A Complete Guide to Nashville Ecommerce Development

You may be asking how Nashville ecommerce development is different than any other ecommerce development…and to be honest, it’s not.

But we are based in Nashville, and what can we say? We love it! Not only is it a great place to live, but it is a great place to base your business. So, as big supporters of the business and startup ecosystem here, we wanted to show our local businesses some love.MC-Nash Ecomm Dev Blog Illustration-BWC_02-02

And make sure to check out this highlight of the top 11 ecommerce businesses based in Nashville.

Whether you are a 100 million dollar ecommerce company or a new business just starting out, this guide will give you valuable tips and resources to grow and improve your business. Just scan for the tips that apply to where your business is and check out the resources.

1. Getting Started Launching Your Ecommerce Business

When you’re just starting out, the most important things to focus on are your brand and your product.

First you need to know who you are as a company and why you do what you do. It’s important to have a compelling story behind your company both internally and when presenting yourself to your audience.

Second, you need to have a great product. If you don’t have a product that your audience will truly love, you won’t last very long out there in this day and age.


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2. Building Your Ecommerce Site

MC-Nash Ecomm Dev Blog Illustration-BWC_02-03So it’s time to build your ecommerce site, which means you need to decide on a platform and a partner to help you build it. Don’t just default to the first platform you’ve heard of or the first partner that crosses your path. It is important to investigate each platform and partner to make sure that you can accomplish the site that you want.

This is especially important if you have anything different about your sales process. Most platforms will work for your standard ecommerce store, but if you have subscriptions, unique billing requirements, digital products, membership rules, etc. it’s important to dig a bit deeper to find the platform and partner that are right for you.


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3. Creating Your Ecommerce Marketing Strategy

The tendency is for business to jump straight into marketing activities. They want to start running Facebook ads and PPC campaigns straight out the gate. But planning is everything. In order to be successful in online marketing, you have to create and follow a well-developed strategy.

It’s important to first decide on specific business goals for your marketing in terms of revenue or traffic and then back out of those goals in order to determine what levers to pull and what channels to use in order to reach them. Layer who your target customer is on top of that and choose your channels and messaging based on where they are and what they care about.


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4. Optimizing Your Ecommerce Site

You’ve already invested money to get traffic to your website. So your best opportunity is to optimize your site in order to convert this traffic. This is often the lowest hanging fruit in order to increase your revenue.

As you optimize your site, every marketing campaign you run, every thing that you do to drive traffic to your site becomes more effective. That’s why we focus on this a lot with our clients.


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5. Tracking for Success: Metrics & Analytics

If you didn’t track it, it didn’t happen. At least that’s what we say around the office. Tracking your ecommerce site and all of your marketing allows you to see what is working and what is not working at a deep level. This is essential.

Otherwise, your site performance may have improved 1 month, but do to what? And if you can’t answer that question in detail, then you can’t replicate that success. You won’t know how to do it again, so you are essentially flying blind. Instead, track everything so that you know how to replicate your success when it comes and can build a formula for success going forward.


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6. Growing Your Ecommerce Site

Once you have this functioning ecommerce ecosystem, it’s time to take it to the next level. Start thinking about additional ways to add value to your customers. This could mean adding additional products or services that complement your existing product line or creating quality content to educate customers on how to better use and enjoy your product to name a few. You know your customers well by this point, so what do they want? What would make them even happier with your brand?

And if you don’t know, just ask them!


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7. Rinse and Repeat

This guide is not a step by step guide that is over one you finish step 7. It is more of a cycle. You need to be constantly revisiting each of these steps in order to ensure a successful ecommerce business in the long run.

Here are some some case studies and examples from some of the best online and from our own work.


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Case Studies:

Groove Life
Lolli and Pops
Pioneer Woman


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