If you have a business and you’re not selling online right now you’re losing money. The opportunities to sell yourself and your products and services online are endless, and if you learn the basics it doesn’t have to be all that difficult either. There are a number of things you can do to market your product, drive traffic to your site and increase your sales. Once you’ve got all these people cruising to your site looking for products how do you ensure that some of them make a purchase?
1. Make things easy for your customers by focusing on one (or a few) products. The more products or services you offer, the more you’ll confuse customers and scare them away. Take one product/service and go into detail about it. A lot of text about one product is much more likely to generate income than a little text about twenty products. Just like your great aunt berthas orange lipstick, less is more!
2. Make lifelong connections with Opt-In offers! It’s an awesome way to get your customer’s email addresses so you can stay in contact with them. This is vital to longterm success. “Sign Up For Our Newsletter And Get Savings In Your Inbox!” is a great way to continually remind your clients why your company is awesome and why their friends should be a part of your community too. Your Opt-In offer should be easy to see, and posted to every page of your website. Experiment with different placements just in case.
3. Improve headlines. Instill urgency, answer questions, and establish yourself as a relatable company, a company run by humans just like your customers. Admit faults, be transparent, and be likable. Headlines are HUGE when it comes to increasing your conversion rate. A friend of mine that works for Upworthy, one of the most powerful information dissemination companies online, said, “I write 50 possible headlines for every article because headlines make or break whether or not something goes viral.” That’s the power of headlines.
4. Establish your credibility right away. When a potential client stumbles onto your site you only have a few seconds to hook them. Showing your credentials, a trust seal, and your customer’s testimonials on the front page shows that you’re business is legit. It should be one of the first things that people see when they arrive to your site.
5. Change your sales copy. Instead of talking about yourself all the time try using “you” language. Try stuff like, “This product or service is designed with you in mind, your life, your family, your business.” It makes a difference.
6. Ask people to take action. If you instill urgency in your content you’re more likely to inspire customers to buy something, subscribe to something, invest time in something. “If you’re not doing this you’re losing money right now,” is more likely to inspire action than, “our products are super cool and stuff.” Am I right?
7. Images go along way. Boost your page with awesome graphics, an iconic image, or infographics. People except web pages to not only be informative and user-friendly, but also easy on the eyes. The more visual things you have going on the longer people will stay on your page and the more seriously they’ll take your company.
8. Maximize for a quick glance. Most people look at your page and decide if they want something in a split second so it’s a good idea to prepare for that. Optimize your copy content to catch the eye by highlighting important parts of the text with bold letters, short standout phrases, quotes, Italics, or little colorful boxes.
Who doesn’t love a good success story? We’ve decided to post an EPIC success story every week, highlighting the trials, tribulations, and eCommerce success’ achieved by hard-working individuals like yourselves. This week we’ll share the start-up story from Kustom Koozies, an eCommerce Biz that makes insulated beverage coolers with super cool screen-printed designs. They started out small and now take care of about 6,000 weddings every year among other things. They’re kind of awesome.
The nature of the internet has created new challenges for business owners. One of the most difficult challenges has been overcoming the distance and anonymity that make the internet both convenient yet questionable and seemingly unsafe. While shoppers are able to order a wedding dress from their cell phones while running to a meeting, that very convenience also takes away their ability to verify the people whom they’re conducting business and socializing with online. Oftentimes, a shopper’s suspicion gets the best of them. This lack of trust required business owners to come up with a way to build trust between themselves and potential clients without having a physical encounter with them. This is how the trust seal was born. It’s a way for business owners to verify their businesses to the world, put shopper anxiety to rest, and have a fighting chance in a platform where news about security breaches, hackers and fake sites are a daily occurrence.
Increasing traffic to your blog. This is crucial to the promotion of the product or business you are representing (The growth of Ecommerce is almost 20% of all business per year or more than $1 trillion dollars!) It is also vital to the enhancing of your own personal web presence. How? Engage your audience with the kind of style, content, attitude and approach, that will motivate them to share your posts.
Here are eleven guaranteed ways to maintain your audience, increase your blog traffic, and create a more positive web presence:
The massive Target breach that took place over the holiday shopping season was apparently way bigger than the corporation thought. The U.S. company issued a statement on Friday that they have found that hackers also stole the personal information of at least 70 million customers including names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses. Previously they believed that hackers stole data from 40 million credit and debit cards. The two sets of numbers are likely to overlap somewhat but experts are not sure yet according to Target spokeswoman. Some customers had their information stolen from a database and had not shopped in the Target stores during the breach from November 27th to December 15th.
Still not familiar with Google’s HTML5 based tool? Well, you should be. The new tool to build HTML5 capable sites and ads that excel at instead of falling flat when it comes to cross-screen experiences in web browsing. HTML5 is the new tool, out last fall, that is becoming the new standard for building web content. It’s replacing Flash and other old-school tools. The best part? HTML5 is easy! Well, as easy as programming can be I guess. It’s accessible and can make engaging content a breeze. For More on HTML5 check out this article.
Bringing Enterprise-level Tools to All eCommerce Retailers
Personalized product recommendations company 4-Tell has announced today that they will be partnering with website security and verification company, Trust Guard.
4-Tell says it plans to use the partnership to increase conversion for their clients, eCommerce retailers of all sizes. 4-Tell provides 1-to-1 personalization through product recommendations across all channels, including on eCommerce sites and in email. By bubbling up content of interest to shoppers, they boost revenue by 15% or greater on average.
Trust Guard boosts revenue by strengthening customer-client relationships with third-party-verification and website security products. Recent case studies report that Trust Guard’s presence on an eCommerce website boosts sales conversion significantly.
Co-Founder and CEO, Ken Levy is enthusiastic about the partnership, saying, “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Trust Guard because the union is projected to increase revenue for retailers. Boosting conversion is our #1 priority and dovetails in with Trust Guard’s objectives as well. We’re both fast, user-friendly and cost-effective. This partnership delivers more value for all of our customers.”
The partnership will provide 4-Tell and Trust Guard’s customers with the opportunity to utilize the tools of both companies for a heavily discounted price of 50% off the first month for 4-Tell’s Boost° Recommendations to all Trust Guard and Shopper Approved Merchants and Free PCI, and up to 70% off Trust Guard’s Certification Seal to 4-Tell’s customers.
“We are very excited about our partnership with 4-Tell as they share our passion for making the most of hard earned traffic.” Says, CMO, Cresta Pillsbury, Trust Guard. We are confident that this partnership will be an excellent fit, adding a great deal of value to all parties involved”.
About Trust Guard:
Trust Guard is a Website Security company with over 15 years of online sales and marketing experience. Trust Guard offers PCI Compliant Security Scanning that checks for over 45,400 vulnerabilities hackers might use to compromise websites. In addition to Website Security, Trust Guard also specializes in Privacy, and Business Verification Seals that build customer trust and loyalty, increase online sales, and improve website credibility.
When online consumers see a Trust Guard Seal, they know that the website has been scanned and verified by a reliable, trustworthy third-party. Our seals come with a certificate that is displayed when consumers click on the seal, instantly verifying the website’s credentials without leaving the site, giving them the confidence and the peace of mind to complete their purchase.
4-Tell increases sales by 15% or greater with 1-to-1 personalization through product recommendations which bubble up items your shoppers are likely to purchase. With self-optimizing algorithms and a retailer-controlled dashboard, Boost® Recommendations become increasingly personalized with each click a shopper makes. Their Boost® Recommendations Engine provides automated personalized recommendations that work seamlessly across all channels – web, email, mobile, CRM and in-store. More than 150 merchants use 4-Tell’s Boost® products, including Columbia Sportswear, Lukie Games, Ace Tool and exOfficio.
Facebook has changed it’s algorithm to bring posts with the most interactions to the top of the news feeds. It might work against business’ who are trying to flood Facebook with quantity over quality. However, for business’ providing quality content posts with organic interactions it will boost their visibility by giving them a higher rank in the news feeds thus more visibility for a longer period of time. Another reason to provide followers with genuine, useful information and build real relationships with current and future customers. This is a great article on Facebook Bumping And The Influence On Business Pages
- How Facebook Decides if Your Posts Are Naughty or Nice (blogs.constantcontact.com)
- A Facebook Insider’s Guide to Posting Perfectly Share-able Images (shutterstock.com)
- Why You Need To Refresh Your Facebook Marketing Strategy. (themrsite.com)
Do your employees love coming to work everyday? Do they enjoy what they do, and do they want the company to succeed? If your answer is “no” you might want to reconsider your company’s culture. Employees who love their job, who feel appreciated and who enjoy being in the office are more productive. Great company culture also attracts talent, and employees who are customer-focused. Successful companies are companies where the employees want the company and their clients to succeed and they do everything they can to make it happen. If being in the office is miserable, if relationships between workers and management is bad, it’s impossible for employees to care about clients. They simply want to do their job AND GET OUT. Clients know when they are cared about and they usually prefer working with companies with dedicated, happy employees over a miserable office environment. Next time you think about “improving” productivity, why don’t you ask employees what would make them more productive at work?
Towards the end of the year your clients are going to be looking at the books and either jumping for joy, coming to terms with loss, or figuring out where to make adjustments. They’re also stressed with family, and the holidays in general. It’s a delicate time where clients need to know that you’re all in it together not necessarily the best time to be trying to hard sell them. They need guidance and support and maybe a reminder of why they need you. It’s an excellent time to share trends that will impact their business, give them one-on-one attention, and identify a business opportunity that they’ve overlooked. Try this article for more: Partner, Don’t Pitch.
- Key Traits of a Successful Salesperson (hiscoxusa.com)
- 5 Easy Ways to Thank Your Clients This Holiday Season (inc.com)
- The 2013 Good Client Behavior Awards! (bellashouseandpets.com)