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What to Consider Before Going Mobile
By Kendrick Woolford
10/25/2010 11:11:00 AM  

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 head on.

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 do that?

 

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 store.  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.


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ShopVisible Announces Seamless Integration with Major Online Marketplaces
By Kendrick
8/16/2010 1:42:00 PM  

ATLANTA – August 3, 2010

ShopVisible, a leading provider of on-demand ecommerce solutions, today announced seamless integrations with retail channels including Buy.com, Amazon, Craigslist, eBay and Overstock. Through these integrations, the ShopVisible solution enables retailers to manage their entire product catalog at a granular level across diverse channels through one management console. ShopVisible is the only ecommerce platform provider that also enables retailers to automate the entire product approval process for all channels.

“To be successful in ecommerce, you need to increase the opportunities for your customers to purchase your products beyond your own website by opening up your catalog to channels like Buy.com,” said Lance Stern, ecommerce manager at Paul’s TV. “We chose ShopVisible because it makes the process of integrating new sales channels into our ecommerce strategy seamless. No matter what channel someone makes a purchase through, it all flows back through our central ShopVisible solution. Since offering our products through retail channels like Buy.com, we have seen a tremendous growth in sales without the pain often associated with managing and fulfilling the orders.”

Using the ShopVisible solution, retailers can fully manage and automate the sale of their products and services through all major retail channels. Unlike other ecommerce providers, ShopVisible provides a direct, two-way interaction with these marketplaces where products can be selectively pushed to specific online marketplaces and comparison shopping engines and orders are all managed and organized in a single user interface.

"Just as Buy.com is committed to giving our customers the highest level of service, we are equally committed to providing our marketplace partners with the best experience possible," said Neel Grover, CEO and president of Buy.com.  "Integrating with ShopVisible helps our marketplace partners better manage their online sales and, therefore, supports our mission to serve as a leading marketplace for a variety of products and marketplace sellers."

“There’s no reason retailers need to rely solely on their primary websites to drive traffic and revenues. In addition to retailers’ own websites, they need to take advantage of as many avenues for exposure as they can,” said Sean Cook, CEO of ShopVisible. “In today’s marketplace, retailers have a host of new options beyond selling their products and services via their own stores. ShopVisible helps retailers take advantage of online sites such as Buy.com, Amazon and eBay which allow them to market and sell their products to massive groups of consumers. By opening up the retail ecosystem, ShopVisible provides a one-stop shop for retailers to manage their online retail sites and leverage online retail channels.”   

About ShopVisible

ShopVisible is an on-demand ecommerce solution provider that delivers tools and services designed to streamline and advance retailers’ online businesses.  From initial design or re-design to multi-channel strategies, proven search engine optimization implementation, content management, CRM, shipping, back office systems and analytics, ShopVisible provides unified management of the entire e-tail ecosystem, providing the flexibility and insight to meet even the most complex business needs.  ShopVisible powers some of e-tail’s most successful brands, ensuring speed to market, security and constant innovation. For more information, visit www.shopvisible.com, or call (866) 493-7037.

Contact:

Lisa Astor or Jessica Cascio

PAN Communications

978-474-1900

shopvisible@pancomm.com

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ShopVisible Launches Mobile ecommerce Solution
By PAN Communications
6/22/2010 11:26:00 AM  

ShopVisible Launches Mobile ecommerce Solution

ShopVisible Mobile Creates Unique ecommerce Experience on iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Windows Mobile Devices

ATLANTA – June 22, 2010 ShopVisible, a leading provider of on-demand ecommerce solutions, today announced the availability of ShopVisible Mobile, an ecommerce platform that extends its comprehensive tools and services to the mobile environment, creating a rich mobile retail experience for consumers. ShopVisible Mobile runs on all major mobile devices, including iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Windows Mobile devices and was designed with the specific requirements of the mobile environment in mind.

“We have seen more and more consumers using mobile devices for purchases and buying decisions,” said Puneet Mehta, co-founder of Foothealth.com. “In order to stay competitive in the marketplace, we knew that we needed to offer a robust mobile retail site on par with our online storefront. Partnering with ShopVisible, the transition to mobile has been seamless. Our customers can now easily and quickly enjoy the same rich experience on their mobile phones as they do from their home computers.”

Today, more and more consumers are making their buying and purchasing decisions via the mobile platform. While purchasing made via mobile devices is still in its infancy, a significant number of consumers research their purchases in real time via a mobile device, making it imperative for retailers to create an optimum mobile experience. ShopVisible Mobile puts the user experience first. Its mobile ecommerce platform enables faster load times by creating “lighter versions” of ShopVisible client sites specifically optimized for a mobile browsing and shopping experience. Its simple interface makes it easy for users to browse retailers’ products and even make simple, fast purchases via services like PayPal or Amazon right from their mobile phone.

“Mobile devices get smarter all the time; today, these devices aren’t just capable of voice and messaging, but allow consumers to view streaming video and make online purchases. Retailers are realizing that mcommerce is a new and growing way to drive customer interaction and increase revenue. This opens up real opportunities for retailers to reach consumers through a medium they are familiar with and using on a daily basis,” said Sean Cook, CEO of ShopVisible. “The creation of ShopVisible Mobile is a natural of extension of what we already do – allow retailers to focus on growing their businesses through a multi-channel approach to ecommerce.”

ShopVisible makes it easy for retailers to extend their online business to the mobile environment by enabling them to manage their websites, online channels and mobile sites all from one platform. Retailers do not need to spend cycles setting up separate environments for their online and mobile presences; the ShopVisible Mobile solution recognizes when a consumer is accessing the retailer’s site from a mobile device and automatically makes adjustments to customize the site and viewing experience.

Major features of ShopVisible Mobile include:

  • Easy integration with Amazon Mobile Payments and Mobile PayPal
  • In-site search functionality and mobile search friendly infrastructure
  • Highly SEO-friendly for mobile search
  • Consumers can buy products directly from the device or push a button to order by phone
  • Retailers can control and change content
  • Eliminates the need for extra integrations, tying all orders and traffic directly into the same site management tools and business processes already in place
  • Comprehensive and simple traffic and order analytics
  • Easy-to-deploy promotion codes
  • Live shipping calculations against UPS, Fedex and USPS

ShopVisible Mobile is available today. For more information, please visit http://www.shopvisible.com/mobile-commerce.aspx.

About ShopVisible

ShopVisible is an on-demand ecommerce solution provider that delivers tools and services designed to streamline and advance retailers’ online businesses.  From initial design or re-design to multi-channel strategies, proven search engine optimization implementation, content management, CRM, shipping, back office systems and analytics, ShopVisible provides unified management of the entire e-tail ecosystem, providing the flexibility and insight to meet even the most complex business needs. ShopVisible powers some of e-tail’s most successful brands, ensuring speed to market, security and constant innovation. For more information, visit www.shopvisible.com, or call (866) 493-7037.


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Join us the Internet Retailer 2010 Conference & Exhibition this June!
By Marketing
4/13/2010 9:08:00 AM  


Please join us at the Internet Retailer 2010 Conference & Exhibition held at McCormick Place West in Chicago from June 8-11.

Now in its sixth year, IRCE 2010 is the world's largest ecommerce conference, each year drawing more than 5,000 attendees. This year's show features 175 e-retailing experts on its speaker faculty, 91 conference sessions on all e-retailing topics, and five targeted workshops. It also features the largest exhibition of ecommerce solutions in the world—400 exhibitors in all, including the ShopVisible booth. Please visit us at Booth 685 so that we can show you what we can do to improve your online retail performance.

At the show, look out for ShopVisible client Susan Aplin, CEO of bambeco.com.  Susan will be speaking on Social Media: Closing the Loop – How Going Social Leads to Sales during the general conference session on June 10 at 11:45 AM.

We hope to see you at IRCE 2010!


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USA Today Takes Notice of ShopVisible's Facebook Application
By Marketing
2/24/2010 12:21:00 PM  

As we continue to break new ground and provide constant innovation to our clients, the world takes notice!

ShopVisible and client RightSize Health & Nutrition were noted in USA Today for the successful launch of ShopVisible's Facebook application, created to expand sales channels for online retailers.

“Today’s business needs to understand the power of social networking in order to thrive," says Jennifer Goodner, Corporate Support Manager of RightSize Health & Nutrition. "Part of the success of RightSize is our ability to interact with our customer in a personal way. The ShopVisible Facebook integration enables us to present our products for immediate purchase to those who are seeking unbiased reviews from the Facebook community."

Several ShopVisible clients are taking advantage of the unique application that allows them to include up to 16 products on their Facebook page. 

 

As Josh Lloyd, CTO and Co-Founder of ShopVisible says, “With more than 250 million members, Facebook allows our customers to significantly enhance their reach to potential buyers and customers... Additionally, our team can help retailers create a greater customer experience to increase loyal 'followers' and turn them into brand advocates.”


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