Academically, "selling" is thought of as a part of "marketing", however, the two disciplines are completely different.
Sales often forms a separate grouping in a corporate structure, employing separate specialist operatives known as salespeople (singular: salesperson). Selling is considered by many to be a sort of persuading "art". Contrary to popular belief, the methodological approach of selling refers to a systematic process of repetitive and measurable milestones, by which a salesperson relates his or her offering of a product or service in return enabling the buyer to achieve their goal in an economic way.
E-Commerce Links and Web Guide
Getting Started in E-Commerce
E-Commerce Small Business Advisor
E-Commerce Tutorial – from Webmonkey.
E-Commerce: Let your business model be your guide.
E-Commerce and your Business Strategy
How does e-commerce fit with your business?
Build Your Web Site
Web Storefront Services
Get an out-of-the-box, commerce-enabled site.
Build a commerce-enabled web presence for your small business using these low-cost, out-of-the-box services. Web storefront software should allow you to maintain your product catalog as well as enable you to process credit card transactions.
How will you receive payment on your web site?
You'll need a merchant account provider (MAP) to allow you to accept credit cards over the web and a credit card clearinghouse service that supports your MAP. It is also important to note whether your web storefront software/shopping cart software is compatible with your credit card clearing service.
Making the payment process easier for your customer:
A Merchant Account Provider is a bank or other institution that processes online credit card transactions, will verify the credit card, process the transaction, and deposit the results into your account.
Qualifying for a Merchant Account – Do You Meet the Criteria?
Don't Fly By Night: The Inside Information on Merchant Accounts
Understanding Merchant Accounts and their fees.
Choosing a Merchant Account Provider
Understanding Merchant Service Provider Rates – explains the various fees and charges involved.
Finding the Best Merchant Account Provider for your Business
Credit Card Clearing Services (transaction processing service or commerce engine):
A clearing service takes the credit card information from your site and transfers the information to your bank or Merchant Account Provider. Performs a similar function as a swipe terminal might in a brick-and-mortar setting.
Other payment options:
Electronic Payments – Alternative Systems
Electronic Checks – works similarly to paper checks.
Other Payment Options
Prepaid Shopping – Example of prepaid shopping is RocketCash.
PayPal – a possible choice for merchants with lower-priced goods who may not be able to afford credit card capabilities.
Micropayments – From the W3C.
Ensure that all transactions on your site are protected. Generally, security is provided by various implementations of cryptography, including encryption, digital signatures and notarization, secure protocols and digital certificates.
Taxes and E-Commerce
Market/Promote Your Web Site
Improve the chances of customers finding you online.
WebPromote Articles on web site marketing.
Search Engine Submission Tips
Web Site Marketing Primer How to market your web site
Creating Effective Email Campaigns
Email Marketing ClickZ's portal for email marketing
Market Your Local Business Online
Beyond the Banner: New Strategies in Online Advertising ZDNet
Advertising Age's NetMarketing
Marketing/Statistics on E-Commerce:
How will you track and fill your customers' orders?
Shipping Costs Bleed E-tailers Dry
Who Pays to Get it There?
Using Drop Shippers for Your Online Store
Your Fulfillment Choices
Distribution Decisions: Drop-Shipping vs. Inventory vs. Fulfillment House
Should You Outsource E-Commerce Fulfillment?
Is shopping on your site a good experience for your customer?
E-Commerce News and Information
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E-Commerce Web-o-pedia Find out what EDI, SET and ASP mean.