Articles Digital Marketing and creating online businesses.

How I can create an e-commerce?

This is a question that I answer every day ... so here goes this article to help anyone who is in the same situation as many of my students both empesas and college.

If what you want is an e-commerce you can manage yourself, you have all the functionality that you need, with minimal investment and controlling your management all parameters without having to depend on anyone ... This is what I recommend:

First, decide what e-commerce platform will use.

  1. If you're going to have many products, I recommend a Magento (See this website -> www.textura-interiors.comThis is a Magento). Ideal if what you want is to plug your web management software with your store or with any other program. But you'll need the help of your computer to make connections.
  2. If you're going to have a few products and you can manage by hand, with WordPress plus ecommerce plugin will suffice (see this website -> http://www.vinosdepostre.com/ This is a WordPress plugin with)

Where host a Web site e-commerce?

I recommend a web host that has preinstalled software that you will use (the two I recommended above, or any other content manager). In my classes I recommend the Junior Hosting CDmon https://www.cdmon.com/cas/hosting/ Preloaded leads most content managers and costs 70 euros per year. Other companies such as Arsys also carry pre-installed in some of its properties, so ask your internet service provider.

Design templates for content management

All content managers you'll find preinstalled in hosting services have plenty of free templates that are great. But my advice is to select one that has a professional design and someone has verified the usability of it ... especially in this case, the shopping cart.

Therefore I recommend buying professional templates. The market where I buy them is www.themeforest.net there you will find templates for WordPress and Magento templates (as well as other content managers). The cost of the templates is between 45 euros and 55 euros for WordPress, and 80 euros for Magento. Sort them by "selling" and make sure you have 5 stars. So you choose one that certainly does not give problems.

Do I need a domain name for my ecommerce?

Yes. Neither dudes. It is your corporate image and you need your website to have a proper name. You will also need your email address with your domain name. You can buy them in any company offering this service. A domain usually cost between 10 euros and 15 euros per year.

Internet (both Google and Youtube) you will find manuals, videos and tutorials that will help you throughout the process of creating the website both in the case of WordPress as in Magento. WordPress is much easier Magento ... so if you have no experience in these pages, I would start a WordPress.

You will need a total investment of about 200 euros ... and have the online store in a few days (this afternoon to enter the content).

If you still need help, I recommend attending one of our courses WordPress. Last week ended on April, May will be held at the Chamber of Commerce of Sabadell and is 3 days in June, we will make one in Barcelona and will be 4 days and we may make another in Terrassa also in June . When more dates approach, I will publish on this blog.

I go all right. I hope I've been helpful.

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Slides of the Conference on Innovation and Trade organized by ESCODI

Today I had the pleasure of participating as a speaker in a new edition of the Conference on Innovation and Trade organized by ESCODI (Higher School of Commerce and Distribution attached to the UAB).

More than 400 people related to trade have attended this event which aims to offer merchants tools to help them realize business concepts and market analysis, so that they can improve the performance and productivity of their businesses.

For my part, I have prepared a very practical presentation and I focused on suggesting 8 shares related to Digital Marketing, attendees can perform today, with really low costs.

The presentation that I used to illustrate my paper is as follows:

I hope you find it useful.

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How to create a company profile on Google+

The further 2013 Google harder use Google+ so it is increasingly important to know how it works and how we can get level performance digital marketing for businesses. This article will try how to create / manage a company profile on Google+.

First of all: to create a company profile on Google+ You need to have a user account Google (personal). As in the case of Facebook, you can not create a listing without a profile person.

Enter your profile and find a square icon indicating "Pages". You should be on the menu bar that will appear to the left of the profile. If the bar does not see "Pages", click on "More" to see more icons ... there you should find the button "Pages" and clicking on it, you should see the button "Create New Page". Clícalo to start.

As in the case of Facebook, there are different types of page:

  • The local business.
  • The product or brand.
  • The company or institution
  • The music group
  • ... And other types.

Each has its own features. Choose the one that suits your business (if you want users to perform "Check-in's" from their mobile phones, then select "Local Business".

To complete the worksheet, follow the instructions Google+.

Once the tab, you'll see it on the screen already created. Notice in the upper right corner, there you will see the logo of the company and that's an indication that you logineado as a company, not as an individual. To change this, just click next to you your logo and icon appear person tab.

Check all the data and fill in the missing.

Do not forget to link the URL you specified when filling the form with your company's website. To do this you must use Google Webmasters.

Also check the settings (click on the icon "gear" that appears to the right of the tab). From there you can change the notification settings and who are the administrators will manage this page. In this section you could also transfer ownership of the page if necessary.

From a profile person can manage several Google+ pages.

I hope this information will be useful.

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Slides Colloquium "Innovation, Tourism and Web 3.0" CETT Alumni

These are the slides I used to illustrate my participation in the symposium organized by CETT Alumni and entitled "Innovation, Tourism and Web 3.0," which was held on Wednesday 20 March in Hotel Acta Atrium Palace from Barcelona.

The organization of the event was flawless and assistance of numerous public, so what more can you ask?
I hope you slides are useful.

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Course SEO, SEM, Videomarketing and Mobile Marketing at the Chamber of Commerce of Sabadell

This Thursday March 21st classes begin SEO which they are part of Specialization Course in Digital Marketing.

This year, unlike in previous editions, the camera allows students to sign up to loose modules. On Thursday, begins the module "Attracting visitors to a website"In this module all the techniques that will help us attract traffic to a website are treated. The principal of these techniques is the SEO, Engaged to 8 hours, with the SEMThe high in directories and online intermediaries, public relations, videomarketing and mobile marketing.

Sessions SEO and the other techniques I teach, those of SEM imparts Victor Francisco. In total, there are 5 sessions of 5 hours, delivered every Thursday (except Holy Thursday) from this week.

If you want to attend this module, please contact the Chamber as soon as possible. You will find more information here: SEO and SEM course of the Chamber of Commerce of Sabadell

See you on Thursday!

Slides of the presentation at the "University Conference on Religious Tourism"

Today I had the pleasure of participating as a speaker at the Fourth Conference on Religious Tourism made in the setting of the Abbey of Montserrat.

These are the slides that I used to illustrate my paper.

I hope you find them useful.

It has been a pleasure to participate in and even what has been, asist to the papers that the rest of my colleagues have done during the two days that lasted the congress.

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Dinner - Conference on Tourism organized by the CETT 3.0

On March 20 I have the pleasure of participating in a dinner - colloquium organized by the University School of Tourism LETE. The event will be held at the hotel Hotel Acta Atrium Palace from Barcelona.

My presentation will focus on the evolution of Marketing at what we call Marketing 3.0 and how this affects tourism. Especially important everything related to Mobile Marketing, since during the summer campaign reached 30% of visits to tourist websites made through mobile devices.

The event is free, but seating is limited, so if you want to attend, please contact the organization as soon as possible.

Here I leave a link with more information: Dinner Colloquium Innovation and Tourism

See you!

Slides of the presentation at the conference on "Financing and Culture"

I just uploaded to Slideshare slides I used in La Laguna to illustrate a presentation entitled "Sponsorships 3.0"I gave at Journeys"Financing and Culture"That is llevarona out last week in La Laguna, Tenerife.

Here they are embedded.

It was a pleasure to participate. The organization was fantastic and the other super interesting speakers.

Later note: I just saw that the organization (also fantastic) is extremely efficient. They just hang up the video with the paper. Here it is embedded:

Financing days and Culture in La Laguna (Tenerife)

On Thursday 21 start at La Laguna (Tenerife) the events entitled entitled "New Challenges for Financing CultureModels and techniques of fundraising in the current economic context"And that will take place over 3 days.

These days seem to me particularly important in the current context, in which scarce resources and successive budget cuts affect cultural enterprises dramatic way.

The funding model of culture that we kept so far (the French model) based on public financing of activities of general interest of the population, is being replaced by the Anglo-Saxon model based on a mixed de financiación pública y privada (… con la parte pública más bien escaseando). Para realizar este cambio es necesario que todo el sector se adapte a este nuevo entorno y esto está siendo especialmente difícil en muchas empresas. Al cambio en la financiación hay que sumarle la bajada del consumo de cultura por parte de los ciudadanos como parte de las medidas para sobrevivir en su día a día… así que la situación, más que dramática, en algunos casos, es una sentencia de muerte.

Law of Citizen Participation and Patronage should try to act in a plane triple (legal, economic and institutional) to regulate the current situation and help companies in this new environment ... but still not clear how it will do so.

It is in this context that the city of San Cristobal de La Laguna organized this conference on Financing for Culture, adapted to the new economic framework and with the idea of ​​helping the Canary cultural industries.

My participation in them will be on Saturday morning, with a presentation on how to make the most of our funds in cultural promotion on the Internet, as well as the tools we have to give more visibility to our sponsors to thereby put them in value and possibly get. I will also talk a moment about platforms crowdfundingAlthough I will not dwell on it because one of the presentations at the conference will be devoted precisely how to get funding through such portals.

You can see the entire program in this PDF: Conferences on Financing and Culture

The sessions are free, but seating is limited to 140 seats, so if you want to attend, please contact the organizers www.aytolalaguna.es (Days financing culture). Phone 922 60 11. 50 - 19 (Department of Culture Pza Santo Domingo, s / n 38201. La Laguna....).

See you there.

later note: You can see the slides used in the presentation by clicking here -> Financing and Culture - Montserrat Peñarroya

27 reasons why your e-commerce may fail

This article analyzes the causes why some electronic stores who had everything in their favor, have not succeeded and have been forced to "close their doors".

Following research for my doctorate, I'm now analyzing the failure of some electronic stores that failed to survive. For this I analyzed some 15 businesses that know positively that they have failed and have been creating a model that explains why the failure.

Classifying all causes of trades that I have analyzed, I have finished ordering into 6 groups: related to the selected technology, with the person who manages e-commerce, with the product, the market / environment, with the financial management of trade mail, and promoting trade itself.

In total, 27 variables that have influenced the death of these electronic commerce. Here the classification ...

technology related causes:

  • The platform chosen not integrated with management tools of the company and therefore requires a lot of dedication in product management (estocs control, entry of new products, etc.)
  • The platform chosen is too complex and very difficult to manage.
  • The platform creates a website with a bad usability.
  • The platform is not intended to be indexed naturally in Google and to position itself well.

related causes the person who manages e-commerce:

  • The person is not dedicated 100% to the management and promotion of electronic commerce.
  • The person is not able to properly manage and promote electronic commerce (missing training).
  • The person does not have the personal skills necessary to manage and promote electronic commerce (tenacity, empathy with customers, dedication to service, etc.)
  • The person is not motivated and not managed with the necessary enthusiasm.

Causes related to how to display product we want to sell

  • Product descriptions published on the web are the same as in accounting program or the estocs management, ie, have no soul and do not provide additional information about the product.
  • The images of our product are amateurs and have the same quality as that of our competitors (or even worse, we ourselves have made photos with the mobile).
  • The product does not have the quality required by users.

related causes market / environment

  • The price of our products is out of the market (too high).
  • There is no market for our product or is not connected to the Internet.
  • We are not specialized.
  • Our target audience does not see clearly what our value proposition.
  • Competition is fierce and we do not differentiate us from it.
  • At present our customers have no money and our product is not necessities.

related causes financial management of e-commerce

  • We have not successfully completed an estimate of expenditure and income.
  • Expenses and income are out of balance for too long and is no longer capital to maintain salaries.
  • Instead of making replacement of products sold, we have spent the money to pay salaries or promoting electronic commerce.
  • The salary of the person responsible is not an entrepreneur salary and has a variable part.
  • We paid too much for the maintenance of the technological platform.

Causes related to the promotion of e-commerce

  • Our website does not convey trust (the "who we are" is "cutrillo" the web is "sketchy" do not have user reviews, not part of any association ...).
  • We do not know how or Google or SEO works in general.
  • We do not use other forms of promotion and rely only on the "word of mouth".
  • We do not use social networks to interact with our customers, provide additional information, tips to better enjoy our products, etc.
  • We do not have a newsletter.
  • We make no promotions (in fact, we do not know the difference between "promotion" and "advertising").

This investigation is still in progress and before start working on how to combat the causes, I would like to enlarge a little more, so if you know any e-commerce has failed grateful to help me improve this article by answering the following survey : survey on the causes that lead to failure of an electronic commerce. (It's super simple and will not take more than 2 minutes of your time).

Many thanks.

When you have a point, I will publish the results here.

Note: If you have not yet responded to the survey on the characteristics of managers of companies that implement e-commerce, please, I will thank you responsa also this other survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/57WC9JC