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Online holiday shopping survey

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday November 22, 2007 )

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just about upon us and according to this recent survey of 1000 people, 32% are going to spend the majority of their holiday shopping budget online. (more…)


The cost of digital goods piracy

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday November 11, 2007 )

Piracy doesn’t just affect big companies like Microsoft or major music labels. Digital goods theft wreaks a heavy toll on smaller publishers selling information products such as pdf’s, ebooks, video, audio and software titles. (more…)


Are you losing sales from IE users?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday November 8, 2007 )

Are you a staunch Firefox user and have an ecommerce enabled site? There’s something you should check – it’s a very common issue I’ve struck that could be costing you sales from Internet Explorer users. The good news is it’s very easy to fix. (more…)


Revenue generation – ScratchBack

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday November 4, 2007 )

You’ve probably seen those online tipping jars around where users can make a donation to the blogger or site owner. ScratchBack is an interesting revenue generation alternative that works along the same lines, but gives something back to the donor. (more…)


Retail ecommerce grows 23 percent

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday October 27, 2007 )

U.S. ecommerce spend statistics for the third quarter of 2007 show retail ecommerce increased 23 percent over a year ago to a total of $28.4 billion. (more…)


Holiday shopping predictions

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday October 20, 2007 )

The USA holiday shopping season is expected to be a little more subdued this year with consumers increasingly feeling the pinch from high energy and food prices and fallout from the subprime mortgage fiasco. Merchants will need to be on their toes, as more consumers are planning on starting holiday shopping earlier this season. (more…)


Holiday gift card boom

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday October 16, 2007 )

Gift cards will be big business this holiday season both offline and online; to the tune of around $35 billion. (more…)


Greening your online business

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Monday October 15, 2007 )

“Going green” is the latest big trend to hit the business world – small businesses and large are rapidly discovering that making an effort towards helping the planet isn’t just a nice thing to do – it’s generating another type of green too.. increased revenue. Here’s some simple things you can do to help make your business more environmentally friendly. (more…)


Preparing for the holiday season

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday September 30, 2007 )

I was in a major chain store yesterday and noticed trees and Xmas decorations were already up. Love it or hate it, the silly season is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about holiday marketing and associated efforts. (more…)


PCI compliance crackdown

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday September 29, 2007 )

Are you an ecommerce enabled merchant? PCI compliant yet? If you aren’t, it’s time to get ready as one of the major card companies is about to start issuing fines to larger merchants who aren’t PCI compliant … and smaller merchants will no doubt be next in the firing line. (more…)