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Friction-Free Commerce: Meet the Retailers Doing it Right

May 18, 2018 by Bart Mroz posted in Ecommerce, Retail, Stores, Entrepreneurship

Today’s consumers most desire convenience and efficiency when shopping, driving retailers to devote more effort to streamlining the customer journey. As a result, more and more retailers are pursuing an emerging retail theory called  “friction-free commerce,” where the goal is for customers to shop and transact in as few clicks or steps as possible. (It’s one of the driving forces behind voice-activated shopping, instant order buttons, and chatbots.)

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Omnichannel and Multichannel: Know Your Terminology

Mar 29, 2018 by Niamh Reed posted in Ecommerce, Retail, Entrepreneurship, Social Media, Customer Delight

Have you noticed the terms omnichannel and multichannel getting used a lot recently?

There are many articles about ecommerce that promote either an omnichannel or a multichannel approach to customer service, but it isn’t always clear what that terminology means.

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Top 5 Ecommerce Viral Video Campaigns

Mar 29, 2018 by Sarah Werle Kimmel posted in Ecommerce, Retail, Entrepreneurship, Social Media

Viral videos are a great way to get your product in front of a lot of eyes very quickly. However, it is difficult to pinpoint what makes people want to share a video that is essentially a commercial.

It has to have exactly the right mix of content that resonates with a lot of people, and then you have to put it in front of the right eyes to get the ball rolling. There isn't a set formula that can help you determine whether or not a video you produce will go viral. If there were, we would see a lot more videos make the cut.

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The Top 15 Ecommerce Professionals to Look Out For in 2018

Mar 23, 2018 by Christine Hogge posted in Ecommerce, Retail, Entrepreneurship

Every new entrepreneur makes mistakes. However, the ones that succeed are those that make fewer mistakes than their competition. How do they do this? Is it raw talent, natural business senses, or blunt luck? While some might say yes, that’s not always the case.

Great professionals learn from others. They learn to duplicate their successes, while at the same time avoiding the pitfalls that trapped someone else. Being a successful ecommerce professional doesn’t always mean trying something new.

Sometimes it means trying something proven.

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From In Store to Online, Bear Mattress Chases Growth

Mar 23, 2018 by Sarah Werle Kimmel posted in Ecommerce, Retail, Stores, Outdoors, Entrepreneurship, Conversion Optimization, Customer Delight

If you were to ask Scott Paladini of Bear Mattress in 2010 if he ever thought he would be in the mattress business in 2018, he would have told you “Absolutely not.”

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Sportique’s Founder on Curating Experiences

Mar 23, 2018 by Alison Rhoades posted in Ecommerce, Retail, Stores, Outdoors, Entrepreneurship, Conversion Optimization

A visit to Sportique’s vibrant platform is like stepping into an outdoorsy lifestyle-lover’s dream. Stylish gear for the rugged terrain meets timeless watches, tote bags, and sunglasses, with an entire section dedicated to houseware and furniture for the modern-day adventurer.

With over 500 brands from around the world to choose from, Sportique is truly reinventing the boutique experience.

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A Fresh Take on Personalized Fashion

Mar 15, 2018 by Alison Rhoades posted in Ecommerce, Retail, Stores, Entrepreneurship, Customer Delight

Personalized products have gotten a bad rap, with tacky keychains and embroidered pillows reading something like “If you can dream it, you can do it” offering the ultimate in kitsch, yet sacrificing the style fashionistas crave.

But haven’t you always wanted to create your own customized clothes that suit your style, broadcasting seminal quotes you love or inside jokes between you and your friends?

If you answered yes, then you’re not alone. Several years ago, Aubrie Pagano, who continued to come up short when looking for innovative clothes and accessories, was asking herself the same question. And instead of waiting for someone, someday to create the products she was dreaming of, she decided to take matters into her own hands, founding Bow & Drape in 2015.

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Evan Fript on Building His Luxury Shoe Brand

Mar 15, 2018 by Evan Fript posted in Ecommerce, Retail, Stores, Shopify, Paid Traffic, Entrepreneurship, Help Articles, Social Media, Conversion Optimization

Evan Fript founded his digital luxury footwear brand Paul Evans in May 2012 with no marketing budget and no experience in digital marketing. Here’s how he built his brand with a little bit of hustle.

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The Ultimate List of Books for Ecommerce Professionals

Mar 15, 2018 by Clint Mohs posted in Ecommerce, Retail, Stores

When growing a business, there's no better way to learn than to settle in with the advice and insight from some of the industry's most influential thinkers.

Ecommerce Magazine’s “Ultimate List” runs the gamut from introductions to the field and how-tos to in-depth guides for optimization and branding. And, to round out the list, we’ve included a few success stories for motivation during the long nights of getting a startup off the ground.

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Four Tips for New Ecommerce Entrepreneurs

Mar 8, 2018 by Christine Hogge posted in Ecommerce, Retail, Entrepreneurship

Packing for a trip is hard. It’s even harder when you have to juggle swimsuits, business wear, comfy clothes, and more – all in one small carry on bag. That’s where a brilliant new idea began.

Lona Alia, founder of Style Lend, was tired of trying to get through airports with all the necessary fashion pieces, so she decided to change things up. Introducing, Style Lend – a closet sharing business that focuses on high quality clothes and sustainable living.

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