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  • Guest Blog, Author at Pinnacle Cart's eCommerce Blog - Tips for online sales success
    it s likely that you ll be collecting customer information via your website This is commonly done both to collect marketing and advertising information and also to complete sales transactions and send items to your customers As you re collecting this information however it s good to keep the Read More 0 Marketing Tips Tricks Get FREE marketing tips and eCommerce ideas delivered directly to your email No sales pitch Unsubscribe anytime Categories Categories Select Category Company News Growing Your Business Managing Your Business Selling Online Starting a Business Tech News Uncategorized Popular Recent Essentials to Consider Before Buying eCommerce Software part 1 June 5th 2015 Is Organic Facebook Marketing a Thing of the Past June 7th 2015 5 Awesome FREE Stock Image Sites for eCommerce Marketing August 10th 2015 Is LiFi Really 100x Faster Than WiFi and Twice as Awesome January 5th 2016 6 Great Ways to Increase eCommerce Sales in 2016 January 1st 2016 10 Emerging Social Media Tools for 2016 December 23rd 2015 Find us on Facebook Recent Tweets Building an online store Checkout these awesome templates startups business ecommerce onlinestore template https t co UmoUQcM9gJ 1 day ago RT hootsuite Social media can get a lot

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  • Cheap Office Party Ideas for Broke Startups (or Cheap Bosses) – Pinnacle Cart's eCommerce Blog - Tips for online sales success
    for fierce competition with the right incentive So buy some gift cards for local services businesses to hand out for prizes and let the games begin with the odds being ever in your favor Baked Goods Competition Party Are your employees always talking about excellent bakeries or recipes they found on Pinterest Challenge them to deliver the magic with a baked goods competition and party If you separate the fun into two categories a Who s baked goods are tops and the best local bakery competition you ll enjoy some fun AND save money by not having to purchase extra desserts for your holiday party Potluck Gift Exchange If you company is super strapped for cash and planning a cheap office party give the gift of a lunchtime potluck party and the rest of the afternoon off Lunchtime holiday parties will typically bring in the best employee participation and after everyone is done with the taste testing you can award a prize for the best potluck dish done by anonymous votes of course A local massage certificate or a gift card to a local book store would work well for this The best part is your employees will enjoy sharing their food and love you for allowing them an afternoon to catch up on holiday shopping and decorating Charity Events There are so many great charities that really pick up steam and need extra help around the holidays Mix holiday fun with giving back by volunteering your staff to work at a local food bank wrap presents at the mall or sing holiday songs at senior homes You could ask your staff for suggestions on their favorite place to volunteer and then pull one from a hat to decide These types of holiday experiences can double as team building as they provide great bonding experiences between co workers Annual Movie Day If your company isn t the type that believes in spending a ton of extra money or celebrating the holidays it s still nice to reward your hardworking staff with a company movie day or many other activities would work Matinees movies are less expensive than evening flicks and if you call in advance you may even be able to work a group price with the theater s management Take your office to a movie and have a little lunch afterwards The holiday spirit may not be strong at this type of festivity but the effort will still be appreciated and seen in the moral of your team Additional Thoughts Relax We ve got cheap holiday party ideas that will work for everyone holid Be Honest Be straight up and explain to your office that you re conserving finances this year and need to plan a cheap office party for the holidays Depending on your relationship with them you can explain that funds are being reserved for a future goals or tightened up because of a poor performance If you re honest with your staff explain the problem and

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  • The Realities of Working from Home (are you ready?) – Pinnacle Cart's eCommerce Blog - Tips for online sales success
    thing but make sure you ve tied up financial ends in advance For example investment in your home office space should be complete before you transition so you re not left with those bills or credit card charges afterwards And don t let the stress of future savings affect the happiness of working from home Before you make the decision take an aggressive stance on savings for retirement Realize your current job is temporary As soon as your dreams of working from home start to become an actual reality you ll need to start detaching yourself from the corporate work environment This can be done by Saying no to additional tasks Not putting in extra hours at the office Concentrating and polishing your specified tasks only Start gifting or throwing out the excess clutter on your desk Stop involving yourself in company drama or stress The above methods prepare one slowly for the life without all the colleagues from the formal employment place Now we have some quick tips to keep you on track for a happy life and not getting overwhelmed with working from home Quit the rat race but keep up your exercise routine Start or continue your exercise plan We all know that we need to get out and get active This is true no matter where we are working from But if you are working from home a routine exercise or hobby plan is even more crucial for maintaining a happy life By working the gym into your daily routine you ll be giving yourself a much needed break from the confines of your house This change in scenery will help you maintain focus in whatever they are doing for the rest of the day Don t forget family and friends When you start working from home there may be a tendency to get cooped up and shut off from the world so much so that they forget about other people The physical contact with friends and family is vital in helping you reset and stay focused on your work These outside connections also offers a chance to exchange ideas and brainstorm Use the new found mobility When you stop working in a corporate office you will experience a rush of freedom the freedom to work from whatever location you want to That is because working from home actually just means you re not in an office You ll suddenly be able to work from a café the library a beautiful park or the beaches of Brazil No we re not kidding Book a flight and a room with good WIFI and have fun Create comfort As you transition from a corporate or 9 5 job to a working from home you need to think about the comfort of your new workplace You now have complete control over your workspace It s your chance to incorporate all the devices and changes that you requested at your previous job but never received because of one reason or

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  • Is your E-Commerce Store ready for Black Friday? – Pinnacle Cart's eCommerce Blog - Tips for online sales success
    existing customers Pay Per Click Google Adwords Consider bidding for high demand keywords such as Free Shipping Limited time offer holiday sale and so on Pinterest Display your products with buyable pins Facebook Ads Quick and easy you can set up Facebook Ads in about 30 minutes 4 Update your SEO Black Friday is all about holiday shopping People are looking for great buys on gifts and related holiday merchandise It s time to update landing pages product descriptions email campaigns and SEO s to reflect what potential customers will be searching for Using keywords such as holiday seasonal savings Christmas gifts and Black Friday will help attract visitors to your sales event This may sound like a daunting task but if you run on a quality eCommerce platform it should be a fairly straight forward task 5 Infrastructure Once you ve planned Black Friday sales to attract shoppers it s time to get your website ready E commerce is extremely competitive more so on Black Friday than any other time of the year It s hard enough to get that first click to your website when online shoppers have so many choices so you need to make every click count Ensure your website is running at peak performance now to create an enjoyable shopping experience and will keep them browsing your entire online store Pages that don t display properly on mobile devices will not hold customer attention long enough to encourage sales Here are a few things to double check as Black Friday draws near Check your traffic capacity Black Friday is not the day to have your website crash By checking your traffic over the course of the year you can form a rough idea of how much capacity you ll need to handle the increase in site traffic Black Friday sales will bring Check with your hosting provider if you need to scale your servers up and down as demand fluctuates Clean up your cache Landing pages and banners that load slow and navigating will lose customer attention so do a little house cleaning to ensure your site is at optimal speed Be sure to clean the log files and delete old entries and redirect any inactive links Remove any unnecessary data that could slow your sites and keep those shoppers clicking Check your mobile compatibility Now is the time to be sure your website and landing pages are mobile compatible In 2014 on Black Friday in mobile traffic had claimed 46 7 of all online traffic an increase of 24 2 over last year and totals for the entire Thanksgiving holiday saw traffic from mobile devices account for 52 11 of all online business A good service provider like Pinnacle Cart can help you optimize your website and create apps for mobile devices Check your transaction security You aren t the only one gearing up for the biggest online shopping days of the year Hackers will be working overtime trying to access holiday shopper s

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  • Selling Online Archives – Pinnacle Cart's eCommerce Blog - Tips for online sales success
    How to Maximize Your Final Days of Summer Sales Selling Online How to Maximize Your Final Days of Summer Sales By PinnacleCart Content Team 2015 08 24T23 25 43 00 00 August 4th 2015 Summer sales have you in a slump Follow our tips to recover from the slowdown and ready your online store for the final days of summer sales When the mercury level rises sales begin to drop The holiday mood sweeps in and people start heading towards the hills and beaches to get Read More 0 Permalink Gallery The Do s Don ts of Social Media Selling Growing Your Business Selling Online The Do s Don ts of Social Media Selling By SusanD 2015 08 24T23 30 44 00 00 May 28th 2015 Social media has infused itself into the lives of consumers in more ways than most realize This has led to furious attempts from savvy online merchants to benefit from social media selling So exactly how saturated is the social media market According to statista com 73 of all internet users in Read More 1 Permalink Gallery Introducing VIPparcel PinnacleCart s Newest Shipping Partner Selling Online Introducing VIPparcel PinnacleCart s Newest Shipping Partner By Craig Fox 2015 09 02T16 03 38 00 00 April 13th 2015 PinnacleCart is happy to introduce VIPparcel as their newest shipping partner VIPparcel is an excellent online shipping service that was started with a simple purpose to provide postage at fantastic rates without making people jump through hoops Navigating the online shipping world can be difficult and confusing for customers who are Read More 1 Pinnacle Highlight Time Mandy s Moon Store Personalized Gifts More By Craig Fox 2015 09 01T17 49 37 00 00 September 6th 2012 At Pinnacle Cart our customers are the reason we are able to do what we love Going forward we are going to be showcasing a Pinnacle Highlight which allows a happy customer to tell their story about how their life has improved for the better because we are here for Read More 0 The 2011 USPS Shipping Disaster By Craig Fox 2015 09 03T11 19 43 00 00 January 19th 2011 On January 2 2011 USPS made a change to their rating API s that brought down almost every eCommerce system on the planet including Pinnacle Cart In December we received a fairly detailed email outlining the intended changes and our development team reviewed these changes We saw no issues with the Read More 0 Update on PayPal and American Express By Craig Fox 2015 09 03T13 38 34 00 00 June 28th 2010 PayPal has recently entered into a new agreement with American Express that may affect your business in relation to the type of payments you can accept As of July 13 2010 stores using Website Payments Pro and Virtual Terminal will no longer be able to accept American Express They are Read More 0 Changes in requirements for processing MasterCard and Discover By Craig Fox 2015 09 03T14 02

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  • How Do Social Media Networks Influence Internet Purchases? – Pinnacle Cart's eCommerce Blog - Tips for online sales success
    quite high for word of mouth campaigning Social Media Networks for Word of Mouth 86 Facebook 65 Blogs 55 Twitter 50 YouTube Social media influences the purchases of around 47 of Millennials That s a huge market when compared to the much smaller 19 of all other age groups This means if you have a product that is geared towards Millenials aka Generation Y those born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s social media is an excellent way to reach them Here are a few more statistics that peaked our interest Of the 53 of consumers who said they use Twitter to recommend companies or products in their Tweets 48 also use social media to purchase 78 of consumers made purchases based on a company s social media posts 44 of social media savvy women said their trusted or favorite blogger influences their purchasing decisions Which social media networks do you use for your online business We d love to hear your experiences in the comment section below Back to the Pinnacle Cart Homepage By PinnacleCart Content Team 2015 11 01T08 57 06 00 00 October 26th 2015 Selling Online 0 Comments Sell Anything Anytime Anywhere Try us FREE for 14 days and see how selling online has never been easier Start you 14 day free trial today No credit card required Free Trial Get Started About the Author PinnacleCart Content Team Everyone once in awhile someone from our bright and talented team will have enough time to put out an article related to technology software eCommerce or just living life on the web You can find them here for everyone to enjoy Like what you ve read Please comment on it Related Posts Permalink Gallery Is your E Commerce Store ready for Black Friday Permalink Gallery Is

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  • Is Your Online Store Halloween Ready? – Pinnacle Cart's eCommerce Blog - Tips for online sales success
    articles or video blogs Regardless of what you sell you can always put the creative flow to work and come up with topics that relate to the holiday season Make sure holiday posts for both major and minor holidays are included in your overall content marketing strategy Start now to make your online store Halloween ready Try blog topic ideas like Write about Halloween promotions you re planning Write about spooky events in your market ex doggy costume contests for pet retailers Give out Halloween safety tips Share your favorite Halloween recipes Talk about scary movies you like The history of Halloween Keep in mind this works for all cultural holidays There are many other Halloween topics that you can blog about regardless of the niche you operate in By writing about Halloween you can cash in on the trending keywords and drive lots of seasonal traffic to your online store This is especially true if you write the seasonal article and then share it on social media networks like Twitter with Halloween for example 3 Customize Your Email Template Apart from following the best practices of email marketing you need to create an email campaign that carries the fun spirit of the Halloween season The email messages that you send should be able to quickly connect with the holiday mindset of your audience and convince them to shop your store for the season Here are some tips on Halloween emails Spooky Themes Give your email newsletter a new Halloween look Use colors like black orange purple green and gold to enhance its appearance Add relevant graphics You can also include a link to a website that offers Halloween costumes and tips Halloween Deals Discounted offers are something consumers always on the lookout for Present your customers or prospects with some tempting Halloween tastic deals Partner with a Halloween costume shop or get your own Halloween printed T shirts In this way you can come up with attractive give aways and offers for your customers Timing There are many different types of shoppers so when launching a Halloween theme you should think of both early Halloween planners and the last minute shoppers Keep in mind that shipping dates are of the utmost importance during holidays like Halloween so ad campaigns should be launched at least two weeks before the item is needed Keep the email template design simple The email marketing messages that you create should always have your products or services as the main focus Also make sure your email messages are a mix of promotional and educational content with a sprinkle of spooky fun 4 Organize a Photo Contest Photo contests are fun for your fans no matter what the reason Halloween themed photo contests are funner than fun however and will bring in adorable pictures of kids pets and wacky families in festive garb It s always a good idea to organize a Halloween photo contest Set some simple guidelines and let the fun begin For example

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  • 7 Key Features Online Shoppers Demand From an Online Store – Pinnacle Cart's eCommerce Blog - Tips for online sales success
    out and based on the design of your site The search function also has to cater for your customers that do not know the actual names of the products they want to get Search functionality needs to give online shoppers suggestions on the possible things they are looking for Superior photos and image options There s a reason people are always quoting a picture is worth a thousand words because it is In the case of internet retail however it may be worth more Your product images will influence online shoppers in ways that have them running away or drive them to purchase In an internet store product photos and options are crucial because online shoppers cannot physically see touch or try the product they re interested in The product images should be crystal clear and taken with cameras that have a high resolution The photos should also be taken from different points of view to give you a clearer idea of the product Image options should include viewing angles zoom multiple images and more This however does not mean that the pictures should be overly enhanced or exaggerated Doing so may mislead online shoppers into buying something that does not serve them well A detailed product description Online retail is often about selling a story an idea that fits the needs or current whim of your audience Obviously online stores do not have a live store attendant though some may offer live chat so the sale items need to have a product description that takes the place of your best sales person They should be described with vivid and appealing content that stimulates your browsers need to buy While creative and clever descriptions are often a strong selling point don t forget to include the important details as well Facts such as the expiration date size dimensions weight manufacturers date and practical uses must be included in a good product description The availability of a warranty where applicable also has to be referred to in the description If you re selling food products consider listing the ingredients as they make purchasing easier for those with special dietary needs or restrictions Customer Reviews are the new neighborly advice Customer reviews of the product Last year BrightLocal conducted its 4th annual study on consumer usage and attitudes on customer reviews It concluded that 88 of consumers say they trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations a statistic that was up 9 from the previous year As an SMB in the competitive world of online retail it is crucial to provide your online shoppers with customer reviews of your products Your audience wants to read about the experiences of other people who have used the product Customer reviews now take the place of your friendly neighborly recommendation and are an effective selling tactic for online businesses Such reviews are vital when it comes to virtual shopping If possible include video reviews in the customer reviews with detailed personal experiences and how

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