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.
Amazon vs Shopify, Which is Better?
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.
How Selling on an eCommerce Marketplace Can Help Independent Retailers Grow
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 & EDI Folks, Avoid The Manual Data Entry Blues
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.
How to Speed Up Your Website and Increase Your Sales and Conversions
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 and Conversions: 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 Site
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: