Category: Strategies

How Small Brands Are Dominating In 2019

small brands

Spend ten minutes scrolling Instagram and you’re sure to come across a dozen new brands, all offering you products that instantly catch your eye. The e-commerce industry has spent the last decade celebrating Amazon’s power in retail. Measuring the potential of a brand by its scale and path to category dominance. The assumption that antiquated high street brands would be attacked by giant e-commerce brands has been taken as fact. But while we were all watching Amazon, an army of small brands was rising up. And now, both old and big brands are fighting against thousands of tiny brands. These tiny brands have low overheads, creative design and supremely efficient customer acquisition tactics. Of course, small brands are nothing new,… Read more »

4 Ways e-commerce is Working its Way onto Facebook and Instagram

Facebook and Instagram

According to a Gen Z report, that generation cite social media as their most influential source for buying decisions. Couple that, with a Meeker report shows 55 percent of users who found a product on social media went on to purchase it later. That makes social media one of the most effective and dominant channels for e-commerce right now. Facebook and Instagram have billions of active users globally and according to the Global Web Index, users spend an average of 142 minutes on social media per day. By capitalising on the opportunity to advertise and sell products on social networks, Facebook and Instagram allow brands to get their products in front of a massive audience where the users already spend a… Read more »

Telling Your E-commerce Brand Story

brand story

If you’re part of a growing e-commerce business, or have grown an e-commerce business from scratch, you’ll be familiar with the challenges of wearing multiple hats, juggling dispatch and customer enquiries whilst trying to attract more customers online. We get accustomed to doing everything as fast as possible. There’s always a new immediate task to be dealt with, and sales is a fire that needs constant stoking. Therefore, marketing is focused on the fastest return on investment. Creativity and branding get pushed aside as a luxury that you never have the time or budget to focus on. Why do you need a brand story? Having worked in content marketing and branding for many years, the one thing I see time… Read more »

How To Increase Your eBay Sales

increase your eBay sales

With over 179 million active buyers in over 100 countries, eBay gives sellers instant access to a global marketplace. But how can you make the most of this exposure and increase your eBay sales ? This guide covers key considerations and best practice you need to follow when selling on eBay. What to Sell on eBay Offering high demand products is probably the most obvious way to increase sales. By researching and assessing demand for particular products on eBay, you can choose stock to increase your eBay sales. Sell From A Shop There are a whole host of reasons why opening an eBay store can help you to increase your eBay sales . Main benefits include: Creating A Professional Brand… Read more »

How to Use Video to Increase Sales in E-Commerce

Product Videos

Video traffic is expected to account for 80% of all consumer internet traffic in 2019, and visitors to e-commerce websites are 64-85% more likely to buy  after watching a product video explaining how it works. This is because our brains processing visuals 60,000 times faster than text. Using video in your e-commerce provides customers with the information they need to make a confident purchase, without any extra effort on their part. There’s no disputing it; video is the reigning king of the internet – yet it’s still one of the most under-utilised e-commerce strategies. Which means that for e-commerce merchants looking to get But before you put time and money into creating product videos, you need to have your video… Read more »

Digital Branding Trends For 2019

digital branding

Digital branding relies on consistency. From your product descriptions to your customer service responses, the customer should receive your branded experience. Digital branding goes far beyond sticking your logo on everything. However, in e-commerce it’s easy to get lost in the numbers and forget the importance of making a good first impression. Making a positive first impression is the most important part of creating a good customer journey. Your efforts to continue that experience through the course of their buying journey are important, but will be useless without the hook of that initial good impression. I’m going to take you through some digital branding trends that are currently making real impact. Test them out for yourself. These trends will help… Read more »

Using Buyer Personas To Find Your First Customers

buyer personas

What’s a Buyer Persona? A buyer persona is a description of your ideal customer. They are the person you choose your stock for, knowing they will want every item. You write product descriptions to answer their questions and use social media to share content you know they’ll enjoy. Even if you haven’t sold anything yet, this is the person you’re confident is just waiting to become a loyal customer for your brand. Whatever you want to sell, however you plan to market your business, knowing your customer is the first step. The more in-depth your understanding of your target’s internal motivators, the easier it will be to persuade them to buy from you. But how can you know your customer… Read more »

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 »

5 Easy SEO Essentials For Your E-Commerce Site

SEO

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 website. 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 »