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Revolution in online payments?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday September 27, 2007 )

If the press releases and some of the buzz are anything to go by, this company is about to turn the world of online payments on its head. Is it a contender for the PayPal crown though? (more…)


Recent articles on TTB – August 07

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday September 2, 2007 )

If you’re only viewing the Taming the Beast.net RSS feed or just visiting the blog; you’ve probably missed out on some articles I’ve published to the main site in the last couple of months – the following is a summary of those items. (more…)


Partnership perils

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday August 30, 2007 )

Thinking about launching into an online project with a buddy, colleague or family member? It’s not always smooth sailing and often it can turn into a shipwreck. (more…)


What’s your data worth?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday August 10, 2007 )

Ever had a hard drive crash with no backup then tried to get a quote from recovery specialists to retrieve the data? (more…)


Vacation autoresponder text

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday August 8, 2007 )

I’ve just finished sending out the latest newsletter for Taming the Beast.net subscribers. It seems quite a few folks are still on holidays according to their autoresponders, lucky them :). There are some risks with letting people know you’re somewhere else having a good time though. (more…)


Paypal Pay Later

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday August 4, 2007 )

PayPal has announced the launch of PayPal Pay Later, a service that allows merchants to offer customers promotional financing; i.e. a “buy now, pay later” arrangement. (more…)


Minor cart tweaks increase sales

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday July 27, 2007 )

I’ve just been reading an interesting study on how an online retailer made a few simple changes to their shopping cart and reaped the benefits through dramatically increased conversions. (more…)


Online back to school buying

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday July 21, 2007 )

More parents will head online for back-to-school purchases this year than last year and associated spending overall is expected to top $18 billion, according to a National Retail Federation survey. (more…)


Kids are online shoppers too

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday July 13, 2007 )

A survey of over 6,00 children aged 8-14 shows a staggering 77% of kids in this age bracket have participated in ecommerce transactions. This is not only important information for merchants, but also for parents. (more…)


Click to purchase delay

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday July 12, 2007 )

Over the past two years, the click to purchase delay time has risen by 80% according to a recent research report. (more…)