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How to Boost Dropship Holiday Sales with Email Marketing

How to Boost Dropship Holiday Sales with Email Marketing

dropship email marketingIf you want to rock those ecommerce dropship sales during the upcoming holiday season, it might pay you to take a close look at how to use email marketing effectively.

Email marketing is extremely effective provided it is done right. In fact, it is one of the most effective marketing methods available to day for ecommerce and has a great ROI (Return On Investment) to boot.

The winter holidays are prime online shopping times for millions of people all around the world. You want in on the action, right? Sure you do! Read on to find out how to use email marketing to effectively increase your dropship home business sales this holiday season.

Here are a few tips and tricks that should help you optimize your email marketing for the holidays:

  • Make sure you have especially good offers and promotions going on in your dropship business during two of the biggest shopping days of the year—Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There will be a lot of consumers keeping an eye out for great deals and bargains, so you want to have something to offer them.
  • Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to your marketing emails. You want a subject line that will jump out there and attract a viewer’s attention before they automatically hit the delete button and move on to the next email. Make it humorous, or outlandishly extravagant or perhaps a particularly lucrative offer….it doesn’t matter so much how you go about it or exactly what you say, the main idea is to get your marketing email opened and read.

  • Be sure to keep the main message of your holiday marketing emails “above the fold” which simply means in the top half of the message. It is much more likely to be read there in its entirety, which in turn will get readers to continue reading the whole message.
  • Always have links to your social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Encourage people to like and share so that you can extend your audience. The holidays are a perfect time to have contests and promotions on Facebook, especially. For example, you might offer free shipping to everyone who likes your page. Don’t panic—you won’t be losing money in for factor the shipping cost into the cost of your dropship products. Internet research has shown that shoppers are more likely to buy an item—even at a slightly higher price than a competitor‘s—if it comes with free shipping.

  • Take some time to clean up your subscription list. Verify email addresses, update new change of email addresses, thin out subscribers who haven’t opened any of your emails in a long time. There is a chance they might open yours during the holiday shopping season but it’s unlikely if they haven’t opened any in a couple of years or so.

  • This is a prime time to beef up your email marketing subscription list. Actively solicit those email addys! Offer some sort of incentive such as a percentage or dollar off amount on a purchase, for instance.

Use these tips to boost dropship holiday sales with email marketing!

 

Start your own online dropship business today!

6 Tips to Make Working From Home Work for You With Dropshipping

6 Tips to Make Working From Home Work for You With Dropshipping

work at home dropshippingWould you love to be working from home and wondering if you could make it work for you with the dropshipping business model?

Good news! You can!

There might be a better job somewhere than working from home but if there is, most of those who have their own ecommerce home business might find it hard to believe since they feel they have the closest thing to a 100% perfect way of making a living as exists in the world today.

Ecommerce has changed so many lives for the better. Before the World Wide Web, for instance, mothers who needed to earn an income were faced with the unpalatable choice of leaving their preschool children in day care or with a babysitter and going out to work or being broke. For many of these who were single parents, there really was no choice since no matter how much someone would love to stay home with their kids, someone has to put food on the table and provide shelter, clothing and other necessities of living.

For retired people who want to supplement an income that doesn’t stretch far enough in these days of rampant inflation and rising prices everywhere from the gas pumps to the grocery stores…working from home is a godsend.

Ditto for disabled people and many others who have found to their delight that they can earn a great living or as much extra money as they need right from the comfort and privacy of their own homes. 

If working from home and ecommerce are the best things since sliced bread, dropshipping takes it up a notch toward total perfection. Why? Because it is the fastest, least costly and most profitable of any work at home job you could possibly find.

Here are 6 tips to make working from home work for you with dropshipping:

1. Decide on a hot niche, one that will have enough demand to keep you in traffic and sales. You can check out eBay to see which products are popular with a high sell through rate, check keywords of possible niche products in the free Google Keyword Tools to find out how many global searches are performed for it each month, read reviews on Amazon and check out the Amazon Top 100 in each category, as well.

2. Find a reputable wholesale product source that will give you genuine wholesale prices, has high quality products and good business practices such as prompt shipping, sending low inventory notices so you don’t over sell and more.

3. Choose your dropship products and then list them on your website, or the online venue of your choice such as eBay or Amazon.

4. Market your dropship home business. Use social media marketing, email marketing, content marketing, video marketing and more to drive traffic to your web site or listings. Remember, business goes where it’s invited, so invite people to check out your dropship products.

5. Provide great customer service. This is the backbone of any sales enterprise both online and off. Treat people right both before and after the sale and your customers will make the best sales people you could find, plus great brand advocates that send you referrals and new customers.

6. Treat your home dropship business as a business. Yes, it’s pure bliss to be able to work in your pajamas and work your own hours….staying at home when the weather outside is frightful….avoiding the hustle and bustle of a long commute to work and back or spending a small fortune on gas back and forth to your workplace…but it’s still work and you must treat it as a job. You will not be successful working from home if you fail to hold yourself accountable for good work habits.

Use these tips to make working from home work for you with a dropship business!

 

Start your own online dropship business today!

Holiday Shopping on eBay: Is Your Home Dropship Business Ready?

Holiday Shopping on eBay: Is Your Home Dropship Business Ready?

holidays eBay dropshipHoliday shopping on eBay will be a BIG deal, so you need to ask yourself this question: Is your home dropship business ready?

eBay is one of the internet marketplace giants, second only to Amazon. According to eBiz, eBay ranks number 8 among the top 15 websites, with Amazon coming in just above it at number 7. eBay gets an estimated 210 million visits a month.

Wow!

That’s a lot, but hold on to your hat because during the upcoming holiday season that number will go up—way up. So, any eBay dropship seller needs to get prepared for all of those shoppers and all that extra traffic. If you have been having a sort of blah year to date, the holiday spending spree will offer you a chance to get caught up and boost your bottom line for the year’s sales.

This is unlikely to happen unless you start making preparations for the increased holiday shopping on eBay for 2013.

Here are some things you can do to get your eBay house in order for the holidays:

  • Add holiday themed gifts to your line up of dropship products. Since you don’t have to pay for your products up front, it won’t cost you one thin dime to browse your wholesale product source listings and choose some items that will be in demand for the holidays. This includes Halloween and Thanksgiving, by the way, not just Christmas. And then there’s Kwanzaa and Hanukkah to think about.

  • Include a calendar in your listings that clearly shows shoppers how many days they have left to purchase your product in order to get delivery before Christmas. Many shoppers procrastinate and being able to see the deadline right in front of them may spur those who tend to put things off into going ahead and buying right then and there.

  • Let your listing templates show some holiday spirit. For example, you can do Halloween themed templates, Thanksgiving themed, Christmas themed and New years as well. Festive templates help to get shoppers in the holiday mood.

  • Black Friday is not just for brick and mortar stores. You should have your Black Friday specials up by Thanksgiving or even earlier. Don’t forget Cyber Monday, either. This is a big online shopping day that takes place the Monday after Thanksgiving, so plan ahead with your marketing and promotions for this extra traffic and buying day.

  • Be sure that your listings and templates are mobile friendly. More shoppers than ever before are predicted to buy from mobile devices this year and you don’t want to miss the boat.

  • Consider adding Best Offer to your Fixed Price listings or Buy It Now to your auction listings. A lot of shoppers are not going to want to wait for an auction to end if they see something they like, so give them the option of an on the spot purchase. You may or may not choose to require immediate payment with a Buy It Now purchase, but it isn’t a bad idea.

Use these tips for holiday shopping and selling on eBay to get your home dropship business ready to make those sales!

 

Start your own online dropship business today!

3 Tips to Making More Money on eBay with Dropshipping

3 Tips to Making More Money on eBay with Dropshipping

eBay dropshipping tipsIf you are tired of working for someone else and longing to be your own boss with an ecommerce business of your own that would allow you to work from home, you may be interested in 3 tips to making more money on eBay with dropshipping.

Before we proceed any further, we should probably lay something to rest that might affect your decision to consider dropshipping on eBay if you have heard or read some of the Doomsday prophecies about how nobody can be successful at it:

It isn’t true.

The fact is that there are many successful eBay dropshippers. You won’t hear much from them for the simple reason that they’re too busy making money to talk or write about it. As Winston Churchill once remarked “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

When you see the Debbie Downer stuff about how impossible it is to be successful dropshipping on eBay, you should realize that in most cases, these are people that would have failed at any endeavor….not just as eBay dropshippers. Without the proper work ethics and stick-to-it-iveness, nobody will be successful at anything.

So, now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s proceed to the 3 tips to making more money on eBay with dropshipping.

I. Successful eBay dropshippers understand the importance of having a great niche with products that are in high enough demand to ensure them a steady stream of traffic and sales. No matter how great your work ethics and commitment to success might be in ecommerce, if you don’t have something people want—you will not succeed. Choosing a successful niche means doing the necessary research to determine what’s hot and what’s not. There are several ways to go about this. You can browse eBay completed listings to see what products had a high sell through rate and the prices they brought. You can also use the Google Keyword Tool to research a niche and see global monthly results of how many searches were performed for it. For example, if you used the search phrase “Fuzzy Purple Key chains” and found that there were a slew of global searches in a period of one month, this would tell you that fuzzy purple key chains are in high demand and should make a profitable niche for dropshipping on eBay.

II. Successful eBay drop shippers understand the importance of good copywriting and images, which means writing titles and descriptions that convert to sales and ditto for images. This is one of the most critical points to success on eBay! You can take the time to romance your product descriptions to make them sound as attractive and appealing as possible and make more sales, or you can take the lazy way out and use the brief and generally utilitarian product descriptions from your wholesale product source—and make less sales. The same rule applies to images. You can either procure one each of all your dropship products you will be selling on eBay and take fantastic photos of them and make more sales, or you can use the images provided by your product supplier which are ordinarily pretty blah and basic—and make less sales. Remember that with ecommerce, shoppers are unable to actually see or touch your products and must rely on your descriptions and images to help them make a buying decision.

III. Successful eBay drop shippers understand the importance of customer service. If you fall down in this area, doing a bang up job on the two above won’t help you much. Your seller feedback on eBay is vital to your success and it doesn’t take too many bad feedbacks or Detailed Seller Ratings to sink your eBay ship like the Titanic, only there won’t be a band playing as you go under. Be consistent in providing great customer service and your customers will reward you with excellent feedback and ratings, plus in many cases with repeat business. Always strive to over-deliver rather than under-deliver and you’ll reap many benefits.

Use these 3 tips to making more money on eBay with dropshipping to launch your own profitable home business in ecommerce!

 

Start your own online dropship business today!

Pet Supplies Dropshippers: Holiday Gifts for Pets Boost Sales

Pet Supplies Dropshippers: Holiday Gifts for Pets Boost Sales

pet supplies dropshippers holidaysHeads up pet supplies dropshippers: you can boost sales during the upcoming holiday season with gifts for Fido and Fluffy, plus a variety of other pets.

According to statistics, people spend a lot of money on their pets. In fact, pet supplies is a fantastic dropshipping niche for this very reason. If you have been longing to walk away from a job you hate in favor of being your own boss and working from home with an ecommerce business, pet supplies as a niche has tons of promise!

This is especially true during the winter holidays when indulgent pet owners lavish gifts on their four footed friends, or in some cases—two footed or no feet. While it may seem strange to think that someone would buy Christmas gifts for a snake or a fish, people do it. Birds are big favorites for holiday gifts, as well. Actually, almost any kind of pet is a candidate for holiday gifts, so you would probably be well advised to offer a little something for many different sorts of pets.

That being said, the emphasis will be on felines and canines as cats and dogs are the most popular pets in the world.

Now, what kind of dropship products would appeal to pet owners looking for that special gift for a furry friend or friends?

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Toys for dogs
  • Toys for cats
  • Stockings to hang by the chimney
  • Edible treats for dogs
  • Edible treats for cats
  • Dog beds
  • Cat beds
  • Cat condos
  • Cat scratching pads
  • Heated crate or pet bed pads
  • And much more

If you are skeptical that there is really much of a demand for pet gifts during the holidays, take a look at these stats from the American Pet Products Association:

  • 53% of dogs and 38 percent of cats receive gifts at Christmas, according to those surveyed in the American Pet Products Association (APPA) 2011 / 2012 National Pet Owners Survey.

  • Pet retail segments are traditionally among the leaders during the holiday selling seasons, even in the toughest of economic situations. Although this was the case in 2008 and 2009, and the economy only slowly started to improve in 2010 and 2011, pet owners always continued to spend money on their pets over the holidays.

  • APPA is also thrilled to announce out of 259 pet owners recently polled on Facebook, 93 percent said “yes” they plan on purchasing a gift for their pet this holiday season. (2012)

And here is more good news:

These numbers are from the 2007 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook:

  • 73% of all United States households (about 87 million) have at least one pet.

  • Dogs are the top pet with 37.2% of pet owning households having at least one.

  • More than 45 million people in the United States own dogs.

  • 32 million of those people will buy Christmas gifts for their pets, and 10 million celebrate their dogs’ birthdays.

Okay, we have firmly established that there IS a demand for pet gifts during the holidays!

Pet supplies dropshippers should start now to get their holiday gift items for pets lined up and work on marketing campaigns, promotion, social media campaigns, email marketing and more.

If you are dropshipping pet supplies and fail to offer holiday gifts for those pets, you are leaving money on the table.

Pet supplies drop shippers should begin immediately and be ready of the holiday shoppers!

 

Start your own online dropship business today!

5 Dropshipping Tips: Gearing Up For the Holidays

5 Dropshipping Tips: Gearing Up For the Holidays

dropshipping tips holidaysIt’s almost that time again, when holiday shoppers will be online looking for just the right gifts for those on their lists, so you may be able to use these 5 dropshipping tips to help you gear up for the holidays.

One thing it is important to keep in mind is that even if your sales have been in something of a slump so far this year, if you play your cards right the holidays can work wonders to boost your overall bottom line.

Retail internet sales analysts are predicting record numbers of online shoppers for this season’s holiday buying and with just a little bit of preparation and work, you can get your share of this very profitable pie.

Here are 5 dropshipping tips for gearing up to bag those holiday sales:

1. Tune Up Your Website—Your dropship website needs to run like a well oiled machine 24/7, but if there was ever a time when a fast website with no errors was doubly important, it is the winter holidays shopping season. Check to make sure your pages are all loading correctly with no dreaded 404 errors and that it is loading FAST. Online shoppers are notoriously impatient at the best of times and when they are trying to do their holiday shopping you can count on their patience wearing thin. So, check your website thoroughly to make sure it’s as good as it can be.

2. Tweak Your SEO—Contrary to what you might have heard, SEO is not dead. In fact, it’s alive and thriving. You must utilize good SEO if you want to maximize sales through the holidays. Make sure you have lots of fresh, relevant content. Tweak your product descriptions and images. Use SEO on your social media pages and in all of your marketing tactics such as email newsletters.

3. Use Social Media—The holidays are a fantastic time to use social media marketing to its best advantage. Have some contests, offer freebies and coupons, give people an incentive to buy from your dropshipping website. You should decorate your social media pages for the holidays, too. Don’t overload it but do have some festive images and colors.

4. Map out a strong marketing campaign for the holidays. You can’t wait until the last minute and expect to be as successful as you would have been if you had gotten your ducks in a row and started earlier. Sit down and figure out exactly how you are going to market your dropshipping products, plan your promotions carefully and decide how you will boost your sales accordingly.

5. Last but not least, decide what dropship products you might add that will boost your sales during the holidays. You may think that your niche won’t lend itself well to adding gift type products and actually—it may not. If you are selling items such as incontinence pads, for example, there simply isn’t much of a way to get festive or add extra products that would make nice gifts and correlate with your niche. But, for the most part, most niches would be prime for adding extra money makers during the winter holidays. If you dropship camping supplies, for instance, the holidays present a great opportunity to highlight down sleeping bags suitable for cold weather camping.

Use these 5 dropshipping tips to gear up for the winter holidays and you’ll be sure to rake in a lot of extra sales and profits!

 

Start your own online dropship business today!

Use Wholesale Dropship Products to Supplement Ecommerce Sales

Use Wholesale Dropship Products to Supplement Ecommerce Sales

wholesale dropship productsDid you know that you can use wholesale dropship products to supplement ecommerce sales?

You can! For instance, if you have your own website, or are an eBay or Amazon seller, or selling on any other online venue, you can easily use wholesale dropship products to boost your bottom line and increase profits.

How does this work? Well, let’s say that you are selling fishing lures and are doing a great business with them. People who love to go fishing and buy your lures are also likely to buy other fishing related products.

But, instead of stretching your budget or maybe even taking out a loan to buy more and different inventory, you could simply find a wholesale dropship product source and choose correlating products to sell along with the fishing lures.

In this way, you could use bundling, cross selling or upselling sales techniques to make more sales.

The success of this plan will largely depend on the wholesale product supplier you choose. If you select one that charges you basically retail prices, there is no way you will make any money since you can’t buy for resale at retail prices and then turn around and resell for retail prices and have any margin for profit at all.

So, here are some tips for finding a good wholesale product supplier if you want to source supplemental dropship items for your ecommerce business:

  • Be sure it is an established business, preferably a member of the Better Business Bureau. As fantastic as the internet truly is, the sad fact is that there are scammers who may take your money and run. So, check up and make sure the wholesale dropship product source you are thinking of dealing with is a well respected business.

  • Be sure that the products supplied by the wholesale product source are high quality. The last thing you want to do is send people inferior, shoddy, poorly made items that are liable to malfunction. Your reputation would be ruined in nothing flat and your ecommerce career would be over due to all the adverse publicity this would get you. It‘s a smart idea to buy one of every product you intend to sell, so that you can see the quality and workmanship for yourself.

  • Be sure the wholesale product source really does give you true wholesale prices. As mentioned above, this will be a huge factor in the success or failure of your plan to use wholesale dropship products to supplement your ecommerce sales. Paying too much up front will mean that you cannot hope to make enough of a profit on each sale to be worthwhile.

Using wholesale dropship products will be a boon to both you and your customers, since offering the chance to buy other products they need or want is a win-win situation of all concerned.

Thi8nk about what products you could offer your customers and then use wholesale dropship products to supplement your ecommerce sales!

 

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