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Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 at 10:20 am

True Customer Care Pays Dividends

November 9th, 2010

Thank youMany online retailers have an endless stream of gimmicks and promotions to hook the customer. But sometimes all you need is a little good word of mouth to help you gain the advantage.

Recently, my friends and I began seeing Lands’ End Canvas free shipping coupons in popular magazines. Intrigued by the possibility of a new line from this brand known for quality, and drawn in by the promotion, we went to their site and began to peruse their inventory.

After a…

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Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009 at 9:30 am

A Clicks-to-Bricks Site Optimization Checklist

November 4th, 2009

checklistBecause I live in the optimization world, I sometimes assume that certain web site strategies are common sense and obvious. I sometimes forget that the only reason why they are common sense and obvious to me: Because I analyze and optimize web sites all day, every day. That’s a bit of an unfair advantage!

At FutureNow, we work with clients in a variety of industries and business models: e-commerce, lead generation and catalog. Lately, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some…

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Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009 at 10:22 am

Top 10 Online Retailers by Conversion Rate: July 2009

August 25th, 2009

Here are the top 10 converting websites for July 2009*. These are based on Nielson Panel data and are calculated by user to final conversion. Conversion-rate data is based on visitor conversion rates, not session conversion rates: i.e., No. of unique customers/No. of unique visitors.

1. Schwan’s 35.2 2. Keurig 31.3 3. ProFlowers 26.0 4. Vitacost22.5 5. Blair 22.4 6. DrsFosterSmith.com 22.4 7. Woman Within 21.3 8. Amway Global 20.5 9. Roamans.com 18.7 10. Office Depot 17.9

*Source: Nielsen Online / Marketing Charts

Benchmarks according to the FireClick Index

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Increasing your conversion rate…

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Friday, Aug. 7, 2009

I’m not an idiot, but I play one online – and so should you!

August 7th, 2009
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Sorry about the headline – the 80s flashbacks are getting to me.  Still, I really do “play stupid” as a Website optimizer and online copywriter.  Or at least I play ignorant.

Why?  Because all those terms and concepts you think everyone understands about your business and what you’re selling – well, you’re wrong about them!  Wrong about both the terms themselves and your potential audience.  If you think I’m mistaken, go back and watch the video…

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Monday, Aug. 3, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Top 10 Online Retailers by Conversion Rate: June 2009

August 3rd, 2009

Here are the top 10 converting websites for June 2009*. These are based on Nielson Panel data and are calculated by user to final conversion. Conversion-rate data is based on visitor conversion rates, not session conversion rates: i.e., No. of unique customers/No. of unique visitors.

1. ProFlowers 24.0 2. Vitacost 23.3 3. 1800Flowers 19.5 4. Roamans19.2 5. Office Depot 18.5 6. Blair 17.3 7. QVC 17.0 8. Victoria’s Secret 16.8 9. DrsFosterSmith.com 16.4 10. Amazon 16.4

*Source: Nielsen Online / Marketing Charts

Benchmarks according to the FireClick Index

Fireclick Index

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Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2009 at 9:32 am

Shopping Cart Abandonment Woes

July 1st, 2009

Last week, Brendan tackled how to answer the 5 unanswered questions customers face in the shopping cart (other than shipping costs). According to a recent study by PayPal and comScore, 45% of US online shoppers had abandoned shopping carts multiple times in just three weeks.

Why were shoppers abandoning their carts?

46% of online shoppers said high shipping charges were a “very important reason” for emptying carts. Is free shipping a must in this economy? Have you tested personalized shipping offers based on location?

Other reasons for…

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Thursday, Jun. 25, 2009 at 9:19 am

Christmas Shopping Begins in the Next 4 Weeks…

June 25th, 2009

What will you do to be prepared for it?

This is not the Emergency Christmas described by John Stewart from the Daily Show. However, with the pressure of the economy people will probably be spending more time planning, considering, saving and looking for amazing deals sooner rather than later in the year. What are you going to DO NOW to make sure you get their limited attention and dollars? Will your business and website be optimized for this interesting holiday season?

The Daily Show…

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Thursday, Jun. 4, 2009 at 9:15 am

Top 10 Online Retailers by Conversion Rate: April 2009

June 4th, 2009

Here are the top 10 converting websites for April 2009*. These are based on Nielson Panel data and are calculated by user to final conversion. Conversion-rate data is based on visitor conversion rates, not session conversion rates: i.e., No. of unique customers/No. of unique visitors.

1. ProFlowers 42.8 2. Vitacost.com 28.9 3. Office Depot 25.0 4. MetroStyle 24.5 5. Woman Within 23.0 6. Schwan’s 21.1 7. CDW 20.8 8. 1800Flowers 20.8 9. Landsend 18.8 10. Drs FosterSmith 18.30

*Source: Nielsen Online / Marketing Charts

Benchmarks according to the FireClick Index:

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Friday, Apr. 24, 2009 at 5:53 am

Top 10 Online Retailers by Conversion Rate: March 2009

April 24th, 2009

Here are the top 10 converting websites for March 2009*. These are based on Nielson Panel data and are calculated by toolbar user to final conversion. Conversion-rate data is based on visitor conversion rates, not session conversion rates: i.e., No. of unique customers/No. of unique visitors.

1. Schwan’s 50.5 2. FTD 27.2 3. ProFlowers 24.3 4. Vitacost.com 23.7 5. Woman Within 22.7 6. Roaman’s 21.1 7. ColdWater Creek 20.0 8. Eddie Bauer 19.3 9. Blair.com 20.20 10. QVC 17.30

*Source: Nielsen Online / Marketing Charts

Additional March Retail Benchmarks:

The online retail sector in…

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Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2009 at 6:30 am

Top 10 Online Retailers by Conversion Rate: February 2009

March 18th, 2009

Here are the top 10 converting websites for February 2009*. These are based on Nielson Panel data and are calculated by toolbar user to final conversion. Conversion-rate data is based on visitor conversion rates, not session conversion rates: i.e., No. of unique customers/No. of unique visitors.

1. Schwan’s 42.10 2. ProFlowers 36.50 3. Quixtar 33.20 4. Vitacost.com 28.90 5. Woman Within 24.20 6. LL Bean.com 20.40 7. Office Depot 20.30 8. Tickets.com 20.20 9. 1800Flowers 17.30 10. QVC 17.10

*Source: Nielsen Online / Marketing Charts

Additional February Retail Benchmarks:

The online retail sector…

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