Bad news last Friday (the 13th....) Richard G, who's been with us for a little over 6 years is leaving. We're going to miss him for sure but we've been lucky to have him in the first place so we can't complain.
They say that all dark clouds have a silver lining so, with this in mind, we're going to use this as an opportunity to expand our development team. In addition to a replacement for RG we're going to be taking on two more Web Developers and a dedicated (Internet) Marketing Consultant
With the increase in mobile technology there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people searching the web on their phones. Phones like the iPhone even allow for applications that direct you straight to a company’s mobile website.
This growing trend has encouraged internet sites to adapt their websites to be mobile phone friendly. Most websites have been built to be viewed on different size monitors and different internet browsers but customers have failed to consider what the site would look like on a cell phone screen.
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The creation of the iPhone and other high-tech mobile phones has paved the way for internet companies to redevelop sites to suit the new standards. New technology is constantly arising (like the new tablets such as iPad from apple) which is going to make internet browsing more accessible all over the world. By making your website adaptable to this new technology you are increasing the chances of users visiting your site and the possibility of conversion.
This is where Spiderscope comes in to play. We can provide your current site with the appropriate code it needs to be mobile ready. This new code will detect requests as they come in from mobile users and to respond back with webpage to suit.
Spiderscope has developed specialised, mobile website designs perfectly suited to the iPhone and smartphones such as the Nexus One. If your site doesn’t lend well to mobile browsing you will be loosing out on a large potential market of customers as this market continues to grow.
Over the six years we have seen a dramatic increase in number of people purchasing products online. Sites like Amazon and eBay have paved the way for online purchasing and have encouraged companies to incorporate online shopping carts on their website.
eBay is the largest auction site on the internet and Amazon is the largest eCommerce, with millions of people viewing and buying products from these sites everyday. If you’re selling online, have you considered expanding into either of these two channels?
Benefits of eBay Selling
Benefits of Amazon eCommerce
Although eBay is easy to use and to manage, setting up the eBay shop takes time and knowledge of how to target specific markets. This is where Spiderscope comes in; we setup the right eBay solution for you and ensure that you see a return on your investment.
In addition, Spiderscope provides advice on the best way to target products and makes the transition onto the Amazon site easy and painless. We do all the work while you reap all the rewards.
Spiderscope can setup your site to handle Online Purchasing and eCommerce. This includes having a shopping cart system, terms and conditions, shipping, costs, payment types, Sage order exporter, etc directly on your site. All of this will be added to your site and we will also update your product pages to reflect these changes (cost of product, link to purchase or save for later, etc.).
If you want to include purchasing on your site or would like to setup either an eBay shop or Amazon business account, please feel free to contact us. For more information, see our eBay Selling Services or Amazon eCommerce Services pages.
Facebook has recently launched a new registration tool for site owners which will conveniently pre-populate fields on your sign up form with user data from Facebook. This extends to showing the user what information is being shared and also which friends are already signed up for the service.
This is an attractive feature to add to your sign up forms as it could potentially reduce the number of fields which need to be filled in; increasing the likeliness of registration from your users. The unique proposition of showcasing friends which have already signed up is another feature that will almost certainly help with converting site visitors.
The Facebook Registration Tool is implemented by adding the usual Facebook code to your mark up. What’s interesting is that it can be applied to any sized registration form – so you can easily add fields to cover information that Facebook won’t necessarily have; credit card details for example.
This type of functionality allows for visitors who are not registered with Facebook or do not wish to use their Facebook details to also use the same sign up form.
So, what effect does this have on your admin? Well, effectively once a user has completed your form the same data can be sent through as with your standard form that is in operation right now. With minimal modifications, there would be little, if any, extra admin work!
Yelp is a site that is currently taking advantage of this tool. When signing up, if you’re already logged into Facebook then a number of fields are pre-populated. Take a look below:
As you can see, the email field and birth date are already completed (with options to change if needed). Alongside this, the first name, last name and gender fields are also automatically populated with data from Facebook and removed altogether. (You can view how the default form looks by un-checking the tick box).
In this particular example, the sign up form only requires the user to enter and confirm a password and submit their postcode – dramatically cutting the amount of information and more importantly, time, needed to complete registration.
Does this look like something your forms would benefit from? Of course – practically any eCommerce site would benefit from this tool, especially those that already have a social media presence.
For more information on how we can integrate Facebook tools onto your site, please contact us on 0800 081 1688. Alternatively, see our Facebook Marketing Services or Social Media Marketing pages.
The Launch of a new website for Thames based Leisure firm London Rib Tours sees the release of an updated and enhanced version of our online Ticket booking and Table Reservations system
Just had a look at the new web site, it looks great! you and your team have designed yet another fantastic web site, thank you....
Please send my thanks to everyone who helped with the site....
First introduced three years ago on LondonPartyBoats.com the system has been significantly upgraded to accommodate a variety of demanding new requirements for the London Rib Tours website.
Using experience gained refining the original version this new Booking System has been completely re-written by the development team, it's cost effective, easy to use and easy to manage.
The booking system is very flexible and can be put to use in a variety ways to provide online ticketing, online bookings and online reservations.
If your website does not support applications of this type, or you have restricted access you’ll find it’s very easy to link into the Ticket booking system for off site use. On the other hand if you require something a bit more bespoke it’s easily integrated by our developers.
If you’re interested in a ticketing system for your online business we’d be delighted to hear from you.
Spiderscope have helped hundreds of businesses to improve their online performance by providing sensibly priced solutions that are reliable and easy to use, products that deliver what’s expected of them.
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