Posts in Ecommerce

Amazon introduces shopping by SMS

Amazon this week introduced a new service in the US that lets customers buy products from the site by text message.

With the new system, dubbed 'TextBuyIt', mobile users can text a product name, search term or ISBN number to Amazon, and will get the top two results from the search sent back to them.

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TameBay's Chris Dawson on eBay UK

Chris Dawson is the co-founder of eBay-related blog TameBay and a consultant on how to sell via online marketplaces.

We asked him a few things about how eBay is developing as an e-commerce channel for businesses in the UK.


How to handle out of stock items

One guaranteed way to disappoint your customers online is to have them search and decide on the product they want to buy from your website, only to find that it is out of stock.

Visitors who find that an item is unavailable to buy are likely to form a bad impression of a retailer, and seek to buy the item from a competitor, so what is the best way to handle this problem?


Nike to kick the Flash habit?

Running the online business of a company like Nike can have its advantages, as we heard at ChannelAdvisor’s Catalyst event this week.


The Web Week in Review

It's that time of the week again and these are the stories that piqued my interest.


Q&A: Bastion Duclaux, CEO of Twenga

Shopping comparison site Twenga started up in the UK just six months ago and claims to already be attracting over 2m monthly unique users.

The site was launched in France in 2006 and has since expanded around Europe, with sites in Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland and other countries reaching a combined audience of over 9m users a month.

We caught up with Twenga CEO Bastion Duclaux to talk about its growth, as well as what makes his site different from the rest...

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Amazon has unveiled a new design for its UK site, with a new homepage and navigation system.

New design

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Three practical tips for improving your email marketing

Get email marketing right and it can deliver huge revenues for a very low cost.

Get it wrong and you are simply wasting your time, annoying your customers and damaging your brand. Here are 3 practical tips.


Reevoo receives funding from French VC firm

Online consumer reviews aggregator Reevoo has announced a second round of funding led by French VC firm Banexi, as well as launching its service across the Channel.

We talked to CEO Richard Anson about the deal:


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Achieving an ROI from marketing

Marketing departments need to come out of their comfort zones and start demonstrating their impact on the bottom line, writes James Harrison.


Glasses Direct's Phil Gates on promoting an etail start-up

Disruptive e-commerce start-up Glasses Direct recently bagged £3m in funding to continue its assault on high street opticians, ramp up its staff and expand internationally. 

Here, we ask new marketing director Phil Gates about how it got on the map... homepage


Basket Abandonment - we have to focus on How, not Why

More and more the concept of basket abandonment is mentioned as a method for increasing conversion - be it baskets in retail, quotes in insurance, bookings in travel or registrations in gambling.

Indeed, I am beginning to feel like it has been around forever. The real question for me is how to go from talking about it to actually producing the goods and enjoying the results.