Make Your eCommerce Site Failure-Proof
By Nowshade Kabir ©Rusbiz.com
Often companies while developing their eCommerce business from ground zero tend
to make similar mistakes. They donít have specific business objectives, donít
plan site promotion well ahead, and most importantly forget that eCommerce like
any other business requires to have some key advantages over the competitors.
Building an eCommerce business is not an easy job! The chances of making
mistakes in selecting the right solution for your specific business are quite
high as there are way too many options around. If you are not ready to spend big
money on your Internet venture in the beginning, there are online systems that
allow you to create and run eCommerce site for a small monthly payment.
Advantages of these solutions are that you can build a site for a very short
period of time and you donít need a major initial investment. However, these
solutions provide limited functionalities, which could be a big inconvenience.
Yahoo, Rusbiz, and Bigstep are examples of this type of systems. Rusbiz differs
in a number of ways from others. It allows you to utilize its own eCatalog Ė
which uses a highly sophisticated and advanced classification system Ė this
helps you to sell your products and services from your site and through Rusbiz
Another way of building an eCommerce site is to get an off-the-shelf solution.
This is good if you have some knowledge of programming or you have enough time
to learn technical aspects of these solutions.
The third option is to hire a developer to build your eCommerce site. The good
thing about this approach is that you can design your site reflecting your
company image and give your eShop unique look and feel. But the problem here is
that for every minor change on the website you will need to contact the
developer which makes site support pretty expensive.
The best but more expensive solution is to use site development companies. If
you are working with a professional company, depending on the size of your web
project a professional team of people will be taking care of it. Namely: your
account manager, lead programmer, web programmer, designer, content editor,
database programmer, web promotion specialist, and web administrator. If you are
serious about your eCommerce website and planning to hire a professional company
you should consider building your site with dynamic pages holding an
administrative capability. This means you will be able to edit contents of these
pages yourself without requiring any help from programmers.
If you already have an eCommerce site but sales are still low as the site is not
popular yet and few people visit your site, you probably need a web promotion
specialist. Search engine optimization has become the primary aspect of your web
promotional efforts. Studies show that over 80 percent visitors come through the
search engines. If you end up in the top three positions of a search result your
chance of getting visited increases dramatically.
Your eCommerce site is not just another sales channel! For many companies after
launching their online shop in a very short period it became the primary sales
channel. In most cases after opening an Internet shop the sales of the company
increase from 20 percent to 100 percent within first year.
Although, to have a professionally built high-quality eCommerce site seems like
an obvious choice, majority of the eshops available today are not even close to
the required standard. Apart from the functionalities of the website, its design
and usability; content, offered products, their variety and specifications are
also important factors.
Often vendors forget that it is always better to focus on a niche
market rather than trying to sell everything to everybody. It is easier to
promote several products rather than thousands of unrelated goods and services.
Especially, since key word marketing is becoming outrageously expensive. For
example if you are in cosmetic and perfume industry it is difficult to compete
with big merchants when you are not focused in a single type of product line
such as cosmetic masks. Keep in mind that you can become a major player in your
specific niche if you are one of pioneers in the field.
In many aspects of Internet shops, Amazon still sets the standard. You should
study this site carefully. Any eCommerce site can adopt wonderful ideas from
this industry behemoth. Look at how their search system works. Although, it is a
huge site with hundreds of thousands of products, you can find any product you
are interested in virtually immediately. The second important thing you should
notice is that every product carries enough information so that customers can
take immediate buying decision. Another thing is the simple but attractive and
clear design of the pages. The contents are also segmented and presented
Around 76 percent of all of your visitors are looking for more information on
the product or service they are planning to buy. Only 44 percent know what
exactly they are going to buy but there is no guarantee that they will buy from
your site. Thatís why it is very important to have enough content that can
influence positively on their buying decision.
To build an effective online shop you should try to avoid the following common
Building a site without professional help
If you are just experimenting than it is a different thing. But, if you are
serious about your prospective Internet business, you should hire professionals
to do this. Gone are the days, when you could build a site and people would come
any way! Now you have to build professional sites. A visitor takes less than a
second to decide subconsciously whether he is going to stay on this site or move
on. Design plays a key role on this. If your choice of colors and page layout
along with the pictures are not effective enough, you simply loose clients not
even knowing about it.
Forgetting about the functional mistakes that annoy visitors
These are wrong links, slow page loading, bad site navigation, unclear marketing
message, pop-ups, and a huge number of products on one page.
Trying to sell everything to everybody
Better concentrate on few vital products from your industry. You should become
the expert for the products and services that you sell.
Donít forget that like offline world, service is important on the Internet as
well. It should be simple for buyers to find products, check out and delivery
should be easy and prompt. After sale support should be of high standard.
If you would like to avoid failure as, define your business objectives, figure
out the system functionalities needed to achieve these objectives, and add
necessary information requirement to system functionalities.
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