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.
Many business know they need a new or updated website but struggle to articulate what they need from that new website. Pointing out what’s wrong with the current website is a useful start but simply fixing what is wrong with an old website won’t lead to the best possible new website. In order to make creating a new website as simple as possible we’ve simplified the process into the 7 key steps of website development.
In the world of SEO the (right) tactics that were being used years ago are still the things that work. Good on-site SEO combined with good quality, relevant content distributed across your online channels will bring good organic search results – eventually. Remember, achieving rankings through organic SEO is not something that will happen overnight; it takes time and effort. It is a marathon, not a sprint, and is something you have to keep doing. If you want quick and immediate rankings, then you need to consider paid search advertising.
Along the way there have been some people who have discovered loopholes that may have allowed them to claw their way up the organic search engine rankings quickly in the short term. But the truth is, as the search engines improved and got better at identifying those loopholes, those short term gains turned into very long term penalties for those that adopted the practices. Continue reading
At the recent RBN held at the St Pierre Marriot Hotel and Country Club Bristol Rugby’s Nick Koster talked about rugby, charity and life after rugby.
The first thing everyone in the room wanted to know was How did everyone feel when they won the second leg of the championship play off, bringing them back to premiership rugby?
After an opening statement of ‘It was an incredible feeling” Nick went on to explain the feelings of the whole team long the way. “The championship is a tough competition and I think some people don’t realise how tough it is”. He went on to talk about a whole host of things that impact games in the championship that many people don’t give a second thought to. Things like, ground conditions, game tactics and sometimes, just how simply the fact that they are Bristol with a bigger budget makes a difference to the way that they are viewed by some opposition. Continue reading
At our recent event at the St Pierre Marriot Hotel and Country Club, Malcolm Miller gave us a good insight into the life of a society referee as well as some thought provoking insight into how his rugby crosses over into his daily business life.
In his ‘day job’ Malcolm is managing director of RTS Group, a learning and development training agency based in Wiltshire. An expanding business, it directly employs a team of 55, and also works with another couple of hundred freelance associates around the world. The business keeps Malcolm busy and it is currently expanding into China, so where exactly does he see the parallels in his life on and off the field?
To explain this Malcolm pulled a small booklet from his pocket – the law book. 26 Laws and the code of the game, which is the playing charter. “When I look at that and I look at my business” he said “And ask is there a parallel? Absolutely! Integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect. If you can deliver that in a business and deliver it to your customers and your team, then you’re off to a flying start” Continue reading
Marketing Automation encompasses or affects almost all areas of Digital Marketing. With such a large task set and so much required of any platform trying to live up to the name it’s not surprising that Marketing Automation for small and medium businesses hasn’t been a realistic option until recently. SMEs are often forced to make do with pay-walled and watered down versions of popular Software As A Service (SAAS) offerings. Fortunately there are no pay walls blocking SharpSpring features or lengthy contracts hurting cash flow. SharpSpring has been designed and developed specifically for SMEs and Agencies, as such it provides maximum power for realistically affordable cost. Continue reading