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What are the Top eCommerce Design Trends for 2018?

Posted by Brandon Choquette on Tue, Feb 06, 2018 @ 12:21 PM
Ecommerce claims a larger slice of the global retail pie with each passing year, and experts project that it will account for more than 17% of all retail sales by 2022. The growing prominence of ecommerce comes as no surprise in a digitalized world, but this upward trend in online shopping does introduce unique challenges to retailers worldwide. As the ecommerce landscape becomes increasingly competitive, online retailers need to innovate the shopping experience they offer in order to keep up.

Because having a stellar product is not enough to stand out in such a highly saturated market, great design is the key for ecommerce businesses looking to make a memorable impact on their customers. Ecommerce design in 2018 is truly revolutionizing the way we shop by combining the ease and lightness of online shopping with the experiential and discovery-elements of offline shopping.

Some of the ecommerce design trends of 2018 are so ingeniously subtle we may not notice them until met with a poorly designed site with which to compare them. Trends like scrolling product photos and seamless product landing pages eliminate much of the needless navigation work that can sabotage conversions, creating a light yet informative online shopping experience.

But other trends are made to stand out: big, bold, out-of-the-box photography and integrated video are meant to capture your attention. These trends make it possible to showcase the product through its characteristics that simply don’t come through in standard photo dimensions, characteristics like movement, texture, or consistency.

And if you have ever walked into a store and later walked out having purchased something you never set out to buy, ecommerce design trends in 2018 are moving to encourage more of this kind of browsing. By designing unique, attractive, and interactive category pages, many ecommerce sites are moving to reintroduce an element of discovery to your online shopping experience.

Check out examples of these ecommerce design trends and more in the following infographic from What’s the Host:

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How to Optimize Your Site for Google’s Rich Answer Box

Posted by Catherine Hatch on Tue, Feb 06, 2018 @ 10:23 AM

Google is constantly changing its site, and marketers must keep up with these changes in order to keep websites relevant. One of the newer changes Google has made to its site is its rich answer box. Rich answers greatly improve the Google user’s experience and provide your website with a new chance for visibility on the first page of a Google search. Read below to learn how to properly optimize your website for Google’s rich answer box.

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Tags: Search Engine Optimization, Rich Answers, Rich Answer Box

Top Digital Marketing Trends for Small Businesses This Year [Infographic]

Posted by Catherine Hatch on Thu, Feb 01, 2018 @ 10:15 AM

With each passing year, digital marketing becomes increasingly important to the success of small businesses. In order to stand out and reach customers, small businesses need to make use of the latest digital marketing trends. Smart business owners understand this need and will increase their digital marketing efforts this year. Infusionsoft surveyed 1,000 small businesses in October of last year to learn about their plans for digital marketing in the New Year. Check out the infographic below to see the results!

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Tags: Digital Marketing Trends, 2018 Marketing Tips, Digital Marketing for Small Businesses

5 Tips to Create More Meaningful Content

Posted by Catherine Hatch on Mon, Jan 29, 2018 @ 10:15 AM

content creationCreating meaningful content has always been the best way to increase engagement. However, social media outlets such as Facebook have shifted their focus toward content that matters to its users, making meaningful content even more important. In order to maintain visibility in social media platforms and increase your engagement, meaningful content is an essential part of your marketing strategy. Here are some tips to help you create more meaningful content today!

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Tags: Blogging for Business, Content creation

3  Ways Explainer Videos Can Improve Conversion Rates on Your Website

Posted by Brandon Choquette on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 @ 11:20 AM

 Online videos have experienced explosive growth in recent years, due in part to the fact that Google's algorithm for search rankings evaluates the amount of time visitors stay on your websites.

Explainer videos are an affordable and effective method for improving conversion rates,  clarifying your product or service, and boosting your sales. 

Continue reading to learn how an explainer video can improve conversion rates for your website.

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Tags: Web Video Production, Business Video, Video Production, How to Use Video for Marketing, Explainer Videos

Social Media Trends to Watch for in 2018

Posted by Catherine Hatch on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 @ 10:30 AM

social mediaSocial media outlets are constantly changing their layouts and algorithms to try to improve user experience. As these platforms change, social media marketing needs to evolve with them to stay relevant. Successful marketers understand these changes and stay informed on the latest social media trends. Here are some of the trends that will be popular in 2018.

1. Growth of Live Video Content

Live video content has been growing in popularity over the last few years. In 2018, this trend will continue. According to Facebook, live videos receive six times the engagement that normal videos receive. Live videos create the opportunity for a shared viewing experience between different users, which can foster a sense of community. Live video content is a great way to humanize your brand and encourage engagement with your content. As live video content grows in popularity, successful marketers will increase their use of this tactic to stay relevant.

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Tags: Social Media Marketing, 2018 Marketing Tips, 2018 Social Media Trends

How to Use Instagram Stories to Promote Your Business

Posted by Catherine Hatch on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

instagram storiesInstagram stories can be very useful for a business’s social media marketing strategy because they guarantee visibility. Unlike Instagram posts, Instagram stories show up at the top of your follower’s screen each time they open the app. For this reason, it’s important to make use of Instagram stories. Here are some tips to help you promote your business through Instagram stories.

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Tags: Instagram Marketing, Instagram Stories, Instagram for Business

How the New Facebook Update Will Affect Your Business

Posted by Catherine Hatch on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Last Thursday, Facebook announced major changes that they will be making to the site. Facebook hopes that these changes will improve the overall user experience. However, these changes will also have an impact on social media marketing. Read below to learn how the new Facebook update will affect your business’s marketing strategy.

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Tags: Facebook Marketing, Facebook Update

4 Quick Tips to Help Customers Find Your Website

Posted by Brandon Choquette on Fri, Jan 12, 2018 @ 10:15 AM

 Whether you're a new marketer or a veteran, you know that it's important to attract visitors to your site. However, sometimes it's easier said than done. You're worried about a myriad of other things like getting bottom-line results or keeping up with the latest marketing trends, so it's easy to forget about that first step. The key to making it a priority in your marketing strategy is to believe that generating traffic is possible. Increasing website traffic and visitors doesn't have to be a gamble-- there are a few secure ways people do it. To make sure you are aware of these tips, we have broken down some of the most effective ways you can generate traffic to your website

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Tags: Search Engine Optimization, Finding Your Website

Are Business Bloggers Getting Results? [Infographic]

Posted by Catherine Hatch on Tue, Jan 09, 2018 @ 10:30 AM

Blogging has been a popular and important part of successful businesses' digital marketing strategies for many years. However, as the internet and the ways we consume content have changed, digital marketing strategies have evolved to suit these changes. With all of these changes in strategy, you might wonder if blogging is still relevant.

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Tags: Blogging for Business, blog writing ct, Business Blogging