November 24, 2008 08:52 ET Reaches Milestone 10th Interview; Features Conversations With Forrester Research Senior Analyst Brian Walker, and Business Development Manager Aaron Magness

Discussions Focus on State of Ecommerce and Tips for Driving More Business Online, Particularly During the Holidays

CUPERTINO, CA--(Marketwire - November 24, 2008) -


-- SLI Systems CEO Shaun Ryan adds two new podcast interviews to site, and talks with Brian Walker, senior analyst for Forrester Research, and Aaron Magness of about the state of ecommerce.

-- Forrester Research predicts 12% growth in online holiday sales in 2008.

-- Walker says his first purchase on the Internet was a hard-to-find CD from a band called The Durutti Column back in 1995 -- from the former site

-- Walker says the most cost-effective, quick improvements an ecommerce company can make to its site should be related to usability: how search results are organized, how product pages are organized, how easy it is to purchase items and check out.

-- Walker says e-commerce is at the forefront of the growth in demand for "in the cloud" products and services, as there are many examples of success in this industry with software-as-a-service e-commerce technology solutions.

-- Walker predicts growth will continue to be strong for e-commerce solutions despite the challenges in the overall economy.

-- Aaron Magness, business development manager for Zappos, says the company relies mostly on word-of-mouth, but also utilizes paid search, SEO and social media sites (e.g. Twitter, Facebook) for its marketing efforts.

-- Magness' advice to other ecommerce companies getting started on Twitter: Be yourself; be transparent; be honest.

-- Biggest headaches for Magness are creating brand awareness for Zappos among people who don't already know the company, and educating people that Zappos sells many more products than just shoes. He wants people to think of the happiness they feel when they receive the box from Zappos.

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