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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 »

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 »

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 »