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Key Insights: Exclusive market intelligence and ecommerce highlights

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30-second summary: Cyber Monday and Black Friday are set to smash the $10 billion ballpark figure in ecommerce sales. Thanksgiving is expecting a 49.5% sales growth. US retail ecommerce sales to reach $190.47 billion, which is a 35.8% jump. Consumer behavior insights that will help retailers take advantage of the shorter calendar window between Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas will positively impact holiday shopping dynamics. Our latest Marketing Automation Summit data shows that 13% of businesses do not use marketing automation while 47% use some of it, and 28% are exploring their options. We tracked $52 million of investment in Marketing Technologies during October. Who got the funding? What are the top martech? How can you pivot strategy to ace holiday sales? Let’s help you find answers. After the smashing success of Amazon Prime Day , Cyber Monday and Black Friday are set to smash the $10 billion ballpark figure in …

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The 11 Best Dropshipping Tools

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Dropshipping is a popular method for building an e-commerce empire. The challenge is, there are tons of people out there trying to do the same thing. So, how do you get a competitive edge? By using dropshipping tools to get the most out of your dropshipping business. This post covers the basics of dropshipping and the 11 best dropshipping tools to maximize this fulfillment method’s benefits while minimizing the drawbacks. What is Dropshipping? Dropshipping is a fulfillment method that allows e-commerce stores to sell products without storing or maintaining stock. Using the dropshipping model, your store markets a third-party’s (a wholesaler or manufacturer) products. When someone places an order from your site, you buy the product from a third-party, who then sends the product directly to your customer. You don’t have to worry about logistics, and the difference between the price you sell at and the price you buy at …

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Why ecommerce marketers should look beyond Facebook & Google this holiday season

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30-second summary: COVID has triggered a massive spike in digital shopping, especially on mobile. Pursuing customers exclusively via Facebook & Google ignores the larger opportunity. Consolidated competition in walled gardens correlates to reduced returns for all. OpenRTB technologies provide a powerful programmatic alternative. The window of programmatic first-mover advantage is closing. For ecommerce marketers, the 2020 holiday shopping season represents an unprecedented opportunity. COVID-19 has hurled us five years into the future in terms of addressable market size, and giants like Amazon have doubled their profits . The industry at large is expected to grow by at least 20% before the end of the year, with much of that growth attributed to mobile shoppers . On the other hand, high unemployment, presidential election dynamics and a growing national debt could lead to a shorter, flatter, myopic holiday shopping season in the United States, traditionally a tentpole market. This confluence of …

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How to Create an E-Commerce Business Plan

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If you ever plan on finding investors, partners, or employees for your e-commerce startup, you’ll need to know how to create a business plan. A lot of people make this process out to be more complicated than it needs to be. When you do it right, creating a business plan doesn’t have to be so difficult. In this guide, I’m breaking down step-by-step everything you need to know about creating a powerful e-commerce business plan. What is an E-Commerce Business Plan? Have you ever thought about something you wanted to accomplish in your business? You’d likely jot down a few lines discussing strategies, costs, and methods behind the steps you would take to achieve those goals. If you’ve ever done that, you’ve created a basic business plan, and there isn’t too much more to it than that. An e-commerce business plan is a strategy for how your business will work, …

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How to Get Your Products in Walmart Marketplace

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As the most successful retailer in the world, it’s only natural for Walmart to have expanded into the e-commerce space. The Walmart Marketplace is among the fastest-growing e-commerce stores out there, so if you’re looking for an Amazon alternative, it’s a serious contender. But how do you make the most of Walmart Marketplace ? Well, let’s take a look, starting with how the platform operates. What is Walmart Marketplace? As an e-commerce platform , Walmart Marketplace lets third-party vendors sell their products to the Walmart customer base. Once you register as a seller and upload your listings, your items appear in the search results alongside Walmart’s products and other Marketplace vendors. You’re probably wondering what Walmart gets out of this, but it’s actually pretty simple. It’s all about moving with the times. Walmart launched the marketplace back in 2009 to attract online shoppers and grow its customer base. By welcoming …

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Key Insights: Ecommerce, omnichannel marketing, CTV, and holiday season conversions

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30-second summary: 73% of online shoppers are expected to chase post-holiday bargains while 76% of eBay buyers plan to take advantage of after-Christmas and New Year shopping deals. 33% of brands that shifted their ad dollars in Q1 and Q2 of 2020 moved money to ecommerce. SMS conversion rate increased 98% over Q2 making it a priority to add SMS to email strategies. Three must-have omnichannel touchpoints to induce conversions. CTV ad impressions grew by 2X, 55% YoY, the only medium to see such accelerated growth. 23% of consumers are more comfortable sharing data about their likes/dislikes, gender, and location data. 56% of businesses without CDPs have limited ability to apply insights holistically across their marketing efforts. D2C retail companies have a customer-first approach that is 2X better than their non-transactional counterparts. This week we share revenue-driving insights on omnichannel marketing and CTV advertising that can help ecommerce businesses increase …

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The 4 Best Technical SEO Companies of 2020

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No matter how great the content on your website is, your hard work could amount to nothing without proper technical SEO. Technical SEO gives your site structure, makes it super easy for search engine bots to crawl and index, and helps Google understand what each page is about. URL structuring, robots.txt, redirect codes, canonical tags, .htaccess files, load time, and many others. It all matters. Do all those things sound unfamiliar to you? No? Well, you don’t need to. Tons of companies already know this stuff and it’s really easy to work with them. That’s where this guide comes in. Our team at Neil Patel Digital researched, reviewed, and listed the top technical SEO companies on four criteria: Outstanding customer reviews. Awards, impressive clientele, and a long history of delivering stellar technical SEO work. Thought-leadership—consistently publishing of insightful articles and trends on the topic. A strong reputation amongst other SEO …

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How to Use Quizzes in Your Marketing Strategy

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Using quizzes in your marketing strategy is one of the most underrated marketing moves. Seriously. They are incredibly effective at generation leads, engaging your audience, and much more. But, it isn’t enough for me to just convince you to implement quizzes in your marketing strategy, so I’m going to show you exactly how to create an effective quiz, how to distribute it, and how to follow it up with marketing automation. At the end, we’ll cover several brands successfully using quizzes in their marketing strategy so you can walk away with a little more insight. Part I: Creating Your Quiz There’s more to a quiz than you might actually think. Did you know that six out of ten people only read a headline ? That means we’re going to have to make a pretty good first impression, so let’s talk about the title first. Title Selection & Quiz Types The …

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Holiday marketing: Get the data that puts you ahead of the competition

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What you will read in this post: Understand holiday season traffic trends Optimize for strong SEO and PPC keywords Analyzing keyword-driven traffic for seasonal marketing Which sites won the most keyword traffic? Black Friday marketing: November 2019 Christmas marketing strategy: December 2019 Build strong display and referral partnerships Analyze historic conversion data The biggest display and referral sites (and the brands winning traffic) Black Friday marketing strategy: November 2019 Christmas marketing: December 2019 Already imagining the taste of the delicious holiday meals and the laughter of your kids when the entire family comes together? Sorry, we know you’re a marketer; you don’t have time for that. You’re busy worrying whether you have everything you need so your marketing strategy can ensure the biggest possible chunk of holiday traffic and generate maximum sales. This post investigates seasonal marketing statistics of the past few years and provides some eye-opening insights from SimilarWeb’s …

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Micro Startup Acquisition: The Definitive Guide to Buying and Selling Small Startups

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The problem with selling your startup is the long exit time. Sometimes it can take as long as seven years before you can sell your business and hop on the next idea. And the investors? They feel the same way. Who wants to wait almost a decade to buy a startup when the face of tech is evolving at such a rapid pace? Plus, the price tag on those more established businesses often run into the billions. That’s an expensive mistake if you make the wrong investment. The solution? Micro startup acquisitions. From Facebook to Microsoft, there is a massive trend to seek out tiny teams of five or less, buy them, and use the technology and talent to gain a competitive edge. In this guide, we’ll discuss the benefits of buying and selling a micro startup, the trends changing M&R strategy, and the top tools you can use to …

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Dump Amazon Prime and get groceries (and more) delivered same-day with Shipt and Instacart

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Skip Amazon Prime and get groceries, office supplies, homewares, and even clothes delivered same-day with Shipt and Instacart. As the weather gets worse and life gets busy around the holidays, you should consider purchasing a delivery membership to help check off one more thing on your to-do list. We recommend skipping Amazon Prime , and trying out Shipt and Instacart , two standbys in the on-demand category. Both services deliver essentials, groceries, and more to your home with the touch of an app, but are faster and more reliable than online shopping by mail, since they contact a local shopper in your area who picks up and delivers in your own neighborhood. Whether you’re looking for someone to pick up your groceries every week, need help hauling an 18-lb. dog food bag home, or need a last-minute ingredient for a recipe you’re in the middle of making, a grocery delivery …

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Key Insights: Holiday sales predictions, milestone dates, and consumer online shopping challenges

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30-second summary: Holiday sales are projected to smash records with a total $189 billion reaching a 2X growth. Black Friday sales are expected to reach $10 billion. Shopping with many online retailers is a limbo for consumers. 42% of consumers did not complete a transaction and 52% of consumers were quick to buy from your competitors. With many walk-in retailers being closed on Thanksgiving, there’s room for online sales to see an additional $11 billion online spend bonus. Unlock your opportunities, discover the milestone dates where holiday sales will skyrocket and the pressing concerns that you need to tackle. Winter’s here, shopping’s near, but online experiences aren’t very dear. Even though holiday sales are projected to cross $189 billion, online retailers are far from home in the shopping experience department. This week we walk you through the predictions, milestone dates, customers’ shopping challenges, and the factors that can bridge that …

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How We Became Digital Marketers in Just One Summer

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Posted by rootandbranch Editor’s note: This blog is from the perspective of five University of Pittsburgh students — Kirsten , Steve , Darcie , Erin , and Sara — who completed a class this summer called "Digital Marketing Search Fundamentals", taught by Zack Duncan of Root and Branch. Introduction Our digital marketing class this summer did not give us credits that count towards graduation (in fact, some of us graduated in Spring 2020), nor did it give us a grade. Instead, we learned about paid search and organic search along with some of the key concepts central to digital marketing. We also became certified in Google Ads Search along the way. We each had different reasons for taking the course, but we all believe that digital marketing will have value for us in our lives. At the beginning of the term, in June 2020, we were asked, “What is one …

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The 5 Best Email Marketing Companies of 2020

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Almost everyone uses email. But here’s the sweet part. The people you’re trying to reach or retain already have active email addresses. Heck, most of them used or would use one to sign-up for your service or product. If you can get into (and stay) in people’s inbox, you can make a ton of money. Data shows companies can generate $38 for every $1 email investment. Unfortunately, getting into an inbox is not a stroll in the park. Now that’s where the best email marketing companies come in. These companies will help you to strategize, collect relevant email addresses, create, and manage email marketing campaigns that drive business growth. How do I know this? Our team at Neil Patel Digital vetted hundreds of email marketing companies based on their brand reputation, client portfolio, ratings, and their areas of expertise. The result? The very top email agencies you can trust. Not …

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What is App Store Optimization?

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With over 4 million mobile apps in the major app stores, getting your app discovered is one of the biggest issues facing mobile app publishers today. This is why understanding app store optimization is so crucial. But what is app store optimization, and how can you make the most of it? Here’s what you need to know to help your app rank well. What is App Store Optimization (ASO)? App store optimization is the process of optimizing mobile apps to rank higher in an app store’s search results. The higher your app ranks in an app store’s search results, the more visible it is to potential customers. That increased visibility tends to translate into more traffic to your app’s page in the app store. The goal of ASO is to drive more traffic to your app’s page in the app store, so searchers can take a specific action: download your …

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