Have you ever heard the term “TikTok brain”? Tiktok videos, reels, and other short formats are killing our attention span, and there is now a name for this phenomenon. In fact, nearly 50% of users surveyed by TikTok said that videos longer than a minute long were “stressful”. ONE minute is stressful now?! In addition to shrinking our attention spans, short videos are highly addictive, with the average TikTok user spending a whopping 95 minutes a day on the app. With this data in mind, it is no surprise that the recent TikTok ecommerce venture, TikTok Shops, is successful. But this success might be short-lived in some countries, with Indonesia very recently banning shopping transactions on social media apps.Continue reading
Don’t we all hate it when we see a hotel room, plane ticket, or concert ticket at an attractive price, only to be hit with a million extra fees during checkout? Convenience fees, payment processing fees, because-we-can fees, and various fuck-you fees makes a miserable shopping for customers. That delicious $12 burger you found on the food delivery app? $40 after various fees, delivery, and tip. And what’s this? An “e-ticket delivery fee”? Receiving your football game tickets via email now comes with a price tag.Continue reading
In the grand theater of ecommerce, competition takes center stage, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. But not every performance is a heart-pounding Shakespearean tragedy. Each business has its unique script, stage, and actors, and the intensity of rivalry among competitors can vary dramatically.
Today, we will explore the competitive dynamics of the business world, with a special focus on the ecommerce world. For the business strategy nerds out there, we’ll delve into Porter’s analysis of the intensity of rivalry and apply it to online businesses. We’ll review the key factors that impact the intensity of rivalry before looking at strategies to successfully navigate a competitive environment. So, let’s dive in and discover what keeps our audience applauding.Continue reading
Have you ever been scrolling on your Instagram feed, seen a picture of a model wearing a pair of shoes you really like, and then found a View Products tag? That is social commerce: the fusion between ecommerce and social media. Kids are now born with a smartphone in their hands and social media on the screen. Platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok drive huge amounts of traffic daily and have billions of users worldwide. Companies had to find ways to monetize all this traffic and data, and social commerce is one of them. This relatively recent way of selling is significantly impacting the digital marketing world, and it is getting bigger by the year. But how big is it exactly and should you use it? Let’s find out.Continue reading
When I started my first business, I created an online store but also listed my products on Amazon. As a new entrepreneur with little experience, I was expecting to get a few more sales from Amazon than my own website. It turns out that for each order I received on my website, I got almost ten orders from Amazon. There are many great things about selling on popular marketplaces, the most important being piggybacking the marketplace customer base and the built-in trust with customers.
Yet, there are a lot of issues with online marketplaces that are not obvious before you start selling on one of these channels. It took me years before I started to fully understand the challenges and issues that came with online marketplaces. I do not blame the marketplace operators for all these issues, but I want to discuss the dark side of these important online channels so you are better prepared for the day you join one of them, if you have not already.Continue reading
I may be one of the few weird people who enjoy looking at financial dashboards and playing with complicated Excel files. I find it fascinating to change a number in a cell and see the whole spreadsheet, charts, and tables change. And you know what? It actually helps me wrap my head around different aspects of the businesses I deal with. I may be a nerd, but I understand that finance, numbers, and ratios may look scary to rookie entrepreneurs. Here’s the deal: understanding and managing cost structures is a key to success, whether in the Ecommerce world or other industries. Some of the costs related to an online business are similar to what you’d find in any other business, while some are unique and tied to online businesses. Others are much more important than in other business models.
I can’t talk about every component of every business; this would take the whole book, and I know a lot more about Ecommerce than other business models anyway. The aim of this section is to focus on costs related to Ecommerce. Cost structures are a very important part of a business. They are key to crafting the best pricing strategy, effective financial planning, and ultimately maximizing growth and profits. So, let’s get started and look at each category.Continue reading
Perhaps not everyone is familiar with the Good-Better-Best approach in business, but we have all experienced it as customers, no matter where we shop. Booking a plane ticket? You’ll have to choose between Economy, Economy-Premium, or Business. Pumping gas? Your options are Regular, Midgrade, or Premium. It is an easy concept to understand, and many businesses across various industries are using this approach, while others are still not offering tiered pricing. The G-B-B strategy has many advantages, and if done right, can bring a lot of extra revenues.Continue reading
Whether you have experience in online sales or not, you probably know that pricing is often one of the most important criteria for the customer. Of course, we all like a good deal, but pricing also affects our perception of a product. We previously talked about low-cost pricing and premium pricing strategies. But pricing is more complex than that, and getting the price right is one of the most important things in maximizing sales and profits. Different businesses have different products, customers, and competitive environments, so they need the best strategy for their business. Let’s talk about the seven main pricing strategies that apply to Ecommerce and online sales.Continue reading
I have met many aspiring entrepreneurs over the years. While some were quick to start their first business, most were struggling to get started. I have heard many reasons (some would say excuses) why they wanted to start a business but could not: lack of funds, not enough education or experience, or too busy with their job. But the one reason that comes up the most is finding the right idea. It is easy to convince someone that they can start a business without a Harvard MBA or a million dollars in the bank. But getting them to acknowledge they can find a good business idea is more difficult.Continue reading
Starting a business is always an exciting adventure. But after some time, entrepreneurs will begin to wonder, “What’s next?”. The Ansoff Matrix is an easy framework to figure out growth strategies, even though it was created in the 1950s! With the expansion of ecommerce, are these strategies still valid today? Let’s find out!Continue reading