Our best practice posts contain examples for well implemented business models, a professional approach to problems, or intelligently packaged marketing campaigns. Both the procedure and the implementation of certain, less well-known, strategies are introduced with concrete examples. This allows companies to become familiar with the use of new methods and means, so that their own campaigns or implementation in the area of marketing or e-commerce will be just as successful.
Faster, more flexible, more efficient, more scalable, more performant. These five requirements are the Holy Grail of each online shop nowadays because customers expect lightning-fast loading times, simple operation and an up-to-date product range at all times. Companies, in turn, want to develop innovations quickly, optimise cost savings and attain maximum productivity.
With increasing growth and rising ambitions, however, outdated structures and solutions quickly reach their limits. Courage is required when it comes to digitalisation. C.H.BECK, the German market leader in the field of legal literature, therefore decided to break with its 15-year monolithic platform developed in-house and to rely on modern and flexible technologies. Keywords are microservices and cloud, technology partners are commercetools and Microsoft Azure.
In our new success story, we show how C.H.BECK managed to restructure its online shop with commercetools to make it fit for the future.
Content in e-commerce is the all-time favourite in last year’s topics. Little wonder, after all, Google requires high quality, detailed content and there are rumours that this excites customers as well. Brands and manufacturers go to great lengths to create and maintain corresponding content. Our customers Gartenhelden.de, for instance, entrusted the delivery of regular videos and blog posts with garden tips and tricks for their fans to experts. At Polyvore, the majority of stems from the community: this is another way to implement content marketing. The fashion start-up shows how it can work in this presentation.
But actually there should be others who shine in the battle for the best content – the publishers. After all, they’re already sitting on an existing treasure trove of content, and know how to wrote, whilst traders have to learn this or pay for it.
At the beginning of January the German publishers and booksellers association published statistics which see stationary book trade as remaining a successful distribution channel. Turnover may have sunk by 1.2 percent in stationary trade in comparison to the year before, but shoulders were still being patted, digitalisation has worked and the people are even still coming to the shops. The fact that Thalia gave up a total of 9000 square metres of shop space in the end and Weltbild registered for bankruptcy doesn’t bother anyone any more.
Crisis survived, now off into a rosy future…no? While stationary book shops have had a turnover slump of 1.2 percent, the annual results for all sales channels – stationary book trade, train station book trade, e-commerce and warehouse/department stores – fell by 2.1 percent in total. The reason: a strong year 2012 and the late Easter. No one is daring a prognosis for the next years yet. So what does the future hold for book trade?
There are phases in the institution of the internet in which 6 colourful letters just can’t be avoided. Last week was one of them. It started with the announcement that the data glasses Google Glass will be sent to developers within the month. Fittingly, CEO Sergey Brin let himself be seen bespectacled in the New York subway. Now Google has surprised us with the registration of a patent for a matching virtual keyboard, with which it is supposed to be possible to type on your hand. On the side, people have been trying to develop a procedure which could revolutionise password security – with hardware keys, which could be realised in the form of a ring, for instance.
Things are getting exciting from an e-commerce point of view as well, with the change over from free product searches to Google Shopping around the corner. Following the AdWords principle, merchants will have to pay to be listed in the future.
By the way, this busy bodying is either not doing anything, or not doing enough for the company’s popularity.
According to Wirtschaftswoche, Google was dethroned by Wikipedia in the rankings of the pots popular internet brands.
Remember going over to a friend’s for a lan? If you weren’t a kid in the 90s then probably not, but while copyright holders were busy making those “you wouldn’t steel a hand bag” warnings, the reality of how we entertain changed and they missed it. Apple did not. But because of access issues their video streaming services didn’t really make it across the US border for a while. Amazon prime and Watchever have finally filled the gap, offering a legal option for the streaming which digital natives have been doing for years. However, despite their moves towards combining content and service, it seems that even e-commerce enterprises such as Amazon are still planning on bridging the gap for a while longer. Recent pressure tactics in their battle of the giants with Disney sees Amazon putting a lot of energy into securing a price advantage on DVDs.
DVDs are different from books, they carry no social standing to be measured in inches per shelf, so why bother muscling your way into an industry destined for extinction? If they can get the price down to under 15$ per DVD, this will keep DVDs in the running while we transfer to digital, which isn’t a bad tactic as the transition to online entertainment has taken longer than it had to.