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New Year, New Digital Marketing Strategy

Has this Christmas has made you realise the potential of your eCommerce business?

 

With cyber monday, black friday and the likes, it is clear that 2013 has very much seen a rise of online shoppers. As we know, the options are a lot more varied for shoppers these days; with more tablets, iPads, smartphones and laptops, people now have many choices as to how, where and when they choose to shop.

 

2014- the year of eCommerce?

 

Whilst 2013 has seen a definite increase in the use of online shopping, 2014 is set to be even more tech-based when it comes to sales. This will mean that the competition between the quality and how user-friendly websites are is bound to rocket. The competition is already high for eCommerce businesses due to the sheer size of the competition; you’re not just competing with other shops on the High Street anymore, but with companies located on all corners of the globe.

 

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So what are you waiting for?

 

Whether you earned a successful profit from your online sales in 2013 or are reading this to learn how you could improve yours- there are always the same basic steps to keep in mind when managing your website.

 

SEO

 

The term SEO often scares a lot of people off as they assume it’s awfully technical and complicated, and far above their internet knowledge. Which it can be if you don’t know what you’re doing, but it doesn’t have to be!

 

Google is one of the most frequently used search tools in the world. It uses a range of techniques to assess your website, and depending on how it ranks means how far down it will show in the search menu. As long as your website is “Google-friendly” and uses a few basic SEO techniques such as regular updates, is user-friendly, responsive and uses specified keywords your website will get seen.

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We offer a range of specified SEO marketing packages to help get your business to the top of the search engines. Give us a call any time to discuss what we can do help you.

 

Design

 

This is where the competition gets seriously hot. Innovative and modern web design can cost you a fortune and many would say it is worth the cost. Because there is so much choice out there, people really do have the option to pick and choose where they buy their products from. If your website doesn’t fulfil their (probably high) expectations then they can simply click the little arrow at the top of the screen and choose someone else.

To ensure they don’t, there are some things you should make sure your website does for them. If you already run an eCommerce business, then you will know the sorts things that your site needs to do. They are simple things that make a huge difference. Simply having it so the clickable links on your site highlight themselves when the mouse touches them will give your website a higher ranking.

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Another main tip from us is not to have too much or too little text. Google will pick up on all of this and judge you on it; if there is too little it is probable that there is a lack of information there, whereas nobody wants to be faced with a page full of block text. Just the right amount (300-500 words) seems to do the trick.

 

Social Media

 

The ‘power of social media’ has been big news for a few years now and things haven’t changed. There are so many platforms to share on that one can no longer guarantee the same effect as the other. Each type of business will tend to do better on one form of social media than another, purely because there are so many now. For example, one type of business might really thrive on Facebook but not get so much interaction on say, Linkedin.

 

Winning at social media can be easy if you have the time to put into it- and it is a full time job. Which is why many companies will tend to put their social media on the back-burner, although they are aware that being active on one or more social media accounts will benefit them and work in their favour. Not only will sharing on social media increase your general reach, (potentially thousands more people will see your brand via one post) it will help your SEO by giving you more backlinks to your website and regular updates as well as forming relationships and engaging with customers with ease.

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Our social media packages work with each business individually to assess the best marketing strategy for your brand.

 

Let’s make 2014 the year of successful eCommerce together!

Website ‘Dead Ends’ Causing Sales Losses

According to a report from Mashable.com, approximately three quarters of online shoppers have abandoned the purchasing process after becoming frustrated with website design, costing the retailers concerned significant amounts of revenue.
As well as complaining that assistance services on e-commerce sites tend to be FAQ-type answers that lead the user round in circles, consumers revealed a marked preference for sites with fast and effective customer service provision. 75% said that they would prefer a site which offered ‘one-click’ customer service assistance over a competitor which did not.

In a world where it is easier than ever before to find and purchase specific consumer goods, it is essential that e-commerce sites provide a user experience that is swift and efficient. As this survey shows, speed of service can be the deciding factor in a potential customer’s decision-making process. If you want to streamline your site’s purchasing and customer-service processes, give us a call – we are able to provide expert website design services together with a personal service thanks to our micro-business setup.

Why We Recommend The WordPress Blog Platform

If you want statistics to help you figure out just how ubiquitous WordPress is go here and the stats tell us there are over 50M sites running on WordPress worldwide, including media giants like Techcrunch, CNN and the NFL.

Others using the WordPress blogging CMS platform include the New York Observer, the Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD, the MLB blogs, Lollapalooza and Jay-Z’s Life+Times  lifestyle blog. For a few more examples browse along to the WordPress Showcase site.

CNN's Newsblog uses WordPress

The WordPress CMS is free Open Source software with the support of thousands of programmers worldwide. Yes, free and it rocks too! The number of free and commercial themes, plugins and frameworks available to WordPress starts with around 14,000 free plugins and 1,300 free themes on the WordPress.org official community repository alone.

The software is infinitely customizable with thousands of free (and paid) plugins and themes and you don’t even need to get your hands dirty with any HTML coding. The software enables you to edit your website from any browser from anywhere in the world. No need to fire up your Dreamweaver web design software anymore.

We find WordPress to be infinitely  easier to grasp compared to other content management systems we’ve tried, such as Drupal, Mambo and Joomla , the support network for WordPress dwarves any of those platforms by a mile too.

More recommendations…..

Five Reasons Why WordPress Is The Ideal Platform For Small Business Websites:

Some keywords that keep cropping up when anyones talks about WordPress: Ease of Use, Solid SEO, Intuitive, Reliable, Vastly Extensible, Flexible, Secure, Adaptable, Powerful Social Media Tool and Widespread Support.

If you are interested in how we can make WordPress work for you, your band, store or SME, don’t hesitate to contact us for help using WordPress and we’ll talk you through the options.


 


Domain Name Tips For New Brands

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It may not be something you would be thinking of when naming your new brand but a useful tip if you have yet to decide, is to search Google for instances of your proposed brand. If it’s unique and available then the next stage is to check whether the .com and .co.uk domain reg is available.

Don’t take it for granted that because Google didn’t find it, that it’s available, many people (like us!) buy domains on a whim after coming up with an idea and either sit on the name or ‘speculate’ (ie: hold on to the name for a while in the hope that it becomes valuable).

Make no mistake, having your own domain name is an essential part of your online branding and with a .com costing around £10 a year, you really have no excuse for not owning one!Owning your own domain name and having your own website adds value to your brand and is also added security for your data (because you own it, not someone else).

It’s also important to choose a keyword rich domain name, to help your search to rise to the top of the search results naturally. If you need help choosing a great domain name and getting it registered, it’s all part of our service.

One crucial bit of advice, keep your hands on control of your domain name at all times. Do not give administrative powers or ownership to a third party. Many a sad story has been told about somebody losing their domain name usually by forgetting to renew (put it on auto!) but also by giving admin powers to some fly-by-night webhost, web designer or angry ex-manager. If someone other than you can get access to your domain DNS you could be asking for trouble, so keep those logins safe!

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