Holiday eCommerce Planning: A Look Back At Unique Promotions From Past Years

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It hasn’t been that long since many of you may returned from a lazy vacation to the beach, so we know it’s probably hard to imagine the holidays are just a few weeks away now.

Yet, for the eCommerce retailer, that means your planning should begin as soon as possible. If you get a jump start on your holiday season goals and strategy, you’ll have a leg up on your competition.

The National Retail Federation tells us that the holiday season, traditionally defined as November and December, is the biggest time for retailers. They go on to say that retailers take in between 20-40% of their yearly sales during the holiday season.

With that much money on the line, we encourage you to get started with your planning now. To help you do that, we’re going to look at holiday eCommerce planning by taking a look back at unique promotions from past years.

Six Days of Gifting

Crio Brü, an etailer selling a brewed drink made from 100% cacao beans (also known as cocoa beans), ran a holiday promotion called the Six Days of Gifting.

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What Is Working On Mobile Today For eCommerce Websites?

What Is Working On Mobile Today For eCommerce Websites?

Mobile phone traffic to eCommerce websites has increased exponentially in the last few years. According to a Shopify study, when they looked at more than 100,000 eCommerce stores, they saw 50.3% of traffic coming from mobile (40.3% phones/10% tablets) and just 49.7% from computers.

This study exemplifies the importance of mobile. It demands we talk about what is working on mobile today for eCommerce websites.

Let’s talk about design and development strategy as well as some unique marketing strategies for mobile users.

Responsive Web Design

We’ve talked about mobile conversion rates before and how important it is that your eCommerce website be responsive and mobile-friendly. (see my note at bottom of post about mobile testing). A responsive website changes size and adjusts to the users screen size. This is so important to the success of your eCommerce experience.

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Popup Strategies and Best Practices For eTailers

popup-strategiesPopups are annoying, right? Sometimes. Okay, usually they are annoying.

Popups don’t work, right? Wrong.

Popups work. They usually work very well. (See my 2012 post on testing opt-in email popups.)

Why are marketers across the Internet suddenly so interested in popups when before everyone thought users hated popups? Technology, coupled with etailers using popups in more strategic ways, have led to more and more ecommerce conversions and sales.

Take for instance, Nikky from Etsy shop, Nikky in Stitches. She installed a popup to capture email addresses, and she saw a subscription rate of 5.5%. She found that an entry popup with a timed delay of 2 seconds led to an incredible 1,375% increase in email subscriptions.

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7 Marketing Rules and How to Break Them Effectively

Just like everything in life, marketing has some basic rules that you’re supposed to follow. However, in some cases, your marketing benefits from breaking these rules. While you don’t want to break all of the rules all of the time, remember that these are not set in stone.

1. Keep Your Focus Unwaveringly

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Image via Flickr by Mark Hunter

Rule: It’s said in the marketing world that you should keep your focus. What should you be focusing on, exactly? The rule is that you should focus on your marketing strategy and conversions. Without conversions, you’re not going to make any money. So, you need to do anything and everything necessary to increase the people coming to your landing page, which will in turn help you sell more.

How to Break It: Let’s be honest – making money is most likely the reason you have a landing page in the first place. You want people buying your product or service. However, the best way to do this is not to constantly focus on getting people in the door. If you do this, you’re going to end up getting the wrong people. Instead, focus on your customers. Figure out your target market and use it. In addition to this, you’ll want to split your focus between a few things. Customers, marketing strategy, and your landing page layout all need to be on your mind.

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