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eCommerce Couponing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

September 20, 2018 - 7 Comments

Everybody loves coupons – but too many coupons and discounts devalue your brand.

When a store overuses coupons, it’s often a sign of an inferior product or a marketing person who’s out of ideas. It can also send the message that you don’t believe in your products, and they’re not worth what you’re charging.

The best approach on coupons? Use them as a way to drive desired behaviors or to reward customers. Our friends at PHLEARN, the number one Photoshop and photography tutorial website in the world, gave us some good tips based on their vast experience running a successful education platform.

Driving behavior

Encourage customers to perform the actions you want by showing them the way
Encourage customers to perform the actions you want by showing them the way
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How to Use Coupons and Email to Drive Customer Retention

September 19, 2018 - 8 Comments

Creating coupons with WooCommerce is straightforward, and coupons are effective tools to market your store and products, convert visitors into customers, and retain loyal shoppers.

But how exactly do you use them to drive revenue and customer loyalty? Here are some tried and tested customer retention tactics with coupons.

Start by collecting email addresses

Collect email addresses using MailChimp for WooCommerce
MailChimp and WooCommerce play well together

Do you have email addresses for your store visitors? Collecting them is the first step to a good email marketing strategy: One of the most effective ways to market coupons and stay in touch with your customers is through email.

MailChimp for WooCommerce is your ally here. MailChimp is loved by marketers because it makes life easier. It also offers more than just email marketing tools — for free! Let’s learn how to use MailChimp to display a popup window offering your customers a coupon in exchange for their email.

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How to Create Coupons with WooCommerce

September 18, 2018 - 6 Comments

Coupons are a great way to attract new customers and get loyal ones to come back for more.

WooCommerce includes simple yet powerful coupon functionality that fits most stores’ needs right out-of-the-box — which means you can start offering coupons with WooCommerce in just a few clicks.

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Why to Recommend WooCommerce and WordPress for SEO-focused Businesses

September 11, 2018 - 20 Comments

As the owner of an SEO-focused agency building large and small eCommerce sites, the first question I ask potential clients is if they’re playing the long-term game, and by that I mean: what’s the ultimate goal for their business? Market leadership? ROAS (return on advertising spend)? Steady growth with excellent brand recognition?

If they have set their sites on any of these, we know they need to optimize for the top of the funnel and build awareness of their site with strong search engine optimization. And for that, we always recommend building with — or migrating to — WooCommerce and WordPress.

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Four Key Metrics For eCommerce Profitability

September 7, 2018 - 7 Comments

All businesses start with a specific goal in mind. For most, it’s profit.

Even at not-for-profit organizations – or when the main driver of a business is a personal goal, like being able to work in a more flexible way or spending more time with family – income is almost always required for sustainability.

Entrepreneurship can deliver on the various freedoms it promises, but success requires an active understanding of a business’s finances – which starts with knowing what to measure.

As management consultant Peter Drucker says, “What gets measured gets managed.” – so here are four key metrics of eCommerce profitability.

1. Gross profit margin

Gross profit margin is “a financial metric used to assess a company’s financial health and business model by revealing the proportion of money left over from revenues after accounting for the cost of goods sold (COGS).”

Gross Profit Margin = (Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold)Revenue

Gross profit margin is critical because it immediately gives you an overview of how your current revenue is serving the rest of your business, and whether it is doing so at a profit or a loss. This has a far-reaching impact on your strategic and tactical options for how to run your business.

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How to Grow and Improve Operations with eCommerce Inventory Management

September 4, 2018 - 10 Comments

Are you looking to improve your eCommerce inventory management?

According to a 2017 report, 43 percent of small business owners still count inventory by hand, rely on pen and paper, and manually key in data. That’s staggering, given how fast-paced and competitive today’s market is.

It’s these kinds of manual systems that lead to supply chain nightmares – from ending up with excess stock through to poor cash flow.

How do you get a handle on your inventory cleverly and efficiently? It’s easier than you might think.

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How a Former Olympic Athlete Made His Fitness App Dream a Reality

August 29, 2018 - 8 Comments

It’s no secret that the fitness industry is a competitive one. However, there are gaps in every market if you know how to find and fill them: Former Team GB Olympic athlete, Glen Smith did just that, leveraging his 25 years of fitness expertise to launch Your Fitness App.

Powered by WooCommerce, Your Fitness App (YFA) makes Olympian-endorsed health and fitness simple to get stuck into – wherever you happen to be. Here’s the origin story, which starts when Glen’s teacher handed him a discus to throw as a teenager.

Discovering the discus

Glen has always been determined when it comes to health and fitness. Discovering a talent for discus at 14 when a teacher introduced him to the sport, he was a full-time athlete in less than five years.

By 1996, he qualified for his first Olympics as a discus thrower, competing in Atlanta and going on to Sydney four years later.

As British champion for 11 years, he was once ranked 9th in the world and has competed in two Olympics, four World Championships, four Commonwealth Games and three European championships – a record of which any athlete would be proud!

He retired in 2003, a decision not taken lightly given that sport had been his entire life up until that point. What next?

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Building the Longreads Merchandise Store with Printful and WooCommerce

August 28, 2018 - 8 Comments

Longreads is an online publication dedicated to the best storytelling in the world.

Now, in addition to purchasing memberships, Longreads supporters can wear their loyalty on their sleeves (literally) by shopping for totes, caps, shirts, and more — Longreads recently launched a merchandise store powered by WooCommerce and Printful.

Building the Longreads Store with Printful and WooCommerce

How are they able to run an eCommerce shop with limited time? Was it easy to set up? What did they learn about sales tax and anti-fraud? Read on for these answers and more.

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Keep Your Eye on The Prize: The Story of Mariener Eyewear

August 23, 2018 - 4 Comments

They say necessity is the mother of invention. For Dutch entrepreneur Marien Klootwijk, this rings true: In 2012 he needed to replace an expensive pair of sunglasses, was disappointed with the selection within his price range available in The Netherlands, and was inspired to launch Mariener Eyewear.

From clear vision to competitive company

Even in the beginning, Marien had a clear idea of what his company was about. “Mariener offers no-nonsense eyewear with a clean, high-performance design at entry-level prices,” he says.

Representing The Netherlands in his branding was also important, demonstrated by generous splashes of orange, the national color of the country, throughout his website.

A page on the Mariener Eyewear website

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Maximize Your eCommerce Profits with Cross-Selling

August 9, 2018 - 10 Comments

Could a minor adjustment increase your online store’s profits by 10%, 30%, or even 50%?

Some of the world’s biggest companies, including Amazon, say yes. A few tiny changes can boost order size and profits, and help build better customer relationships.

One way to do this? Cross-selling. If you’re not doing it yet, you should be. Let’s look at how cross-selling works, why you need it, and how to get started.

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GenSol Case Study: Providing Affordable Genetic Testing for Man’s Best Friend

August 2, 2018 - 6 Comments

From military-grade shelters to DNA testing for dogs: we use WooCommerce to help all kinds of clients grow their businesses. Here’s the story of how we worked with Micah and Adriana to turn their own passion for dogs into an online canine genetic testing service, so all dog lovers can learn more about their canine companions.

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Shopping on Instagram: Tag WooCommerce Products in Posts and Drive Traffic to Your Store

July 31, 2018 - 27 Comments

You’re exploring whether Instagram and its one billion users can help grow your business, right?

If you have a WooCommerce store, you have even more Insta-opportunity: Shopping on Instagram makes it simpler than ever to move people from your photos to checkout.

Let’s leverage the power of Shopping on Instagram for your business!

Note: Shopping on Instagram is currently only available for physical products.

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Should Your Business Use Instagram for Marketing? Six Questions To Ask

July 27, 2018 - 7 Comments

Wondering if your business should be on Instagram? The short answer is that whatever you’re selling, you should consider it. Instagram now has over one billion monthly users — as of January, 2018, 7 percent of internet users in the United States accessed Instagram once every few days.

And if you’re in certain eCommerce categories or selling a visual product, you definitely should.

Here are six questions to ask if you’re weighing whether Instagram should be part of your marketing strategy.

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An Introduction to eCommerce for WordPress – WooCommerce

July 16, 2018 - 7 Comments

New to WooCommerce? It’s a free plugin that transforms WordPress websites into customizable eCommerce stores. First released in 2011 by WooThemes, a WordPress theme development agency with roots in Norway, the United Kingdom, and South Africa, it was later acquired by Automattic, makers of WordPress.com and Jetpack. In the U.S. alone, WooCommerce powers a whopping 55% of all eCommerce sites and nearly 2.3 million online stores.

Over the next few days we’ll look at some key questions and topics, starting with an introduction to eCommerce for WordPress. Welcome to Woo!

An introduction to WordPress and WooCommerce
The WooCommerce plugin is available for free on WooCommerce.com and WordPress.org.

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Getting Game-Ready: Building The Official All Blacks Shop on WooCommerce

July 12, 2018 - 4 Comments

What does it feel like to build and launch the official All Blacks Shop for the New Zealand Rugby Union in just four weeks? Blake Skjellerup and Meta Digital could tell you: they built allblackshop.com on WooCommerce with impressive turnaround time.

What did it take to get the iconic sports apparel store game-ready on WooCommerce? Determination, research, and the right partner and platform.

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How a Jewelry Shop Owner Found a Niche to Grow Her Brand

July 10, 2018 - 11 Comments

For Melissa, Founder and CEO of Tiny Tags, motherhood and entrepreneurship go hand in hand. That’s because giving birth to her son inspired her business of made-to-order keepsake jewelry for mothers.

Ten years later, her online shop is thriving, thanks to a keen understanding of her niche, a commitment to authenticity, and an insatiable curiosity. Here’s a window into Tiny Tags.

Tiny Tags

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