5 things to consider before starting an online business

  • Many brick-and-mortar stores are transitioning to ecommerce to attract new customers during the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • From clicking on the landing page to making a final purchase, every step of the online user experience is critical to converting and satisfying customers. 
  • If you’re creating an online business, get creative and diversify your marketing efforts using SEO, photography, social media, and specialized content. 
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The global health crisis has accelerated the growth from brick-and-mortar stores to ecommerce by five years, according to IBM’s US Retail Index. In 2020 alone, ecommerce is expected to grow by nearly 20%.

While the idea of launching an ecommerce business is exciting, there is a lot to consider. Following these five tips, you’ll be able to optimize your customers’ online shopping experience and, consequently, boost customer acquisition, retention, and conversion. 

Maximize user experience 

Maximize your resources on providing quality user experience

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PressRelease.com Is Helping CEOs And Business Leaders Build Online Traction for Sales and Marketing Initiatives

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SARASOTA, Fla. – October 14, 2020 – ( Newswire.com )

New innovations in sales and marketing initiatives will be necessary for CEOs and business leaders to navigate their organizations out of the economic hardship caused by COVID-19. PressRelease.com is helping leaders build an audience to gain the most traction for online news and announcements through simple and affordable press release distribution.

“It’ll take campaigns on multiple fronts to survive in this economy,” says Erik Rohrmann, COO at PressRelease.com. “Building online visibility through press release distribution is a cost-effective medium for businesses that may not have a budget or the staff to conduct a full-scale media and marketing campaign. We’ve made sure to make it easy so teams can get more done with less.” 

Building an online audience is key to

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IU’s Business Outlook Panel migrates online to Zoom this year | Northwest Indiana Business Headlines

IU's Business Outlook Panel migrates online to Zoom this year

Indiana University Northwest Dean of the School of Business and Economics Cynthia Roberts moderates IU’s 2020 Economic Outlook at Teibel’s in Schererville last November.

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Every year, Indiana University professors with the Kelley School of Business team up to paint a picture of what the economy will look like in the coming year, both in various Hoosier backyards and around the world.

The Indiana Business Outlook Panel, which has included Indiana University Northwest Assistant Professor of Economics Micah Pollak in recent years, provides annual economic forecasts locally, statewide, nationally and globally to help Hoosiers and business leaders to make informed decisions.

The panelists look at financial markets, metro economies and the prospects for next year while touring around Indiana to offer their predictions. The Indiana Business Outlook Panel typically convenes at Teibel’s Family Restaurant in Schererville, also making stops in Anderson, Bloomington, Columbus, Indianapolis, Jasper, Kokomo, New Albany,

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Jon Torres Helps Aspiring Entrepreneurs Start Online Business

San Diego, California – ( NewMediaWire ) – October 15, 2020 – Who is Jon Torres? 

Jon Torres is a digital marketing expert living in San Diego, California. He is a graduate of CSU Chico where he majored in entrepreneurship. Using his background in business and years of professional experience, Jon now specializes in SEO and search marketing. 

Jon Torres is no stranger to hard work. Immigrating to the United States at a young age and overcame the adversity of learning a second language and navigating a new culture. He didn’t let this challenge slow him down– instead, he used it to motivate himself to become the best at what he does. Today, Jon runs a successful agency and has helped several businesses shape profitable digital marketing strategies. 

From the beginning Jon has always had a deep interest in entrepreneurship and if there’s one thing he knows, it’s how to

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Intel Sells Its NAND Memory Business to SK Hynix for $9 Billion

Intel reached an agreement to sell its NAND memory chip business to South Korea’s SK Hynix for about $9 billion.

a close up of a blue wall: Intel Sells Its NAND Memory Business to SK Hynix for $9 Billion

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Intel Sells Its NAND Memory Business to SK Hynix for $9 Billion

The sale includes Intel’s solid-state drive, NAND flash and wafer businesses, and a production facility in Dalian, China.

The deal will make SK Hynix one of the world’s largest NAND memory makers.

Intel had been weighing getting out of the business for some time, driven by sagging prices for flash memory, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the possible sale on Monday.

The market for memory chips slumped in 2018 amid an oversupply of the devices, though it began to recover late last year. Analysts expect the market for NAND devices to remain strong in the coming years as data storage surges, the Journal noted.

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Why Every Small Business Must Embrace Digital Payments

Soon after the COVID-19 quarantine began in March, Kevin Phalen, SVP, Global Head of Visa Business Solutions at Visa, began receiving a flurry of questions from small business owners about how to take their companies online. “A lot of businesses had to build their digital presence from scratch,” Phalen says. “They came to us saying, ‘How can you help?’”

According to Visa, half of America’s small businesses had no online presence before the pandemic. While that has increased, companies in the U.S. and beyond are still trying to figure out how to get more digital, including creating a larger web-based presence and offering contactless payments, where clients can tap a card on a point-of-sale device to pay for an item.

Embracing digital commerce is neither complicated nor expensive. Where to start? Here are some ideas on how to get going:

  1.  Enhance your online shopping experience

Pandemic or not, everyone

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RingCentral Announces Fully Integrated High-Volume SMS Services for Rapid Business Communications

Code Together Conference 2020 brings together industry leaders and developers, features several new product innovations driven by RingCentral’s Open Platform

RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE: RNG), a leading provider of global enterprise cloud communications, collaboration, and contact center solutions, today announced a new high-volume SMS service that enables businesses to send SMS messages and updates to their customers rapidly and reliably. Using this service, developers can build customized apps using RingCentral’s business communications platform. RingCentral also offers the service via pre-built applications available in the RingCentral App Gallery.

“In these unprecedented times, staffing healthcare workers is more critical than ever, and all hinges on the speed of effectively managing increased demand. Using RingCentral’s High Volume SMS API on top of the RingCentral platform has helped us communicate more effectively and proven to be a great tool for delivering the responsiveness required to ensure nursing facilities are properly staffed,” said Ron Bhavnani of

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Dublin’s LearnUpon raises $56M for its online learning management system for enterprises

One big technology by-product of the Covid-19 pandemic has been a much stronger focus on online education solutions — providing the tools for students to continue learning when the public health situation is preventing them from going into physical classrooms. As it happens, that paradigm also applies to the business world.

Today, a startup out of Dublin called LearnUpon, which has been building e-learning solutions not for schools but corporates to use for development and training, has raised $56 million to feed a growth in demand for its tools, particularly in the U.S. market, which currently accounts for 70% of LearnUpon’s sales.

The funding is coming from a single investor, Summit Partners . LearnUpon’s CEO and co-founder Brendan Noud said the capital will be used in two areas. First, to add more people to the startup’s engineering and product teams (it has 180 employees currently) to continue expanding in areas

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Online Tutoring Market 2020-2024 | Size, Share, Trends, Analysis, and Forecast | Research Report by Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Set to grow by USD 132.21 billion during 2020-2024, Technavio’s latest market research report estimates the online tutoring market to register a CAGR of over 15%. With a focus on identifying dominant industry influencers, Technavio’s reports present a detailed study by the way of synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. This report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, the latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

Technavio’s in-depth market research reports now include a thorough analysis of the COVID-19 impact on various markets to help industry leaders navigate their business through the new normal. Download Latest Free Sample Report on COVID-19 Analysis

The market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will accelerate during the forecast period. Ambow Education Holding Ltd., ArborBridge Inc., Chegg Inc., China Distance Education Holdings Ltd., Club Z! Inc., iTutorGroup, New Oriental Education & Technology Group,

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3 Tips for Buying an Online Business

As you start to get involved in remote work, the idea of having your own online business will eventually come into play. Should you consider buying an online business or building one from the ground-up? Both of these can be rather lucrative if you know what you are doing. Buying an established business can pay off a lot more in the long run than starting one from scratch. If you are curious about why buying is better than building an online business, here are some tips and information for you to explore.

Buying vs. building

As we explore the overview of the online business landscape, we find people who are very good at buying online businesses and those who are very efficient

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