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By Sonal Dharampuria

The Best Parts & Benefits of Online Ecommerce

 

The Ecommerce industry is continuously growing. Right now there are millions of websites online, the majority of them are business related which sells either a service or a product of some kind. Whether you are just now getting in or you are preparing to make the choice, hopefully the benefits discussed below about the ecommerce industry will help you decide whether it will be right for you or not.

You are your own boss

This is worth a lot. I had a corporate job where I work eight to five every day. It paid my bills, it kept my family in a comfortable home, but I absolutely despised the idea that I would never move on past where I was currently at. I had pretty well reached my max position I was capable of without attending more college. Although the cost of living raises were imminent, I knew that I would never be able to build onto my house or have a really nice car. I was stuck. Going into the ecommerce industry brought some excitement back to my life. No longer was I limited in my salary. Instead, the opportunities were endless, and the profits I made would be going into my pocket and no one else’s. This is what being my own boss was for me, it was not just about setting my own hours. I was prepared to work as long as I knew that the payoff would be coming to me and no one else.

Low Setup Cost

As mentioned, I had my own home, a family, and had a regular daily job. I did not hit the lottery jackpot and was never capable of investing a ton of money. This was one of the biggest benefits in setting up an ecommerce store. Without too much cash, I could get something moving. This is not to say that you should assume that you can get started with no money. To be quite honest, you must have a marketing budget and you should have enough to get a website developed, assuming you can not do it yourself. However, your marketing budget does not need to exceed more than about $40.00 per month initially to get your business moving.

Very Little Overhead Expense

The problem with brick and mortar companies is that they really do need to make a lot of money to justify overhead. When you are paying electric and water bills, possible rent, and everything else that comes along with owning a business on main street, having a bad month at the beginning can cause you to close your doors or send you into bankruptcy. The benefit of ecommerce stores is that you can expect to have a bad month or two, maybe even a year, this will not mean that you are out of business before it even began. But, the vast majority of people are capable of eating some of the expenses throughout the growing pains of getting an online business established.

Your Potential Customer Base is Endless

Another problem with brick and mortar businesses is that they are reliant on the traffic that drives by while their doors are open. Luckily for you, in ecommerce, your doors are never closed. As well, your traffic is not just going to come from your small town in Oklahoma, but everyone who has access to the internet across the world. Your loyal customers can be from all 50 states, and maybe from other countries depending on what your intentions are with your ecommerce store.

By Sonal Dharampuria

5 Important Features in an Online ECommerce System

Online eCommerce systems are easily available on the internet for example Prestashop, Magento, osCommerce, Zen Cart and etc. With so many different systems, we really need to know which system to use and which one will matches our types of business best. This article aims to provide you five important features of the eCommerce systems so that you can decide for yourself which system suits your online business best.

Catalog Management

Catalog management is an important aspect of an eCommerce solution. It manages all your products under one roof, ideally it should come with batch import and export functions, and this is an important feature when you have many products to be uploaded onto the website. This feature can help you reduce valuable time by doing a mass upload/download of products onto your server. Imagine how much time can be wasted if you need to upload 3000 products onto your server manually. The catalog should also allow you to manage the prices of your products easily. It should also come with a scheduler to allow you to schedule the prices of your products automatically. When browsing your catalog, the system should also come with a filter and built-in search facility that can help you locate your products easily.

Marketing and Promotions Tools

Marketing and promotion is very important for you eCommerce website. A successful eCommerce store needs occasional online promotions and marketing campaigns to keep your visitors coming back and make that important purchase. Make sure your eCommerce system allows you to create and manage discount coupons, create and manage pricing rules for members and non-members. Powerful tools to allow you to upsell and cross sell your products. These tools are essential for your site to retain customers.

Shipping and Delivery Features

Depending on the type of products you sell on your online store, a well-designed shipping and delivery module is important for your eCommerce site. The delivery/shipping module is the most important feature for the end customers. The system needs to allow your visitors to select the types of delivery options for his/her order, the system also need to auto calculate for the visitor the shipping charges. On top of these, it is also important for you to know what are the international carriers supported and how easy if it for you to integrate the carriers into your system. For example DHL and FedEx provides real-time shipping rates, you need to know how you are able to integrate to them into your eCommerce system.

Payment Modules

Similar to shipping and delivery, the payment module is the one of the most important feature in an eCommerce system. Getting paid is the ultimate aim of most eCommerce site selling products and subscriptions. Your eCommerce system needs to support the major payment gateways and systems available. E.g. PayPal, Wordplay and 2 Checkout. Your eCommerce site visitors should also be given the freedom to choose from a list of different payment options as different payment systems are popular in different regions
in the internet.

Search Engine Optimization

The last important feature of my list is the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) feature in the eCommerce system. SEO is very important in all eCommerce sites, your products and services need to be crawled and indexed by search engines. Without SEO, nobody can find the products they want on the internet, and your site cannot find her customers. Unless you are able to market your eCommerce site’s products to the world by other means, otherwise no one will be able to find your products. To be search engine optimized, your eCommerce system needs to generate for you search engine friendly (SEF) urls, they should also help you generate sitemaps automatically to allow you to submit your site to the search engines. They should also provide you the feature to input the meta-information of you products easily on the admin panel of the eCommerce system.

By knowing your online business well, you should be able to decide for yourself which eCommerce system is best for your business. These important features in the eCommerce system will help you manage and operate your eCommerce site efficiently, without these important features, you can find yourself wasting a lot of unnecessary time and effort managing your eCommerce store. If you still cannot decide which system is best for your business needs, you should always consult an expert in developing and customizing eCommerce systems, these guys can provide you the best solution for you and make sure that you time will not be wasted on managing your site but to be used on make more sales on the eCommerce industry.

By Sonal Dharampuria

How to make your Online Ecommerce Store Profitable?

This question must be coming in mind of all the sellers who aim to sell online via their own store! Revenue generation via this medium is really puzzling for all those sellers who are busy in their core business and are not able to concentrate on the online platform techniques.

To get noticed in this saturated web environment is really tough hence the best approach to solve this riddle is to outsource it to expert professional companies who can take care entire operations. All entrepreneurs who wish to increase web traffic can use these small hacks while choosing their best partner in this arena.

1. Fast Loading Speed
Make sure that your online store is operating on the highest bandwidth you can afford. The difference of few seconds can make your customer’s shopping experience fabulous.

2. On-Page SEO
Expert On-page SEO services should be rendered with focus on target keywords that can give maximum conversions and visibility.

3. Responsive Design
Mobile traffic is tremendously increasing hence nowadays its mandatory to have Responsive design that is compatible to all mobile devices.

4. Visible Contact Details
Please make sure that your Contact information along with all Social Media Links is clearly visible and found easily.

5. Smooth Navigation
Complex navigation among pages creates confusion and frustrations among your visitors hence make sure that all your page navigation are simple and easy.

6. Social Proof
Visitors are confident to buy from a website that has many social evidences, testimonials and recommendations; hence make sure that these attestations are clearly visible.

7. Return/refunds Policy
Clearly state return and refund policies making your customer feel at ease in all conditions.

8. Sales/Offers Section
A great way to grab eyeballs is to highlight sales and offers section in your website, this definitely attracts visitors to look for current offers.

9. Multiple Payment Options
Your website should have multiple payment options to deal with all kind of shoppers that compel them to trust your brand.

10. High Quality Product Images
Make sure that you are providing multiple high quality product images from different angles to give deep understanding about your product.

Cliff Ecommerce who is Official Shopify partner and a trusted brand working with many sellers is committed to provide best services as per current Ecommerce trends. We are not only making sure that your website is following all the norms but our long term association confirms that your store generates ample revenues at all times.

Please contact us for more details and lets make your Online Store Profitable!