Guest Blog by ReferralCandy: Can Gamification Increase Customer Loyalty?
Friday, February 15, 2019Lauren Macdonald
Gamification is the application of game playing incorporated into everyday life. Businesses have started to gamify their marketing efforts in order to engage customers more. Gamification is a strategy that motivates the customer through gaming techniques.
Games are the only force in the known universe that can get people to take actions against their self-interest, in a predictable way, without using force. – Gabe Zimmermann
When gamification is successful, it motivates the players to take action. It will also break tasks into manageable chunks and give the users a cue to complete tasks. Gamification can increase marketing ROI as customers share their accomplishments with their friends and family.
Amazon Seller Cheat Sheet: What are the ways you can sell on Amazon?
Friday, February 8, 2019Lindsay Hampson
We all know, Amazon is taking over the retail world, posting record-breaking stats with more items ordered worldwide than ever before
. I promise this is not yet another blog on how massive Amazon is, by the way.
The truth is that Amazon IS taking over the world. People and businesses are selling on it. It is no secret that it is a lot of work to get your product up on Amazon, and even more work to get sales and meet high-bar requirements.
SAP Business One User Seeks Meaningful Connection With Shopify
Monday, February 4, 2019Lauren Macdonald
- Strong Communication
- Ongoing Support
- Long-term Commitment
... And Must Love Dogs
The Expansion of Headless Commerce: Guest Blog by JetRails
Wednesday, January 30, 2019Lauren Macdonald
For many years, merchants have been forced to choose between a powerful eCommerce platform like Magento and a flexible Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress. While you could create a corporate site in Wordpress and a subdomain like “shop.” or “store.” for your eCommerce store, having two separate sites is not ideal. With your eCommerce website hosted on a subdomain, it’s more difficult to earn top search engine rankings as well as to maintain continuity between the sites. You end up managing two hosting environments, two themes and potentially require two admins to maintain two distinctive websites.
In the integration weeds: Shipping 2 for the price of 1 orders from Shopify
Friday, January 18, 2019Lindsay Hampson
Just out today!
New functionality for our Shopify connector.
We now support buy 1 get 1 free situations and line breakdown for inbound shipments.
The eBridge Shopify connector, with the eBridge integration platform, is being used daily by hundreds of brands and merchants across the world.
Our eBridge Connections Development Team is constantly improving our Shopify connector. They spend their time adding functionality, tweaking code to be more efficient, and so on.
Unpacking the trends and challenges around eCommerce packaging in 2019 and beyond
Tuesday, January 8, 2019Lauren Macdonald
One thing that has stood out in the eCommerce world as of late, is an increased importance in the packaging a product is shipped in.
As we start off 2019, eCommerce industry analysts are stressing the importance of paying close attention to packaging trends and challenges.
Magento’s eCommerce Platform Evolves On
Monday, January 7, 2019Lindsay Hampson
Magento seems to have navigated the waters of acquisition in good form, even announcing new technologies and partnerships over the last 6 months. While change is never easy, the company and its customers, partners and staff truly seem to be feeling strong, steady and more fired up than ever. Read on!
In The Integration Weeds | Return Magic
Wednesday, December 12, 2018Lauren Macdonald
If you use Return Magic
as your return management software and are looking for a way to integrate it with your accounting or ERP application, you’ve come to the right place!
This week “in the integration weeds” we’re diving into the details on how we’ve helped eCommerce merchants streamline data to do with returns by connecting their Return Magic software with their back-office accounting/ERP systems.
Mini Guide To Subscriptions & Bundles
Tuesday, December 11, 2018Lindsay Hampson
The research behind subscription box trends speaks for itself. According to Forbes, “The subscription e-commerce market has grown by more than 100% percent a year over the past five years, with the largest retailers generating more than $2.6B in sales in 2016, up from $57.0M in 2011.”
Read a new miniguide on subscriptions and bundles.
Aligning Your Departmental Strategies to Deliver Memorable Customer Experiences
Tuesday, December 11, 2018Lauren Macdonald
Businesses today that sell online or in-store realize that making the customer experience a memorable one is imperative for driving repeat business, collecting positive online reviews, growing revenue through word-of-mouth referrals, etc.
Online Merchants: Are You Experiencing Aches + Pains from the Busy Holiday Shopping Season?
Thursday, November 29, 2018Lindsay Hampson
See how your business handled the high volumes of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Take this 2-minute self checkup.
Once the fog of cyber order mayhem has lifted from your web marketing, warehouse fulfillment and accounting teams, take a moment and do a self checkup. Your answers will help diagnose the areas of your eCommerce business that need a stronger Rx for next Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Need to integrate ShipStation with Microsoft Dynamics AX/365, GP, NAV/BC, or SL? Here’s how we can help!
Monday, November 26, 2018Lauren Macdonald
is one of the best platforms out there for enabling eCommerce merchants to import, organize, process, package, and ship their orders. It also comes with a wide range of features such as automated order importing, custom hierarchical rules, product profiles, fulfillment solutions, and more.
One thing merchants are noticing, however, is that ShipStation and Microsoft Dynamics ERPs like AX/365, GP, NAV/BC, or SL
, do not natively integrate with the shipping tool. This means a lot of manual data entry to and from ShipStation for those merchants who sell their products online and use a Microsoft Dynamics ERP for their back-office.
Shopify and Sage 100 ERP Integration Makes Life Easier For Busy Online Retailers
Thursday, November 15, 2018Lauren Macdonald
Busy online retailers are choosing to integrate their Shopify stores with their Sage 100 back-office ERP to make life easier.
Shopify and Sage 100 ERP integration:
When you choose eBridge
, you're choosing a reliable middleware that sits in between your Shopify and Sage 100 ERP systems. Once set up, your business will seamlessly transfer data, bi-directionally, when a new order comes in.
A Tailored ERP for the Consumer Goods Industry, Connected to Amazon
Thursday, November 15, 2018Lindsay Hampson
Connecting Apprise ERP to Amazon enables data from orders, and inventory adjustments to happen automatically. The results? Time saved, risk avoided, and Amazon compliance met.
Tips & Tricks For Growing eCommerce Sales This Holiday Season: Guest Blog by eBridge's Grade 9 Visitors on Take Our Kids to Work Day
Tuesday, November 13, 2018Lauren Macdonald
eBridge Connections is participating in “Take Our Kids to Work Day
” today! To celebrate, we’re sharing on our blog a few ideas for growing eCommerce sales, straight from the mouths of Grade 9s’ who have grown up in an eCommerce-driven world.
In The Integration Weeds | NetSuite OneWorld Support
Tuesday, November 13, 2018Lauren Macdonald
While in the weeds this week, our eBridge Connections’ developers created NetSuite OneWorld integration capabilities as an enhancement to our NetSuite connector.
How Leading Brands Are Processing Orders This Black Friday/Cyber Monday
Friday, November 9, 2018Lauren Macdonald
Busy online brands and merchants find themselves in a major bind on Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend, when they’re forced to bring in staff and pay overtime to handle the spike in order volume. Each order made by a customer needs to be processed, picked, packaged, and shipped. And, many of these orders come back as returns.
The holiday season can be a logistical nightmare for the warehouse, the finance team, the IT team and operations.
., seller of toys that teach, is one such brand that was in this bind a year ago. Every order that came into their online toy shop kicked off manual human intervention. Because of this painful experience – when everyone had to work over the holidays – they made the decision to join the ranks of leading brands who have a much easier and faster method of processing their orders – with an integration platform as a service (iPaaS).
We've Got Our Eyes (And Hearts) Set On Record Growth In 2019, And We're Looking For New Channel Partners To Help Us Get There!
Tuesday, November 6, 2018Lauren Macdonald
For 25+ years, eBridge Connections has been helping retailers sell in-store or online. Today, we proudly support hundreds of merchants, by passing their data back and forth between their ERPs and the places they sell. In 2019, we have our eyes (and hearts) set on growing our customer base and helping even more retailers with ERP integration for eCommerce, CRM, EDI, and more. But, we need your help!
We’re looking for the best of the best when it comes to businesses who help retailers sell online or in-store. If this sounds like you, reach out anytime to join our Channel Partner family and reap the numerous benefits of being an eBridge Connections referral partner.
In the integration weeds | Creating invoices in NetSuite
Monday, November 5, 2018Lindsay Hampson
We have a merchant that fulfills sales orders outside of NetSuite but uses NetSuite for their financial reporting.
Instead of creating a Sales Order, it made more sense to simplify the processing of an order within NetSuite. We made their integration flow 'create an Invoice' instead of 'create a Sales Order.'
Easy, simple and smart.
In the integration weeds | Shopify Plus merchant fee
Tuesday, October 30, 2018Lindsay Hampson
While in the weeds with a Shopify Plus merchant, we learned that displaying a data point commonly known as “Shopify Plus merchant fee” on every inbound invoice to the accounting system or ERP would save this Shopify Plus merchant some time during their month-end finance reconciliation process.
In the integration weeds | Bundles
Tuesday, October 30, 2018Lindsay Hampson
A lesson from technical eCommerce integration experts on why you should create bundle codes within your ERP or eCommerce site, not through customized integration business rules after the fact.
How Canada Post Helps Canadian eCommerce Companies Succeed
Thursday, October 18, 2018Lauren Macdonald
If you’re a Canadian looking to start an online store, or you have an established eCommerce operation that you’re looking to elevate to the next level, Canada Post
makes it easy to deliver a better shopping experience to your customers.
‘Twas The Night Before Boxing Day: How Magento Merchants Are Using ERP Integration To Prep For Order Overload
Thursday, October 4, 2018Lauren Macdonald
It's National Poetry Day! To celebrate, we're sharing how Magento merchants, including our customer Everlast, are using ERP integration to prep for Boxing Day order overload.
Enjoy the poem!
Sage X3 got a facelift, and a new name! Meet Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management
Tuesday, October 2, 2018Lauren Macdonald
Sage X3 was a solid and robust ERP application. But Sage realized that its users wanted more than just an ERP.
So, they decided to transform Sage X3 into a new product that offers everything for managing accounting, payroll, payments, and a business’s lifeblood – it’s people!
They also decided that a product that could do so much more than the original Sage X3, deserved a new name. And voila, Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management