Category: Retail

Advice For Contacting Dropshipping Suppliers On Ali Express

contacting dropshipping suppliers on Ali Express

So you’ve decided you’re interested in dropshipping. You’ve done your research, you’re aware of the pitfalls, and you’ve chosen a product niche. Now all you need is to find a supplier. Manufacturers are able to offer you the cheapest price on goods, leaving you greater profit margins. For this reason, when looking for a dropshipping supplier, you should try to work with a manufacturer, if possible.  Unfortunately, manufacturers tend to be some of the least marketing savvy people in e-commerce, and so more difficult to find through search. Most of the suppliers who rank well in search or advertise well are in fact middle men. Most manufacturers will be on Ali Express though. That’s why Ali express is the first… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Preparing your business for Small Business Saturday

Small business Saturday

What is Small Business Saturday? Black Friday and Cyber Monday tend to be dominated by big businesses. Small Business Saturday was introduced by American Express, in an attempt to redress the balance. Initially introduced in the US 7 years ago, an impressive 72 percent of U.S. consumers now know about Small Business Saturday. In 2016, an estimated112 million shoppers showed their support for small businesses on the seventh annual Small Business Saturday, setting a new record for the retail event in the US. Introduced to the UK five years ago, last year’s event in the UK is estimated to have earned smaller businesses an additional £717m of sales, up 15 percent on 2015. This year’s small business Saturday will be… Read more »

Promoting your e-commerce for the holidays

e-commerce

Summertime is drawing to a close and the holiday season is just around the corner – also known as the busiest quarter of the retailing year. Starting with Halloween at the end of October, and now incorporating some of the biggest dates in the retail calendar such as singles day and Black Friday, the holiday period is now more important to retail than ever before. This is a period of great opportunity, but also fierce competition. Here’s our advice on promoting your e-commerce store to ensure you get the most from this highly profitable time of year: Sell Everywhere Marketplaces are the central point of e-commerce. Many people now search eBay or Amazon for products before searching Google. A presence on key marketplaces… Read more »

Why cross selling is so important – and how so many eBay sellers are getting it wrong.

According to Marketing Metrics, the probability of selling to an existing customer is 60 – 70%. The probability of selling to a new prospect is 5-20%. When a customer is making a purchase, they are already in the mind set to buy.  It is the best time to sell them other products. Increasing average sale this way is what successful online entrepreneurs often refer to as “making all the profits on the back-end.” In 2006, Amazon reported that cross-selling and upselling contributed as much as 35% of their revenue. Both techniques are important to customer experience and maximising sales. The difference between cross selling and up selling      Which is right for your business? There is no reason not… Read more »

Writing compelling descriptions – even for boring products.

writing compelling descriptions

It is an easy mistake to make, To simply describe a product in the description. But why just describe it, when you can sell it? Talk to your audience Who is your product for? Is it for mountain climbers, parents of young children, or people who own a car? Writing compelling descriptions depends on you knowing your target audience. When you know your target audience, you will know how they like to be spoken to, what makes them laugh and why your product would benefit them. Sell the sizzle Establish what makes your product desirable, then tell people about that. Does it save your customer time or make them look good? Does it solve a problem? Is it faster or… Read more »

10 Stats that prove Black Friday is kind of a big deal.

Black friday sales

Black Friday is the day after thanksgiving in the US. In recent years, UK retailers have been following their American friends and holding black Friday sales. Retail folk lore says that black Friday is the day retailers go out of the red and into the black. The spending is always epic. Some retailers such as Amazon have already started their Black Friday sales this year, over a week early, in an effort to draw more customers in. $4.45 billion was spent in the US on black Friday 2015. 74.2 million shoppers purchased. In the UK, £2 bilion was spent in 24 hours. 34% of black Friday purchases in 2015 were mobile. Electronics are always hot items on black Friday, and… Read more »