In the previous articles you have already learnt how to improve the work of your Magento online store, but in this one we describe seven know-hows working with Magento and becoming a successful e-commerce business person.
Product Catalog Management
One of the most boring parts of the online store management is the issue of working with product catalog data. In case of many products in them you have a lot of routine to do which today can easily be automated.
The easiest way to do so is by using Advanced Admin Products Manager extension from Magento. It helps you modify your data in the catalogue with a single click even if you have large number of products there. In this way you will be able to modify any product datasuch as meta data, prices, stock inventory, etc.
Some other useful extensions include:
- Duplicate Categories (with products)
- Mass Prices Updater (helps manage prices in bulk)
- Mass Products Categories Updater (helps manage products assignment to different categories)
- Mass Products Relater (helps you relate products as related/cross-/up-sell products)
- Stock Inventory Import (manages inventory via importing your CSV files)
- Stock Inventory Manager(helps manage your inventory in bulk)
Another great problem, that e-commerce face, is work with huge loads of pictures. It is hard to work with every single picture separately so today you get a possibility to import product data by using CSV filesalready containing product information. Some of the greatest solutions are described below.
Orders is exactly why you are working and where you get the most money from, so they can be easy to process for your clients and newcomers. But the worst problem that you may face is when you cannot manage all the orders and your web-sites get overloaded. In order not to get in such situation we advise you to use the Advanced Orders Manager Magento extension. It helps you work with multiple orders and also see details of several orders at the same time. In case you need advanced tools to simultaneously work with your warehouses, you can also look at Advanced Orders Manager tools such as Order Mode and Ordered Item Mode.
Money is everything in the business, so your accountant management should be perfect if you want to get the most benefit of your online store. If your business is big, then it will undoubtedly be pretty hard to manage all the money flows, taxes, payments, etc. In order to simplify the work for your company you can use Magentoextensions that allow download CSV or XML files into the system from other accountant applications and so put all the data in order with the help of only one program. Also pay attention to the Advanced Orders Manager extension which has an option of exporting the orders as CSV or XML files. In this way you improve the process of exchanging data between the accounting systems and your online store. By this you get the knowledge about the current situation in your business.
E-commerce business is all about people buying goods, so your customer care should be perfect if you want your online store to be successful. There are lots of problems with it but the biggest one is registration and order return processing. With the new RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) system from Magento your customers get easy access to this process which means that they will not be afraid to order something that does not fit, so you will get more orders.
This is one of the most important parts of your online store, because sometimes your interface seems to be easy to you, but new clients might be confused. The easiest way to raise the level of your support and help management is to use Help Desk solutions. There are lots of perfect solutions but only with Help Desk solutions from Magento extensions you can work with various questions from your buyers in one place, savingmuch time and effort for your employees.
Supply and Inventory Management
Suppliers also play a great role in the success of your business. You should always know about the different rules and customs laws in case ordering from different countries. In order to manage all your supplies easily you can use the Advanced Admin Products Manager (product grid enhancement) which itself will relief all the logistics of your suppliers moves by adding to that Inventory Manager or Stock Advanced Orders Manager you get a perfect tool to organize all the inventory process.
To analyze your strength and work with your weaknesses you should be aware of them. This can be achieved only with analysis which can be easily done with Google Analytics, Google Webmaster Tools, Yandex Metrics, ClickTaleand so on. Get complete info about your visitors and customers to understand your faults not to lose them in the future.
From the above information you learned about seven basic ways which can significantly reduce the management time of your online Magento store. Start using these methods and save your time with the lowers costs right from he first day of use.