How Do I Keep Track Of My E-Business?
A look at e-commerce platforms Part X
After all said and done, you’ve established your online business and introduced your products or services to the masses shopping on the internet. The next thing you may want to decide is how to keep in touch and up to date on how your hard work is fairing in the e-commerce quagmire. This is the duty of another feature that is offered by the service provider that maintains your e-commerce platform. Together with the other features that we have touched on in this series of articles, real time reporting is offered as part of your service.
Together with the standard reporting options that vendors have available to them, it has been proven that allowing the vendors to actively become involved in the reports that they want from their online payment services. By coupling a customizable payment page together with fully customizable reporter options gives them the freedom of choosing their data and how they receive them. The options that have been developed along with the technology available allows for real time reports and a wide range of reporting options.
These reports range in simplicity but yet provide the vendor with the detailed information that they need to efficiently remain competitive in today’s market. These customizable reports provide a unique way of simplifying how transactional data is presented, not just in an accurate and secure way, but by a process that allows you immediate access to real time figures and analysis. Some of the information a vendor can expect to receive from them include; Immediate real time alerts and notifications, conversion rate information, business intelligence and analysis, and direct vendor notifications.
With this information concerning the vendor’s e-commerce business, they can immediately respond to any concern or adjust their availability of stock or services as required. This feature is a significant benefit to vendors that compete in today’s market. Staying on top of the progress of your online business can provide valuable information about how your online campaign is progressing. Proper utilization can make your endeavors a success or a failure.
A good reporting tool provides information such as traffic activity, chargebacks, complete transaction details, and transaction distribution information. A vendor using this information at its fullest can effectively maintain and improve their inventory, products availability, marketing information, geographical target areas, chargeback ratios, and even conversions. This in itself has a huge impact on any businesses day to day operations and puts it into the hands of the vendor.
Make sure prior to your final decision or selection of the e-commerce platform provider that is the most compatible with your business model; make sure that you insist on the most informative reporter available. These reports provide invaluable information and statistical data about how your online business is progressing and give you a road map of your future business prospects.
In conclusion this and the previous nine installments of “A look at e-commerce Platform” provide a brief inside look at features that are offered throughout the e-commerce industry and by no means constitute any requirement to provide or to benefit any individual e-commerce service provider. This series of 10 articles reflect an overview of some of the more important features that online vendors should be aware of and to offer advice from someone within the community. Remember suggestions and opinions vary just as all services mentioned in these articles.
Most of these features are paramount for e-commerce vendors to be successful in the rapidly growing e-commerce today. Most major platform providers offer a wide variety of solutions for various business models and yet there are some that specialize in particular areas such as the software and digital goods industries.
Dennis Michael Gannon
Marketing Communications Representative
Gate2Shop – E-Commerce Solution Provider