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.
Digital advertising is the quickest way to get your business found online. Whether you have a physical shop or an online business, if you don’t appear in people’s search results, they won’t know where to find you. People may even be driving past you to get to a competitor that has shown up in their search results.
A properly managed digital advertising campaign can be a fast and efficient way to drive new leads and sales to your business, but which online advertising strategy should you use and when? The following tips will help you work it out.
Brands have cottoned on to the importance of mobile, and are increasingly using text messages as a way to stay in constant contact with their customers. Whilst most welcome messages that remind them they need to go to the dentist or offer to save them money, no one wants to be spammed. You must ensure your texts don’t look like spam.
Despite this, spam messages are still a problem. More than 175,000 complaints about spam text messages and cold calls were made to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in 2014 alone. As a result, the ICO now has more powers than ever before, meaning those guilty of sending spam messages are far more likely to get prosecuted.