02.15.12

Roothouse Inc. – The Rapid Deployment of a Multi-Storefront, Single Catalog E-Commerce Solution

Background

Roothouse Inc. is an e-commerce company that prides itself on quick deployment of niche websites driven off a single catalog. They selected SimplifiedSolutions to build their robust e-commerce stores from the ground up using the zNode platform. Roothouse recognized a tremendous opportunity to grow online sales and effectively interact with their customers in a new and more efficient way.

Calsport.com was the first site to launch, followed quickly by BlackboxPaintball.com and TailsandThings.com (an online pet products store).

Challenge

Roothouse expressed the importance of speed to market with 28,000 dropship products, and needed an ecommerce solution rapidly deployed for multiple websites – all of which were to be managed leveraging a single catalog and administrative panel. An interest was also expressed in tightly integrating social channels into their websites to enable seamless interaction with their brand and new customers in a variety of ways.

Solution

As a part of our process, SimplifiedSolutions collaborated with key stakeholders to plan and implement a Simplified Roadmap. The Roadmap included of functional and technical recommendations as well as strategic marketing tactics including social media

The Roadmap recommendations led to the successful launch of their robust, multi-storefront e-commerce solution built on the flexible zNode ecommerce platform. The Roadmap also resulted in the successful activation of their social media channels (using Facebook ‘like’ campaigns to create buzz and drive qualified traffic to their sites). Thousands of fans joined their pages in Facebook.

Specific functionality was used – like live chat, wishlists, email to a friend, share this, and peer reviews – to create a sense of community and facilitate interaction with their brand. From an architectural standpoint, this solution was developed to scale with future growth of stores as they continue to drive more customers to their websites and boost sales volume.

Results

Sales through all stores continue to multiply. The zNode platform enabled Simplified Solutions to rapidly roll out over 28,000 drop-ship products using a single catalog for three web stores over a 60-day timeframe. This ecommerce solution is a catalyst for sales growth for years to come, while their Facebook fan pages have quadrupled in participation since launch… and continues to grow weekly.

For more information on web development, online marketing and ecommerce solutions, visit www.SimplifiedSolutions.biz or contact Tom Casale at 1.312.846.7669.

Simplified Solutions – A Chicago Internet marketing and technology agency

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02.11.12

American Pickers – Online Marketing Turns Rust Into Gold for TV Star Mike Wolfe

Background

Mike Wolfe is the star of The History Channel’s highest rated show of all time — American Pickers. Since he was waist-high, Mike has been picking through junk looking for treasure, and since becoming a TV personality Mike has earned the well deserved reputation as one of American’s best foragers.

Challenge

Advance Mike’s new found fame and build his Antique Archaeology brand and business.

Solution

SimplifiedSolutions developed a suite of online marketing solutions which included a new Antique Archaeology website, an e-commerce store, several social media platforms, a content marketing campaign, and an email marketing campaign, all aimed at building Mike’s customer loyalty and generating revenue.

Results

The launch of the new website and social media platforms created a strong reputation winning Mike 120,000 avid fans on Facebook, 50,000 devoted Twitter followers, and over 400,000 monthly website visitors.

Antique Archaeology Facebook Fan Page

Additionally, the email campaigns produce a 50% open rate with a 75% click through rate to key landing pages. Through Facebook advertising and social media, Antique Archaeology gear is generating incremental revenue for merchandise.  SimplifiedSolutions is currently working on a kid-focused social community website, books, and marketing for the two retail store locations.

For more information on web development, online marketing and technology solutions, visit www.SimplifiedSolutions.biz or contact Tom Casale at 1.312.846.7669.

Simplified Solutions – A Chicago Internet marketing and technology agency

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02.7.12

Facebook Advertising – Success Stories in Social Media Targeting

SimplifiedSolutions’ social media advertising programs target audiences by key interests and demographics on sites like Facebook, YouTube, Linked-in, Yelp and other relevant social networking sites. Our clients have converted traffic for sales, promotional events and offers, viral marketing, drive reviews, and Facebook Fan page ”likes.”

Mike Wolfe, star of the hit cable TV show “American Pickers,” has created a line of branded wearables and gear available at his online store AntiqueArchaeologyShop.com

During the holiday shopping period, SimplifiedSolutions created a Facebook ad campaign targeting fans of the show. 10,000 clicks led to the highest grossing month in the online store’s HISTORY.

Honor Roll Online is a premier professional career services company providing its corporate partners with access to a rich talent pool of students and graduates of America’s top small universities and colleges (5,000 and under).

SimplifiedSolutions developed a micro-targeted PPC campaign on Facebook to reach students attending specific schools. Seventy-five campus-specific or area of study ads promoted HRO’s unique value proposition and generated over 200,000 branded impressions, 15,000 site visits, and added more than 2,000 new enrollees!

Race Your Face Off, a viral marketing site by Quaker State, featured an interactive video game where consumers could download their picture, then race animated NASCAR legends Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Jimmy Johnson in a cross- country adventure The captured viral video could then be shared with friends via social media and email.

SimplifiedSolutions created a multi-ad Facebook campaign to drive a 600% increase in website traffic and over 1,300 conversions in two weeks. The viral video was passed to an average of 3 friends.

Muscle Milk, the protein-enhanced performance beverage, needed some social media support for local promotions with the Chicago Cubs and local high school football teams.

SimplifiedSolutions used Facebook advertising to drive awareness and participation in the on-going sweepstakes, plus increase the local “friend” base in Facebook. The social ads generated 2MM impressions, 2,000 sweeps sign–ups and 1,000 new “likes” in two weeks.

Andres Tapia, Chief Diversity Officer & Emerging Workforce Solutions Leader at Hewitt Associates, is one of the leading authorities on global diversity issues in the workplace and beyond and the author of The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity.

Facebook advertising that targeted academics and HR professionals was used to promote books sales and speaking events.

For more information about SimplifiedSolutionsFacebook marketing programs, click here.

Simplified Solutions – A Chicago Internet marketing and technology agency

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