Independent Businesses

Choosing the Right Colours For Your Website

The brain processes visual images faster than text, in fact 60,000 times faster, and colour plays a large role in us making quick judgements.

Colours can influence our mood and feelings, and it’s a great tool for subtle branding across your Storbie website so your business is perceived the way you want.

In the Management Decision Journal’s “Impact of Color on Marketing”, it states people make up their mind within 90 seconds of their initial interactions with either people or products, and about 62-90% of the assessment is based on colours alone. Colour, along with your website’s layout, can determine whether a visitor will continue to browse your site.

Take a look at your local fast food restaurant. It’s likely to be a vibrant red. This is because red is a known appetite stimulant, supported closely by orange and yellow. Think McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut.

If you’re selling edible items online, red is a great colour to choose. However, it’s best to stay away from blue which is an appetite suppressant.

What colour is Jenny Craig’s logo? Weight Watchers? Most weight loss companies use blue for all of their branding. (So if you’re looking to shed a few pounds, try dishing up meals on a blue plate, or installing a blue light in your fridge, the results might surprise you.)

The reason these colours create such different reactions is down to nature. In the wild there’s very little that’s blue and edible. Nature and our experiences combine to give us an immediate reaction to colour, whether we’re fully aware of it or not.

Colour psychology has been used for decades to market and sell to consumers, and you can easily incorporate it into your Storbie website’s branding. (more…)

Top 10 Essentials for your E-Commerce Website

What do you do when you search online for a product and land on a company’s website? Whether consciously or subconsciously, we all perform checks before considering a purchase. It makes sense that we want to make sure this company we haven’t dealt with before is trustworthy, before punching in our credit card details. We need to know who we’re buying from, that they’re reputable, and be assured we’ll receive the product and appropriate service.

So what things help us as online shoppers to tick the boxes? There’s some really simple, but extremely valuable, information that all businesses can include on their website to help potential customers overcome that first barrier to buying online from a business new to them.

Cross these 10 items off the list and you’ll know you have a great basis for winning over new online shoppers. (more…)

Create Stunning Product Photographs for Your Website to Suit Your Brand and Budget

Whether we like it or not, the quality of product photographs directly correlates to how a business is perceived. The less professional an image looks, the less professional the business seems.

Product photography should accurately yet appealingly showcase your merchandise. It’s what catches your customer’s eye and initially pulls them in.

And as customers can’t touch, pick up, or hold your product online, it’s important for your image to sell itself.

If you’re currently building or updating your e-commerce website with the easy-to-use Storbie platform, you’ll know that getting good shots of your products can make a big difference to sales.

There are many different types of product photography which we will take you through, as well as provide advice on how to achieve the look you want, without going over budget. (more…)

How to Choose the Right Social Media Platform for Your Online Business

Social media is a part of day to day life. 90% of New Zealanders aged 15 and above use it, and 80% of that usage is via mobile, meaning we take our news feeds wherever we go.

Because of this, social media needs to be a part of your business plan.

But where do you start? There are a lot of options, and stories are constantly being churned out by the media about how “this social network is rising” or “this one’s days are numbered”, and it can be hard to keep up.

You also need to keep in mind the target audience, the style of your brand, and how you want your voice to be heard.

We understand that when you’re involved in a busy time-constrained business, you need to know where best to invest, without spending a lot of hours researching through a sea of information. Especially as changes are happening exponentially in the social world.

So we’ve created a quick and current guide to the major social media platforms and which types of online and retail businesses they work best for. (more…)

Introducing the Omnishopper, your new favourite consumer

Online and offline shopping is merging as more “omnishoppers” appear in the marketplace. These consumers browse online and shop offline, and vice versa.

It’s now not enough just to have an online presence, but a catalogue of products is also expected so shoppers can browse on their own time.

About the Omnishopper

Omnishoppers will often browse in store while on their phone, so as to compare prices, read online reviews, scan barcodes, take photos of products, and discuss them with family or friends before purchasing. They are the ultimate researchers. (more…)