Our CEO, Sarah Willcocks, was delighted to present at the eCommerce North Show last week

Our CEO, Sarah Willcocks, was delighted to present at the eCommerce North Show last week

Our CEO, Sarah Willcocks, was delighted to present at the eCommerce North Show last week

Posted by Screen Pages on 13/11/2018

Her presentation covered the growth of B2B in eCommerce, explained the triggers for this growth and the areas that merchants need to focus on when delivering B2B eCommerce solutions for their customers.

For more information on how Screen Pages can help you with your B2B requirements click here.

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Mage Titans 2018 Speaker – Tadhg Bowe

Mage Titans 2018 Speaker – Tadhg Bowe

Screen Page’s very own Tadhg Bowe is a speaker at Mage Titans 2018

Tadhg is a technical team lead, who likes to think of himself as a “jack of all trades, master of one or two”. One thing is certain. He’s a massive fan of Mage Titans!

A passionate supporter of the Magento community, Tadhg is also well known for his sense of humour. Expect more at this year’s event!

Mage Titans 2018 is being held at the Comedy Store in Manchester. Watch out for Tadhg’s presentation, it promises to be short, sharp and sweet. ☺

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Nomination: Amazing Women in eCommerce

Nomination: Amazing Women in eCommerce

Sarah Willcocks, Owner and CEO of Screen Pages has been put forward by YOTPO as a nominee for their Amazing Women in eCommerce initiative.

Girls Inc. and YOTPO are honouring the women shaping the eCommerce space.

For every Nomination, YOTPO  will give a $5 (USD) donation to Girls Inc., who ‘help girls navigate through economic, gender and social barriers’.

Sarah is thrilled and honoured to be put forward for such an award, and hopes that it inspires more women to enter the eCommerce and technology industry.

“We desperately need more women in tech.  Less than 7% of tech positions in Europe are filled by women and yet there is evidence that suggests that diverse R&D and Management teams lead to greater creativity and improved decisions.”

Click here to nominate an amazing woman today and raise money for Girls Inc. 

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Are you looking to commission a new eCommerce site?

Are you looking to commission a new eCommerce site?

Are you looking to commission a new eCommerce site?
Posted by Sarah Willcocks, Screen Pages on 22/10/2018
Are you unhappy with your current website or not getting the service you want from your current supplier? Whether you are an MD, eCommerce Manager, Marketing Director or Business Owner, choosing the right platform and agency could make the difference between the success or failure of your online business.
At Screen Pages, we have helped over 300 companies build their brands online and as a result, have seen it all.

We don’t pretend to have all the answers, but we can help you to avoid some common mistakes and misapprehensions when it comes to deciding what is right for your business.

Below is a list of the top 5 mistakes merchants make when commissioning a new site:-

 

1/ The cheaper, the better

 

Warren Buffett, who’s widely considered one of the greatest investors of all time, says that the most important thing when it comes to thinking about money is opportunity-cost.

If you have a certain budget for your new site you’ll need to allocate it in a number of different ways:-

  • Platform license fee
  • Design fees
  • Development fees
  • Project Management fees
  • Testing fees
  • Ongoing hosting and support fees

Often the instinct is to try and keep costs to a minimum by using choosing the cheaper options such as low cost platforms (Woo Commerce, Shopify, etc), agencies with low day rates, or cheap and cheerful hosting solutions.

It is easy to think that if you pay less for certain things, you will have more money left to spend on other things. However, are you going to get the best return on your investment if you do so, and is it going to cost you more in time and money in the longer run?

For example, if you hire the agency with the cheapest prices, is it going to take them longer to deliver results? Why are their day rates so cheap? Do they have the skills needed to do a professional job? Will your project be delivered late as a result and cost you money in lost sales?

Another thing merchants don’t consider when going the cheaper route is the value of their own time. Time is money so consider how much time you are going to have to spend on your project if you don’t make the right choices for your site.

The best example is Ikea. The reason they are able to charge so little for their furniture is they effectively pass on much of the work that other furniture manufacturers would do, to their customer.

Once you have chosen your new bed, you have to pick it, pack it, deliver it and assemble it yourself. Clever. In addition, most of us are not professional flatpack assemblers therefore the quality and the output is not going to be as good as it looks in the catalogue or showroom. How many times have you put the wrong screw in the wrong hole or found out that you don’t have the right tool to do the job properly?

It is precisely for this reason that a whole industry of services has grown up around Ikea that can provide you with anything from delivery/collection to assembly of their products. Ironically, by the time you have paid for the product and the services, Ikea furniture is not that good a deal anymore.

That metaphor applies to website design and build so make sure that you hire a professional agency that knows about user journeys, personas, conversion ratios, integration, security, performance, online marketing, etc. If the agency you choose does not have these skills, you are going to have to fill these gaps yourself or pay someone else to do so.

2/ Thinking you need to spend more for better quality

 

This is the exact opposite of mistake #1. Spoiler alert! What most people don’t realise is that all websites are made from the same stuff. On the front-end it’s all just CSS, HTML and JavaScript.

If you go to Apple.com, Facebook.com, Amazon.com, any website on the web, and you look at the source code, it’s just CSS, HTML and JavaScript. The HTML is the content, the CSS gives it design and structure, and the JavaScript gives it interactivity. That’s it.

A lot of people think they should hire a very large and expensive agency for their website because bigger means more successful and better right? Wrong. Bigger means bigger that’s all.

So, when you’re choosing an agency, the size of the agency is not what matters but the quality of their work is.

Do you like the quality of their portfolio? Have you taken references? What are their customers saying about them? Are they experts in their field?

For example, all Magento Solution Partners need to meet certain criteria to become a Magento partner. Make sure you choose a qualified and trained Magento Solution Partner but the biggest is not necessarily the best or right fit for you.

3/ Thinking you need an agency that is famous for design

 

The problem with this approach is that a lot of ‘designers’ are only concerned about the aesthetics of a site. Does it have that wow factor? Is it really cool? Is it trendy? All good stuff but not really the primary purpose of an eCommerce site.

If you’re running a commercial enterprise, the purpose of the website is to make money. And the only thing you should judge a website by is, ‘does it bring in more money?‘ Otherwise, what’s the point of getting it? Right?

What a professional agency does when working with clients is identify:

  • Who are the different types of people coming to the site?
  • What are they looking for?
  • What’s the next step that they want to take?
  • How can we get them to place an order?
  • How can we get them to come back again?

Defining those variables is the process for converting leads into customers.

And that’s marketing. At Screen Pages, we do marketing first and design second.

4/ Not taking into consideration how you will use the site once it’s built

 

Most people, when they’re buying the website only think about the front-end. They think about its appearance, and they don’t really think about the ease of use or the number of hours or frustration it would take to edit and update the site.

The usability of the website for you and your employees is a crucial consideration when choosing the right platform and agency.

At Screen Pages, we recommend Magento because it comes out of the box with rich, easy to use content management marketing and merchandising capabilities designed for merchants, not techies.

In addition, we design and build sites taking into consideration how they intend to be used moving forward to make the it easier for merchants to focus on the task of growing their traffic and orders.

So ask if you can look through the backend of one of their sites to see how easy it is for you to edit and update because that should definitely factor into your decision.

5/ Not doing your due diligence

 

Take references! Look them up on Google and LinkedIn. See what people are saying about them and if that resonates with you.

Check out their sites on mobile. Mobile is now the primary source of traffic for most eCommerce sites so their credentials and capabilities in this area are crucial.

Find out what kind of support they can give you after your site has been built. The reality is that you are going to want to change and update your site almost as soon as it has been built so you need to understand what kinds of services you can expect to receive going forward.

To conclude, choosing the right platform and agency is a difficult process but getting it right could save you a lot of money, sweat and tears in the long run. Start by choosing an agency you know has the right skills, expertise and approach.

If you choose the right agency, they will advise you on the best platform, hosting, support contract, etc to suit your business. If you choose the wrong agency, all of those decisions are at risk.

For more information and advice, give us a call on 01932 359160 or email us at info@screenpages.com

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Screen Pages launches Magento 2 site for Tria Beauty

Screen Pages launches Magento 2 site for Tria Beauty

Tria Beauty launches a new responsive Magento 2.1 website

Posted by Screen Pages on 26/06/2018

Tria Beauty Inc., renowned for its light based and laser skincare solutions that bring clinically proven technology into the home, announced today the launch of its new Magento 2 Commerce site at www.triabeauty.co.uk. The new website has been designed and developed by Screen Pages, the leading UK Magento Solution Partner.

Tria Beauty has been manufacturing at home laser skincare solutions since 2003. Today, 15 years later, Tria continues to innovate and delight customers by providing them with best of breed beauty treatments, which they can enjoy in the privacy of their own homes. The company exports to more than 35 countries and has become a favourite with discerning customers worldwide.

The new Magento Commerce 2 website’s capabilities include:

  • Premium mobile first design showcasing brand and products
  • PayPal for improved checkout conversion
  • Cybersource global payments
  • Yotpo for user generated contents, customer reviews and Q&A
  • Website country selector
  • Social sharing & login functionality
  • Skin tone/product match tool
  • Integration with AX systems for fulfilment and order status updates
  • Dotmailer integration
  • HubBox click and collect feature for customer convenience (not yet live)

The site was commissioned in the Autumn of 2017 and launched in early 2018.  Tria’s motivation behind building the new site was to push online sales of its laser skincare solutions.

About Tria Beauty

Tria Beauty, Inc. uses light to transform skin care, liberating women from endless and ineffective beauty regimes. Tria Beauty uses dermatologically approved  technologies to deliver results in the privacy and comfort of your own home and at a fraction of the cost. Tria’s portfolio of medical devices include the popular Hair Removal Laser 4X and Hair Removal Laser Precision, Age Defying Laser for treating multiple signs of facial ageing, new Age Defying Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser for treating eye wrinkles, and the new Positively Clear Acne Clearing Blue Light used to eliminate acne blemishes. Learn more about Tria Beauty devices and other skin care products by visiting https://www.triabeauty.co.uk/.

About Screen Pages

Screen Pages (http://www.screenpages.com) has provided eCommerce and related value-added marketing services to over 200 niche retailers and mail order companies since 1997. Its eCommerce approach blends creative, analytical, marketing and technical services designed to increase a brand’s sales online.

Contact: Sarah Willcocks, CEO, Screen Pages T: 01932 333 598 E: sarah@screenpages.com

“We are privileged to be working with Tria Beauty as it develops its fast growing online sales channel.”

Sarah Willcocks, CEO Screen Pages

“Tria Beauty wanted to build a long-term relationship with an eCommerce agency with a professional approach and a track record with premium brands such as ours. Screen Pages’ management, design & technical teams have been a pleasure to work with and we are very pleased with our new transactional website.”

Ivan Latter, Head of eCommerce at Tria Beauty UK

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Magento Opensource vs Magento Commerce

Magento Opensource vs Magento Commerce

Magento Open Source vs Magento Commerce

Posted by Screen Pages on 24/05/18
Over the last decade, Magento has built up a formidable reputation as the most popular eCommerce platform in the world. In 2017, 31.4% of the top 100,000 websites ran on Magento. Roughly 300,000 companies worldwide run their sites on Magento.
Magento has become the go-to option for flexible, affordable eCommerce deployments, and is dominating the platform market not only in sales but with leader status in both the Gartner Magic Quadrant and the newly-formed Forrester mid-size B2B report.

As a solution partner operating a dedicated Magento practice none of this comes as a surprise to Screen Pages. We’ve been developing Magento sites with high conversion ratios since 2009 for leading brands such as Loake Shoes, Micro Scooters and the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

Magento is currently available to merchants in three ways:

  • Open Source Edition (formerly Community): a free version of the platform that offers access to a huge ecosystem of feature extensions.
  • Commerce Edition (formerly split into Enterprise): a licensed version allowing larger businesses access to a wider range of built in features and functions which is highly scalable and easy to deploy.
  • Cloud Edition: Magento Commerce hosted by Magento at Amazon Web Services
    With Magento Version 2.2.4 launched just last week, we asked ourselves: What are the key differences and how do you know which is the right one for your business?

Magento Open Source Edition

Previously known as Magento Community, Magento Open Source Edition is the free open source Magento platform that started life back in 2008. Magento supported and invested in this version until November 2015, when Magento 2 was launched. Version 2 was completely re-engineered from the ground up. Available for everyone to download, install and extend, users are free to make configuration adjustments to the software to meet their specific needs, unlike a SaaS model that locks you into a given software roadmap.

For a developing business or a startup, the Open Source Edition’s ease of use and straightforward management provides a great introduction and allows merchants to spin up an eCommerce web store quickly.

The vast community of developers who work with Magento Open Source is consistently developing new extensions that add new functionality to an already impressive base feature set.

Magento Commerce Edition
Commerce refers to both an instance-based Enterprise-level platform which can be hosted on prem or in the cloud and Magento’s own Cloud Commerce offering.

The Commerce Edition is much more than simply a licensed edition of Magento OpenSource. Although built on the same code stack, the Magento Commerce platform is generally used by larger companies with higher throughputs of customer traffic / larger product catalogs / wider global presence / greater business complexity.

With a set of handy configurable features to ensure an optimal customer experience, some of the additional benefits of Commerce are:

  • Magento Technical Support
  • Magento Dedicated Account Management

*Note: Screen Pages Managed Service and dedicated Account Management are available for both Editions.

Features Open Source Commerce
License Costs Free Revenue based license cost (tiered)
Responsive Ecomm website (Global capability)
Promotions Engine / Product & Catalog Mgt
Checkout, Payment & Shipping
Site management (admin)
ElasticSearch
Bluefoot CMS in 2.2
Content Staging & Preview
OOTB B2B Functionality (in v2.2)
Full Page Caching
Customer Segmentation
Abandoned Cart Emails
Rewards Programs
Return and Exchange Rules
Gift Wrapping
Wishlist and Gift Registry
Gift Cards
Store Credit
Magento Shipping
Magento Social
Amazon Pay
Klarna Payments
Vertex Sales Tax Calculator
Dotmailer for Automated Email Marketing
Instant Purchase Checkout
Signifyd Fraud Protection
At a fundamental level the codebase for both Editions is the same, however certain features are only available in the Commerce edition (Note: the above are some of the key features, but please contact Screen Pages for a more comprehensive list).
Conclusion

The decision as to whether to use Magento Open Source or Commerce boils down to the specifics of your business and your overall digital strategy. Every merchant has their own wishlist and requirements when it comes to their brand, and the key to choosing the right platform depends on a number of factors. Screen Pages can help you make the right decision based on your current and future requirements.

We understand that a broader feature set and scalability are extremely important to get the most out of your online presence, but equally we understand that the ability to put a cost-effective Opensource solution live extremely quickly brings major benefits of its own.

Indeed, the power of Magento lies in the great inherent flexibility of the platform; flexibility that means that Magento is capable of doing just about anything you can think of – and that experts such as Screen Pages can leverage to produce a solution unique to your needs. Having delivered solutions for our clients using both Opensource and Commerce, we have found that either can be used to build an effective eCommerce platform.

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