Ecommerce software helps to administer all elements of an online store including adding or removing products, managing inventory, determining taxes and other factors required to fulfill orders for a website. The system usually has a user-friendly interface that can be managed easily even by lay users to handle the complex procedures of their eCommerce operation. Despite its ease of use, the solution is in fact intricate and versatile.
The key function of eCommerce software is to provide everything you need to run your online store. You can integrate the product with other services such as 3PL, ERP, and accounting software as well as with social media channels like Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest to automate sharing of data.
Benefits of eCommerce software include simplified marketing, automation of shipping and taxes, product management, customer and order management, and enhanced overall user experience. Many physical stores have taken to eCommerce to enhance their brand and reach more customers. They can thus use online channels to demonstrate and market their services or products, and improve their sales and revenue.
To select a suitable SaaS vendor you need to consider important criteria such as privacy and security, support and service, and transparency.
Find out if the vendor can be trusted with data security and privacy. Do they have procedures in place to safeguard your private information and data? Find about the security procedures they use. This is an important feature of a SaaS application that cannot be over-emphasized.
It is important that the provider offers reliable support to resolve any issues quickly. Ask your potential vendors the following questions: Do they provide consulting and training services to help your employees to utilize the solution effectively? Do they have an online support center that has valuable articles and training materials? What channels of support do they provide? Do they monitor concerns till they are resolved? Is customer satisfaction measured?
Does the SaaS vendor conduct their business in a transparent and open manner? You can find out by asking them for references you can contact. Talk to existing customers of the software to know about the quality of service provided. Does the vendor make public the algorithms they use in the program? Ask these queries to find a SaaS vendor whom you can trust with your confidential customer and business data.
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Main Functionality – rates the software’s ability to meet its main promise or USP.
Customization - Rates the software’s customization tools that allow the business to match the software’s functions to the business’ specific processes and current needs. Tools to watch include: custom reports; custom fields; custom business processes; logo insertions; and color palette choice.
Collaboration Features – rates the software’s functionalities that allow team members to work together, share documents, ideas and best practices. Includes tools such as: communication platforms (IM chat, VoIP, email, social media, phone); real-time features; attachment and association capabilities; and automatic task and contact associations.
Integration – rates the ability of the software to assimilate third-party applications and formats, especially popular productivity tools like Google Apps, Microsoft Office and Outlook and proprietary email apps. Also include connector apps that integrate the software to even more apps and APIs that allow developers to integrate their own apps to the software. May also include integration to older versions of the software.
Mobility – rates if the software has a mobile platform and which mobile OS it supports. Attributes to watch include: apps for iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry; mobile browser version; and specific mobile modules.
Ease-of-use – rates the level of difficulty in learning and using the software. Features to watch include: self-help tutorials; quick lookups; dashboard; drag-and-drop tools; intuitive behavior; search and data retrieval; formats and templates; and steps to perform a task.
Help & Support – rates the level of technical and customer support by vendor. Attributes to measure include: live support (chat); tickets; free and freemium support services; knowledge base support (PDF, recorded webinars, forum); and paid support plans.
Security – rates the software’s security infrastructure including the following features: enable/disable data access; password encryption; data backup; and official seals from reputable organizations that vouch for the software’s security.
Media Rating - averages the ratings by major review sites, such as: CNET, Gartner Vendor, MacWorld and PCMag.
We use our behavior-based Customer Satisfaction Algorithm™ to gather customer reviews, comments and opinions across a wide range of social media sites to help you make an informed buying decision.
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Our algorithm performs a wide-spectrum scan through all the most popular social media as well as blogs and websites to find customer reviews relevant to a specific product.
The behavior-based system collects all reviews that discuss a selected product filtering out comments and posts that do not feature a customer’s opinion about the product.
All gathered customer reviews are processed with a set of filters to extract key data from each review relevant to customer’s satisfaction including: detailed keywords analysis, social response signals and various meta data.
Collected data about users’ experience with the product are thoroughly analyzed using an algorithm that evaluates each processed factor as either positive or negative response from the customer.
After all partial data are analyzed and evaluated the system assigns a single customer satisfaction score to a product. It allows our users an easy and quick access to information on how many clients are satisfied with a product at the moment.