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We really like that BigCommerce now supports Square. When building a new online store, retailers shouldn’t have to start out paying a monthly merchant account/payment gateway fee. They should be able to use an account with no monthly fee. Previously, the only two options were a PayPal Website Payments Standard Account or a Stripe Account. Both of those accounts may have required several business days for activation and approval. The registration and approval process with Square is very efficient. In addition, if you already have a Square account, you are ready to go with Bigcommerce. We tested it today and it works!
At Ogawa Design Agency, we really like BigCommerce Platform for setting up your online stores. It has a number of built-in integrations such as MailChimp, Google Analytics/AdWords Tracking and now Square.
Ogawa Design Agency created a logo, graphics and custom images for a Miami Real Estate agent.
Ogawa Design Agency created a new e-commerce store for Ocean Rider Manufacturing using an industry leading BigCommerce Platform for selling their Sun Protective Shirts, Handmade Leather Sandals and Belts. This is a cloud-based store with an impressive set of tools that allow small businesses to provide their users with the same shopping experience as Amazon.com. These stores can be setup very quickly at minimal monthly costs.
Using the popular WordPress Platform that has over 71 Million sites hosted with it, Ogawa Design Agency created a new website for this Fort Lauderdale, Florida Industrial Products Supplier. As a Full Service Digital Agency, the website graphics and other print material were created for them. The Website includes a widely adopted and used layout and design that minimizes browser issues. An industry leading contact form was added for lead generation.
Using BigCommerce for Your Online Store
As E-commerce Web Designers, we have worked with many of the e-commerce software platforms and their third party developed software-based shopping carts that use time intensive development resources to update and maintain. We we decided to look at the new emerging Ecommerce Software AS A Service (SaaS) or Cloud-based Computing e-Commerce Platforms. Many of our clients have been familiar with services like SalesForce.com that was the first SaaS App. These services run in your web browser and the software is accessed via the Internet and maintained by the Software Vendor.
One of the vendors we selected was BigCommere.com that has offices in Austin, Texas and Australia. We selected them because of their Enterprise Features which means the online store customer’s experience is very similar to buying at Amazon.com. BigCommerce provides excellent service and support for setting up your credit card merchant, shipping, tax codes and other mandatory online shopping features. Their store design templates are very good which enabled our clients to be up and running very quickly, sometimes in less than one week. And finally, their online marketing features including SEO (Google indexes your store quickly), newsletters and eBay integration is unmatched in the e-commerce industry.
If you are interested in launching a new Online Store for your business or migrating your existing store, call Ogawa Design Agency at 786-220-1295. We’re located in Miami, Florida in the Brickell area.
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Do you have a Facebook Page for your local business, brand, product or organization yet? Are you an Artist, Band or Public Figure that doesn’t have a Facebook Page yet. Here are steps to creating one.
Step 1 – Sign on to Facebook and go to the following link.
You will need to select the category of your business from the lists below. Selecting the right category is extremely important since you cannot change it once you select one. In addition, selecting the right category is important for your to match your branding. You should browse (see step 2) some of the other Facebook pages first to find your competitors to ensure you are in the right category.
Facebook Local Page Categories
Automotive, Automotive Dealer / Vehicle Service, Banking and Financial, Bar, Cafe, Club, Convention Center and Sports Complex, Education, Event Planning Service, Grocery, Health and Beauty, Home Service, Hotel/Lodging, Libray / Public Building, Medical Service, Museum / Attraction, Park, Pets, Professional Service, Real Estate, Religious Center, Restaurant, Store, Technology and Communication Service, Travel Service.
Facebook Brand, Product, or Organizations Categories
Airline / Ship / Train Station, Communications, Consumer Product, Fashion, Film, Financial Service, Food and Beverage, Game, Government, Home Living, Hotel / Lodging, Non-Profit, Online Store, Pharmaceutical, Professional Service, Religious Organization, Rental Cars, Retail, Sports / Athletics, TV Show, Technology Product / Service, Travel, Website.
Faceboook Artist, Band, or Public Figure Categories
Other Public Figure, Actor, Athlete, Band, Comedian, Critic, Government Official, Model, Musician, Politician, Sports Team, Visual Artist, Writer
Step 2 – Browse Other Facebook Pages
In the example to the right, I typed “Mansion Nightclub” a popular Miami night club that was listed under Local Page Categories – Club. Ogawa Design Agency is listed under Local Page Categories – Professional Service. A note that there are a few categories such as Politician that changes the default “Become a Fan” to “Become a Supporter”. Again, there is no Facebook feature yet to change your Facebook Category so don’t skip this step.
Step 3 – Create New Facebook Page
Return to Create new Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php and:
- Select your category
- Name of Page (limited to 75 characters and spaces, you can use spaces rather than hyphens “-” or underlines “_”. )
- Check Do not make Page publicly visible at this time if you want to publish it later.
Remember to read the disclaimer about creating unauthorized pages. If you violate the terms of service, you can be removed as an Administrator or even have your Facebook account disabled.
You should receive the page at the right if your page was successfully created.
You can go ahead and start adding content just like you add content to your current Facebook page.
Here are some general notes on Facebook Pages:
- You can assign more than one Admin for every Facebook Page you create so it doesn’t matter which Facebook user originally creates the page. You can assign a Facebook Admin to your Facebook friend or if you are not friends, then by email address.
- You can administrate more than one Facebook page with your Facebook account. As a webmaster, I manage several Facebook pages using the website address: http://www.facebook.com/pages/manage
- To Edit or page settings, in the left navigation click Edit Page.
- There are a number of options to customize your Facebook Page. The main options that I have used are: 1) Discussion Boards – the options to remove the Discussion Boards for clients that did not want any open discussions on their pages which also removes the item from your Facebook Page tabs; 2) The feature to Add Admins; 3) The Events Application for my client’s with Business Events.
Don’t forget to Publish your Page if you selected the option in Step 3 to not make it publicly visible.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at http://www.ogawadesign.com/ or at 786-220-1295.
If you are a business owner that has resisted getting on Twitter.com, here’s the first really good reason to get a Twitter Account. The airlines are one of the very first companies to provide customer service on Twitter. If your flight is delayed or there is a long line at the airport and you need to urgently contact an airline customer service representative which is part of the traveling experience today, you can “patiently” take out your iPhone or Blackberry and tweet a customer service rep. You may be surprised that you are actually contacted by an Airlines Customer Service Representative.
The other day I flew from Los Angeles to Miami and I waited over 45 minutes in the Miami baggage claim area with the hundred or so passengers on the plane for our luggage. In frustration, I twittered @AAirwaves. In less than 15 minutes, the baggage from our finally started rolling onto the carousel and guess whos bag was the third bag…MY BAG! It may not have had anything to do with my tweet but it sure felt good as I grabbed my bag among the large crowd of passengers and headed for the empty taxi line.
Here’s the list of Airlines with Twitter Accounts.
@AirFranceUS – Air France Twitter account
@AlaskaAir – Alaska Airlines Twitter account
@AAirwaves – American Twitter account
@BritishAirways – American Twitter account
@Continental – Continental Twitter account
@DeltaAirlines – Delta Twitter account
@flyfrontier – Frontier Airlines (Denver, CO)
@JetBlue – JetBlue Twitter Account
@FlyHawaiian – Hawaiian Arilines
@SouthwestAir – Southwest Airlines
@SpiritAirlines – Spirit Airlines
@UnitedAirlines – United Airlines Twitter account
@USAirways – USAirways Twitter account
@VirginAmerica – Virgin Airlines
@VirginAtlantic – Virgin Atlatnic
Finally, remember that in order to send a Direct Message on Twitter, the Twitter member must be following you. So before you go on your trip, you should follow these accounts. Otherwise you can post a tweet and wait for your response.
Also, here a list of other Twitter Airlines accounts including International Airlines.
@JetBlueCheeps – JetBlue.com promotions on Twitter.