Motivation – The Art of Caring

While it may sound strange, one of the key motivational factors for me is the knowledge that I am helping someone. This doesn’t mean I am disinterested in ecommerce it simply means that my interest in helping others becomes a facilitator of ecommerce.

Something radical happens when you shift your focus away from the sale and place it squarely on the individual making the purchase. This will alter the way you conduct business, the way you conduct customer service and the way you interact with present and future customers.

Social isolation or isolation preferences make the Internet a place where many customers can feel most at ease. Dr. Roberta Hestenes at Eastern College indicates, “Today we are seeing the breakdown of natural “community” network groups in neighborhoods like relatives, PTA, etc. At the same time, we have relationships with so many people. Twenty percent of the American population moves each year. If they think they are moving, they won’t put down roots. People don’t know how to reach out and touch people. This combination produces crowded loneliness.”

The Boston Globe reported these telling statistics:

* People who are isolated but healthy are twice as likely to die over a period of a decade as those not isolated. A study showed that the more isolated men are up to 25% more likely to die of all causes at any age versus non isolated men. The odds for women are 33%.

* Living alone after a heart attack significantly increase the risk of dying

* People with heart disease have a poorer chance of survival if they are unmarried or do not have a partner to assist them.

* Women who are alone and have breast cancer live half as long as those who do not.

* People with malignant melanoma who participate in group intervention live longer than those who do not.

When you connect with individuals either online or through an ecommerce business you may likely become a solid connection in the midst of personal need. I don’t mean that in a negative way, I simply point this out because the Internet has become an unlikely place for individuals to connect with others in the midst of personal isolation.

You business can have a profound influence in assisting your site visitor. If customers already feel isolated, your genuine caring will speak volumes.

Interestingly the standard brick and mortar sales approach will not work very well online. You are only given an interactive voice if the consumer requests it. You will not have the same ‘close the sale’ potential that face-to-face interaction will allow.

The best alternative in online business is to realign your motivations. By placing the customer first, last and only, you will discover a greater level of loyalty and a quicker level of trust in your products and services.

Understanding loneliness and adapting your online business to really reach out to consumers may be the best business advice you will read today.

Team Building and the Invisible Thief

I was visiting with a motivational speaker recently and I discussed some of my views on team building. There was discussion on the need for making sure everyone could identify with the goal of the team and they understood their role in the team.

Since my friend had been a part of a major team oriented business throughout his career he could identify with what I was saying and he found himself in general agreement with my assessment of the need for team building.

1) They are not employees they are team members.

2) Productivity increases when team members work together as opposed to a business comprised of lone rangers.

3) Problem solving is best observed in team-oriented brainstorming.

When we began discussing some of the problems inherent in a lack of team building I mentioned the lack of productivity and cooperation. My friend agreed and then he said something that I hadn’t considered, “It won’t be long before those employees steal something.”

At first I found the comment strange. After all, why would an employee steal something just because team-building ideals were not observed?

The more I thought about the issue the more I began to understand the scenario my friend was talking about. You see, employees often look at what they do as slave labor. Yes, they willingly took the job, but they often find the notion of being an employee frustrating as their job satisfaction level plummets. Many of these workers will say things like, “They do not pay me enough for this.”

“Employees” can often find themselves in a place where they simply carry out orders without being considered as useful in overcoming problems. They can get frustrated when they feel that you really do not consider them valuable. In larger corporations they might wonder if you even know who they are.

If these frustrated employees come to the conclusion that you do not consider them valuable and rewards are non existent or minimal they may reach out and reward themselves. They believe there should be more to a job than what they experience, but no one has given them a voice to express their opinions on matters that affect them.

These ’employees’ may steal time, office products or other items that may not be missed. Of the items listed it is time that is most often stolen. These employees will figure out ways to manage the bare minimum in duties and then they might spend time on the Internet or talking to other employees or on the phone.

Many employees find ways to take their work as slowly as possible to keep a low expectation of their efforts. In this way they steal from their employer.

Team building not only maximizes potential it also provides the purpose many need to feel as though their work is valued and that they can contribute to the overall success of a company.

No one likes to feel invisible, but if they do expect the potential for employee theft.

Popular WordPress Ecommerce Plugins Useful For Your E-Store

Today, most people rely on the internet to purchase things and so there is a considerable boom in the ecommerce business. Setting up your online store is no more a difficult task as we have numerous platforms that are used to develop eCommerce stores. We all know that WordPress had started its journey as a wonderful blogging platform, but today it has evolved into a robust solution that allows business owners to create a feature rich eCommerce website at effective rates. With WordPress and various plugins available, you are now able to create eCommerce sites for your business quite easily.

If you have plans to create an eCommerce site using WordPress, then here are some of the plugins that may fit your best needs. The plugins discussed here are free to use and are simply perfect for building any profitable WordPress e-stores.

WP eCommerce: This is a simple yet powerful WordPress eCommerce plug-in that has been there for the past many years. The plugin allows you to customize HTML and CSS, so that you enjoy full control on the look and feel of the e-store. Whether you are interested in selling physical inventory, memberships or subscriptions or even digital downloads, this amazing plugin helps to sell anything easily. With more than 2.9 million downloads, it is the second most popular plugin used by business owners. Its streamlined checkout process helps to dramatically increase the store’s conversion rate. And moreover the plugin integrates perfectly with many shippers and payment processors and helps to add extra functionalities to your store.

WooCommerce: This plugin is built by developers at WooThemes and is the most popular and widely used free plugin for WordPress website development. It is packed with top of the line features and this highly extendable plugin empowers you to create your site into a million dollar e-store. The best thing about this is that its golden collection for paid and free themes and extensions are best to meet your specific business needs. A WordPress development company can use PayPal Standard integration, multiple shipping options, easy inventory management, flexible couponing and etc.

Easy digital downloads: This is a feature rich and lightweight and simple to use eCommerce solution for selling digital downloads via WordPress at no cost. The plugin offers useful features that can keep selling digital goods and offers a powerful reporting system that allows you to see your earnings and sales through easy to analyze data tables and interactive graphs. It comes with more than 200 extensions and themes that can be easily customized according to your needs.

Jigoshop: This is another reliable and secured WordPress eCommerce plugin from Jigowatt. This plugin is best suited for SMEs and offers an intuitive dashboard through which you can easily set up and manage your e-store in minutes. You will be able to choose from more than 30 customizable themes based on your needs and enjoy over more than one hundred of powerful extensions to take your e-store to the next level. The various reporting features include sortable sales graphs and stock reports that allow you to check how your store is performing.

MarketPress: This plugin is an easily customizable, well designed and feature rich and the prime motive behind its creation is to deliver the users a beautiful and enjoyable online shopping experience without the need for any extensions. It is an effort to put the powers of various plugins together into a single eCommerce solution.