Working for 12 years in eCommerce and 3 with Magento platform, Allard Bax, the owner of CactusPlaze.com, shares his thoughts on running an online business.
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Several months ago we have launched aheadMetrics service allowing merchants to accessall-round analytics of their eCommerce stores real-time with sales, customers and products data measurable in any dimensions.
Now it’s a high time to pause for a while and analyze how aheadMetrics startup managed to survive and gain momentum as a powerful easy-to-embrace analytics tracking solution for eCommerce businesses.
We arranged a talk with Artyom Rabzonov, aheadMetrics founder, in which he explained why aheadMetrics is one of its kind analytics service at the moment and why merchants won’t be able to function properly without keeping the most important eCommerce info in one handy place.
Artyom: To avoid confusion and misunderstanding, I want to clarify once and for all whataheadMetrics is and how it differs from other analytics services. It has nothing to do with traffic analysis. aheadMetrics gathers statistics inside the store right after a user becomes a paying customer or is very close to it.
As you see, the service is tailored to measure very specific parameters (sales, customers and orders) in contrast to other instruments aimed to track all metrics together – incoming traffic, conversions, abandoned carts, website crashes, etc.
What if we compare aheadMetrics with Google Analytics used by many businessmen and marketers?
Artyom: aheadMetrics does not compete with Google Analytics; in fact, they are totally incomparable as long as they serve different purposes.
Google Analytics is not that good when it comes to eCommerce reports. It tracks conversions, but it takes time and effort to configure the code appropriately and after all there is no guarantee that reports will be 100% reliable (Google has problems with refunding, shipping, order statuses and other sorts of tracking).
All above mentioned info is presented in aheadMetrics, and I emphasize it again – our service is intended to measure changes within the store only and doesn’t display tons of excessive statistics that often poorly illustrate all data related to sales.
A lot of merchants ask you whether aheadMetrics will be paid. What’s the answer?
Artyom: Yes, we’re planning to release a paid version of aheadMetrics, but it shouldn’t scare customers away. Apart from premium features, we’ll continue supporting a free version with a wide range of sales metrics.
You regularly add new functionality to aheadMetrics upon user request. What was the most demanded feature so far?
Artyom: A lot of clients asked us to integrate aheadMetrics into Magento dashboard. And recently we did it! You need to be a user of aheadMetrics and update the Connector to review your aheadMetrics reports on Magento dashboard. See how it looks on the screenshot below.
Other feature in plans is the Report Constructor that will allow merchants to customize aheadMetrics reports on their own.
How often is aheadMetrics data updated?
Artyom: Data is updated real-time meaning there is no 24-hour lag when a client needs to wait for the actual statistics. If customers want to re-arrange data or send it to their associates, they can save and export their reports in CSV files.
Thanks, Artyom, for talking through aheadMetrics traits! We’ll stay in touch with you and post updates, announcements and hot facts about aheadMetrics as soon as they appear on the horizon.
Meanwhile, I encourage all blog readers who run their stores online to create aheadMetrics account in 3 easy steps and start analyzing sales data right away.
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Sometimes online merchants need much more information about the order or customer than native Magento functionality can involve. It leads to additional emails, calls and negotiations. Finally, heaps of time goes by before customers get their order. No wonder that next time they prefer your competitor.
There is only one solution – ask all required information at checkout! The Order Attributes Magento extension from aheadWorks allows you to add as many fields as you need. With Order Attributes, various field types are at your disposal.
Good news for everybody who has been waiting for such module from aheadWorks. You can pre-order the Order Attributes for $69 and save $30 before its release.
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The Developers Paradise is a must-attend event for all Magento developers with more than 130 expected attendees. This year participants can look forward to a high-quality program including the latest Magento news and valuable content. You will get new knowledge and have a chance to network with other enthusiasts from the Magento scene. Furthermore, you will benefit from the know-how of the community and the single speakers. Netresearch will also provide attendees with diverse free-time activities and hack-sessions.
Among numerous offers merchants have products and services where prices should be hidden. It’s very important due to different reasons. These items are free, out of stock or their prices change frequently and need to be verified by phone. But store owners usually face various difficulties while adding such goods to their websites.
The Call for Price Magento extension removes price and the default ‘add to cart’ button and allows placing any piece of html code instead. It can be the image telling that you have no price for this product now, the URL to another store, any text message or pop-up that attracts viewers to contact the store owner and find out the price of a product.
Call for Price motivates customers to contact store administrators. They prove the interest in purchasing these or that goods. So merchants get a better chance of selling if they speak to clients directly. Additional goods can be offered as well.
Good news for everybody who has been waiting for such module from aheadWorks. You can pre-order the Call for Price extension for $49 and save $50 before its release.
The following features are implemented in this Magento extension.
World without borders makes it easy to spread the popularity of eCommerce businesses like fire.
Seeing how Magento expands further and further, I can’t help thinking of other corners of the world and their possible response to Magento invasion. For this purpose and also to learn how difficult/prestigious/risky it is to build eCommerce businesses in particular countries, we cover them step by step in our blog:
This time I virtually move to Poland to meet Kuba Zwoliński, a founder of Snowdog company, Magento eCommerce consultant and organizer of the First Meet Magento Poland. We talk about his acquaintance with Magento, Polish eCommerce in general and the way he worked on Meet Magento PL.
Recently we have released the One Step Checkout Magento extension. As you have probably guessed (or know), this must-have module reduces the number of checkout steps and allows customers to buy products in one simple click.
Besides a lot of cool features, One Step Checkout has one more great advantage – it is compatible with 7 aheadWorks extensions for Magento! Together they make shopping in your store much easier and faster for customers. Keep reading to learn all the details!
Hello, dear Magento Connect statistics fans!
June changed May, and summer followed spring. What thoughts has a new season brought? Dreaming about holidays, sunbathing, beaches, traveling, picnics or just idleness? All these ideas are pleasant and rest is very important for everybody. But all in good time, and now let’s turn to Magento Connect May Statistics.
In May there were no serious additional factors that could influence the growth of extensions in subcategories. Nevertheless the results look a bit unexpected. The leaders are familiar to the regular readers of our monthly Magento Connect Statistics reports. But the quantitative changes can be surprising. They can be explained as after-effect of great changes that were brought to the Magento Connect extension marketplace in February. But it’s time to look at numbers.
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Recently we shared the review of “Magento PHP Developer’s Guide” where you can find our independent unbiased opinion on this recently published tutorial.
Today we prepared some cool stuff for our blog readers! I have teamed up with Packt Publishing to organize a Giveaway of the “Magento PHP Developer’s Guide”. Five lucky winners stand a chance to get 5 digital copies of their new book. Keep reading to find out how YOU can be one of the Lucky Winners.
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