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  • Gifts for the Handyman, Handy Dad or Handy Husband
    Looking for that unique gift for men, handy dad or handy husband of yours?  Check out our new site “Gifts for the Handyman“. It’s a little side project hobby site of mine and still somewhat of a work in progress, but it will be a great place t…
    - 13 Jan 14, 5:28pm -
  • Shopping Cart Abandonment Rate Statistics Infographic
    Helpful infographic by Invesp from the Miva Merchant blog which gives a great visual on shopping cart abandonment rate statistics.   What do you feel is the greatest factor that contributes to the increase of your eCommerce sites shopping cart aband…
    - 14 May 13, 4:00pm -

Featured - Practical eCommerce

Ecommerce Developer

  • freshInstagram vs. Vine: Which Is Better for Ecommerce?
    Instagram added video to its app in the summer of 2013. This feature came just five months after the launch of Vine, the video-sharing app. ...
    - 5 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 5:30pm -
  • freshTwitter Revamps Analytics to Include Organic Posts
    Social media, like any other marketing channel, has to prove itself as a customer acquisition, retention, and sales tool. Analytics is one way to make ...
    - 10 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 1:00pm -
  • 12 Keys to a World-class Ecommerce Company
    What makes any company stand out from the crowd? Is it the products? Customer service? Profitability? Growth? Something else?Many observers would answer all of the ...
    - 1 day ago, 28 Jul 14, 1:22pm -
  • 15 Tools to Optimize Ecommerce Images
    Does your website have an acceptable load time? Images usually account for most of the downloadable bytes on a page. Optimizing your images can yield ...
    - 2 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 9:00am -
  • Importance of Affiliate Marketing Managers
    Simply launching an affiliate program does not guarantee revenue. I’ve seen many affiliate programs fail because of the “if I build it, they will come” ...
    - 3 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 9:00am -
  • SEO 101, Part 6: Going Deep on Keyword Research
    This is the sixth installment of my “SEO 101″ series, following “Part 1: What Is SEO?,” “Part 2: Benefits of SEO,” “Part 3: Keyword Research ...
    - 4 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 5:19pm -
  • 4 Reasons to Consider Order Management Software
    Ecommerce and retail order management systems help merchants improve order processing, track inventory, sell in online marketplaces, and much more.Every online retail business — ecommerce ...
    - 5 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 9:00am -
  • Drop Shipping for Ecommerce, Part 1: Supply Chain History
    To fully address the good and the bad of drop shipping as a supply management technique, I'm going to start with the history and current state of the retail supply chain
    - 5 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 7:58pm -
  • LemonStand CEO on Starting an Ecommerce Business
    Starting a new ecommerce business can be frustrating, complicated, and risky. LemonStand is a popular ecommerce platform that often caters to startups and new entrepreneurs. LemonStand’s ...
    - 5 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 2:09pm -
  • Lessons Learned: Fashion Retailer Adds Ecommerce to Physical Locations
    A third generation “rag trader,” Daylan James grew up in Melbourne, Australia but didn’t originally want to enter his family’s fashion business.After studying philosophy, visual arts, ...
    - 6 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 3:36pm -

E-Commerce Times

  • freshBringing Retail Into the 21st Century
    Let's get one thing straight: E-commerce will not kill the physical retail store. Hold on, I hear you object, the digital world has utterly disrupted our shopping habits. We rarely enter a store without having researched the big-ticket items we want…
    - 5 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 5:57pm -
  • freshSwell Deal Could Give Apple Something to Talk About
    It appears Apple is close to acquiring talk radio app Swell for $30 million. Much of Swell's development team reportedly will be joining Apple, and the app is expected to be shut down sometime this week. Although Swell managed to raise $7.2 million f…
    - 9 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 1:30pm -
  • freshTellwise's Smart Messages Creates Buyer-Friendly Collaborative Environment
    Tellwise, a two-and-a-half year old startup, has introduced Smart Messages, a new collaboration platform for sales reps to target prospects. The multichannel platform comes equipped with such tools as intelligent notifications, behavioral analytics a…
    - 21 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 1:56am -
  • Chinese Turn the Screws on Microsoft
    China is ramping up its campaign against Microsoft, following its ban in May on the installation of Windows 8 on government computers. Officials of China's State Administration for Industry & Commerce reportedly have made unannounced visits to Micros…
    - 1 day ago, 28 Jul 14, 7:46pm -
  • Do Facebook Searches to Show Disability Fraud Violate the Constitution?
    Looking for evidence of disability fraud, the district attorney for Manhattan last year obtained 381 search warrants and served them on Facebook as part of a long-term investigation into a massive scheme. The search warrants were "sealed," which mean…
    - 1 day ago, 28 Jul 14, 6:10pm -
  • Yahoo's in a Flurry Over Mobile Advertising
    Another Yahoo acquisition hit the news last week -- Flurry Analytics, and it was widely seen as a bid to raise the company's profile in the hot mobile ad market. Mobile advertising will exceed $31 billion this year, eMarketer has predicted. The marke…
    - 1 day ago, 28 Jul 14, 2:06pm -
  • Google May Give YouTube a Sibling
    Google apparently is adding another prominent streaming video service to nestle alongside YouTube in its stable. It reportedly has acquired Twitch for around $1 billion. When the deal will be announced and the official purchase price are not yet clea…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 11:30pm -
  • What, Bezos Worry?
    Amazon may wow customers with its extraordinary array of products and customer services, but its shareholders are less-than-impressed at the moment. The company on Thursday announced second-quarter losses that were nearly double what analysts had bee…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 9:53pm -
  • 6 Ways to Hone Your Lead-Scoring Skills
    Your company has a CRM system that employees love and use regularly, and marketing automation tools to help streamline and automate all of your online marketing activities. That's a great start, but did you know that most marketing qualified leads --…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 8:25pm -
  • Global Tablet Sales Go From Surge to Shuffle
    Tablet sales will show dramatically slower growth this year, according to IDC's Q2 worldwide quarterly tablet tracker. Worldwide tablet sales grew 11 percent year over year in Q2, with shipments totaling 49.3 million units. While sales will continue…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 1:53pm -

Website Magazine

  • freshReal-Time, Automated Email List Cleaning
    One of the most dangerous things you can do to your email list is to not engage in regular purges of inactive or non-responsive recipients. Failing to clear out the non-clickers and dead addresses results not only in low performance metrics from a ma…
    - 3 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 7:45pm -
  • freshLeverage Expert Reviews to Encourage Consumer Purchases
    There are few things that can sway consumers to buy a product quite like online reviews.Considering 72 percent of people trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation it is no surprise that companies are trying to make reviews as access…
    - 5 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 6:15pm -
  • freshWhy Is the Competition Getting Authority Links and You Can’t?
    :: By Travis Bliffen, Stellar SEO ::If you have a website that exists to provide useful information to readers without any intention of monetizing the traffic or peddling your product or services, you can get some pretty awesome back links. The pr…
    - 5 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 6:05pm -
  • freshSelf-Learning Conversion Testing? Yes, Please.
    Is conversion testing dead? Of course not - it remains essential to successful online marketing efforts - but you should know that there is a far better way to engage in the (ongoing) process. Real-time customer engagement system BlueConic, for e…
    - 6 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 5:15pm -
  • freshBrightcove Pushes Play on Yelp Videos
    Brightcove is helping Yelp push play on consumer reviews, as the company is powering Yelp’s new video review feature.Yelp’s video review feature, which was first announced in May, enables Yelp users to upload short video clips up to 12 seconds…
    - 7 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 4:15pm -
  • freshGoogle Releases New Extension for AdWords
    Sitelinks have long been a part of Google AdWords repertoire.Marketers and brands alike use sitelinks to help direct users to the most relevant pages possible on their website. Now, the Internet giant has released a new version of their proven exte…
    - 7 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 3:45pm -
  • freshMarketLive Speeds Up Checkout
    MarketLive is speeding up the checkout, thanks to the commerce platform’s recent agreement with Amazon Payments.Through the agreement, MarketLive merchants can integrate Login and Pay with Amazon into their e-commerce sites. This enables shoppers…
    - 18 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 4:45am -
  • Shopatron Merchants Win the Tour de Conversion
    Vincenzo Nibali may have won this year’s Tour de France, but Shopatron’s cycling brands are winning when it comes to conversions.New data from the e-commerce platform reveals that in 2013, cycling brands powered by Shopatron’s cloud-based dis…
    - 1 day ago, 28 Jul 14, 6:44pm -
  • Is the Cashback Promotion Right for Your Business?
    Whether they’re from paper catalogs or in-store purchases, consumers love getting a deal. One of the most popular promotions used by brands today is the “cashback” promotion. Cashback works by giving consumers a certain percentage or dollar…
    - 1 day ago, 28 Jul 14, 6:25pm -
  • Back-to-School Strategies Worth Studying
    Back-to-school shopping is in full swing and some retailers are pushing the envelope to get kids' attention and parents' dollars. In fact, shopping for school supplies and new apparel is still a family affair with Baynote reporting that 70 percent…
    - 1 day ago, 28 Jul 14, 6:09pm -

Exciting Commerce

  • Zulily Leading The Pack With IPO Filing
    Zulily wants to be the first online flash sales shopping club to go public. The company, founded in the US at the beginning of 2010 has announced its plans for an IPO: "The four-year-old startup recorded revenue of $272 million...
    - 9 Oct 13, 6:07am -
  • K5 2013: Some thoughts
    Now that we’re back in ecomPunk HQ, with the impressions of this year’s K5 conference slowly sinking in, it’s time for a little review. The photos are already out (for day 1 and day 2), but I’m dying to write...
    - 17 Sep 13, 1:06pm -
  • MyPhotobook To Go For 10.5 Million Euro To The Elanders Group
    Following last year's acquisition of the German consumer photo product company Fotokasten, the Elanders Group has made a move to further extend their European customer base. The Swedish congomerate yesterday announced a 10.5 million euro takeover of…
    - 15 Aug 13, 6:24am -
  • Why Index Ventures Wants a Strong Focus on Fashion
    Where is e-commerce venture capital headed to now? Index Ventures, backers of the likes of Farfetch, Nasty Gal and Privalia, is speaking very highly of fashion commerce (“Index Ventures’ Danny Rimer On The Future Of Ecommerce And More”): "We we…
    - 11 Jun 13, 7:16am -
  • Net-a-Porter: The Founder And Her Story On Instagram
    Net-a-Porter is one of the few e-commerce companies created by women, for women. As such it is a model example for female founders in e-commerce. The founder of Net-a-Porter, Nathalie Massenet, has recently immortalized her story-so-far on Instagram.…
    - 14 May 13, 6:33am -
  • The Paradox of Choice
    Of all the topics that wander around in ecomPunk country, one that keeps coming back to me constantly is: reducing complexity, making things simple, getting rid of too many options. Personally, I’m a big fan of curated shopping experiences and...
    - 10 Apr 13, 6:07am -
  • It’s time to focus on your strengths!
    This is meant to be read by all the eCommerce solution providers with enterprise focus. The ones that would love to have Zalando in their portfolio. It’s time to focus on your strengths software manufacturers! What do I want to...
    - 8 Apr 13, 7:33am -
  • Exceed 2013: Recap
    After a long-expected shop launch, I managed to pull myself away from the project scene and fly over to Berlin to catch at least one day of the infamous Exceed conference, organised b Jochen Krisch and his crew. While my...
    - 18 Mar 13, 9:03am -
  • Farfetch, Monoqi, RenéSim: Condé Nast on Shopping Spree
    Condé Nast International (Glamour, Vogue, Vanity Fair) has been issuing press releases about it's e-commerce investments on an almost weekly basis. Yesterday saw a further investment of $20 million for farfetch (“A new way to shop for fashion”).…
    - 5 Mar 13, 6:26am -
  • Rakuten: Happy Commerce Versus Vending Machines
    For those interested in alternative e-commerce strategies which specifically target repeat customers, Rakuten would be a good case study. The Japanese conglomerate has declared war on the online “vending machines” and wants to compete with a mode…
    - 18 Feb 13, 7:18am -

eCommerceCircle

  • Top 5 Benefits of Off-Site Inventory Management
    Inventory management can be a challenge for an e-commerce company. Many companies start out small and have limited space. They might want to offer large product lines to their customers, but it’s a challenge to store the products at their location.…
    - 34 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 5:46pm -
  • 4 Key Trends In The eCommerce Industry
    E-commerce is constantly changing to keep up with the needs of today’s customer as brands fight to get noticed in a sea of choices. For your business to keep up and have a chance in the market, it’s important to stay on top of current trends and…
    - 53 days ago, 6 Jun 14, 4:12pm -
  • Four Ways to Add Value to Marketing Campaigns Using Site Search Data
    E-commerce marketers have steadily eyed ‘Big Data’ to learn more about their customers – for example, understanding how shoppers behave, their path to purchase and what they ultimately buy (or don’t buy) so that they can do a better job of me…
    - 90 days ago, 30 Apr 14, 3:03pm -
  • Going Green: How To Minimize Paper Consumption
    The sentiment of “saving a tree” is as relevant in e-commerce as in any other type of office operation. Despite all encouragement to the contrary, paper waste continues to this day. In a typical office, each employee discards an average of 350 po…
    - 26 Mar 14, 9:39pm -
  • Mobile Payments: What Your Consumers Are Missing
    Retailers have embraced new opportunities presented by the technology that makes mobile payments possible. However, mobile payments still cause confusion for consumers. Many consumers are distrustful of the technology, and retailers will not be able…
    - 18 Mar 14, 7:19pm -
  • Single Or Multi-Page Checkout: Which One Is Right For Your Online Store?
    Customer checkout—that last hurdle before the conversion is yours. You wouldn’t think it’d be such a sizable one. A huge percentage of your shoppers may bounce before they finish the sale. They’ve already spent a lot of time browsing your sit…
    - 17 Feb 14, 10:07pm -
  • 3 Takeaways From The Bing Ads Case Study Featuring JXT Group
    We recently partnered with Bing Ads to publish a case study on the benefits we’ve seen from managing client campaigns on Bing Ads. Here are some key takeaways: Utilize Bing Ads great support team. You can contact them via Live Chat, Email or Phone.…
    - 26 Jan 14, 4:22pm -
  • Mobile Shopping: Ringing in the New Year [Infographic]
    Bizrate published an infographic with data from pulled from Bizrate Insights. Some cool metrics below.
    - 8 Jan 14, 5:41pm -
  • Happy New Year
    On behalf of JXT Group, I’d like to wish you and your company a Happy New Year and a successful 2014!
    - 31 Dec 13, 3:58pm -
  • 8 Surprising Search Marketing Takeaways From Black Friday [Infographic]
    The Search Monitor published a study on lessons learned from Black Friday Weekend 2013. Enjoy the infographic below:
    - 12 Dec 13, 8:42pm -

DoublePlus Ecommerce Blog

  • Google Dynamic Remarketing and Miva Merchant
    In a previous post, I presented a collection of comparison shopping engines’ conversion scripts and how to implement them in Miva Merchant. Since that time, I’ve been asked many times to implement Google dynamic remarketing, so I wanted to add a…
    - 22 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 6:49pm -
  • The Ultimate Guide to Coding CSE Conversion Scripts in Miva Merchant
    Many of us rely on Comparison Shopping Engines such as Nextag, Pricegrabber, and the likes to drive targeted traffic to our websites. When advertising with comparison shopping engines (CSEs), it’s important to pay attention to your conversion rates…
    - 14 Sep 12, 5:03pm -
  • Call Center Software for e-Commerce Sites
    Running an e-Commerce site is difficult. Customer service can be a challenge. Combining the two proves even more taxing. Call center software is a great option for busy e-Comm sites that have more customer service calls than they can currently handle…
    - 30 Aug 12, 3:48pm -
  • Protecting Your Brand in Affiliate Marketing
    Any company that uses affiliate marketing to drive customers to its website is opening itself up a host of tricks (many of which that are easy to spot) that certain questionable affiliate marketers use. Many of these tricks drive traffic to your site…
    - 28 Aug 12, 5:36pm -
  • Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen?
    This post is a follow-up to my last one about hosting your own applications versus outsourcing them to third parties. One of the problems I see pretty often on sites is that many key components are each served by a different company. You have one pro…
    - 27 Aug 12, 5:04pm -
  • Self-Hosted or Third Party? The New Buy vs. Build Debate
    Over the past few months, I’ve watched as one particular e-commerce business make decisions about adding new features to their website. In an effort to increase revenue, they’ve spent time and money on conversion optimization testing, speed and p…
    - 3 Aug 12, 6:13pm -
  • Google, Rich Snippets, and Miva Merchant
    I bet you’re looking to stand out in the search engines. Right? Of course, we all are. Especially e-commerce sites, whose business often is so completely tied to search engine traffic. Although we usually focus on getting our pages ranked higher, i…
    - 31 Jan 12, 9:52pm -
  • Happy New Year, I’ve Missed You!
    Well, readers, how many of you do I have left? I just got home from teaching a Zumba class, and patting myself on the back for accomplishing one of my New Year’s resolutions for last year, while at the same time knowing my plans to write the first…
    - 2 Jan 12, 4:30pm -
  • Viral Marketing for B2B Stores
    One of the problems in the B2B space is that your products are sold based on customer need, not desire, beauty, or trends. It’s much easier to get customers talking about fashion or entertainment than about, well, ID cards. Retailer IDWholesaler.co…
    - 1 Aug 11, 2:30pm -
  • What Your Customer Service Email Says About Your Business
    Shoppers have come to expect the human touch almost as much online as they do when they visit a store in person at their local mall. Given this expectation, let's discuss how you can optimize customer service emails to create a stronger relationship…
    - 21 Jul 11, 3:50pm -

Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog

  • freshThe 5 Technologies Driving Always-On Experiences
    In 2016, the CMO is expected to spend more on technology than the CIO, thanks to consumer demand for always-on immersive, personalized experiences and media across a variety of devices. In Insights 2014: Connecting Technology and Story in an Always-O…
    - 21 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 2:20am -
  • Tablet Commerce in 2014 [Infographic]
    This week’s infographic looks at the tablet commerce landscape at a glance, via UsableNet. Click to enlarge infographic Tweetables Worldwide tablet sales increased 68% from 2012 to 2013 Tweet this Over 1/2 of online time happens on mobile, 12% on t…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 8:05am -
  • API-liate Ecommerce
    Much of the cool, new ways ecommerce sites mesh with social and mobile is thanks to APIs, or Application Programming Interfaces which allow applications to communicate with each other, share data and perform various functions. For example, pulling Pi…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 8:03am -
  • Twitter and Facebook Commerce: Will It Blend?
    Last week was a hot one, with Twitter announcing its acquisition of cross-channel promotions startup CardSpring, and Facebook testing a “Buy” button, joining Twitter who launched the same feature last month. The CardSpring deal is just a deal for…
    - 8 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 6:46am -
  • How Data Impacts the Path to Purchase [Infographic]
    This week’s infographic from Baynote outlines how data influences the customer journey from discovery, to research / purchase intent, to checkout, post-purch and beyond. Click to enlarge infographic Tweetables 89% of consumers use search engines to…
    - 12 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 8:05am -
  • Shoppable Video: Hit or Miss?
    Shoppable video isn’t new (Get Elastic first covered Youtube’s efforts to support click-to-buy for brands in January, 2009). And despite its potential pros, only a handful of brands and online retailers have experimented with it. So is shoppable…
    - 14 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 8:05am -
  • 4 Ways to Collect More Customer Information
    Required for effective personalization is knowing thy visitor. You can infer intent by referral campaigns and keywords, on-site searches, site navigation, wishlist activity and cart contents. Or segment customers based on profile information, device…
    - 16 days ago, 14 Jul 14, 8:04am -
  • The World Cup of Ecommerce [Infographic]
    Last post we looked at some data from the e-tailing group’s Annual Merchant Survey. Baynote combined scores from the survey into a soccer-themed infographic in the run up to the World Cup final. Enjoy! Click to enlarge infographic Highlights 42% of…
    - 19 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 8:05am -
  • Cart Abandonment is Rising: 5 Tips For Cart Recovery
    According to the e-tailing group’s 2014 Annual Merchant Survey, the trend is towards higher reported cart abandonment behavior compared to 2013. It’s roughly 50/50 split among the 100 retailers studied who enjoy sub-50% abandonment rate and those…
    - 21 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 8:05am -
  • Geolocated Personalization Test Lifts Conversion 12%
    A couple weeks ago, we covered an advanced personalization tactic: geolocated weather targeting. Burton Snowboards tested geolocated weather messaging on its home page, and found an 11.6% uptick in conversion. Hat tip to Get Elastic reader Cheryl Jon…
    - 23 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 8:04am -

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