Tag: eCommerce

Ecommerce strategies, Marketplace Information and tips for ebay, Amazon, SEO, Express, Google Base, froogle.

eBay as part of an on-going e-commerce business strategy

Do businesses really appreciate how much an eBay presence is complementary to their e-commerce strategy? The answer, until recently, has been no. But times are changing, corporates, SME and sole traders alike are embracing eBay, accessing not only the 14 or so million registered ebayers in the UK but also a massive international market. The real problem up until now has been to do with skill sets, cost, and time – Has anyone really got resource to throw at setting up an entire business unit specifically for eBay? The answer generally is no, it is generally the case that most businesses will “dip their toes” first but rapidly it becomes clear to most that eBay represents a vast revenue stream.… Read more »

Blogging for customers!

The buzz word of 2006 was web 2.0. ‘Oh its so Web 2.0’ you might hear at conferences and seminars. My take on web 2.0 is building a community for your buyers based on the product type on offer. Your customers are moving to on-line sales but they need your advice. Truthful, simple advice without the hard sell. First magazines, gossip columns and newspapers caught onto the blog wave, but now product sellers are paving the way to help the customer make the right purchase. Adverts may be boring and invasive at times but Blogs are not, take ‘Innocent smoothies‘ they have a web log that provides an interesting insight to their origins, ethics and the people in the company.… Read more »

Selling Product – eBay Shop, Websites and Storefronts.

In this article I just fist want to mention what the differences between these three entities are. A lot of my clients get confused between these three formats, which causes misinterpretation of what functionality is available to them. Firstly, an eBay shop: This is part of the eBay marketplace where all of your listings on eBay can be collectively viewed. You can make this look very much like a website (like the guys from creativebay.co.uk) but it is definitely NOT a website. You have 2 ‘marketplaces’ under the eBay umbrella. Core Listings which get a larger proportion of traffic and seemingly cheaper ‘shop’ listings which do not form part of the eBay main search and depend very much on core… Read more »

Will Google Take Over the World?

Recently Google has made a number of acquisitions that have made headline news. The most obvious recent purchase was the high profile takeover of YouTube for $1.65 Billion in stock. However this merger is just one in a long line of Google purchases. Google’s latest procurement includes the purchase of the WIKI based site JotSpot. JotSpot was founded by the co founders of the former search engine site Excite; one of the first search engine home pages to feature customizable home pages which Google users have come to know and love. The current trend to move towards new web 2.0 technology (such as WIKI technology AJAX and my space type sites) is being vastly adopted by many big players in… Read more »

eBay and Myspace.com

The massive optimisation of myspace of late means that in around 2 days, your myspace account is optimised within google and showing up within search listings! Just search for frooition in google and two myspace accounts will appear where two employees have marked frooition as where they work. That happened in 2 days! What else gets into googles search index in a mere two days? Many sellers are now promoting their auctions through myspace and adding ‘freinds’ from relevent groups of people. The primary age for myspace is between 16 and 34. So if your product hits that age range then a bit of free myspace advertising can’t go a miss can it? Whaaaaat? I hear you say? Well companies… Read more »

eBay Express WE NEED BUYERS!

eBay express is everywhere, on myspace.com, pretty email and literature to exsiting eBayers…..eBay express in the UK is attracting the cream of the sellers. Only one problem is the lack of buyers. The states suffered the same downfall. One seller quoted only 3 sales in about 300 were from the eBay express marketplace. I personally fail to see why. Ebay express is a potentially great marketplace for buyers! Why? -All items must have a returns policy -Sellers must have a 98% or more feedback on eBay -Be genuine business sellers bound by distance selling regulations ( no fakes as well guys!) -Items must be shipped within 3 days (no pre-ordering here) -Payment by credit/debit card is taken by eBays Express… Read more »

E-commerce is the cheapest way to trade!

E-Commerce is one of the most important aspects of the Internet. Under this umbrella we have websites with shopping cart functions, marketplaces and shopping comparison sites. Ecommerce allows people to carry out business without the restraint of time or location. A traditional website can serve anywhere in the world that can log on! The cost per sale is reduced when you’re talking about e-commerce. No human interaction is needed, and errors are reduced as the customer provides all the information. Customers can search for niche products in an instant, and if you are a seller of niche product, reaching out to the world can increase your sales volumes thus decreasing the cost of the item for you, the business. The… Read more »