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.
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
Improving Your Data Driven Marketing Requires Better Data Management
All marketing should be data driven, especially Digital Marketing. When everything can be measured, tracked and attributed there is no reason anything should be done on ‘gut-feel’ alone. Marketing Automation is fundamentally a data-driven initiative. Greater accuracy and clarity relies on better data management and manipulation. Once your Marketing Automation is up and running you’ll have all the data you could ever need and you should put it to good use. Measure the reaction to your actions, analyse what the data tells you and improve for next time. Continue reading