We’re all in business to sell something, and ecommerce is always a requested topic when I talk to business owners in person, on Twitter, via Facebook or by email. We heard your request and we’ve updated the very popular post 49 E-Commerce & Shopping Carts for Small Business.
Jump to the end of this post if you don’t want some of the “how” we got here and what we’ve found that’s new and trendy…
What you’ll find in the updated post:
We looked at a few of the hottest new Facebook commerce applications or ecommerce apps that work well on Facebook. Some of the ecommerce providers already listed here are keen to showcase that they “get” Facebook. (BigCommerce notably has it right on their home page.) I asked my friend and Facebook expert Mari Smith for some Facebook suggestions and she shared ShopTab, Payvment, Ecwid, and TabJuice (links in full list post).
Whether you call it social commerce, Facebook ecommerce, social shopping or some other hip term, there is no doubt that shopping and recommendations are going to continue to be a hot area for business and consumers.
Just take a look at Zaarly, which is not technically a shopping cart, but is leveraging the power of social media and connecting you with the people near you who might want to buy or sell a product or service. The point is, shopping and commerce are changing, and some of the tools in our updated ecommerce and shopping cart application list might help you manage that change.
We also found just a handful of mobile commerce applications that looked promising. As with social, the same idea holds true – lots of ecommerce providers have a mobile solution of some sort. We found that Square (photo above), Intuit and mShopper were particularly interesting. Many banks and financial institutions are building mobile apps that can help you as both a consumer and a vendor or merchant.
Finally, while the Amazon and eBay marketplaces provide an easy way for people to get into selling, I couldn’t help but be amazed at the niche marketplaces cropping up. They aren’t ecommerce solutions, per se, but they did impress me. Consider them a bonus! If you are an artisan or have a unique niche, sites like Etsy, ArtFire, Supermarket and eCrater are a must visit. If you make or sell a food item, check out Foodoro or Foodzie.
Full disclosure: There are many other apps that didn’t make the list because they don’t make it easy on the small business owner for various reasons. They don’t reveal pricing or force you to call a sales rep in order to get a basic question answered. That’s unacceptable in my book, so I don’t include them. You have more than enough to manage in your small, but growing business. Providers that make it easy are the ones that win our loyalty.
Hat tip and thanks to ZippyCart.com, which reviews and compares ecommerce solutions on its site. While I didn’t include eBay-specific shopping carts, there were a number of them listed at the Ecommerce Guide.
Read the new updated Ecommerce & Shopping Cart Applications List Post. You’ll find the new information right at the beginning.