Monday, 19 May 2008

Last Week The Federal Trade Commission has approved four new rules. The new rule provisions address four topics when sending Commercial email.

(1) an e-mail recipient cannot be required to pay a fee, provide information other than his or her e-mail address and opt-out preferences, or take any steps other than sending a reply e-mail message or visiting a single Internet Web page to opt out of receiving future e-mail from a sender;

(2) the definition of “sender” was modified to make it easier to determine which of multiple parties advertising in a single e-mail message is responsible for complying with the Act’s opt-out requirements;

(3) a “sender” of commercial e-mail can include an accurately-registered post office box or private mailbox established under United States Postal Service regulations to satisfy the Act’s requirement that a commercial e-mail display a “valid physical postal address”;

(4) a definition of the term “person” was added to clarify that CAN-SPAM’s obligations are not limited to natural persons.


Source and full story: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2008/05/canspam.shtm

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/canspam.shtm


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 Saturday, 15 March 2008

If you're a designer, we'd like a few new eCommerce designs for ClickCarts. We'd love to include your themes in the distribution and post link backs to you! Email me if you'd like design a new theme for us.

info [at] clickcarts.com

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 Wednesday, 02 January 2008

Since it’s the New Year I thought I would write about New Year Resolution I once had. Back in 1994 I had an idea for an online business; I pondered it for a while, talked to friends and family and then made the big leap to start it. Well as you may not know. Starting an online at that time was very time consuming, technology was still in its most infant stages, credit card security wasn't up to par and on top of it all, It costs me a ton of upfront cash for developing my online store. Which in today’s standards it wasn’t much. I had a database of products, images and a simple checkout. Each component took lots of time and energy to manage. Keeping a small business owner (Like myself at the time) away from the real picture, sell sell sell. Now let’s jump ahead to 2008, if you’re like me and had an idea to sell a product (and I mean virtually anything), with a few clicks and a free Google checkout account you’ll be in business in no time flat. At least with ClickCarts :) and every aspect of your online business is managed with easy to use simple tools. Built with the novice in mind, but gives you the power of a top-notch store fronts like amazon.com (who have spent millions on there store), I like to call it ecommerce for dummies, but don’t be afraid anymore, I was there too. So if you’re one of those who said to themselves on New Years “I will start that business this year!” Give us a call, I would love to hear your story.


Below is a couple of links for you reference.

Google checkout:

http://checkout.google.com/sell?promo=seclickcartsinc

ClickCarts Inc.
http://www.clickcarts.com

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 Monday, 17 December 2007

Every holiday season offers a small business an opportunity to stand out and make a good impression for your business by showing how much you appreciate your customers. This not only gives you an opportunity to touch base with customers. It also demonstrates your gratitude for your customer's business and a great way of saying "thanks for contributing to our growth". This is a good idea and it's probably risky not to remember your customers during the holiday season, particularly if they expect that you will. So depending on your budget many businesses will send gifts, cards or even e-cards.

 

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 Monday, 03 December 2007

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 Sunday, 25 November 2007

Black Friday Sees $531 Million in Online Retail Spending, Up 22 Percent versus Last Year

Cyber Monday Expected to Surpass $700 Million in Online Spending, Making it Heaviest Online Spending Day on Record

RESTON, VA, November 25, 2007comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released an update of holiday season e-commerce spending covering the first 23 days (November 1 – 23) of the November – December 2007 holiday season. More than $9.3 billion has been spent online during the season-to-date, marking a 17-percent gain versus the corresponding days last year. Online retail spending was strong on both Thanksgiving Day (up 29 percent to $272 million) and “Black Friday” (up 22 percent to $531 million), outpacing the season-to-date growth rate.

2007 Holiday Season To Date vs. Corresponding Days* in 2006

Non-Travel (Retail) Spending

Excludes Auctions and Large Corporate Purchases

Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations

Source: comScore, Inc.

 

Billions ($)

Holiday Season to Date

2006

2007

Pct Change

November 1 – 23

$7.98

$9.36

17%

Thanksgiving Day

$0.21

$0.27

29%

“Black Friday” (November 23)

$0.43

$0.53

22%

* Corresponding Shopping Days, Not Calendar Days

“The Friday after Thanksgiving is known for heavy spending in retail stores, but it’s clear that consumers are increasingly turning to the Internet to make their holiday purchases,” said comScore Chairman Gian Fulgoni. “Online spending on Black Friday has historically represented an early indicator of how the rest of the season will shake out. That the 22-percent growth rate versus last year is outpacing the overall growth rate for the first three weeks of the season should be seen as a sign of positive momentum. Online retailers will also certainly be paying close attention to what happens on Cyber Monday, which will provide an even clearer indication of what lies ahead for the rest of the season. Based on the growth rates we’ve seen so far this season and historical consumer behavior patterns, we would expect Cyber Monday sales be even stronger than Black Friday’s and to exceed $700 million. While this would make it the heaviest online shopping day on record, we can expect to see even stronger days ahead as the 2007 shopping season progresses into December.”

 

Hot Categories in Online Holiday Retail

The hottest category continues to be video games, consoles & accessories, which is up 134 percent versus the corresponding days last year. Sales of Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, and popular game Halo 3 continue to drive growth in the category. The furniture, appliances & equipment category (up 36 percent) is joined by consumer electronics (up 21 percent) and sport & fitness as the retail categories demonstrating above average growth. Apparel & accessories is now growing in line with the overall trend in online retail following a soft start to the season when warm weather dampened winter apparel sales. Online sales of toys are up just 9 percent for the season-to-date, with toy safety concerns appearing to be weighing down the category.

 

Top Gaining Online Retail Categories for Holiday Season-to-Date

Excludes Auctions and Large Corporate Purchases

November 1-23 vs, Corresponding Days Last Year

Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations

Source: comScore, Inc.

Retail Category

Percent Change

 (2007 vs. 2006)

Video Games, Consoles & Accessories

134%

Furniture, Appliances & Equipment

36%

Consumer Electronics

21%

Sport & FItness

20%

Apparel & Accessories

17%

 

Weekly Online Holiday Retail Sales

 

 

Please contact press@comscore.com to receive the data behind the above for use in graphical representation.

 

comScore 2007 Retail E-Commerce Forecast

 

Online Non-Travel (Retail) Holiday Consumer Spending

Excludes Auctions and Large Corporate Purchases

Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations

Source: comScore, Inc.

 

Billions ($)

2006

2007

Pct Change

January – October

$77.5

$93.6

21%

Holiday Season (Nov-Dec)

$24.6

$29.5*

20%*

*comScore forecast

 

About comScore

comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) is a global leader in measuring the digital world. This capability is based on a massive, global cross-section of more than 2 million consumers who have given comScore permission to confidentially capture their browsing and transaction behavior, including online and offline purchasing. comScore panelists also participate in survey research that captures and integrates their attitudes and intentions. Through its proprietary technology, comScore measures what matters across a broad spectrum of behavior and attitudes. comScore analysts apply this deep knowledge of customers and competitors to help clients design powerful marketing strategies and tactics that deliver superior ROI.  comScore services are used by more than 800 clients, including global leaders such as AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo!, BBC, Carat, Cyworld, Deutsche Bank, France Telecom, Best Buy, The Newspaper Association of America, Financial Times, ESPN, Fox Sports, Nestlé, Starcom, Universal McCann, the United States Postal Service, Verizon, ViaMichelin, Merck and Expedia.  For more information, please visit www.comscore.com.

 

 


Contact:
Andrew Lipsman
Senior Analyst
comScore, Inc.
312-775-6510
press@comscore.com

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 Tuesday, 20 November 2007

What are sitemaps?  If you don't know already google, Yahoo!, Ask.com, and Moreover.com all support sitemaps. So what are they? By placing a formatted xml file with site map on your webserver, you enable Search Engine crawlers (like Google) to find out what pages are present and which have recently changed, and to crawl your site accordingly.  

3 Steps to getting your ClickCarts Sitemaps running today.

1) Go to your Google Webmaster account and add your sitemap URL.

2) Open ClickCarts and login, from the main menu click [Application Settings] then [Create SiteMap.xml]. This process will open a browser window to the right. Note: during this time every dynamic product and webpage will be added to the sitemap.xml.

3) Once completed, goto your stores home page URL: http://www.example.com/sitemap.xml to verify it was created.

Note: It is imported to check you google account to assure there are no problems and to check on the update status.

 

 

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 Wednesday, 14 November 2007

As the internet grows and our customers are concerned that the Uniform Sales and Use Tax, is/will become reality for any and all ecommerce businesses. Rest assure ClickCarts is following every step along the way but lets here what you have to say about it.

For more information goto the following link.

http://www.newrules.org/retail/rules/internet-sales-tax-fairness

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