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  • 1. Friday, January 25, 13
  • 2. Agenda 1 ........... What is E-Commerce? 2 ........... 3 Key Elements 3 ........... Open Source Options 4 ........... Costs & Pricing Models 5 ........... Driving traffic to your store 6 ........... Measuring performanceFriday, January 25, 13
  • 3. What is E-Commerce? Electronic commerce, commonly know as e- commerce, is the buying and selling of a product or service over electronic systems such as the Internet and other computer networks.Friday, January 25, 13
  • 4. 3 Key Elements 1. Merchant Account A special type of bank account that enables a business to accept credit and debit card payments (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, etc.) These accounts may be provided directly by a merchant acquiring bank, or by an aggregator such as Paypal.Friday, January 25, 13
  • 5. 3 Key Elements 2. Payment Gateway The Internet equivalent of a Point of Sale (POS) or credit card terminal. The interface for getting an approval or rejection of a transaction by a “payment processor” and merchant account. PayPal offers both a Merchant Account and Payment Gateway packaged as one product/service.Friday, January 25, 13
  • 6. 3 Key Elements 3. Shopping Cart Picture a store front on the web, including window shopping, carts or baskets, aisles of products, and cash registers. A “shopping cart” refers to the piece of web based software that manages all the products in your store and helps your process and keep track of orders.Friday, January 25, 13
  • 7. Open Source Options Language: PHP / MySQL Dev Level: Basic Cost/Fees: Free Offers an ‘out of the box’ solution with install and setup with minimal manual intervention and configuration. Provided by default, is everything you would expect with core e-commerce functionality.Friday, January 25, 13
  • 8. Open Source Options Language: PHP / MySQL Dev Level: Basic Cost/Fees: Free, with premium upgrades Most popular e-commerce plugin for WordPress CMS, 100% customizable, streamlined checkout, integrates with Google Checkout and Paypal, with built in shipping calculators.Friday, January 25, 13
  • 9. Open Source Options Language: PHP / MySQL Dev Level: Advanced Cost/Fees: Free Integrates with Drupal’s CMS or as a standalone site. An excellent range of features are provided with the default core, everything that you would expect to get up and running straight away.Friday, January 25, 13
  • 10. Open Source Options Language: PHP / MySQL Dev Level: Advanced Cost/Fees: Free Customizable, PCI-DSS compliant, e-commerce solution that will handle everything from Web store set-up to managing customers and orders.Friday, January 25, 13
  • 11. Open Source Options Language: PHP / MySQL Dev Level: Advanced Cost/Fees: Both free and paid plans available Enterprise level solution that requires an experienced developer or someone familiar with the structure and functionality of the complex set-up.Friday, January 25, 13
  • 12. Costs & Pricing Models Discount/Interchange Rate: % of the transaction amount (1-6%) Per Transaction fee: between $0.05 and $0.45 per transaction is split between gateway and merchant account Monthly fees: Can be charged on gateways, merchant accounts, etc. and usually depend upon the integration method used.Friday, January 25, 13
  • 13. Costs & Pricing Models Chargeback fee: if a customer disputes a charge with his/her credit card company, you are immediately charged a fee ($20+) Application fee: for setup; usually charged for a merchant account and can range from $49-$300, if charged at all ** Paypal, Google Checkout, 2Checkout use flat rate structures that make these fees more predictable.Friday, January 25, 13
  • 14. Driving Traffic to Your Store Affiliate Programs: pay a % of sales generated to advertising/marketing partners Advertising: Cost-per-click Word of Mouth: social media and other refer a friend techniques Email Campaigns: online equivalent of direct mailers, coupons in the newspaper, and etc.Friday, January 25, 13
  • 15. Measuring Performance How will you know when your website is successful? The same way you know your business is successful. Set goals and measure your results. Without measurement, it’s easy to spend money on your website, social media, online advertising, etc. without knowing what is truly driving buying decisions.Friday, January 25, 13
  • 16. What do I measure? KPI’s (Key Performance Measurements): - What search engines, referrers, email campaigns, and other marketing materials are generating sales? - How long does a customer spend on your site? - How many visits does it take before a customer makes a purchase? - How much revenue is generated by each of my initiates?Friday, January 25, 13
  • 17. How do I measure? Google Analytics! ASarah Davis service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about the visits to a website. The product is Digital Strategist aimed at marketers, as opposed to webmasters from @SDavis_ which the industry of web analytics originally grew. It is the most widely used website statistics service. Tracks visitors from all referrers, including organic search engines, display advertising, pay-per-click networks, e-mail marketing, and digital collateral (such as links within PDF documents).Friday, January 25, 13
  • 18. Real-Time Data Sarah Davis Digital Strategist @SDavis_Friday, January 25, 13
  • 19. Other Worthwhile Data... Sarah Davis Digital Strategist @SDavis_Friday, January 25, 13
  • 20. Key Takeaways Sarah Davis Educate yourself on the different merchant 1 accounts Digital Strategist and payment gateways @SDavis_ Choose an E-Commerce platform that fits 2 your business needs Know the fees associated with accepting 3 payment Track ALL your marketing activities & analyze 4 the traffic visiting your websiteFriday, January 25, 13
  • 21. Thank You! More Questions? Get in touch! Sarah Davis (p) 614.289.7900 (e) sarah@buckeyeinteractive.com (t) @SDavis_Friday, January 25, 13