On January 25 of this year, we published an article by contributor Sig Ueland. He discussed the rise of drone delivery and suppliers at the forefront of this technology. â8 Commercial Drone Delivery Companiesâ became our most read article in 2021.
Sig returned to transporters without humans six months later, targeting robots rather than drones. Sure enough, “10 Autonomous Robots for Last Mile Deliveries” made it into this top 25 list, ranking at number 8.
2021 marked the tenth year of publication of Sig’s work. He’s a screenwriter and, for us, an expert in ecommerce resources.
Carolyn Nye, our email marketing guru, first contributed in 2010. Her June 2021 article described an upcoming privacy change in Apple’s iOS software that would revolutionize email performance measurement . âApple’s iOS 15 will change email marketing,â Carolyn’s post is the first of three iOS 15 posts on the list.
Sig and Carolyn are part of our line of top contributors – collectively the top ecommerce copywriters. all over.
In âHappy Christmas,â John Lennon wrote, âAnd so it’s Christmas, and what have you done? What we have done in 2021, we hope, is improve your business, your work and your life. It’s our mission, after all.
Without you, our readers, there is no convenient e-commerce. At the end of our 16th year, all of us here, thank you.
Top 25 in 2021
8 commercial drone delivery companies
The development of autonomous drone technologies has exploded over the past five years. New FAA Rules Anticipate Commercial Drone Industry in US Here is a list of companies at the forefront of advancing drone delivery. Read moreâ¦
20 new free commercial fonts for 2021
Adding a new font to your ecommerce site can create a fresh and unique look. Here is a list of fonts released over the past year. All are free for commercial use, although several belong to larger premium font families. Before using a font, be sure to check its terms. Read moreâ¦
Apple’s iOS 15 will change email marketing
Apple recently unveiled its iOS 15 software, which will be released this fall. Most of the new features focus on privacy, data tracking, and user security. Two features, âMail Privacy Protectionâ and âHide My Emailâ, will have a huge impact on email marketing. Read moreâ¦
Dr. Squatch Reaches $ 100 Million With Natural Soaps For Men
Jack Haldrup’s company Dr. Squatch sells its own natural soaps and other men’s grooming products. Revenue in 2020 was around $ 100 million, after exploding by $ 5 million just 18 months earlier. How does a business go from $ 5 million to $ 100 million in 18 months? I asked him this question and many others during our recent conversation. Read moreâ¦
China dominates e-commerce
In China, a dull gray Mao costume was once the obligatory attire for both men and women. Not anymore. The country is on track to become the world’s largest luxury clothing market by 2025. With a population of 1.4 billion in 2020 and a thriving middle class with an appetite for foreign luxury goods, China dominates e-commerce. Read moreâ¦
17 free design tools for 2021
Here is a list of free tools for designing a website, social media ad, logo, infographic, etc. There are editing apps, resource libraries, and tools for finding the right font and color scheme. All of these are free, although several also offer premium plans with extended functionality. Read moreâ¦
5 content marketing ideas for February 2021
Content marketing for your business in February 2021 could cover the obvious, like Valentine’s Day, and the obscure, like Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. Content marketing is the act of creating, publishing, and promoting content for the purpose of attracting, engaging, and retaining customers. Read moreâ¦
10 autonomous robots for last mile deliveries
The future is here, in a way. Companies have staked out cityscapes to test stand-alone, last-mile street delivery systems and mobile food delivery robots on campus sidewalks. Here is a list of companies developing robots and autonomous delivery systems. Almost all of these companies currently have live beta programs. Read moreâ¦
Quick update of US CAN-SPAM requirements
New consumer privacy laws in the United States and elsewhere apply to many forms of digital promotion, including email marketing. It is therefore worth revisiting the requirements of the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, which sets rules for the use of commercial e-mails to recipients based in the United States. Read moreâ¦
12 WordPress plugins to sell digital downloads
WordPress is a versatile content management system with nearly 60,000 plugins available. If you want to sell videos, PDFs, photos, software, or other digital products, there are plenty of plug-in tools to help you out. Here is a list of WordPress plugins to sell digital downloads. Read moreâ¦
Digital payments in China are cheap and convenient
In âChina dominates e-commerce,â contributor Marcia Kaplan discussed the country’s innovation in online shopping. Equally innovative are digital payments in China. I’ll discuss what this might mean for North American merchants in this article. Read moreâ¦
Shopify announces online store 2.0 plus
At its âUniteâ event on June 29, Shopify announced significant changes to its e-commerce platform aimed at improving performance, usability and developer empowerment. The company also announced a new revenue sharing model, giving app and theme creators 100% revenue up to $ 1 million per year. Read moreâ¦
Amazon strengthens its own delivery service
Amazon Logistics provides shipping services to third-party sellers regardless of the sales channel. The program, called Multichannel Fulfillment, is available to merchants who use Fulfillment by Amazon. Read moreâ¦
Ridge Wallet Reaches $ 50 Million Through Influencer Marketing
Ridge Wallets launched via a Kickstarter campaign in 2014. Ultra-thin, metal-coated, with RFID protection, the wallets are extremely popular in the United States, with $ 50 million in sales in 2020 alone. Influencer Marketing has been the source of much of the growth. Sean Frank is the COO of The Ridge. Read moreâ¦
All about Amazon Marketplace sellers
Amazon Marketplace sellers are diverse, spanning many countries, age groups, and reasons to participate. The following is a summary of the demographics and psychographics of sellers. Read moreâ¦
12 tools for YouTube search optimization
YouTube is the second most visited website after Google. Success on YouTube requires compelling videos, but it’s just as important to optimize them. Fortunately, there are tools to help you out. Here is a list of tools to optimize your video content on YouTube. Read moreâ¦
13 free video editors from basic to advanced
The right software can help create compelling videos, clips, or product ads to share on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or anywhere else. Many free video editors offer basic, easy-to-use features along with advanced tools and effects for professional quality. Here is a list of free video editors. Read moreâ¦
Using TikTok for Ecommerce Marketing
TikTok is a newcomer to the social media world, having launched as A.me in 2016 in Beijing, China. Once considered a fleeting phase, TikTok now has over 200 million downloads in the US and 2 billion worldwide. It is one of the most downloaded applications on Google Play and the Apple App Store. Read moreâ¦
9 cloud storage services with encryption
As businesses move their sensitive data to the cloud, security is becoming a growing concern. However, many cloud storage platforms now offer sophisticated encryption features at minimal cost. Here is a list of secure cloud storage platforms. Read moreâ¦
14 brands on TikTok, for inspiration
Recent TikTok articles by contributor Kaleena Stroud help marketers produce videos on this platform and drive sales. Plus, following the TikTok tactics of big brands can generate ideas for your own promotions. Here is a list of the best brands on TikTok to inspire your production and marketing. Read moreâ¦
11 TikTok Video Ideas For Traders
You downloaded TikTok and browsed the videos. Now you are wondering what content to create for your ecommerce business. There are many types of videos that can be used to attract prospects without dancing in front of the camera. Here are 11 ideas for all types of traders. Read moreâ¦
Apple’s iOS 15 Could Improve Email Marketing
When released this fall, Apple’s iOS 15 may make it harder to capture some email marketing metrics, which could improve performance. On June 7, 2021, Apple described some of the new privacy features it would offer in its upcoming operating systems for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac computers. Read moreâ¦
Will social commerce disrupt retailing in the United States and Europe?
Social commerce in China combines content, chat, live streaming and sharing with in-app retail shopping, blurring the lines between social media networks and online stores. China’s e-commerce style is so successful that it has the potential to disrupt retailing in the United States and Europe. Read moreâ¦
6 Steps to Prepare Email Marketing for iOS 15
Apple’s iOS 15 release this fall will likely change email marketing. Among the updates is the ability for Apple Mail users to upload external images privately, blocking email marketing platforms from tracking openings. I addressed the release last month. Read moreâ¦
SEO for Google Shopping
Google has a rich history of services for e-commerce products. The first was Froogle. Then Google Base absorbed Froogle. Both have provided marketers with a method to let Google know about their products in order to improve visibility in organic search results. Read moreâ¦