Tips, Tricks & Ecommerce Trends

Managing a Pharmacy Website is Easier (and More Fun) Than You Think

A website for your pharmacy is an asset to your business. And, like all assets, it needs maintenance to stop it from falling into disrepair. We talk to many pharmacy owners who put the brakes on getting started online because they are worried they won’t be able to keep up with it.

If this is you, don’t panic – unlike other website systems, your online presence with Storbie doesn’t need as much maintenance. Storbie has automated many of the things that typically take a lot of time to manage – like keeping product images, descriptions and pricing up to date. This means the time you do spend on your website is time that you can focus on promoting your site – the things that add value to your business.

So what does that look like? Well the minimum amount of effort you can probably get away with, for relatively maximum impact, is just an hour per week. Here’s how you could expect to get the most out of that hour.

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Get Ecommerce-Confident: What’s Actually Involved in Fulfilling Online Orders

Fear of the unknown can stop us doing a lot of things. When it comes to business unknowns, we worry there’s more to it than we can see, that we’ll get it wrong, that it’ll be too hard. So sometimes we think it’s better not to try.

Ecommerce can be that scary thing for some people. Talking about “commerce” on its own can sound intimidating enough, but add the technical element and it’s like an automatic shutdown happens in one’s confidence.

Here at Storbie, we are working to change that. We’ve created a platform that makes building your own website with ecommerce capabilities super easy. And in this article we’ll show you how the sales process works from the retailer’s point of view to help you become ecommerce-confident! (more…)

What New Zealanders want, and how you can give it to them

New Zealand is a pretty ka pai place. Consistently named one of the top countries to live in the world, there are many benefits, like the scenery, the culture, and the lifestyle, to name a few.

However, finding information about New Zealanders and how to market to them isn’t always easy. Especially when it comes to habits and spending (unless we’re talking sport). Most online information is for the US, UK or Australian markets.

Anecdotal evidence can be helpful to a degree, but sometimes you need the cold hard facts to help make informed business decisions.

At Storbie, we’ve sorted through the latest reports relating to Kiwi shopping habits to bring insights for how best to sell to the locals. (more…)

Using Google Analytics with your Storbie Website

Having a website with Storbie provides you with lots of integration options, and one that we recommend to help with your strategy planning and marketing is Google Analytics.

The best way to gain insights regarding visitors to your website, Google Analytics is free to almost everyone! Known as a freemium web service, all of the main services are free to use, and are more than enough for small to medium businesses, so put your credit card away!

If you haven’t used Google Analytics before or aren’t sure where to start, this article will step you through the benefits, set up, and how to read the results, in order to better understand your visitors and help your business succeed online with Storbie. (more…)

How to sell more using Storbie Marketplaces

One of the unique features of Storbie is the ability to create and join marketplaces.

A marketplace is an online destination for multiple shops to be grouped together to increase discoverability, it’s part of being “Different Together“. Much like going to physical markets, Storbie’s online marketplaces allow shoppers to browse a range of products. However these markets are always open and allow search from anywhere via mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

The more visibility your website and products have, the more likely customers will see your products and buy from you.

No more waiting until the weekend, handling cash or moving stock in the rain!

In this article we will look at how to get the most out of joining a marketplace with a listing page, as well as with an existing Storbie website. (more…)

Benefits Of Showcasing Your Products On Your Website: 5 Reasons Why You Need To Display Your Products Online

Do you own a Swiss Army knife? Have you used every one of its tools? Probably not… yet.

Just because the tools are there, doesn’t mean that they are right for your needs right now. But of course, they may come in handy in the future.

It can be the same with your website. Storbie provides lots of features, including ecommerce. But if you feel that your business isn’t ready for that step yet, no worries. It’ll still be there when you are, and in the meantime there are lots of ways to benefit from its Swiss Army features, including having a catalogue website which showcases your products without online sales.

Let’s take a look at the top five benefits to having a Product Showcase website with Storbie. (more…)

New Social and Email Share Icons

At Storbie, we’re constantly tinkering away in the background and making improvements for both you and your customers.

One of our latest projects has been to create a new option for customers to share a link to your your web page or products to friends and family.

The new Share Icons replace AddThis and provide:

  • New designs to choose from
  • Multiple placement options for Share Icons
  • Faster loading
  • Better privacy
  • Share events created in Google Analytics

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What Type of Website Does My Pharmacy Need?

A social media account or an online listing is no longer enough, your pharmacy needs its own standalone website. It’s now expected that customers can find you online and access information about your products and services wherever they are and at whatever time of day.

Pharmacies are especially of interest to shoppers in Australasia, with an 18% growth in online search via Google in the first quarter of this year, compared to the previous year. But what type of website your pharmacy needs depends on what you want to get out of it. (more…)

What Type of Website Does My Business Need?

Your business needs a website. If you’re serious about what you do, a social media account or an online listing is no longer enough. It’s now expected that customers can find you online and access information about your products and services wherever they are and at whatever time of day.

But what type of website your business needs can depend on the kind of business you manage, whether you’re selling products or services, the level of engagement you want online, and what the purpose of your site is.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Where can my business currently be found online?
    • It may be a Facebook Page or Google Listing. That’s a start, but your own website is a step further in terms of professionalism. People often don’t trust a business if you’re only selling on Facebook, so you may be losing sales.
  • Who will my website be targeted at?
    • Think about your key demographics and the reasons they may find your website helpful.
  • What do I want customers to do on this website?
    • Do you want to inform them? Inspire them? Bring them in store? Have them shop online?
  • How much time do I have available?
    • A website doesn’t have to take up a lot of time, but content should be regularly refreshed. On Storbie, it only takes a couple of hours to get up and running.
  • What level is my business at?
    • How far has your business come so far? Where do you want it to go to next?

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Making ecommerce accessible for everyone

Accessibility is a hot topic. From Alison Mau’s opinion piece pointing out the ridiculousness of pedal bins in disabled toilets to the push back for plastic straws to be kept available in restaurants for those with disabilities, it is an issue more people are becoming aware of every day.

And with New Zealand’s ageing population, accessibility will continue to be an important feature both online and off. According to analytics collected by Google, more than 250,000 Storbie users are over the age of 55, with almost 95,000 of those 65+.

Being actively inclusive benefits everyone. But for the 24% of New Zealanders who identify as having a disability, it can make a world of difference.

Online should be accessible to all. Allowing shoppers to browse your Storbie website in their own time, on whatever device and from wherever they are, along with having items delivered to their home, are just some of the advantages.

Accessibility is especially important if your business provides products for the elderly and disabled, and should be a major consideration in the set up of your website.

Let’s take a look at some of the steps you can make to ensure your Storbie website is accessible for everyone. (more…)