64 search results for “ecommerce solution”

Asking For Trouble's Guide to Setting Up Shop Online

Shopify customer Asking For Trouble has written a great post on her blog about considerations for setting up shop online. She explains, in plain english, what you’re going to encounter when you’re setting up shop with companies like eBay, PayPal, Etsy and of course Shopify.

“So, you’ve made your products and you want to get them out there for people to buy. What’s the best option for ecommerce? Well, as with most things online, it depends on a lot of different things. There are many different ecommerce options and each have their own pros and cons. Which one suits you best will depend on your range of items, your technical ability, your product prices and your pocket. There’s no ‘best’ solution, just the best solution for you.”

It’s an excellent overview for people just getting started with ecommerce and explains everything in uncomplicated terms. Great work!

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Innovative Ecommerce: Brian's Online Garage Sale

Brian Scates is moving from Dallas to San Francisco at the end of July and doesn't want to lug everything he owns over 1,500 miles across the country. So instead of renting a moving truck he's decided to sell the lot (including his $26,500 Audi A6), and start with a blank slate. Since he doesn't have a garage, Brian decided to open an online store to sell everything he owns. Smart. 

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Brian's virtual garage sale is appropriately named "Empty My Apartment" and has already proven to be a success. In the couple of days his store has been open, his apartment is half empty. I spoke with Brian today to see what inspired him to build a temporary online store and here is his response:

"This is something I've been thinking about for a couple of months. I HATE selling things on craigslist. For everything you list, 10 people call you asking if it's available, if they can come look at it, ask you to hold it, tell you they're on their way, and then never show up. It's also hard to sell higher end things on craigslist if you are cash-only. So the idea of selling 40–50 things on craigslist made me want to kill myself."

Makes sense when you think about it. I jumped on craigslist this weekend to sell a used couch and an old IKEA bookcase and wasted my entire Saturday fussing around with phone calls and broken promises. Online classified ads undoubtedly have their purpose, but Brian's Empty My Apartment store is a creative solution for someone selling more than a handful of items. The barrier to entry in the world of ecommerce has never been so low, and Brian had his store up in less than an hour. 

"I had the store up and running within an hour of deciding to use Shopify. I spent maybe another hour or two customizing the template, then the whole weekend taking pictures and adding products."

After chatting with Brian, I checked out another one of his websites and thoroughly enjoyed his article on redesigning the user interface for the elevator buttons in his (soon to be former) apartment building. Brian currently owns gestalt labs, a design and marketing firm in Dallas, Texas. 

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Shopify Affiliate Program.. Blastoff!

The Shopify team is bursting with excitement. Shopify’s latest addition is finally ready for the world.

We know you work hard for your clients and we’re very grateful that you consider Shopify as their ecommerce solution. Now we’d like to say "thanks" to you for bringing clients to us. (Not to mention the fact that you've been banging down the door looking for this for months!) So, without further ado….

The Shopify Affiliate Program is now open for business!

The Shopify Affiliate System is a revenue share between you, the affiliate, and Jaded Pixel. The system allows you refer clients to Shopify and share 20% of Shopify’s revenue for as long as the store is in operation. Not bad, hey?

There’s an overview of the system right here – take a look. Got questions? We’ve tried to think of everything you could possibly want to ask and have compiled an FAQ to try and answer them. If you still have questions, you can email Shannon – your friendly neighbourhood affiliate chick – at affiliates [at] jadedpixel [dot] com.

We’re very excited and we want to hear from you. Let us know what you think or, if you’re ready to sign up, just head on over. See you on the flip side!

Shannon and the Shopify Team

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5 Strategies to Get Customers to Trust Your Ecommerce Store

All right. You’ve got the products. You’ve got an ecommerce website with a finely tuned checkout process. But you don’t have the kind of conversion rate you would like and shopping cart abandonment is an ongoing problem. Maybe visitors to your site just don’t trust you.

While the cost of shipping and handling has long been the number one reason that people abandon shopping carts, fear also makes the list.

The increasing prevalence of phishing scams, malware, and just plain shoddy customer service makes consumers more wary with their clicks than ever before – which means that trust indicators on your website are more important than ever before. Here are five things you can do to soothe your potential customers’ fears and make them more likely to follow through and buy your products online.

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Inbound Marketing for Ecommerce

While some forms of marketing march up and place their room key on the bar, inbound marketing takes the subtle approach. It takes you out for a nice dinner, strikes up a thought provoking conversation, and kisses you goodnight on the cheek. The result? A long-term, valuable relationship that will eventually lead to... sales.

In this article I'm going to define inbound and outbound marketing. I'll give you the reasons that outbound marketing is on the decline, and I'll also give you 6 reasons you should consider using inbound marketing techniques for your ecommerce store.

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Shipwire opens a new Canadian warehouse

At the beginning of this year we added support for Shipwire order fulfillment to Shopify. If you are still manually picking, packing, and shipping your orders then you definitely need to take another look at Shipwire. Even more so if you are expecting a big holiday surge of sales, and you don’t know if you can handle the volume. shipwire.com has also been given a fresh new look just in time for the holidays.

Better yet, is that Canadians can now get in on the pain-free fulfillment solution that Shipwire offers by sending goods to their new Canadian warehouse in Toronto, Ontario. Utilizing Shopify for your ecommerce software, coupled with our dead simple Shipwire order fulfillment integration really can help remove the stress from your holiday season.

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Why the Top Ecommerce Brands Are Moving Into Physical Retail (And What You Can Learn From Them)

That’s right, the hottest and fastest growing ecommerce companies are all thinking past selling strictly online and are all moving towards integrating some variation of physical retail.

Which also means they’re rethinking the traditional divide between offline and online and venturing into omni-channel retail.

In fact, when you take things into consideration, despite the fact that ecommerce sales grew 5 percent to roughly $65 billion in 2013, it's still a sliver of total retail sales. Actually, we're talking less than a sliver, more like only 5.8 percent out of a $1,126.2 billion market just in the U.S. alone. So, isn't it time you started thinking about the world of offline selling?

This post will walk you through what Bonobos, Warby Parker and Indochino, three of the biggest ecommerce brands, have been attempting recently with physical retail - along with their future outlook on where commerce is going. So when the time comes to grow your online store through moving offline, you’ll know how the best did it and how you can start doing it too. 

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