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Shopify vs Magento: Part 2 - Hosting & Infrastructure

By Lance O'Grady
Any brand in the fashion space knows just how important a new collection launch or mid-season flash sale is to their business.

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Shopify vs Magento. Part 1

By Lance O'Grady
There was a time, not that long ago, where I would regularly declare there was no competition between Shopify and Magento. Boy have things changed, and boy was I wrong.

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SEO: Not our future

By Lance O'Grady
Search Engine Optimisation, or SEO, is one of those phrases that causes me to have an involuntary shake when I hear it. It’s become something of a taboo term, and it’s about time we all moved on to a different acronym.

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Kiwi retailers brace for Internationals

By Lance O'Grady
New Zealand, brace yourself. We’re about to go through a disruptive time in the retail market with international heavy hitters such as Zara, David Jones, H&M and Tiffany & Co all reported to be touching down in New Zealand imminently. This is great for the customer, but what does this mean for New Zealand designers and retailers?

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Conversion rate in measuring success

By Lance O'Grady
Much has been written about how retailers can increase their conversion rate to drive more revenue. That’s definitely a strategy to increase revenue, and it does work, but in an increasingly competitive marketplace, increasing conversion rate dramatically is no longer possible.

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Creating a seamless checkout experience

By Lance O'Grady
Now, more than ever, brands need to take a good hard look at their checkout process and make sure it’s as seamless as it can possibly be. Customers are increasingly getting exposed to great customer experiences in almost every area of their lives. Think about how Uber has changed how you get from A to B? You create an account, load up your credit card and other details once, then get in and out of cars without even taking your wallet out.

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Marketing to an international audience.

By Lance O'Grady
Last week I discussed the key considerations any brand should think about before pushing into the international market. The one component I left off was how to grow into new international markets. It’s a big topic, and there’s no easy answer, but there are a few strategies that retailers can start with when marketing to an international audience.

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Getting on the global state.

By Lance O'Grady
Growing internationally is a great goal for retailers. When the entire world is out there, why wouldn’t you try and get a bigger piece of the pie by simply increasing your market size? But pushing into an international market comes with its challenges, many of which brands tend not to consider before making the leap.Growing internationally is a great goal for retailers. When the entire world is out there, why wouldn’t you try and get a bigger piece of the pie by simply increasing your market size? But pushing into an international market comes with its challenges, many of which brands tend not to consider before making the leap.

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Online is here to stay.

By Lance O'Grady
Online is here to stay. No one worries the internet is going to stop being a thing, and yet many retailers are approaching the entire digital space with a level of trepidation that suggests they think one day it’s all going to vanish in a puff of smoke.

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2016. The Year of Mobile. Again.

By Lance O'Grady
2016 is going to bring a number of changes to the way our customers are browsing. Mobile is well and truly in full swing. Back in 2012, mobile traffic made up a small percentage of any websites total traffic, but as we move into 2016, most brands are seeing more than 50% of their traffic coming from mobile. 

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