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M-Commerce is the thing of the future

KOL Limited are all about helping our customers to reach as much business potential as possible, by keeping them up to date with the latest E-commerce trends, apps and social media interests. The latest ‘craze’ that has been around for several years but has only become a contender this year within the industry is Mobile commerce.

Mobile commerce is commonly known as M-commerce, has exceeded all expectations in the last year. It has been slowly competing with E-commerce, and tablet commerce for many years since it was originally devised in 1997. The term M-commerce generally means the capability to commerce through wireless technology directly into the consumer’s handheld devices at any time or anywhere they may be. It can be any transaction involving the exchange or transfer of goods and services, which involves the transfer of ownership, using a mobiles access to computer-mediated networks.

Why has M-commerce only just become a contender?

Stats show that in January alone, 29% of mobile users made a purchase using their mobile devices and many more head online in their breaks to browse. It has in fact, been forecasted to increase by a further 7 percent to 24 percent of all retail e-commerce by 2016, therefore boosts M-commerce friendly sites. The statistics even show that 70 percent of shopper accessed online shops whilst in the actually stores themselves.

By the end of 2013, there will be more mobile devices on earth than people. Open up your website to a world of possibilities and poach your percentage of the extra 12.3 million customers that are expected up until 2014.

Twitter is becoming essential for Retailers

Twitter is one of the most effective communication tools for many retailers to connect with their customers and prospective customers.

When you invest some time into Twitter, you will see the benefits it has to your online store. You are promoting your company through channels and connecting with people with the same interests, but also you are opening up your profile to millions of people crawling certain items you are offering.

Communications are perceived through following and hash-tagging. Hash-tagging is a phrase or topic that start with a # followed by what you want to promote. For example, we are an online marketing company so we would want to promote that in the following way, #OnlineMarketing. That way anyone searching for a company who specialise in this subject will be drawn to our twitter page and so on.

Twitter forms bonds with your customers as you are approaching them on a more personal level, which is where the term ‘follow’ comes into play. When you follow someone on Twitter you then become linked to their profile, so you will see all their updates and tweets on a regular basis in your live feed. If you have more followers, it means in a manner of speaking, you have a ‘Fan base’ for what you are advertising.

You can reach out to your followers and create personal relationships in which you are kept updated. For instance, the development of a project you created for them, in our case a website. You can broadcast tweets, to then gain a backlink to where it originated causing more traffic to view certain pages and articles of people or companies you are interested in, almost like word of mouth between friends.

Create a good profile and keep followers updated regularly. This will then enhance leads and prospects to head over to your websites as they are more likely to buy than other visitors because they have seen a product which has drawn them there.

SEO and SMO is what it takes to crack the World Wide Web

The worldwide web is drawing millions and trillions of online surfers and shoppers. Last year alone £78 billion was the estimated value of the UK’s online retail market in 2012 and with it setting such a high barrier you would think it had reached its max, but 2013 is set to increase massively.

Whether it is just to check their emails or to purchase a ticket, the average consumer will also browse other sites and be distracted. Usually whilst checking Social media sites all users of the web are more intrigued to see what companies friends have used when purchasing the odd item on line. This is referred to as SMO- social media optimisation.

The main way we select the websites we chose to go on is through Search engines such as Google, which is why Search Engine optimization (SEO) is a massive part of online marketing. Most folks type in what they need the search engine to provide, for example dresses and it will show you the top ranked dress websites that are most visited. That then results in more hits and conversion for the results, which appear naturally it will mainly be for the sites on the first page.

How do you get onto to the first page of results?

Well certainly, there is a flaw to it being that simple to make your website on the first page and that is everyone else wants to be there too. The competition is very strong when contending to get the high spots and most companies decide to hire companies like ourselves to complete the SEO process for them. It is hard to know who to trust in this industry, as there are many cowboys, which is why you should always go by a company’s portfolio.

KOL Limited has helped direct traffic to our customers’ sites resulting in more hits and online conversions for them in several industries. Therefore, no matter what your site sells we have the perfect SEO campaign waiting for you.

Improve your brand visibility using Infographics or Data Visualizations

The rise of social media in recent years has imposed companies to broadcast their voice to their potential customers using several channels running online. The ultimate goal is to pass on the information to users and increase the chances of conversions. Few years back there were handful means of communication available to improve a brand’s visibility such as news papers, magazines, TV commercials, etc. But today scenario is something different. There are several channels of communication available and companies are trying hard to win the customers by using the best way to communicate and improve their web presence. Infographics or “Information” in the form of “Graphs” is the best or we can say the strongest method today to provide information to users in the form of some graphs or statics.

Why Infographics?

People don’t have much time today and our society is fast-paced. The increase in popularity of Infographics is due to the fact that these graphs are a great way to communicate large piece of information in short and with some creative touch. Most of us do not wish to visit a complete advertisement in news papers or magazines and to visit a complete website to get aware about the services offered by a business. In such cases these Infographs can play a major role as a user can easily gather information about a business or a service in few seconds. Also, the creativity involved in designing these is an important factor to win the game of Infographics. The more creative and eye catching your Infograph is the more attention it will gain by users. A study shows that an infograph can fetch more visits than a Tweet or a Facebook share. In all, it is a way to appeal wider audience and generate leads for a business.


 Best practices involved in designing an Infographic that speaks:

  • Create a flow chart or a blue print about the look and design of your graph.
  • Collect some statistics or facts about your business and refer these in your graph.
  • A case study included in an Infograph is beneficial to make it more interactive.
  • Keep it simple and easy to understand.
  • Include your business details in the footer of the graph which includes your brand and other contact details.
  • Use colourful and creative designs to make it more interactive.


It is best to create it with your own ideas and designs. There are several tools and software available to create Infographics or Data Visualizations to promote your brand like Visual.ly, Hohli.com, Daytum.com, and GapMinder. So, don’t wait and grab the opportunity to fetch more visitors for your business in a creative way using Infographics. For reference visit KOL Infographic

Facebook Graph Search – The third pillar

Facebook has launched a new feature (still in beta version) “Graph Search” on 15th January 2013 to allow users to filter through the posts, images, messages in a way that will transform complete user experience of using social networking sites, as claimed by company’s founder Mark Zuckerberg it is the third pillar of Facebook after timeline and news feed. Zuckerberg added that their new product is a completely new way for people to get information according to their search queries. The functionality is designed initially to let users to search four categories; people, images, interests and places, and this search will expand in coming days.

Initially the dynamics of Graph search involves answers to very specific queries like “Who are my friends in London?”, “photos of my friends taken in amusement parks”, “people who like cycling and from my home town” etc. It allows us to use natural language terms to quickly search through all the people, places, images listed in your network. Other information for a particular query will be delivered through Bing search engine which has a partnership with Facebook.

We all know size and influence of Facebook is huge, and industry experts claims that, this step of the company will be a threat to search leader Google and other social sharing sites such as Yelp. It is important to note that Facebook will not rely on back links or any other metric related to traditional search engines algorithms. It integrates the data from its own social circuit and renders results accordingly. For example if a user searches for “Hotels in London”, Google will render the best results according to their own algorithms based on number of back links or website structure. If same query is fired in “Graph Search”, Facebook will integrate data from the user’s social networks and render best results from the user’s network only. However, this is a two way situation for us as end users that what set of results are best for us; results from world wide web or results from our friends recommendations.

The big question revolving around is that users will migrate or change their searching from traditional search engines to “Graph search” which looks more trustworthy than traditional “Googling”. No doubt this is just the budding age for Facebook; it has to move a long way to capture the market.

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