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19 Facts E-commerce Entrepreneurs Need To Know About Mobile

0 comments / August 27, 2015

You only need to look outside to see how prevalent mobile devices are in use. Ever since the introduction of smart devices, their adoption has been rising and is still going strong.

For e-commerce businesses a desktop-only approach is no longer enough. They’ve had to factor in the emergence of mobile and the effect it can have on their business in driving additional sales.

But what’s the current state of mobile? E-commerce entrepreneurs and marketers will find this infographic from JBH Marketing and Smart Insights quite insightful in determining what their strategy for mobile will be. You’ll find a total of 19 facts in the infographic, and we’ve highlighted five statistics you shouldn’t miss.

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5 Quick Tips To Speed Up Your E-commerce Website

1 comment / August 21, 2015

Did you know that for every second a customer waits for your website to load reduces your conversion rate by 7%? Apart from that, you’ll also get 11% fewer page views and a 16% decrease in customer satisfaction.

Those numbers are hardly anything to boast about, and they’re all not that surprising. It’s like waiting in a long, and slow queue to pay for your groceries – nobody enjoys that. You can imagine how impatient we can be online.

So what can you do to make your e-commerce website load faster? In this post you’ll learn a few tricks that will speed up your website so you don’t lose out on additional sales.

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Hacker’s Summer Guide: Editing Skills – Part 3

0 comments / August 13, 2015

Editor’s note: Here are Part 1 and Part 2 of the Hacker’s Summer Guide

A great philosopher once said:

Programming knowledge is nothing if you can’t move your fingers on the keyboard fast enough.

Not sure about the author of this quote but it doesn’t matter and it’s still true.

I used to be very frustrated. I knew a lot about languages, computers theory etc. But when it came to typing code I was so inefficient that it was a pain. I wrote some very bad code because of that.

Then I thought about the situation. I’m a guitar player. I know some music theory but what makes me a guitarist is the fact I can actually move my fingers efficiently on the fretboard. Same goes for programming. I mean the typing skills not the fretboard.

So let’s see how you can become a code editing hero.

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7 Must Read E-Commerce Blogs For Entrepreneurs

1 comment / August 7, 2015

With all the blogs out there, it’s easy to get overloaded with information and can be difficult to know what you should be reading and which resources are genuinely going to help you and your online business to grow.

For this week, we decided to make things easier for you and list some of the best blogs focused on e-commerce that we follow.

We chose the blogs below based on their expertise and how actionable their content is in helping your business. We’ve also learnt a great deal ourselves from these sources and believe you can as well.

Here are seven blogs every entrepreneur should religiously follow.

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The Hacker’s Summer Guide: Frameworks and Libraries – Part 2

0 comments / July 30, 2015

Where I live people say “The sun that doesn’t rise in the sky, rises in our hearts”. We’re in the middle of Summer and this has never been so true. I don’t know about your place but if you barely remember what sunny means I’ve got good news for you. Our training plan doesn’t require outside workouts.

In the first part I showed you a list of cool languages you should definitely try. But as every developer I want to be productive so I also have plenty of frameworks and libraries in my tool belt helping me in my daily work.

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A Quick Guide To Resolving Disputes and Reducing Chargebacks

0 comments / July 28, 2015

As an online business owner chargebacks are never wanted, but the reality is that they happen from time by time and they’re something you should be prepared for. In this blog post we’ll explain how to help avoiding disputes and chargebacks before they happen.

What is a chargeback?

A chargeback occurs when your customer initiates the return of their funds through their bank which usually happens due to fraud. As a merchant you have to accept the chargeback first, since the chargeback is issued directly by the bank. However later in this article you will find ways how to deal with them and resolve them.

So what are reasons for chargebacks and how to reduce them?

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What SaaS Startups Need To Look For In An Online Payments Solution

0 comments / July 24, 2015

In 2015, the number of marketing technology companies increased from 947 to 1875 – that’s a massive growth of 98% in just 12 months! What’s more, global SaaS revenues are projected to reach $106 billion in 2016, an increase of 21% from 2015 spending levels.

But while we witness the growth of SaaS, one of the things they all have in common is that they operate under a subscription based model and will need to choose a solution which helps them process online payments.

But what’s the best tool to start accepting payments online for your SaaS startup? In this blog post we’ll explain what you need to look for in your online payments solution.

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How To Be EU VAT Compliant And Automate Your Invoicing With PAYMILL and Quaderno

0 comments / July 21, 2015

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Carlos Hernandez, founder of Quaderno

The new VAT rules in the EU came into force in January 2015, and they’re piling more paperwork and stress on startups and small businesses. Just to remind you: the new VAT rules mean you have to charge VAT based on where your customers are located, not where your business is located, a change that could see you dealing with 28 different rates of VAT.

In the past, VAT was charged at the rate of the vendor’s home country. Making the VAT you pay dependent on your country meant that large companies like Amazon and Apple would register corporate headquarters in virtually-taxless Luxembourg, which is a big reason for the new rules.

From January 2015 on, VAT has to be charged at the rate of the purchaser’s home country. Not such a big change, right? Well, before your online business only had to charge VAT at one rate. Since some EU countries have different VAT rates for different items there are potentially 28 VAT rates across the EU, and if you sell a digital product or service (a category which includes software, ebooks, and more) you have to be ready to charge them all.

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The Hacker’s Summer Training Guide – Part 1

4 comments / July 16, 2015

Summer has come and we see summer workout plans popping all over the web. It’s true that it’s a great time to put your body in shape. But your brain as a muscle needs practice so you should not forget about training it.

I’m no fitness coach and I leave it up to you for the physical part but I’ll share with you a summer program for the latter.

Why would you need training?

We developers have the chance to work in an exciting field. Things are moving fast, new languages and frameworks are popping out regularly, sometimes a bit too much (I’m looking at you JavaScript community).

Never being bored is great but the downside is that we need to constantly update our knowledge and skills if we want to stay in the game and not get outdated and be replaced by newer versions aka “young graduates”.

So in other words: Practice, upgrade your skills and learn new ones.

Learning Programming Languages

Learning new languages is always beneficial. Whether it’s for getting new jobs opportunities or for your own culture.

Let me tell you something that might surprise you. The only way to be an expert in your preferred technology is to know different ones. I’m not telling you to scatter yourself around but just to open yourself to others ways of thinking.

And you never know. This odd language you learnt for fun because it had no “real world” purpose might become the next big thing in your field.

Look at the functional programming trend. Functional languages have been around for decades and people with a beard less than twenty centimetres long didn’t care. Now hipsters have long beards and web developers want to go functional.

In this post I’m going to share with you my personal selection of cool languages.

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How The New EU Payment Service Directive Affects Your Online Business

0 comments / July 14, 2015

The European Commission is adopting the Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2), which represents a major policy development set to impact the European payments industry by introducing stronger authentication practices.

According to a recent study by the EHI Retail Institute (in German) many online retailers favour strong authentication for security reasons, but don’t want to see a drop in conversion and having an easy to use checkout process is still ranks as the most important factor.

With European online trade set to reach €180 billion and grow by almost 20%, the importance of e-commerce is increasing with more customers preferring to purchase on the web and the increase of online shops being established. Due to this rapid growth, a new payment service directive of the European Banking Authority was published to enhance security for online payments.

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