That Omnichannel Christmas Experience

By Peter Veash, CEO, The BIO Agency

This year, retailers have taken big steps towards digital. And they need to be, especially during the festive season when people are reaching a peak in their shopping capacity and appetite. Christmas trading has got off to a strong start online and via mobile and retailers must be at the ready to offer a truly exceptional omnichannel shopping experience with no seams. Retailers can no longer rely on a website these days. Digital technologies are advancing at an exponential rate and digital needs to be at the heart of retail businesses to ensure they meet the needs of tomorrow’s consumer. It’s not just about being ready for today, but thinking about the next technology that is going to capture consumers’ imagination and taking the necessary action to gain a presence in this space.

Continue reading

Why Are Digital Skills So Important?

By Claire West, Fresh Business Thinking
“I think I’ve been on record as saying before that you can’t be a proper citizen if you don’t know how to use the internet and I mean by that, that you are missing out on so many of the benefits of being online. So, we know that you save money online, you’re more likely to get work, your children will do better at school, you’ll feel more connected to people around you, so, I think it’s incredibly important that we make sure as many people as possible are able to enjoy all of the massive benefits of the web.” Martha Lane Fox 

Online Retailer Beware: What Do Payment Card Industry Data Protection Standards Really Mean For e-Commerce?

By Kurt Hagerman, director of information security, FireHost

Online commerce is now a fixture of everyday life with a wide range of organisations, not just those typically associated with retail, running some kind of online payments function. Consumers are certainly taking advantage of this trend and are making more online purchases than ever, not just at home or in the office (during breaks of course) but wherever it’s convenient and available, with mobile devices making online shopping more accessible than ever.

Continue reading

Go Global Or Go Local

By Claire West, Fresh Business Thinking

Are you using the potential of local search to its full potential? Most businesses aren’t. However, businesses that target their ads locally can reach new customers in their area who are searching for a business just like theirs.

What about Global search? What are the opportunities there?

Continue reading

Top Tips For Christmas e-Trading

By James Hardy, Head of Europe, Alibaba.com

It seems like shoppers start making Christmas purchases earlier every year as they seek out bargains and try to spread out the cost of the festive season.

A rise in sales was noted as early as September, with the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index revealing online sales surged 20% year on year, however, the peak shopping season won’t truly start until December 2nd, the first Monday in December when people realise they only have three weeks until all presents need to be bought and wrapped.

Continue reading

Speed Is Key For European Online Retailers

By Claire West, Fresh Business Thinking

A new report – Online Shopper Rage – published today by Riverbed Technology reveals some significant behavioural trends and attitudes to online shopping amongst European consumers. The findings of the report show that online shopping experiences are not living up to the increasingly high expectations which many consumers now have, often leaving shoppers frustrated, stressed and even angry. Online retailers are subsequently paying the price through lost transactions and damage to reputation.

Continue reading

Location Location Location… Crucial For e-Commerce Conversion

By Phillip Smith, UK country manager Trusted Shops

Location isn’t just important when making a property decision, it’s also very important when encouraging customers to make a purchase decision online.

Confidence boosting measures are powerful – but only if you know where to put them. Recent research has revealed just how much influence the position of icons can have on consumer behaviour.

Continue reading

Tech Tips For A Happy eChristmas

By Jamie Turner CTO of address management company, Postcode Anywhere

At this time of year, ecommerce merchants are frantically working on sprucing up their web design and advertising campaigns ready for the big Christmas rush. This is all well and good, but if one of your servers goes down or your website crashes at a critical time, all the sweat and tears that has gone into optimising your site and making it easy to use will have been a complete waste.

Continue reading