Local SEO (search engine optimisation) is an important strategy for all businesses, especially small to medium sized businesses which somewhat rely on their locality to serve customers (think your local pharmacy, local Italian restaurant, or local mechanic).
One of the first tactics we always suggest to business owners wanting to improve their local search ranking is to take advantage of the free Google Business tool. In this article we look at why local search is important and how you can turn the thousands of local searches performed every day into paying customers.
When a customer takes the time to write a review about your business – whether good or bad – it is important that you respond. In this article we provide tips for collecting positive reviews, how to respond to reviews and, in the case of a negative review, how to turn an unhappy customer into a happy one. (more…)
When it comes to image editing, many people turn to Photoshop. For small business owners who may not have the time to learn the workings of this complicated application, or the money to invest in the expensive software, what other image editing programs are available to ensure your ecommerce product images look their best? We look at 8 free alternatives to Photoshop.
This Storbie article appeared in the June issue of Contact – the magazine for members of the Pharmacy Guild of NZ.
Pharmacies are an extremely important part of any community. A successful pharmacy represents successful relationships and a strong level of trust with members of the community. Social media allows you to amplify these relationships and connect with more members of your community. These 10 simple social media content ideas for pharmacies will help you achieve this.
So your shop is now live! Now what? We’ve put together this handy guide for ecommerce stores to help you on your way to a successful and profitable online business.
The most successful online shops are those that combine both online and offline marketing to draw people to their site. Bricks and mortar stores can rely on a bit of foot traffic, but the internet doesn’t offer that luxury. Over time you may generate traffic from search engines such as Google (read on for how to help this along) but to get started you will be relying on more direct methods, such as past customers, word of mouth, social networking and traditional advertising. Here are a bunch of ideas to kick-start your marketing and develop a long-term plan that works.
Keith Bennett, professional photographer, shares why he thinks product photography is one of the most important considerations for your website, and 5 simple product photography tips to remember when shooting your products or working with someone to do so. (more…)
We don’t mean to be fickle, but it’s a reality that the presentation of your online store has a big impact on whether visitors hang around to browse your products, whether they decide to buy, and whether they tell their friends about your website.
In other words, the look of your online store can have a direct effect on sales.
It also helps to refresh the look of your site from time to time so customers can see that you’re active online and your content is not outdated.
However, we know you don’t have hours to spend customising your website when you’ve got a business to run. No sweat! If you’re looking to freshen things up, here’s how you can spruce up your Storbie store in 6 simple steps by editing your page, navigation and button styles, fonts, and image sizes.
It shouldn’t take more than 2 minutes — we timed it! That’s a tiny investment of your time which should result in longer visits to your site and more sales. (more…)
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 on the company before considering 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. A great product alone isn’t going to instantly make us part with our hard-earned cash. 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 online businesses can include on their website to help potential customers overcome that first barrier to buying online from a business new to them.
Here’s a list of 12 must-haves for your online store to build trust, with examples from some of the most successful Storbie ecommerce stores. Cross these 12 things off the list and you’ll know you have a great basis for winning over new online shoppers. (more…)