eCommerce Fuel

We all want our business to go well, but what happens if business goes too well? Today Kaevon Khoozani, founder of BellsOfSteel.com joins the show to discuss how he handled a 10x growth spurt in a short period of time, how to think about pricing when demand is soaring, and what to do when you hit peak madness in your business.

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Have you been hoping to boost productivity in your business? Maybe you are looking for some help executing a project? Today I have my project manager (PM), Jessie, joining the show to discuss what a good project manager does, how a PM can help you boost productivity and free up your time, and how you can bring one into your company.

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Do you have a clear idea of what success looks like for your business? For Rob Walling, co-founder of TinySeed and founder of Drip, it was not as simple as he first thought. Today he joins the show to discuss the sacrifices he made for success, as well as what went on behind the scenes of selling his business.

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Casey Cutsail of OnSchedge.com has been in the eCommerce game since he was 16, and he has a lot of knowledge to share about selling online through multiple platforms. In this episode, he opens up about his experience using crowdfunding to launch his product, how he came up with the idea for Schedge, and lots more.

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This summer the eCommerceFuel team did something we've been planning for over a year:  we all took a month-long sabbatical.  In today's episode we talk about how we made it work from a logistical standpoint, what we learned from our month away and how we'll do things differently next time.

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Lindsay Hagerman discusses how she was able to build a thriving B2B business at RainCaper.com through tradeshows, geographical reps who work on commission and more.

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Bryan Croft shares how he buys brick and mortar businesses exclusively for their loyal customers and transitions the revenue to his 100% online business, HCBrands.com.

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Bryan Croft shares how he's hired, incentivized and grown a leadership team that allows him to focus exclusively on culture and vision for his $20+ million company, HCBrands.com

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Hilary Halstead Scott shares how their grant program has helped Halstead Bead build inbound links, traffic, industry authority and more. We also chat about her sales tax advocacy efforts and where reform progress stands today.

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Web Smith of 2PM joins me to discuss founding Mizzen + Main, dealing with burnout, how Community is the future of eCommerce, why Nike is FAR superior to Reebok and how he curates one of the top newsletters in the space.

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Today we have Michael Jamin's top-rated talk from ECF Live on how to tell your brand story in an entertaining and compelling way that will make you more money. Michael has a lot of experience writing in Hollywood—most notably for King of the Hill—and he is incredibly hilarious and well-spoken. Listen in to hear his take on what it takes to up your marketing game.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2YkMUTv 

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Terrell and Penny Miller are the founders of CattleMax.com, a company designed to cut record-keeping time for farmers and ranchers. Today they join the show to discuss how they have created a lifestyle that allows them to snowbird between Texas and Colorado, depending on the weather. Listen in as they share how they manage their real estate when migrating between the two states, their pro tips on dealing with home-schooling, and more.

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Shopify Partners Up with Walmart, Facebook Tests Email Marketing Tools for Business Pages, Support for Magento 1.x Expiring This Month, J.P. Morgan Predicts 35-40% “long-term” eCommerce penetration, Jeff Bezos May Testify Before Congress For The First Time This Summer, and more.

You can see the full show notes for this episode at https://www.ecommercefuel.com/june-19-2020/ .

The News Cart features industry news, community discussions, compelling job opportunities, and interesting content around the web from the previous two weeks.

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Will Roman discusses how he's growing Chisos.com through in-person, grassroots marketing. We debate if it's possible to scale brand voice beyond the founder, highly effective SMS techniques for cart abandonment, pop-up shops, and – of course – why they only offer free shipping to Texans.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/3bSwZz7 

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U.S. small firms leave $150 billion in coronavirus stimulus untapped, ‘Digital by default’: Shopify is letting employees work from home permanently, Social media giants take different approaches to presidential messages, Amazon plans summer sale for June 22 to ‘jumpstart sales’ after coronavirus crunch, Slack partners up with Amazon, and more.

You can see the full show notes for this episode at https://www.ecommercefuel.com/june-5-2020/

The News Cart features industry news, community discussions, compelling job opportunities, and interesting content around the web from the previous two weeks.

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Derek Dodds is the CEO of Wave Tribe, a business on a mission to create an important relationship between sport and planet. Today he joins the show to discuss how he has managed to combine his passion for surfing with his work—something that doesn’t always go over well. Derek is an inspiring person and someone who has a lot of knowledge to give on the subject of standing by your values, so listen in to learn how to structure your weeks so you have a more balanced lifestyle between work and play.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/3cezpch 

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Shopify Announces Merchant Banking, Product Financing & More, Facebook and Instagram Roll Out Shops, Turning Business Profiles into Storefronts, Amazon Is Said To Be In Talks To Buy J.C. Penney, AMC’s stock soars after report Amazon held merger talks, Pepsi Launches DTC Sites for Pandemic Shoppers, and more.

You can see the full show notes for this episode at https://www.ecommercefuel.com/may-22-2020/

The News Cart features industry news, community discussions, compelling job opportunities, and interesting content around the web from the previous two weeks.

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One of the most widely installed, yet underutilized pieces of software in the online world is Google Analytics. As business owners, we all have it installed, but how often do you check that data and use it to make informed decisions in your business? Today I am going to be sharing the cringe-worthy mistakes I found in my Google Analytics account in the hopes that hearing this will inspire you to have a look into your account to tidy things up. Listen in if you want to avoid these easy-to-make mistakes so you can improve your business and ultimately make more money.

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Shopify Launches New Mobile Shopping App Dubbed ‘Shop’, Shopify Announces Strong Q1 Financial Results, House Judiciary Committee asks Jeff Bezos to testify about whether Amazon misled Congress, Amazon reports earnings, plans to spend all Q2 profits on coronavirus response, Alphabet stock rises more than 7% as ad slowdown turns out to be less than feared, and more.

You can see the full show notes for this episode at https://www.ecommercefuel.com/may-8-2020/

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It is becoming increasingly popular for food brands to sell directly to the consumer through online companies they have built from the ground up. But how do you continue to grow your independent food company without in-person advertisements? To help me dissect all the logistics of this complicated business, from distribution to advertisement, is the co-founder of MissionMeats.co, Peter Awad. If you have been curious about building a food brand online, be sure to tune in!

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2VO0Hkj 

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Shopify Reports Surging Volume for Stores via Twitter, Many Merchants Report Biggest Day EVER as Stimulus Checks Hit Accounts, Amazon Slashes Commission Rates for Affiliates, Amazon Reportedly Leveraging Seller Data to Launch Competing Products, Google Makes Their Shopping Ads Free, and more.

You can see the full show notes for this episode at https://www.ecommercefuel.com/april-24-2020/

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Alcoholism is something that is a lot more prevalent than people realize or want to admit. It is something that most people shy away from talking about because there is still such a stigma around it, but today I want to open up the discussion. To help me cover this important topic, as well as the common link between entrepreneurship and alcohol dependence, is my good friend Paul Churchill of RecoveryElevator.com. As a recovering alcoholic himself, Paul has a lot of knowledge on the subject, so if you have ever had a dependency on alcohol or know someone who does, this episode is not to be missed.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2K1Gcd8 

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I'm joined by Taylor Holiday to discuss the strange things happening with paid traffic in our current environment.  Traffic is relatively cheap but with plunging conversion rates is it actually a good time to double down on your ad spend?  We also discuss the encouraging top-line revenue trends we've seen over the last few weeks.

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Today on the show I'm joined by good friends Drew Sanocki and Michael Jackness who open up about how COVID has impacted their lives and businesses, where we see areas of opportunity and more.

We discuss:

  • How badly our businesses have been hit
  • Thoughts on how COVID will permanently change eCommerce
  • Where we're seeing opportunities, both now and in the intermediate future
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How do you keep orders shipping during a global pandemic, possibly amid shelter-in-place orders from the government?  Today we discuss stats on how revenues have been affected, how to determine if your business is a "critical business" and can operate during a lock down, diversifying your fulfillment chain and more.  

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This week the United States passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  While it provides some much-needed support to workers it also has some scary cashflow implications for small businesses.  We discuss:

  • How employers are responsible for paying for up to 14 weeks of paid leave for workers
  • The mechanics behind getting reimbursed by the government
  • Why this could cause a huge strain on your company's cashflow and what to do about it
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Coronavirus Concerns Prompt Widespread Cancellations, U.S. Limits Travel From Europe, Taps SBA and Tax Deferrals to Stimulate Economy, Amazon Blocks New Listings for Coronavirus Safety Gear Amid Price Gouging, New Bill Could Make Amazon, eBay Liable for Counterfeits, and more.

You can see the full show notes for this episode at https://www.ecommercefuel.com/march-13-2020/

The News Cart features industry news, community discussions, compelling job opportunities and interesting content around the web from the previous two weeks.

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Today I am going to be doing something I have not done in years; a round up of all the books I have been reading. Books can be extremely helpful in business, whether it is helping you to plan your next move or calm your mind after a long day of work. In this episode, I will be explaining my favorite educational books as well as fiction or just plain interesting books. If you want to find out my favorite books over the past few years or you are just a bookworm yourself, this is the episode for you.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/39in59H 

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Coronavirus Hits Supply Chains and Deliveries, Congressional Hearing to Examine Wayfair‘s Effects on Small Businesses, DTC Brands Hit Rough Patch, Shopify Launches App Store Ads, Target Breaks Into Top 10 List of U.S. E-Commerce Retailers, and more.

You can see the full show notes for this episode at https://www.ecommercefuel.com/february-28-2020/

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Today on the show, I am going to be sharing a pretty big announcement for something I have been working on for quite a while now: eCommerceFuel Capital, a group that will be making investments in eCommerce companies. To help me discuss this exciting news is my good friend Bill D’Alessandro of ElementsBrands.com. Listen in to learn how eCF Capital came to be, who we are looking for to join, and how you can be involved in it.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/39RURCB 

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eCommerceFuel Live 2020 is in the books! Now that we've had a few days to recover, I sit down with Bill D'Alessandro to recap the highlights of the event and our major takeaways from our 6th Annual Community Gathering. Listen in as we touch on the importance of investing in companies you truly understand, the ways Facebook marketing has changed over the last year, and more.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2SDmkB0

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Adam Callinan is the co-Founder and CEO of BottleKeeper, a specialty beverage accessory company on a mission to keep your drinks the perfect temperature. Adam grew his business to more than $8 million in sales before hiring his first employee, and now BottleKeeper is one of the leading retailers of beverage accessories on the market. In this episode, we discuss how he was able to grow so quickly without any employees, why he is obsessed with automation, and what it takes to scale your business incredibly fast—without using Facebook ads.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2GTVP4N 

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Shopify Will No Longer Refund Processing Fees for Return Payments, Trump Administration Cracks Down on Counterfeits, Chinese Outnumber U.S. Sellers on Amazon, Yotpo Acquires SMSBump, Amazon Smashes 4th Quarter Earnings Expectations, and more.

You can see the full show notes for this episode at https://www.ecommercefuel.com/january-31-2020/ .

The News Cart features industry news, community discussions, compelling job opportunities and interesting content around the web from the previous two weeks.

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Greg Mercer is the founder and CEO of Jungle Scout, a company that provides various tools and resources to Amazon sellers. Today he joins the show to help me discuss the state of Amazon as we head into 2020. We talk about how to launch a product today, how that looks in comparison to several years ago, and more. If you’re thinking about getting on Amazon or you are selling on the site already, make sure to tune in.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/30KrY7V 

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Google Plans to Nix Third-Party Cookies in Chrome by 2022, Google Introduces New Shopping Section in Search Results, Amazon Stopped Featuring Its Own Brands in Search Results, U.S., China Sign Trade Agreement, and more.

You can see the full show notes for this episode at https://www.ecommercefuel.com/january-17-2020/  .

The News Cart features industry news, community discussions, compelling job opportunities and interesting content around the web from the previous two weeks.

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Kristi Soomer is the founder and CEO of Encircled.co, an ethical fashion brand designed to help women travel lighter. Today she joins the show to talk about the concept of a B-corporation, which is something I have been wanting to learn more about for a while. Listen in as she shares what it's like to own a B-corporation, what that actually means for the business, and more.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2N10Qf4  

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TOMS Shoes Creditors to Take Over the Company, California’s Landmark Gig-Work Law Takes Effect Amid Controversy, California Consumer Privacy Act Officially Takes Effect, Fedex and UPS Raise Fees on Oversized Packages, Volusion Debuts SMB Financing, and more.

You can see the full show notes for this episode at https://www.ecommercefuel.com/january-3-2020/ .

The News Cart features industry news, community discussions, compelling job opportunities and interesting content around the web from the previous two weeks.

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