This is the first monthly guest post from Donnas Stuff & More, an Addoway Seller and one of our new Addoway's monthly bloggers who will bring her passions and expertise into the fold in some of her many blog posts to come. Donna has been doing this for quite some time and we are so excited that she is going to share many insights into eCommerce success.
Many of us source our items at yard sales, rummage sales and thrift shops and from our own homes - I am one of those people. I have found wonderful items, both new with tags and pre-owned that I am able to offer to my customers at a price that saves them money and yet brings me a nice profit!
Too many times, I have seen sellers price their items too low, especially on pre-owned items. Remember, items on Addoway are Buy It Now, or BIN, so there is no auction. And low price
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This is the first monthly guest post from Royal Presence, Addoway Seller and one of our new Addoway's monthly bloggers who will bring her experiences and expertise into the fold in some of many blog posts to come. She is passionate about your business as much as she is about her own and we are very excited to have her a part of the team.
Hey everyone, it's that time of the year. The Holiday shopping season is in full swing and it's down to the wire for many merchants. To fellow colleagues on Addoway, there is no need to tiptoe a balancing act on a tightrope. Just stay calm! I am going to share my TOP 10 tips to staying calm during this time.
1. First and foremost - Stay on top of customer service requests. Nothing more important then this is why it is number one.
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We know there are so many marketplaces out there for you to choose from in the limited time you have in your day, but when you think about it this is an incredible time to be involved in eCommerce. However, we also understand that it’s important to not spend too much time in the wrong place. Defining out what the right place is depends on YOU quite frankly, but in this blog post we are going to go over some ways you can make your experience on Addoway memorable, time saving, and fun.
Ask Questions – Addoway has a Sellers Meet N Greet on Facebook where hundreds of sellers are active every week and month; posting great ideas, tips and tricks and even answering each other’s questions way before an Addoway employee can get to them. We have an active Twitter feed where you can ask all types of questions, get links to all types... Read More
Every one of you wants to be successful.
You hear about all these great successes in the Addoway Sellers Meet N Greet
on Facebook. People post about their successes in their blogs and share them with their friends. They want the world to know that they are successful and rightfully so. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. On the contrary, we actually promote that type of behavior. You are excited and you should express and share that excitement with those closest to you.
This blog post is not about social media. It's not about what you should or shouldn't say online. It's not what you have to put in your blogs or post in your tweets. This blog post is specifically about staying on top of things when dealing with buyers. What type of things you ask? EVERYTHING! Everything that deals with your buyers. The most... Read More
We are sure each of you reading this has accumulated quite a bit of knowledge about selling online. When you find something that works you often continue doing it, but others that don’t work so much, you tend to forget or you continue to improve on them so you can get more efficient and sell more, right? Well on Addoway, we have some very successful sellers and we are going to highlight some of the tips and tricks we feel they use often to be successful for you. Many of you have asked who they are and how they do it and while we can't share with you their names, we can definitely share their traits.
They are great communicators... Read More
It was recently announced to us that Bing Shopping engine (http://shopping.bing.com), in an effort to modify the mix of offerings and merchants listed, has decided to pause Addoway's feed. At this time, we still do not know exactly how long Addoway's Bing Shopping feed will be paused. We do know that Addoway is no longer listed on Bing Shopping, and you will begin to see an impact in your overall traffic.
We will continue to be listed on Bing (organic) search engine, and are continuing our efforts to improve Addoway's SEO, on and off of Bing. We're already beginning to see improved indexing of Addoway's pages on Bing and Yahoo, which have always lagged in comparison to Google. We will remain in contact with the Bing Shopping Team, and will do whatever is necessary to see that feed is restored.
Your return policy is an important aspect that you must take into account when setting up your store if not, the most important. If you ignore setting your policies up, you are telling prospective buyers that you don't have one and this is not the message you want to be sending. When figuring out what type of return policy you would like to have, it can be as easy as matching what your dropshipper maintains, but in many cases sellers are not using these methods because they either make their own products and/or already have their product in house.
Before we go any further, check out this statistic, "81% agreed with the statement “If an online retailer makes it easier for me to return a product, I am more likely to buy from that retailer.”
It's important to make your return policy visible and easy to understand; free from any and all... Read More
"Hey Addoway team, what types of products should I sell?"
We decided to post a new blog specifically around helping our sellers identify what items they should sell. You might think the question is odd or you actually might have already asked yourself this question when you started selling, but many sellers come to us asking us what they should sell and how they can identify if they picked the right products. This question is very challenging because it usually comes from sellers who opt into being dropshippers and those brand new to online selling. Nevertheless it is important to us and we wanted to spend time discussing this important question.
Dropshipping is very challenging. Dropshipping is not for the impatient and it's not for those who want to make a lot of money fast. The main obstacle of dropshipping is that you are selling the same... Read More
So you are checking your business and sales are doing okay, but you want more. You want to be more successful and make more money right? You look over everything and sometimes even do it twice. You make sure you are on social media, your photos are looking great and your items are competitively priced and coming up on Google and Bing, but when was the last time you really looked into your descriptions? That's right your items descriptions.
Your photos are not the only important part of your listing that you need to focus on. A listing with a couple of great photos will do you no justice if you put no work into your description. Buyers are attracted to great photos don't get us wrong, but once they are there you need to show them that there is something behind just a great photo. You need to hook them in the description and get them to go to... Read More
So where do you spend most of your time during the day?
Listing? Editing? Shopping? Researching? Selling? Tweeting? Facebooking? Pinning? Starting at your email waiting for orders? Watching television?
The reason we ask this is because you really need to evaluate the limited time you have in each day. Many times we get caught in just keeping busy hoping that we are actually doing great work, but instead we are wasting our time. Spend time on meaningful tasks and you will be successful. Don't just list to list an item. Spend the time to make sure you are adding a unique description, great photo(s), and proper unique identifiers. Editing and listing an item is an art form, the sooner you realize that the sooner you start making it a work of art.
Don't just Tweet items or Facebook items just to say you are social.... Read More