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December Retail Sales Down, eCommerce Up

2016 ended with a slump in retail sales in Canada but online sales continue to grow in real dollars as well as percentage of overall retail sales

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Generic Top Level Domains News (aka gTLD’s and domain extensions)

Thinking of expanding your web presence by adding another domain? In the early days of the Internet we were limited to .com, ,net, .ca and 3 or 4 more. Today there are over 250 gTLD’s to choose from! Here are the top ten domain extensions and the bottom ten registered in the past 2 weeks (source Tucows). The total number of registrations for that extension is listed beside each one. Top 10 .london - 7998 .club - 5234 .xyz - 4402 .link - 4033 .guru - 2434 .photography - 2348...

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Mobile e-Commerce Growing Rapidly

PayPal and Ipsos released some new numbers today showing that mobile commerce is growing at a compound rate of 34% compared to traditional ecommerce growing at only 14%.  This is great news for merchants who have already made the jump to responsive web design and is consistent with what we have been seeing across our customers.  A significant portion of traffic and sales is now coming in from mobile shoppers. While the hype is great, it is important to point out that they are reporting that...

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Staples Closing Stores as B2B Sales Move Online

Big box stalwart Staples announced today that they are closing 140 stores in the US & Canada as they focus on online sales and adjust their product mix as sales of traditional items fall.  This comes on the heels of venerable Canadian office supply company Grand & Toy closing all of their retail locations earlier this year to focus on online and traditional mail order. The shrinking of Staples can be looked at as part of the general decline of big box retailers when faced with low...

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Clicks Are Just the Beginning

If you are wondering about the benefits of all of the social media posts, and PPC ads you have been running, you will be interested in the report released this week by market research company Mintel . While the headline is that they forecast ad spending in Social Media will surpass $11 billion by 2017, it was the other data that I found more interesting and concrete: 40% of Social Media users were influenced by social when making purchasing decisions. the 18-34 cohort (Millenials/Gen Y)...

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Improving eCommerce Performance

One of the things we really work on is making sure that CommerceCM is as fast as possible so I was excited to download a new State of the Union report from Radware about eCommerce Page Speed & Web Performance and learn how our customers compare. This report looks at the top 100 eCommerce sites and how they perform.  While we don't have any Top 100 customers (yet) I was very pleased to see that we kick some serious butt compared to many of these much larger operations!  While the target...

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E-Commerce in Canada Infographic

I actually spent Canada on a bicycle enjoying the beauty this great country has to offer and I am grateful to the kind folks at search optimization company Nextopia for producing this great infographic and saving me the time!      

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Mobile Conversion Benchmarks

Our merchants frequently ask us how they are doing compared to others so I was happy to find this infographic today from the good folks at that run the eTail conferences.   It is based on a survey of 210 online retailers across a wide range of industries. My only complaint about the data is that 59% of the survey respondents were < $50 Million in online sales which is a heck of a big range!  We know from experience that there is a huge difference between what is possible for...

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Abandoned Cart Recapture in CommerceCM

One of our recent updates to CommereCM is our Message Centre.  This is probably one of the most powerful enhancements we have launched in a long time.  Message Centre lets merchants manage messages that are sent to shoppers based on specific user actions .  Message Centre consolidates our order status updates, gift registry messages, gift certificates, order confirmations, and other marketing messages so that they are easier to update, and it adds a bunch of new email marketing automation...

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Testing Your Site in a Fragmented World

Web design is getting increasingly complex.  It hasn't ever been easy, but there was a time when if your website worked on the dominant web browser you were pretty much home free.  Unfortunately for us, the days of the dominant browser controlling 90% of the market are long gone.   Chrome passed the 50% mark last year but Firefox is holding steady at about 25% with IE, Safari, and Opera battling for the left overs. In the increasingly bloody battle for market share, the days of semi-annual...

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