Electronic commerce, or eCommerce as it’s more commonly known is the process of selling goods or services online utilising digital payment and a website with a shopping cart. The rise of eCommerce has allowed small businesses to compete with global brands and reach customers half a world away. A virtual shop requires far less initial investment and on-going maintenance than a bricks and mortar location whilst offering almost infinite space for products. Just as in the offline world a business may choose to sell their products not only in their own ‘store’ but in multiple larger stores, this is where eCommerce becomes a multichannel selling revolution. A business can sell their products on a dozen of their own eCommerce websites, a dozen marketplaces like Amazon, Ebay or Etsy and also offline in shops or at trade shows.
As we near the halfway point of the year there is still no sign of recovery for Twitter though Instagram seems to have stopped its slide and its engagement rate is beginning to creep back up. Here are the key social media trends and news items from the last 3 months.
Twitter’s Troubles Continue
Twitter’s stock price has continued its tumble amid renewed accusations of censorship, missed revenue targets and a number of changes to it’s senior staff. Despite achieving slightly above the forecasted increase in user base Twitter fell short of its revenue target by 2.2% equating to roughly $13 million. Continue reading
Marketing Automation 2016
Where it is, where it’s going & what people think
In the world of Digital Marketing we often accuse people of chasing ‘shiny things.’ New platforms, software and technologies appear at such a rate that devoting equal time and importance to each of them is an impossible task unless you have a staff of hundreds of people with nothing else to do. Picking the right development to commit time and resources to is a key part of success not only for Digital Marketers but also for the businesses they work for or advise. We all recall how many people thought Social Media Marketing could never compete with PPC. Who thought separate mobile websites would beat Responsive Web Design. Marketing Automation is a technology that has been around for a long time and because of this there are many misconceptions about it. Continue reading
1. Who wants to know how much an online review is worth?
The power of social sharing and online reviews has been highly disruptive to the practice of reputation management. Access to a huge amount of information, opinions and experiences is at the fingertips of anyone with an internet connection. Both solicited and unsolicited feedback now finds a huge audience. The changing nature of reviews as they’ve moved online has required us to step back and re-evaluate what we know about our customers.
This article was originally published on MyCustomer by Rob Thomas (18/01/2016)
In the days leading up to last Christmas, Facebook quietly launched a new feature with no fanfare at all. This feature could have big consequences for Facebook users and business rivals alike. In the days following the discovery of Facebook Professional Services, the stock price of Yelp took a 9% dive.
What exactly is Facebook Professional Services?
Facebook has been keeping its cards close to their its with this release, and as such there has been speculation around certain aspects of the new feature. Here’s what we know so far. Continue reading
Despite what some naysayers thought 3 or 4 years ago it’s become clear that Social Media is now a core element of Digital Marketing. Whether it’s simply maintaining a brand presence, creating brand awareness, utilising a Social Media platform for Reputation Management or simply to show off your product it’s undeniable that Social Media provides a whole host of advantages.
Simply ‘doing Social Media’ isn’t quite as simple as just setting up a Facebook Page or Twitter Profile for your business and posting about your products. There’s so much more that can be done and there are a few things that you really should avoid. Continue reading