3dcart Mompreneurs Part 3

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For the month of May, we are celebrating hard working moms who use 3dcart to further their entrepreneurial journey. From startups to established businesses, these companies have one thing in common – they were started by multi-tasking, eCommerce-loving, passionate mothers.

1. customicing.com.au

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“We are 2 mums with 5 children between us, that began our business while both still working our “real jobs” and having tiny children. It was tough going and at times a test on our patience like we had never imagined. Today we can sit back a little and be very proud of what we have created with CustomIcing.com.au.”

2. mommynecklaces.com

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“Mommy Necklaces are the safe and stylish solution to accessorizing motherhood. Our company began with the observation that a bright, engaging necklace could make a difference in focusing a distracted baby. We specialize in nursing necklaces and functional, fashionable jewelry for you, your style and your needs. Mommy Necklaces are created with USA manufactured durable cording, non-toxic beads and a custom closure that is designed for even the most determined baby. Mommy Necklaces is run by a team of amazing moms who believe in the beauty of motherhood and work hard to make each of our customers feel valued and appreciated!”

3. elemeno-pee.com

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“We are a natural baby business who educates families on the benefits of raising children more naturally. From environmental to health to financial benefits, raising children to be eco-conscious benefits all of us and is healthier for baby. We know that different things work for different families, budgets and lifestyles, so we are here to help every mom be the best mom she can be. We hire moms to be advocates for our brand and our mission, with consultants currently in over 15 states helping us to educate and fulfill our mission of helping moms be the best mom they can be!”

4. bumbini.ca

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“As a mom of two small children, I remember how confused I was when I was researching cloth diapers! We want to help parents feeling the same way, so have tons of resources to help you make an excited and confident leap into cloth diapering! With out great selection of diapers and accessories, you will love Bumbini!

5. nancyaugust.com

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“We do children’s formal wear! We love kids and we make clothes that kids love.”

6. rufflesandribbon-com.3dcartstores.com

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“I am a work at home mom business owner, and the owner of Ruffles and Ribbon Boutique. I am a clothing designer and, I showcase some of my favorite designs for both humans and pets on the Ruffles And Ribbon website where the ready to ship items are available for purchase and custom items can be ordered. I specialize in designing one of a kind, special occasion attire and accessories for kids, pets, and adults. My designs are perfect for photo shoots, parties, pageants, or any other day you want to look and feel like royalty.”

7. worldmusicalinstruments.com

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“World Musical Instruments features over 2,000 musical instruments from around the world. Everything from kids musical instruments to professional musical instruments and lots of instruments for the recreational music maker in all of us!”

8. nancylaplacedesigns.com

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“I’m a jewelry designer and metal smith. I sell wholesale, direct and take commissions for custom jewelry. I’m a single mom with two children. I started my jewelry business as a side business. Now, six and a half years later, I’m designing jewelry full-time, having left my day job 2 years ago. AND I’M LOVING IT!!”

 

If you are a mompreneur you want to become one, contact 3dcart today & get a free premium theme!

May’s Featured Partner: Refund Retriever

 

RefundPartner May’s Featured Partner: Refund Retriever3dcart currently partners with over 200 ecommerce companies, and constantly adding new ones. These partnerships allow online merchants to expand the 3dcart functionality to specific business needs.

Each month 3dcart highlights a featured partner. For the month of May, the Featured Partner is Refund Retriever. Our team interviewed Brian C. Gibbs, Refund Retriever’s President to help 3dcart merchants get an insight of their company and solution.

What all does Refund Retriever do?

Not many merchants know when using Fedex or UPS they are entitled for a refund if they deliver your package by even one minute late. Since shipping carriers don’t notify you of the late package and voluntarily refund your money, that is where we come in.   We monitor your FedEx & UPS accounts for late packages, bogus accessorial charges, duplicate package charges, and much more. Setup only takes a few minutes. Refund Retriever will audit all of your UPS & FedEx invoices, find these late packages and billing mistakes, and save you some serious money. Once we have access to your invoices, we are off and running without any more hassle on your part. It is a set it and forget it service.

Could you share how Refund Retriever started out?

Refund Retriever was started in 2006 by me, Brian Gibbs, after I attempted to hire another company to audit my own UPS and FedEx invoices. Being disappointed with the results, I began to audit my own invoices by hand with great success. I then started to develop software to automate the whole process, and the rest, they say, is history.

How long has Refund Retriever partnered with 3dCart?

We partnered with 3dCart in early 2014. 3dcart customers can sign up with Refund Retriever and get the first month of service for FREE.

How much does it cost?

There are no monthly fees, setup, or cancellation costs. Our only fee is a percentage of any successful refund credits we obtain for your account. This is typically a 50/50 split of money you would not have received otherwise; it’s like free money.

What are your solutions’ biggest strengths?

We write all of our own software and programming internally. No third parties ever have access to your sensitive information. In addition to finding all your late packages and billing mistakes, we offer a full suite of included shipping reports and analytics. We provide reports that include: actual discount rate by service levels, accessorial fee summaries, DIM weight summaries, cost per pound shipped and many more. We also offer something no other auditing company out there will provide for free: small parcel benchmarking. How do you know if your rate for UPS Ground is comparable to the next guy? We are able to measure your discounts with similar sized clients. I hear this about 10 times a week, “My rep said I am getting better rates than he has ever seen.” Well that might be true, but as a Refund Retriever client you will be able to really see for yourself.

What plans do you have for future development of your solution?

Our software is currently on its fifth version. Refund Retriever is constantly updating our software technology and looking for new ways to save our clients more money. We are developing reports that will not only view your shipping history on different time frames, but also on an invoice by invoice basis. We are currently working on providing clients with a weekly shipping summary email.

I still believe face to face interaction with our clients is a top priority. We attend hundreds of tradeshows, so meeting us in person is easy! Up next: the IRCE 2015 in Chicago this June. Stop by booth 440 if you would like to speak with me in person.

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To learn more about Refund Retriever and how it can help you automate the process of requesting refunds from the shipping carriers, Register for our Free Webinar on “How to get refunds on late shipments” on Tue, May 26, 2015 @ 2 pm EST.

3dcart Mompreneurs Part 2

mompruhnur 1024x439 3dcart Mompreneurs Part  2For the month of May, we are celebrating hard working moms who use 3dcart to further their entrepreneurial journey. From startups to established businesses, these companies have one thing in common – they were started by multi-tasking, eCommerce-loving, passionate mothers.

1) blossomingmama.com

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“Blossoming Mama is a family owned and operated natural parenting store with a wide range of products to support your family through antepartum, maternity, home birth, postpartum, and raising baby.
I am Erin, a breastfeeding, babywearing, cloth diapering mom of two boys who recently resigned from the corporate world to pursue my passion for more natural parenting. And with that Blossoming Mama was born. I want to provide local and online moms with the tools and supplies needed to make your natural parenting desires come true without the need for multiple shopping trips.”

2) www.spunkyfans.com

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“Spunky Fans is the result of a life-long dream, a step of faith and the love and support of an amazing family. We specialize in making your game day spunky and stylish. Dress your best in our huge selection of custom team fan clothing. From tailgates to everyday, Spunky Fans is your source for items in your favorite team colors.”

3) www.nurtured.ca

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“Began in 2006 as a small home-based business to bring cloth diapers and baby carriers to Canadian Maritime families Nurtured Products for Parenting in Halifax, Nova Scotia will mark 10 years in 2016.
The store has grown in the last decade to be an Eco friendly store that celebrates a growing family from building a baby registry to moving into booster seats. Customers enjoy the mompreneur start and continuation, the hand-picked selection, and the information provided with each purchase. ”

4) bellymoms.com

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“As a mother of two girls, and being a professional engineer prior to being a full time mom, I always felt the void of a wardrobe that lacked style and statement. That led me to design my own clothes and bring this to the entire world with fashionable maternity and nursing wear that is comfortable and affordable for every mom to must have to celebrate their pre and post pregnancy phases.”

5) 5freckles.com

5freckles 1024x591 3dcart Mompreneurs Part  2 “5 Freckles is an online retailer that designs and produces innovative kids’ products. The company was founded by Kawaynna Chernesky and her mother Jennifer Johnson in 2007. As a mother of two young children, Kawaynna noticed a lack of unique and imaginative products available to them. She founded 5 Freckles hoping to inspire creativity and imagination in kids by creating fresh, fun, new magical products and to give other parents more choices for their kids.”

6 ) sleepeezmats.com

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“I am a mother of two who makes Children’s Nap Mats and Mei Tai baby carriers. I sell the nap mats on our website and am hoping to add the baby carriers soon. My business affords me the time to spend with my children as well as earn some income to help support my family.”

7) centerstagepersonalizedgifts.com

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“Center Stage Personalized Gifts offers parents a chance to put their kids in story and song! Our Personalized book star your kids, their friends, hometown and more. Our CDs feature famous characters such as Mickey Mouse, Veggietales and Elmo. Kids love to hear their favorite characters sing their name.”

 

If you are a mompreneur you want to become one, contact 3dcart today & get a free premium theme!

3dcart Mompreneurs

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For the month of May, we are celebrating hard working moms who use 3dcart to further their entrepreneurial journey. From startups to established businesses, these companies have one thing in common – they were started by multi-tasking, eCommerce-loving, passionate mothers.

1) kraftoutlet.com

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“I am a stay at home mom/folk artist/online retailer. I started my online businesses years ago to promote my handmade folk art. As that business grew I had customers and other crafters ask me where I got my cut business cards, tags and labels. I saw a need for these items and purchased an online business from a women who wanted to go back to school. I increased sales in that company and saw a need to sell the products I was printing on, specialty paper and labels. That is how Kraft Outlet was born. I had my site with the same company that hosts my printing company but due to huge growth we found that this was not working and switched to 3Dcart. Soon after the switch to 3Dcart, Country Living magazine named us as a “Website We Love” in their October 2013 issue. I have been an online retailer all of the time my kids were in high school and college. You can handle a business and raise kids!”

2) beheresoon.com

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Be Here Soon celebrates gifts for expecting moms and baby too! A mother owned and operated business Established in 2001. Marian Thompson, owner, began her company after having two difficult high risk pregnancies. “As a mother of four children myself, I appreciate the needs of pregnant mothers and those shopping for expecting women. Motherhood and family have been and continue to be my biggest motivator/inspiration for operating my business”.

3) amibamonsters.com

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“I am a mother of three children that travel a lot. On one of our many trips, all three of our kids were slumped over in their car seats which looked very uncomfortable. So we pulled over and tried our best to prop them back up…with no luck. So it was time to look for a solution online. When we searched, nothing out there really stood out to help with the “slump” so I brain stormed with my son and came up with an Amiba Monster. Shaped like an microscopic amoeba, these travel headrest pillows are idea for traveling for children aged 4 and up. They are all unique and come with a personalizable birth certificate. We have multiple pillows from body travel pillows for kids, adult size travel pillows, and normal headrest size pillows.”

4) bellezajewelry.com

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“Our business is run by myself and my daughter. We are former web professionals and decided to start our jewelry business in 2009. We have worked with a lot of cart software both hosted and server side. We feel our business which is run by two moms, we couldn’t do the volume we do without our 3d cart. We do everything ourselves from the look and feel of the site, to the photography, to the products we hand make and source to shipping. We also have active home lives and run this business solely online.”

5) SquirrelCheeks.com

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“Squirrel Cheeks is an online children’s boutique specializing in wholesale apparel and accessories. I’ve been selling online for years and love having 3dcart as my webhost. I have grown bigger and bigger over the years thanks to the tools the website provides.”

6) funkymonkeypants.com 

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“I set up my business in 2009 when my daughters were 6 months and the eldest 12 years. I started up funky monkey pants as we used cloth nappies (diapers) on my daughter and I kept getting asked about them. It is a family business my daughter did the first 2 logos, dad does website stuff, partner does the accounts.
The business has grown and we now sell toys, toiletries and eco cleaning products we also have a unit on our industrial estate with a shop area and are stocking a full range of organic clothing in the winter .”

7) vintagetreasures-ornaments.com

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“I was in love with glass Christmas ornaments and remember my grandmother’s old ornaments hanging on the tree. Then one year…my husband bought me glass ornaments in the shape of vegetables…bell pepper, potato….I knew right then I had to find a way to get more of these treasures. The rest is history.”

3dcart version 6.6 update

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This week, we went live with 3dcart version 6.6. The rollout is part of our continued strategy to bring our customers rapid innovation through agile software development.

Here are the new items we think you’ll find most important.

  • Beta of Single Page Checkout v2. Our new simplified Single Page Checkout is now in Beta and available to all 3dcart merchants. Including the latest usability standards for ecommerce, this new checkout will help increase conversions in your online store.
  • Google Trusted Stores Update. The GTS integration has been updated to support Google’s latest changes. Being a Google Trusted Store reassures shoppers that you’ll provide a great customer experience. Apply today – it’s easy and free..
  • WePay Integration. New Payment Integration with WePay Payment Provider.
  • Shipping Update For Dimensional Weight Calculation. With predefined boxes for your items, the system will now determine the best fit for your products based on their dimensions.
  • Responsive Transactional Emails. All the transactional emails, including Order Notifications, and product specific messages, have been updated to Responsive Emails. It’s easy to update to the latest version directly from your control panel.
  • Admin Account Security Questions.Enhanced security for your 3dcart account with security questions that will protect your sensitive information when is time to retrieve your Admin Panel password.
  • Adobe’s Aviary Integration.Easily edit images from the 3dcart Control Panel with Adobe’s Aviary built-in integration.

We’re always looking for feedback, feature ideas and ways to improve the software overall. Don’t hesitate to send us your thoughts through our feedback portal at http://3dcart.uservoice.com .

For merchants interested in perusing the entire list of bug fixes and feature updates, visit the announcements section of the 3dcart forum. Happy selling!

 

20 Best Shopping Engines For Retailers

From Google to Bing to Amazon, deciding where and how to promote your products can be more than a little confusing. To help you make the right decision for your store, our friends at GoDataFeed have produced this valuable infographic that compares the top 20 best shopping engines for online retailers.

Click to learn more about GoDataFeed’s integration with 3dcart.

 20 Best Shopping Engines For Retailers

April’s Featured Partner: Searchspring

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3dcart currently partners with over 200 ecommerce companies, and constantly adding new ones. These partnerships allow online merchants to expand the 3dcart functionality to specific business needs.  Each month 3dcart highlights a Featured Partner. For the month of April, the Featured Partner is Searchspring.  Our team interviewed Scott Zielinski, Searchspring’s Co-Founder to help 3dcart merchants get an insight of their company and solution.

How did Searchspring start out?

In 2007, Our co-founders Scott and Gareth teamed up to create SearchSpring, a hosted ecommerce site search solution that makes it easier for shoppers to find the right product. The duo have grown the company to serve over 650 merchants across the U.S., Europe and Australia. Ingenuity and dedication to customer service is at the heart of our culture.

What’s the main service SearchSpring offers?

Our technology provides best in class site search results and management flexibility. Our site search service is backed with advanced analytics, various merchandising tools, and automated SEO capabilities. SearchSpring delivers enterprise-level software without enterprise-type fees.

Describe the SearchSpring integration and how long you’ve been a partner with 3dcart.

Quickly integrated, SearchSpring’s AJAX code snippets can be added to a 3dcart website template easily. SearchSpring’s team works directly with each client providing full integration and management for each domain set up. Clients can fully customize SearchSpring to improve search result relevancy, product visibility, website bounce rates, and overall ecommerce performance. Complimenting 3dcart’s already stellar platform offerings.

What are the benefits for 3dcart Merchants that use SearchSpring?

On average, SearchSpring processes roughly 7 million queries for 3dcarts user community per month. 3dcart merchants who receive a minimum of 30,000 visits a month, an average order value of $25 – $100, and are utilizing SearchSpring maintain onsite search conversion rates of 6-10% and overall conversion rates of 4.1% – consistently above ecommerce industry averages. The addition of SearchSpring to 3dcart improves onsite search conversions by an average of 280%.

 What are your solutions’ biggest strengths?

SearchSpring is a high touch, white glove service. Our implementation process is painless for our merchants. In addition to our rockstar support, SearchSpring is an innovative solution featuring our learning search capabilities powered by our IntelliSuggest technology.

How’s your solution price structure?

Our pricing is real cut and dry. SearchSpring bills based on your overall monthly traffic with a starting point of $499.95/mo.

How does SearchSpring compare to similar solutions in the market?

While there are “similar” products, SearchSpring continues to innovate and lead the industry for best in class site search. As one of the only US based site search providers, located in Colorado, we are a phone call away.

What plans do you have for future development of your solution?

SearchSpring has a dedicated team to future product development. We are constantly working to expand our feature set and overall benefit to our merchants. Some things to keep an eye out from SearchSpring are more analytic options, advanced merchandising and marketing tools, and increased artificial intelligence.

Any other thoughts for our readers, who are mainly ecommerce merchants?

Every shopper that visits your website leaves data behind. This data should be consistently used to improve and polish relevancy via site search. Items viewed, items purchased, items searched, filters selected in the navigation, discount vs. new product sales performance can all be useful to improve website offerings and create hyper-relevant site search results. Use site search analytics to help and understand your shoppers, think about creative ways to utilize search data for a better shopping experience.

Click to learn more about SearchSpring’s integration with 3dcart.

 

Clever Promotions to Engage Your Audience and Drive Traffic

503762385 Clever Promotions to Engage Your Audience and Drive TrafficCreating unique and engaging content is a great first step in building your online authority and driving traffic to your website. While this approach to inbound marketing will help you build a solid foundation that will continue to yield results, an ideal strategy will utilize a variety of other promotional tools so that you are reaching as wide an audience as possible and keeping content fresh. Many companies tend to shy away from running promotions because they typically involve offering a discount or a prize, which ultimately affects the bottom line. Fortunately, there are some effective, clever and low-cost promotions that you can use to encourage engagement and drive traffic to you website. In addition, a little investment in capturing the attention of your target audience can go a long way in creating loyal, repeat customers.

  1. Caption Contest

Social media is full of memes and funny photos. Why not capitalize on this trend and run your own caption contest? Find or take a picture that relates to your business and provides plenty of inspiration for those with a good sense of humor. Post the photo on social media and ask people to come up with the best caption. If you really want to encourage participation, you could offer a prize for first place or advertise the post so that more people see your post. However, you certainly don’t have to invest any money in order to reap the benefits of a well-designed caption contest. The right picture will inspire people to participate and even if there isn’t any monetary compensation involved.

 

  1. Facebook Promotions

Another way to drive traffic and increase revenue is to provide special offers to customers who like your Facebook page, sign up for your email list or refer a friend. This requires minimal effort on the part of the reader and provides you with a target audience. While visitors may not immediately convert into buyers, you are now empowered with contact information that will allow you to continue to reach out to potential customers.

How you use social media and encourage people to like and share your pages can depend on both your budget and who your audience is. Here are just a few ideas that have been successful for companies in the past:

Offer a scholarship. It doesn’t have to be a full scholarship, but even a thousand dollars can go a long way in helping students pay for books and tuition. You can reach out to schools and let students know that you are running a scholarship contest.

Charitable donations. Choose a charity that is relevant to your audience and your business and offer to make a certain donation per like. If that gets too expensive, you can always simple agree to donate a certain amount once you hit a certain number of “likes.”

Choose a super fan. Every month, you can feature a fan and perhaps even offer a prize for being chosen. Everyone loves a good contest where they don’t actually have to do much to win.

Take advantage of the Facebook “places” feature. Why not reward people for checking in at brick and mortar location that is associated with your business? If you are purely an online and ecommerce establishment, you can always partner with other businesses.

When it comes to facebook and other social media outlets, the possibilities are practically endless. Be creative, offer fans the chance to win something, even if it isn’t money or the trip of a lifetime. They will participate and you will receive more traffic to your website.

 

  1. Product Naming Competition

Launching a new product? Instead of spending the afternoon debating with your colleagues at work about which name works best, let your audience crown your latest project with a unique name. Again, this is a simple way to encourage audience participation and get people to interact with your brand and your products. It also provides a great way to build buzz around a new product and get people talking.

 

  1. Customer Appreciation Events

Whether you sell products online, you have retail locations or both, be sure to show some love for existing and new customers. Even though we live in an ever increasingly online world, people still want to feel connected to the businesses and websites where they spend their money. Offering customer appreciation specials, like free shipping or a free gift with purchase will help you build customer loyalty.

 

  1. Branded Gifts

Your insurance salesman probably hands out keychains and magnets that may or may not ever get used. On the other hand, your gym probably hands out water bottles and hand towels stamped with their name that you use on a daily basis during your workouts. The point is to put your name on something that people in your target audience are going to use. Not only will your business get cool points, your name and your brand will start to spread. Everyone loves a free gift and the more creative and useful the item, the more ROI you will get out of every item you hand out.

The best part of marketing and running special promotions is that the options are basically limitless. The ideas mentioned above represent just a short list of possibilities that have worked in the past. You can always look at what other companies are doing, imitate the specific elements that you like and put your own personal twist on things. Just be sure start with a clear outline of your goals for each promotional effort. Do you want to collect email addresses for newsletter campaigns? Are you trying to encourage previous customers to make new purchases? Are you looking to drive new traffic to your website? Having a clear vision of your goals and your audience can help you create your own spin on clever promotional tactics that will produce results.

 

Is your store ready for Google’s Mobile-Friendly Algorithm Update?

Google’s recent announcement in their Webmaster Central Blog, uncovers some details of their major algorithm update to be released on April 21st.

As stated, “…Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results.”

In an effort to ensure that search results are relevant and add value to the user’s search experience, Google periodically makes changes to the algorithm it uses for determining search results rankings. The announced update includes provisions for improving the mobile search experience. Mobile-friendly changes ensure that results can be accessed on a mobile device and that local options are returned based on information collected by the mobile device.

 

march main img Is your store ready for Googles Mobile Friendly Algorithm Update?

 

The new algorithm will have a major impact on mobile users, since the ranking system will detect whether a mobile device is being used and returns results accordingly. In other words, those who are using a mobile device to search with Google will be able to browse results that are ranked by mobile device accessibility. This move towards a mobile-friendly search experience will be applied worldwide. The intended result from this change in the algorithm for mobile devices is that users will be able to easily access the most relevant results specifically optimized for mobile use.

How the changes affect Online Stores

While the change won’t have an impact on rankings for searches performed in desktop-based browsers, it’ll dramatically change the results returned for users on mobile devices. The change represents a great opportunity for businesses that are already Mobile-Friendly, or that are willing to move forward with adopting the new Mobile Friendly standards.

Traditional mobile stores solutions – including dedicated mobile apps, while allowing shoppers to access your website on-the-go, doesn’t necessarily mean that your website is up to Google’s Mobile-Friendly requirements.

For many online retailers (especially anyone using an open-source or older solution), transitioning the existing website to a “Responsive Design” might become a challenge, to which the only solution might be investing a large amount of resources, or switching to newer hosted platforms.

Is my Online Store Mobile-Friendly

To find out if your Online Store is Mobile-Friendly, Google is providing an Online Tool that can easily help determine if your site meets the requirements.

If you store currently passes this test, you’ll benefit from the changes to come by getting more traffic and increased rankings over your competitor that might not be up to challenge.

To test your site online, visit Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test page.

Not mobile-friendly

Google’s guidelines for Mobile-Friendly websites are pretty recent, and most websites are not ready for the change.

The good news is that hosted platforms like 3dcart, are ready for the change and ease the transition to a Mobile-Friendly Online Store.

Last year 3dcart released our  Responsive Template Engine, and since then we have moved to offer 100% responsive themes and designs,  developed with HTML5 technology.

3dcart Stores that are not Mobile-Friendly are able to take any of these actions,

1. Have your web developer begin migrating your current design over to the html5 template system.

2. Change the current Theme of your site to use any of the New & Free HTML5 Responsive Themes. These are available in your 3dcart Control Panel in the Themes & Styles section.

3. Transfer your current design to HTML5. You can contact your 3dcart Account Manager to discuss the details of a “Responsive Transfer”.

4. Take this opportunity to update the design of your website with any of 3dcart’s Responsive Design Packages.

 

For additional details about the upcoming changes, check the official Google announcement, or contact our team at 1-800-828-6650 x 1 with any additional questions.

March’s Featured Partner: Avalara

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3dcart currently partners with over 200 ecommerce companies, and constantly adding new ones. These partnerships allow online merchants to expand the 3dcart functionality to specific business needs.  Each month 3dcart highlights a Featured Partner. For the month of March, the Featured Partner is Avalara. Our team interviewed Melody Hutchinson, Avalara’s Marketing Manager to help 3dcart merchants get an insight of their company and solution.

How did Avalara start out?

Rory Rawlings had an idea; a solution to automate sales tax compliance for small and mid-sized businesses. Based on the findings that clients needed an efficient and affordable way to calculate, manage, and remit sales and use taxes to supplant the cumbersome, time-consuming, and often error-prone manual processes they were following: the seeds for Avalara were planted.

Founded in 2004, Avalara, Inc. is a privately held company with headquarters on Bainbridge Island, WA.

What’s the main service Avalara offers?

AvaTax is Avalara’s solution for end-to-end sales tax automation which includes Calculation, Filing and Exemption Certificate Management.

Describe the Avalara integration and how long you’ve been a partner with 3dcart. 

Avalara, a 3DCart partner for over 4 years, makes it easy to get up and running with AvaTax; the integration is included as part of the 3DCart platform.

What are the benefits for 3dcart Merchants that use Avalara? 

3DCart merchants that use Avalara have peace of mind that they’re doing sales tax right, which allows them to focus on more important business goals.

What are your solutions’ biggest strengths? 

AvaTax is easy to setup and use, always up-to-date, accurate, affordable, and allows 3DCart customers to fully automate sales tax compliance from calculation to filing.

How’s your solution price structure? 

Avalara’s pricing structure is based on annual transaction usage.  We have annual transaction plans that start as low as $9 per month so 3DCart merchants of all sizes can benefit from sales tax automation.

How does Avalara compare to similar solutions in the market? 

Avalara has married technology and compliance better than our competition. AvaTax is reliable and sub-second fast to accurately support high user conversion on your 3DCart website. So, no matter where you sell, what products, or to whom, Avalara gets it right.

What plans do you have for future development of your solution? 

Avalara will continue to expand additional support for international Value-Added-Tax (VAT), as well as add automation features that continue to support our ease-of-use mantra.

Any other thoughts for our readers, who are mainly ecommerce merchants?

If you’re starting an ecommerce business it’s important you establish a scalable process for managing your sales tax compliance requirements from day one. When it comes to being audited, the look-back period can be up to 7 years. Being prepared and having dependable information are invaluable assets when you need them.

To learn more about Avalara and how it can help your store be tax compliant, register for our Free Webinar “Ready, Set, Go: Sales Tax Automation for 3dcart in Minutes” on Tue, March 24th, 2015 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST.