Over the last 12 months Storbie has quickly grown to be the biggest supplier of ecommerce-capable websites to independent pharmacies in New Zealand. During that time, we have spoken to hundreds of pharmacies, come to admire the important work that they do and appreciate the way that they manage a complex and challenging business.
Pharmacies are not only delivering an important health service – that many of us take for granted and takes years of training, focus and attention to detail – they are also managing a complex retail business, bringing together products from hundreds of suppliers into a busy store. It’s no wonder that pharmacies often struggle to find the time to get their pharmacy and product catalogue online even if they appreciate the importance of doing so.
Identifying the challenges of online product catalogue management for pharmacies
At Storbie we are a practical bunch. We are always striving to identify and solve our customers’ real challenges. We have also always been the champion of the independent retailer. While working with pharmacies, we have come to learn that the biggest challenge facing the independent pharmacy in New Zealand regarding setting up and managing a digital channel is the product catalogue. (more…)
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…)
Ready for some new features to knock your socks off? Because this month we’re all about feet. Well, footers, to be exact. Come to think of it, while we’re on the topic of socks, would you like some shoes with that? You too can cross-sell to your heart’s content with our new product suggestions feature (beta). If you’re not getting a kick out of our puns, let’s move on to explain more about what’s new in Storbie this month. (more…)
While we do love a classic April Fools joke, something we’re serious about is getting smarter with your data. So with that in mind, we’ve added ecommerce tracking for Google Analytics, plus more features designed to help you classify and boost exposure for your products. And while most people would agree that shipping is not a barrel of laughs, you’ll be grinning from ear to ear with the release of Storbie’s integration with shipping service GoSweetSpot. Here are more details about what’s new in Storbie this month. (more…)
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.
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…)