I recently wrote a round-up post on the fairly new phenomenon by 'buy to give' ecommerce sites. One of the featured sites was MyGoodness.com.
I've been talking to its founders to find out more about its founding ethos and the future of the platform.
Will buy-to-give become a larger part of charities' efforts and charitable 'donations', as the consumer urge continues unabated?
This year we hosted our second Digital Cream in Shanghai, and because we liked the venue so much from last year, we decided to hold it again at exactly the same place.
There’s something quite enthralling to be running our Digital Cream senior marketers’ roundtable gathering at one of the top night spots in town, especially when it’s located in mainland China.
There’s the stunning skyline view of downtown Shanghai, the Huangpu tributary of the Yangtze river running through the vibrant metropolis, and the feeling that you’re somewhere incredibly special and, dare I say it, more than a little auspicious.
I like Hamleys. Unlike supermarket-style toy stores, it offers a special experience for kids and adults alike, and reminds me of the days before brands like Toys R Us dominated the market.
In fact, as I've discussed often with Chris Lake, such a well-loved brand, known for quality and great in-store experience, should be able to thrive online, especially at this time of year.
Indeed, It appears that it is doing well offline. It's expanding, but I don't think it's making the most of digital.
This post takes a close look at the site, and the general impression is that it hasn't kept with with the growth of ecommerce over the past few years.
This week's stats roundup is all about shopping, including conversion optimisation, mobile-friendly web design, showrooming and eBay.
There's also room for some beefy stats on Facebook and Twitter (after Twitter's IPO) and some interesting detail on web standards and ad complexity.
Feed your brain with this week's rare and juicy stats - watch that white shirt! And for more digital marketing stats, check out our Internet Statistics Compendium.
Yes, it's a bit late for any substantial changes to be made to websites before Christmas, but there is still time to make a few tweaks.
With this in mind, I've asked a number of ecommerce and UX experts for their views on the best strategy for the Christmas season.
Topics include last minute changes that could aid conversions, the importance of mobile, and how retailers can sell right up to Christmas.
Winter is here and the Christmas decorations are out in full force.
According to the BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor, online sales over Christmas 2012 were up by almost 20% compared to the year before as almost 60% of people did most of their Christmas shopping online.
Now that consumers are increasingly using smartphones and tablets to shop, we will no doubt see an even greater surge in online Christmas shopping in 2013.
If you run an ecommerce site, you probably use email to announce sales, engage customers and drive repeat purchases.
But now that the vast majority of your customers use smartphones, you can follow the lead of most large ecommerce sites which are using SMS just like email to drive repeat visits and purchases.
If you collect mobile phone numbers and have permission to text them, include links in your SMS back to your site (also known as Smart SMS) and grow sales through one of the most direct and engaging marketing channels available.
This blog post isn't to convince you of the value of SMS for driving ecommerce sales, most smart businesses are doing it already. Our goal is to answer a key question: how do you measure the effectiveness of SMS and track the sales from each campaign?
The feeling of leading a charitable and sustainable life is one that most of us want. For those of us that don’t straight-out donate to charity, making the right choices is essentially the best way to give back.
Sort of like that decision not to go to McDonald’s but to use the local bakery instead or buying a pair of TOMS, for example, we feel as if we’ve given something back without making any effort. Guilt-free consumption, if you will.
If you’re not familiar with TOMS, it's the shoe and eyewear brand with the ‘One for One’ philosophy. For every product bought, TOMS will help a person in need.
Of course, this reads a little like cheating on the part of the customer that wants to feel like a saint whilst getting those in vogue boating shoes. Well, actually I don’t think it is.
I think ecommerce and philanthropy are a natural fit, allowing customers to give something back simply by making the right choices.
In this post, I’ll be listing eight buy-to-give ecommerce companies and explaining why I think this movement might fundamentally change company culture.
Google yesterday announced that it has introduced 'Google Certified Shops' to the UK, which assures shoppers of the customer service standards they can expect from participating retailers.
The scheme allows retailers to display the badge, alongside stats showing the number of transactions, success rate and percentage of deliveries dispatched on time. Participating retailers include Wayfair, ghd.com and Schuh.
It's potentially very persuasive for wavering customers and, if implemented in a similar way to the 'Trusted Stores' scheme in the US, it could be used in search listings and PPC ads.
I've finding out more, and have spoken to Google and Schuh's Deputy Head of Ecommerce Stuart McMillan about the scheme.
Ecommerce sites can use urgency in various ways, through showing low stock levels, encouraging people to buy quickly for faster delivery, or by using email to pull customers into sales.
The tactic can work as it forces the customer to make a faster decision about the potential purchase, based on this new information.
So, here are 15 examples of the use of urgency by online retailers...