The Philippines Is E-Commerce Ready. Are You?
If there is one thing that employment has taught me, it would be the thirst to look for more income streams. And that income streams can also be derived by your own doing. Obviously, the majority of Filipinos were raised with the mentality to finish college to be a corporate rat. While being an employee is not that all bad (because I have met successful people in their own field and who seem to enjoy what they’re doing), there are also some who take the risk and find a way to be a boss of their own.
Such thinking led me to open up my own e-commerce T-shirt business, EqualiteePH. But having your own business is not an easy job. Well, at first. You might say that it’s hard being in the rat race. Let me tell you as a startup entrepreneur that it is even faster there.
But the having your own business is actually one of the most rewarding things that can happen in one’s life. Imagine the emotional gratification we had when couples wear their couple shirts bought from us posted on Instagram. (Afterall, our business’ mantra is “Let’s paint the town rainbow!”) Add up the financial reward that we get from the big projects we stumble upon.
Yet, the most important recipe that every e-commerce entrepreneur and soon to be online entrepreneurs must watch out is the state of the Philippines in the rising field of e-commerce.
According to i-Metrics Asia Pacific Corporation, the Philippines’ E-Commerce Intensity Index is at 7% to 13% of our country’s gross domestic product (as of March 2015). Its E-Commerce Maturity Scorecard also reports 28% of Filipino Internet users purchases are done electronically while 22% for payments done online.
No wonder, Philippines has already been tagged as the “Social Networking Capital of the World” with 83 percent of Filipinos surveyed are members of a social network. They are also regarded as the top photo uploaders and web video viewers while they are second when it comes to the number of blog readers and video uploaders. (Statistic from study released by Universal McCann entitled “Power To The People – Wave3”).
I can also attest to this as most of our sales are derived online (from our website, FB page, Instagram, and Twitter). It made me safe to say that when the word of mouth is no longer audible, the power of e-commerce comes in an instant like an echo reverberating in the online cloud.
You might even be an avid buyer from different e-commerce sites like OLX, Lazada, Metrodeal and the like. So why not sell your own goods too?
So what’s next from this lengthy introduction? I will not take myself as a pro in this field yet (being in the industry for more than a year only). But we are fortunate enough that there are courses that we can take to prepare us to be e-commerce literate. Headed by Janette Toral, dubbed as Philippines’ Mother of E-Commerce, the Digital Filipino offers E-Commerce Entrepreneurs Summit Manila 2015 on August 29, 2015, at the Ballroom of Best Western Plus Antel Hotel, Makati Avenue, Makati City.
The 7th DigitalFilipino E-Commerce Summit (#ecomsummit), referred as E-Commerce Entrepreneurs Summit, is an intensive 1-day educational event on e-commerce strategies. It is also meant to celebrate the 16th year of DigitalFilipino.com (blog).
This 1-day event will have e-commerce practitioners share insights and strategies on making e-commerce work and help grow your business.
Here are the things that you will get from the event:
- Market developments this 2015.
- Case studies on e-commerce use in top 10,000 corporations.
- Learn how to use e-commerce as the Philippines competitive advantage.
Now, are you ready to learn from the leaders in E-commerce in the Philippines?
From the usual summit price of P7,000, Digital Filipino have taken steps to reduce this to P4,000 to allow more entrepreneurs to join. This will also give participants 1-year access to all free and paid e-learning offerings (including upcoming ones) on their site.
Schools interested in sending at least 10 students can avail of our special rate of P2,000 per student. This does not include 1-year Protege membership access rights. Deadline for school sign-up is on July 31, 2015.
But since you already come this far, obviously you are quite interested in getting loads of information before you venture into e-commerce. Hence, I will be offering you a great deal. I will be giving interested readers of this blog P500 off from the price (until the slots last).
Just click here to be redirected to the registration site.
In the “Billing Instruction,” include this: “I want to avail the P500 discount exclusively given at www.baklapoako.com”.
Once paid, send the proof of payment at firstname.lastname@example.org or send it on their Facebook Page.
While everybody is working hard climbing the ladder of success, why not immerse yourself in the lattice of e-commerce. Even though the Philippines is still in its youth in the meantime, it is quite already ready for its renaissance in the next years to come. Obviously, the Philippines is e-commerce ready. Are you?
The Philippines Is E-Commerce Ready. Are You?
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