What’s best for your startup?IOS or Android App.

Launching and running your own company/business is not just tough but also complex at the same time. Many of the first time business owners end up questioning their own decision to take the entrepreneurial leap of faith. It is suggested that successful functioning of a startup business is quite similar to riding a roller coaster, which is bumpy with many highs and lows. The ability to impress the audiences to bag business stands at the core of every startup.

Nowadays, the modern-day consumer is always connected. Thanks to the growing use of mobile devices, constant access to information and instant gratification have assumed importance. Nearly a decade back, the online shopping activity was only limited to few hours but the pervasive connectivity has pushed consumers to make online purchases anytime, anywhere. So, the point that I am trying to make is consumers prefer to associate with those businesses that enjoy an active online presence.

Since businesses want to stand out amidst tough competition and aim to offer only the ‘best’, most of them focus upon developing apps that are built to deliver efficient shopping experience. Reports suggest that retailers prefer to opt for Android apps as compared to iOS as it sees a higher number of app downloads and users.

Now, the big question which deserves attention – Is it possible for a startup to launch its business using an Android App? Yes, it is achievable. Since most startups function on a shoe-string budget, affordability assumes great relevance for them.

Market experts are of the belief that Android dominance is growing at a quick pace due to its affordability

  • Customisation

Android stands out as it allows businesses to decide their own level of customisation (live wallpapers, alternative keyboards, custom ROM installs etc) as compared to Apple that maintains control of default apps with the aim to offer a homogenous software and hardware experience.

As consumers want flexibility, it has become key for businesses to offer what the audiences want.

  • Widgets

Android Widgets stand high on efficiency in comparison to the static rows of icons available in iOS.

A recent study reveals that consumers want the ability to see all relevant information at a glance on the home screen, which can only be offered in an Android app.

  • Multi-tasking

The level of multi-tasking offered by Android devices is incomparable to the iOS. While Apple devices allow switching apps back and forth, it has been observed that Samsung is way more efficient when it comes to viewing different apps at once such as the multi-window navigation.

  • Google Integration

There’s no hiding the fact that Android devices enjoy seamless integration with the Google services – Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Maps, Google+, Google Chrome as compared to Apple and iOS.

The Android world is moving at a fast pace. Yes, it has witnessed encountered multiple loopholes – bugs, slow development, lag, poor user interface, the absence of apps. However, its weaknesses were successfully dealt and currently, it enjoys an edge over iOS. The best thing about Android is the innovation– it adopted the NFC first, retina scanners, fingerprint readers, mobile payments.

So, according to me, a startup should prefer Android over iOS. The possibilities are endless with Android.

How genuine are the reviews on Amazon and Flipkart?

I strongly believe that the popularity of the Commerce platforms is responsible for driving the online sales. And one of the reasons for this rising popularity is the growing availability of online reviews and feedback posted by the existing customers, which help the prospective clients to take informed decisions. From the service provider’s perspective, online reviews are great and serve multiple purposes as it is quick, instantaneous in nature and can be quickly accessed apart from boosting revenue level.

It is understandable that clients want to opt for services that offer the highest ratings. In fact, research proves that customers spend a considerable amount of time to read online reviews before they opt for making the purchasing decision because they want to ensure that they have selected the right platform. I have personally come across that customers usually look for large feedback platforms and client-centric websites, which provide objective, true or authentic opinions.

Despite the growing preference for online customer reviews, many times reviews are manipulated or false ratings are given for varied reasons such as defaming businesses, boost sales, lure clientele and more. Hence, authentic reviews are necessary for customers and businesses both.I feel that approximately 40% of the reviews are genuine and rest 60% are manipulated for varied reasons such as to defame businesses/brands, boost sales, lure clientele, etc.

https://www.quora.com/How-genuine-are-the-reviews-on-Amazon-and-Flipkart/answer/Navdeep-Ghotra

What are Shopify.com’s biggest weaknesses?

No eCommerce solution is likely to be perfect, Shopify has been able to build user trust in the shortest possible time. Despite being a recognised name in the eCommerce domain, few flaws are making businesses not to opt for this platform.

There is no denying that Shopify has been helping businesses achieve their targets, one of the key problems is the limited focus as an eCommerce solution provider. Another issue businesses witness with Shopify is the complicated programming language it uses.

Few of the disadvantages of Shopify are as follows –

  • Intricate technical initial setup

The initial setup process for an online store requires users to have good technical understanding mainly when it is about getting your domain name correctly redirected.

  • Rising costs

Similar to most hosted eCommerce platforms, Shopify is costly as compared to the self-hosted stores that can run and function all by themselves. If you have a small shop and enjoy technical know-how, Shopify is not suitable for you.

  • Rigid migration

One of the biggest issue with Shopify is the rigid migration rule it follows. Once you have started using Shopify and keen to migrate to some other platform at a later stage, you will be needed to proceed through a tough and time-consuming migration process.

  • Less customisation scope

Since Shopify leverages a unique setup while customising the themes, which makes them different from the stores designed using PHP. It Hence, Shopify is not the best option for those users who are eyeing for customised features.

How are all eCommerce sites running despite providing almost same service to a customer like Jabong, Myntra, Yebhi etc?

On an everyday basis, the consumer’s experience with an online marketplace is increasingly becoming more social, mobile and visual in its approach, which to an extent is helping the eCommerce players to improve the process and make necessary implementations that help an online business to grow and preferred by consumers.

According to me, the success of an eCommerce platform is dependent on multiple factors – products and services offered, ease to navigate website, optimisation of the online store in accordance to SEO, use of social media marketing, etc. This is also one of the major reasons why companies planning to launch their online store should engage with a website development firm that is aware of the latest trends in the world of web.

Features are incorporated in an eCommerce platform based on the feedback received from the consumers. Understanding your clients will surely help an online platform sell more. The more a business is able to know about the preferences of the customers and their requirements, it becomes easier to find relevant opportunities to sell them new products and ensure better targeting.

I would say that profiling is capable of helping clients to tap new customers. It helps identify similar prospective clients and sell them. In a way, it will also bring improvement in client servicing, enjoy better access to information, customise product offering and provide tailored treatment.

What are the essential things in creating a website?

In the last few years, technology has undergone considerable transformation and advanced significantly. The Internet is powerful. The interactive ability of the Internet has propelled its usage across the globe and the end result is an unparalleled growth rate that continues to bolster further. Social media has assumed relevance and Google have become important than ever. Until a few years back, website creation was something that only techies were capable of doing. This old school stereotype has changed and now the non-IT geeks are easily building their own website.

For many, building a web platform may seem like a tough task, especially when you do not have any past website designing experience. The question that arises now: Is building a site easy? If you have a business and haven’t developed your website yet, there are chances that you may fall behind your competitors. Believe it or not, website building in the past was challenging but now it is achievable without any prior experience.

Our step-wise guide will help you build your website with limited knowledge and understanding.

Step 1: Hosting your website

Web hosting is like paying a rent for your web platform that encompasses – pages, images, documents, etc. A web server is used for web hosting. It is possible to build a completely functional website on a personal computer, but if you want to make it visible to others, web hosting is of utmost importance.

Step 2: Domain name registration

A domain name is the URL consumers/audiences type into their web browser to reach to your website. A good domain name offers significant branding opportunities and ensures that people remember your brand. Usually, the price of domain names vary between $8-35 and it can be successfully registered online. Many users prefer to choose a service provider that offers domain name registration and web hosting services both.

Step 3: Plan your website

Website planning is important. Hence the owner needs to opt for certain crucial decisions such as –

• Type of site needed

• Navigation design

• Content

Step 4: Designing and developing Your Website

This is considered as an integral part of the website development. At this stage, the website owner should understand the below-mentioned pointers for attaining the desired results –

• Using elements of good and effective design on website

• The building blocks of a web page is HyperText Markup Language (HTML). We suggest learning the basics of HTML for enhanced control and flexibility.

• Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) decide the look of web pages. Learning CSS will ensure that you are able to alter the visual appearance of a website in accordance with the requirement.

• Simple text editors like Notepad for writing CSS or Adobe Dreamweaver software can be used for bagging assistance with page creation. Content Management System (CMS) is also used to build a website.

Step 5: Publishing your website

The proprietary tools that come with the hosting service or with a standard FTP (File Transfer Protocol) software can be used for the proper implementation of this step. Most often, Standard FTP is supported by hosting service providers.

You can get in touch with the hosting provider if you are not aware of what your hosting service provider supports.

Step 6: Promoting Your Website

Search engine optimization (SEO) is most commonly used for website promotion. It allows your website to be easily found by audiences who want information related to services, product offerings that your website provides.

Every site owner aims to develop a platform that follows the search engine best practices.

Many prefer to use social media, conventional forms of advertising, word of mouth marketing and email marketing for creating buzz about their brand/website.

Step 7: Website maintenance

In order to ensure the functionality of your website, maintenance is integral. This is one of the reasons why the site should be properly tested while developing it and before making it live so that the audiences are offered only a completely functional website. Regular testing helps to improve the performance and ensures proper functioning across devices, browsers.

Is ShopClues the worst e-commerce site?

Shopclues was low on profile with respect to the current top online shopping sites in India until they started to offer jaw-dropping deals on products with an eye-catching price tag. Now what lies behind their whooping heavy discounts is their worst customer services, worst after sales service, replacement/refund claims, poor quality products, the poor delivery which sometimes even lead to fraudulent business. I have been a victim of their poor services, replacement policy, poor quality product/duplicate items and poor delivery. This point has led me to investigate whether if I am the only one who experienced their poor services or if they actually are poor at delivering a better experience to the customers and this is what I collected so far from the customers of ShopClues:

Worst Delivery – Wait Wait until you get pissed off

The First thing you observe about this company is their poor delivery period. They make you wait and keep waiting for the product. Customers keep calling the customer care number and their support email which again is non-responsive and productive in nature. The long wait later usually result in the refund of the money you paid (excluding any taxes) which again isn’t instant. You are made to wait some more days for the refund money to get credited to your source bank.

Duplicate Product – Poor Quality products

The product they ships sometimes turns out to be fake/inferior quality/replica of original / damaged / missing accessories/ seal opened state.

Amazed? Still, lot to think about their refund policy and replacement policy

Yes, they do mention that they refund the amount under certain conditions, but even if the conditions is met they fail to refund the money which you paid. You will go nuts contacting them and wait for a response from the team. No actions, no refunds would take place any sooner. Many are victims of this lame act by shopclues and hence we request all the online shoppers to refrain from visiting ShopClues if you do not wish to be get cheated by them.

Conclusion:

ShopClues is like a lucky draw, if you are lucky you get the right product with right delivery and if not you get the worst experience. The happy customers of them are those who are attracted towards the cheap pricing who ignores the late delivery and other services for the fact that they are getting it cheaper from other sites. Now, for those who are serious online shoppers and wish to get the right product at right time with product guarantee and better service, ShopClues is a complete “NO”.

How does e-commerce website really operate?

If you are planning to set up an eCommerce store of your own, the site must encompass the essential features so that you stand out amidst competition. Understanding that most companies are taking up the eCommerce path to bag quick profit and boost ROI, hence I have compiled a list of features that will help the eCommerce websites to become equipped for online sales.

· Search Box

eCommerce gurus say that a well-placed and positioned search box will allow the visitors to quickly search for the product that they are looking for.

· Featured Products

When an eCommerce store displays featured products on the home page or on the side columns of the website, it will let the visitors know about the top selling products, sales offer or even general products to enhance the visibility.

· Related product

This is an outstanding feature that will display the visitors what are the other products they can be bought along with what they are presently viewing. When the related products are positioned/placed with a heading (such as a customer who purchased this also bought this), it will let the users/visitors to buy more than one item at once.

· Newsletter Subscription

It let the users to share their email address to stay updated with the recent promotional offers. This will also allow you to create your mailing list based on your personal requirements needed for marketing campaigns.

· Product zoom

It is believed that an efficient zoom feature for the product images offers great benefit because it let the visitors to identify and find out the smaller nuances of your products, which works well.

A good zoom feature is capable of bringing out the finer details in a product.

· Categories

If an eCommerce store has clear and well-defined categories for product listing, it helps the end consumers considerably. The categories should be displayed somewhere they can be easily accessed by the users (for example – either across the top or on the side columns)

· Efficient Payment Gateway

Selecting the perfect payment gateway solution for an eCommerce store offers assurance and peace of mind to the visitors. It is always a better idea to select a merchant account that can be easily used by the visitors and not tough to handle.

· Privacy Policy

It is mandatory for every eCommerce store to put forth their Privacy Policy link in the footer so that users understand how the firm operates/functions.

· Client centric return policy

Study proves that online buyers prefer to opt for a business that provides a suitable return policy so that returning of products isn’t a tough task.

One can say that a good policy is capable of boosting sales.

· Customer login & registration

It is necessary for an eCommerce store to allow the customers to register on your website, so they don’t have to worry about filling in all the billing and payment details time and again. This allows the users to be flexible and quickly check out.

· Attractive graphics

Every eCommerce store owner should emphasis upon making efficient use of graphics banners and images on the site with the aim to lure visitors and display the sales promotions.

· In-depth delivery Information

It is key to inform the buyers how the products will be delivered to the customers.

· News & Events

This section informs the visitors about the new product launch, events, and other relevant news that benefit the end users. In this regard, using a blogging platform can come in handy to achieve maximum visibility.

· Social Media Presence

Since the use of social media use has gone up considerably, it is key for every eCommerce business to ensure robust presence across multiple channels so that it is easy to enhance the clientele base. Many online businesses rampantly use social channels for offering round the clock client support for resolving queries and address issues.

https://www.quora.com/How-do-e-commerce-website-really-operate/answer/Navdeep-Ghotra

Pitfalls :E-commerce website’s sales dropdown

The primary step to getting back on the right track to trace or identify the challenges faced by your business. Some pitfalls are mentioned below based on the consumer review.

  1. Price Doesn’t Match Competitors:

Price is one of the most important criteria to shop from your website. If your price is too high from your competitor, then you will definitely loss the business.  Always give the competitive prices on your eCommerce website. Keeping a close eye on your competition can help you determine what is selling and what has been removed from the storefront.

  1. Narrow Product Selection

This is the one of the problem that customer faced during shopping from your website. You should provide the wider range of the items so that customer will choose and compare the items.

  1. Errors in Site Functionality

There are many errors occur in the site functionality like server down, Checkout button is not working, filters are not working and many more.You will lose the business due to these errors

  1. Excessive Load Times

The customer is impatient and wants instant results, so site speed is a common complaint. To increase the speed, you have to fixup the error.

  1. Ineffective Search and Challenging Navigation

When Search bar is not working properly or tagging is not done properly, the customer will impatient and go to some another site. Organise your site so that your bestsellers and most profitable items are easy to find, and your various pages are logically organised and quickly locatable.

  1. Minimal Search Engine Optimisation

SEO(0n page and off page )  provides a business visibility, branding, more web traffic, a high ROI, credibility, and insight into customer behaviour. Minimal Seo reduces the traffic which has adverse on your e-commerce business.

  1. Sizes Don’t Fit as Expected

In the most of the e-commerce site, the size chart is incorrect which frustrate the customer while checking the return /replacing policies.The easily accessible size-measuring tool is a must for keeping customers happy.

  1. Discounts and Promotion Codes Can’t be Applied

Hard to find promotional code boxes are a frequent complaint among consumers

9. Poor Quality Images

Eye-tracking research shows that web users will scan a page first, and then read it. This means that product images are vital in determining the focal point of a page. So don’t use poor quality images. Videos will increase the sales.

  1. Market Tactics
  • Keeping Your Thumb on the Pulse of Your eCommerce Business
  • Digital Marketing
  • Blogs

https://www.quora.com/Our-E-commerce-websites-sales-dropdown/answer/Navdeep-Ghotra

 

The best way for organic SEO of an Ecommerce website

I would like to cover this topic in very short and crisp manner to attain the business revenue with organic traffic on your e-commerce website.

Firstly you need to start with research – Keyword Research and Competitor Research, before doing any SEO activity.

Research is the most important part of SEO. Targeting the wrong keywords can ruin your campaign by generating low-quality traffic and few conversions, and no business revenue.

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Section 1: Research

1.Keyword Research

There are three primary areas you need to focus on when conducting keyword research:

  • Find keywords for your homepage and product pages

When it comes to optimising the most important pages of your website, you should consider relevancy, search volume, and ranking difficulty.

  • Pinpoint keywords for blog topics

Creating blog content can assist in ranking your e-commerce business for additional keywords that might not have a place on your main website. Plus, you can capitalise on long-tail keywords with your blog.

  • Avoid keyword cannibalization

Keyword cannibalization occurs when multiple pages of the same website are trying to rank for the same keyword.

    2.Competitor Research

  • Which keywords are your main competitors going for?
  • Where are they getting their links?
  • What is their site architecture like?
  • From a strategy perspective, how can you differentiate your website?

Section 2: Identifying Current Problems

  • Quickly Find Site Errors
  • Determine Your Website Speed

Section 3: On-Page Optimisation

When it comes to on-page optimisation, there are eight key targets you need to focus on:

  • Keyword Optimization
  • Site Structure
  • Internal Linking
  • Usability
  • Mobile Version of Website
  • Customer Reviews
  • Rich Snippets
  • Social Media Integration

https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-best-way-for-organic-SEO-of-an-Ecommerce-website/answer/Navdeep-Ghotra

The most cost effective ways to do App Marketing in India

A result-oriented and smart marketing strategy is key for the app growth, but how does one start? The answer is dependent on the targets you are eyeing to achieve and the resources available that will help to put a plan together by following a methodological approach instead of focussing upon guesswork.

So, the big question – how to market an app?

It is important than ever to build a comprehensive marketing plan that encompasses strategy, in-depth emphasis upon the tactics and also an actionable plan that needs to be taken into account before the app is launched. Believe me, just by sharing a press release and then waiting for the downloads to happen isn’t going to bring results. The below-mentioned tactics are capable of deciding the course of a robust marketing foundation.

• Optimisation – It is key for every app developer to stress upon app store optimisation to boost the placement of the app. There are many who underestimate the relevance of app store optimisation and fail to bag the desired result. When a user is unable to locate your app in the app store, all your marketing efforts are going in the wrong direction.

The App store search results are decided based on how the name of your app, description and the keywords match with what the users are looking for. It is key to optimise the meta-data on the basis of how your target audience is engaging in the search.

Collaborating with an efficient ASO specialist can help you assess your app, research the audience base and also optimise the keywords. Some are proficient in testing the icons, screenshots and description to find out how well they are positioned to boost downloads. But if you are facing budget constraints, there are free tools (Google’s Keyword Planner). One can also use the social media channels to understand what the audiences think about your app.

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I strongly believe this will give your other marketing efforts a significant leg up before the app is launched.

• PPI Burst Campaigns – How many of you are aware that pay-per-install (PPI) advertising is an attractive tool for the mobile app development industry? Want to know why? The reason is simple – companies want to ensure their application stays at the top of the download charts. No startup can match up with the budget of an MNC, but a burst campaign is efficient to get you desired results and enhance your visibility when used properly.

I would suggest bunch the complete PPI budget into a 2-3 day campaign to push the position of your app among the top 25 of a specific category. With a limited budget, it is not advised to spread out the PPI budget over months or even a year as burst campaigns are expensive.

Although, they are not cheap but it helps to get high-roller exposure. Since implementing these campaigns demand optimisation efforts, so I would request a startup to partner with a vendor for attaining the desired target.

It needs to be ensured before initiating a burst campaign that the app is capable of handling high traffic volume and also retain the new users. Hence, it is integral to have access to analytics.

• Media – When you are keen to get your app featured by Apple, two things you must stress upon – buzz building and legitimacy. Apple will spotlight your app as one to look out for when you are able to lure attention. One of the cost-effective ways of achieving that is by getting a press release blasted leveraging a press release disbursement service.

Apart from press releases, you can also contact the app review sites who will share a positive feedback about your app and strengthen your chances of attaining coverage before the actual launch. Post-launch, you should share a brief description of the app, the screenshots, a link to the trailer video and also a promo code for free download, if it’s a paid app.

• Content – A brilliant app should enjoy support from content. It is key for every app to enjoy an active presence on social media across multiple channels (to enhance audience reach) and maintain continuity.

Experts vouch for quality instead of quantity on social media. In fact, I would say, it is the use of images or app videos that lure the audience’s attention quickly and makes for best kind of social content. Reports suggest that 92% of the mobile video consumers prefer to share videos instead of reading lengthy content.

While creating social media content, focus upon value addition otherwise it won’t be possible to enhance the clientele base. The content should be created keeping the end users in mind. This is where content marketing comes in handy. Although, it is a time-consuming process but it can yield desired results when used efficiently.