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Ecommerce Strategies for Free Shipping

Published by Charles Brodeur

Where “free shipping” resides on a P&L can significantly impact how frequently retailers offer it. While the majority of retailers identify any shipping-related costs or expenses within their transportation line items, some retailers allocate them under marketing expenses because free shipping is such an effective driver of incremental sales. Those retailers that consider free shipping a marketing expense also tend to offer free shipping more frequently and generally did not “rate shop” (i.e., downgrade shipping service levels to save money).
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The Rise of Ecommerce Sales in Canada

Published by Charles Brodeur

Canada Post and Multi Channel Merchant teamed up to present to us the explosive growth of ecommerce sales in Canada and how the industry leaders are taking advantage of the market opportunities.
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Shipping Policies and Shopping Cart Abandonment

Published by Charles Brodeur

To provide perspective for retailers on consumer behavior in today’s fluid shopping culture, UPS commissioned this research with comScore for the third consecutive year. The opportunity and the challenges are here in equal measure for today’s retailer. Consumers continue to gravitate to Internet channels as desktop retail e-commerce reached $211 billion in 2013, up +13% year/year. Mobile or m-commerce is growing and now accounts for 11% of retail e-commerce as of 1Q14. Read More

Shipping Charges and Shopping Cart Abandonment

Published by Charles Brodeur

PayPal  recently published a survey of online transactions (or non-transactions)  and here is how we read the results:

The biggest challenge for online merchants is getting them through the eCommerce Conversion Funnel.  The funnel usually looks a little something like this:

StoreFront (Home Page)
> Catalog View
>> Product List View
>>> Product Detail View
>>>> Shopping Cart Summary**
>>>>> Check Out Form

** The Shopping Cart Summary is the page where the buyer sees a summary of the products selected, the taxes, and the shipping charges.  This is where the ABANDONMENT occurs.

We can measure and test abandonment rates to help your site reduce abandonment.  And PayPal has helped us to see what items need to be considered or tested to increase sales.

Here are our interpretations of PayPals survey:

Main reason why visitors leave the Shopping Cart Summary:
 - To gather more information like "Shipping Costs"

Main reason for abandoning:
 - Shipping Charges were too high
 - Wanted to compare prices with another website
 - Wanted to compare prices with a Bricks and Mortar store
 - Wanted to look for an online coupon
 - The preferred payment option was not available

Main Suggestion for Online Merchants
 - Provide shipping charges upfront before the checkout
 - Provide as many options for payment as possible

Shipping still seems to be the main driver for visitors to leave a website behind.  We suggest that all online merchants carefully examine their shipping policies and consider making "Shipping" a marketing function rather than an "Operational" function.

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About Sales and Marketing Automation

Published by Charles Brodeur

This is the first Post for The eCommerce Blog from Sales and Marketing Automation. 

Our mission with this blog is to promote eCommerce Best Practices to Small business owners. We will be including topics that relate to building eCommerce Sites, marketing eCommerce Sites and managing eCommerce Sites.

We are not sure where this journey will take us but the general direction we are going to set out on is to expose the tricks that make successful sites sell.

We will discuss topics like eCommerce Technology, SAAS, Email Marketing, Internet Marketing, Blogging, Content, Conversion, Customer Automation, and more.

I will be the main contributor to the blog postings, and all of our contributors will some how be related to BigTurns Business Systems, an eCommerce Consulting Company with an eCommerce Platform for sale and a team of eCommerce Consultants.

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