Last week I attended a seminar hosted by Google entitled
“Engaging the Connected Consumer with Mobile”. Elliot Nix, who conducted the
session, shared some insightful tips for meeting the emerging mobile phenomenon
It’s undeniable that 2010 has been a transformative year for
mobile. The spike in acquisitions of mobile advertising companies, like that of
Admob by Google, suggests that mobile is a trend to be reckoned with.
Additionally, the explosion of new devices and their rapid adoption into
mainstream use in 2010 simply strengthens the case for investing into a mobile
campaign. Currently, 10-17% of traffic is of mobile origin but it is projected
that by 2013 over 50% of site traffic will come from a mobile device.
Since 2008, there has been a 500% increase in
mobile search. The numbers are pretty compelling; so what should you consider
when thinking about going mobile?
Should I create an app or a mobile site?
As technology advances and we enjoy quicker load times the
app becomes less relevant. Why? Apps were created in large part due to the
lengthy browser load times available with the EDGE and first generation mobile
technology. And while apps are undeniably an important step in the
transformation of mobile use there will likely be a transition to the browser
for search as we move beyond 4G speed.
How do I make a site ‘mobile optimized’?
First things first; look at how your site currently loads
onto all the major mobile devices. Do
you like what you see? What behaviors do you want your consumers to engage in
by looking at your site on a mobile phone? How can you make it easy for them to
Create a site that is simple and intuitive to navigate.
Don’t make them think hard on how to purchase something or find the nearest
Consider what you are selling and
how to make your site relevant to both the product and the user. Perhaps your
product isn’t appropriate to sell on a mobile device, but would a user like to
research what you are selling? Make it easy for the consumer to get what they
want out of your site. Create a site that is useful for a mobile device; think
of the user first.
ShopVisible proudly announces that two of our ecommerce clients were honored in Internet Retailer Hot 100 Retail Websites 2010. This prestigious accolade is designed to showcase the best and brightest in the field of online retail. Internet Retailer sorts through an enormous amount of websites, submitted by readers, editors and industry experts each year to come up with the industry's best and brightest. In ShopVisible's case, we captured two of the highly coveted spots with Case-Mate and Bambeco, two progressively innovative pioneers online.
The Internet Retailer Hot 100 celebrates how "etailers responded to the recession with a burst of creativity" and identifies ten aspects of positive online commerce making ecommerce excel in spite of the economic downturn. ShopVisible clients
Case-Mate and Bambeco are making waves online by:
(1) Connecting with customers
(2) Going mobile
(3) Becoming expert sources for online retail
(4) Making navigation more useful
(5) Personalizing the online experience for shoppers
(6) Making tough purchases easy
(7) Selling themselves
(8) Creating a sense of online urgency
(9) Connecting the site and the store
(10) Playing the value card
Case-Mate excels online for functionality, aesthetics and online selling prowess. Their inherent SEO driven platform provided by
ShopVisible enables them to focus on driving sales, integrating into selling channels and thinking creatively as their ecommerce provider manages inventory, search and back-end business processes.
Bambeco is touching upon what is desirable in the market. Their eco-friendly online presence has helped them find a niche in the green retail and luxury home and decor spaces. Innovative and perceptive web marketing has helped enable Bambeco to sell creatively and with the help of
ShopVisible, sell widely in an array of channels and online shopping marketplaces.
ShopVisible is so proud of our ecommerce family of clients, staff, developers and marketers. As we grow our brand we help push our etailing clients to the top of search positioning on the web. By being seen in all places online where shoppers are looking, vendors like Case-Mate and Bambeco can flourish.
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ShopVisible is proud to add another innovative addition to its Ecommerce family. Welcome Payless! ShopVisible is a PCI compliant, Atlanta based Ecommerce and SEO technology firm, specializing in complex 3rd party shipping and accounting integrations.
ShopVisible Ecommerce Security team has been
undergoing its PCI level one assessment we have become quite familiar with the
late David Taylor via his prodigiously informative PCI Knowledge Base. The
Payment Card Industry and the online security community in general lost a true
scholar recently with the unexpected passing of fifty seven year old David
Taylor, formerly of Protegrity and Gartner.
Those familiar with online Ecommerce security and PCI
compliance have likely read posts from Taylor and heard him warmly and
simplistically address the often misunderstood and esoteric realm of online security
in his webinars. For online security laymen, Taylor provided a perspective that
was grounded in data security standards and payment protection. Companies without
large IT infrastructures and the human resources to undertake such projects as PCI
compliance looked to Taylor for instruction on proceeding with security compliance
and for definition of technical elements like File Integrity Monitoring,
Application Firewalls and Penetration Tests.
David Taylor was indeed an expert in a field incomprehensible
to many. In of his most recent posts from the
PCI Knowledge Base, Taylor delved
deep into Ecommerce security and organizational management as he addressed how
PCI compliance can coalesce with risk management policy to better protect
Ecommerce firms. His erudite approach to safeguarding online business was
transparent and honest and will be well received for years in the fields of security
compliance and online fraud prevention.
evolve but they do so often at a more languid pace than does the technology
itself. Toss in economic considerations and you've got a real Ecommerce conundrum...
Recent literature published in the PCI Knowledge-base examines security and
compliance migrations, cost reductions, and virtualization in recessionary
times. Ecommerce solution provider ShopVisible offers up
insights into its own PCI assessment process while trying to stay on top of
recent Ecommerce security news in order to provide its clients and readers a
glimpse into the rapidly blossoming arena of Ecommerce payment protection.
For many online merchants, or at least those wrestling with PCI and security
measures to protect the CDE or cardholder data environment, the strident 12
requirements of PCI coupled with serious security budgets and IT infrastructure
has created headaches and handicapped wallets...especially now. For many, as
evidenced in the PCI Knowledge-base's expert’s blog, the arduous compliance
process has become tarnished by a "checklist mentality and ineffective
implementation and enforcement." It can be argued as a best practice in
Ecommerce, or at least in an effort to pass compliance levels, that reducing
risk and documenting to assessors that effective controls are in place exudes
risk management policy, and thereby can help cut costs during the
PCI security experts have been discussing sophisticated elements
of online commerce and their relation to development of both policy and technology.
For instance, with regards to network segmentation and scope, the PCI
Knowledge-base notes that “network segmentation is still not a requirement, for
some reason, but it’s the single action that will save you the most money in
the assessment.” In the PCI 1.2 version, segmentation is discussed and noted as
being adequate along with the appropriate network diagrams if in place. One solution
available to many merchants with the right budget is a variation of a network
monitoring tool. These can “tell you, continuously, of attempts to access specific
network resources.” They can in doing so show the assessor the positive impact
of your network segmentation policy and thereby quantify risk and help cut back
on PCI compliance costs.
Store sampling is another facet of the compliance process
and in PCI 1.2, “the goal of the sampling process is to understand the risks
posed by stores, since many security breaches originate there…” one here must
show the assessor that store policy is commensurate with Ecommerce provider
policy and high levels of consistency are maintained constantly again helping to
reduce risk and cut costs. Again, automated tools can benefit providers here in
an attempt to cut time and costs resources associated with manual configuration
management. The PCI Knowledge-base notes that “the ability to place server configuration
under change control is valuable for both PCI requirement 2, as well as requirement
10.” Automated tools will often justify a smaller sample size thus again reducing
The latest post from the PCI Knowledge-base also delves into
discussion of compensating controls in the Ecommerce eco-system and states that
“while compensating controls are too often used as a PCI cost cutting technique
by merchants, they are really the heart and soul of risk management relative to
PCI…a weak process for documenting and quantifying risk usually shows up in poorly
defined compensating controls, which can cause compliance failure and additional
assessment and technology costs.”
Basically, PCI compliance is an arduous process for any
company regardless of organizational complexity, IT infrastructure and budget
size. Above are just a few methods to try and cut back costs. When selecting an
Ecommerce provider, it helps to do your due diligence and “in PCI 1.2, there is
specific mention of the need to prove due diligence as to risk ‘prior to
engaging’ service provider, and need to prove ongoing ‘monitoring’ of compliance
status.” Keep monitoring policies up to date and maintain a vigilant stance
with regards to data centers. Just because you’re PCI compliant does not mean
that a hardened data center will mandate policy to keep you compliant. Prove to
your data center, your assessor and to your clients that you care about risk. Show
them PCI is an ongoing process and one dedicated to secure online transactions.
The more safely your merchants sell, the more they will appreciate all your
ShopVisible is an Ecommerce solution provider intent on security, integration and SEO.