Building an Online Shop

Sporting Media delivers functional, effective, market-leading online shops for golf clubs, sports clubs and sports businesses.

Shoppers from the UK bought £44 billion of goods online in 2010 spending more online than any other European country, so it’s essential to be able to support your business with a fully functional, easy to update, well presented, secure online shopping system.

We have a number of e-commerce options for you to choose from, some of which integrate with back-office systems and others provide full-blown e-commerce solutions with order tracking, staged fulfillment and automated stock control if needed.

Some customers will just require the ability to sell club memberships, some athletes/sports personalities may require the ability to sell a limited number of items but for others a full-scale e-shopping platform is an essential required.

We have the experience and know-how to suggest and implement the best solution for you and for those with already established online retailing it may be possible to integrate your existing e-commerce system within your new website.

Stepping up to a full-scale online shopping platform

When deciding on a full-scale online store, businesses will look for developers who can custom-build e-commerce websites and employ them directly, or they will commission web development companies who custom-build online shops to order, or they will commission web development companies that install and customize established, high-end e-commerce software solutions.

Sporting Media’s solution for those requiring a full-scale, online store is that we install and customize the world’s fasted growing, most stable and most effective high-end e-commerce software platforms; Magento.

Sporting Media can:-

Build Magento into your website in a way that doesn’t require additional domain names or domain extensions.

Customize Magento so that your online store has the same look and feel as the rest of your website.

Integrate your Magento store with your stock control system.

Integrate your Magento store with your fulfillment house if you have one.

Populate your store with your online retail products, providing various prices for various countries and offering multilingual checkouts and multiple tax pricing structures.

Continue to manage and update your store on a regular basis if you require us to do so.

Provide your team with the training and support required to manage and update your own store.

Provide on-going support so that we are there for you 24/7, ensuring you online shop remains open for business.

Magento is used by some of the world’s biggest brands, including:-

Harvey Nichols
Fred Perry
The North Face
Jack Wolfskin

Magento ecommerce platforms provide the scalability, flexibility and online shopping features required for business growth.

Magento provides feature-rich E-Commerce platforms that offer merchants complete flexibility and control over the presentation, content, and functionality of their online channel. An intuitive admin interface provides retailers with powerful merchandising, marketing and content management tools giving retailers the ability to provide a rich, ever-evolving shopping environment for their customers. With powerful marketing tools, search engine optimization and catalogue management tools, Magento gives retailers the power to create sites that provide an unrivaled and rich online shopping experience for their customers, tailored to their unique business needs. The ground-breaking Magento platform is the fastest growing e-commerce platform in the world. Designed to be completely scalable and backed by an extensive support network, Magento is the ultimate e-commerce solution.

Magento offers three E-Commerce platform options depending on the size and requirements of your online retailing.

Magento Community

Recommended for expert developers and highly technical enthusiasts working in non-mission critical environment. There is no Magento support for this version. Sporting Media does provide support and will endeavour to fix any problems that occur as part of service and maintenance contracts though we recommend that Magento Community is only implemented by those wishing to try Magento before upgrading to Professional or Enterprise Versions. Software costs for Magento Community: Free.

Magento Professional

Recommended for Small businesses working with a Magento Solution Partner requiring a warranted, scalable product with additional revenue generating features not found in Magento Community. Support is provided by Magento Solution Partners. Software costs for Magento Professional: Starts at $2,995 USD/yr.

Magento Enterprise

Recommended for businesses of all sizes requiring a production ready, scalable, enterprise level E-Commerce solution. Support is provided directly by the Magento Team and the Enterprise version includes advanced features to increase revenue and efficiency and to provide a high-end, rich, E-Commerce experience. Software costs for Magento Enterprise Starts at $12,990 USD/yr.

Providing you with a shopping platform packed with features

Magento e-commerce allows you to be PA-DSS compliant and the platform is packed with all the features you can possible require to drive a world-class, full-scale, online shopping business. From full catalogue style listings, and zoom-in features on products, to gift certificates, wish-lists, gift registries, loyalty and rewards programs, multiple landing pages, personalised content, permissions for category views and purchases, limited ‘time’ sales offers, the ability to create shop fronts for specific customers or geographic locations and many, many more. It’s all the functionality the most demanding retailer could ever require.

Added to all this, with the new Magento mobile admin, you’ll bring the functional powerhouse of Magento e-commerce to your mobile commerce channel, including full integration with your store’s catalogue, checkout, inventory, and reporting systems.  We’ll be able to deploy new device-specific features and branded themes for you and give you the ability to quickly update the colours and appearance of your mobile phone app even after customers have downloaded it.

If you have any questions on e-commerce or to find out more about what we can do to drive your online sales upwards please get in touch.
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