Canadian Retailers: Low Loonie Can Lure American Online Shoppers ©

The low Canadian dollar is such great news for businesses in this country, and online retailers are no exception. It encourages Canadians to shop at home instead of running to the US for everything, but the benefits don’t stop there.

You now have a rare opportunity to lure American shoppers to your online store. Read more »

Free eBook: Self-Publishing Books 101

Free eBook - Self-Publishing Books 101Each month we offer you a new free guide, report, whitepaper or eCourse. This month we bring you Self-Publishing Books 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Publishing Your Book in Multiple Formats, a free eBook by experts Shelley Hitz and Heather Hart. It’s an info-packed 166 pages that will leave you ready, willing and able to hit the ground running.

“Whether you are just getting started or already have experience in self-publishing, we are here to be your virtual coaches,” Shelley & Heather write. “Helping you from the start to the finish — writing, formatting, book cover design, choosing a publisher, publishing in various formats, and finally marketing your book.” Read more »

Spike in Canadian Online Sales and Marketing (Statistics) ©

It has taken a long time for Canadian businesses to start selling online and even longer for most to fully embrace it as a way of life. We face unique eCommerce obstacles in Canada, from a lack of local Internet expertise to high postal shipping rates and inferior (yet expensive) Internet access. More Canadian retailers have jumped online in 2015, however, and many saw a double-digit increase in sales in 2014 over 2013, according to a Forrester/Retail Council of Canada Research benchmark report released in June, 2015. Read more »

Top 10 Earning Affiliate Programs for May, 2015

Affiliate marketing is one of the oldest ways of making money online in Canada and it can be very lucrative if you focus on the right programs. Merchants may have an in-house affiliate program or join networks like Share-A-Sale, where thousands of website owners may partner up with them for a percentage of sales they make. Affiliates add the merchants’ banners to their website, or write content around a text link. They can also promote merchants in their newsletters. Clicks on the links are tracked and commissions are paid through the network or directly if the program is independently operated.

There are thousands of affiliate (partner) programs available to Canadian website owners and bloggers, which makes it difficult to select a few to focus on. Read more »

10 Hot Product Niches to Sell or Drop Ship Online in Canada ©

Product Niches to Sell or Drop Ship Online in Canada

One of the most challenging parts of starting an online business in Canada is choosing a profitable niche. We have less competition within our borders than we would in large markets like the US. However, we still need to select products that are in demand, while not being in a saturated niche or easily obtained locally. We also have to stay away from items easily obtained from the US (such as those that ship inexpensively in an envelope). Read more »

Canadian Retailers Facing Omnichannel Challenges (Statistics & Slides)

Canadian businesses have struggled with eCommerce in general, which in turn has left many of them overwhelmed by the omni/multi-channel experience today’s consumers want. 2015 statistics from a survey done by Deloitte and Tulip Retail, indicate a storefront is still a popular purchase point, but shoppers also want digital options. This data suggests that while eCommerce and multichannel options are expected as part of a satisfying shopping experience, they aren’t replacing the in-store experience. In fact, 70% claim that over 50% of purchases are still made in their store. Read more »

Top 10 Earning Affiliate Programs for April, 2015

Affiliate marketing is one of the oldest ways of making money online in Canada and it can be very lucrative if you focus on the right programs. Merchants may have an in-house affiliate program or join networks like Share-A-Sale, where thousands of website owners may partner up with them for a percentage of sales they make. Affiliates add the merchants’ banners to their website, or write content around a text link. They can also promote merchants in their newsletters. Clicks on the links are tracked and commissions are paid through the network or directly if the program is independently operated.

There are thousands of affiliate (partner) programs available to Canadian website owners and bloggers, which makes it difficult to select a few to focus on. Read more »

Top 13 Reasons Canadians Shop Online (Statistics) ©

The fact that Canadians are shopping online isn’t news, but details are scarce. The more insight we can gain regarding how and why Canadians shop online, the better we can serve them and ultimately gain their business.

Statistics from the Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) 2015 Total Global Retail Consumer Survey, indicate Canadians embraced online shopping in a big way in 2014.  54% bought something online at least once per month, and 78% of online shoppers in Canada have been doing so for at least three years. Read more »

Listen Up, Brands: What Online Canadian Moms Want (Statistics)

A survey of 1674 Canadian Moms (including 5% dads and 8% “other”) has revealed some interesting insights into what they want from brands online, and how they want it. While respondents weighed in from across the country, the overwhelming majority (60%) were from Ontario. This group loves social media and social sharing, but most feel that brands aren’t engaging them as much as they could be. Consequently, brands are missing out on valuable sharing opportunities and social sales. Read more »

Canadian Grocery Shoppers Hungry for Omni-Channel Savings and Convenience (Statistics) ©

Canadians are increasingly enthusiastic about their Smartphones, with 67% of us owning one and 38% of us admitting we can’t imagine leaving home without it. 49% of Canadian grocery shoppers would also like to use their Smartphone to save money at the store with app’s, according to research by Mintel, but only 13% actually do so. Just 12% of Canadians have shopped for groceries online, even though 71% are experienced online shoppers. Grocery stores will have to work slowly and steadily to improve the internet shopping experience and educate consumers. Read more »

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