Category Archives: Essential Guides

How to Drive External Traffic to Your Listings Using Influencer Marketing

Alex Knight talks to Katie Palmer of etailz about the most effective way to generate external traffic and sales: working with “influencers”

We often hear from sellers who want to drive visitors to their Amazon, eBay or Etsy listings from outside those marketplaces – known as “external traffic”. Competition is fierce on the marketplaces, so if you can bring in buyers from elsewhere that really helps lift your products above the fighting on price, reviews and PPC advertising.

So far so good, in principle. But sellers struggle to find good, practical advice about using social media to drive traffic to their listings. They get bombarded with information about starting social pages and growing a following, but for many sellers it just doesn’t go anywhere. A lot of valuable time goes into it and they get very little reward.

How can sellers really leverage social media? The usual superficial advice to “use hashtags”, “post your listings on twitter” and “build a following” is of little help. Instead, for most sellers, the best way to gain significant traffic and sales isn’t from their own social accounts at all – it’s from working with people who already have a large following of their own: “influencers”.

Influencers are people who have a large blog readership or social media following (often both) within a particular niche such as nutrition or technology. They might write a blog post featuring your product, post a picture of them using or wearing it, or give out an exclusive code providing a discount to their followers. The overall aim is to get the word out about your brand to a large, but targeted, group of people who may then go and buy one of your products.

We spoke to Katie Palmer, the resident influencer marketing expert at etailz, a leading online retailer and service provider, to find out how to be successful with influencer marketing.

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5 Tips to Optimize your Cross-Border Sales

OFX’s Hamish Muress offers top tips to help fuel your international sales and bring more of your cash home

This post is by Hamish Muress, Senior Business Development Manager at OFX, a global payments company that offers specialized support and service for online sellers.

Cross-border ecommerce has been building momentum for several years now and shows no signs of slowing down. Without the traditional bricks-and-mortar hurdles of going global, more countries than ever are leveraging the ecommerce trend, while consumer trust in buying international goods strengthens.

Estimates by BI Intelligence state that global cross-border ecommerce will generate in excess of $1 trillion in sales for retailers by 2021. Ecommerce businesses, particularly marketplace sellers, are increasingly offering their products globally.

Cross-border trade comes with its own challenges though, from understanding overseas markets to currency conversion. These expert tips should help you overcome barriers and give a solid foundation for cracking overseas markets as an online seller.

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How to Choose an Amazon FBA Prep Service

Alex Knight looks at FBA prep: why it’s important, why sellers decide to outsource, and how to choose the right FBA prep service

Preparing your inventory for FBA can prove frustrating. You’re running low on stock at the Fulfillment Center, orders are pouring in but you’ve hit a bottleneck – you can’t prepare your inventory quick enough to meet demand.

At this point, you decide it’s time to outsource your FBA prep to a third party but there’s so many factors to consider that you’re a little lost. You’re essentially handing responsibility for part of your business over to a third party, so you want to be absolutely sure you’ve considered everything and made the right decision.

To help you decide, we’ve explained what FBA prep is, identified why many sellers choose to outsource it and explored some of the most important factors to consider when choosing an FBA prep service.

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eBay Turbo Lister Replacements: Five of the Best Alternatives

Alex Knight picks out alternative listing tools for eBay sellers still relying on eBay’s much-loved but now obsolete Turbo Lister

This month marks the end of an era, as eBay retires its listing tool, Turbo Lister, after almost two decades of service.

Turbo Lister always splits opinion, as some eBay sellers opted for a third-party listing tool long ago. For many others though, Turbo Lister’s ability to create listings offline and upload them in bulk to eBay, for free, made it their listing tool of choice.

It is these sellers who are now left with a tough decision. On one hand there is eBay’s “improved” Seller Hub, which does feature a listing tool. But, it is not a desktop application like Turbo Lister and doesn’t have either the option to work offline, or the capacity to store finished listings.

This is driving many sellers to third-party listing tools. But, with several tools claiming to be the premier Turbo Lister replacement, it can be hard to decipher which is right for you. Maybe you’ve tried several already, but haven’t found one you like, or are yet to find one with all the features you need.

To help, we’ve taken five listing tools that sellers could use to replace Turbo Lister: SixBit, Xpress Lister, Wonder Lister, Ad-Lister and CrazyLister. I’ve reviewed their key features, and identified which type of sellers they are most suited to.

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How to Write Amazon Product Listings that Rank and Convert

Karon Thackston picks out the most common mistakes sellers make, and shows how to write effective bullets and descriptions

This post is by Karon Thackston from copywriting company Marketing Words. Karon and her team create Amazon product listings which convert better, rank higher, and make more sales.

As I look at the boom in Amazon sales over the last four or five years, it reminds me of Google’s growth. As Google began its journey to becoming the number one search engine, website owners went absolutely crazy, to the point that they lost sight of one of the most vital pieces of any business – customer experience.

Unfortunately, I’m starting to see the same phenomenon occurring on Amazon today.

While you do need to incorporate keywords to tell Amazon what your product is about, you shouldn’t sacrifice quality. Humans also have to find value in the copy you write before they will convert into customers.

Yes, having exceptional rankings on Amazon is a priority, but Amazon isn’t the one with a credit card in its hand – shoppers are. When prospects scroll through the search results, they glance at the information including the title, image, price, and more. There has to be something there to capture attention or, with the swipe of a finger or click of a mouse, your listing will be out of view, never to be seen again.

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