling that ecommerce is the solution to all business problems. It is time to see both sides of the coin.
11 Reasons Ecommerce Is Taking the Retail World...
When you read the following list of advantages of ecommerce for businesses and customers, you will get the sense that ecommerce is the holy grail of retail.
What Is Ecommerce, and What Are the Different...
Popular examples of ecommerce revolve around buying and selling online. But the ecommerce universe contains other types of activities as well. Any form of business transaction conducted electronically is ecommerce.
When Ecommerce Isn't So Great
For the effective development of any industry, it is important to recognize its shortcomings. Here is a look at the disadvantages of ecommerce.
Did You Know That There Are 4 Types of Ecommerce?
Ecommerce has matured into a full-blown industry. As a result, we can now see several variants of ecommerce.
What Is Two Factor Authentication?
: What Is Two Factor Authentication? Despite warnings, many people use the same password on multiple
Is Business to Business Ecommerce the Same as...
Differentiating between ebusiness and ecommerce is helpful in understanding the new paradigm of business. Surprisingly, it is not easy.
Don't Be a Dummy -- Find Out How Ecommerce Works
There are several integral components of an ecommerce business. Find out how the different components work with each other.
WordPress for Ecommerce
There are many licensed ecommerce software packages out there. But WordPress is an interesting choice as it did not start out as an ecommerce solution.
Running a Successful Ecommerce Business Is Not...
Ecommerce setups are some of the fastest growing businesses. However, ecommerce is not the magic wand for success. Find out what makes an ecommerce business tick.
The Future of Ecommerce
Today the economy is still in pretty rough shape, but it's better than it was a year or two ago, and that's great news! A large part of the success of this most profitable holiday season is due to the impressive amount of money being spent online. Over the past ten years, the Ecommerce revolution has transformed the way we shop. Although the amount of time and money we spend online grows every year, the Ecommerce experience has changed very little since its inception.
Ecommerce Marketing Plan
There is often an element of spontaneity in the way you implement your marketing plans. But that does not mean that you do not undergo a rigorous ecommerce marketing plan development exercise.
5 Tips to Running a Successful Ecommerce Business
To run a successful Ecommerce business, you must be willing and able to wear many hats. This is not a small undertaking -- at least if you intend to be successful. In a mature company, each topic listed below could be a department unto itself. If you cannot afford to delegate responsibility for any of these key areas, you will just have to do it all yourself, at least until you can afford to hire someone to help you.
Ecommerce Shopping Cart Software
There are so many versions of what constitutes a shopping cart on an ecommerce website. It is almost like the story of the blind men and the elephant.
How to Choose a Domain Name
The domain name is one of the most crucial identifiers of your ecommerce website. Learn how you should choose your domain name.
How to Improve Your Customer Conversion Rate
Why do so many people get cold feet before completing an online purchase? Wouldn't it be great if you could identify in advance, and address the issues which are most likely to cause people to change their minds? Even a small modification to your site can make a significant difference.
Top 10 Ecommerce Books
There is no better teacher than a great book. That is what encourages me to put together this list of the top 10 ecommerce books.
How To Merge Data Into a Product Catalog
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What Is a Payment Gateway?
A payment gateway is an interface between the banks (or financial institutions) of the shopper and the merchant. It facilitates the transfer of money from the shopper's account to the merchant's account.
Supply Chain Strategy
Supply chain management is at the heart of any retail business. Ecommerce is no different.
Business to Business Ecommerce
Though one does not hear about it a lot, B2B ecommerce has truly revolutionized the world of business. Adopters of online business to business processes have reaped several benefits.
Virtual Marketplace
It is one thing to sell goods online. It is entirely another to create a marketplace where others can come and sell their wares.
How Not to Use Pinterest for Ecommerce
While everyone is encouraging ecommerce businesses to rush onto Pinterest, I would like to strike a word of caution.
Effective Email Marketing
Emails are free, and you can trigger a million emails at the click of a mouse. That does not mean that email marketing is trivial. Learn about the basics of email marketing for ecommerce websites.
By Invitation Only by Alexis Maybank and...
Before getting into the contents of this book, a little background information is necessary. Gilt Group
Affiliate Marketing Program
How exactly does an affiliate program work on ecommerce websites? What are its components?
Third Party Logistics
For successful ecommerce, effective fulfillment must be a given. Unless we can deliver the goods, the business cycle cannot be completed.
Canonical URL
Ecommerce websites often have different webpages with the same content. This can cause a problem in ecommerce SEO.
Open Source Ecommerce Software
The following list of open source Ecommerce software is provided for your convenience and should not be viewed as an endorsement of any particular product. The product descriptions were provided by the software companies.
Ecommerce Marketing
Ecommerce can gain from conventional marketing. But it can also make use of a wide range of online activities.
Niche Ecommerce Business Ideas
Everyone would like to sell everything to everybody. But we are a little too late in the day for that. Find the right niche and rule it.
Will Your Ecommerce Business Thrive in an...
Ecommerce moved the venue of transactions from physical stores to the desktop computer. Today, with the proliferation of mobile devices, commerce is turning location independent. Is your ecommerce business ready to go mobile?
Ecommerce Website
Not all ecommerce websites are created equal. Only the ones that focus on ease of use will survive.
Shopify Review
Shopify is one of the most popular hosted shopping cart provider. Read my review of their offering.
Does Your Ecommerce Website Need a Blog?
A blog can really help an ecommerce website. However, you must be willing to nurture the blog. Find out whether your ecommerce business is ready for a blog.
Starting an Ecommerce Business
It is not easier to succeed in ecommerce, but it can certainly be faster. Here is a guide to set up an ecommerce business in one day.
Ebook Ecommerce
Selling physical goods requires logistics, packaging, returns, repairs and many other headaches. Selling ebooks is operationally easier.
Ecommerce SEO
Optimizing an ecommerce website for search follows the general principles of SEO. But the unique challenges of ecommerce SEO require unique solutions.
Ecommerce Security
If we want ecommerce to grow, we need to pay special attention to security. In the absence of a secure business environment, ecommerce has no future.
Ecommerce Suite: ATG Commerce
The following list of Ecommerce software is provided for your convenience. All product descriptions were provided by the software company.
SEO vs. SEM
Initially ecommerce businesses find success only in pay per click traffic. As a result they could end up overlooking SEO entirely. But that may not be a smart move.
Ecommerce Bounce Rate
Customers who bounce off your website as if they are repelled by it are a major cause of concern. Luckily, there is a metric that measures this bounce rate.
Security Issues in Ecommerce
If you want people to part with their money online, you need to make sure that they feel secure. That is why security is always going to be a big concern, for the ecommerce industry.
Mobile Commerce 2.0 by Majeed Ahmad
This book is not for the faint-hearted. Unlike the light reading in several of the ecommerce and related
An Ecommerce Website With an Attitude!
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Pay Per Click Strategy
Paying per click on your advertisements can be an effective method to gain web traffic. But you must make sure that you follow the right strategy.
What Is Reverse Logistics?
Though reverse logistics is not as popular as the supply chain that gets the goods into the hands of the customer, it is as important.
Social Networking and Ecommerce
Social networking platforms have taken on everyone's online existence. What can ecommerce businesses learn from social networking?
Affiliate Marketing vs. Referral Marketing
Despite their common points it is crucial that an ecommerce professional distinguish between affiliate marketing and referral marketing.
7 Ways to Increase Your Shopping Cart...
Many ecommerce customers abandon their shopping midway. Ecommerce businesses must do their best to facilitate check out. Learn seven ways to increase the shopping cart conversion rate.
Ecommerce Fulfillment
Getting the goods into the hands of the customer is the most important stage in the ecommerce supply chain. But that is not as easy as it sounds.
Unique Products
What if you were the only ecommerce website selling a specific set of goods that consumers desire? Wouldn't that offer significant competitive advantage?
The Ecommerce Professional
Not every person can become a great ecommerce professional. There are some characteristics that differentiate a winner.
Top Ecommerce Sites
What distinguishes a good ecommerce website from an also ran? Especially when they both seem to be selling identical products. The difference might be customer-delight.
Ecommerce Success Stories
Most ecommerce businesses fail. That is not the nature of the beast. Many of these failures are avoidable.
Responsive Design of Ecommerce Websites
There is no alternative -- your ecommerce website must be responsive. If not, then you will lose out on a sizeable segment of your population.
Why Every Ecommerce Site Needs Two Sitemaps
Every Ecommerce site should have two different sitemaps: One for humans, and another for robots, crawlers and spiders. Here's everything you need to know to get started.
What Is Link Building?
Understanding link building is necessary for successfully marketing your ecommerce website. Otherwise you will end up paying per visitor that lands up on your ecommerce store.
Communication Strategy for Ecommerce
There are innumerable channels of communication between an ecommerce merchant and a customer. The suave ecommerce player must strive to adopt as many of these channels as possible, while ensuring that they are well supported.
Returns Policy
As an ecommerce website, you have learned to live with returns. But have you created a coherent and fair returns policy?
Business Intelligence for Ecommerce
Success in ecommerce is about using business intelligence intelligently. Here's how.
An Angel Investor's Perspective of Ecommerce...
If you have set up an ecommerce venture, here are some articles to help you scale up.
How to Select the Right Hosting for an...
An ecommerce business needs a robust website. For that, it needs the right hosting service. Get equipped to choose the right hosting for your ecommerce website.
Business Vision
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Building E-Commerce Solutions with WooCommerce...
Earlier, I had written an article about using WordPress for ecommerce . At that point of time, I had
Shared Hosting vs. VPS
While shared hosting is priced attractively, it might not be the best choice for an ecommerce website.
Barriers to Entry in the Ecommerce Business
Most successful businesses enjoy some protection from barriers to entry. Ecommerce businesses are not one of them.
The Right Ecommerce Business Plan
You could have one general ecommerce site, or many niche websites. This article helps you decide on an ecommerce business plan that makes more sense.
Product Description
When the customer narrows down their search to a specific product page on your ecommerce website, the image and product description on that page influences the purchase decision. Make sure that the product description is what the customer wanted to read.
Customer Acquisition Strategy
Acquiring customers is the primary task of all ecommerce business. But that does not mean that you can ignore satisfying those customers.
Domain Name Extension
There are dozens of choices when it comes to domain name extensions. If you are an ecommerce business, how would you choose a domain name?
Ecommerce Loyalty
More than anything else, a loyal customer is the greatest asset of an ecommerce business. Find out why that is the case.
Privacy Policy
In this era of online privacy concerns, it is important that you make your privacy policy clear. Here is what you can do about it.
Does Your Ecommerce Website Sound Like a Used...
Hard sell is fun only to a few. Despite any short-term benefits you might notice, the fact is that hard sell is a bad sales strategy.
Reverse Logistics
While ecommerce logistics focus on delivering goods to the customer, reverse ecommerce logistics deal with getting goods back to the ecommerce business.
Domain Name Protection
The domain name of your ecommerce website is crucial to your business. But it may not be safe.
Clean Design and Large Images Can Differentiate...
Often one ecommerce website looks just like another. That is a big loss of opportunity to distinguish yourself.
The Japanese Ecommerce Market
As if it is not tough enough to grow on your home territory, international expansion adds a whole new dimension to your challenges. Learn about entering the Japanese ecommerce market.
Top 9 Affiliate Marketing Tools
Invest in your affiliates. Give them tools that will help them sell on your behalf.
Maximizing Ecommerce Profits
Once you have done all you can do, you will have to come up with innovative means to improve profitability. But at the early stages, you need to make sure that you have the basics in place.
Managing an Ecommerce Business
As the small ecommerce business matures, more people are need to assume increasingly specialized roles. Find out about some basic ideas about structuring a professional ecommerce organization.
Pizza Ecommerce
What can ecommerce players learn from one fateful social media scandal about Dominos Pizza?
Book Review: E-Business and E-Commerce...
A strong conceptual background makes a professional resilient to challenges that the economy or the workplace may throw up. For ecommerce professionals, it is important that to stay abreast of latest trends, but also be well versed with underlying concepts. That is why you need to read this book: E-Business and E-Commerce Management: Strategy, Implementation and Practice (4th Edition) by Dave Chaffey.
Enterprise-Class Ecommerce Solutions
The following list of Enterprise-class Ecommerce software is provided for your convenience. The product descriptions were provided by the manufacturers.
Pinterest for Ecommerce
For some ecommerce businesses, Pinterest is the new kid on the block. For others, it is already a substantial source of high-quality traffic.
How to Write an Invoice for Your Ecommerce Sales
The invoice is not just yet another document. It is an official record of sale, and is a necessary part of the business of ecommerce.
Step-by-Step Guide to Setting Up a Million...
Setting up a million dollar ecommerce business is easy. Sustaining it is the challenge.
Is This the Right Technology to Place Your...
Do you have a perspective on where ecommerce technology is headed? Are you willing to bet on the ecommerce technology of the future?
Discounting Promotes Sales, But at What Cost?
Discounting is killing your ecommerce business! Before it is too late find the perfect mix to discounting. Otherwise it is an unending downward spiral.
Acquiring Ecommerce Businesses Can Be Like 2 +...
I welcome you to explore the opportunity to set up an online marketplace for buying and selling ecommerce businesses.
Inviting Angels and Venture Capitalists to Your...
When should you raise money for your ecommerce venture? How much? Find out answers to these questions.
Lean Ecommerce
Lean on staffing, lean on capital assets, lean on fixed costs, lean on expenses. That is what lean ecommerce is made up of.
Cost Per Acquisition Is a Key Performance...
How much does it take your ecommerce business to acquire a new customer? How does that compare to the value that customer brings to you.
Make Money Creating Your Own Products
Though the mass market is for mass products, there are niche segments where highly individualistic products sell. How about facilitating your users who want to create and sell their own products?
Shopify Apps
This is a top 10 list of apps in the Shopify App Store. Put together these ten apps substantially increase Shopify's functionality.
Ecommerce Valuations
Valuations of ecommerce startups have been pretty much over the top; from where I stand. Are we at the threshold of a valuation bust of ecommerce businesses?
Why Ecommerce Business Spam Is Bad for Everyone
If you are an ecommerce business, please be courteous enough to avoid spamming your customers with frequent product recommendations.
Ecommerce Security Issues
People actually part with their money on your ecommerce website. Do your security measures warrant that level of trust?
Clickstream
Figuring out the customer is never easy. But if you were to analyse their online behavior, you would get great clues.
Social Ecommerce
Social media has altered consumer behavior. Make sure that you do not get left behind.
How to Estimate Site Traffic Based On Your...
Online retail expert, Roger Willcocks, owner of UK-based agency Screen Pages, shares a simple formula for estimating the amount of traffic necessary to reach your sales goal.
Ecommerce Suite: IBM WebSphere Commerce
The following list of Ecommerce software is provided for your convenience. All product descriptions were provided by the software company.
The Business of Vulturing Ecommerce Businesses
In certain circumstances, it makes sense to buy a business merely to rip it apart. So far ecommerce businesses seem to be immune from that trend.
Hey Startup! Ecommerce Is Great, Are You?
Though I am a big believer in the future of ecommerce, I do not automatically assume that a specific ecommerce player will do well too.
If Customers Sign Up for Your VIP Subscription...
Wouldn't it be ecommerce heaven if customers paid you for the privilege of buying on your website. Well, VIP subscription clubs do just that.
The ABCs of A/B Testing
If you've ever had your eyes examined, then you already know something about A/B Testing. Which do you like better? This one... or that one? A or B?
Ecommerce Failures
The wise have always stated that failure is a stepping-stone to success. Nowhere is this more apparent than in ecommerce.
Ecommerce and Intellectual Property
Intellectual property may be the most valuable asset that an ecommerce business owns.
Ecommerce Business Model
Discounting and overspending on acquiring new customers is driving many businesses into the dust. Let's stop this craziness.
Supplier Due Diligence
Though you are not married to your supplier, it will help if your supplier can stick by you. To choose the right supplier there are a few elements of due diligence that should not be overlooked.
Forced Registration Is the #1 Sales Killer on...
We all hating at yet another website. But ecommerce business have a lot more to gain from a registered visitor, as opposed to a guest? So what is the solution?
Consumer Behavior
If you had an insight into consumer behavior, you would have the key to continued ecommerce success. Here is the first step to that journey.
Click and Mortar
Though the customer-facing end of ecommerce resides online, what you do offline can affect your fortunes in ecommerce.
Affiliate Marketing Is Not a Bed of Roses for...
Some regard affiliate marketing as the panacea for all ecommerce-marketing woes. They are wrong!
Four More Books to Warm the Cockles of Your...
Integrating PayPal, figuring out ecommerce economics, designing ecommerce search, and setting up a small ecommerce business -- these are the themes of the four books reviewed here.
How to Use Spoon Browser Sandbox
How to run cross-browser tests on your Ecommerce site using Spoon Browser Sandbox. Spoon Browser Sandbox is a free, cloud-based service that lets you run popular browsers directly from the Web installing them on your computer. It supports the most current -- and also older -- versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Opera. Spoon Browser Sandbox provides an easy and elegant solution to the nagging problem of cross-browser testing.
SSL
If I were to choose one, I would say the most important feature of an ecommerce website is security. SSL helps with ecommerce security.
Niche Ecommerce
You must resist the temptation to be everything to every body. Setting up a niche store dramatically increases your likelihood of success.
6 Attributes of a Winning Ecommerce Startup
There are several interesting ecommerce businesses springing up everywhere. Here is what I would like to see in them.
Attracting Investors and Customers to Your...
Customers give you money. So do investors. Of course the nature of that money is different. Here's how you can attract customers and investors.
Wholesaler Relationships
Getting the right wholesalers into your supply chain is pivotal to your success. Find out how you can develop the right wholesaler relationships.
Improving the Speed of Your Ecommerce Website
Making sure that your webpages load fast is the least that you can do to serve your customers. Here are 4 quick ideas to increase the speed.
Ecommerce Technology
Using the right technology can be the tipping point for your ecommerce business. This is a beginner's article for getting your ecommerce technology right.
Developing Trust in Ecommerce
If you want to succeed in the long term, you need to earn your customer's trust. Here are some basic steps you can take to gain credibility.
Ecommerce Testing
I know of ecommerce startups that change some aspect of their website multiple times a day. Elaborate testing can help you constantly tweak your website to enhance usability.
Book Review: Effortless E-Commerce With PHP and...
When you think of technologies for ecommerce websites , those who are used to the old traditions of the
Ecommerce Platforms
At the risk of seeming cookie-cutter, you should evaluate some of the most popular ecommerce platforms. Here are five of the most popular.
5 Simple Techniques to Provide Exceptional...
Customer service makes for great slogans. Everyone claims that they have the very best customer service. But here are 5 ideas that will work every time.
Couponing
Could you make a lot of money setting up a couponing website? Does couponing make sustainable economic sense?
How to Differentiate Your Ecommerce Business
Ecommerce businesses are too similar to each other. But it is not impossible to come up with effective differentiators.
User Friendly Ecommerce Websites
User friendliness of an ecommerce website is not a matter that deserves mere lip service. Businesses can be made or broken on the basis of user friendliness.
Get Your Ecommerce Business off the Ground With...
I am excited to tell you that I reviewed 4 more ecommerce books. The first one of these is Web Programming and Internet Technologies: An E-Commerce Approach. It
International Ecommerce
Expanding internationally is easy. But what does it take to succeed in a new country?
Ecommerce Implications of Facebook Buying...
So Facebook has bought WhatsApp! For 19 billion dollars! While there is a lot of discussion around the valuation, timing, and rationale of the purchase, I
SEO for Ecommerce
Ecommerce websites usually do not invest significantly in SEO. That is why a little SEO effort can go a long way.
How to Lower the Bounce Rate on Your Ecommerce...
Lowering the bounce rate on your ecommerce website is not something that you undertake once. Rather, it is a continuous process.
Social Media Platforms
Depending upon your objectives, one social platform might work better than another. Find out about some of the most popular social websites, and figure out how they can be part of your ecommerce communication mix.
Customer Loyalty Programs
Some initiatives meant to spur customer loyalty could backfire. Others could work out beautifully.
What Kind of Founding Team Would Make an...
New ecommerce businesses spring up every day. But are the founding teams up for the challenge?
Fight the Ecommerce Big Boys on Their Turf and...
Scale is the mantra for ecommerce business success. So make sure that you have your scaling formula right.
One Basic Human Instinct Makes Social Media...
It is not without reason that social ecommerce is regarded as the future of online retail.
Why Do So Many Ecommerce Businesses Die?
The birth and death of ecommerce business is regular occurrence. Find out why.
Ecommerce Competition
It is time you took a hard stand against the competition. Ecommerce is hypercompetitive to begin with; there is no room for laxity.
PCI Compliance Guidelines
PCI Compliance Guidelines for Ecommerce Merchants.
The Complete E-Commerce Book by Janice Reynolds
A common claim by several ecommerce books is that they are "complete" guides. Some books fit the bill
This 5-Step Cha-Cha-Cha Could Get Your...
If your ecommerce business is not in shape to get acquired, you will quite likely miss out on several opportunities.
Top 5 Issues That Will Make You Irresistible to...
Sometimes it becomes important for ecommerce businesses to raise money from investors. Here is the path.
"Give Me $1 and I Will Show You How to Earn...
Stay away from work-at-home ecommerce scams. Learn the basics and set up a solid business.
Conversion Rate Optimization
There are some pretty basic factors that affect conversion on your ecommerce website. Here is a nifty little list.
Global Ecommerce
One of the major promises of ecommerce was that it dissolves national boundaries. And that is exactly what is happening.
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