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  • Amazon’s Brand Analytics Lowers Ad Costs, Drives Sales - Amazon's Brand Analytics provides valuable metrics for sellers in the Brand Registry. The metrics include recent advertising changes, such as targeting competitors in ads and search terms. Used strategically, the data can bolster sales. 
    Topics: amazons, search, products, costs, comparison, purchase, lowers, drives, ad, brand, item, sales, specific, analytics, terms, data.
  • Big Cartel vs Shopify – The Ultimate Comparison - As an ecommerce merchant, you’ve probably noticed that Big Cartel vs Shopify is one of those debates that are seemingly here to stay. While Shopify boasts of a huge following, BigCartel, on the other hand, has its fair share of… Continue reading Big Cartel vs Shopify – The Ultimate Comparison
    Topics: store, ultimate, cartel, selling, management, cartels, comparison, fees, shopify, big, plus, online.
  • Choosing An Enterprise Ecommerce Platform: A Deep Dive - The ecommerce platform landscape is a sea of options if you’re a small or medium-sized business. And as an ecommerce…
    Topics: need, platform, cloud, enterprise, saas, platforms, needs, business, commerce, ecommerce, comparison.
  • Comparison shopping services call for actions against Google - 41 European comparison shopping services are complaining about Google. They say the search engine is “artfully avoiding compliance with the law and the decisions of authorities” and that Google continues abusing market power. The founders and CEOs of the 41 European comparison shopping services (including Compare Group, Preisvergleich, Testberichte and… Continue reading
    Topics: services, shopping, actions, google, say, european, data, comparison, googles, decision, vestager.
  • Convert your mobile browsers into buyers with these recommendations - Consumers, on average use five to six touchpoints before making a purchase – and for those multi-device shoppers their commerce...
    Topics: buyers, product, recommendations, shoppers, mobile, browsers, navigation, journey, retailers, page, pages, comparison, users, convert.
  • Ecommerce Platforms: Choosing The Best Ecommerce Software For Your Business (Whether You’re A Startup, New Store or Enterprise) - If you’re brand new to ecommerce, determining your ecommerce platform partner which will run 90% of your business is an important, but many times complicated step. There is no “best” platform overall, it really does depend on your specific needs, but you should know exactly what to look for so you can choose the best ecommerce platform for your particular business and business model.
    Topics: youre, 2020s, software, store, reviews, business, features, shopify, selling, best, platform, platforms, great, ecommerce, comparison.
  • - Editor X and Webflow cater to a unique segment of the web development market: real web developers. It sounds strange to say that, but it's true; the likes of Wix, Squarespace, and Weebly have dominated advertising space in their attempts… Continue reading Editor X vs Webflow (Apr 2022): The Ultimate Comparison
    Topics: month, webflow, x, website, plan, development, editor, apr, ultimate, custom, comparison, design, vs, features.
  • Finding The Best Shipping Software For Your Business (Provider Comparison + Guide) - The ecommerce industry’s main differentiator from the technology industry is in physical fulfillment. Once you capture cash, you have to…
    Topics: fulfillment, printing, need, merchants, finding, business, best, shoppers, label, guide, comparison, software, shipping, solution, provider, order.
  • Google fails to overturn EU’s €2.42B Shopping antitrust decision - Google’s challenge to a 2017 EU antitrust finding against its shopping comparison service (Google Shopping) has been largely dismissed by the General Court of the European Union. It’s an important win for the Commission’s antitrust division, which — in recent years — has brought a string of enforcements against big tech, including multiple decisions against […]
    Topics: market, googles, overturn, decision, shopping, services, court, fails, google, eus, commission, search, general, antitrust, comparison, techcrunch, 242b.
  • Google sued in Europe for $2.4BN in damages over Shopping antitrust case - Google is being sued in Europe on competition grounds by price comparison service PriceRunner which is seeking at least €2.1 billion (~2.4 billion) in damages. The lawsuit accuses Google of continuing to breach a 2017 European Commission antitrust enforcement order against Google Shopping. As well as fining Google what was — at the time — […]
    Topics: techcrunch, search, damages, google, 24bn, europe, sued, shopping, googles, antitrust, results, commission, comparison, case, service, price, general.
  • - These days, would-be entrepreneurs and business owners have endless options to choose from if they want to start selling online. Shopify is definitely one of the most well-known platforms, powering millions of stores worldwide. In comparison, Gumroad is more of… Continue reading Gumroad vs Shopify 2024: The Simple Comparison
    Topics: simple, comparison, online, plus, vs, shopify, features, digital, gumroad, products, tools, option, business.
  • - Powerful customer relationship management (CRM) and project management (PM) tools are pivotal to business success. From understanding customer journeys to eliminating repetitive tasks, these tools help streamline and enhance workflow processes. HubSpot and Monday.com are two of the most widely… Continue reading HubSpot vs Monday.com (2023): A Detailed Comparison
    Topics: customer, tools, management, comparison, project, marketing, support, hubspot, detailed, vs, enterprise, mondaycom, sales.
  • - HubSpot and Salesforce are two of the biggest names in the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) world today. What makes them CRM juggernauts is their drive to constantly enhance interoperability through third-party integrations and partnerships.   Even though the tools have similar… Continue reading HubSpot vs. Salesforce: A Detailed Comparison
    Topics: tools, crm, platform, comparison, marketing, hub, support, hubspot, detailed, vs, free, salesforce, sales.
  • Klarna launches Comparison Shopping Service - Klarna has announced the launch of its new Comparison Shopping Service. This service offers retailers across Europe an increased customer reach. Klarna has also launched a comparison shopping page that offers brands the opportunity to reach browsing consumers with their products. Comparison Shopping Service has been launched in 21 markets… Continue reading
    Topics: launches, reach, service, google, shopping, product, merchants, klarna, customer, retailers, comparison.
  • Microsoft brings new shopping tools to its Edge browser - Microsoft announced a few updates to its Edge browser today that are all about shopping. In addition to expanding the price comparison feature the team announced last month, Edge can now also automatically find coupons for you. In addition, the company is launching a new shopping hub in its Bing search engine. The timing here […]
    Topics: coupons, tools, feature, shopping, edge, browser, brings, url, team, bit, microsoft, techcrunch, comparison, feels, price.
  • - When running a business, the last thing you need is time-consuming procedures to manage your finances. So if you’re looking for a suitable business bank account, you’re in the right place. I'm putting three contenders under the microscope: Monzo Business,… Continue reading Monzo vs Revolut vs Starling (2023) – The Ultimate Comparison
    Topics: spending, vs, exchange, monzo, revolut, starling, comparison, account, bank, pay, payments, ultimate, free, business.
  • - Dropshipping is undoubtedly a booming industry that allows for easy product access without the hassle of purchasing and storing inventory. So if you're looking to jump on the dropshipping gravy train, you might be in the market for a dropshipping… Continue reading Printful vs Spocket (2023): A Quick Comparison
    Topics: plan, printful, printfuls, quick, vs, comparison, product, premium, dropshipping, products, order, spocket, store.
  • - Scooter maker Globber has partnered with Red Ant Asia to develop a visual-led interactive website for 16 markets.
    Topics: products, maker, team, globber, simplify, comparison, site, product, red, global, builds, globbers, website, interactive, scooter.
  • - Shift4Shop vs BigCommerce: Which website builder and ecommerce platform should you choose for your growing business? Both of these tools have excellent reputations among online retailers, combining a host of intuitive features, with ease-of-use. BigCommerce has a fantastic 4.2 rating… Continue reading Shift4Shop vs BigCommerce (2024): The Straightforward Comparison Guide
    Topics: guide, vs, bigcommerce, plus, tools, sales, month, integrations, themes, comparison, straightforward, shift4shop, support, features.
  • - When it comes to the battle of Shopify vs Kajabi, the right option for you depends mainly on what you want to accomplish. Shopify is an excellent tool for commerce, but Kajabi is one of the better solutions available for… Continue reading Shopify vs Kajabi 2024: A Comprehensive Comparison
    Topics: online, tools, sales, range, comparison, shopify, vs, features, products, website, sell, kajabi, comprehensive.
  • - Shopify vs SamCart: which ecommerce platform really offers the most value to business owners in today’s online world? On the one hand, Shopify has a much larger presence in the ecommerce space than SamCart. It’s already earned a reputation as… Continue reading Shopify vs SamCart 2024 Comparison: Who’s Better?
    Topics: sales, plus, better, tools, vs, features, shopify, samcart, options, store, whos, online, comparison, checkout.
  • - Are you struggling to narrow down the differences between SumoMe vs Leadpages? Both of these tools are designed to give companies the solutions they need to capture information and contact details from their target audience. However, the platforms approach lead… Continue reading SumoMe (Sumo) vs Leadpages 2024 Comparison: Who’s Better?
    Topics: landing, whos, better, forms, sumome, vs, comparison, pages, website, access, lead, email, tools, sumo, leadpages.
  • Taking Your Business Online: Find Your B2B Ecommerce Platform Match - The B2B landscape is quickly shifting away from the more traditional offline territory, with more and more companies hopping on…
    Topics: best, ecommerce, site, comparison, b2b, customers, business, platforms, platform, provide, important, options, need, features.
  • The Right Way to Offer Product Comparison Tools - The ability to compare products that fulfill similar needs helps shoppers make educated decisions on the fly. This feature can be vital for stores that sell, as examples, tools, electronics, ...
    Topics: comparison, shoppers, similar, plan, tools, features, compare, right, way, product, center, offer, products.
  • The Ultimate Shopify Lite vs Snipcart Comparison - In this Snipcart vs Shopify Lite comparison, we'll take a look at the features, pricing, security, customer support, and their key differences. When would you even consider to use these two shopping cart solutions? Picture this: You’re running a blog… Continue reading The Ultimate Shopify Lite vs Snipcart Comparison
    Topics: customers, products, comparison, sales, features, shopify, inventory, ultimate, using, lite, offers, snipcart, vs.
  • Udemy vs Teachable: A Comparison of Online Course Selling Heavyweights - So you want to sell courses online? Maybe you have a knack for Adobe Illustrator or like the idea of making money by teaching people photography. One of the great things about the Internet today is that you can take… Continue reading Udemy vs Teachable: A Comparison of Online Course Selling Heavyweights
    Topics: vs, comparison, online, course, selling, website, courses, sales, users, heavyweights, teachable, marketing, udemy.
  • Website Security for SaaS and Cloud Ecommerce Applications: A Technical Deep Dive, Comparison & Checklist - Software as a Service (SaaS) is a software licensing and delivery model where users access applications or services via a…
    Topics: vs, website, pci, service, checklist, cloud, compliance, data, security, provider, providers, saas, comparison, information, ecommerce.
  • eCommerce Comparison: How to Choose the Right Platform For Your Business - Are you starting an eCommerce business? Or have you outgrown the software you used to launch your site? Maybe you’re feeling locked in having just learnt that the platform you use owns your content. Or sales are booming and you want to reduce transaction fees! Today we’re covering how to choose the right platform for your […]
    Topics: open, platform, businesses, source, choose, ecommerce, services, need, woocommerce, comparison, right, platforms, business.
  • eCommerce Platform TCO Comparison: BigCommerce, Magento, Commercetools & Elastic Path -   This post was originally published on June 30, 2019 and has been updated for accuracy and extended context surrounding the topic. When it’s time to choose an eCommerce platform, everyone wants to know which solution will be the best one for their business. But more often than not, the next question is “How much does it cost?” Ideally, we all want the best bang for our buck, but it’s easy to get distracted by the displayed pricing on a website, or the lack thereof. Sometimes we end up jumping for a cheaper priced solution and shying away from those vendors that don’t display their pricing on the website, because we think it’ll be too costly. Only to find out, your “cheaper” solution is more expensive, because you were unaware of all of the additional cost you would incur.   At Elastic Path, we happen to be one of the vendors without upfront pricing because our pricing is truly customized to a business’ needs. However, to help you understand how your total cost of ownership would compare to other vendors on the market, we will outline all the factors that you should be taking into consideration when evaluating your eCommerce solution. We’ll also make reference to some of the the top eCommerce vendors on the market such as Salesforce Commerce Cloud, Big Commerce, Magento and Commercetools to give you a better idea of where Elastic Path is positioned in comparison.    To get a true understanding of your total cost of ownership you will need to take into account both your first year costs as well as your future costs. These costs include but aren’t limited to:  Base software fee / Licensing fee Hosting cost Implementation cost Third party integrations cost Cost of changes   In this article, we will first dissect each category of cost you should be considering followed by a breakdown of the total cost you can expect over a typical contract period for the aforementioned vendors.     Base Software Fee/ Licensing Fee The base software fee or licensing fee is what we like to refer to as the “upfront” pricing. These fees tend to reflect either monthly or yearly licensing fees, which can be: Tier based, continuous revenue based or percent of sales based.    Tier-based means that there is a predefined price that your company will get locked into based on your current and expected revenue. Elastic Path and Commercetools are examples of vendors that do tier pricing by revenue. The Elastic Path model is based on your transaction volume, which can be structured by Gross Merchandise Volume(GMV) or by the number of orders processed(used more regularly for B2B companies).  For example our pricing starts at $50,000 for companies who are just getting started and have revenue under $10 Million. Our pricing strategy allows you to plan your estimated growth over the next three years, lock in pricing, and allow you to plan for your spend in the future. This promises guaranteed pricing and clarity year over year so you can make plans for the future.   By continuous revenue, we mean the strategy by which vendors price their customers based on the revenue tier that they’re in, but automatically bump them up to the next pricing tier as soon as they go over. We’ve seen vendors such as BigCommerce and Magento use this type of strategy. For Magento customers with revenue between $5-$10 Million, you can expect a licensing fee of about $50K for Magento Enterprise Edition and $80K for Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition.    By percent of sales based pricing, we mean the strategy by which vendors take a small percentage of your Gross Merchandise Volume. Salesforce Commerce is an example of a vendor that uses this type of model. For example, Salesforce Commerce Cloud takes 1-2% of your GMV annually. So at $10 Million in revenue, you can expect to pay around $100K to $200K. This type of model can be quite attractive because there’s no immediate upfront cost and it scales based on how your business performs. However, there is also an additional annual fee of $150K that is mandatory to begin. This is a great example of hidden costs that you may not be aware of upfront.    Implementation Cost Implementation costs are usually the most feared by businesses as it is perceived as the highest costs they will incur. These will usually be dependent on the cost of your developer and the time it takes to build the frontend and backend of your system. However, if you’re in the market for an out-of-the-box solution, the majority of your cost will be dependent on the changes and customizations you will need to alter your pre-built solution. For brands with a unique brand vision and requirements, there will most likely always be customizations needed, and therefore, we recommend working with an agency or systems integrator. Here are a few of the tasks you can expect an agency to complete, that will determine your implementation costs:  Frontend development  Backend development  UI/UX design  Software systems integrations Omnichannel design    Hosting Cost Hosting costs are typically overlooked by teams when planning their yearly budget, but happens to be one of the most important costs you want to consider. Not because it’s overly expensive, but because the hosting provider you choose will determine the performance of your website. Some platforms offer hosting on premise or in the cloud within their platform, while others allow you to choose an outside hosting vendor to be integrated with their solution.  Elastic Path allows you to choose from a variety of hosting vendors that will best fit your business such as Netflify and Amazon AWS. Your hosting cost is commonly determined by the bandwidth and the seats you require. For example, for a mid-sized company with $10 Million in revenue, you can expect to pay around $1000/month for Netlify.  Platforms like Magento also utilize outside vendors such as Nexcess to provide dedicated hosting. For one dedicated server it says you could pay between $700 and  $800/month. However, due to Magento’s large code base, many customers have informed us that they have had to opt in for higher end hosting options in order to not compromise on speed. On average they have spent around $2000/ month on hosting. Other out-of-the-box platforms such as Salesforce Commerce Cloud and Big Commerce will typically have hosting included in their licensing cost.   Third Party Cost Third party costs are a little bit more intricate. When we think about this cost, we think about either plugins that are supplied by your platform as an application, or api integrations from third party vendors. The purpose of these integrations are to essentially extend your existing platform with other functionality. Some of the core third-party integrations include: content infrastructure, search engines, sales tax management, product information management, and shipping solutions. These costs will differ from vendor to vendor depending on if you leverage the third party as a plugin to your out-of-the-box solution, or buy a specific vendor solution for your Composable Commerce solution.   Cost of Changes One of the most important costs that are often neglected or forgotten are the costs associated with making changes to your solution. Most times we tend to plan and make decisions for “now,” but when the time comes and you are faced with costly changes that you weren’t prepared for, it can be very detrimental to your fiscal budget planning. In addition, if you’re the type of brand that wants to keep up with the ever changing times, updates and changes are inevitable and therefore it is imperative you understand what those costs will look like in the future.    Typical changes you will need to prepare for include:  Upgrades to your commerce software Maintenance of your system Upgrades or changes to your third party technology partners Changes in the backend functionality to fit your business requirements Addition of new user experiences to keep up with customer expectations These changes can become costly very quickly with traditional legacy platforms, as their rigid structure makes changes more difficult, thus driving up developer costs. Composable Commerce solutions on the other hand are more flexible by nature and therefore will end up lowering your overall total cost of changes in the future. As each business’ requirements will be different, we will not be able to provide an estimate of these costs across each vendor. However, from feedback from past customers, on average, Composable Commerce solutions like Elastic Path and Commercetools, lower cost of changes by 40% when compared to rigid legacy platforms like Salesforce Commerce Cloud and Magento.    Now that we've dissected the various cost categories, we have provided an overview of the total costs you can expect either on a monthly or annual basis for a few of the top legacy and Composable Commerce solutions on the market.      BigCommerce BigCommerce positions itself as an eCommerce platform for high volume brands, with  two main payment plans: Essentials Plan and Enterprise Plan.    BigCommerce Essentials  Plan BigCommerce Standard BigCommerce  Plus BigCommerce  Pro Yearly Sales $50,000 $150,000 $400,000 Monthly Pricing $29.95 $79.95 $299.95 The pricing represents their upfront license fee. At these rates, you get your average out-of-the-box store with zero customization, providing you with all the features you need to get a basic store up-and-running. Two additional costs you may not be considering when choosing BigCommerce: They automatically bump you to the next tier if your actual sales exceed the threshold. You spend an additional $150 per $200k sales increase if you go  higher than the BigCommerce Pro Sales Threshold’ e.g. 800k+ Sales = $700+/month.  In addition to these hidden fees, there are also costs associated with plug-in applications for advanced services, as well as a list of 80 themes that range from $145 - $235.   BigCommerce Enterprise BigCommerce Enterprise offers all the core features, along with the addition of some premium features including hosting, security, and support. Their pricing widely varies based on the average order value and the average number of orders processed per month. Based on conversations from some of their sales representatives, the pricing plan ranges anywhere between $400 and $20,000 monthly.  For some additional context, their TCO Calculator shows that based on a $250,000 yearly revenue you will incur:    Infrastructure cost →  $38000+ Site launch cost →  Design, QA Build: $30,000+  Integrations: $3000  Managed support costs→ $5000   Shopify  Shopify is the market leader for SMB customers looking for an out of the box eCommerce website. Shopify customers give up flexibility, meaning that they'll need to be comfortable running their eCommerce website according to Shopify's templates and structures - but for many companies, that is fine because they're just looking for a standard website. Shopify has 5 primary offerings: Lite starts at $9/month Basic starts at $29/month Standard starts at $79/month Advanced starts at $299/month Shopify+ starts at $2,000/month There are also gateway fees, which range from 2.15-3% + $.30 per transaction.    Magento  Magento Community Edition positions themselves as an Open Source eCommerce platform that provides businesses with a flexible, digital commerce solution to successfully sell online. We’ve already written a more detailed post on our blog  that digs into Magento’s TCO. To give you a brief overview of their pricing structure, we’ll focus on Magento’s two main plans: Magento Open Source and Magento Enterprise.   Magento Open Source Magento’s “FREE” Open Source plan proves to be a more customizable option when compared to BigCommerce. Be careful - the only thing free about this option is their licensing fee/download. There are few costs hidden in the background:  Implementation → $30,000 - $100,000+ Hosting → $1000+ Themes → $29-499 Maintenance and Support → $30,000+ Extensions → $0 - $10,000 Third Party Integrations → $6,000 I know what you’re thinking, those added up pretty quickly! To be upfront, the price for a more customized store than BigCommerce is going to start somewhere between $30,000 and $100,000 upwards.     Discover our eCommerce Platform Buyer's Guide See The 7 Considerations when Choosing the best eCommerce Platform in our comprehensive buyer's guide. There is no "best" and therefore, when choosing an eCommerce solution, you should focus on matching your company's specific requirements to each vendor's offering. Go to Buyer's Guide   Magento Enterprise  Magento Enterprise is the premium paid version of Magento, designed for those stores that need more than the community edition offers, based on the size of their company, and the level of customization they’re looking for. However, with this option, you have to empty your pockets for a much higher licensing fee. Based on your revenue, Magento displays their upfront price between  $22,000/year and $125,000/year. Of course this also includes access to more advanced features such as security, mobile commerce, and free professional customer support. However, in addition to including all the core features that the open source version consists of, the same features tend to come at a higher price for this plan. Some of these higher feature costs include:  Implementation → $60,000+ Hosting → $7000+ Themes → $29-499 Magento Certified Gold Partner - $10,000 Extensions → $0 - $10,000 Third Party Integrations → $6,000+   Overall, this comes with more customization, but still lacks complete control over your content. The price for this package starts between $100,000 and $250,000  Overall, Magento Enterprise comes with more customization, but still lacks complete control over your content. The price for this package starts between $100,000 and $250,000 upwards! These are high costs and to make it even worse, Magento’s performance has not been up to standard either. We have evaluated over 1,000 websites running on a range of eCommerce platforms and Magento came close bottom for website performance as a whole. You may want to consider the costs associated with their slow performing stores when considering your total cost of ownership as well. Commercetools Commercetools is a Headless Commerce Platform. To be completely frank, there are no signs of Commercetools’ pricing anywhere! They seem to be a bit secretive, but we have done our best to provide you with the most accurate information based on feedback from our customers, who shared what Commercetools has proposed to them. These costs include:  Implementation →  $300,000 - $1 Million License Fees →  $200,000/year  - $500,000/year Specialized resources→ $150,000/year   Elastic Path  Elastic Path offers Composable Commerce-as-a-Service, an API-First headless commerce microservices solution. Composable Commerce is a modern approach to eCommerce that is built on the concept of composability, where core commerce functionality and partner integrations can be selected and assembled in various combinations to satisfy specific business requirements, at the speed digitally driven brands need to succeed. Composable Commerce were built on three main tenets: Modular architecture  Open Ecosystem  Business Centric Solutions  And it’s with these tenets that Elastic Path has been able to reduce business’ overall total cost of ownership by 25%. As mentioned before, Elastic Path provides a tier based pricing based on Gross Merchandise Revenue. Overall based on a 10 Million revenue, pricing would be around $50K for Elastic Path.  Elastic Path also offers Composable Commerce Experience Assurance that de-risks the management of multi-vendor solutions by providing an expert 24x7 global support team for all issues. This cost of the feature will be 25% of your annual contract value and capped at $25,000 USD/ year. Additional costs will include: implementation costs, hosting costs and third party costs which will lie in the same range of costs for Magento. Where you will end up seeing the greatest cost savings are in the phases of customizations and changes. To get a better understanding of how cost of changes will compare across traditional legacy platforms and Composable Commerce solutions visit our Total Cost of Ownership Guide. If you have more specific questions regarding Elastic Path costs, please refer to the pricing page here.  Summary  Understanding your total cost of ownership is not straight forward and often times we prioritize certain categories of costs and lose overall sight on our expected total cost in the future. As each vendor has different offerings, it will never be easy to compare them across the board. However, if you follow the guide of assessing each category of cost, this will give you and your team a good understanding to make an informed decision. If you have any questions, we are always happy to help - Just reach out to us.        Stay on top of industry trends with the latest blogs and articles from our eCommerce experts.   i { -webkit-transition: color .25s ease-in-out; -moz-transition: color .25s ease-in-out; -o-transition: color .25s ease-in-out; transition: color .25s ease-in-out; color: rgba(68, 68, 68, 1.0) !important; } .subscribe--bar.module_15628520315781867 .btn:hover > i { color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 1.0) !important; } ]]>
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