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
Do I really need a fully responsive website? A question, which, if asked in 2012/13 would have received a very different answer. At that time, the numbers of people using mobile devices to access the internet were relatively low and the technology for fully responsive was quite new. It was still quite expensive and in some areas even a little unstable. In all likelihood, if you needed a mobile friendly site at a reasonable cost and didn’t need ecommerce, you would have been advised to have a separate mobile friendly site.
However, in today’s digital world, if you don’t have a fully responsive website it’s very likely that you will be losing business to your competitors. Continue reading