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Multi-channel commerce is increasingly important and relevant for independent retailers, especially at this time of year when many consumers turn to the Internet to do their Christmas shopping. But without expertise and knowledge, building an e-commerce website can be a minefield as you struggle to find an option that best suits your business, let alone one that is affordable.
With many years experience in designing websites, Kevin Flannigan has set up a 30 day free trial for independent retailers looking to test the water for a new or improved site. The trial also gives you the opportunity to see how much you can do yourself, and how much help you need to get started. The trial uses Magento Go, a scaleable e-commerce package that includes hosting and technical support.
Magento is an open source e-commerce web application that was launched in 2008. At the start of 2012 it had surpassed 4 million downloads worldwide. In fact, the software is so good, in 2010 eBay announced it had made an investment in Magento and by 2011 it owned the software outright.
Magento Go is a streamlined version of Magento. It’s trusted by more than 125,000 businesses worldwide and offers the power and flexibility of Magento at a price that every business can afford. The beauty of Magento Go is the fact that it’s a totally scaleable, hosted e-commerce solution. In times of austerity, having a scaleable ‘one stop shop’ that can be amended very quickly is a great way to control costs.
Kevin recently built and launched the website for Miss Milly, a new supplier of affordable, quality jewellery, and has also worked extensively on retail websites for the fashion, health and beauty industries.
“Miss Milly wanted a reliable platform that showcased its products beautifully with good search facilities whilst also being straightforward to use,” explains Kevin. “Even though the company is a wholesaler, it wanted to have an aesthetic retail feel, which I think we’ve achieved.”
Once you have played around with the trial website, if you wish to go ahead and develop it further, there are different options available from just £9.99 per month. And you will not be left on your own as Kevin offers a variety of design and e-commerce support packages from helping with new branding and logos suitable for online use, to building a website optimised for search engines, setting up a payment provider, and pre and post launch training and support.
With the www.missmilly.co.uk website now live since late August, the company’s managing director, Sarah Watmore, is delighted with the functionality. “Kevin was hugely supportive, creative and proactive throughout the design, development and launch process. He really understood our brief and took a real interest in the business, which has resulted in a fantastic showcase for Miss Milly.
“And with his help, hard work and advice, it has only taken us six weeks to reach page one on Google search for our priority key phrase.”
To start your no risk 30 day free trial, go to www.kevflannigan.co.uk/trial or contact Kevin on 07813 206786 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or design and project management quotes.
Top 3 Ways to Turn the Right People Away and Stop Wasting Time & Energy so you can Boost your Revenues
- When you network/market online or offline, know who you want to reach. If you don’t take time out before you start networking or marketing online you may find yourself just talking to people and ending up making no real business connections. After all, if you don’t know who you’re looking for, what qualities you want these ideal clients to have, or what problems you want your ideal clients to have, then you’re going to have a difficult time finding the “ideal client”. As a result, it is quite likely that your website content will reflect this indecisive thought process, and come across as if you are trying to be all things to all people; not pinpointing an exact issue that visitors to your website can read, picture in their minds, and think “oh, you do this? Well, I have this problem….maybe this company can solve it” or “oh, my friend Mack is having this exact problem! Maybe this company can help…I should tell him about it.” If you don’t communicate clearly what characteristics your ideal client has, people can’t form pictures or pretend scenarios in their minds as to what you do and how you help people, and you end up missing opportunities to build new business relationships. If you communicate clearly what the problem is that you solve and why your ideal client should try you and your company, you end up increasing the likelihood that you will boost your revenues.
- When you are marketing and you meet someone – either in person or in an online chat group like linked in or Facebook – pre-qualify your ideal client when you first communicate. And by “pre-qualify” I mean go beyond the basics of asking the person’s name, where they work and whether they need what you are selling. The danger of not pre-qualifying your ideal clients beyond the basics is that if you leave your qualifying questions to those three mentioned above, you are setting yourself up for disappointment down the road when the prospect goes and tells you that – after you have spent time and energy trying to make this person a client – your solution wasn’t really a fit in the first place because of this, that or the other excuse. It is better to ask too many questions up front and find out early on in the sales game that you are not a match, than to spend lots of time and energy communicating with someone who is not a true ideal client (which is very easy to do – especially in this slow global economic recovery we are all experiencing right now). So what kinds of questions do you ask to find out if this new-found friend is indeed an ideal client? Read point three to find out!
- If you decide to have a needs analysis meeting, know what questions you need to ask to get the answers you want. So how do you know that? There are typically three things you want to find out from an ideal client:
- What are their needs?
- What are their preferences?
- Where do their strengths/abilities lie?
If in the meeting you discover – for whatever reason – you cannot help this prospect, be up front & tell them. It annoys people to be lied to, deceived or misled, and they could badmouth your company, ruin your hard-earned reputation or worse. In addition, it improves your reputation if you are seen by others in the business community as a trustworthy truth-teller who directs not-so-ideal-clients to others you know and trust that can help your current prospect. If you discover your services/products are a match for what this person needs, give the person 2-3 easy, low- or no-risk ways to move forward and try your product/service. You may be thinking “why do I have to give a prospect the easy way?” The answer is simple: business is built on relationships. Many business owners and executives are too busy with their days as it is. If they become dissatisfied with a current supplier, they may feel uncomfortable that the relationship with that supplier has come to a close, and also may feel stressed by the difficulty of trying to find a trustworthy replacement who is worthy of receiving his hard earned business dollars. Add to this the simple facts that many people in the market-place today do whatever it takes (including embellish the truth or out-right lie) to make a sale, and that many people have been “burned” before by characters who say one thing and do another in attempts to earn a buck, and the consumer is left feeling jaded, probably nervous, and unsure of whether this new business person can be trusted. If you remove some or all of the risk of trying your product or service and you deliver a winning sales presentation, the prospect is more likely to try your product or service to see if you can indeed follow through on what it is you say you will do.
Did you like this article? Was it helpful? Do you want to learn more about how to write sales content that attracts only your ideal clients and convinces them to start sales cycles for you? Do you want to learn more about how to customize qualifying questions so that you can properly filter your prospects list and only deal with truly ideal clients? Book your complimentary 60 minute coaching call – regularly priced at $150, but it is yours for free if you call in the next 3 hours!
About the Author: Alison Silbert is the author of Boost Your Revenues by Turning People Away. When not running her business Passionate Web Creations, she is a mentor, coach, and teacher, supporting individuals in living their dream of having a successful online business. For more details about the book, email us at email@example.com; to order copies of the book go from Amazon.com, Barnes & Nobile and http://idealvisitor.com/idealsite/book-2/.
Canadian Federal government eliminate Section 116, pertaining to venture capital and private equity industry, removes tax barriers, welcoming the flow of capital across Canada’s border. Its removal provides an important signal to international investors that Canada welcomes their contributions to growing companies. Canada is open for business!
This gives Canadian companies across the country tax law changes to give them the advantage to compete on the global stage. By amending the definition of “taxable Canadian property” to exclude shares of Canadian private companies (where not more than 50 % of their value is derived from real property in Canada, Canadian resource property or timber resource property), the government has significantly reduced administrative and, in some cases, economic barriers to international investment in Canadian-based innovation and technology. The changes in tax legislation are among the most significant changes to capital gains taxation since the introduction of taxation of capital gains in 1972. This change puts Canada at the top of the list of places to invest globally.
The following describes the tax barriers that were removed and that are no longer preventing international investment in Canada:
Withholding and Section 116 certificate process — The majority of foreign VCs are not subject to Canadian tax when they sell an investment. However, they may face a delay of many months to work through the Section 116 tax clearance process until funds can freely flow to them. Many foreign VCs are structured such that each of the investors in the VC — sometimes hundreds or even thousands — is subject to this clearance process as if they held the investment directly. This delay results in lower returns and frequently causes direct financial loss to investors.
Requirement to file Canadian tax returns by foreigners who don’t owe taxes creates hundreds of pages of unnecessary paperwork — Canada imposed tax filing requirements in circumstances where no taxes were payable by these investors. When a foreign VC sells an investment, each investor of the foreign VC has to file a Canadian tax return even if they don’t owe any taxes. This results in literally hundreds of pages of documents that are required for signature and processing for a single sale. This tax return filing issue also applies to certain Canadian public companies.
This change means Canada is s more welcoming environment for international investors. In the majority of cases, non-residents who were not taxable on the disposition of their investments in such shares due to Canada’s broad international tax treaty network, are now exempt from tax under Canadian domestic law without having to apply for treaty relief. As a result, they are no longer required to comply with the Section 116 tax clearance certificate procedure or file a Canadian income tax return. The changes also remove what were perceived to be barriers for many venture capitalists who considered the previous administrative requirements and economic delays for each investor to be strong deterrents to investing in Canada.
The removal of the Section 116 tax barrier is seen as a tax master stroke by the Canadian government enabling Canada’s emerging technology companies to access deep pools of international capital and the vast international customer markets to which those pools are connected.
There are predictions that over time this move will help propel Canada’s extraordinary technology into global industry leadership and will likely be viewed in the future as a defining moment for the Harper government in Canadian innovation. This amendment will have an immediate, positive and direct impact on Canada’s ability to grow the Canadian technology and innovation industry. Go Canada Go!