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New Web Site Project
************ Publications, Inc. publishes and sells an exclusive line of user support manuals for the Microsoft Dynamics family of products. We have a current online web store but desire to re-work our store to a more modern looking site. We have a specific group of features that need to be supported. Additionally, we have adopted a “Library Look” to our books based on an image purchased from iStock Photos. We would like to build the web image around that image.
Look and Feel – The concept pages found at the address listed below contains a draft of the desired look and feel. On the home page, it would be neat if the 9 button books on the left spun out of the library image in a couple of seconds total when the page first opened. On the book detail page, it would be great if the open book had turn-able pages. An image provided for each “page” uploaded to the site through the administrator section would provide content for these pages, allowing us to present sample pages from the actual books.
General Shopping Cart Features – most of the features found in basic shopping carts are expected. This includes administrator pages, order management, shipping connections, et cetera. Specific items of high interest to us are listed below.
Multiple Customer Groups – We sell to the general public at standard retail prices. However, we also have currently 2 groups of customers (and this may grow) that get special pricing on the books. Generally this is 30% off of most titles. Some titles are not discounted.
Multiple Product Catalogs -- Some titles are only available to specific customer groups. Other catalogs are available to all groups. For example, the GP Books, Macola Books, and Solomon Books are available to all visitors. The Partner catalog is available to only members of the Partner Customer Group.
Price Tiers – Price Tiers are available to specific Customer Groups only. General visitors will always get only the retail list price. Partners, for example, receive 30% off the list price but also get a fixed discounted price on some titles if they order 10 or more. The 30% discount can be recorded as a fixed price per title with a lower fixed price per title for 10 or more copies. Prices are different per title.
Free Stuff – We frequently give away white papers as well as encourage visitors to subscribe to our newsletter. We email this material to capture the visitor’s email for our newsletter. In addition to immediate sales, the capture of visitor’s emails allows us to provide continual touches through our newsletter.
Affiliate Program – Partners can link to our website and earn a commission. The commissions are applied to purchases by the general public only and not to pre-defined customer groups. Purchases can be made by anyone linking from the affiliate’s site to our site however members of our other groups (partners with discounts) do not earn affiliate points. These partners also can purchase directly for a substantial discount. Certain criteria must be met. We need a member application page. The administrator must then approve or reject the application, place the firm into a group, and provide them access to links, et cetera. See below for clarification of our Partner Program.
Where to Find Our Books Page – This page should list first our web site (“You can of course place an order here…”) and then selected members of one of our customer groups (the Partner group). The listings should be sorted by country/state/city and include their firm name, contact name, web site link, email link, and phone number.
Author’s Page – A listing of authors and their bios. This could actually be a simple listing of information from one of the “customer groups”. We could designate one group as Authors and enter the desired information there. This group would be listed on this page. Information displayed would include the author’s Name, email address, web site, and a brief bio.
Configuration Options – Some books come in both soft cover and hard cover. Pricing is different for hard cover items (add $15 for Hard Cover).
Coupons – We frequently use coupon codes to provide discounts to:
Specific Items Sold
Coupons must have expiration dates, apply as $ amount off or percentage. One time use and one time user per customer coupons are desired.
Shipping – Cart should calculate UPS shipping costs for US and foreign addresses properly. IE UPS Ground is not available overseas. The option to add a handling charge ($5.00 above shipping cost) is needed.
Sales Taxes – Taxes should be calculated based on State and County rates for ****** customers only. Customers in specific Groups or individual registered customers (resellers) can be exempted from taxes.
Administrator Pricing/Sales – The administrator must be able to enter an order and customize the pricing. These orders may ship to any customer anywhere.
Credit Card Processing via PayPal – Credit card information should not be made available to any user of Accolade Publications, Inc. pursuant to the new PCI-DSS compliance requirements. However, we do not want to show PayPal sites. The credit card entry windows must appear as if they are an integral part of our site.
Hosting – Currently we have a hosting account with Yahoo. This is flexible.
View Pages Option – Currently we have an option that allows visitors to open a PDF of several selected pages out of each book. We would like to update that to show the pages on a book background and allow the users to “turn the page” and browse through 4-6 pages of any book.
Events Page/Calendar – We wish to list seminars, training sessions, and other events of interest to our visitors on a consolidated page. This page should list the date, time, duration, sponsor, presenter, location, cost, synopsis and contact information on each event. The page could mimic a calendar with a drill down to details on each event. Note that some events can span several days. Users should be able to search the Calendar for specific events by keywords, titles, dates, and sponsors.
Administration – The administrator must be able to manage the site without programming skills. This includes:
Adding Products (including images and preview pages)
Configuring Products (hard vs. soft cover)
Defining Pricing per Customer Group
Defining Product Catalogs
Defining Customer Groups
Adding Customers to Groups
Adding/Editing/Deleting Events on Calendar
Our Partner Program
We have what we call a Partner Program that includes a basic affiliate program. It is different and bears clarification.
Our products (books) focus on specific software packages (MS Dynamics GP). End users purchase this software through MS Partners that provide installation and support.
We sell our books to both of these groups (end users and Partners). However, we offer the Partners a discount on our products to encourage them to purchase the materials for resale to their end users (we cannot always identify the end users but have great lists of Partners). In addition, if a Partner does not want to directly sell manuals, they can link to our site through a traditional affiliate program and earn the discounts there as well. That results in two structures: The customer group of Partners with their discounted pricing (and some materials that end users cannot purchase); and, An affiliate relationship with these same Partners. This allows Partners that do not want to actively sell books to tell their End Users to visit us through their site and earn commissions as if they made the sale.
A headache exists with traditional affiliate programs, they pay the referral fee/commission on ALL purchases made from the affiliate’s site. If, however, a Partner (who gets discounted pricing) enters our site through a link on a different Partner’s site (through the second Partner’s affiliate link), we do not pay the linking Partner (the affiliate link) a commission on this sale. Since the commissions on both programs are in the area of 30%, we could end up giving away a total of 60% or more of the retail value of the books!
Purchases that initiate through an affiliate link by a Partner that are discounted due to the Partner’s membership cannot accrue an affiliate commission.
Currently we are managing this manually. It is an issue as Affiliates can see their periodic sales and expected commissions. Then they receive a check for a lower amount (with the double Partner discounts removed).
A solution is needed.
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