One of the best things about the internet for small to medium businesses is the ability to compete with larger companies without the large overheads required for setting up a shop front. In 2012-2013 76% of all Australian internet users made some kind of online purchase. For the past five years online shopping sales increased steadily, outgrowing traditional bricks and mortar sales to now account for more than 7% or $16.9 billion of all sales. With continued growth in the online retail sector being so strong it is now even more important to start selling online.
At Blue Kelpie we offer a variety of online sales solutions and specialise in developing for Woocommerce – the leading WordPress ecommerce plugin. The benefits of choosing the most widely used plugin is that there many more resources available for your site, from payment gateways to shipping options.
In 2012-2013 76% of all Australian internet users made some kind of online purchase. With continued growth in the online retail sector being so strong it is now even more important to start selling online.
Florence & Harper is a great example of how an online presence is all you need to started with your business. Selling decor, homewares and furniture this site has a clean, minimal design that creates an aesthetic which reflects the elegance of the products they stock.
When Florence & Harper first contacted Blue Kelpie they already had a website created by another firm but needed help to refine the design and set up the shopping cart. We were able to add all of the required functionality to the online shopping experience and make the necessary changes to the design and layout. The outcome is a beautiful website that captures the style and elegance of the Florence & Harper product ranges.
When we contacted Chris at Blue Kelpie we needed immediate assistance with our ecommerce store as there was a whole array of problems that needed to be fixed ASAP. We also wanted to learn how to fix some of these problems ourselves if they arose in the future so we asked Chris if he would be able to spend a day at our home based business office and fix our problems and teach us how to do the same.
Chris was more than happy to help us out and even brought his own Mac around to our place and set it up and we spent a day fixing problems and learning more about the backend of our e-commerce store. Blue Kelpie did everything possible to meet our timelines including coming to our office, and working late into the night from theirs, on weekends to assist with minor and major issues.
The best part of the whole process was that as problems arose it was a simple as sending an SMS to Blue Kelpie who would immediately find out what the cause and solution was and in most cases fix it quite easily for us. Great communication skills and they understand how important your business is to you.
Michelle Lopez and One2One Resumes are one of our longest standing clients. Our first job was to tidy up an existing site and improve the conversion rate. Since then we have also developed a blog before combining the blog and the website into a new complete site with WP-Ecommerce running on WordPress.
The online store is completely customised with major categories for varying experience levels and each of those containing a collection of services contained in a simple page layout that is easy to follow and designed to appeal to all different types of job seeker.
Chris is a solution focused individual with a genuine commitment to high-quality service. His ability to ‘step inside’ my business to gain a full understanding of my needs enabled him to not only meet those needs, but provide cost-effective, workable solutions which far exceeded my expectations! With little technical knowledge I relied heavily on Chris to not only understand my vision for the website, but to communicate his suggestions in a non-technical manner that I could understand.
Chris is intelligent, articulate and creative, which combined with strong business acumen, makes him a particularly valuable resource for small-medium sized businesses. He is always available for questions or support, has responded very quickly to my requests and compared to others, reasonably priced. I can’t recommend him highly enough!
Extreme Products are the exclusive distributors for RugGear mobile phones and accessories in Australia. This website was developed by Blue Kelpie working with our good friends at Media Highway. The end product is a website that is built as solid as the RugGear phones themselves. The shopping cart runs on Woocommerce with a number of changes to improve the cart performance.
This website was so well received that we have since developed the same site for the US and Canadian markets.