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.
In the world of ecommerce, your product images are extremely important. High quality images help to promote and sell your products when your customers can’t see or touch them. It doesn’t always have to be super flash, slick and professional, but presenting products clearly and consistently, and in a way that complements your brand, will help your website go a long way. If you’re new to online selling, read about the basics of product imagery in this article from award-winning designer Tim Christie. If you already have product imagery that might be in need of a bit of love, read on! (more…)
Storbie is passionate about people finding and buying local products and services. In our Shop Local article series, we talk to retailers, town centre managers and passionate people about what makes their local area unique and how they’re spreading the word within and beyond their community.
Taking Advantage of Purchasing Behaviour Trends To Encourage Shopping Locally
Consumers want to purchase locally-made goods and support local businesses, and they are doing more and more product research online and on-the-go before stepping in store to purchase. These are two trends that business associations can take advantage of in their marketing, says Sandy Turner, General Manager of the Hamilton Central Business Association (HCBA). Turner says digital channels are a vital way to get these products in front of consumers and influence buyer behaviour. She explains how HCBA’s marketing efforts combine digital and traditional methods and why the new Hamilton Central online marketplace website is a key part of the Hamilton digital strategy.
A common perception is that online is just a sales channel that detracts from brick-and-mortar sales, however research shows that digital interactions in fact have a huge influence on in store sales (called web-influenced sales) and buying behaviour. (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…)
Storbie has been featured on stuff.co.nz. Shane and Chris talked to Collette Devlin about Storbie’s Wellington conception, growth in New Zealand and future plans to expand overseas. It’s an exciting time for the team, recently named as a Deloitte Fast 50 Wellington Rising Star, along with the launch of the first online marketplace for the Hamilton CBD. Read the article here. (more…)
We are proud to announce that Storbie will be helping hundreds of young entrepreneurs sell online with free ecommerce stores!
The Young Enterprise Trust is an independent charitable trust aimed at developing enterprising young New Zealanders by inspiring, educating and transforming students through enterprise experiences. They offer Enterprise Programmes for all year levels — the most prominent being the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) for Year 12 and 13 students — as well as other tools, competitions, training and development, all geared towards growing a more prosperous New Zealand through enterprise. (more…)
This edition of Small Talk is about Squid, an award-winning rainwear design company founded in London by Viviane Jaeger and Emma-Jayne Parkes. The duo started out selling at a Sunday market, secured a contract with TATE Museums and The Museum of Modern Art and are now selling in 19 countries worldwide. They have just launched their newest venture in New Zealand by selling online using the Smallfish platform.
We spoke to Viviane and Emma-Jayne about the milestones that have propelled the growth and success of Squid. Their story serves as a great example of how passion, a vision and careful research and development can drive your business to new heights. (more…)
At Smallfish, we love having a good old yarn (usually with a cup of tea in hand) about all the new and interesting online stores that start selling using our ecommerce platform. So we thought you might like to hear about them too. Introducing our new blog segment — Small Talk. This is the first in the series of not-to-be-missed conversation about Smallfish stores.
Unlike awkward hallway conversation which you try to avoid by pretending you’re on your cellphone, we think this Small Talk is worth hearing. So come have a natter, a chinwag, a chat — feel free to tell us about the wonderful existence of your own store, or one that you love. We’ll supply the tea, you bring the gingernuts. (more…)