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Trying to work out how to acquire more customers? Need to improve customer retention? Or just looking for some reassurance you’re on the right track? That’s what the eCommerce MasterPlan is here for. Every week we interview an e-Commerce business person (owner, manager or marketer) with a fascinating insight into successful online retailing. Their business might be a UK mail order retailer, an online only store for Australia, or a brick and clicks business from the USA – but every one of them is doing something we can all learn from. Listen for advice on what to do next, reassurance you’re heading in the right direction and all the inspiration you need to grow your eCommerce business without losing your life in the process!

Trying to work out how to acquire more customers? Need to improve customer retention? Or just looking for some reassurance you’re on the right track? That’s what the eCommerce MasterPlan is here for. Every week we interview an e-Commerce business person (owner, manager or marketer) with a fascinating insight into successful online retailing. Their business might be a UK mail order retailer, an online only store for Australia, or a brick and clicks business from the USA – but every one of them is doing something we can all learn from. Listen for advice on what to do next, reassurance you’re heading in the right direction and all the inspiration you need to grow your eCommerce business without losing your life in the process!
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Trying to work out how to acquire more customers? Need to improve customer retention? Or just looking for some reassurance you’re on the right track? That’s what the eCommerce MasterPlan is here for. Every week we interview an e-Commerce business person (owner, manager or marketer) with a fascinating insight into successful online retailing. Their business might be a UK mail order retailer, an online only store for Australia, or a brick and clicks business from the USA – but every one of them is doing something we can all learn from. Listen for advice on what to do next, reassurance you’re heading in the right direction and all the inspiration you need to grow your eCommerce business without losing your life in the process!

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Episodes

154: Christine Nicholson explains why and how she closed eCommerce subscription business Divine Legs

4/15/2018
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Occasionally I have a guest back on the show to update us on how things are going – today we have a repeat guest. Christine Nicholson of Divine Legs (Tights subscription business) was my guest back in episode 103. Back then the business was 9 months old, and Christine took us through how she’d launched and achieved 100 orders in the first 100 days. In November 2017 Divine Legs reached 15 months old, and despite continuing to grow Christine made the decision to shut it down. Never an easy...

Duration:00:33:14

153: Product Packaging to get into the retail store, and bought by the customer. With Greg Corey

4/8/2018
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Greg Corey earnt his retail stripes with 10 years at Home Depot – and for the last 15 years has been running marketing agency Porchlight. Porchlight full service – so Greg gets the whole marketing mix, but today we’re going to be focusing on point of sale – how you get customers to take your product off the physical shelf (in your stores, and others), plus the power of product packaging! A subject that does not get enough air time.

Duration:00:34:39

152: South American eCommerce Pierre Larose of Calca Thai: delivery, virtual team, localisation

4/1/2018
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Pierre Larose is the founder of Calca Thai who sell Thai pants in Brazil and beyond. He launched the business 3 years ago, with zero experience of fashion or retail, and has already built it to over £250k annual turnover. We discuss how and why he's expanded internationally; why he ships the product from Thailand, and has absorbed the delivery costs into the product price. We also get into how he manages his virtual team of 13 who are scattered all over the world. This episode is packed...

Duration:00:34:27

151: Capitalising on opportunity by being EVERYWHERE - Jane Mason of Natural Birthing Company

3/25/2018
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Jane Mason is the Managing Director at Natural Birthing Company. An award winning range of natural products designed by midwives to soothe the journey from bump to baby. Selling both direct to customers via their website, and to many retailers including UK high street giants Holland & Barrett and Boots. They launched in 2014 and grew 60% in the last year, and are aiming for a £500k turnover in the coming year. We discuss her focus on the customers, the happy accident that led to her...

Duration:00:36:26

150-5: Takeaways from Internet Retailing Expo 2018 Brand Alley, Vodafone, SEO, B2B eCommerce

3/23/2018
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This week our host Chloe Thomas was chairing the Internet Retailing Expo 2018. Here's her takeaways of the key learnings for the smaller retailer.

Duration:00:28:12

150: Content marketing with Jacqueline Parisi of Hello Fresh - we dive into blogs, quizzes, & KPIs

3/18/2018
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Jacqueline Parisi is a Copywriter at the American arm of meal kit company Hello Fresh. One of her core responsibilities is to write and post 3 blogs a week – including getting them ready AND tracking the KPIs (that’s key performance indicators / results), as well as email copy, product copy and more. She also works with the American and global teams on a range of other written content. Including developing the official editorial style guide for the USA team, to ensure consistent brand...

Duration:00:38:24

149-5: Takeaways from Retail Without Borders Marketplaces, China, Japan, Porter Erisman & Alibaba

3/16/2018
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Yesterday our host Chloe Thomas attended Europe's largest dedicated marketplaces event - Retail Without Borders. Listen for her takeaways on the future of eCommerce, emerging markets, China, Tmall, Taoboa and more.

Duration:00:27:45

149: Jacq Jones of sex toy retailer Sugar joins us to discuss integration and business mission

3/11/2018
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Jacq Jones is the owner and sex educator at Sugar - a lesbian owned, multi-gender operated, for profit, mission driven sex toy store providing education and toys. Sugar is a bricks and clicks business based in Baltimore USA; they launched in 2007 and have seen up to 20% growth each year since launch.

Duration:00:27:04

148: The power of Collaboration with the founder of The Bias Cut, premium fashion for the older lady

3/4/2018
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Jacynth Basset is the founder of The Bias Cut, the first online premium fashion boutique that truly celebrates style at every age. They launched the blog July 2015, and the retail side in March 2016 and now are growing at 100% year on year. We talk about the power of JVs (partnerships or collaborations), how find them and make them work. We also discuss the importance of research and listening to your customers to futher the growth of your business.

Duration:00:31:17

147: To 1,000 orders per month in year 1; events, networking, and Instagram. Paws with Opulence

2/25/2018
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Simone Taylor is founder and CEO of Paws with Opulence, selling handmade luxury dog collars and leads – perfect for the ultra-pampered pooch. They launched in December 2016 with 200 orders in the month, and after just one year of trading have hit the 1,000 order mark! A Prince's Trust ambassador we discuss Instagram, positioning, Squarespace, Zapier, gift fairs, and networking.

Duration:00:30:36

146: Content marketing and Facebook Ads with influencer turned eCommerce business Sweet Hearts Hair

2/14/2018
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Alan Belshaw is the Managing Director of Sweet Hearts Hair, a hair design company who provide both tutorials and the products to create the right look. They launched in Sept 2015 and now doing £250k per year growing 86% year on year. We talk content marketing, being an influencer, Facebook Ads and much more.

Duration:00:32:20

145: Nic Haralambous - email marketing, getting focused in 2018, and when it's good to cut back

2/9/2018
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Nic Haralmbous is the founder of South African bricks and clicks retailer and style company Nic Harry. Nic launched the business in 2012 focusing on socks, and now turnovers almost $1m per year. And have also just gone through a restructuring process to reduce the number of physical stores and team members. We discuss cutting back on retail space, the power of email marketing, growing the relationship with your best customers, influencer marketing, and much more!

Duration:00:32:44

144: Achieve launch and 50% growth with product passion, Facebook and video - Bombtech Golf $7m t/o

2/2/2018
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Sully is the CEO and founder of Bombtech Golf. The business launched in 2012 and now turns over $7million a year, growing 50% year on year. We talk through how he created the product, and the business. How he does all that with just 4 team members, and working 20 hours a week. Plus much much more!

Duration:00:43:21

143: Retail Customer Experience Guru Cliff Crosbie, ex Nike, Apple, IKEA. Online CX, & emotions

1/24/2018
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Cliff Crosbie is Co Founder and CXO at Emrays, where he works on calculating emotions… and Chief Retail Officer at Performance Solutions where he helps retailers deliver the best customer experience. I saw Cliff speak at 2017’s Internet Retailing Conference (I mentioned his session in the takeaways – episode 123-5 and I knew I had to get him on the show for this eCommerce Growth Series, both for the exciting work he’s currently doing and because of his impressive retail pedigree. Cliff has...

Duration:00:38:46

142: Affiliate Marketing: are performance partnerships part of your plan? w/ Author Robert Glazer

1/19/2018
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Robert Glazer is the founder of Acceleration Partners, and author of “Performance partnerships: The Checkered past, Changing Present and Exciting Future of Affiliate Marketing”. Robert has been a leader in the affiliate industry for over a decade. You may remember I went to PI Live last year to swot up on Affiliate marketing – and attending the conference reminded me what a powerful marketing method affiliate marketing can be, when done right. It’s a topic we don’t often get into on the...

Duration:00:34:29

141: Amazon. How do you make it successful? top 50 Global Seller Jamie Davidson AMZ Insiders

1/19/2018
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Jamie Davidson is the co-founder of AMZ Insiders, where he and his team focus on helping new sellers launch their own successful Amazon businesses. He also manages over $60million in sales on Amazon and $10m on other marketplace platforms, making Jamie a top 50 global seller on Amazon. Working out your marketplace play for 2018 should be a part of all your planning this month – which is why I’ve invited Jamie on the show – to help you work out the role Amazon might have in your business,...

Duration:00:34:41

140: $1m 1-person company: author Elaine Pofeldt explains how to build a huge 1-person business

1/12/2018
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Elaine Pofeldt is a journalist who has contributed to Forbes.com, CNBC, INC, and Money Magazine among others and is the author of the brilliant “The Million-Dollar, One-person Business: Make Great Money, Work the way you like, have the life you want”. It’s brand new (published at the start of this month), and all about scaling revenue without scaling staff. I was introduced to Elaine last year by past podcast guest, funnel genius, and example in the book - Dan Faggella (episode 108), who...

Duration:00:37:34

139: How would you recover from being liquidated by the tax man? Adam built 3 new eCommerce sites

1/12/2018
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Adam Watson joins us to discuss his 16 years of ecommerce and retail experience. Including how he's bounced back after discovering an accounting error of epic proportions in June 2016, He took the opportunity of liquidation to build a new business that's stronger and already turning over £450,000 per year. On the show he discusses what he's learnt over the years, how everything came tumbling down, and how he's built the new business. This is a show PACKED with tips and advice, and some big...

Duration:00:33:23

138: How to buy an eCommerce business with Empire Flippers' Justin Cooke

1/5/2018
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Justin Cooke is the CMO and founder of Empire Flippers. So as well knowing a whole heap about buying and selling eCommerce businesses, he also knows a ton about sales funnels and marketing automation. Empire Flippers launched in 2012 after they’d had 2 years successfully building and selling their own websites, and have now helped people buy and sell over $26million dollars worth of online businesses. We catch up with him to discuss buying an eCommerce business, what's currently trending...

Duration:00:38:08

137: Subscription eCommerce: expert Jon Butt shares his experience of launching a subscription biz

1/5/2018
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Jon Butt was last on the show in episode 73, when he came on to talk about his multi-million pound B2B eCommerce business Fire Protection Online. The business Jon’s here to talk about today couldn’t be more different. It’s B2C, a much lower AOV, it’s a food product, and it’s a subscription business! In 2017 Jon and his son Harvey launched Blue Coffee Box, a ground coffee discovery box. As we record they’re just starting month 4, and are on the cusp of their 100th subscriber. I’m really...

Duration:00:42:19

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