Author: Anja Römisch

Further articles from Anja Römisch


It's time again to present you with several more accomplished shop examples based on the ePages shop software. The highlights this time: Demo videos, smooth-flowing pictorials, free shipping, regular customer discount, first-time buyer discount and last but not least, a creation from Design & Consult, an ePages design service. We hope you'll be inspired by them.

 

  

Business customers with a valid Value-added tax identification number are entitled to pay without VAT in domestic Europe. But can these business customers be differentiated from normal consumers in the shop? Can gross or net prices be paid depending on the customer? With ePages 6, this is set up quickly and easily. We’ll show you how it works.*

Nobody wants to have to go far when they are looking for a specific product or service. That is why customers are always pleased when the small red flag they see on Google Maps is close to their location. According to Google, by 2006 already, every fourth search query was location-specific. Even experts are saying that maps and location-based services will be that much more relevant in 2009. Companies with both a stationary and online presence can increase their real as well as their virtual business by taking advantage of a free listing and a local advertisement on Google Maps.   

What's been going on functionally in our shop since the introduction of ePages 6. After equipping ePages 6 with new components like blogs, forums, RSS feeds, appointment and booking functions for business websites, drag & drop functionality and gadget integration, we've added even more or are planning to in 2009.

  

Categories are the most important aid for structuring an online shop. They ensure a hierarchical structure which arranges superior and subordinate elements in the hierarchy in a way that makes sense and is user-friendly. We have already provided you with tips for your navigation structure in the article "More structure in the product range". Today though, we want to give you several tips for structuring categories and categories pages.

  

  

We just read an interesting article about how social media and e-mail traffic can increase conversions. The example is Delight.com, a successful live shopping portal from the USA. In an interview with ecampaign.com,  Lynda Keeler, Co Founder of Deslight.com, says the following: "E-mail and social media work like a tag team. My own experience is that I’ll send out a newsletter, carry on the conversation on Twitter, often via DM then end up back on email. This is mostly due to the frustration of only 140 characters and because e-mail feels more private." Furthermore she says: "The Social Media group has shown a 20% increase in conversion compared to other traffic drivers.” See the whole article on ecampaign.com.

Opposites attract. Design meets electronics this time in 5 x Shop. Can you recognise which ePages shop sells what at first glance? We conclude: Design loves it simple and elegant, electronics demonstrative and colourful. But form your own opinion.

  

 

 

Many companies dread forums as they might turn into platforms for complainers and disappointed customers. Quite to the contrary, a forum offers so much more: Companies are recognised much more by having an open and communicative stance and thus invest in customer retention at the same time. Since the content of a forum is constantly being updated, this will also affect Google in a positive way. With the shop software from ePages, you can now create your own forum for your online shop or your business website in just a few minutes*.

Google revises a long-going myth: Against all general assumptions, dynamic URLs can now be easily crawled by Google. The search engine giant only recommends adapting the look of dynamic URLS to static URLs when there is enough time and knowledge available to remove the correct parameters. With the shop software from ePages, shop operators are thus on the right side. Read more details in the following.

  

Don't let March's cold and grey days get you down. Let the sun shine in and enjoy these five beautiful ePages shop examples we would like to present to you this time. Details that we especially liked: Clickable logo-flash, customer bread photos, action videos and spreadshirt shop integration. Read for yourself.