Featured - Ten23Media Blog

  • 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

  • freshHow to Identify Dubious Credit Card Processing Fees, Part 2
    Editor’s Note: This is “Part 2″ of a three-part series. “Part 1″ we published last month. The purpose of this series is to identify dubious fees that are commonly charged by certain credit card providers. Keep in mind, there is a lack of e…
    - 24 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 1:37pm -
  • 3 Things to Know About WooCommerce
    WooCommerce is a popular WordPress plugin, designed to transform WordPress into a capable ecommerce platform. The plugin has many superb features and capabilities, but there are also at least three things online sellers should know before opening a W…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 9:00am -

Ecommerce Developer

  • freshHow to Identify Dubious Credit Card Processing Fees, Part 2
    Editor’s Note: This is “Part 2″ of a three-part series. “Part 1″ we published last month. The purpose of this series is to identify dubious fees that are commonly charged by certain credit card providers. Keep in mind, there is a lack of e…
    - 24 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 1:37pm -
  • 3 Things to Know About WooCommerce
    WooCommerce is a popular WordPress plugin, designed to transform WordPress into a capable ecommerce platform. The plugin has many superb features and capabilities, but there are also at least three things online sellers should know before opening a W…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 9:00am -
  • Lessons Learned: Buddhist Search Inspires Lotus Sculpture
    In the novel Siddhartha, author Hermann Hesse describes the spiritual journey of a man who meets Gautama Buddha in ancient India.Six years after reading Siddhartha in seventh grade, Greenwich, Conn.-born Kyle Tortora went on a similar search for mea…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 5:45pm -
  • Pinterest: Dos and Don’ts for Ecommerce Merchants
    Do you want to use Pinterest as a marketing channel for your ecommerce business? This article will give you the essential dos and don’ts for the best chance of success.Pinterest Dos for Ecommerce MerchantsOptimize your images for Pinterest. Pinte…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 9:00am -
  • The New Google Shopping: What Merchants Need to Know
    Last October, Google AdWords released Shopping campaigns, a new format and the next iteration of Product Listing Ad management. In early April, AdWords announced that all merchants will need to migrate to the new format by late August 2014. Merchants…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 1:33pm -
  • 18 Ecommerce Crowdfunding Success Stories
    In “9 Equity Crowdfunding Sites to Finance your Business,” my article last week, I outlined leading crowdfunding sites that offer equity stakes in startups and small businesses. As a result of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, small…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 9:00am -
  • Understanding Ecommerce Design, Part 1: Key Components
    Humans tend to be visually oriented. Everything from the car we drive, the clothes we wear, and the smartphones we carry tend to be largely based on what visually appeals to us. We can look at something and instantly decide whether or not we like it
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 3:35pm -
  • WooCommerce Leads Ecommerce Platform Pack in April 2014
    WooCommerce, the popular WordPress ecommerce plugin, had nearly 260,000 active sites indexed with BuiltWith, a web technology profiling tool, as of April 14, 2014, about 37,000 more sites than its next closest competitor, Magento.According to BuiltW…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 9:00am -
  • Mining Reviews for SEO Benefit
    Customer reviews are an excellent way to inject unique content into your site to benefit search engine optimization while boosting shopper confidence at the same time.For SEO, reviews fall under the generally beneficial category of user generated co…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 6:45pm -
  • Recap of selling an ecommerce business
    Every time I sell an ecommerce business, I write an internal summary with highlights of that deal. This includes statistics like:Asking price vs. selling price;Terms offered vs. terms negotiated between buyer and seller;Challenges faced selling t…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 1:45pm -

E-Commerce Times

  • freshinContact Rolls Out Feature-Rich Cloud Call Center Update
    inContact has released its first cloud contact center software update for the year. Version 14.1 contains a new two-way SMS channel, more refined automated call-routing, deeper integration with Salesforce.com and Oracle, and new APIs that give enterp…
    - 20 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 5:53pm -
  • Verizon Dabbles in Security Reporting
    Ninety-two percent of more than 100,000 incidents reported by 50 companies over the past 10 years fall into nine basic patterns, according to Verizon's 2014 data breach investigations report. An advance copy was released to the media Tuesday. Point-o…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 1:05pm -
  • GitHub Cofounder Resigns but Denies Harassment
    GitHub cofounder Tom Preston-Werner has resigned following an investigation into harassment charges made by developer Julie Ann Horvath, who departed the company last month. "The investigation found no evidence to support the claims against Tom and h…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 2:16am -
  • Microsoft, Nokia March to Altar
    Microsoft's ambitious $7.4B acquisition of Nokia's mobile business is set to close. There have been some minor changes to the deal since its announcement, said Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith. The original deal did not address the management of…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 10:32pm -
  • Going Gold - IBM's Mainframe Turns 50
    Longevity doesn't get much respect in the tech industry, partly due to new technologies regularly entering and dominating industries and commercial markets. However, cultural factors play a part, too. Much of IT's vibrancy results from the startup mi…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 1:52pm -
  • Michaels Crafts Artless Response to Customer Data Breach
    Another retailer security breach, another national conversation about how these now regular occurrences need to stop. In the Michaels case, though, some of the talk touched on what by now should be remedial public relations. When you screw up and it…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 5:53pm -
  • Heartbleed's Never-Ending Drip, Drip, Drip
    The Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL has sent just about everyone who uses the Web for fun or profit gibbering madly in search of a solution, creating fertile ground for spammers, scammers and marketing types. Canada is in an uproar following a di…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 1:31pm -
  • Adobe's Open Source Tightrope Walk
    Open source software continues to gain momentum -- but what is not growing is an open desire among individual software developers to port their commercial Windows wares to Linux. Open source support is not a mere in or out decision. Some software mak…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Apr 14, 9:35pm -
  • IT Providers Stew Over Big Data Privacy Regulation
    With the emergence of the Big Data era, technology developers see major benefits in the ability to manage huge volumes of information. However, with an onslaught of data breaches such as the recent hacking of the Target retail chain, consumers and th…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 10:57pm -
  • PS4 Reigns Supreme in Huge Video Game Sales Month
    Sony's PlayStation 4 remains top dog among the latest generation of consoles after March sales figures showed it continuing to outpace Microsoft's Xbox One. Sony revealed earlier this week it had sold more than 7 million PS4 units worldwide, while Mi…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 7:59pm -

Website Magazine

  • freshMobile Load Times for Responsive Sites Unacceptable
    Many responsive sites are experiencing sluggish load times and image size is being reported as the principle cause of the under-performance.Trilibis, which just so happens to offer a server-side responsive design technology solution, surveyed 155 r…
    - 33 mins ago, 24 Apr 14, 1:00pm -
  • freshWhat's Driving Engagement on Twitter?
    For many digital marketers, Twitter is a conundrum, wrapped in a riddle, surrounded by mystery. Despite their best efforts (informed, strategic and actionable), getting users engaged with your brand and its messaging remains elusive. There is some ev…
    - 21 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 4:15pm -
  • freshAvoid Buying Penalized Domains
    When you buy a domain name that has been penalized by the search engines in the past, you put your enterprise's search marketing campaign on the line. So how can you know if the domain you are keen on acquiring is out of favor with Google and Bin…
    - 21 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 4:09pm -
  • freshFacebook Dominating Social Login [Infographic]
    Facebook is the social network of choice for consumers leveraging social login.In fact, a recent Gigya study reveals that in Q1 2014, Facebook powered 51 percent of social logins in North America. Coming in second was Google, which powered 28 perce…
    - 21 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 4:05pm -
  • freshMASTER LIST of Social Community Platforms
    Develop Your Own Social Media Site with Help fromWebsite Magazine's MASTER LIST of Social Community PlatformsTake a look at your own analytics. Are social networks like Facebook and Twitter really driving that much traffic to your website? Probab…
    - 22 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 3:50pm -
  • Cedexis Names New CEO
    Companies poised for rapid growth need someone to scale their businesses in sustainable ways. Cedexis, a provider of innovative solutions to optimize the performance of cloud-based Web and mobile applications, thinks its new CEO, Scott Grout, is t…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 8:40am -
  • Making the Most of Your Transactional Data
    By Didier Gombert, Objectif LuneIt’s no secret that there’s been a shift in marketing departments in recent years. Previously, we saw a one-way relationship, where marketers simply pushed out information. Today, we live in the age of the custo…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 4:55pm -
  • Q&A With an Expert Link Builder
    There's tremendous value in asking for advice. Not only can the guidance prove useful, but asking for advice can also build relationships with like-minded people. Recently, regular Website Magazine contributor Travis Bliffen of Stellar SEO, had the o…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 4:30pm -
  • Facebook’s Referred Revenue Per Visit Grows in 2014
    Facebook is still the king of social media, as a new report from Adobe reveals the revenue per visit (RPV) coming from Facebook saw growth quarter-over-quarter, while the RPV from Twitter and Tumblr declined.The Adobe Social Media Intelligence Repo…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 4:05pm -
  • Spring into More Visual Social
    Pagemodo’s Spring 2014 release is making it easier for small business marketers to create an engaging social media presence.The release, which was announced by small business marketing platform Webs, includes a variety of new features, including…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 4:00pm -

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

  • 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…
    - 29 days ago, 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…
    - 37 days ago, 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…
    - 66 days ago, 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.…
    - 88 days ago, 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 -
  • ‘Tis The Season To Go Shopping [Infographic]
    The fine folks over at PriceGrabber released a holiday themed infographic. Check it out below.
    - 6 Dec 13, 5:42pm -
  • What You Can Learn From Successful eCommerce Retailers
    With over 25 years of experience in the payments industry, Greg Constantine provides expert business leadership and marketing strategy development to SecureNet and its clientele as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.  From Fortune…
    - 18 Nov 13, 3:52pm -
  • STUDY: Win With Text Ads And Product Listing Ads [Infographic]
    Google published a study on the use of Text Ads combined with Product Listing Ads. The study shows how you can gain from utilizing both ad types. From this study, we learned that PLAs can: Increase brand recognition: People who see a brand’s PLAs a…
    - 14 Nov 13, 7:11pm -

DoublePlus Ecommerce Blog

  • 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 -
  • ROI Metrics vs. How You Feel
    Which is a Better measurement for Success in Today’s Online World? Mark Twain was famed for many things, but the one phrase of his I like the best always has been, “there are lies, damn lies and then statistics”. A good statistician can probabl…
    - 13 Jul 11, 4:13pm -

Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog

  • When a Winning Tablet Design Flops on Desktop
    Do tablet users behave (and convert) similarly to desktop users? Clark’s shoes set out to answer this question by testing its winning tablet design on desktop against its desktop version. The case originally appeared on WhichTestWon (a fantastic re…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 8:04am -
  • 5 Places to Hide Easter Eggs in Ecommerce Marketing
    Originating as inside-jokes in video games, TVs and movies, some digital marketers have also used Easter eggs to crack up customers. For the last 2 years, we’ve run Easter features on Easter eggs in ecommerce marketing: How Easter Eggs Can Beef Up…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 8:04am -
  • Gain Competitive Advantage with Attribution: Predictions from Adobe Summit
    A key takeaway from this year’s Adobe Summit is that if your business can capitalize on things that are out in the marketplace right now – sensors, mobile, social, wearables – you will be able to establish an immense competitive advantage and p…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 8:04am -
  • Beyond Push Notifications: What Can Beacons Do For Retail?
    The obvious application of beacon technology is to push content – be it welcome greetings, discounts and special offers, product information, branded content or other alerts. What else can beacons offer in-store? Based on the research in Forrester…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 8:04am -
  • Profile of A Chief Marketing Officer [Infographic]
    This week’s infographic comes from CMO.com and breaks down the details of the average Chief Marketing Officer in the United States.
    - 13 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 8:03am -
  • Ecommerce Enters the Marketing Cloud: Insights from Adobe Summit 2014
    Adobe Summit 2014 was a huge success. Over 7,000 marketers and technologists gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah to learn about the latest advancements in Adobe’s Marketing Cloud, see examples in action and liaise with those using the product. Elastic…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Apr 14, 8:03am -
  • What Customers Think About In-Store Tracking [Infographic]
    Will iBeacon and other in-store mobile technologies win favor with consumers? Not if the perception of privacy invasion persists. 77% of consumers surveyed by Opinionlab believe in-store tracking is generally unacceptable, and only 38% are open to th…
    - 20 days ago, 4 Apr 14, 8:03am -
  • Ecommerce Links: March 2014
    With a quarter of the year already behind us, it’s time to Spring forward with ecommerce goodness. Enjoy our top 10 picks from the month. Content marketing is hot — but not fully utilized by many ecommerce sites. Content Marketing Institute share…
    - 21 days ago, 3 Apr 14, 6:09am -
  • You Won’t Believe What These 32 Bitcoin Startups are Doing
    With major ecommerce players like Overstock.com and Square on board, Bitcoin’s on its way to becoming a serious payment method, despite its bad press. While there may be some way to go, a booming Bitcoin startup community could further enhance Bitc…
    - 22 days ago, 2 Apr 14, 2:36am -
  • The Pros and Cons of Parallax Scrolling for Ecommerce
    A groovy design trend you may have spotted in your Web travels is parallax scrolling, which refers to design elements appearing to move independently of each other. Its early application was in video games — think how Super Mario stayed relatively…
    - 30 days ago, 25 Mar 14, 8:04am -

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