Hummingbird could potentially threaten smaller merchants’ ability to rank for long-tail search queries, it’s true. In theory, Google’s Hummingbird algorithm update can answer long-tail questions with the types of pages that previously dominated short-tail search queries. In theory, Google's move to consolidate "answers" to questions that are essentially the same but worded differently could mean a closing of an SEO loophole for publishers and merchants who heavily targeted specific long-tail[...]
eCommerce Marketing | 6 min read
Last week I had the opportunity to represent 3dcart's Online Marketing team at the Search Marketing Expo (SMX East) in New York City.
All in one place, the brightest minds in search marketing and social media -- and me -- convened to talk shop, explore new marketing tactics and discuss the state of search marketing. So what did we learn?
For many online marketers and ecommerce retailers, Gmail’s new promotions tab is a source of panic, frayed nerves and uncertainty. However, after one weeds through their initial “what are we going to do now” feelings, they will soon realize there’s nothing to worry about so long as they embrace content as their king.
Studies tell us that 65% of shoppers abandon their cart before purchase and the average eCommerce site converts only 2.13% of traffic to sales. Fighting your way through abandoned carts to a higher conversion rate is no small task. Every page of your site needs to usher shoppers closer to conversion, especially product pages.
At 3dcart, we're always writing and sharing tips on how to effectively market your store, but sometimes the best way to learn is by example. In our new "Merchant Marketing Spotlights" blog series, we will be looking at fellow 3dcart merchants that successfully leveraging social media, and content marketing to grow their brand and land more sales.
eCommerce Marketing | 4 min read
Making product videos is a great way to effectively convey information, show products in use and create trust with the customer. And with YouTube now being the second most popular search engine in the world, your product videos can even bring you new customers in addition to adding value to your existing ones. If your timid abut jumping into the video production world, here are a few tips to get you started:
One of the most common and most-sale-crushing mistakes online merchants make is not giving enough product information. Product information is the lifeblood of sales - it can help sway a purchase and deter returns.
What is content marketing?
Content marketing is the creation and distribution of creative, relevant content designed to attract your target audience. It involves creating and running an ongoing blog for the purpose of engaging with people and promoting your business’s goods and services. You can use this medium to speak to potential customers, address their needs, and show them how your product can be the solution to their problems.
Many businesses, especially smaller ones, are hesitant to[...]
Yesterday we gave you Pinterest 101, but now its time to amp up your Pinning knowledge to learn how to market your store on the fast growing social network.
First, we we'll answer the most pressing question, WHY?
Pinterest users are extremly engaged and if you have a personal account you probably know why, ITS ADDICTIVE. Pinterest is a marketers dream - it has the openess of Twitter but the intimate nature of Facebook. Users feel connected with their close-knit[...]
I don't know a merchant that LOVES returns, but I do know ones that make return-ee into loyal customers.
Returns unfortunately are apart of the online process, but a return-ees are still customers and the process should be seen as a marketing opportunity.
An easy amicable kind return process can turn a one-time returnee into a loyal fan who knows they will be taken care of at every turn, why wouldn't they buy from you again?
Email marketing is becoming more and more social. If you need proof just check out GetResonses's infographic below!
Users sharing a store's email is a merchant dream, but its not just going to happen out of the blue, users need a reason to share. Its important to make it easy and enticing for users to share information with friends, both on social networks and through email.
So what can you do to help your email marketing spread across the social universe?
1. Include social links to[...]