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FAQs About Websites for Small Businesses

By Sarah Windover | | Tagged Marketing your online store, Marketing your website, powerstores updates, Starting an Online business, Website Resources

With the fast-paced and dynamic landscape of the internet today, many small businesses are unsure of how to take advantage of an online presence. There are so many tools and strategies to boost a business’s bottom line, it’s difficult to know which ones are worth the time and money, and which are not.

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Busted! Don't Believe These Myths Keeping Small Businesses Offline

By Sarah Windover | | Tagged eCommerce Resources, Marketing your online store, Starting an Online business, Website Resources, webware updates

Even though website technology, design, and marketing services have catapulted small businesses that have opted to go digital, into increased profitability or have provided varying degrees of success over the last couple of years, there are still several similar businesses that are shackled with misconceptions about whether it will work for them or not.

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The Most Valuable Internet Trends in 2017 for your Small Business's Online Strategy

By Sarah Windover | | Tagged Marketing your online store, Marketing your website

 

Increasingly, digital consumers are relying upon their smartphones for easy and instant communication, research and entertainment. To better serve your existing clients, and to expand your reach, attracting new customers; your business web strategy needs to keep pace with this, and other swiftly evolving trends.

The web is always growing and changing to suit, and even to shape, the needs of consumers. Their tastes and online habits can change quickly. While some new directions may turn out to be fads; those trends which provide online users genuine and continuing value can permanently alter the way the internet is used. To help you reach your business goals, we offer you the following must-know and must-do responses to the most relevant web trends for your online presence this year.

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8 Festive Marketing Ideas to Boost Sales this Holiday Season

By Sarah Windover | | Tagged Marketing your online store, Marketing your website

Make sure your small business is getting in on the action during the busiest shopping season of the year. 

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Instagram Hashtag Cheat Sheet

By Sarah Windover | | Tagged Marketing your online store, Marketing your website

Recent research shows that businesses of all sizes use social media to market to customers. In 2016, Instagram has seen the biggest increase in users and overall confidence as a powerful marketing tool. To help increase the visibility of your Instagram posts, we’ve created a hashtag cheat sheet for the top 10 small business industries among Webware clients. 

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The Ultimate Glossary: Online Marketing Terms for SMBs

By Sarah Windover | | Tagged Marketing your online store, Starting an Online business

As an essential component to your website’s success, your business can’t afford to overlook online marketing. If you’ve just built your website or never tried online marketing before, there can be a lot of new and confusing terminology to master. Don't worry - Here’s a simple breakdown of the terms you need to know and what they mean.

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Benefits of writing a Blog for your Business

By Sarah Windover | | Tagged Marketing your online store

In this internet age, it’s no longer enough for your business to have a website. Today, a business website needs a comprehensive strategy to stand out from the competition and one of the most valuable elements you can add to your website is a blog. There are several reasons to write and maintain a business blog but one particular advantage can help your business break through the online clutter. Read on the learn the most useful benefit…

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4 powerful Google tools for businesses

By Sarah Windover | | Tagged eCommerce Resources, Marketing your online store

Use these four powerful tools to ensure your business is as visible and effective as possible on across all Google platforms.

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Why Reviews Matter for Your Small Business

By Sarah Windover | | Tagged Marketing your online store

In this digital age, the value and influence of online reviews  is  on the rise. Eighty-eight percent of consumers take reviews into account on purchase decisions! Reviews, both positive and negative, can influence your business’s reputation and bottom line. Monitoring what’s being said about your business online is an important part of any digital strategy. 

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Making the Most of the Holiday Season: 4 Marketing Ideas For the Holidays

By Priya Berde | | Tagged Marketing your online store

The holiday season is upon us! Is your business prepared? The average American consumer is expected to spend over $800 during this holiday season. SMB retailers see 20-30% of their annual business during the last two months of the year. It is essential for you to ensure that your business is able to capitalise on the high rate of spending during the holiday season. An estimated 47% of consumers prefer to shop online compared to the usual…

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Why Pinterest is Your Business’s Best Bet for Social Media Marketing Success

By Sarah Windover | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Pinterest has the potential to be the most valuable social media platform for businesses.  [Source] What is Pinterest? Pinterest is a virtual pinboard where u things they are planning to do things they would like to buy  and most importantly, things they are dreaming of doing  The images are “pinned” to boards to keep ideas and projects organized. Images are linked back to a website or blog…

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SEO and Marketing Services Now Available

By Sara Cabral | | Tagged Marketing your online store

What is SEO? Your new website can be an essential tool for your business’s marketing strategy. But in order to make the most of your website, you need people to find it! Search engines like Google help your website get found. SEO - or Search Engine Optimization - is a way to increase traffic to your website by focusing on where it appears in search engine results. Optimizing your website or web store will make it easier to find on…

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How To Host an Awesome Instagram Contest

By Sarah Windover | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Do you want to boost your Instagram marketing effort? Attract more fans and engage existing followers? Host an Instagram contest! Hosting a contest can increase your followers, likes, and overall engagement. A creative, thoughtful giveaway will reach your target audience and increase your Instagram stats.

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3 Essentials for your Instagram Marketing Plan

By Sarah Windover | | Tagged Marketing your online store

You already know that marketing is essential for your business. And if you’ve done any marketing for your small business, you also know that social media is an important part of the overall strategy. The photo-sharing app Instagram is a growing force in social media, especially for business. Research shows that Instagrammers love to shop - more than people on Facebook, who use the older social media site mostly to stay connected with fr…

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Make Your Website Mobile-Friendly Now! Google Announces Important SEO Update

By Sarah Windover | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Last November, Google announced that it would be labelling and promoting "mobile-friendly websites" in their search results. This was in response to the fact that 80% of Google searches are performed on a mobile device. People are moving away from their desktops and spending more time on smartphones and tablets. As technology improves, mobile devices are getting better at handling tasks which were once reserved for desktop computers…

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6 Tips on Getting Started with Instagram for your Business

By Sarah Windover | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Instagram is a photo sharing app that has taken the social media space by storm! Users post photos and short videos to share any and all aspects of their lives with friends, family and fans. Before posting photos, Instagram users can easily enhance them using filters. Each filter has a different effect on the photo like adding more contrast, light, shadows, tint or vignette edges, black and white/sepia options. Take a picture with your smartp…

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Tools for Marketing Analytics at your Fingertips!

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

We have talked about why online businesses need Marketing Analytics and what kind of data to look for in Marketing Analytics. Now, let’s look at some specific tools that you can use to gain insight into the performance of your website as well as marketing campaigns. 1) Google Analytics Google Analytics is one of the best website analytics tools, and it’s free! You can gain insight into many different parameters related to us…

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Using Marketing Analytics to Make The Right Decisions

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Our recent blog post took a look at why you need marketing analytics and how it can help you streamline your marketing efforts. Here, we’ll explore what kind of data you need to study and how it can guide your marketing decisions. Let’s consider what kind of data you need to mine from marketing analytics. Website Performance: What to Track You will have visitors coming to your online store from many different places, like…

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Top 10 Reasons Why Your Online Store Needs a Blog

By Sara Cabral | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Do you have an online store? Then, you need a blog! Blogging is one of the most critical channels available to your business to attract new audiences, engage them, retain them, create brand loyalty, and in the long run, make your business profitable and successful. If you were looking for one good reason to start a blog for your online store, we give you 10! 1. No-Pressure Communication: Your website needs to sell your products your ads…

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Top 5 Ways to Promote your Online Business Offline

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

So, you have set up your online store. And you are keen to spread the word and have more and more people find out about your online store. Apart from online advertising and marketing, is there anything else you can do to promote your online store? Of course! Here are the top 5 ways you can promote your online store offline: 1. Printed Stationary Add your online store URL on all your printed materials. Like visiting cards, your letter…

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Top 5 Reasons why Marketing Analytics is Critical to your Success

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Marketing Analytics? What it is? Why do you need to pay any attention to it? It’s not as if online sellers are not already bombarded with enough jargon to make their heads spin! Simply put, Marketing Analytics is analyzing the results of your marketing campaigns. You may be marketing your online store through various online channels like Facebook marketing, Google advertising, blogging, email marketing, etc. Marketing Analytics helps…

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5 Basic Tips on Getting the Right Content for your Facebook Page

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

If you have an online business and are like most, you’ve also set up a Facebook Page to promote your business on social media. Setting up the Page is easy, but knowing what to post there is the hard part.  Do you see posts “go viral” on Facebook and want to know what to post on your own Page that can get the same level of exposure? Do you see other Pages get hundreds of ‘Likes’ for each and every post and…

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Step-by-Step Guide to Promoting your Business on Facebook

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

So you’ve created a Facebook Page for your business, and now what? You might be thinking, how does this translate into getting more sales on my website? What do I do with this page? How can I get more “likes” and more engagement with my “fans”? Facebook offers some great tools to help you get more out of your page.  By just putting a fraction of your marketing budget towards the following actions, you sho…

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Why Content Trumps Images for SEO

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

You’ve probably heard before that in the online world, ‘images are far more effective than text to capture the attention of the viewer’. This is definitely true when posting on Social Media like Facebook, where many different bits of information are vying for the viewer’s attention at the same time. But when it comes to a website or online store, high quality content is key to its success. Given the increasing use o…

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Top 5 Ways to Personalise your Online Store to Create a Brand Identity

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

So you have decided to set up an online store! Congratulations and welcome to the world of ecommerce! Have you stopped to think about how you will personalize your online store to reflect your business? In other words, have you considered the importance of creating a brand identity? Why does Brand Identity Matter? In today’s world, where comparison-shopping is a norm and consumers are likely to look any many different online store…

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5 Ways Customer Registration Adds To Your Profits

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

What is the best way to ensure that the bottom line of your online store goes from strength to strength? Why, make sure that you build customer loyalty! If a solid chunk of your revenues comes from the same customers giving you repeat business over and over again, then all the new customers you add over time only help in increasing your profits! Let’s look at how you can ensure brand loyalty by using one simple tool: Customer Registr…

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Quick Results Marketing: 3 Reasons Why You Should be Advertising on Google Display Network

By Sara Cabral | | Tagged Marketing your online store

In one of our earlier posts in the Quick Results Marketing series, we talked about how you can place your ads right in front of potential customers when they are searching on Google. In this post, we talk about reaching your target audience while they’re browsing the web and visiting other websites that may be relevant to your products or service. The combination of the right audience, the right website, and a powerful advertising messa…

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Do's and Don'ts of E-mail Marketing

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

In this third post in the “Quick Results Marketing” series, we discuss and provide some pointers to be successful with email marketing. A recent article in McKinsey Insights shows that e-mail remains a significantly more effective way to acquire customers than social media – nearly 40 times that of Facebook and Twitter combined. The DO’s of E-mail Marketing So first off, DO create an email marketing campa…

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Quick Results Series: 5 Ways to Use Coupons to Make Quick Sales

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Did you know that coupons also belong to the arsenal of tools you can use to increase traffic to your site at short notice AND generate some quick sales? Think about the wonders that can do to your bottom line! Here are some tips you can use to make the best use of coupons: 1) Announcing New Products: Use coupons with a 5%-10% discount rate to announce a start-of-the-season or a new collection of products. Apart from giving you quick re…

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Quick Results Marketing: Cast your Net in the Search Stream

By Sara Cabral | | Tagged Marketing your online store

This is our first article in the "Quick Results Marketing" series, which, as the name suggests, will cover marketing tools that start delivering results (usually traffic or sales) within a short turnaround time. If you want to jump-start your online business, these are the marketing tactics for you. Search Engine Marketing with Google AdWords Whether they’re in the browsing stage or even the buying stage, shoppers use se…

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5 Ways Coupons Can Help You Promote your Online Store

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Coupons can be a vital element of online store’s marketing plan. Coupons are basically tools which can be used to encourage your customers to behave in a way that is best for your business. And if you make the customer feel that they have been rewarded for their interaction with you, they will not only remember this experience positively, but will likely return to your online store again... and again. Here are 5 top ways in which you…

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Do-It-Yourself SEO

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store, Starting an Online business

Search engines like Google are the primary way in which your web site gets found by customers and interested parties. So, helping search engines find you is absolutely critical to your ability to build traffic to your site. The process of getting search engines to notice your site and report it in the search results is called Search Engine Optimisation, or SEO for short. SEO is everything to do with managing how well and how high up you ap…

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Marketing your Online Store: For Every Budget

By Urvi Shah | | Tagged Marketing your online store

Every businessperson knows the importance of marketing. As soon as you put up a signboard or print your visiting cards you have started marketing your business. But what next? And what is the best way for an online store to market itself? Here’s the no-jargon quick guide to online marketing. We’ll get into more depth on each of the marketing channels in future posts. In the infographic below which we call the “Wheel of Market…

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