All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘eBusiness’
Today, StartUp Britain was launched, an initiative offering support and resources for businesses just starting out or looking to grow. The initiative has the backing of many companies known intimately by those of us on this side of the pond like Google, Blackberry and HP. As you may remember, Startup America was launched in January as part of President Obama’s …
Sometimes one has to state the obvious: You’re in business to make money. You make money by convincing lots of people to give you some of their money. Success depends on making this process as painless as possible*.
But many online businesses may be making it too difficult for customers to hand over the cash, which is a bad business practice by any account.
Here’s what people (especially men) are used to:
Making a purchase online, especially a substantial one, can be a nerve-wracking process for a consumer. The primary problem, aside from price, is trust. Shoppers negotiate their relationship with the vendor in much the same way they negotiate relationships with any stranger: by seeking information.
What an online vendor lacks (and what becomes a disadvantage) is one-on-one interaction with the customer. As such, the customer must put forth additional effort to find out about a product for sale. Making this task easier can make all the difference in closing a sale.
‘Tis the season for lists – lists reflecting on the year we are getting ready to leave behind, and lists looking toward the future. Sites all around the web are putting up best of/worst of lists, so I thought it might be fun to look at some lists from some of these sites in the eBusiness and tech industries.
I’ve always felt that comments have the ability to enhance articles, as they expand the conversation and often provide more thoughtful insight into the topic being written about. Of course this is not always true. There is plenty of spam, and always a fair amount of unconstructive criticism, name calling, and general ugliness. But it’s a small price to pay for making content more community-driven, which still overall, I feel is more useful to the end-user in the long run.
The number of online jobs went up according to the Monster U.S. Online Jobs Index. The increase marked the end of a three-month decline, indicating that employers are preparing for the fall hiring season. In August, online job availability went up in 14 of the Index’s 20 industry categories and in 13 of the 23 occupational categories measured. Still, the index is 14% lower than it was a year ago.
Web directories don’t exactly have the reputation of being helpful resources for finding information. Most have become endless pits of links, and wading through them to find anything useful is next to impossible.
Then there are the human-edited ones that tend to be more useful, but are aimed more at the submitter promoting their business than they really are towards the user who is there to find information. Often times these directories offer paid links, further proving that they are really there for promotional purposes.
Research shows that print ads that contain URLs are up to three times as likely to drive readers to a website than those that don’t include them.
Not that this information comes as much of a surprise, but it is probably a tactic that many businesses still are not using.
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It’s that time of year again, the time of year it’s perfectly acceptable to do a bit of drinking in honor of the saint that drove the snakes out of Ireland, in honor of luck or lack thereof, in honor of the Emerald Isle most of us have only seen in pictures but have vowed to travel to one day whether we have relatives there or not.
When speaking of website optimization practices, it is often associated with SEO and the goal of achieving high search rankings. While this certainly is important to a site’s overall visibility, gaining and retaining user trust should also be a primary focus of any company looking to bolster its virtual presence.
Enterprise security solutions provider SSH Communications Security has released a white paper called “Replacing FTP and Telnet in Cross-Platform Networks“.
It is very important for enterprises to have relevant information about the processes of customers as well as business processes.
The 21st Century, where all things tech, software, media, and e-business will converge and boom with deafening force, is creating a new realm of specialization that is vital to an evolve or die type of market. That realm, as many are learning through litigation and deflated new product hopes, is intellectual property rights. Intellectual Ventures, a company spawned by two former Microsoft employees, recognizes the potential of this burgeoning market, collecting patents rather than products.
The rapid growth of the internet commerce in recent years presents established small businesses with a serious dilemma. On the one hand, they can stick with the business model that has worked for them for the last number of years. On the other hand, they can make the shift to serious eBusiness.
Microsoft and Canon have been working together to develop a new color management system for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Vista operating system.
Research and Markets has released a new report capturing the dynamics of wireless product usage in homes by consumers in the United States.
Salesforce.com has launched an eBay style online marketplace called AppExchange for the buying and selling of applications between businesses.
HP and Seiko I Infotech have signed an agreement to develop and market large-format printers specifically for outdoor graphics printing.
Sony introduced its new 10.3-megapixel digital camera today. The Cyber-shot DSC-R1 is Sony’s first product to include the company’s CMOS sensors.
Macromedia and HP have formed a partnership to integrate, market and sell the Macromedia Flash Platform and the HP Service Delivery Platform (SDP) for mobile devices.
ABN AMRO has entered a five-year contract to outsource its IT systems to five firms in the United States and India for about $2.2 billion.
There have been rumors going around saying that Skype Technologies is for sale, but the company has apparently claimed that they are false.
IDC has reported results from a survey that suggest that contrary to what some may think, digital cameras are not losing popularity at the hands of camera phones.
Factory revenue in the worldwide server market went up to $12.2 billion for the second quarter, up 5.6% compared to last year.
Wireless customers in Florida whose service was disrupted by Hurricane Katrina are not totally out of luck. Verizon Wireless has dispatched network technician teams in the areas that were hit the hardest.