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Why Only Running Retargeting Ads on Facebook Can Hurt Your Returns

Facebook retargeting ads are a necessity in every ecommerce store owner’s marketing arsenal, and they’re great at recapturing the attention of people who have already made contact with your business. With these people you know you’re part way there, there’s something that brought them to your website and retargeting ads help to seal the deal. Wait just a second though,…

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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Why Instagram Marketing Is Necessary

Are you one of Instagram’s 700 million monthly active users? If you aren’t, it’s a fantastic and we’d even argue essential platform to be advertising on as an ecommerce store. As with any social media network, there are tons of best practices out there explaining how you can use Instagram to build your brand, find your tribe, and create the most…

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4 BigCommerce Stores We Love

There are tons of things that make a website amazing, and when it comes to online stores, BigCommerce has a fantastic, easy-to-use ecommerce platform that can be customized and integrated with lots of awesome apps that make being an ecommerce store owner a whole lot easier. Though it was difficult, we decided to put together a few of our favorite…

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7 Easy Ways to A/B Test Your Social Ads

Social ads are an excellent way to reach a new audience, and if you do it well, you’ll be able to increase traffic, conversions, and best of all – revenue. Out of all the social ads, we’re slightly biased in favor of Facebook and Instagram ads. Why? Easy – it’s because Facebook ads alone have a click-through rate that’s eight…

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How to Write Effective Facebook Ad Copy That Converts Into Sales

It may be tempting to think that all you need for a successful social ad is a high-res, beautiful photo because after all, a picture is worth a thousand words, right? However, as we all know, it takes two to make a thing go right and copy just so happens to be that other thing. For those of us not #blessed…

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Social Media Roundup: What’s New For May

As you all well know, social media advances at an incredibly fast pace. So much so that it’s undeniably difficult to stay up to date on the latest and greatest developments rocking the digital sphere, so we’ve decided to make things a bit easier. In this post, we’re going to catch you up on all of May’s social news with…

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Vantage Stack | Stack the Ads in Your Favor

Ever feel like your Facebook ads are working against you and not with you? Ad fatigue is alive and well with the average Facebook ad frequency sitting at a 13.8 times/day. It’s more important than ever to personalize your ads based on how your customers engage with your store, which is why it’s time for you to start stacking the ads in…

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The Top Online Shopping Trends in 2017

Online shopping goes through fads and trends just like any other sector, and while some of them will come and go as quickly as the Unicorn frap at Starbucks, others will stand the test of time and become part of the cannon of ecommerce. Here are six of the top online shopping trends for 2017 that we think will stick…

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The Ecommerce Metrics You’re Not Looking at But Should Be

Revenue is the one thing that all businesses, big and small, track with pleasure (and maybe a little bit of fear). But there are lots of metrics that track growth and success, and if you want to see the whole picture, then you need to look at these as well. Here are five metrics that you should be following closely,…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Ecommerce Product Pages

Many store owners spend time tweaking their homepage, but often forget about the importance of a well-designed product page. Choosing the best way to showcase your products to prospective buyers is essential, as it can make or break your shot at a sale. To help give you a nudge in the right direction, we’ve created a quick rundown of product page…

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6 Facebook Advertising Tips to Help You Do What You Came For – Sell!

All marketing, including Facebook ads, email, and old-school print ads, have a single goal: to sell. While this is no easy task to undertake, luckily, things like Facebook ads are making it easier than ever to market effectively. Where to begin? Here are six tips you can start using today to maximize your Facebook ads. 1. Use Visuals That Are…

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7 Magento Websites We Love

There are lots of things that make an amazing website, and when it comes to online stores, Magento has a fantastic and easy-to-use ecommerce platform that can be customized and integrated with other functions. As such, there are tons of fantastic Magento sites out there, and we wanted to take a few minutes to pay homage to a few of…

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How to Inspire Customers Through Instagram Storytelling

Instagram now has 700-plus million users (and the number keeps growing), and 63 percent of millennials use the site. In other words, if you want your business to connect with the world’s fastest growing super buyers, then learning the art of Instagram storytelling is a must! But storytelling on Instagram is just that—an art, and like any art, it requires…

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6 Must-Have Tools for Your Ecommerce Store

Ecommerce is a complex mixture of art, business acumen, science, intuition, and a pinch of luck. On any given day, you have to wear many different hats, including customer service, social media and digital marketing, customer experience, loyalty and retention, data analysis, and more. But the good news is that for each of these roles, there’s a tool or app…

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Tips and Tricks to Stack Up to Amazon

As much as you’d love your ecommerce business to be the next Amazon, even striving to measure up can be quite the undertaking. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t compete with this ecommerce giant, and there are a number of tips and tricks you can employ to help your online business stack up against Amazon. To help get you started,…

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5 Shopify Stores That Are Killing It at Ecommerce

Shopify is one of the most popular ecommerce platforms today – and it’s not hard to see why. With so many easy ways to customize and expand your store, Shopify gives you all the keys to setting up a successful business. Believe it or not, Shopify doesn’t only cater to small and medium sized ecommerce businesses, they also have another…

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: How Shipping Prices and Timing Influences Purchase Decisions

One of the major challenges for any ecommerce business owner is shipping and delivery. It’s one of the areas where brick and mortar stores have an advantage because customers shopping at a physical store can leave with their goods at the time of purchase, whereas customers in an ecommerce store often pay extra for shipping and then wait for their goods…

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Grow Your Ecommerce Store with 5 Types of Facebook Ads

Getting your Facebook ads right seems like a daunting task – but it doesn’t have to be! With a little bit of research, you can get the perfect formula for Facebook ads down to a science. The first step in mastering Facebook ads is figuring out which ads perform best, how to use different ads and placements and when they make…

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The 5 Most Important Disruptions in Ecommerce for 2017

Ecommerce is only going to continue to grow, and businesses must either provide their customers with digital avenues to purchase, or they’ll be left behind in the dust. Every ecommerce business owner knows that it’s a competitive space, and those that don’t offer a niche that’s different or unique from giants such as Amazon or Wal-Mart will struggle.  For ecommerce…

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The Importance of Leveraging Customer Feedback

Reviews, comments, and testimonials from customers have become an important currency in the world of ecommerce, and it’s vital that you understand how to leverage this feedback. For one, customer feedback can help you grade your business on performance in terms of products, services, and customer service. However, you can also use feedback to demonstrate that you’re a trustworthy company,…

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The Secret to Curbing Your Abandoned Cart Rate

Abandoned carts represent an enormous stash of potential sales, but unlocking that vault will require some prying, dedication, and likely a few changes to your checkout, policies, and possibly even your marketing tactics. But before you embark on this mission, it’s necessary to find out where you’re actually losing customers and then you can make a plan of attack to address…

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Optimizing Your Social Media Channels for Ecommerce Growth

Social media isn’t just for finding old high school friends and sharing pictures of grumpy cat; for ecommerce, social networks are another avenue for driving ecommerce growth. Take, for instance, the fact that a company can use social media to reach out to potential customers all over the world, guided by likes and retweets and groups. Social media can be a…

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Guess What? We Now Speak Emoji 😉

We’re constantly doing our best to think of innovative ways to help make your store’s Smart Campaigns even better. That’s why we’ve officially made our campaign builder emoji compatible! Your ads can now feature 😈  a devilish grin, 👻  a spooky ghost,✌️ a peace sign, or whatever the mood permits – and we think that’s something to celebrate 🎉! Why did we decide to incorporate emojis? People…

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Media Advisory for Dx3 Conference

MEDIA ADVISORY It’s Time Retailers and Brands Forge a New Partnership Join global leaders from Vantage and Kimberly-Clark on Thursday at Dx3 as they share learnings from a transformative ecommerce business model WHAT: A groundbreaking collaboration between CPG brands and retailers delivers both new insights and a 10X return. Join Vantage CEO and Co-Founder, Aran Hamilton and Tony Long, Kimberly-Clark Global Lead, Ecommerce…

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Vantage + The Advertising Research Foundation

The Advertising Research Foundation The Advertising Research Foundation or The ARF is an organization dedicated to creating, curating, and sharing objective, industry-level advertising research. They enable members with unique, research-based insights to make a true impact on their advertising and build marketing leadership within their organizations. Founded nearly 80 years ago, The ARF’s members today include more than 400 leading…

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Are Your Customers Just Looking, Buying or Leaving Forever?

We’ve all tried a new product, service or website only to then slowly drift away from it and forgotten it altogether. You may have unsubscribed or simply stopped visiting the store. In analytical speak, this translates to you having churned, unsubscribed and/or abandoned your cart – never to return again. Let’s examine some of the terminology around your customers visiting,…

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We Decided to Make Things Facebook Official

Guess what? We’re officially Facebook Marketing Partners! What does that mean exactly? Glad you asked! In Facebook’s own words, “Facebook Marketing Partners are vetted for excellence in exactly the things you need to get more from your marketing. Whether it’s managing campaigns at scale, improving measurement, reaching new audiences or more. What you need is what they do best. Facebook Marketing…

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What is Forecasting?

We use forecasting everyday, mainly in one particular area: the weather. It tells us to switch back to our heavy winter parka, scarf and gloves one day and then back to our trench coat and rain boots the day after that. Just as with the weather, you’re business can use forecasting to inform you on how to prepare for the…

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9 Factors That Impact Ecommerce Sales

When running an ecommerce store you have to worry about the user experience above all else. The user experience of an ecommerce store encompasses many things that range from your return policy to your level of customer service. Even your social media reputation can affect your sales, repeat purchases and more! Given the analytics component of our platform, we have…

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Facebook Advertising is Hard

If you’ve felt lost or confused, let’s be honest, even angry when trying to create Facebook ads, you’re not alone. You might be tempted to click on the seemingly easy “Boost” button beside one of your Facebook posts. But, after not seeing any additional lift, you may have abandoned the whole idea altogether. It’s something that we hear a lot:…

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Decoding ROI in Your Sales Funnel

Understanding and decoding ROI can be confusing. What does all this jargon even mean? For one, cost of acquisition is simply the cost of getting a new customer to buy from you. Sometimes this can be $0 based on someone coming from your site through an indirect mention or a word of mouth referral. Often times, it’s from a paid ad…

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How to Leverage Your Store’s Data to Help Find Customers

Your ecommerce store is a treasure trove of data that holds all of the key information needed to attract new customers. In order to gain insight into what your customers and audiences are looking for, leveraging your data is essential. You may be wondering the best way to access and convert your data into meaningful insights. That’s where we come in!

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Ecommerce Marketing Calendar – Be There When Your Customers are Shopping!

There are so many important dates for an ecommerce business owner. While preparing for holidays and developing a sales plan with a competitive edge, the key to an effective marketing strategy is planning in advance. So, how do you go about this? With a comprehensive ecommerce marketing calendar.

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4 Ways to Maximize Ecommerce Sales

In the ever-changing world of ecommerce, one element that remains constant is the desire and the need to maximize sales. Platforms, tools, techniques and concepts morph and evolve, but if your sales fall flat, your entire online business could be in jeopardy. Here are a few valuable tips that you can easily implement to help you boost your ecommerce sales….

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Why Online Ads Are Essential for Ecommerce

For ecommerce, it’s a no-brainer that the best way to reach customers and attract new ones is online ads. You want to reach potential customers in the places they spend most of their time and showcase items that are tailored to their interests. Don’t believe us? Let’s review the facts! Drive Sales and ROI Online ads have revolutionized the advertising…

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Holiday Shopping Behavior All Ecommerce Owners Should Know

Gone are the days of holiday shoppers patiently waiting for the stroke of midnight on Black Friday and Cyber Monday to begin scouring for holiday deals. Retailers, specifically ecommerce, have undoubtedly caught on to the record spending levels of the holiday season and have turned two days into an entire weekend of sales to capitalize on the busiest time of…

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Guide to Vantage Smart Campaign Facebook Ads

As an ecommerce business, you may have considered doing Facebook ads to build your brand and drive business, however, this may seem to be a daunting task that seems more of a hassle than it’s worth. One look at the Facebook’s PowerEditor and you’re outta there. When you think about it, there are more than a billion people on Facebook,…

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Great Business Tools for SaaS Startups

The expansion of the Internet in the 90s saw the emergence of a new class of centralized low-cost computing called ASPs (Application Service Providers). ASPs could be less expensive because they offered highly specialized business applications (e.g., hosting) and spread the cost of their services across a broad number of clients that required said service. Software as a Service is an extension…

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Vantage Delivers Growth

Announcing Lookalike Audiences by Vantage. Lookalike Audiences by Vantage are great to help you grow your existing store. If you already have some visitors and customers and you are generating revenue, Vantage can help you find more visitors and potential customers just like your current ones. Who wouldn’t want more visitors, customers, and sales? There are many companies out there…

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Vantage Video Ads Outperform

The saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words. If a one-minute video ad contains 1,800 pictures, then using video ads to showcase your store and products can say a lot to prospective and past customers. We are pleased to announce the arrival of Vantage Video Ads. You can use videos from your Facebook page, to include them in…

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The Days of Slot Machines are Over

A good friend, someone that really knows the online ad industry, called me the other day to tell me that he had an epiphany: “For most people, advertising online is like playing the slots. Something magical could happen, but it’s really unlikely. They throw dollar after dollar into a machine and occasionally get “rewarded” with a couple of shiny quarters… and…

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Hold On – I Gotta Get This Up On The Gram!

Instagram is now drawing 300 million daily users and 500 million monthly users. The vast majority of its 200,000 advertisers are small-to-medium-sized businesses and many of them are selling online. More importantly, Instagram ads work! 60% of Instagram users confirm that they discover new products and services on the platform, while 75% say they take action after being inspired. We’re…

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Vantage Named Top Analytics Solutions Providers – 2016

It’s been an incredible week! Vantage has been named one of the Top 10 Retail Analytics Solutions of 2016 by Retail CIO Outlook. Amazingly, Vantage is now the most popular dashboard, forecasting and marketing automation platform across Shopify, Magento, and Bigcommerce – used by thousands of brands and retailers in 99 countries around the world. And we’ve also launched some new capabilities to help you…

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Vantage Retail Data Analytics and Marketing Platform Now Available for 250,000 Magento Stores Worldwide

Powerful Vantage platform helps Magento merchants connect with customers Toronto, Canada – April 17, 2015 – Vantage, the easiest and most powerful data analytics platform for small and medium-sized retailers, announced today that is now available to all Magento merchants worldwide.

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Vantage Rocks PyCon 2015 in Montreal

This past weekend, some of the Vantage crew went to Montreal to attend rock PyCon. PyCon is a conference focused on the programming language that we built Vantage with (Python). This year the conference set the record for the most attendees with nearly 3000! This is the second year that Pycon was hosted in Montreal, and we were able to experience…

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5 Resources on Delivering Exceptional Customer Service

One of the sure fire ways to increase your customer lifetime value is to be exceptional! This is through not only delivering a superb product/service, but also backing it up with amazing, relentless customer service.

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How to Migrate your Amazon Webstore

If you’re one of of the several hundred stores that hosted their e-commerce site on the now defunct Amazon Webstore, you’re probably thinking “now what?”

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The 3 R’s of Habit Forming Products

Fabletics.com sells workout outfits, with new styles coming out on the first of every month. Netflix has fulfilled in us the need to binge watch entire tv show seasons on the weekends. A stop at Tim Hortons is a morning ritual on your daily commute to work. As you can guess, these brands have high customer lifetime values, therefore, they can…

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Top 4 Strategies To Increase Your CLTV

As we mentioned last week, the Customer Lifetime Value is the overall profits a customer will make for you in their lifetime. This is an important metric to focus on as it determines the long term acquisition strategy and ultimately your success as a company. There are many things you can do to focus on right now that will increase…

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What is Customer Lifetime Value?

  Customer Lifetime Value is simply the total revenue made over a customer’s lifetime. The calculation is (Average Value of a Sale) X (Number of Repeat Transactions) X (Average Retention Time in Months or Years).

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What is a Sales Funnel?

A funnel is more than just that plastic thing you use to help put windshield wiper fluid in your car. It’s what we use in marketing terminology to represent the path that your customers take from visiting your site, making a transaction, and tracking your revenue. Each step can be tied to various key metrics that can help you figure…

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Top Resources for Starting an Online Ecommerce Store

So you want to open an e-commerce store but don’t know where to start? There’s a slew of blogs, books, and resources out there, we’ve taken a moment to curate a study list for you, straight from the ecommerce experts. 1. Start here: How To Find A Product To Sell Online: The Definitive Guide  by A Better Lemonade Stand – this will help…

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3 Quirks About Instagram You Should Know

  By now, we’ve explored ways on how to grow your Instagram followers and also what types of photos work best. For my last(ish) installment on Instagram, I thought I would share some quirky “insta-hacks” that will really get you that professional Instagram badge (if it existed).

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How to NOT Train Your Customers

Do you send an email to your customers when you’re having a sale? Most retailers do. In fact, that may be the ONLY time retailers send emails. Do you ever notice larger retailers like the Gap or Banana Republic send you online flyers once or twice a year to come in for their 40% off sale? Do you ever hear from…

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5 Design on Demand Resources For Your Business

The design, look and feel of a product is a major determining factor in the way people purchase. Apple is the best example of design and marketing over technological innovation. Recently they have taken up arms on all fronts with technological strides but around the time of the iPod it was marketing and design that won out over more technologically…

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4 Types of Compelling Photos to Take for Instagram

Last month, I talked about how to grow your e-commerce business using Instagram. Another thing to look at is, what kind of photos do you post so you can actually grow your Instagram account? It’s not enough to take a halfhearted product photo in bad lighting, with a shabby background and hope that a filter will make it look better. Your photos…

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The Valentine’s Day Data Showdown: Men vs. Women

Vantage helps thousands of merchants from over 80 countries around the world to turn their data into insight, and insight into action. Our expert recommendations are based on millions of customer records and close to a billion transactions. 

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12 Ways To Build An Email List That Increases Revenue

With platforms like Shopify, Magento and BigCommerce, it’s become easy to setup an online store to advertise and sell your products. A lot of the advertising is now done through Facebook or Google, but how to do you gain the most value from those high cost clicks? Increasing your conversion rates can only go so far to getting the best…

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3 Ways to Grow your Customer Base Through Instagram

Hi, my name is Jas and I am an Instagram addict. Not only do I use it for business but I also am an avid Instagrammer. I find myself unconsciously checking the feed and thumbing through dozens of pictures. Sometimes someone I follow will mention a brand and if it has anything to do with obscure yoga clothes, I’m on…

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