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Free shipping = lots of sales

Free delivery offers are the main driver behind online shoppers' purchase decisions - more so than even their site experience, a new study by ForeSee Results has indicated.

The company surveyed more than 10,500 visitors to 30 top retail websites in the UK to find out what drives site traffic, sales and satisfaction.

Over a third (34%) cited free delivery as the most important factor in their last purchase decision. A positive site experience was the only other thing mentioned by a significant amount of respondents (15%).

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Ten tips for website navigation

An effective and easy to use navigation system is essential for any site and can be the difference between making a sale and losing a customer.

The navigation should be easy to find and use, and should work consistently across the site. Make users work too hard and you risk losing them to another, more usable rival.  

Here are some checkpoints for making your navigation more effective:

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Does loyalty count?

Many companies have invested heavily in the past twenty years in loyalty schemes, particularly in the retail and travel markets.

But recent research has suggested that this has had little impact - with only one in four UK consumers professing strong loyalty to their favourite brands. 

More interesting are the regional variations the research uncovers, with strong loyalty at 33% in the Tyne Tees area but only 20% in Scotland. Why is this?

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Optimisation is not a magic trick

When Hitwise published its Hot Shops List of the Top 50 Online Retailers in the UK, I leaned back from my screen and thought what does it all mean?

Strip out travel, IT and services, and you see how online performance still doesn’t correlate with organisation size, market share and buying power.

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Site Review: Mydeco

Mydeco.com is an interior design website which aggregates products from 500 retail partners, including Marks &Spencer, John Lewis, and Argos.

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Ten site search tips

Shoppers using an e-commerce site have two main ways of finding the exact product or service they want – the navigation bar and the search box.

While many sites have great navigation, there are plenty whose search options return some pretty poor results. 

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Generating ROI from eye-tracking

The web is a tough place to sell services. Results are quite easily measured and people will only buy things that are clearly worth their money.

Can eye-tracking stand that test?

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Taking the Web 1.0 out of online retail

Many online retailers must work harder to create a more personalised and interactive experience which does a better job of reflecting their brand, writes Aliya Zaidi.

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Five ways to speed up your website

There used to be an 'eight second rule' that predicted how long users would wait for a web page to load before abandoning their efforts and heading off into the sunset.

But this has since come down, with Jakob Nielsen telling E-consultancy recently that the reality is now closer to one second.

With increased connection speeds, users expect pages to load almost instantly and many will hit the back button if they feel they are being kept waiting.

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Email marketers doing it for themselves

Software as a Service (SaaS) tools help email marketers look smart by keeping it simple - so long as the techies who designed them understand how their customers  do things.

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Breast Cancer Care’s Bertie Bosrédon on charities and new media

Bertie Bosrédon has spent the last two years assembling the new media team at Breast Cancer Care – not an easy task considering budget constraints, competition for staff and the challenge of educating other departments about online marketing.

We spoke to him about the upcoming user-centred redesign of Breast Cancer Care’s website and whether opportunities for charities in social media marketing live up to the hype.

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Why is the Indie's new website strangely familiar?

The Independent has completed a long overdue revamp of its website, placing more of an emphasis on multimedia content.

Independent homepage

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