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The National Retail Federation estimates that 20-40% of all small business sales occur during the holiday season. It's important to prepare your online store for the holidays, and we've got some easy tips that will help you increase your sales this December.
Since we launched our ecommerce platform, we've dedicated ourselves to adding new store features while keeping the tools easy to use. Today, we're excited to announce a new feature that gives you even more control of the customer experience in your online store: customizable Order Confirmation Pages. We've also added some extra functionality to our Discount Code feature. Both of these features expand on the ecommerce tools available in our JimdoBusiness plan.
There's more to do in Pisa than take ridiculous photos of yourself pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower. Jimdo traveled to the city last week to take part in Pisa's third annual Internet Festival, #IF2013—though we did also take ridiculous photos pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower.
The festival focused on technology and art as well as building a sustainable future in the new economy. There were over 200 speakers from all over the world, taking part in 150 talks, workshops and events, many of which were held in Pisa's historical buildings. Jimdo's Italian Team held an excellent workshop covering e-commerce, social media and mobile.
Along with Jimdo's Italian Team, video artist Devon Elise Atkins and photographer Roman Drits came on the trip to capture their artistic interpretation of the city and the festival. Their final works will be published in the near future on their personal Jimdo artist websites.
This is a guest post written by Sabrina, who started the travel blog Just One Way Ticket, which has 5,000 fans on Facebook and more than 40,000 unique monthly visitors.
At the end of last year I signed up for a JimdoPro account and started a travel blog. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. The blog started out as a hobby, but in the past few months it has turned into my full-time job. The work that I put into my blog has made it my primary income stream, which allows me to keep traveling the world.
Without Facebook, none of my success would have been possible.
In this post, I want to show you how I grew my Facebook community to more than 5,000 fans in less than a year. With the support of these fans, I was able to turn a profit with my blog. I hope that my experiences will be able to help lots of people—not just travel bloggers—grow their projects
If you have your own domain (e.g. yoursite.com), you've probably received a letter or email from Domain Registry of America. These letters warn you that your domain is going to expire and urge you to renew with Domain Registry of America immediately. Every week we get of emails from people who want to know whether to send money to this company they've never heard of.
Here's the short answer: Don't ever send any money to Domain Registry of America.
Domain Registry of America convinces domain owners to send them money by appearing to be an authority. Their letters are well-written, look like official documents, and include pertinent information like the domain's expiration date. Information about domains (and their expiration dates, etc.) are available publicly on whois.net—Domain Registry of America simply looks up information, sends out their letters, and collects cash from innocent people.
Lawsuits against Domain Registry of America have been unsuccessful because the company is actually an accredited registrar. That means if you send Domain Registry of America money they will in fact register the domain in your name and handle renewing it for you. On the other hand, they will charge you outrageous prices (anywhere from 5 to 10 times as much as the actual cost of the domain) and attempt to sell you additional, unnecessary services like "Domain Protection."
Domain Registry of America uses extremely unethical business practices—such as telling you that you'll lose your ranking in Google unless you renew with them—in order to try and scare people into sending them money.
If you receive a letter or email from Domain Registry of America, simply ignore it. Or have some fun with it—we like shredding and igniting their letters, and sometimes we even fold them into paper swans.
Your domain is safe with the company that registered it, whether that's Jimdo or another reputable company.
If you ever have any questions about a domain you registered with Jimdo, get in touch with our Support Team and we'll be glad to help.
In the past few years, ecommerce has opened up the possibility for small businesses and freelancers to sell their products and services to customers that never could have found them in the pre-internet era. Finding a cost-effective physical location is a difficult process, and it used to be a barrier to entry for would-be merchants who simply couldn't generate enough revenue to sustain a brick and mortar store. We built Jimdo's ecommerce tools with these people in mind.
Opening up an online store using Jimdo is inexpensive and straightforward. Compared to opening a physical store, setting up an online shop is low risk and cost effective. If you have a hobby or a side project that you've thought about turning into a business, creating an online store is definitely the best solution. Once you get your store online, you'll be able to market your products to a vast audience of potential customers from all around the world.
If you started working on your store today, you could make your first sale by next week. Below, we've collected some tutorials that will help you get started with your new online store.
After taking the time to set up your Jimdo store exactly how you want it, you'll anxiously await making your first sale. Once you get an email notifying you that someone has made a purchase in your store, all of your hard work will have finally paid off. But first you need to learn how to process orders and manage your inventory. That's what we'll teach you in today's screencast.
Follow along with the short screencast below to learn how to process pending orders, look at orders in your archive, and manage your store's inventory using Jimdo's built-in tools.
If you have any questions about creating an online store in Jimdo, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter. We love seeing all of the different products and services that the Jimdo community sells, and we want to help you create a successful online store as well.
If you've been following along with all of our posts this week, you already know a ton about running an online store. You set up your payment options. You know how to create store items and organize store pages. You even understand your store's advanced features, like shipping options and item variations. By tomorrow, you're going to be an online store master—there are just a few more things to learn.
Today we're going to show you how to create discount codes, which your customers can use during checkout. Discount codes can be created either as a percentage (e.g. 30% off) or a dollar amount (e.g. $15 off). You can also set a minimum order for discount codes, so that people can only use a code if they've spent a certain amount of money in your store. Discount codes can only be created by JimdoBusiness customers.
Watch the screencast below to learn exactly how to create discount codes and how customers will use them in your store during checkout.
Over the past couple days, we've gone over the basics of running a successful online store. You learned how to set up your payment options and best practices for creating store items and catalogs. Now we're going to dive deep and explain a few advanced features that will take your store to the next level.
In the screencast below, I take a closer look at a store item and explore shipping options, sale prices, and item variations.
Yesterday, we showed you how to set up your personal profile and payment options. Go read that post and set up your online store if you haven't already—it only takes a few minutes.
Watch the screencast below to learn about the options you have when creating store items and store catalogs. We also discuss how to design beautiful and functional store pages.
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