Christmas is well and truly over. The presents have been opened (and some returned), mince pies are all gone and the tree is back in the loft. That’s the home scenario, but was it a happy Christmas for online business?
Shoppers in the UK used their mobiles to hit the 2014 Christmas sales from the comfort of their own settees. According to its Christmas trading figures, John Lewis saw clearance sales on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day up 19% over last
Written by Fergus on January 19, 2015
First used in the 1990s, the term ‘digital marketing’ has since evolved to encompass many different strands of online selling, growing more sophisticated during the first decade of the 21st century.
The evolution of digital media and the proliferation of devices to access it have created many new avenues for the promotion of products or brands, which in turn has fuelled the rapid growth of digital marketing.
Digital marketing differs from traditional marketing because it involves the use of channels and methods
Written by Fergus on January 16, 2015
Magento No More
In a move that shocked a large number of online retailers who had not long moved to the much lauded and promoted Magento Go, the team behind the platform announced last year that Magento Go would be no more from 1st February 2015.
eBay pull the plug
Run by eBay Enterprise, the ecommerce division of eBay, Magento announced that on 01.02.15 it will shut down the Magento Go and Magento Prostores platforms.
BigCommerce steps in to save the day
Written by Fergus on January 14, 2015
You may have received an email recently or read online or in the press about the recent POODLE SSL 3.0 vulnerability and are wondering what it is, and does it affect you. Should you be worried?
What is POODLE?
The POODLE attack (which stands for “Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption”) is a man-in-the-middle exploit which takes advantage of Internet and security software clients’ fallback to SSL 3.0.
This basically means that the “old” way that Internet web browsers used
Written by Fergus on December 16, 2014
Regular followers of teclan’s blog posts over the years will have previously noted our recommendation back in 2012 that Google required your checkout pages to be encrypted by an SSL certificate (golden padlock).
Well the non-SSL website pigeons are now coming home to roost.
We have now seen Google starting to enforce this policy by forcibly removing shopping feeds, adword product listings and merchant centre validation for websites not implementing an SSL within the checkout stages.
Snippet of Google’s policy
Payment and transaction processing,
Written by Fergus on November 25, 2014
Why customer reviews and testimonials are so important.
Do you ask your customers for their feedback? Do you get in touch and ask their opinion on your products and services? Do you make it easy for them to give you this valuable information?
The best form of advertising is word of mouth!
Why? Three main reasons:
You must listen to your customers’ feedback (good and bad) in order to improve what you do and how you do it.
Your future customers and clients value and
Written by Rory on November 14, 2014
Rory takes a look at the Wordpress publishing platform and lists his 7 favourite plugins for expanding what this incredible software can do.
Written by Fergus on November 13, 2014
On 1st November 2014 teclan ltd become the first business in Inverness, and the first digital company in the Highlands of Scotland to become an accredited Living Wage Employer.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually, based on the cost of living in the UK. The Living Wage campaign has been running for ten years and has lifted over 45,000 people out of poverty.
An independent study of the business benefits of implementing a Living Wage policy
Written by Prachi on November 13, 2014
Prachi looks at the latest Penguin update from Google and what it could mean for your website.
Written by Flora on November 12, 2014
It might seem like common sense, but you should really look into backing up your e-commerce website regularly, says Flora.