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Christmas in July! Why You Need to Start Your Internet Business NOW to be Ready

Start an internet business now so you can be ready for another record breaking holiday shopping season!

By: Catherine Perry

Christmas in July isn’t a new thing! Many people start thinking about the holidays during the summer. Many vacation spots even have holiday-themed and Christmas stores where you can shop while at the beach or mountains, or wherever you take vacation in the summer. With the relaxation you enjoy on vacation you can get your thoughts together about the holiday season.  While you’re digging those toes in the sand at the beach or enjoying the cool temps in higher elevations, you can let your mind go to what presents to buy and how to decorate your home.
But, in this blog we want you to think about Christmas in July a little differently than that. We want you to start thinking NOW about how you could have your own ecommerce retail business to participate in and benefit from the holiday season this year.
There is no question that ecommerce retail is growing exponentially, especially during the holiday shopping season, where brick-and-mortar stores are not. Last year, news outlets such as www.fortune.com reported that in this article, “Cyber Monday Sales Hit A New All-Time Record in 2016”.
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But, let’s not stop with the numbers for Cyber Monday, 2016. The online research site for everything digital, www.emarketer.com, states that “US retail ecommerce sales jumped 17.8% during the 2016 holiday season, a phenomenal rate that helped push total retail sales up 4.8%.” And, emarketer’s 2017 holiday season predictions are for ecommerce sales to grow 15.8%, while total retail growth will slow to 2.0%. You can see the full report in this article – “US Holiday Shopping Preview 2017: Recapping 2016, and Looking Ahead to This Season“.
Why do we want you to start thinking about the holiday season NOW? And, why do we think NOW is the best time to start an online retail business? Besides the predictions of an extremely strong 2017 ecommerce season (that you want to be a part of, right?), here are 3 reasons you should start your internet business NOW before the holiday shopping season.

Reason #1: You have plenty of time to set up Your New Internet Business

If you start your online retail business now during the summer months, you have plenty of time to get everything set up before the holiday shopping season begins. You have time to try out your product mix and pricing, tweak the visual presentation of the site, add enticing content, as well as, make other adjustments that will mean you are ready to go before the shopping season. It makes a lot of sense to have several months to be sure you are ready for the big season and not have to rush.

Reason #2: You can work On your marketing strategy and plan

By starting your ecommerce business now, you can have a marketing plan fully designed in order to implement for the fall and the months leading up to the holidays. This will give you time to build your social media following, build your newsletter list, plus test out advertising that will work for your internet business. You will have several months of marketing on social media and have full exposure for your business, creating buzz for your site months before the actual season is upon us.

Reason #3: You Have More Time to Gain Loyal CustomersAnd Raving Fans

Getting started now allows you time to attract customers and develop raving fans that will be there during the big holiday shopping season. Instead of trying to build a customer base during the holidays, you will already have a jump-start on obtaining those customers. And, to stimulate loyalty, you will have the customer service part of your business implemented and operating on an automatic system. Now don’t you think it is better to build your brand over time as you put it in front of your potential customer BEFORE the holiday rush!
These are 3 great reasons for starting your online business this summer in order to profit from the 2017 holiday shopping season. You will be so glad you did! So, get ready…get set…GO and start planning for Christmas in July!
We invite you to review these past posts to help you better understand more about starting an internet business and why you should choose Pure-Ecommerce as your ecommerce solution provider.
Are you interested in starting an internet business before this holiday season? Then we encourage you to take a look at our ready-made internet business at Pure-Ecommerce.com. Our team can help you get started in the exciting ecommerce industry. Take the first step today….

Top Online Business Ideas – Starting an Online Wedding Favor Business

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By: Noel Vermeire

Love is in the air! If you are considering buying an ecommerce business you should look at the highly marketable wedding industry and starting an online wedding favor business could be the “perfect match” for you!

Didi you know there are Approximately 2.3 million couples who are wed each year in the US? This breaks down to 6,200 weddings per day according to SoundVision.com. 78% of couples use the internet to search to find products & services for their wedding, which gives you the opportunity to become a part of this booming market!  Soundvision also reports, “June is the most popular month for weddings, then August, followed by September and October”. The most popular wedding seasons are just around the corner and now is the time to think about starting an online business favor business. We have several reasons we think you should consider starting an online wedding favors business as it is one of our top online business ideas because the Wedding industry offers:
  1. Increased spending on weddings year over year
  2. Increased use of online shopping
  3. Multitude of items to sell due to personalization
  4. Social media presence
  5. Attractive shopping experience

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Increased Spending on Weddings

Spending on weddings has been increasing substantially every year despite the economic downturn. In article, “Average Wedding Bill Hits $30,000“, written in March 2014 on the website www.money.cnn.com, the writer reported that budgets for weddings were on the rise, reaching an average of $29,858 in 2013, which was 5% higher from 2012. This was according to a survey of 13,000 brides and grooms taken by TheKnot (www.theknot.com). Furthermore, 15% of the couples surveyed reported they spent even more – reaching upwards of $40,000.

Increased Use of Online Shopping

On their website, TheKnot (http://www.xogroupinc.com/press-releases-home/2014-press-releases/2014-03-27-real-weddings-study-average-cost-of-wedding.aspx) quotes Carley Roney, the cofounder of The Knot,  as saying, “Wedding budgets have been increasing steadily since the economic downturn of 2008, and in 2013, couples spent a record high average of nearly $30,000” Ms. Roney goes on to say, “Couples are more focused than ever on creating a unique, personalized and once-in-a-lifetime experience for their guests – plus they’re doing so in a modern way, by planning from their smartphones, publicizing details on social media and more.”
Pay special attention to those last 2 points made by Ms. Roney…more couples are creating personalized experiences and are planning from their smartphones! (So, let’s go ahead and add tablets and, of course, computers.) In other words, brides and grooms are shopping online! This makes perfect sense. There are a lot of moving parts to planning for the wedding and purchasing items to make that special, personalized event. Couples generally don’t have time to physically go from one store to another looking for just the right products. So, they do their shopping while at lunch, on breaks, standing in line at the deli, etc.

Personalized Shopping

One of the biggest wedding trends is creating personalized experiences for the guests. Any research you do about wedding trends shows that couples are no longer settling for a standard, template-designed event. Couples now want their personality to be infused in every detail of the ceremony and reception, from the flower containers to the favors. This means a lot of attention to detail and a lot of time searching the internet for those special items. This also means a great opportunity for an online business focused on weddings!
The products you can offer on an online wedding favor business are limited only by your imagination. Think of all the details that go into the ceremony and reception décor, gifts for wedding party members, and favors—flower containers, candles, lights, ribbons, greenery, trinkets, monograms, jewelry, and way too much to mention! Having so many items to offer means there are many possibilities of purchases, which means sales for you when you own a wedding ecommerce business!
Given these facts, an online wedding boutique is one of our top business ideas! But, wait, there’s more! Here are some more fun reasons for owning a wedding internet business.

Social Media Presence

Social media is playing an integral part in the shopping experience for weddings. Facebook and Pinterest are go-to places for couples to get ideas for decorating and, really, for all aspects of creating their personalized wedding experience. As an internet business owner, you can have lots of fun posting on Facebook and creating your Pinterest boards for the boutique to find shoppers!
According to the article – “Here Comes Social Networking Bride“, by Mashable.com, states, “Within hours of saying “yes,” 28% of brides-to-be update their social media statuses, while 24% do so the next day”. They also report, “70% of future brides were already pinning on Pinterest before getting engaged, and a whopping 89% make use of all sorts of wedding planning apps — making checklists, browsing gowns, staying organized and tracking countdowns.”

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Attractive Shopping Experience

You may think this is frivolous, but we don’t…..it’s important for online wedding boutiques to be pretty and offer a pleasant shopping experience for brides and grooms. Actually, it’s important for any ecommerce business to have an attractive website, but especially so when it is selling a visual experience. Brides-to-be are the primary target market, and they want to shop at a store that is pretty, inspiring, and full of great items that give them plenty of ideas. Their shopping experience needs to be visually appealing and organized. It should be a fun and easy process to move around and shop on the site. As the ecommerce business owner, the wedding site is a pretty place to work!

How to Get Started

Therefore, we think given the strong and growing market for the wedding industry, the growth of the online shopping experience in the industry, and the fun you can have operating it, an online wedding favor business is one of the top ideas for an online business! So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
To see the latest collection of online wedding favor businesses for sale jump on over to http://pure-ecommerce.com/internet-businesses-for-sale/online-wedding-favor-business-for-sale/. When working with Pure-Ecommerce you also have the option of creating your own custom online wedding boutique and can find out more about our options here – http://pure-ecommerce.com/go-custom.html.

Online Wedding Favors

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