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10 Pro Tips: Your Ecommerce Website’s Christmas Checklist Delivered!

Just in case you are still busy with your office and you didn’t know – the big day is fast approaching! It’s Christmas. What about the preparations? Have you done shopping or still selecting your favorites from Amazon, eBay or any of your other favorite website? Talking about ecommerce sites that are often visited for shopping, what if you also own one of the online stores? How about, this Christmas when Santa arrives to your place and gift you a precious checklist to cope up with your rivals in the next year.

Well not sure about Santa but yes we are here to gift you with a treasured checklist for your ecommerce business. So enjoy it.   These pro tips which we are sharing will not only help you in promoting your business but also make you a leader of this Christmas shopping marathon. So let’s read them out and make your ecommerce business prepared for holiday season:

1. Be Razor sharp with the placement of your most popular products on the site. Make sure the products which fetched you   maximum bucks last holiday  are prominently placed on the page

Use Google analytics to analyze which products performed well in the last season. It’s always good to compliment your analytic data with other tools like crazy egg. The heat maps generated by this tool give you a good insight into your user behavior. Another powerful tool for understanding the user behavior is clicktale.  If you are running an ad words campaign it’s always good to integrate ad words with analytics and perform an in-depth analysis for the keywords performing well related to the products.

2. Make sure your checkout procedures are working fine and are easy to use

One of the worst scenarios with many new e commerce sites is their alienated checkout process. You have an awesome product. Good pricing and you have done an aggressive marketing research for it but even then you do not have any transactions. Frustrated right?  How about you set up a funnel in analytic from the product page till the checkout page and see where does the fault lies.

You will realize that you have to change your checkout process. Take time to check whether your shopping cart and check out procedures are working well with all commonly used browsers. Nothing can be worst then losing a consumer because of time-consuming checkout procedure.

3. Craft your product description and data more appealing

Description of the products should be positive and accurate. The products should look more attractive.

4. Let your website flirt with your customers with creative graphic designs for Christmas

Spread the spirit of Christmas by adding some graphical effects to your website. This will make your portal more attractive. It should be done in advance. Better start early may be from mid of November. In order to sure that the Christmas theme is attracting users you can set up an experiment in Google Analytic.

How about if you give a try to multi variate or A/B testing? Just make sure that you have at least a month of time for conducting it as it’s always good to set up this experiment and wait for 2 weeks before you jump on any conclusion.

5. Make hilarious and crispy holiday offers on your social media channels 

Are you offering special discounts and packages on Christmas? Do write about them on your social media channels.

6. Make product navigation more easy to festive shoppers

Organize your products according to specific categories like, “gift for kids”, “gifts for her”, “gifts for him”. Product management is very crucial to get more conversions.

7. Your landing pages should be effective and properly optimized 

It is good that you are running marketing campaign for specific product categories but make sure all the landing pages are optimized well because at the end an effective and easily accessible page has the ability to turn a visitor into consumer. In order to increase the effectiveness of your landing pages go for a content drill down in analytics. If you are an analytic pro how about giving a shot to InPage Analytic. Trust us it really helps in making your landing pages a better place for your customer.

8. Tease your competitors with unique offers

And that “unique” can be a gift wrapping service or any other special inexpensive gift you are offering on a purchase of certain items. Go for a range of options to order from your store. Options like order by phone or by fax at times will defeat your competitors in their game.

9Market your business with custom printed gift packages

Your company logo, contact detail and a short massage should be printed on the gift boxes you are using for shipping the goods. Put a thank you card inside every box.

10.  Feature your shipping information and return policies clearly on product page

Shipping and return policies are the things most of the consumers searching for. By adding them on product page you’ll be able to answer so many questions of your buyers.

Everyone loves surprises and greeting so don’t forget to email holiday greeting cards to your buyers or you can simply SMS them. This will add glimpse of joy and make a positive image of your business in the mind of consumers.

Go for an email campaign. You can easily get the data for your potential clients. Use this data to make most out of your market. Merry Christmas.

Promote your Business/website in the right way

There are many ways and reasons why people are likely to be looking at your website and the products and services you offer. They may have heard about you personally, been recommended by a friend/relative, or have seen your work/stock featured in a publication or post, the list is endless. However the potential client has heard about you it’s important to ensure that you make them feel comfortable about handing over their hard earned cash for your goods.

The main platforms you have in which you can gain their trust is the social network sites. On the social media route, you can display a review or the number of likes the product has received (in this instance Facebook) and it will most definitely strengthen the chance of a conversion. Setting up a suitable SEO campaign tailored to specific networks is the most beneficial way of reaching out to the customers and maintaining regular communications, keeping them updated with new products ect.

Displaying the correct images/products determines the amount of interest once a customer reaches the website. For you to pick and choose products for your e-commerce site, you ideally are building trust with your shoppers, in the sense of the quality you provide and what they should expect when they look at purchasing one of your items or a service. You need the perfect website which allows you to have that freedom to showcase your brand.

You need to focus on making your brand unique and irreplaceable, so that customers  shop with you rather than any of your competitors, and so that they know the best quality and prices is with you and do not stray for any alternative options. Making the website user friendly, optimised and responsive on all devices is possibly the most important first step to helping you achieve this.

No matter what you are selling, new, old, expensive, on offer, it is imperative that you update your home page and keep it fresh on a regular basis. You can maintain the same design, but reword, extend or highlight the new arrivals/elements in bright and bold creative banners. You can even try repositioning merchandise or targeting special customers in categories, for example, gifts for her/him. If you need to mark merchandise down or offer an outrageous bargain to clear it and bring customers in, then do it without any delay. Even a small sale will lead to that much need brand awareness.

Plans & promotions in time for Christmas- Get your website up to scratch

Make the most of these festive seasons by creating your store or website with us without any further delay.

Last year alone, Experian Marketing’s survey of retailers found that emails featuring seasonal gift guides generated a 48 percent higher transaction rate when compared with other promotional mailings.

Every company must have a strategic sales plan around Christmas time. You must have at least a plan in place for specially promoted items like the ones you may send in a news letter/gift guide incase them items may run out.

Our plan is to help you create and add the Newsletter functionality onto your website, or if you do not have a website or online store, then we can create that for you in time for Christmas!

Inventory could run out quickly depending on the offer – possibly even before customers in other time zones open their email. Not having items in stock can also be an opportunity to acquire and engage customers. Depending on the offer, retailers may want to stagger of shortlist emails so they can deal with the demand.

Gift guides become that much more authentic by using user-generated content to feature specific items. For example, retailers can tap constantly updated information such as ‘most wished-for’, ‘top-rated’, ‘best-sellers’. The key is to push the promotion and make this information visible and easily accessible on the home page, throughout the site, and on all your social media channels. Retailers may also want to market this user-generated content in-store to encourage customers to participate via ratings and reviews.

Great use of imagery will not only help tell your product and brand story, it can reinforce to customers why your product is the gift to give.

You don’t need to even get a whole team to support your bespoke website you just need the right development company.

Online Marketing is the future of New and Small businesses

Online marketing is the solution for all new, big, and small companies, especially now that everyone is turning to and relating solely on Ecommerce. With the ever-increasing number of new internet users, companies in the same field as each other are working their upmost to promote their businesses to attract the main searches made by the average internet user.

Everyone in their industry is promoting strenuously to reach out to the new potential customers/clients. The need to go beyond traditional marketing is at an all-time high as cost-reducing tactics come into play. Social media reaches out to the internet fan base worldwide, so is one of the main factors of online marketing. Having that online presence is necessary for companies in this present-day, as it is needed to reach out and capture maximum customers.

It is fascinating how you can run your worldwide business from home through online marketing, and it being such a low cost operation when using the right tools with the right companies.

Search engine optimization is the most popular concept, which inlays with social media. It is all about maximising the clientele and the promotion of the business. We of course offer these services that are helping smaller companies make a stand in search results pages against the larger businesses.

There are various tools involved when it comes to the process of online marketing for businesses. Social media optimisation is a great way to keep in contact with customers on a more personal level whilst keeping them updated with new products and services you may have, because let’s face it, everyone is on at least one of the social networks.

The Social network sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, play active roles in any online marketing campaign. Background context like Press releases and emails evolved leads and potential clients, as they are sent to prospects in an attempt to convert them to go online to your website and make a purchase. Online directories and listings help in registering business information and a small percent are directed to your websites through these channels.

Mobile marketing has rapidly become the top player. With the amount of mobile phones, smartphones, making it easy to access the World Wide Web, smart companies are targeting mobile marketing campaigns to increase sales.

KOL Limited provide online marketing services, such as Search Engine Optimisation campaigns that include basic social media, as well as creating that all important nest if you like which is your tailored Ecommerce website.

A brief overview of the key trends to follow for 2013

There are many new trends, which been introduced daily in the Ecommerce industry by different companies, businesses, media etc. Everyone follows the new and unique trends to compete and raise the barrier for their opposition. They want their businesses to remain on the top and the best in its league, so continuously strive to outsmart their rivals by using the latest and greatest trends.

When it comes to the latest and fresh digital marketing trends, various compulsory ones need to be followed and maintained. Of course following all the newest trends that will arise is not easy especially if you want to do it correctly, it needs dedication.

We have listed some of the most important Ecommerce and digital marketing trends that you need to know and use to help make your business that little bit more successful.

-          One of the most imperative trends of 2013 is the importance of social media. It will surely increase furthermore as many Ecommerce businesses worldwide have noticed the huge impact it has on businesses.

To get maximum out of social media, every online business associate must interact with their customers through all their social media channels, building a strong and professional profile on sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, (the main few) so that their customers can familiarise themselves with the company.

-          Personalisation plays a huge part in the trends this year, as Ecommerce businesses ideally prefer tailored, bespoke digital services.

You must make things easier and more enjoyable for your customers when the visit your site, so that they can easily find and purchase what they are looking for, from you.

There is a main occurrence all over the world, and that is, many Ecommerce businesses get huge results from personalising their digital services, to cater to every individual customer. For example letting the customers have their own wish list or just the freedom of a varied search tool/criteria.

-          The demand for mobile phones is ever increasing, as there is many version, upgrades, and breakthroughs, in the tech world. With so much happening in mobile commerce, there is an open market for technology to create genius devices to help promote and view mobile ads, mobile searches, social mobile and more.

Many people back mobile, as they can stay social, be connected to TV, video and more. There is an increasing demand for built-in applications for mobile, so we can safely say that mobile is and will always be a great Ecommerce trend.

We KOL Limited, as a company, can help you to create these applications, help you to maintain them and market it on different mobile platforms. M-commerce, is highly popular and here to stay  as more people prefer to search for products and services from their mobile phones, so it is vital for businesses to be equipped with mobile based websites as standard.

-          Responsive and interactive design carried websites are highly in demand as the number of devices is increasing, so different aspects and resolutions are needed daily.

It  is quite important for all companies to give interactive design and user-friendly experiences to their customers. They should optimise their websites design to make it to different screen sizes, being a web design company we have a good background in this field of customisation.

We, KOL Limited, being a web design and development company, are able to undertake all of the Ecommerce solutions and trends, so let us help you follow these simple guidelines, if you wish to keep your website the main competitor in its field.

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