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What kind of financial return should a company expect when it globalizes its website? If it translates the e-commerce pages, will more people buy? Or is English enough for the still English-saturated web?
In this article, I am going to be talking about some new studies and reports that have been made available. I do not want to bore you with a bunch of numbers and statistics, but sometimes by looking at the numbers, we can realize certain areas that we can improve on for online businesses and realize areas that we do well in. We can give ourselves a big pat on the back and feel good about ourselves.
What are the secrets of converting visitors into customers? Most ecommerce sites that struggle to convert suffer from the same half dozen minor problems.
Web business owners commit some SEO & ranking gaffes, sometimes without even knowing what they’ve done. In the manner of a Letterman top ten list, I’d like to offer the worst in the hope that I can prevent you making the same mistakes.
Dell has won an important victory over DE Technologies, a Virginia firm that holds a patent so broad it could cover all e-commerce. A federal district judge declared parts of the patent as too “indefinite” and approved some measures of Dell’s request to have it rendered invalid.
Reality show contestants don’t vanish into fictional poofs at the show’s conclusion. They’re not the cast of Friends; there is life after the show. Chip Arndt, half of the winning duo of Amazing Race 4, left reality stardom to set up Merchant Advantage, an e-commerce company small businesses need to know about.
You probably have heard all these terms an awful lot lately. You wonder about what these technologies do? What value to they provide? If you aren’t up to speed on these new applications and how they are impacting retail online interaction then read this brief further.
The line between email marketers and spammers is a thin one. But for many legitimate e-business professionals, targeted email is an essential part of the business. The next wave of email marketing is permission-based, and companies are working to differentiate their bulk emails from spam.
Once your website has secured an order, you have to fulfill it. While the fulfillment of digital goods is usually handled online, the delivery of physical goods is handled in a “brick-and-mortar” world.
In the early days, guessing was considered to be the smartest thing to do. After all, we needed to start somewhere and develop ourselves from scratch so we were ready to find out what works and what doesn’t.
For a number of e-Businesses, discovering the best way to accept payments is a frustrating task. As the Internet is an instant medium, it is highly recommended that a ecommerce website must accept credit/debit cards and online checks as modes of payment.
By now you can see it coming, almost as soon as Hurricane Katrina made landfall, scam artists were setting up their online piggy banks to collect the pennies of the unwitting. Rita, not quite the shrew that Katrina was, will no doubt see Rita relief scams, and an international “call to arms,” has been launched to flog the offenders.
Sales tax for retail products sold on the Internet has been an issue for heated debate for some time. Since most online retail is essentially a catalog order from another state, in many cases, sales tax isn’t charged. There is a movement to get a federal law passed that would force online retailers to charge sales tax on products they ship out.
Diversity is key in marketing and a successful campaign will utilize not only various available media, but media that pinpoints a consumer ready to buy. It seems obvious, within the scope of the adage, “don’t put all of your eggs in one basket,” but every avenue counts. If you haven’t thought of comparison shopping search, you probably should.
As we continue to journey through the information age with technology traveling at lightening speed, many businesses are scrambling to keep up to date with the latest technological trends.
The advent of the internet has opened the door for e-commerce, which not only includes B2C businesses but also supports B2B business relationships.
The ecommerce website has taken the internet by storm. Consumers are buying billions of dollars in merchandise yearly, often even profiting more than offline stores.
Thanks to the ubiquity of the internet, online virtual businesses have become very popular business opportunities. Online retail stores are gradually playing a more important role in our lives than the traditional brick-and-mortar’ retail shops. Over the last few years, a new concept called Drop Shipping’ has emerged with the coming of the internet.
Microsoft Business Solutions Great Plains was designed back in the early 1990s as the first graphical ERP/accounting system for mid-size businesses.
The trial pitting Australia’s recording industry against the makers of Kazaa may be coming to a highly anticipated end. With closing arguments complete, Judge Murray Wilcox of Australia’s Federal Court is expected to rule whether or not the makers of the P2P client are liable for copyright breaches and lost income resulting from files being shared across the Kazaa expanse.
Everyday thousands of people are purchasing products on-line from the comfort of their homes.
“To speak to a live representative, please click here.” What a great idea, I thought. After two frustrating hours reviewing website product information and scribbling down unanswered questions, I was ready to talk to a real, live human; and get some answers.
Without a reliable wholesale supply source, an ECommerce store is likely to close.
Let me share with you a secret that most marketing experts and consultants don’t want you to know (many of them don’t even understand this secret themselves.)
Digital River today announced it is working with Microsoft Corp. to expand Microsoft’s e-commerce software distribution efforts.
Pricester.com – a new e-commerce model for the online retail industry and one of the planet’s fastest growing e-commerce portals – is being compared to Napster.com.
FindWhat.com announced today that Mitsui & Co., Ltd. has launched a new pay-per-click advertising service in Japan, utilizing their technology and operations know how through the FindWhat.com Private Label service.
The online adult industry lures many online with promises of easy riches. During the crash one ecommerce pundit pointed to adult sites as sites that could survive. While we know that wasn’t true, it’s true that the adult industry grew through the down turn and remains to day a major technology driver (so much so that USAToday wrote an article on adult tech recently).
By now, almost everyone has purchased either a product or service online or knows somebody who has. But if you are interested in selling online, you may not know what is involved in an e-commerce transaction and what services it requires. You can divide e-commerce into four simple parts, each to do a specific task.
Just because you’ve built your e-commerce website doesn’t mean the customers will begin to come. You need to bring in the visitors, showcase your products, convince them to buy, and bring them back yet again to make any significant gains.
A key ingredient in any e-commerce storefront application is the database. This is where information unique to a particular store is archived. One grouping of unique information is product data.
E-Commerce, E-Business, Internet Shopping, On-line Storefronts, Digital Storefronts, Electronic Shopping, Internet Commerce, Web Commerce, B2B, B2C, etc. are all terms used by marketing to grab a “mind share”. They all refer to buying and selling over the Internet.
The EU VAT directive has caused significant controversy amongst developers and online software registration services. Part of the confusion has comes from the vagueness in the directive and questions with regards to the jurisdiction that the EU has over the US to enforce its policies. The implementation has skewed the playing field in favor of EU companies, while putting a significant burden on US businesses that do not benefit from the tax.
We know of few entrepreneurs and small business owners that don’t find record keeping an enormous waste of time and energy that should be spent on more productive endeavors. Simply put, maintaining records of any business activity is just a given part of the business environment. Maintaining good and complete records can serve to enhance the business and save a lot of time later on.
Many of your competitors are already doing business through the Internet. You read that yearly growth rate of e-commerce is over 25 percent. E-commerce segment for the businesses that sells to other businesses or B2B, as it is called, is escalating even in a better pace. Naturally, at one point, you too decide that you need to have a piece of this action! But, what are the main characteristics of a good e-commerce site that you must consider even before you build one?
To succeed in e-commerce, the following eleven steps are those that every business owner should tackle when developing their new online business:
I often receive emails from people asking me where do I get my sources, statistics, news and information for my editorials in my newsletters. Some of these resources offer superb information as well as links to other pertinent sites — while I use them as editor these sites can be of tremendous help to any Internet marketer. So without further ado, here’s a partial list of the many sources and resources that I often visit:
Traditionally, the phrase Supply Chain Management meant assembly lines, warehouses, truckers and time sheets. Earlier, manufacturers had the luxury of taking years to develop, market and sell their products. Back then, there were few variations in packaging and in the products themselves.
Question: I’m a partner (one of six) in a small business and am trying to deploy our web site with an attendant web-based application (survey data collection and reporting). The system is being designed in Java and is using SQL Server as the back-end. We were thinking of launching this on a box running MS Small Business Server 2000 (as it would then also obviate a number of other small business software needs, such as email with Exchange server, internet security, etc.). Is this deployment strategy reasonable? Does SBS handle enough anonymous TCP/IP connections to do e-commerce where we don’t know how many people my be trying to connect to our database to buy stuff?
Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
Are you at odds with your database? Database programming expert Lee Gould can help.
Peter Drucker believes ecommerce will be to the Information Revolution what the railroads were to the Industrial Revolution.* To oversimplify, the Industrial Revolution was a time in which tools were produced that replaced people in the manufacture of goods. In the first thirty years, all was devoted to producing known products with machines.
My last column raised the persistent question, “What should be measured for my Web business?” More data is at our disposal, but we have less time than ever to make sense of it all.
How much capital is required to launch an e-commerce site? It may be more than you think.
On the road to launching a new e-business Web site, all companies budget for obvious costs — planning, designing, registering and hosting the site — but if you are not careful, hidden expenses could overwhelm you on the journey. Would-be e-commerce site owners can avoid a lot of surprises by doing just a little bit of homework.
According to a survey released by Statistics Canada, despite the fact that public and private sector online sales rose 27.2 per cent in 2002 to $13.7 billion after an increase of 46 per cent in 2001, selling products online still only accounted for 0.6 per cent of the total operating revenue in the private sector in 2002.
You probably get gobs of reports on web site traffic but don’t really do much with them other than track page views and visitors. Increasing your traffic using ads, search optimization, and pay-per-click won’t do you much good if visitors don’t do something once they get to your web site.
THE E-COMMERCE EXPLOSION OF 1993
1993 was the year that Netscape developed the first commercial graphical Internet browser. This signaled the creation of the Internet, as we know it today. Within a few years of the release of Mosaic, people began to rush into the Internet space, many of them looking for their instant Internet wealth.