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Forum: Ecommerce 8th July 2014, 12:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,068
Posted By SC_Sean
I'd look into a couple of quick things: -...

I'd look into a couple of quick things:

- Get yourself all set up with local search marketing. Google Local and services like CitySearch. You might want to hire a marketing professional to work...
Forum: Ecommerce 8th July 2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,201
Posted By SC_Sean
A lot of online sellers really like Magento, yes...

A lot of online sellers really like Magento, yes -- but in my experience, there can be quite a bit of a learning curve. I've seen this to be the case with Volusion, too.
Forum: Ecommerce 2nd July 2014, 08:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,201
Posted By SC_Sean
Both 3dcart and Bigcommerce will be nice and easy...

Both 3dcart and Bigcommerce will be nice and easy on your budget.

They're ready to go right out of the box, and they have a ton of great themes -- many of which are responsive, which is hugely...
Forum: Ecommerce 2nd July 2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,313
Posted By SC_Sean
Magento can get pretty complicated, is the thing....

Magento can get pretty complicated, is the thing.

A lot of online sellers that aren't super experienced with coding and programming find themselves needing to use a developer to get Magento...
Forum: Ecommerce 2nd July 2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,192
Posted By SC_Sean
It bears repeating -- the PERFECT online software...

It bears repeating -- the PERFECT online software depends very heavily on two things:

1) What you need from it

2) What you're capable of doing with it on your own.

Are you a savvy coder or...
Forum: Ecommerce 2nd July 2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 10,781
Posted By SC_Sean
Testimonials! Oh man, testimonials. When you...

Testimonials! Oh man, testimonials.

When you can get your own customers to talk about how much they love the experience of shopping at your store, you're able to convince COUNTLESS others that...
Forum: eBay & Other Auctions & Marketplaces 2nd July 2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 6,345
Posted By SC_Sean
A strong approach would be, rather than picking...

A strong approach would be, rather than picking one over the other, to increase the amount of exposure your inventory gets by approaching the scenario from a "why not both?" perspective.

Your own...
Forum: Ecommerce 27th March 2014, 10:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,334
Posted By SC_Sean
Since this is a pretty vague question -- I would...

Since this is a pretty vague question -- I would start with a Google search of the rules governing running an online business in your country. There might be some guidelines that come along with...
Forum: Social Media 23rd February 2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 19,218
Posted By SC_Sean
This brings up a really good point. With some...

This brings up a really good point. With some social media efforts, it's important to remember that you're playing something of a long game.
Forum: Ecommerce 23rd February 2014, 05:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,371
Posted By SC_Sean
Google just recently took Shopping Campaigns out...

Google just recently took Shopping Campaigns out of Beta -- merchants can now manage their PLAs in a bunch of new ways.
...
Forum: Ecommerce 23rd February 2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,953
Posted By SC_Sean
This is really good advice. Not only does it get...

This is really good advice. Not only does it get your name out there and help get you exposure -- but it also helps you establish yourself as an authority in your given industry. Not to mention the...
Forum: Ecommerce 17th February 2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,953
Posted By SC_Sean
Websumes -- your site is totally ripe for content...

Websumes -- your site is totally ripe for content marketing!

Finding a job is tough, and other posters in this thread are right in noting that you've situated yourself in a pretty...
Forum: Social Media 17th February 2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 19,218
Posted By SC_Sean
Nice! I'd recommend creating multiple...

Nice!

I'd recommend creating multiple boards, and pinning to them consistently.

What's cool about Pinterest is that it gives you a LOT of ways to be creative. Sure, you can pin interesting...
Forum: Social Media 17th February 2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,172
Posted By SC_Sean
Great advice -- though Pinterest has definitely...

Great advice -- though Pinterest has definitely gotten popular enough that it's possible to actually build your audience ON Pinterest.

Pinning, re-pinning, liking, and commenting on the right...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 10th February 2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 11,979
Posted By SC_Sean
Blog commenting is a lot different from what it...

Blog commenting is a lot different from what it used to be...mostly because blogging is a lot different than it used to be.

A blog can now basically be a relatively complex online...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 10th February 2014, 01:10 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,894
Posted By SC_Sean
There's a lot of very valuable information in...

There's a lot of very valuable information in this thread.

What's important to remember is that Google NEVER wants to make it so that marketers and SEO professionals can't do their jobs.

What's...
Forum: Ecommerce 7th February 2014, 02:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,555
Posted By SC_Sean
Absolutely! And very nice connecting with you on...

Absolutely! And very nice connecting with you on LinkedIn -- looking forward to more of your articles!
Forum: Ecommerce 5th February 2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,555
Posted By SC_Sean
Awesome article! I think in Number Two, you...

Awesome article!

I think in Number Two, you might have intended to say "staff" instead of "stuff."

Still, this is spot on. You've definitely hit on some of the most important user experience...
Forum: Social Media 4th February 2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,172
Posted By SC_Sean
It's true. And Pinterest can DEFINITELY help with...

It's true. And Pinterest can DEFINITELY help with SEO...because a pin is literally just an image that links back to a website (with a description and some buttons, etc).
...
Forum: Social Media 4th February 2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,172
Posted By SC_Sean
If you're going to successfully leverage...

If you're going to successfully leverage Pinterest in a B2B kind of way...it's going to be done very, very creatively.

I don't think it's impossible...but Pinterest might not be the most effective...
Forum: Ecommerce 3rd February 2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,608
Posted By SC_Sean
This is a smart article. And honestly, just so...

This is a smart article. And honestly, just so long as retailers have made sure to provide a great experience on all fronts -- brick-and-mortar store, as well as mobile and desktop browsing -- then...
Forum: Social Media 3rd February 2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,172
Posted By SC_Sean
All the mentions of Pinterest are spot-on. ...

All the mentions of Pinterest are spot-on.

ESPECIALLY if you happen to be selling something online.

While it's not a matter as simple as putting up a bunch of boards with your inventory,...
Forum: Computer Software 30th January 2014, 01:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,629
Posted By SC_Sean
It does sound like SAP is exactly what you're...

It does sound like SAP is exactly what you're looking for.
Forum: Computer Software 30th January 2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,693
Posted By SC_Sean
In my experience, there are basically two options...

In my experience, there are basically two options when it comes to email marketing.

You can go with a standalone email marketing solution -- something like MailChimp, Contactology,...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 22nd January 2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,624
Posted By SC_Sean
Ah, fair enough. Google's got a couple of...

Ah, fair enough.

Google's got a couple of tools that can help you, in that case. Keyword Planner (https://adwords.google.com/ko/KeywordPlanner/Home‎) might be able to give you some help.
...
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