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Mysteries of the Wireless Pricing Puzzle

As wireless providers search for the right mix of services to spawn a boom in mobile commerce, they also must develop a data pricing strategy that clicks with customers. According to Yankee Group research director Adam Zawel, the practice of charging based on bytes or kilobytes of data baffles many ...

Battle of the Online Payment Systems

Credit cards remain the predominant mode of payment in e-commerce, but other online transaction methods have entered the market in recent years. According to experts, mediated payment services are particularly successful when used at online auction sites, and the clear winner in serving this mark...

Instant Messaging: The Next E-Commerce Channel

Instant messaging (IM) can help e-commerce sites capture potential sales, but cost, service and technological hurdles must be cleared before IM can have a major impact, according to analysts. "Web sites have horrible problems with shopping cart abandonment rates. Having instant messaging, in many...

Biting the B2B Merger Bullet

E-commerce mergers and acquisitions may not grab much attention, but experts say the B2B sector could see its share of consolidation in the coming months. Experts predict that a still-tough economy could spur some big players to give themselves an edge by acquiring the service capabilities of sma...

The Devious Traps of Web Comparison Shopping

Experts have a message for undecided shoppers who think a single comparison Web site will give them all the information they need to choose from among a dizzying array of options: Keep looking. Because of comparison sites' various agendas -- not to mention wide variations in their ability to deli...

Invisible Cash: The Secret Life of Online Money

In the realm of e-commerce, credit cards rule. But the distant relationship between buyer and merchant, combined with the anonymity enjoyed by potential wrongdoers, makes the processing job tougher than it would be for a brick-and-mortar purchase. That is why invisible investigators and bouncers ...

Battle of the E-Commerce Systems

Microsoft and Oracle find themselves butting heads in a number of high-tech arenas, but the software giants have both managed to carve out a sizable presence in the e-commerce sector. But as both look to broaden their clientele, analysts said the two could clash with more frequency, battling to capt...

Sultans of E-Commerce Security

With new threats constantly cropping up -- ranging from hacking threats to new viruses and identity thievery -- the number of security companies getting into the game also has been rising steadily. "There are so many things to look into, because there are so many areas for vulnerability," Giga In...

How Small Players Can Win Big Online

Size matters a lot in the world of brick-and-mortar commerce. But online commerce in many ways is a great equalizer, and experts say small players can stay in the game -- and score some niche victories -- by using the same tools and strategies available to entrenched combatants. "Make sure you ha...

The Problem of Fighting Spam

Despite numerous legislative, consumer and technological efforts to weed it out, experts say spam e-mail continues to proliferate, sparking increasing user irritation in the process. "There is now 16 times as much spam on the Internet as there was just two years ago," Gartner vice president Joyce...

Building an E-Commerce Site for Under $1,000

Small-business entrepreneurs looking to make a splash on the Web need not drown in massive site construction costs. According to experts, if site builders are willing to start out with a no-frills approach, they can keep costs below US$1,000. "Your best bet is to pick those sites and products tha...

Whatever Happened to the E-Commerce Wow! Factor?

In its infancy, e-commerce disappointed merchants and investors who staked millions on the notion that it would somehow change the world forever. But e-commerce has grown up, and experts say it is making solid contributions to society. "There was so much negative hype in 2001 about the Net that e...

What Sells Best on the Internet

Many lessons can be learned from the merchants that hawk the best-selling products in e-commerce. Among other things, experts said, top sellers offer goods that are easy to ship; they successfully separate the product from the buying process; and they allow comparison shopping across multiple cha...

Online Shopping and the Human Touch

As e-commerce companies continue to hone methods for reaching the masses, many are employing "page pushing," live chat and other interactive methods to give their sites a human touch. "The real value of live assistance is that it provides a way for the business to affect abandonment rates," Meta ...

Big Trouble for Little Online Stores

As brick-and-mortar retail chains and long-established catalog players grab a growing share of e-commerce sales, smaller online stores are finding themselves hard-pressed to stake and hold their claim to shoppers' dollars. Experts said small stores can stay in the game if they master such nicetie...

Life After Free: Search Engines Seek Cold, Hard Cash

To ensure long-term viability, search engine site operators need to offer a full, balanced complement of pay-to-use features, paid placements and paid advertising, analysts said. In addition, they must pull off this tricky balancing act while maintaining the trust of Web visitors. "All the indepe...

Are There Any E-Commerce Niches Left?

With online commerce maturing and its highlights and lowlights well documented, a clear picture has emerged of what works and what does not. "We've seen a ruthless winnowing out of the good ideas from the bad ideas," Giga Information Group e-business analyst Andrew Bartels told the E-Commerce Tim...

The Rise and Fall of the Online Mall

At one time, e-commerce retailers found it crucial to join one of the major online malls -- such as Yahoo! Shopping, Lycos or Excite -- if they wanted to have any chance of success. But times are changing as portal sites de-emphasize shopping and consumers find other ways to access their favorite...

The Incredibly Vulnerable Online Shopper

Although hack-fighting weapons constantly are being devised and made available, many sites are still too small to invest the time and money needed to install and maintain the latest security measures. But their lack of diligence could cost them more in the long run, according to experts. "For eve...

The Password Is … Confusion

Web users do not get loaded down with packages when they go from site to site, but they do lug some baggage in the form of passwords. Commerce and content sites increasingly ask visitors to log in with a password, taxing the memories of those who frequent multiple sites. "One of the biggest hindr...

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