Most Popular BBQs this Summer

It looks like it’s going to be a hot, fun and tasty summer. At least to judge from the interest in Barbeques among Kiwis recently.

BBQ Grill
Photo: BBQ grill

Increased interest for BBQs

There has been an uptake in searches related to BBQs on PriceMe starting this spring and early summer. We compared the number of searches for BBQs on PriceMe during the period 1st Oct – 21st Dec 2015 compared to the same period last year, and found that Continue reading

Fun Gift Ideas for Christmas

Looking for some fun during Christmas? Then we have compile a list of four useful products for you.

UE Boom

Logitech UE Boom 2Do you remember the old days when you had to carry around your often bulky music gear? The latest generation portable speakers connect over the air using Bluetooth technology to your smart phone and other devices. It’s bound to be noisy on the beach this Christmas! The best selling speakers are Logitech’s Ultimate Ears UE Boom 2 and UE MegaBoom. These speakers aren’t cheap ($260-$350), so think twice before making a purchase.

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Share your Christmas wish list on Facebook

Have you already decided what you wish for Christmas? Then create a wish list on PriceMe and share your it with your friends on Facebook.

Here’s how to create and share a list in a few simple steps:

  • Login to PriceMe
  • Visit the products that you want to add to your list.
  • Click the ‘Add to list‘ button on any product page.

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  • Expand ‘My List‘ tab (lower left corner).

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Indicative shipping

Shipping fees often vary quite a lot between retailers.

Some retailers opt for simplicity by offering free shipping for all products or a fixed amount (for example $5.99). In these cases, it’s straightforward for PriceMe to display the exact shipping fee next to the price. Other retailers, however, employ more complex calculation methods where the shipping is based on weight or location or some combination of the two. In these cases, it’s more difficult to estimate and display shipping. We, therefore, decided to at least display the indicative shipping fee where possible instead of just omitting  shipping, since consumers quickly are able to determine which shipping fee that applies.

Mouse over on the shipping trucks with a blue information ‘i’, and you’ll see the indicative shipping for the product.

indicative shipping

We’re often using the following abbreviations:

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Retailer tips for boosting online sales in November and December

Last month we listed six sales tips for October. Here’s the second part with six additional tips for retailer on how to increase  November and December Christmas sales.

Tip # 7   Register Your Business for Click Monday

Click Monday is NZ’s busiest one-day online event that helps drive thousands of sales to over a hundred NZ retailer’s online stores. If you’re looking for extra sales and profile – this is a great marketing opportunity.
When: 23rd November   Contact: www.clickmonday.co.nz

Tip # 8   Can You Offer Bundles, Packages or Gift Sets?

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October Christmas Shopping Tips for Retailers

It’s time to start putting in place some strategies to ramp up your Christmas sales campaigns. We’ve put together a calendar with a list of useful tips to help you make more online sales this Summer and Christmas season. Here are six tips for October.

Tip # 1   FAQ’s

Does your website have a list of FAQ’s to help answer your customers questions? This can help you save human resources answering phones and handling enquiries, which can allow you to focus more on sales and customer service.

Tip # 2   Your Monthly Budgets on Comparison Shopping Sites

Check your merchant accounts to ensure your monthly budget doesn’t run out for paid search and comparison shopping sites. This can lead to your online store losing valuable prospective customers at the busiest time of the year.

Tip # 3   Promote Your Summer Merchandise

Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner, and NOW is a great time to begin promoting products that will be popular with the arrival of the warmer weather. If you sell BBQ’s, lawnmowers, camping or hiking gear, fishing and watersports, outdoor games, fitness equipment and outdoor furniture etc – work out some compelling promotion to entice customers into your store or website.
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Site improvements

We recently released a new version of PriceMe.

Here are some highlights of the new release:

  • Users can select more than one attribute value to filter on. For example, both Sony and LG products can be viewed when browsing LCD TVs.

Multiple brands selection

  • Improved compare page including price graph, more data and the ability to add products to the current comparison without leaving the page.

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  • Added images to the search suggestion. The suggestions now also expand across the entire width of the page.

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2015 PriceMe Online Shopping Survey Results

The growth of online shopping by Kiwis has been a constant feature of the overall retail landscape for some years now, and it appears there are no signs of it slowing down. The recent survey of 725 shoppers that use comparison shopping site PriceMe provides some great news for retailers,  indicating there’s still significant growth opportunities in the online and mobile commerce space, and that the majority of NZ consumers want to support local retailers.

Comparison Shopping

There’s been an increase in the number of shoppers using comparison shopping websites to research products and prices prior to purchase. Just over 58% of survey respondents confirmed they used a comparison shopping site within the last week, and 89% of those shoppers who clicked through to purchase a product that best suited their budget or need, did so with a NZ retailer. Continue reading