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Why Pinterest is Your Business’s Best Bet for Social Media Marketing Success

By Sarah Windover | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Pinterest has the potential to be the most valuable social media platform for businesses. Ninety-three percent of members use the platform to plan purchases! Pinterest’s unique user base of over 73 million members are looking to spend money on their passion projects and dreams. [Source] What is Pinterest? Pinterest is a virtual pinboard where users “Pin” images of: things they are planning to do …

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How To Host an Awesome Instagram Contest

By Sarah Windover | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Do you want to boost your Instagram marketing effort? Attract more fans and engage existing followers? Host an Instagram contest! Hosting a contest can increase your followers, likes, and overall engagement. A creative, thoughtful giveaway will reach your target audience and increase your Instagram stats.

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3 Essentials for your Instagram Marketing Plan

By Sarah Windover | | Tagged Marketing your online store

You already know that marketing is essential for your business. And if you’ve done any marketing for your small business, you also know that social media is an important part of the overall strategy. The photo-sharing app Instagram is a growing force in social media, especially for business. Research shows that Instagrammers love to shop - more than people on Facebook, who use the older social media site mostly to stay connected with fr…

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Make Your Website Mobile-Friendly Now! Google Announces Important SEO Update

By Sarah Windover | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Last November, Google announced that it would be labelling and promoting "mobile-friendly websites" in their search results. This was in response to the fact that 80% of Google searches are performed on a mobile device. People are moving away from their desktops and spending more time on smartphones and tablets. As technology improves, mobile devices are getting better at handling tasks which were once reserved for desktop computers…

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6 Tips on Getting Started with Instagram for your Business

By Sarah Windover | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Instagram is a photo sharing app that has taken the social media space by storm! Users post photos and short videos to share any and all aspects of their lives with friends, family and fans. Before posting photos, Instagram users can easily enhance them using filters. Each filter has a different effect on the photo like adding more contrast, light, shadows, tint or vignette edges, black and white/sepia options. Take a picture with your smartp…

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Tools for Marketing Analytics at your Fingertips!

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

We have talked about why online businesses need Marketing Analytics and what kind of data to look for in Marketing Analytics. Now, let’s look at some specific tools that you can use to gain insight into the performance of your website as well as marketing campaigns. 1) Google Analytics Google Analytics is one of the best website analytics tools, and it’s free! You can gain insight into many different parameters related to us…

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Using Marketing Analytics to Make The Right Decisions

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Our recent blog post took a look at why you need marketing analytics and how it can help you streamline your marketing efforts. Here, we’ll explore what kind of data you need to study and how it can guide your marketing decisions. Let’s consider what kind of data you need to mine from marketing analytics. Website Performance: What to Track You will have visitors coming to your online store from many different places, like…

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Top 10 Reasons Why Your Online Store Needs a Blog

By Sara Cabral | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Do you have an online store? Then, you need a blog! Blogging is one of the most critical channels available to your business to attract new audiences, engage them, retain them, create brand loyalty, and in the long run, make your business profitable and successful. If you were looking for one good reason to start a blog for your online store, we give you 10! 1. No-Pressure Communication: Your website needs to sell your products your ads…

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Top 5 Ways to Promote your Online Business Offline

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

So, you have set up your online store. And you are keen to spread the word and have more and more people find out about your online store. Apart from online advertising and marketing, is there anything else you can do to promote your online store? Of course! Here are the top 5 ways you can promote your online store offline: 1. Printed Stationary Add your online store URL on all your printed materials. Like visiting cards, your letter…

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Top 5 Reasons why Marketing Analytics is Critical to your Success

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Marketing Analytics? What it is? Why do you need to pay any attention to it? It’s not as if online sellers are not already bombarded with enough jargon to make their heads spin! Simply put, Marketing Analytics is analyzing the results of your marketing campaigns. You may be marketing your online store through various online channels like Facebook marketing, Google advertising, blogging, email marketing, etc. Marketing Analytics helps…

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5 Basic Tips on Getting the Right Content for your Facebook Page

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

If you have an online business and are like most, you’ve also set up a Facebook Page to promote your business on social media. Setting up the Page is easy, but knowing what to post there is the hard part.  Do you see posts “go viral” on Facebook and want to know what to post on your own Page that can get the same level of exposure? Do you see other Pages get hundreds of ‘Likes’ for each and every post and…

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Step-by-Step Guide to Promoting your Business on Facebook

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

So you’ve created a Facebook Page for your business, and now what? You might be thinking, how does this translate into getting more sales on my website? What do I do with this page? How can I get more “likes” and more engagement with my “fans”? Facebook offers some great tools to help you get more out of your page.  By just putting a fraction of your marketing budget towards the following actions, you sho…

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Why Content Trumps Images for SEO

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

You’ve probably heard before that in the online world, ‘images are far more effective than text to capture the attention of the viewer’. This is definitely true when posting on Social Media like Facebook, where many different bits of information are vying for the viewer’s attention at the same time. But when it comes to a website or online store, high quality content is key to its success. Given the increasing use o…

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How the Right Title Tags Can Improve the Performance of your Website

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Here’s an important fact for all website owners to be aware of. Aside from the actual content of a website page, the title tag of that page is its most important element. So, let’s talk a bit about what is a title tag and why it’s important. What is a Title Tag? As the name implies, the title tag sets the title for each page on your website or online store. You’ll see it within the fields of the HTML. Its most imp…

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5 Easy Ways to Make your Home Page Sell More!

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

How often have you gone to a store to buy one specific thing and walked out with having bought half a dozen things that happened to catch your eye? That is what is called an ‘impulse purchase’ and it is every retailer’s dream come true! If only there was a way to make this happen to your online store -- that visitors come to your website to buy one thing and end up buying a lot more! Well, there are ways to do exactly that an…

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Top 5 Ways to Personalise your Online Store to Create a Brand Identity

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

So you have decided to set up an online store! Congratulations and welcome to the world of ecommerce! Have you stopped to think about how you will personalize your online store to reflect your business? In other words, have you considered the importance of creating a brand identity? Why does Brand Identity Matter? In today’s world, where comparison-shopping is a norm and consumers are likely to look any many different online store…

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5 Ways Customer Registration Adds To Your Profits

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

What is the best way to ensure that the bottom line of your online store goes from strength to strength? Why, make sure that you build customer loyalty! If a solid chunk of your revenues comes from the same customers giving you repeat business over and over again, then all the new customers you add over time only help in increasing your profits! Let’s look at how you can ensure brand loyalty by using one simple tool: Customer Registr…

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Quick Results Marketing: 3 Reasons Why You Should be Advertising on Google Display Network

By Sara Cabral | | Tagged Marketing your online store

In one of our earlier posts in the Quick Results Marketing series, we talked about how you can place your ads right in front of potential customers when they are searching on Google. In this post, we talk about reaching your target audience while they’re browsing the web and visiting other websites that may be relevant to your products or service. The combination of the right audience, the right website, and a powerful advertising messa…

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Do's and Don'ts of E-mail Marketing

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

In this third post in the “Quick Results Marketing” series, we discuss and provide some pointers to be successful with email marketing. A recent article in McKinsey Insights shows that e-mail remains a significantly more effective way to acquire customers than social media – nearly 40 times that of Facebook and Twitter combined. The DO’s of E-mail Marketing So first off, DO create an email marketing campa…

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Quick Results Series: 5 Ways to Use Coupons to Make Quick Sales

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Did you know that coupons also belong to the arsenal of tools you can use to increase traffic to your site at short notice AND generate some quick sales? Think about the wonders that can do to your bottom line! Here are some tips you can use to make the best use of coupons: 1) Announcing New Products: Use coupons with a 5%-10% discount rate to announce a start-of-the-season or a new collection of products. Apart from giving you quick re…

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Quick Results Marketing: Cast your Net in the Search Stream

By Sara Cabral | | Tagged Marketing your online store

This is our first article in the "Quick Results Marketing" series, which, as the name suggests, will cover marketing tools that start delivering results (usually traffic or sales) within a short turnaround time. If you want to jump-start your online business, these are the marketing tactics for you. Search Engine Marketing with Google AdWords Whether they’re in the browsing stage or even the buying stage, shoppers use se…

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5 Ways Coupons Can Help You Promote your Online Store

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Coupons can be a vital element of online store’s marketing plan. Coupons are basically tools which can be used to encourage your customers to behave in a way that is best for your business. And if you make the customer feel that they have been rewarded for their interaction with you, they will not only remember this experience positively, but will likely return to your online store again... and again. Here are 5 top ways in which you…

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Marketing your Online Store: For Every Budget

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Every businessperson knows the importance of marketing. As soon as you put up a signboard or print your visiting cards you have started marketing your business. But what next? And what is the best way for an online store to market itself? Here’s the no-jargon quick guide to online marketing. We’ll get into more depth on each of the marketing channels in future posts. In the infographic below which we call the “Wheel of Market…

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