We have a lot of Microsoft Dynamics customers (and we mean A LOT)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017Lauren Macdonald
At eBridge, we make life easier for our Microsoft Dynamics customers, each and every day, by connecting their accounting packages to their online stores, CRM applications, or allowing them to do business with EDI trading partners.
Our top 5 eCommerce, EDI, and CRM-related reads of the week
Monday, January 16, 2017Lauren Macdonald
We’re always on the lookout for great blogs and articles from thought leaders in the eCommerce, EDI, and CRM industries. We thought we’d share with you a few great pieces that we’ve given the ‘eBridge stamp of approval’ to this week:
ChannelAdvisor is a great tool for your growing business, but it's even better when coupled with eBridge
Thursday, January 12, 2017Lauren Macdonald
Once upon a time you were a young, bright-eyed entrepreneur with a big idea to launch an eCommerce business.
Maybe you decided to start small by selling in one place on an eCommerce platform like Shopify, Magento, or BigCommerce. But as time went on, you decided it was time to expand to online marketplaces and other digital shopping channels as well.
Today, you’re the proud owner of multiple eCommerce websites, and are happy to be selling on marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, and Newegg, as well as on digital channels like Google and Facebook.
But now you’re feeling the pressure that comes from attempting to keep track of orders, inventory, and product data across multiple platforms at once. Luckily, an old friend just told you about ChannelAdvisor.
Connect MS Dynamics NAV to your BigCommerce store: Integrate orders, shipping, inventory, and more
Tuesday, January 10, 2017Lauren Macdonald
Connecting your MS Dynamics NAV accounting system with your BigCommerce webstore has never been easier than it is now, using eBridge Connections’ universal integrator.
How our integration works:
A universal connector sits in the middle of your two business systems and seamlessly transfers data, back and forth between the two. When it comes to eBridge Connections, it’s the universality of our integration solutions that makes us unique. This means we can connect virtually any eCommerce platform with any accounting/ERP system. The way we do it, is by sitting in the middle of two business systems, where we configure data so that it can be passed back and forth effortlessly.
Integrate with NetSuite
Monday, January 9, 2017Lindsay Hampson
We get it. There are plenty of vendors out there that can integrate NetSuite’s ERP into EDI, CRM and eCommerce systems. How do you pick a vendor that gives you the most benefit?
Top five plug-ins you should try out for your WooCommerce store in 2017
Friday, December 30, 2016Lauren Macdonald
If you have an eCommerce store or are thinking of launching one in 2017, WooCommerce is a great choice to build your business with. There’s so many useful plug-ins for WooCommerce that you may not even be aware of. To help you out, we’ve listed 5 things you can try on your WooCommerce store this year to help your business grow and succeed:
Connect your Sage X3 ERP with multiple EDI trading partners using eBridge Connections
Thursday, December 22, 2016Lauren Macdonald
In order to work with specific trading partners, vendors and/or suppliers, you may be mandated to perform Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) in order to start or continue a business relationship. By setting up an EDI integrated solution with your Sage X3 ERP system, you can automate the process of electronically exchanging these documents.
We’re hyper-focused on creating integration solutions for Sage X3 these days at eBridge Connections. Why? Because we recognize that Sage X3 is a faster, simpler, and more flexible business management solution and at eBridge, we’re all about making life easier for our customers.
NetSuite plays ball with the world of EDI, eCommerce, CRM
Thursday, December 22, 2016Lindsay Hampson
Passing NetSuite data to and from your customers, vendors and 3PLs in order to trade and sell can speed up your business and create happier customers and vendors. Find out more about NetSuite to EDI and NetSuite to eCommerce intergation and its all-star benefits.
Partner Profile: Growth Spark
Tuesday, December 20, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Hey eBridge fans—we have an announcement to make! Growth Spark
, an award-winning boutique design agency specializing in creating successful, data-driven eCommerce solutions, has just joined the eBridge Connections Channel Partner
To celebrate their partnership with us, we sat down with Ross Beyeler, Founder of Growth Spark, to learn more about the work they do and how they do it. Read on to see what we discovered:
eCommerce (and other) conferences you should definitely be attending in early 2017
Monday, December 19, 2016Lauren Macdonald
We’re breaking down the conferences your business should seriously consider attending in the first half of 2017. We hope to see you at some (or all) of these events!
Sync SAP Business One and Magento: Process orders faster and more accurately
Friday, December 16, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Tired of manual data entry between your Magento eCommerce store and your SAP Business One accounting system? If so, I’m happy to tell you that you’ve landed on the right blog.
eBridge Connections is proud to boast the only universal integrator that can connect virtually any accounting/ERP system (i.e. SAP Business One and other products by Sage, MS Dynamics, Epicor, NetSuite, and more), with the leading eCommerce platforms (like Magento, Shopify, BigCommerce, Amazon, eBay, Miva, etc.).
It’s time to learn how an integration solution between Magento and SAP Business One can save your business time and money.
6 Helpful Workarounds To Help You Manage An Online Store
Friday, December 16, 2016Lindsay Hampson
Guest blog by Patrick Foster. Running a successful online store is not without its glitches and boring admin tasks. As every ecommerce entrepreneur will know, a lot of work goes into maintaining and managing an online store. However, while certain tasks require an investment of time and attention, others can benefit from being outsourced or approached in new ways. Here are 6 workarounds that could help to save you time and increase the effectiveness of your ecommerce marketing strategy.
Fact or Fiction? Recognising the truth when it comes to QuickBooks and Salesforce integrations
Tuesday, December 13, 2016Lauren Macdonald
A quick Google search for material regarding QuickBooks and Salesforce integrations reveals that there’s a whole lot of information out there. Some useful, some a bit misleading. To make it easier, here’s a quick breakdown that will help you understand the truth when it comes to integrating QuickBooks and Salesforce:
Start 2017 off on the right foot with our free integration project planning workbook
Monday, December 12, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Did your eCommerce store take off in 2016? Congrats!
But, if a high volume of sales from your online store had you buried in manual data entry back and forth from your accounting system this year, 2017 might be the perfect time to connect your business systems so that they communicate with one another seamlessly.
This free workbook will help you sort out your integration needs.
The Magic of Holiday Shopping is Changed, But Still Magical
Friday, December 9, 2016Lindsay Hampson
Though I didn’t trek to the mall, the magic of Holiday shopping is alive and well in a new and exciting way.
Connect NetSuite to Your Shopify store: Integrate orders, shipping, inventory, and more
Wednesday, December 7, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Syncing your NetSuite ERP with your Shopify webstore has never been easier than it is now, using eBridge Connections’ universal integrator. Learn more...
Sync MS Dynamics 365 to your webstore to delight your customers
Monday, December 5, 2016Lindsay Hampson
In July 2016 Microsoft launched a strategy that combines both CRM and ERP services into one offering on the cloud. Pick and choose what areas of your business are pulled into 365. Fast. App-backed. And, adaptable. The offering is slick and their message is truly compelling.
While many of you are familiar with Microsoft Dynamics AX, NAV, GP and SL, 365 is an extension of these – but up, up and away in the clouds. eBridge is proudly equipped to support Dynamics 365 customers with their integration needs - through 2016 and beyond.
Shopping carts abandoned after Cyber Monday? Here's how to win those sales in December:
Thursday, December 1, 2016Lauren Macdonald
No doubt you sold a ton of items this Cyber Monday. In fact, here at eBridge, we know our clients were selling items like rapid fire, seeing as we transferred over 450,000 order documents back and forth that day between eCommerce platforms and accounting packages.
But what about all the items that got left behind in abandoned shopping carts?
Nextopia: 6 Mobile Search and Merchandising Tips for the Holidays
Monday, November 28, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Our friends at Nextopia share their tips on getting the most out of your mobile shoppers this Holiday Season.
Read on to learn more....
Why partnering with eBridge Connections could be the best move for your business in 2017...
Friday, November 25, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Our channel partner program here at eBridge Connections has grown significantly in the past few years and we’re feeling confident that 2017 will be our biggest year yet. We’re constantly looking for new, unique businesses to join our partner family and reap the numerous benefits of being an eBridge Connections channel partner.
Read on to find out why partnering with eBridge Connections could be the best move for your business this coming year...
We're talking all things Sage ERP today at eBridge after our recent visit to their head office in California...
Thursday, November 24, 2016Lauren Macdonald
When our CEO visited sunny California last month and stopped in at Sage’s head office, he was blown away by the innovative thinking he witnessed. There is no shortage of intelligent and hardworking folks over at Sage—it’s no wonder their accounting/ERP packages are among the very best!
So what exactly are we discussing now at eBridge Connections?
What its like to be a Canadian on American Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 24, 2016Lindsay Hampson
The coffee maker is bubbling in the office kitchen. A co-worker is having a coughing fit. The lights are flickering. I can actually hear the freezing rain hit my window. No phone calls. And, an empty inbox.
American Thanksgiving is an odd-duck-day for Canadians. Actually, the perfect way to put it is American Thanksgiving is… just… well, its just Thursday.
While we Canadian eBridgers wait for our friends to finish their turkey, we collectively wrote this blog for your enjoyment.
Having trouble connecting your accounting package to your eCommerce store or CRM after updating to MS Dynamics AX 7? Here's why clients using eBridge Connections aren't having problems.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016Lauren Macdonald
MS Dynamics AX 7 brought with it a multitude of changes and new features. Click here
for a full breakdown of the updates in areas such as cost management, inventory management, financial management, procurement and sourcing, etc.
While these changes might be great for your business and helpful for your accountant, they could pose a challenge for your integration provider who carefully coded a solution to connect your previous MS Dynamics AX accounting package with your eCommerce platform, CRM application, or EDI trading partners.
Real Questions From Real WooCommerce Merchants
Wednesday, November 23, 2016Lindsay Hampson
“With 18,270,562 downloads, WooCommerce powers over 39% of all online stores
.” Now that is one very impressive statistic via BuiltWith.
Us folks over here at eBridge are most certainly feeling this growth. Countless WooCommerce merchants reach out to us every day. And, that number has been on the rise over the past few months.
So, why Woo? And what questions do they often have for eBridge about order processing?
Owning Omnichannel: Insights from atmosol CEO Vishal Wadher
Monday, November 21, 2016Lauren Macdonald
As merchants lean into the mobile world, many are met with the challenge of creating an experience that not only aligns with their existing web presence, but complements it. Optimizing the balance between mobile, desktop and in-store channels is a vital step for savvy retailers, as an omnichannel existence is quickly becoming the benchmark by which consumers measure the digital value of their favorite brands, whether they realize it or not.
We’ve sat down with Vishal Wadher, CEO of atmosol, a company with 11 years of eCommerce experience, hyper-focused on the end-to-end processes & digital marketing strategies for eCommerce retail businesses. atmosol clients include Tupperware, Comedy Central, Red Bull and many more. Read on for Vishal’s take on how omnichannel can affect your customer experiences, and how to make sure your channels are aligning in the most productive ways.
How Integration Pays for Itself
Thursday, November 17, 2016Lindsay Hampson
Thinking you need to hire for data order entry? Why you should be thinking integration instead.
Partner Profile: Bold Commerce
Wednesday, November 16, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Helping tens of thousands of eCommerce stores increase their online sales every day, Bold Commerce
is Shopify’s largest Expert Development partner worldwide. And now? They’re also a brand new partner of eBridge Connections! Whether clients are looking to get started with setting up their first online store, transitioning to Shopify from a different platform, or looking for a complete custom design and development solution, Bold Commerce can help. We’re proud to partner with their team of over 100 Web Designers, Developers, Online Marketers, and dedicated Client Success Managers.
We recently hopped on a call with Kevin Wild, Bold’s Partner Manager, to get the 4-1-1 on this company and its efforts. Read on to learn more:
"What is Salesforce CRM and why should I connect it with my accounting/ERP system?"
Wednesday, November 16, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Find out what Salesforce is all about and learn why connecting it to your accounting/ERP system can help your business grow and flourish!
We've got the answers...
Anticipating high order volumes this Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Here's how to keep up:
Tuesday, November 15, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Hey e-retailers! By now you’ve probably stocked up on inventory in anticipation of high order volumes to come during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. But are you stressing out thinking about all the manual data entry you’re going to be stuck doing as the orders come rolling in?
The Jibe: 3 Ways to Determine If You Should Replatform
Tuesday, November 8, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Our friends at The Jibe describe 3 ways merchants can determine if they should reconsider their eCommerce platform.
Read on to learn more:
Jasper Studios: Professional Business Systems To Power Micro-Moments
Monday, November 7, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Our friends at Jasper Studios just wrote a terrific article on micro-moments and how important they are for retailers. Don't know what a micro-moment is? Don't worry, neither did we!
Read on to find out...
Is manual data entry haunting your dreams this Halloween?
Thursday, October 27, 2016Lauren Macdonald
One of the best things about Halloween (aside from the candy, of course) is the thrill of being spooked. Haunted houses, horror movies, scary clowns roaming the neighbourhood… it’s all part of the fun.
But when it comes to your eCommerce business, having peace-of-mind and a sense of security is a lot better than having fear. Fear that you can’t keep up with the volume of orders you’re receiving. Fear that mistakes made from manual data entry will result in costly errors. Fear that your customers will be unhappy with the slow speed in which they receive their shipments… the list goes on.
Partner Profile: Pur-Logic Solutions
Wednesday, October 19, 2016Lauren Macdonald
eBridge Connections is proud to welcome Pur-Logic Solutions to our Channel Partner family!
Pur-Logic Solutions is a provider of comprehensive software solutions that strive to meet their customers’ individual requirements and needs. Their experienced team develops solutions that create technological and business value.
Interested in learning more about Pur-Logic Solutions? Here’s the inside scoop:
Hear from eBridge customers
Wednesday, October 19, 2016Lindsay Hampson
Last week we reached out to our 600+ customers and asked for open-ended feedback. "How is eBridge doing?" 4 hours after we hit "send" on our email, we had a mound of great ideas, opportunities to explore, and a handful of really lovely comments. It's our pleasure to work with such smart merchants and entrepreneurs. And it's our pleasure to share some of this feedback with you now.
eBridge DIY is rolling along!
Monday, October 17, 2016Lauren Macdonald
It's been about a month and a half since we launched our DIY integration solution that allows users to connect their Sage 50 accounting package and Shopify store, all by themselves- and we couldn't be happier with how things are going. By the sounds of it, our customers couldn't be happier either!
New partner alert! Americaneagle.com has joined the eBridge partner family
Monday, October 17, 2016Lauren Macdonald
We love growing our channel partner family, which is why we’re excited to announce that Americaneagle.com
has just become the latest member of our partner program.
Want to get to know them better? Read on.
What Walmart's Acquisition of Jet.com means for eBridge customers
Friday, October 14, 2016Lauren Macdonald
In August, Walmart kept their eCommerce momentum moving when they entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Jet.com. But what does this mean for eBridge customers? Well, it means that now we can integrate your accounting package with your eCommerce store on both Walmart Marketplace and Jet.com so that you can keep track of inventory, orders, and more!
The 8 Do’s and Don’ts of Back-end Accounting Integration
Tuesday, October 11, 2016Lindsay Hampson
We’ve drawn up our collectively learnt list of ‘do’s and don’ts’ to share with people like you – who are about to begin their own integration. Prepare to move buyer order data directly into your back-end system to support fast and accurate service and shipping and, most importantly, create happy and returning customers.
Spend a few minutes with us.
How an eBridge integration solution is kind of like a Pumpkin Spice Latte...
Monday, October 3, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Yes, we’re being serious.
It turns out Pumpkin Spice Lattes aren’t the only thing that will get you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside this October. We believe an eBridge integration solution has a lot of similar qualities to everyone’s favourite Fall beverage.
Still not convinced? Let’s compare…
What Kind of eCommerce Merchant Are You?
Monday, September 26, 2016Lindsay Hampson
We’ve worked with plenty of merchants over the years. Your ideas are innovative. Your dreams are big. Your personalities are golden. We’ve decided to recap a few of our favourite merchant stereotypes. If you need a 3-minute laugh, its coming right up.
So what kind of eCommerce merchant are you?
Partner Profile: Modacto
Wednesday, September 21, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Allow us to introduce Modacto
—a Salesforce CRM consulting firm located in Minneapolis that specializes in designing Salesforce solutions to help growth-minded companies accelerate and achieve their unique objectives.
With a thorough understanding of Salesforce, and a genuine commitment to helping clients grow their business, we at eBridge think Modacto is the full-package!
Keep an eye out for these Google updates if you're an eCommerce retailer!
Tuesday, September 13, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Hey e-retailers! It’s no secret that Google likes to update its search algorithm and advertising requirements from time to time in order to improve user experience. Last year, they began boosting the rank of mobile-friendly websites, and back in 2014 they boosted the ranking of sites with encryption as well. The intention is to not only direct people to more informative results, but also to results that are user-friendly and easy to navigate.
If you’re selling online and want to keep traffic flowing to your website from Google’s search engine results, it’s a good idea to stay on top of Google’s updates so that your search ranking is boosted rather than lowered.
To help you out, we’ve outlined two new updates that you should be aware of:
eBridge Connections achieves Better Business Bureau accreditation
Monday, September 12, 2016Lauren Macdonald
At eBridge Connections we care about keeping our clients happy and are committed to ensuring that costumer complaints are always handled to the best of our ability.
This is why we’re very happy to say that we have been accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
Partner Profile: Cowlick Studios
Tuesday, September 6, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Southwestern Ontario is home to a web development and graphic design studio called Cowlick Studios
, and we are proud to announce today that we’ve just partnered with them!
Cowlick Studios is committed to seeking out visually pleasing, creative solutions for their clients’ advertising needs. With expert programming and graphic design knowledge, combined with innovative ideas and solutions, Cowlick studios brings their clients’ vision to life!
Integrating Shopify and MS Dynamics
Tuesday, September 6, 2016Lauren Macdonald
If you’re running a Shopify website and using Microsoft Dynamics AX, GP, NAV, or SL as your accounting package, why not integrate the two systems and make your life a whole lot easier?
Returns keeping you up? Four best practices.
Friday, September 2, 2016Lindsay Hampson
When business picks up, so does the number of returns you need to process. It is estimated that 20-30% of all online orders will be returned.
While many eCommerce platforms provide options when processing returns (manual or automated), without a doubt, even automated returns can be cumbersome.
Here are a few ways you can make the job of processing returns easier on your business, and in return
(…speak of the devil) easy on your customers.
Great news Shopify Retailers! The eBridge DIY integration solution is here
Thursday, September 1, 2016Lauren Macdonald
4 minutes. That’s roughly how long it will take for you to set up the new eBridge DIY integration solution and bid farewell to your integration headaches for good.
eBridge DIY facilitates bi-directional order automation between Shopify and Sage 50 (US or Canada).
New eBay feature from eBridge
Tuesday, August 30, 2016Lindsay Hampson
We are proud as punch to be releasing an updated “eBay adaptor” within our eBridge universal connector. "Use suggested categories," a new feature in eBay's API, is supported with this new release.
Learn why it matters to you.
You pick the eCommerce platform. Let eBridge do the rest.
Thursday, August 25, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Some integration companies out there are best suited for clients operating on specific eCommerce platforms. These companies might even encourage you to migrate your store from one platform to another in order to serve you better.
Here at eBridge, however, we have a universal connector that can connect virtually ANY eCommerce platform with the accounting/ERP package of your choice. In other words, you can trust your gut and keep your current eCommerce platform because our technology works great with any of them! And, if your needs change down the line, it’s an easy move to a new ERP or eCommerce platform – all the while keeping eBridge as the connector.
Partner Profile: Beapartof
Wednesday, August 24, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Be A Part Of
is an agency that designs strategies to drive client growth and profit, and we’re happy to announce they just became a new partner of ours! Since starting as a three person team, Be A Part Of has grown to over ten full-time staff whose work ethic has allowed the agency to develop into the full-service web firm that it is today.
We decided to get to know our new friends at Be A Part Of a little better as we welcomed them into the eBridge Connections partner family. Here’s what we found out:
Our Unbiased Comparison of Salesforce and MS Dynamics CRM
Tuesday, August 23, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Are you trying to decide which CRM application is right for your business? We want to help! Here’s an unbiased comparison of Salesforce and MS Dynamics—two of the leading CRM applications in the world:
Wondering what Walmart Marketplace is all about?
Tuesday, August 23, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Did you Google “Walmart Marketplace” and find this blog? Well, good! You see, we Googled that too, about a month ago, and found nothing. We wrote this blog for folks like you.
Walmart has recently launched Walmart Marketplace
where you can sell your products alongside Walmart products, thereby exposing them to a massive online audience. The trick is that it is not a separate website. Walmart Marketplace is just a clever add-on at www.walmart.com
Get your eCommerce website geared up for some important dates
Monday, August 22, 2016Lindsay Hampson
Is it just us or is this year flying by? September is just around the corner and back to school shopping is already in full swing. And before we know it, Black Friday and Cyber Monday will have come and gone as well, and the holiday season will be upon us.
All of these dates are HUGE for online retailers which is why it’s important to start preparing early in order to make sure your eCommerce website is ready for the busy season. Read our tips for getting your store prepared.
Why connecting Southware to your online store makes a whole lot of sense
Monday, August 22, 2016Lindsay Hampson
Calling all online retailers. Do you wish SouthWare was integrated with your eCommerce store?
Your orders are coming in and you’re making money. Life is good. But is the data exchange between your eCommerce platform and your accounting platform manual and slow? Missing an order, forgetting a shipping notice, or sending a slow invoice causes upset customers, bad reviews, and a drag on your bottom line.
Our Unbiased Comparison of Amazon and Shopify
Friday, July 22, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Last year we shared with you our Unbiased Comparison of Amazon and eBay
and it was a huge hit! But what about the up and coming little guy from Canada that’s starting to gain some serious momentum as an eCommerce platform? That’s right, we’re talking about Shopify
Today, we’re going to show you a side-by-side comparison of the e-retail giant that is Amazon
, and see how Shopify
measures up against it, so that you can decide for yourself if one of these eCommerce platforms is the right choice for you!
Partner Profile: Arwood Information Systems
Thursday, July 21, 2016Lindsay Hampson
Michele and the team at Arwood Information Systems
are smart. You can tell after 2 minutes on the phone with them. They care. You can trust them. And, they know Exact-Macola EPR
in and out (after all, they are Gold partner).
Lucky for us, they’ve just become our newest eBridge Connections partner! Read on.
Partner Profile: EYEMAGINE
Wednesday, July 13, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Exciting news today here at eBridge Connections! We’ve just partnered with EYEMAGINE
, an eCommerce development agency founded in 2003 by President and CEO Andy Etemadi. With extensive knowledge and capabilities in eCommerce design, development, integration, mobile applications, conversion optimization, and inbound marketing, EYEMAGINE has succeeded in transforming online businesses and increasing revenue for many eCommerce merchants.
We recently sat down with our new friends at EYEMAGINE to learn a little bit more about them. Ready for the inside scoop?
Overwhelmed by data entry from all your Amazon Prime Day orders? We can help!
Tuesday, July 12, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Hey Amazon e-retailers! It’s Amazon Prime Day
today and we’re sure your products are already flying off the virtual shelves!
In fact, last year on the first ever Amazon Prime Day, customers broke records with 398 items ordered per second.
That’s a lot of sales to keep track of! So, rather than overwhelm yourself and your staff with tedious data entry between your Amazon store and your accounting/ERP package, why not let us do the hard work?
Grab this free workbook if you're spending the summer building an eCommerce website
Monday, July 11, 2016Lindsay Hampson
Are you building an eCommerce website? Congrats! Do you know how it will connect and communicate with your back office systems? Get out ahead - decide how your systems will integrate early. This free e-workbook will help.
Are you an independent retailer struggling to increase sales? An eCommerce marketplace could help!
Thursday, July 7, 2016Lauren Macdonald
It’s Independent Retailer Month and we at eBridge Connections would like to recognize all of the e-retailers out there who are selling unique products on their own independent webstores!
But what about those of you that are having trouble driving traffic to your website? Or perhaps you’re lacking the resources needed to maintain your webstore and keep it running smoothly and efficiently? Maybe you don’t have the skills in-house to market your products effectively? Whatever the case, an eCommerce marketplace might be the perfect solution for you!
Canada Post lockout got you worried? Here's how to prepare your eCommerce store!
Tuesday, July 5, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Uh oh e-retailers! Looks like Canada Post
has just issued a 72-hour lockout notice
warning Canadians that postal service may come to a halt by Friday. Here’s our top 3 suggestions for how you should prepare:
Hey eCommerce and EDI folks. Is data entry getting you down?
Monday, July 4, 2016Lindsay Hampson
You had ‘the big idea’. Your product is flying off the shelf. The online world is your oyster! But, you’re spending your time inputting orders into and out of your accounting package.
Website Running Slowly? Your eCommerce Sales Could Be Suffering!
Wednesday, June 29, 2016Lauren Macdonald
According to KissMetrics
, 40% of people abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load, and a 1 second delay in page response can result in a 7% reduction in conversions. This means that if an eCommerce website is making $100,000 per day, a 1 second page delay could potentially cost $2.5 million in lost sales every year.
Don’t miss out on potential sales and revenue because of a slow site! Here’s our top 4 suggestions for boosting your eCommerce website’s speed:
Boost Your Mobile Device Sales: An Easy Mobile Checkout Process Can Help!
Thursday, June 23, 2016Lauren Macdonald
How many times have you looked at a product on your mobile device, but rather than purchasing it then and there, decided to wait until you had a computer in front of you? We’ve all been there! Most mobile device checkout processes are time-consuming and frustrating compared to the simplicity of checking out on a desktop computer. This is a shame if you think about it because we are already on our phones all the time!
As an eCommerce business owner, think of how many potential customers you’re losing that probably forgot all about your product before they had a chance to get on their desktop computer. Having an easy-to-use mobile checkout process could easily solve this problem! Here’s what you need to consider:
A How-To Guide for Increasing Average Order Value (AOV) on Your eCommerce Website
Wednesday, June 22, 2016Lauren Macdonald
As we’ve mentioned earlier, boosting customer retention rates
is one great strategy for increasing profit, but today we want to discuss another profit raising technique—increasing Average Order Value (AOV).
So what exactly is AOV? In simple terms, it is the average dollar amount spent each time a customer places an order on an eCommerce website or mobile app. Note:
To calculate average order value, simply divide the total revenue by the number of orders.
In order to help you out, we’ve put together a simple How-To Guide For Increasing Average Order Value, so that you can easily increase your AOV and drive in more revenue:
Finding Your Niche: Is There a Suitable Market for Your Product?
Thursday, June 16, 2016Lauren Macdonald
So you’ve decided the eCommerce marketplace is the right business model for you—Terrific! But now you need to think about the products you’re going to sell and ensure they are products that people are interested in and willing to spend money on.
The best way to make your eCommerce business a successful one, is to make sure you find your Niche Market
. This means determining a small market segment that your product features will be aimed at satisfying. You’ll want to take into account the specific market needs of your target consumers, such as price range, production quality, and the demographics that your product is intended to impact.
Partner Profile: Shero Designs
Monday, June 13, 2016Lauren Macdonald
We have some exciting news to announce! We’ve just partnered with Shero Designs
, an eCommerce agency based in Hudson Valley, NY. Shero understands how difficult it can be to manage a business in this day and age and is dedicated to providing quality design and development for their customers.
We recently took some time to learn more about Shero Designs and what makes them so unique! Here’s what we found out:
Partner Profile: Connectivia
Friday, June 10, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Used by more than 500 businesses, Connectivia
is an industry expert that we are pleased to introduce as our latest partner! Connectivia tailors their solutions to meet your EDI and business connectivity requirements, with products developed-in house and the ability to adapt to evolving business needs.
We recently sat down with our new friends at Connectivia to learn more about their company. Here’s what we found out:
Effective Communication Tools: Boost Your eCommerce Website Traffic and Sales
Wednesday, June 8, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Did you know that June is Effective Communications month? To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of our favourite communication tools that can help you drive traffic to your eCommerce website and improve your sales!
Partner Profile: Web2Market
Monday, June 6, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Allow us to introduce our new partner, Web2Market
! With two decades and hundreds of successful projects under their belt, Web2Market knows how to help organizations reach their business goals.
Learning From The Best: What Online Retailers Should Learn From Amazon's Success
Thursday, June 2, 2016Lauren Macdonald
There’s no denying that Amazon knows what they’re doing when it comes to creating an online shopping experience that exceeds customers’ expectations. But what lessons should other online retailers be taking away from Amazon’s success? Here’s what we think:
Partner Profile: CFI Marketing
Monday, May 30, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Today we wish to introduce you to our new friend and proud partner, CFI Marketing
, a leading marketing company in the foodservice industry. With a deep understanding of the products and challenges associated with the foodservice industry, CFI Marketing succeeds at transforming their knowledge into marketing tools than can be used to build customer relationships and promote sales.
The Advancement of ERP: What to Expect From ERP Systems in the Near Future
Wednesday, May 25, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Previously, we shared our thoughts on what you should consider before implementing an ERP system
, but today we thought we would point out some trends you should watch out for in the near future as ERP systems continue to develop and advance.
Simple Steps For Boosting Your Customer Retention Rate
Thursday, May 19, 2016Lauren Macdonald
We’ve already shared our tips on how to keep your customers coming back
by providing excellent customer service, but today we want to offer some suggestions on how you can go a step further when it comes to boosting your customer retention rates.
SEO for eCommerce: Staying Ahead of Your Competition!
Monday, May 16, 2016Lauren Macdonald
We’re often asked how to beat the competition when it comes to eCommerce websites. The answer: Keep ahead of them in search engine results. We’ve listed our top tips and suggestions for improving your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in order to make sure that your website is coming out on top!
Partner Profile: Cofa Media
Wednesday, May 11, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Today we’re happy to announce our latest partnership: Cofa Media
! This interactive agency is equipped with a rock solid development team and an extensive knowledge in online marketing and web development.
We recently spent some time getting to know them better and are excited to share with you a recap of what we’ve learned:
10 Practices To Protect Your eCommerce Business From Fraud
Monday, May 9, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Fraudulent activity on your eCommerce website can be a nightmare. Not only will it affect your company’s revenue, but it can also damage your reputation as a trusted online retailer.
In order to protect your eCommerce business from fraud, we recommend adopting the following 10 practices:
A 3-Step Guide For Perfecting Your Business Image
Tuesday, May 3, 2016Lauren Macdonald
Did you know that May is International Business Image Improvement Month? To celebrate, we’ve created a 3-step guide that you can use to strengthen your online business image and make a lasting impression on potential clients/customers.
Google Analytics for eCommerce: What You Should Be Monitoring
Thursday, April 28, 2016Lauren Macdonald
If you have an eCommerce website, there are a number of ways you can use Google Analytics to monitor your website and determine the areas where it is performing well, as well as the areas where there might be room for improvement.
When it comes to monitoring your eCommerce website, here are the top 5 areas to pay attention to:
Partner Profile: 1Digital Agency
Friday, April 15, 2016Matt Train
Beloved readers, we’re happy to be introducing you to our new partner, 1Digital Agency
! This band of website design and digital marketing experts are focused on (and very well-versed) in the practice of building awesome eCommerce brands. When they say they are Genius Ecommerce® – they can back it up!
eCommerce Redesign Series: Part 2 – Developing a Winning Relationship with your Agency of Choice
Thursday, April 7, 2016Kelly Nelson
If you don’t have the in-house capabilities to design and build your own website, chances are you are looking at hiring an external vendor or agency to do the work for you. This means you’ll be working closely with a team of experts to get the website that could change the face of your business (no pressure!).
Different Types of Website Hosting Accounts
Wednesday, April 6, 2016Kelly Nelson
To be accessible to the world, a website needs to be in a stable hosting environment that can be reached successfully by your clients and prospects. While researching your hosting options, you’ll come across a wide range of vendors and recommendations. We’ve outlined some of the most common ways of addressing your website hosting needs.
Selecting an eCommerce Marketplace for your Business
Thursday, March 31, 2016Kelly Nelson
Selling on a marketplace has become a very popular form of eCommerce in today’s business world. With easy access for both newbies and enterprise-level sellers alike, marketplaces can significantly expand a merchant’s reach and increase revenues if used correctly. They are both convenient and cost effective, thus are becoming the eCommerce channel of choice for many.
Partner Profile: Fine Solutions
Thursday, March 24, 2016Kelly Nelson
Allow us to introduce our newest partner Fine Solutions
, a Microsoft Gold Partner. They deploy Microsoft Dynamics AX, GP, and CRM thoroughly, affordably, and with speed. They’re claim to fame is combining their out of this world technical expertise, teamwork and experience with their diverse methods of ground-breaking implementation. Here’s a recap of our discussion with them!
eCommerce Redesign Series: Part 1 - Design Trends to Consider This Spring
Thursday, March 24, 2016Kelly Nelson
Spring is a great time for a change. With the grass growing green, and flowers starting to bloom. It truly is a beautiful time of year. You want to make sure your eCommerce site reflects the positive change of the season. With that being said, you have decided to bring about a new design for your eCommerce store. It’s time for a change and this year is your year for it! Here are some key design trends to consider including.
EDI Basics: Your Questions Answered!
Thursday, March 17, 2016Kelly Nelson
Still have questions about EDI, what it is and how it can help your business? We can help!
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Offering Gift Cards in eCommerce
Thursday, March 10, 2016Kelly Nelson
For a customer, a gift card is excellent because it is essentially free money! Who doesn’t want that?
For an online retailer, there are both advantages and disadvantages that you need to weigh when deciding to offer them to your customer base.
Drop Shipping 101
Wednesday, March 9, 2016Kelly Nelson
Drop shipping is quickly becoming a common term among eCommerce professionals. It has become a very popular method of supply chain management for start-ups as well as more established retailers. For those of you who need a bit more information to be convinced one way or another, we have outlined a number of the basics below.
How to Write Incredible Product Descriptions for your eCommerce Store
Thursday, March 3, 2016Kelly Nelson
We have written about the importance of good product photos
before, but the descriptions are important too. Words are powerful tools in the world of eCommerce, they’re what push you up in search engines, and are a critical component of driving sales. Here are a few things to remember when it comes to writing your descriptions.
What to Avoid in a Data Integration Project
Monday, February 29, 2016Kelly Nelson
A solid integration solution can make a positive difference for any company. We live by that fact here at eBridge Connections. When planned for and implemented properly, an integration solution can eliminate manual data entry errors, move data seamlessly between systems, and most importantly, can improve the customer experience.
The 5 Commandments of eCommerce Email Marketing
Thursday, February 18, 2016Kelly Nelson
It’s clear, in today’s business environment, that communication and relationship building has become a top priority of the modern consumer. Email marketing, being a big part of a standard communication strategy, remains to be one of the most powerful as well. Let’s review the 5 commandments of developing a winning email ecommerce strategy!
Partner Profile: Jasper Studios
Wednesday, February 17, 2016Kelly Nelson
Jasper Studios is one of our local partners who we met in the Twitter-sphere! We soon after, we connected with them at the Internet Retailer Conference and Expo in Chicago. It’s been a blossoming relationship ever since!
5 Pro Tips for eBay Sellers
Wednesday, February 17, 2016Kelly Nelson
Over 20 years ago, the first item was sold on eBay. Do you know what it was?
A broken laser printer! It was listed for $1 and sold for $14.83. This should give you a pretty strong indication of the power of this marketplace (TIME).
How to Handle Negative Reviews on your eCommerce Store
Wednesday, February 3, 2016Kelly Nelson
We know that the importance of reviews is not a new concept to you. We’ve said it time and time again, and it’s simple; customers trust other customers! Reviews are crucial to any solid eCommerce business, and that is not going to change. A review is as good as a personal recommendation.
With that being said, what happens when a customer gives you a negative review or comment? What happens if they absolutely rip you to shreds all for other customers and potential customers to see?
Trends that Shaped the eCommerce Playing Field in 2015
Wednesday, January 27, 2016Kelly Nelson
Part of starting a new year is reflecting on the previous one. In the world of eCommerce, 2015 was a game changer. Between Mobilegeddon, social buying and other massive trends, eCommerce became a very different industry. Over the course of a year, eCommerce changed in the areas of marketing, customer service, social media and more. Below are a few examples of those changes.
Amazon Seller Tips for 2016
Thursday, January 21, 2016Kelly Nelson
It’s no surprise that Amazon has become a popular option for online retailers. With growing popularity amongst consumers, and endless options it has the potential to be a profitable business endeavour for sellers. With that being said, a new year is a new opportunity to get your name out there and make some money. Below are a few tips to help you make 2016 your best year yet!
Thinking of Redesign in 2016? Here are a Few Things you should consider
Tuesday, January 12, 2016Kelly Nelson
We’re sure you have a few resolutions, personally and professionally, for 2016. For those of you who are looking for a redesign on their eCommerce store, there are a few things you should consider.
The Post-Holiday Craziness: Handling eCommerce Returns
Wednesday, January 6, 2016Kelly Nelson
If you’re at all successful with your eCommerce store, you will most likely have a few returns coming your way this month. Your volume of returns is generally a soft indication of how much inventory you were able to move prior. Unfortunately for most businesses, more product out the door leads to more returns.
A Year in Review
Thursday, December 17, 2015Kelly Nelson
This year has been one for the history books here at eBridge Connections! We’ve had some great product developments, attended some great industry events, launched new programs and far surpassed our documents integrated from last year.
How to Keep your Customers Coming Back
Monday, December 14, 2015Kelly Nelson
This tends to be an area of business where most companies can agree. It’s a simple concept – your best customers are your most loyal customers. In fact, most would argue that it is downright essential to any eCommerce business to have a solid group of loyal customers that keep coming back!
Tis' the Season to Save your Customers Money!
Monday, December 7, 2015Kelly Nelson
Digital coupons can be extremely powerful for online retailers. They have the power to bring customers back and create word of mouth. This is especially important around the holidays. That word of mouth could make the difference between a profitable season and a dreadful one. It’s also important that you weigh the options financially and ensure that your business can sustain the coupons.
2016 New Year’s Resolutions for your eCommerce Store
Thursday, November 26, 2015Kelly Nelson
It’s that time of year again! People are making their lists and checking them twice. We’re not just talking about our friend Santa Claus either!
That’s right, it’s time for the New Year’s Resolutions List. For eCommerce merchants, this can sometimes be a challenge depending on budget, manpower, and other potential obstacles that could stop you from working through some of the resolutions.
Best Practices for Holiday Selling on Amazon
Thursday, November 26, 2015Kelly Nelson
Amazon has become a hot spot for holiday shopping around the world and sellers can look at the marketplace as a great profit making opportunity. This however, can also be challenging for retailers if they are not properly equipped and prepared. Between juggling customer service issues, inventory, employees, shipping and fulfilment, retailers certainly have their hands full.
We have listed below a few best practices that will allow you to enjoy the holidays and make a few pennies selling on Amazon!
Why Integration is Important During the Holidays
Thursday, November 12, 2015Global Administrator
The holidays are, for the most part, an important time of year for online merchants. There are obviously some seasonal and B2B businesses that are exceptions to the madness of the holidays, but for everyone else, the holiday season is the busiest time for eCommerce.
Preparing your Online Store for Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Thursday, November 5, 2015Global Administrator
Seriously, if you’re only thinking about this now, you’re probably a bit late. Having said that, there are still a number of things you can implement quickly that may help you overcome the madness that comes with these two days.
TIPS FOR INCREASING CONVERSIONS ON YOUR PRODUCT PAGES
Wednesday, October 28, 2015Global Administrator
A picture says 1,000 words, right?
Well, sometimes, yes it does, but in the case of your product pages, no!
The thing about product pages is that they are there to tell your product’s story, and to give your customers a sense of how awesome you are. If we’re being honest with ourselves, a picture is really not enough by itself.
TRICK OR TREAT: WICKED IDEAS TO BOOST YOUR HALLOWEEN SALES THIS YEAR
Thursday, October 22, 2015Global Administrator
Ghosts, goblins and witches OH MY!
That’s right! Next week is Halloween! Time to have some fun, don’t you think? Below we’ve listed a couple of easy initiatives you can use on your eCommerce store and social media channels to have some fun with your customers.
PREPARING YOUR ECOMMERCE STORE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Thursday, October 15, 2015Global Administrator
It’s the most wonderful time of the year….
Well not quite, but we are getting there. The holidays are fast approaching, and it’s time to start preparing. It’s not even just Christmas that you need to be prepared for. Online retailers need to keep in mind that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just as big, if not a bigger deal in today’s world.
So, how does one prepare? How do you optimize your store for maximum sales and growth? We have a couple of tips that will make this time of year even more wonderful (and profitable) for you!
WHAT THE AMAZON AND SHOPIFY PARTNERSHIP MEANS TO ONLINE MERCHANTS
Friday, October 9, 2015Global Administrator
You may have heard about Amazon’s huge vote of confidence in Shopify recently in the news. As of September 17th 2015, Amazon Webstore owners are able to migrate their businesses to Shopify. This means that owners are now able to seamlessly move their online store to the Canadian-founded eCommerce platform.
PARTNER PROFILE: ECHIDNA
Wednesday, October 7, 2015Global Administrator
We’re excited to announce that another amazing team of digital experts has joined forces with eBridge Connections to deliver premium integrated eCommerce solutions.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOCIAL BUY BUTTONS
Monday, October 5, 2015Global Administrator
Although still in an infancy stage, social commerce seems to be taking the online retail space by storm. We’ve discussed how much social can help your eCommerce sales in past blog posts, and we stand by it. Did you know that near 80% of respondents from a Forbes study say that a social media post…
UNDERSTANDING ECOMMERCE INTEGRATION WITH MICROSOFT DYNAMICS GP
Tuesday, September 29, 2015Global Administrator
Whether your company is already selling online or preparing to get started, you might be familiar with the term “eCommerce integration”. It’s a term that can mean many things, but for the most part it is meant to describe the process of exchanging and synching data between an eCommerce system (shopping cart platform) and another…
ETHICAL TOOLS TO SPY ON YOUR COMPETITORS
Wednesday, September 23, 2015Global Administrator
eCommerce is booming and business is competitive. It can be extremely difficult to compete in an industry where there are so many other options for your customers to choose from. How does an eCommerce merchant compete in such a competitive landscape?
PARTNER PROFILE: INSPIRE DIGITAL UK
Thursday, September 17, 2015Global Administrator
Last month we began introducing our valued partners. Today we would like to introduce Inspire Digital UK!
WAYS TO BUILD CUSTOMER LOYALTY IN ECOMMERCE
Thursday, September 17, 2015Global Administrator
Today’s customer is different; they know what they want, and if you can’t give it to them, they will definitely find it elsewhere. So how does one stand out in such a competitive landscape?
Building customer loyalty.
A loyal customer is worth much more than a one-off transactional customer. Here are a few things to keep in mind when attempting to build up that loyalty that is so valuable.
POWERFUL TOOLS FOR EBAY SELLERS
Friday, September 11, 2015Global Administrator
eBay is a unique type of eCommerce marketplace. The auction style of selling makes it stand out from others and makes it appealing to a certain group of sellers (and buyers). These sellers face challenges just like any other business owner. Often, the primary challenge is finding enough time to complete all of the tasks involved in running an eBay business. Fortunately, there are several tools available that can simplify and automate tasks to make selling a whole lot easier! Below, we’ve highlighted some of the powerful tools for eBay sellers available today.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BE LEARNING FROM YOUR COMPETITION
Thursday, September 10, 2015Global Administrator
eCommerce professionals are constantly faced with new challenges. These vary anywhere from the ever changing worlds of marketing and technology, to finding ways to constantly improve their product. Having said that, one of the challenges that remains constant is your competition.
BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS FOR ECOMMERCE RETAILERS
Wednesday, September 2, 2015Global Administrator
As with any seasonal change, back to school is a great opportunity for online retailers to make an impact on their customers and their own bottom lines. Depending on what you sell and who you sell to, the back to school craze can often help you reach a new audience of customers. Here are a few tips to make the most of it!
THE PROS AND CONS OF DROP SHIPPING
Tuesday, September 1, 2015Kelly Nelson
For those of you who don’t know what drop shipping is, here is a quick run-down:
It is a fulfillment method that allows an online retailer to purchase products individually from a wholesaler and ship them directly to the customer. This way, you just have to find a drop shipping supplier to partner with and list their merchandise for sale. It also saves you from buying mass quantities of inventory, and lets the supplier directly ship the product to your customer from their warehouse.
5 PRACTICAL USES OF A SALESFORCE – ERP INTEGRATION
Thursday, August 27, 2015Global Administrator
A few of the reasons why organizations implement a CRM application such as Salesforce are to store and organize data and to make it readily available for internal business processes and interaction with customers. Implementing an Salesforce – ERP integration solution can take this a step further, delivering several incremental benefits.
WHICH SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM IS RIGHT FOR YOUR ECOMMERCE BUSINESS?
Tuesday, August 25, 2015Global Administrator
A single answer to this question does not exist. The truth is that with today’s modern consumer, you should be on multiple social media platforms to really reach and impact your audience. The hard part, for some, is deciding which ones are best for your eCommerce business and your audience. This will sometimes come from trial and error, and sometimes just pure luck, but there are some obvious indicators you should pay attention to. It won’t help you or your company to just hop on the social media flavor of the week
; it’s important that you be strategic and particular about which social media platforms you are on.
PARTNER PROFILE: ATMOSOL
Tuesday, August 25, 2015Global Administrator
Over the past few weeks we’ve been taking some time to really get to know our channel partners and getting a better understanding of what they do and why they do it.
Today’s feature partner is Atmosol, an eCommerce design and development firm based out of Phoenix, AZ. Atmosol is headed by CEO Vishal Wadher, and was founded in 2005. By the words of his own employees, Vishal has an “endless supply of energy which he dedicates to Atmosol.” To give you a better idea of what Atmosol is all about, we conducted a brief interview with Vishal. Please find the interview Q & A below.
5 SIMPLE AND EFFICIENT LINK BUILDING TIPS TO GROW YOUR ECOMMERCE STORE
Monday, August 24, 2015Global Administrator
Link building can be considered the back bone to some eCommerce merchants SEO strategy. Try and imagine it as a city’s (the internet’s) road map to a destination (your site). It’s a good analogy that is often used to describe how it works.
COMMON AMAZON SELLER MISTAKES TO AVOID
Thursday, August 13, 2015Global Administrator
Amazon is a huge online marketplace, with plenty of opportunity for new sellers. It has become increasingly easy to sell your products and get your foot in the door. They have developed a platform that is great for both individuals and businesses new to selling. Having said that, being new to anything often leads to mistakes being made. We have compiled a list of common mistakes to avoid when beginning to sell on Amazon.
CRAZY STATS THAT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU RUN YOUR ECOMMERCE STORE
Wednesday, August 12, 2015Global Administrator
For a fun change of pace, we thought we would provide you some crazy statistics about eCommerce that may change the way you look at and operate your own store. Enjoy!
DECIDING BETWEEN AN INDIVIDUAL OR PROFESSIONAL SELLER ACCOUNT ON AMAZON?
Monday, August 10, 2015Global Administrator
Anyone who has sold on Amazon knows there are a few decisions to make before you start. These decisions could directly affect how successful you are with your sales and customer service. One of these decisions is deciding which type of seller account is best for you - professional or individual. Both options have their pros and cons and ultimately the decision is yours. Below we break it down each option.
TARGETING THE RIGHT AUDIENCE IN ECOMMERCE
Wednesday, August 5, 2015Global Administrator
Targeting your audience and understanding them is important to any business. Not only does it help you to understand your audience better, but it gives you an opportunity to evolve with them and become what they want through your interactions with them.
MARKETPLACE VS. DIRECT ECOMMERCE: WHICH IS BEST FOR YOU?
Tuesday, July 28, 2015Global Administrator
If you haven’t been living under a rock, you probably know how eCommerce is dominating the shopping realm these days! Having said that, anyone with the entrepreneurial mindset has probably considered incorporating eCommerce into their business model.
TOP INEXPENSIVE TOOLS TO HELP GROW YOUR ECOMMERCE START-UP
Wednesday, July 22, 2015Global Administrator
Starting a business can be expensive. There is no way around it; you’re going to have to spend money to make money. You can budget your life away, but unexpected expenses will probably make a regular appearance and have a bit of an impact. Having said that there are a few tools you can use to cut costs as best you can. These tools are inexpensive, easy to use, and serve a purpose! Here are a few of our top inexpensive tools to help grow your eCommerce start-up.
TOP TIPS FOR ECOMMERCE START-UPS
Thursday, July 16, 2015Global Administrator
With eCommerce stores popping up every minute, it’s no surprise that today’s entrepreneurs are moving in that direction. It has become so simple to start your own store for your product or service. In addition, it has become the most cost effective option for today’s business owners.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! WHY VIDEO MARKETING IS CRUCIAL TO YOUR ECOMMERCE STORE
Wednesday, July 8, 2015Global Administrator
Everyone loves a good Youtube video. We see video everywhere. They’re stimulating, entertaining and can be educational on a number of levels. As an eCommerce professional, have you considered what it can do for you and your business? With an increase in overall competition, video can give you that edge you crave to reach your…
5 CRITICAL MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN STARTING YOUR OWN ECOMMERCE BUSINESS
Tuesday, July 7, 2015Global Administrator
There is a lot of money to be made in eCommerce; and with easy-to-use platforms available at our fingertips, it’s no wonder it is a booming industry. In fact, eCommerce is expected to become a $500 billion industry by 2018 (Internet Retailer). With that being known, and many hosted eCommerce platforms to choose from, all…
CUSTOMER TURN-OFFS: WHAT’S REALLY KILLING YOUR ECOMMERCE SALES
Thursday, July 2, 2015Global Administrator
Relationships take work, even the relationships you have with your customers. It’s important to get it right, and know how to create an environment to foster growth. It’s a fantastic feeling to know sales are up, customers are talking and word of mouth is at an all-time high! What eCommerce retailer wouldn’t want that?! What…
WHAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE AN ERP IMPLEMENTATION
Wednesday, June 24, 2015Global Administrator
We love helping our customers with their integration needs. We work hard to provide the best, and most cost effective solution for them . It’s important however, that before we’re able to integrate a customer’s ERP with an eCommerce webstore(s), EDI Trading Partner(s) or CRM application, they have to have an ERP system implemented. There…
OUR UNBIASED COMPARISON OF AMAZON AND EBAY
Thursday, June 18, 2015Global Administrator
Online retailers are constantly faced with decisions that can impact their business. One of the major ones being where they should be selling. In addition to your own eCommerce store there are a multitude of marketplaces where you can extend your reach and generate more sales. With new marketplaces emerging into the mainstream, it’s no surprise that the decision can be difficult one. Even with all the options, two reign supreme… Amazon and eBay.
HOW TO MAKE DYNAMIC PRODUCT PHOTOS ON A START-UP BUDGET
Tuesday, June 16, 2015Global Administrator
Did you know that 67% of consumers considered image quality to be very important when purchasing a product online (Bigcommerce)?
That is over half! This means that as a start-up, you should be spending some serious energy on these images. You want to focus on quality and, more importantly, knowing your audience. The questions remains, however, how does a start-up afford professional photography?
FROM CONVERSATION TO CONVERSION: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PROCESS AS AN ONLINE RETAILER
Monday, June 15, 2015Global Administrator
Every online retailer values their customers and can appreciate their role in the growth of their business. The online realm brings a lot of opportunities to show that appreciation. With that being said, conversation with those customers has proven to be even more vital to your company’s growth. With social media at our fingertips, word of mouth can spread with a click of a button. With a customer’s opinion spreading exponentially, it’s no surprise that what your customers talk about is paramount!
WHAT IS EPORTAL?
Wednesday, June 10, 2015Global Administrator
ePortal provides one solution for the exchange of business data by managing connectivity, data transformation, storage, and EDI compliancy functions (if required). In addition, ePortal acts as an interface to display the flow of data resulting from your eBridge integration solution.
7 BEST PRACTICES TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CRM
Friday, June 5, 2015Global Administrator
Simply put, a CRM system is an investment; here are a few best practices to ensure that you get everything you need out of it.
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS WHEN SELECTING AN ECOMMERCE PLATFORM
Thursday, May 28, 2015Global Administrator
If you polled a group of consumers, what percentage would you assume had purchased something online in their lifetime?
WE'RE KEEPING IT GREEN AT EBRIDGE CONNECTIONS
Wednesday, May 27, 2015Global Administrator
We’re big believers in working online and saving paper. It’s one of the reasons why we’re proud of our integration platform and what it offers.
We wanted to provide you, our readers and customers, with an idea of how much paper we’ve saved on our current integration platform.
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING AN ERP PLATFORM
Monday, May 25, 2015Global Administrator
Regardless of what size your business is, the ERP system that you select for your back office solution can have a significant impact on the success of your business. That being said, it is clear that the process of choosing the right ERP is very important and should not be taken lightly.
As a business owner or representative, there are many questions you will need to ask yourself when making this decision. We have narrowed these down to the main ones that you’ll need to answer before you decide which solution to go with.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN AN EDI SOLUTION
Thursday, May 21, 2015Global Administrator
EDI or Electronic Data Interchange can be an intimidating concept for some business owners. Some trading partners of yours may make it a requirement for you to do EDI with them before you can conduct any sort of business with them (See “Why am I Required to do EDI with my Trading Partners”). For some business owners, who have never had to perform EDI at all, you may not know what to look for at all.
OUR LATEST UPDATES AT EBRIDGE CONNECTIONS!
Tuesday, May 19, 2015Global Administrator
At eBridge Connections, we are constantly working towards improving our products. Like any technology company, we are constantly evolving through customer feedback, ongoing maintenance and product development.
OUR FAVOURITE QUOTES ABOUT ECOMMERCE
Wednesday, May 13, 2015Global Administrator
t should come as no surprise to anyone that eCommerce is growing rapidly across the world. It is fiercely competing with brick and mortar stores for consumer share of wallet and changing how products can be bought and sold. If you’re reading this blog you’ve probably jumped into the world of eCommerce or planning to do so soon. Need some additional inspiration to stake your claim in this frontier? Here are some of our favourite quotes from the experts:
REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO INTEGRATE YOUR ERP AND YOUR CRM SYSTEMS
Friday, May 8, 2015Global Administrator
As a well operating business, you most likely have ERP and CRM system in place to manage different functions. These systems work together in the sense that they both perform important, but mostly dissimilar tasks and provide invaluable tools that benefit your business. However, it’s important to understand they are still two entities that operate…
HOW TO DELIVER WINNING CUSTOMER SERVICE ON YOUR ECOMMERCE STORE
Tuesday, April 28, 2015Global Administrator
In today’s market, if you’re not selling online, you’re already behind. Consumers are fierce, have high standards, and can be extremely disloyal. With the rise of social media and eCommerce giants, there’s not much standing between you and a competitor. So how does one stand out?
WHY AM I REQUIRED TO DO EDI WITH MY TRADING PARTNERS?
Thursday, April 23, 2015Global Administrator
Most trading partners will require you to implement a solid EDI solution before they begin conducting business with you. This could be for a number of known reasons, but doing this will benefit your company as well.
HOW TO PREVENT SHOPPING CART ABANDONMENT
Monday, April 20, 2015Global Administrator
Did you know that nearly 68% of shoppers abandon shopping carts on average? Or perhaps those retailers lose $18 billion annually due to shopping cart abandonment?
For the average online retailer, these numbers are scary and quite shocking. Shopping cart abandonment is a real problem for these business owners. This issue should not be taken lightly, and should be addressed as soon as possible. There are some key reasons for these situations, and identifying them is the first step to correcting them!
YES, WE DO BI-DIRECTIONAL INTEGRATION WITH AMAZON AND EBAY!
Friday, April 10, 2015Global Administrator
It’s no secret that we offer a number of powerful connectors that can improve business efficiency and decrease operating expenses for eCommerce merchants. Among these are integration solutions for Amazon
What might not be known is that we can deliver bi-directional integrations with these marketplace giants! “I know that you can move Amazon and eBay orders into our ERP but I was informed that your solution wasn’t bi-directional,” mentioned an interested caller recently.
4 WAYS TO LEVERAGE SOCIAL MEDIA IN YOUR ECOMMERCE STRATEGY
Tuesday, April 7, 2015Global Administrator
More and more eCommerce businesses are beginning to adopt an inbound marketing strategy. They’re engaging on social media, providing useful and engaging content and really getting to know their customers on another level. If you’re a merchant that hasn’t adopted inbound marketing as part of your business strategy then you’re already behind. Customers crave a…
SPRING CLEANING FOR YOUR ECOMMERCE STORE
Wednesday, April 1, 2015Global Administrator
With the snow nearly gone, and the temperature beginning to warm up (finally!), I think it’s safe to say that spring is around the corner. Many of us are breaking out the brooms, getting the dust pan ready, and starting our spring cleaning around the house. It’s a necessary step in understanding what we don’t…
HOW ONLINE RETAILERS CAN TACKLE COMMON CUSTOMER FEARS
Monday, March 23, 2015Global Administrator
It’s no secret that online shopping has become a preferred method for many consumers and businesses wishing to exercise their buying power. Just to give you an idea of how big eCommerce has become, it’s expected to grow by 20% this year to $1.5 trillion globally (Selz Blog). In addition to this, 71% of shoppers believe…
EDI IN ACTION!
Friday, March 20, 2015Global Administrator
Recently, the eBridge team had an interesting encounter at our headquarters in Burlington, Ontario that we wanted to share with you. This just goes to show how small the world really is.
INTRODUCING OUR TURNKEY EDI INTEGRATION FOR SAGE 300 ERP
Wednesday, March 18, 2015Global Administrator
Sage 300 ERP (and ACCPAC) users rejoice – integrated EDI with the largest trading partner network is now possible! eBridge Connections is pleased to announce that we have partnered with SPS Commerce to develop and launch an integrated EDI solution for Sage 300.
BRINGING UNIVERSAL ACCOUNTING INTEGRATION TO THE SHOPIFY COMMUNITY
Wednesday, March 11, 2015Global Administrator
Here at eBridge Connections, we aim to make business processes easier. We believe our new Shopify app does just that. The app will allow merchants to get a taste of what we can offer!
With this first generation app, users will get a sneak peak of our universal accounting integration platform for Shopify. It automates the retrieval of orders from any Shopify storefront and brings them into our ePortal data management tool.
MEET US AT MICROSOFT CONVERGENCE 2015!
Tuesday, March 3, 2015Global Administrator
Convergence is Microsoft’s annual event for the Dynamics community and we are proud to announce that we will be one of the many exhibitors this year in Atlanta. We’re excited to be amongst the best of the best in dynamics business solutions and to have the opportunity to share some of the exciting developments we’ve been working on!
OUR UNBIASED COMPARISON OF HOSTED ECOMMERCE PLATFORMS: SHOPIFY, VOLUSION & BIGCOMMERCE
Tuesday, February 3, 2015Global Administrator
There are numerous eCommerce platforms out there that can help merchants create an appealing online storefront, and provide consumers with an outstanding shopping experience. eCommerce platforms are generally fall into 1 of the following groups: hosted or self-hosted solutions. In this post we look at the most popular hosted platforms – Shopify, Volusion, and Bigcommerce. At eBridge Connections, we believe that all three are great platforms, with each possessing its own unique characteristics. That being said, I will discuss the distinctive features of each platform from an unbiased point of view.
ENHANCED ASN LABEL SERVICE FOR EBRIDGE ON THE CLOUD CUSTOMERS
Wednesday, January 28, 2015Global Administrator
At eBridge Connections, we are dedicated to providing our customers with solutions that simplify business processes, saving them time and money. One way we do this is by developing product enhancements. Recently we have enhanced our ASN Label Service for eBridge On The Cloud (EOTC) customers, by adding the option to save labels as a…
EBRIDGE CONNECTIONS SHINES IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT
Tuesday, December 23, 2014Global Administrator
Employees of eBridge Connections joined in the holiday spirit and organized a food drive for the 5th straight year to bring hope, relief and security to Burlington families struggling with hunger. Nearly 17,000 residents in Burlington are living below or at the poverty line, and approximately 10% of children are at risk of going to bed hungry.
TOP 5 WAYS TO ENHANCE ECOMMERCE STORE PERFORMANCE FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND BEYOND
Thursday, December 18, 2014Global Administrator
Excitement is in the air as Christmas is just around the corner! The malls are packed with large crowds of shoppers trying to finish – or start – their shopping. However, there are also people who have decided to avoid malls altogether and chosen to shop online from the comfort of their home. What last minute things can you, as an eCommerce retailer, do to attract these shoppers? Fear not, I will be outlining several tactics that can be used in order to enhance your web store’s performance for the holidays…. and beyond!
EBRIDGE BUSINESS RULES: A PRIMER ON PERSONALIZATION
Wednesday, December 17, 2014Global Administrator
eBridge Business Rules are like paint: they personalize your data integration, enabling you to meet your business needs. Like the joists and framing of a house, our Web Connectors and Accounting Application Components, provide the structure for data integration between your systems.
HEAVY ORDER VOLUMES DURING THE HOLIDAYS – NO PROBLEM!
Monday, December 15, 2014Global Administrator
We at eBridge Connections are pleased to update you with a holiday success story of our own that may be of interest. Since Thanksgiving (Nov. 27), our ePortal integration application has processed over 2.5 million documents – over 1,750,000 inbound and 750,000 outbound! Of greater importance, ePortal handled its largest volume of transactions ever over the Thanksgiving shopping weekend without experiencing any major outages – a great performance milestone!
FEATURE OVERVIEW: MAGENTO ENTERPRISE EDITION 1.14.1
Wednesday, November 19, 2014Global Administrator
Released on November 13th, Magento Enterprise Edition 1.14.1 provides merchants with new and updated features that can help create a more appealing online shopping experience. I will introduce the various features that the new Magento Enterprise version has to offer below, along with the benefit of each feature for businesses in hopes of increasing their…
5 USEFUL BLOG POSTS ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN ECOMMERCE TODAY
Friday, October 24, 2014Global Administrator
The dynamic world of eCommerce is constantly changing and evolving, making it difficult to keep up! There are countless blog postings and articles on the web that highlight the latest trends and news related to eCommerce.
In an effort to save you the time it would take to sift through what is worth reading or not, I have hand-picked 5 of the most useful blog posts published in the last few months. Enjoy!
THE ADVANCEMENT OF AMAZON AND ITS IMPACT ON ECOMMERCE RETAILERS
Friday, October 17, 2014Global Administrator
Amazon, an innovative powerhouse whose brand is recognized globally, has become the largest online eCommerce retailer, accounting for approximately 23% of all online purchases made by consumers. The eCommerce icon has experienced continued growth and has opened doors for several other online retailers to follow in its footsteps. On September 30th, ChannelAdvisor held a webinar,…
WHAT IS EDI (ELECTRONIC DATA INTERCHANGE)?
Monday, September 15, 2014Global Administrator
You’ve heard the term EDI bandied around and you probably know that it’s a method of sending and receiving documents from other companies. From the 50,000 foot view EDI is a regulated and pre-defined method that enables trading partners who have a business relationship, say a customer and vendor, to exchange their usual business documents. The documents could be anything from Orders and Invoices, Shipping Requests, Advanced Shipping Notices, Credit, Remittances, etc. It sounds very Retail/Manufacturing related, but there are standardized sets of documents that cover all industries, such as Pharma, Healthcare, Manufacturing etc. Hence, there’s very likely an EDI document for any transaction you may encounter within your ERP or accounting system or Warehouse Management System.
UNDERSTANDING EBRIDGE TRANSLATIONS
Tuesday, September 9, 2014Global Administrator
Do you require Country, State, or Province codes to be translated when being sent from your accounting package or ERP to your eCommerce storefront? Are unwanted characters (@&!*;) appearing in your ERP? Do you need to match the item codes on your eCommerce storefront with the item codes in your ERP?
If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then you have come to the right place. All of these issues can be resolved through your data integration with the proper set-up and management of eBridge translations.
TOP 5 REASONS WHY BUSINESSES SELECT EBRIDGE CONNECTIONS AS THEIR ECOMMERCE – ERP INTEGRATION SOLUTION PROVIDER
Wednesday, August 20, 2014Global Administrator
Businesses worldwide are investing heavily in developing and maintaining eCommerce properties and managing their finances using back-office (accounting / ERP) software systems. Surely before selecting which eCommerce platform and ERP are ideal for their business they are doing their homework and evaluating the different options available.
5 CHALLENGES A GROWING ECOMMERCE BUSINESS WILL FACE WITHOUT ACCOUNTING INTEGRATION
Thursday, July 17, 2014Global Administrator
To be competitive in today’s eCommerce market it is essential for businesses to be quick, responsive and accurate when a customer makes a transaction. This can be very difficult when your eCommerce store or marketplace is not integrated with your accounting system or ERP.