Selling eBooks and other electronic publications can be a lucrative online business in itself, or as part of a niche business. Virtually everyone has advanced expertise in something and often a business can be built around that knowledge. Blogs provide the perfect foundation for niche publications, but there’s also potential for them in niche retail. […]
Canada Post is giving away one million dollars in shipping and marketing prizes to Canadian eCommerce leaders. All you have to do to enter is tell them how you deliver an excellent online customer experience. To be eligible, you must sell and ship to Canadian customers via the Internet. Judging for all except the Consumer […]
Canadian online retailers have improved but online shoppers indicate they have a long way to go, a survey by Forrester Research Inc. has concluded. The survey was conducted in partnership with Canada Post to understand why 25% of Canadian online consumers are still shopping internationally. Forrester Research surveyed 1,103 Canadian online shoppers for their State […]
Some of the most commonly used search words by Canadian shoppers are Canadian, Canada, and/or the name of a province, such as “buy business supplies Alberta Canada”. This is also true of shoppers searching for local stores, restaurants, etc. Search engines use keywords and other methods to determine the location of business websites, be that […]
ComScore 2013 Canada Digital Future in Focus statistics indicate a growing number of Canadian online shoppers in 2012 over 2011. Most notable though, is the huge movement towards multi-platform usage and marketing. 62% of Canada’s mobile phone users have a Smartphone, and 43% of them also own another mobile device (tablet, laptop, etc.).
I can’t say I’m surprised, but I’m still shocked at the results of RBC’s 2013 survey of Canadian small businesses. Only 46% of those surveyed have a website, and 48% of those websites aren’t equipped for eCommerce. It’s statistics like these that motivated us to develop this website. It’s clear that Canadian businesses need a […]
Statistics Canada has released a discouraging report of December, 2012 retail sales in Canada, which declined 0.9% (excluding motor vehicle and parts dealers). Sales fell 1.6% in volume, with most merchants reporting less sales in December. All provinces reported a decrease in retail sales. RBC reported this month that 69% of Canadian shoppers stayed within […]
Results of an Ipsos Reid / Institute of Communication Agency poll indicates Canadians are heavily influenced by Internet and Tech companies. Five of their top 10 choices fell into these categories, including the top four. That’s fabulous news for existing Canadian web-based businesses and future ‘netpreneurs’.
Statistics Canada has reported that senior Canadians are steadily increasing their Internet usage. What they’re doing online is often different than younger surfers, including listening to music or watching videos. This data left us wondering why there is such an e-generation gap, so we followed up with an informal survey of our own.
Many people have ideas for an online business, or they’d like to expand their offline business into the eCommerce format. There are a number of ways to finance a web-based business, or obtain additional funds to expand.