E-Commerce

How to create an e-book

Everything you need to know about e-books – part 1: creating an e-book

The interest in e-books has largely increased in previous years, and modern reading devices with energy-saving ‘e-ink’ display technology have now made the once niche product a mainstream contender. In our multi-part series, we give you tips on creating your own e-book. Welcome to part one: things to consider regarding planning, structure, and publishing.

A/B testing for website optimization

What is A/B testing?

Teaser Your product range is complete, the technical implementation is finished, and with the help of web designers and graphic designers, you have created the perfect visual concept for your online store. But what happens if clicks and conversions fail to materialize? Sometimes it’s down to a small aspect like a color, a button, or how single elements are arranged: any of these can dissuade...

Content delivery networks from a SEO point of view

Content delivery network: a look at the SEO advantages

Content delivery networks (CDNs) provide website owners with a global web of servers. Depending on from where a user accesses a website, the closest server will respond and deliver the site’s static content as fast as possible. Although the user will not notice any of this, they undoubtedly benefit from the shorter loading times and optimal availability. Given that loading time and performance are...

How to use recommendation systems in e-commerce

Recommendation systems in e-commerce

Admittedly, automated systems also make mistakes, but overall, it’s quite impressive that online stores can suggest products that users like. By streaming movies and series, the respective platforms are able to 'learn' the users’ tastes and then generate playlists automatically. This isn’t a coincidence, but rather the ability of modern recommendation systems.

Alchemy CMS: the CMS based on Ruby

Alchemy CMS: the open source project based on Ruby on Rails

While most content management systems are based on the PHP scripting language, Alchemy CMS uses a less common but more dynamic programming language: Ruby. There are also countless add-ons available from Ruby on Rails that can help to extend your web framework to create complex projects like company websites or online shops. Find out what makes this intuitive CMS a good bet for beginners.

What is neuromarketing?

Neuromarketing – the way into the consumer’s brain?

‘I think therefore I am’ – René Descartes’ iconic saying, it seems, may only be half true. If you choose to believe neuroscientists like António Damásio and Joseph E. LeDoux, then cognitive and emotional processes play a part in every rational decision. Even clicking the purchase button in an online shop is a decision that has been unconsciously influenced by emotional information. Or at least...

Live chat: the modern support solution

Live chat software – who should use this modern support model?

Live chat support is becoming an increasingly popular way of offering customer service for online businesses, and all you need is software and a code to get started. However, maintenance of a live chat service is expensive and time-consuming, so before you dive straight in, it’s important to consider whether live chat software is right for you.

Display advertising vs. real-time advertising (RTA)

Display advertising/display marketing vs. real-time advertising (RTA)

Banner ads and other forms of display marketing have been proven to be effective marketing strategies for products and services online. The new practice in this field is real-time advertising (RTA) and its real-time bidding (RTB) approach. This new strategy carries out an automated bidding war in milliseconds to decide which ad will be displayed. But how does it differ from traditional display...

A/B testing: statistic problems and other obstacles

Statistic problems and other obstacles with A/B testing

Website usability tests are a common method of optimizing your web project. A/B testing is especially popular and this method consists of comparing two variants of a page with each other. However, actually implementing and analyzing one of these tests isn’t easy, even with powerful tools. Statistic problems and poor decisions quickly lead to you defeating the purpose of the optimization.

Augmented Reality in e- commerce

Augmented Reality: how Pikachu helps e-commerce

Augmented reality is considered to be the marketing trend of the future. And it’s true that this new technology really does build a bridge between the tactile and virtual worlds, a fact that offers enormous opportunities for both businesses and marketers. This is due to the fact that augmented reality means expanding and changing one’s perception of reality, and this applies to the e-commerce...