4 Ecommerce Tips for Getting Ahead of the Competition

4 Ecommerce Tips for Getting Ahead of the Competition

If you want to get ahead of your competition, you need to offer a “one-of-a-kind” experience to your customers, and here are some tips on how to do it.

Owning a business has always been a rat race. However, success and recognition don’t come easy and there’s always room for growth and improvement. One advantage of the internet, no matter what kind of business you run, is that everyone on the global scene has a chance to stand out. The point is to do it better than your competition. The internet never sleeps and it offers endless opportunities – you just have to figure out how to use them to your own benefit.

If you want to get ahead of your competition, you need to offer a “one-of-a-kind” experience to your customers, and here are some tips on how to do it. 

Create a strong brand

No matter the industry, the most important aspect of every business is establishing a strong brand. If you don’t have a recognisable brand with its unique voice and image and based on your unique personal values, you have a minute chance of reaching customers’ hearts and minds. Your target demographic should want, over and over again, to choose your brand over others and for that to happen, they need to feel that there is more underneath.

The global market is flooded with generic companies and products that all look and sound the same. Most businesses in the world didn’t start with an original idea that no one had ever presented before. What you can do is simply offer a new twist to the existing idea and build a credible brand identity that will correspond to your core values, vision, mission statement, and unique brand voice. 


SEO is a basic requirement of every online business. The competition for keywords is fierce, so it would be a smart idea to invest in a long-term SEO strategy to help with your search engine rankings. Most users research products online before buying them, so you need to make sure that you are easily found and that you are ranking high. In addition to this, your website needs to load instantly, your images need to be of prime quality, and your description should be impressive, concise and inviting.

The whole presentation should be easy to use and navigate from the moment of entering to the check-out point. Be versatile in the types of payment that you offer, and guarantee a faster and shorter delivery time than your competitors. Satisfied customers will want to come back and will give your business a good recommendation – word of mouth marketing is important in ecommerce as it has a big potential to attract more customers. 

Focus on users

Regardless of the market you’re in, one of your priorities needs to be understanding your customers’ needs. You must do things differently and offer a unique experience. One of the ways to do so is building a community culture and treating your customers as your fans. Go the extra mile and make your customers feel important and valued. It can be something as simple as a thank you note in the packaging. Reward your loyal customers with a gift card, free sample, discount card, or some promotional products such as pens, notepads, keychains etc. Never underestimate the power of a positive experience and satisfied customer.

Be all-inclusive

This refers to the idea of integrating your marketing efforts and covering all aspects of the marketing mix. Starting with your website presentation and content, you should consider hiring a reliable marketing agency to help you out. You need someone who will take the time and make the effort to understand your values and represent them online accordingly. You also need someone to deliver a well-planned e-marketing campaign as well as deal with the ecommerce purchase options, postal mail campaign, and advertising.

Furthermore, there are many platforms to use, but going simple may be the best to begin with – Facebook and Instagram, for example. These social media platforms are an excellent way to increase your customer base, but you need to go mobile, too. Research has shown that mobile sales account for almost a third of all sales in the U.S. and even half of all sales worldwide. With that in mind, it’s imperative to have a functional and successful mobile strategy, and this market is constantly growing.

All of these strategies have proven useful and successful in the ecommerce world. The list is, by no means, complete, as there are always new developments and advances, but it can serve as a great starting point when developing an e-business.

Posted by Nate Vickery

Nate Vickery

Nate Vickery is a business consultant focused mostly on SMB marketing and management. Nate is the editor-in-chief at one business blog - Bizzmarkblog.com. You can follow Nate @NateMVickery

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