This Q&A has now ended. It’s been fantastic with many great questions, and really detailed and helpful answers. You can read it all here, and if you have any further questions please start a new discussion to ask them.
This is the first in a new series of posts focusing on members of the Web Retailer community – an amazing bunch of people who live and breathe ecommerce, and don’t mind sharing their knowledge and experience on the site!
First up is Jax Music Supply. Jack has been posting on the site for five years, helping out other members in the forum and writing balanced reviews on software including Volusion, SixBit and OC Designs.
At the time of writing Jack has a little under 1,000 Kudos points. Just a few more likes will take him over the threshold, so please take a look through his posts and hit the Like button if you find his contributions helpful!
A big thank you to Jack for being such so generous with his knowledge. You can read more about him and his business below.
Most sellers don’t get excited by shipping and fulfillment – and with good reason. It’s time-consuming, messy, repetitive and inconvenient. Great sourcing and marketing translate directly into profits, but fulfilling orders seems like a necessary evil.
So I asked twenty online sellers and ecommerce suppliers from around the world if there’s anything sellers can do to make fulfillment more, well, fulfilling.
It turns out that there’s plenty you can do, and with some creative thinking fulfillment can even be turned into a competitive advantage. Here’s what the experts said:
A lot of work goes into Web Retailer – creating blog posts, editing the directory, moderating the forum and more. But the most important, useful and relevant content is created by you – the members of the Web Retailer community.
That’s why user participation is built into every part of the site. Members can write reviews, post in the forum, send private messages, comment on blog posts and more. It’s the contributions of real online sellers that bring the site to life!
In this post I’ll explain all the ways you can participate, and get the most out of Web Retailer for you and your business. A lot has changed recently, so I’ll tell you what’s different too.
There are many ways to market an online store, but these days one seems to get all the attention – promoting your business through social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. It’s called social commerce.
Social networks are free and familiar, and get huge amounts of traffic. But it’s hard to be heard above all the noise, and easy to waste a lot of time. So what’s the right way to do social commerce?
To find out, I spoke to veteran seller and social commerce expert John Lawson. Besides his eBay store 3rd Power Outlet, John is a keynote speaker at ecommerce events, multiple winner of Small Business Influencer Awards, and author of Kick Ass Social Commerce for E-preneurs.
John was outspoken about the challenges and opportunities of social media for online sellers, and I’m delighted that I can share his expertise here.