ProStores Review: Promotional Tools (3.5 stars)
Good Range of Tools, Could Use More Marketing Articles
ProStores provides a number of useful tools including a pay-per-click marketing program, store promotion tool, and integration with shopping sites. It could use a few more articles about Internet marketing outside of SEO, but it has more promotional tools than the average website builder.
Run a Store Promotion and Convert Potential Customers
ProStores has a great marketing tool that lets you run product promotions in your store. All you have to do is select the product, specify a promotional code, and set the product's sale price.
ProStores Lets You Run a Store Promotion Easily
Tools to Help Search Engines Find You
ProStores has a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Manager that helps search engines find your website. There's a list of useful SEO tips here. You can also enter search engine keywords and Meta description tags (a description of the product that search engines will use to index your website) for each product in the store.
Lots of Useful Info in SEO Manager
A Design Guide For Starters
Design Studio has a design guide of useful tips and suggestions for setting up content in your website. The guide also briefly touches on the basics of SEO (search engine optimization) and marketing tips.
Integrated with Shopping Sites
When you have a ProStores website, you can sell your products easily on Froogle, Shopping.com, Shopzilla, and Yahoo!Shopping directly from the Market Demand section of the builder. This helps drive customers to your site who are looking for your products. Rather than having to upload all your products to these different sites, you just have to upload them onto your own site through the builder. Then you only have to click to include them on these listing sites. ProStores does not however offer any free credits for these programs.
Hire Marketing Pros to Bring Customers to Your Site
If you're not familiar with pay-per-click ads, you can pay ProStores's Traffic Generation service to do the job for you. This service will create text ads for your business and place them in search engines. They guarantee to deliver new customers to your website or your next month is free.
The Basic Traffic Generation package costs $100/mo. plus $100 setup fee and guarantees 10,000 ad views plus a minimum of 50 new visitors to your store.
The Deluxe Traffic Generation package costs $500/mo. plus $100 setup fee and guarantees 50,000 ad views plus a minimum of 250 new visitors to your store.
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