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As reported by TechCrunch, GoDaddy is set to release a new online store solution that could take on Shopify as a competitor. The new e-commerce storefront, which is to be named the GoDaddy Online Store, is aimed at small business customers and will replace the company´s existing solution, Quick Shopping Cart. The aim of the new product is to create a simple storefront that is easy to use and requires less technical know-how than some of the current online shopping cart platforms. This is designed to encourage small business owners to make the move to an online store in a less intimidating way. Features of the new e-commerce solution will include a selection of store layout templates, GoDaddy's own customization tools, and a step-by-step guide to help customers get their products online. (more…)

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More than 148 million travel bookings are made online each year, and over 76% of U.S. travelers are now using digital tools to plan their trips. Businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry that do not accept reservations through their existing websites may be missing out on a significant chunk of potential revenue. Speed, simplicity, and ease-of-use are three of the most important factors that consumers look at when making travel reservations, and hotels and tour operators that require customers to book via telephone or fax score low in all three of these metrics. Thirty-nine percent of online bookings are made outside of normal business hours, according to research from BRS Golf. Given that statistic, it’s clear that accepting reservations and bookings online is incredibly important for businesses in the tourism industry. Implementing an online booking and reservation software doesn’t have to be difficult, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. A number of digital marketing vendors have introduced web-based tools that businesses can utilize to enable online reservations and bookings through their existing websites. Here are three tips for businesses that are willing to integrate an online booking and reservation system into their websites for the very first time. (more…)

5 Things to Look For In Ecommerce Software Suites

By Stephanie Miles, 20 December 2013

Ecommerce software suites have never been that trendy. Ninety-five percent of American teens are doing their shopping online these days, according to a 2013 survey by Pew Research, and retailers are rushing to keep up with demand. As businesses with brick-and-mortar stores branch into the world of online shopping, many are relying on all-in-one ecommerce software suites to provide the back-end support necessary to promote and sell goods online. Best of Breed Ecommerce Software Suites What many internet and online businesses are finding, however, is that some ecommerce platforms really are too good to be true. The latest batch of all-in-one ecommerce software suites go beyond website design and transaction management, promising to do everything from handling recurring billing to even creating dedicated affiliate programs for retailers. Advanced tools can be useful in certain situations, but the majority of internet and online businesses looking for simple ways to sell goods online do not need to rely on expensive platforms with all the bells and whistles. These retailers would be much better served by utilizing straightforward systems that offer all the tools necessary to manage an online business, and nothing more. Here is a list of five things that internet and online businesses should look for when selecting ecommerce software. (more…)

Order management is often referred to as the “least glamorous” part of running a retail business. While the majority of media ink gets spent touting flashy marketing platforms and cloud-based point-of-sale solutions, order management software are the real workhorses that keep online retail businesses moving forward. Once they’ve thought about developing products and marketing those products to a wide swath of consumers, merchants need to start focusing on the logistics of running digital businesses. After all, a seller might have the best inventory in the entire world — and that inventory might be selling at an excellent price point — but it’s unlikely that any customers will return to the seller’s store if he or she can’t execute those orders in a timely fashion. Traditionally, retailers dealt with order and inventory management by using paper logbooks and digital spreadsheets. These documents allowed business owners to see which products they had in-stock and which products they needed to re-order, but they were time consuming to maintain and easy to mess up. Now, retailers are making life easier on themselves by automating the online order management process. Order management tools in the cloud have been designed to capture and process orders coming from online and offline channels. In many cases, these tools even integrate with a business owner’s existing payment channels and shipping partners to completely automate the sales process. Here are five additional reasons why retailers should consider adopting order management tools in the cloud. (more…)

Building an online store with eCommerce software Seventy-one percent of adult Internet users are now shopping online, according to a May 2013 survey by the Pew Research Center. Although some merchants with brick-and-mortar stores see this statistic as a death knell for small town retailers, far more merchants view online shopping as an untapped opportunity. (more…)

Wazala Review – Sell Physical and Digital Goods Online

By Stephanie Miles, 28 October 2013

Wazala Review - Create a store to sell both physical and digital goods online Online stores can become excellent sources of incremental income for retailers who already have brick-and-mortar outposts, but the realities of building an e-commerce store from scratch are challenging for sellers without a technical background. Wazala is a platform that aims to reduce the friction associated with building an online store, seamlessly integrating with existing websites and allowing users to get started selling their physical and digital goods right away. In this Wazala review, I will take the e-commerce platform out for a test drive to see what small businesses and individuals creating their own online stores can expect. Throughout the review, I will pay particular attention to Wazala’s ease-of-use, functionality, and customization features. (more…)

Top Store Builder and e-Commerce Shopping Cart Tools

By Stephanie Miles, 14 October 2013

A retailer can carry the best products in the world on his e-commerce website, but in order to turn a profit, he’s got to have a way to actually sell them. Retailers that don’t accept popular credit cards and other forms of mobile payments are doing themselves a great disservice by limiting the pool of customers who could potentially purchase their goods and services online. One of the smartest ways for retailers to build their online stores—complete with shopping carts, payment processing, and in-stock availability tools for customers—is by signing up for an online store builder and e-commerce shopping cart tool. These web-applications can serve as a soup-to-nuts solution for retailers who have plenty of products in-stock, but little experience setting up payment processing systems on the web. Here is a list of the top store builder and e-commerce shopping cart tools currently available for web-based retailers. (more…)

Volusion Review – Create an E-Commerce Store

By Stephanie Miles, 16 September 2013

Whether you’re a knitter, a painter, or an antiques importer, there’s a good chance you could expand your business by selling your goods online. Volusion is an e-commerce web-based application that gives businesspeople a way to do just that, offering DIY tools that anyone can use to market and sell their products across the web. In this Volusion review, I will test out Volusion’s ready-to-use templates, integrated checkout pages, and social marketing features. Throughout this review, I will pay particular attention to the tools aimed most squarely at small business owners and individual merchants. After making my way through the web-based e-commerce solution, I will offer my assessment as to whether Volusion is a viable platform for retailers who are interested in selling their products online. (more…)

Lexity is an excellent source of tools for e-commerce websites including real-time analytics, visitor tracking and several other insights. It includes a variety of tools such as extensions, apps, plugins, Amazon Shopping, Google Shopping, Facebook Retargeting, Facebook Live Store and other marketing tools. If you want to run an e-commerce site, Lexity offers all the tools and resources you might need to get up and running and keep the site maintained. These tools are compatible with popular ecommerce platforms like Virtuemart, Shopify, Prestashop, Volusion and Magento. Let´s find out more with this Lexity review. (more…)

As a small business owner, I really need forms to find out what my website visitors are thinking. But designing the form and installing it can literally take me days. So I am totally excited to review 123ContactForm. They say form building and publishing is as easy as 1-2-3. Let's see! (more…)