Category: E-commerce

Mistakes To Avoid When You Start Dropshipping

1 – Check Shipping Times BEFORE Choosing Which Countries to Sell To. A lot of beginners see that the seller on Ali Express ships worldwide, and so list the item with worldwide shipping without further thought. This is a huge mistake. Why?  Because the Ali Express supplier is dealing with businesses, not consumers. They can send items to any country, but it may take 20-40 days for an item to arrive. For businesses buying in bulk and making considerable savings, waiting may be an option, but for your customers, it is not. We strongly recommend as a beginner focusing on countries with shorter shipping times of 2-3 weeks, as this will cause less customer support issues.   2 – Make Shipping… Read more »

5 Easy SEO Essentials For Your E-Commerce Site

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Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is one of those things that can often be overlooked during the exhausting process of designing and building a new e-commerce site. It’s completely understandable as it’s challenging enough to create something that looks good and does everything it should – from showcasing your products to checkout and payment. As this is all part of the user experience they are (with good reason) prioritised with time and resource. SEO practices on the other hand (if done well) usually go unnoticed by the user and because of it, can often be dismissed when building a site. This is always to the detriment of the business, because SEO can deliver fantastic return on investment. The good news is… Read more »

Strategic Discounting For E-Commerce

strategic discounting e-commerce

We are moving into the busiest season of the retail year. Previously known as the holiday season, the period between November and New year is now referred to in retail as discounting season. Customers are bombarded with Black Friday deals and 24-hour flash sales. They’re spoilt for choice and expect an incentive to buy. Many brands feel pushed into offering big discounts at this highly competitive time of year. That’s unavoidable. But relying on discounting long term only creates a race to the bottom in pricing. It costs 5x less to retain customers than acquire new ones. Discounts attract new traffic to your website and will create a spike in one-time e-commerce sales. But constant discounts are not a viable… Read more »

6 Factors That Consistently Contribute to Landing the Buy Box Across Marketplaces

6 Factors That Consistently Contribute to Landing the Buy Box Across Marketplaces

The buy box is a famous concept in the eCommerce industry. It highlights your listing and items over your competitors, in some cases even hiding them altogether. Marketplaces like Amazon, eBay, and Walmart combine similar listings. Sellers with the same product get stacked using algorithms surrounding price, seller ratings, customer satisfaction, and more. On Amazon, more than 90% of sales go through the buy box, and winning the buy box gives you a huge boost in visibility over competitors across all marketplaces. Consumers are more likely to simply hit “add to cart” or “buy now” rather than scrolling down to review options. If you don’t have the buy box, only 10% of consumers will ever consider your product, and that… Read more »

Selling Auto Parts Online – Where and How To Get Started

Selling Auto Parts Online

When people need auto parts, they want convenience. Selling auto parts online allows customers to get out their phone, easily find the part they need and have it delivered to them quickly. Selling auto parts online is growing fast and making sure that customers can quickly find and easily purchase your products requires an understanding of the unique and complex buying procedure for modern car parts. Where to sell auto parts online Selling auto parts online with Amazon Automotive is a gated category. You must apply to Amazon and meet their requirements to sell auto parts. Online sales of U.S. auto parts are growing at around 14% annually and Amazon’s growth rate is nearly double that. Amazon auto parts seller… Read more »

Shipping Advice For E-Commerce Beginners – Guest Post

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Setting up an e-commerce business can be a very exciting prospect. Once you set up your website and are ready to take orders, you need to master one crucial aspect of the business — shipping. Shipping isn’t just transporting the product from the warehouse to the customer. You need to learn how to pack orders and monitor expenses as well. Here are a few shipping tips that every e-commerce entrepreneur must know; Understand how to charge Three common ways of billing include: Free shipping: This reduces shipping cart abandonment and helps in differentiating your brand from the competitors. You have to remember that the shipping is free for the customer, not for you. As an e-commerce company, you have to pay… Read more »

Halloween E-Commerce Preparation

Halloween e-commerce preparation

Trick or treat, costumes, jack o’ lanterns; Halloween is a fun and exciting time of year. Extra exciting for e-commerce entrepreneurs because Halloween is the start of the holiday sales period. A well thought out Halloween marketing campaign can make for a great start to what’s the busiest period of any retailer’s year. Here are 5 preperation points for growing sales this Halloween. Give Gifts The holiday season is discount season. Discounts can get so commonplace that people are no longer motivated by discount offers. They start to feel like they can find discounts on any store during the holidays. Sometimes gifting an extra product or sample is more of an incentive to buy. A tangible gift, something free that… Read more »

Building Trust Without Customer Reviews

Building trust without customer reviews

The opinions we find most compelling are always our own. This is true for you, and it’s true for your customers. It’s far easier to give people the information they need to reach their own opinions than it is to convince them to agree with your opinions. High performing e-commerce sites give customers the information they need to make confident buying decisions. In e-commerce, sharing customer reviews is one of the most effective ways to offer information. Retail giant Amazon is probably the best example of the power of customer reviews, and the success that can come from leveraging them well. But customer feedback is not the only way to win buyer confidence. There are several ways you can establish… Read more »

Black Friday e-commerce marketing plan 2018

Black Friday e-commerce marketing plan

This year, Black Friday (November 23, 2018) will kick off a shopping season that will create 30% of total sales revenue for the year. Over a hundred million of us will abandon the comfort of the sofa to drag ourselves out into the cold and brave shopping in the Black Friday sales. Almost one-quarter of all Black Friday retail shoppers are willing to camp out in anticipation of Black Friday, and even more will shop online. Last year Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping increased to $7.9 billion – a 17.9% increase on the previous year! Mobile spending alone totals over $1 billion in sales on Black Friday. With spending increasing year on year, Black Friday through to Cyber Monday looks… Read more »

eBay Summer Seller Release 2018 – Product based shopping experience

eBay product based shopping experience

The eBay product based shopping experience was introduced earlier this year for a few selected products. It has been very successful, increasing sale speed and getting great feedback from customers. In the eBay summer release 2018 it has been announced that the product based shopping experience is expanding to include more product categories. What is the product based shopping experience? When a customer searches on eBay they are usually presented with a long list of results. It is then the customer’s job to refine this list using the filters provided. Product based search results show buyers a more clearly structured results page, grouping identical items together and making it easier for customers to compare individual listings. For items like an… Read more »