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

Ecommerce Developer

  • freshFacebook’s New ‘Buy’ Button: Pros, Cons for Merchants
    Facebook announced last week that it is testing a new feature with select smaller businesses that would allow users to purchase products directly from those ...
    - 10 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 5:45pm -
  • freshImproving Online Customer Service with Technology
    Many articles have addressed online customer service and the associated best practices to optimize the experience, reduce costs, and increase loyalty. This post will focus ...
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 1:52pm -
  • 4 Guidelines to a Bricks-and-Clicks Business
    Online retailers are finding the “bricks-and-clicks” strategy to be an effective way to serve and engage shoppers. Perhaps that is why an increasing number of ...
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 1:00pm -
  • 26 Platforms for Blogging
    Writing a blog can help establish your expertise, inform your customers, and drive traffic to your website. But before you start writing, you’ll have to ...
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 9:00am -
  • Growth Hacking your Ecommerce Business
    At the intersection of marketing and data is an opportunity for ecommerce businesses to thrive, without the need to rely on Mad Men-style promotion.Growth hacking ...
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 9:00am -
  • 5 ecommerce tips (from tourists)
    If you’ve been lucky enough to take a break recently, you may have visited a tourist attraction or two.What do tourists have in common with ...
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 3:27pm -
  • Email Marketing: Understanding the New Canadian Anti-Spam Law
    On July 1, Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came into effect. The law is vastly different from the U.S. CAN-SPAM Act, with stricter provisions and heavier ...
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 1:56pm -
  • Pinterest: 5 Big-brand Tactics for Smaller Ecommerce Merchants
    With 26,877 Pinterest followers, Brisbane-based fashion brand Black Milk is clearly doing something right.This article reviews five elements of Black Milk’s Pinterest strategy that could ...
    - 5 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 4:32pm -
  • 4 WordPress Maintenance Companies, to Help Site Owners
    WordPress ecommerce owners must keep their sites updated and maintained. Over the past few years, services have sprung up to address this problem. Whether you’re ...
    - 6 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 1:01pm -
  • Google Analytics: How to Set Up Basic Goals
    Google Analytics goal tracking provides site owners and marketers with good information about how visitors are using and interacting with pages and content. This information ...
    - 6 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 6:05pm -

E-Commerce Times

  • freshApple May Have Ordered a Big Boatload of Big iPhones
    The frenzy over the forthcoming iPhone intensified Tuesday with a report that Apple has ordered up to 80 million units of the device. Meanwhile, Samsung unveiled an ad poking fun at the "iPhone 6" and Xiaomi introduced its answer to the iPhone, the M…
    - 6 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 9:16pm -
  • freshLong, Hot Summer Angling for Military Health Records Contract
    Vendors could be spending a busy summer preparing to respond to a major federal IT project. The Defense Department is planning to issue a request for bids on a multibillion dollar EHR system by the end of September. The objective of the program is to…
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 4:05pm -
  • freshInvestors Wise to Secret's Tantalizing Promise
    Secret last week announced that a recent round of funding, to the tune of $25 million, would help it expand its social networking reach. Since its launch about six months ago, Secret has provided a platform for users to post anonymous notes on topics…
    - 16 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 12:00pm -
  • Attentive.ly's Social Marketing Taps Customer Interests
    Attentive.ly recently released its application on the Eloqua platform, digging a deeper foothold for itself in the CRM enterprise space. Attentive.ly provides social marketing automation functionality in the form of a plug-and-play toolset that works…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jul 14, 10:11pm -
  • China's Internet: It's Not Personal, It's Business
    The Internet adoption rate in China appears to be slowing, based on a report that shows the lowest six-month increase in the number of Internet users in eight years. The total number of Internet users in the country reached 632 million by the end of…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jul 14, 9:00pm -
  • Cloud App Security: Foggy With Low Visibility
    While the cloud promises faster time to market and reduced costs, it also presents a new landscape for hackers to attack and achieve their goals -- namely, to find and gain unauthorized access to data and information. Attackers follow the data they a…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 2:13pm -
  • 'Buy' Button Could Turn Facebook Into Impulse-Shopping-Ville
    Facebook is testing a function that would allow users to buy products without leaving the site or app. Small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. that are taking part in the trial can add the Buy button to ads displayed in users' News Feeds or in…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 11:29pm -
  • Amazon Unlocks Vast E-Book Library for $10 a Month
    Amazon on Friday introduced Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service for e-books. It allows customers to download and read as many books as they want from a list of 600,000-plus Kindle books for a monthly fee of $9.99. Amazon is making a number o…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 9:37pm -
  • Apple Settles E-Book Price-Fixing Case for $450 Million, Maybe
    Apple has agreed -- conditionally -- to settle a lawsuit over allegations of fixing the prices of e-books brought against it by the attorneys general of 33 states in the United States, following a protracted legal battle. The settlement is subject to…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 3:31pm -
  • SAP, Esri Beat the Clock With Native Integrations
    SAP and its long-standing partner Esri have developed a native product integration that debuted this week at the at the Esri User Conference currently under way in San Diego. The companies have been collaborating on projects since 1999, due to the si…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 5:34am -

Website Magazine

  • freshDo You Know How Big the Internet Really Is? [Infographic]
    The Internet has become an essential part of a business professional’s life.Whether they access it from their desktop, tablet, smartphone or even smartwatch, the Internet never seems to be out of reach. But do you know how big the Internet reall…
    - 5 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 11:01pm -
  • freshWhat's In An SEO Site Audit?
    By David Meade, Writer ServicesThere are a variety of reasons why a site owner needs to perform a full SEO audit of his or her website. First, algorithms are constantly updated through a series of iterations, and websites may not be keeping up wit…
    - 6 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 9:28pm -
  • freshSEO Lessons from the Cleveland Cavaliers
    :: By Tyson Braun, Resolution Media ::To NBA fans, the “Dan Gilbert Letter” is officially a thing. The open-letter, penned in July 2010 by Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, posted to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ website on the heels of t…
    - 9 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 6:45pm -
  • fresh21 Ways to Recover from Lost Organic Search Traffic
    :: By Travis Bliffen, Stellar SEO ::All the time people ask me; “how can I recover the organic traffic I lost when my site got penalized?” The truth is it will not be easy and recovering from an SEO standpoint could take 6-12 months or longer.…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 5:09pm -
  • freshZappos...King of Digital Marketing for Apparel Retailers?
    In 2013 the total amount of revenue for online advertisements was $42.8 billion, 17 percent higher than in 2012.With more and more brands investing in the digital advertising game it is crucial that brands know how they stack up against their compe…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 4:51pm -
  • freshGive Consumers Your UserStats to Build Trust
    Earning consumers' trust is seen by many as the most important thing companies can do.There are multiple ways for merchants to build trust (blogs, customer reviews, etc.) but a relative newcomer has come to light that can help customers feel good…
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 3:38pm -
  • freshAutomate Your Google Shopping Campaigns
    By the end of the year, e-commerce sales are expected to reach $1.5 trillion making it one of the largest industries in the world.At any point in time there are millions of items for sale on Google’s Shopping platform with brands and merchants…
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 3:35pm -
  • Small Business Marketing Company Going Public
    Making the transition from private to public is not a quick one.Yodle, an online advertising company, is nearing the end of the process and has filed for their IPO in which it plans to achieve a valuation of $75 million. The New York-based company…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Jul 14, 1:18am -
  • Dell.com Opens Its Arms to Bitcoin Users
    Bitcoins were introduced to the world in 2009.In November of 2011 a single bitcoin was worth $2.05. Whilethere have been some losses and gains in their value, today a singlebitcoin is worth $620.40. With the value of bitcoins rising so drastically…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jul 14, 6:30pm -
  • Endurance Brands Can Now Sell Online With E-Commerce Widget
    A new partnership between Ecwid and Endurance International Group aims to expand Ecwid's e-commerce platform to new customers across the Web.Endurance International Group is a provider of cloud-based platform solutions designed for small and medium…
    - 1 day ago, 21 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.…
    - 27 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…
    - 46 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…
    - 84 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…
    - 15 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

  • freshTwitter 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…
    - 21 hours 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 7 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…
    - 9 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…
    - 12 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…
    - 14 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…
    - 16 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 8:04am -
  • 3 Things CMOs Should Know About Anti-Spam Email Legislation
    The July 1 deadline for CASL, Canada’s new anti-spam e-mail legislation has come and gone. If you’re not familiar with CASL, the legislation requires re-opt in for any Canadian email subscriber on a commercial mailing list. (This applies to any b…
    - 18 days ago, 4 Jul 14, 9:44pm -
  • Digital to Grow to 75% of Marketing Budgets [Infographic]
    The findings of an Accenture Interactive CMO survey have been remixed into an infographic, appearing on Adweek this week. In the next 5 years, digital could account for 75% of marketing budgets, with mobile accounting for more than 50%.
    - 19 days ago, 4 Jul 14, 8:03am -
  • Ecommerce Links: June 2014
    It’s that time again – enjoy these choice cuts of ecommerce goodness from around the Web. Invesp shares examples of A/B tests that destroy myths A/B testing helped create. How do you personalize for non-anonymous (nonymous?) visitors? Kevin Linds…
    - 21 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 8:04am -

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