How to Sell Online

The Shopify Ecommerce Blog has over many articles about selling products online. From learning how to sell online to advanced tips and tricks, we cover everything you need to know to run a successful online business. Here are some recent posts that talk about selling online:

3 Common Misconceptions About Conversion Rate Optimization That Are Wasting Your Time

"We got a 300% lift in revenues because we switched 'add to cart' button from green to orange!"

I read stuff like this all the time. It's not only horribly mis-informed but it can be damaging for business owners who execute baseless split-tests that lead to little or no real insight.

For ecommerce entrepreneurs who pride themselves on making the most out of every visitor, it's infuriating to be sold on - and subsequently invest in - conversion optimization tools, only to find after your first split test there were no real lifts at all.

The problem is, there's a good deal of information that is misleads the reader into thinking "If I just swap a headline, or change a button color, or 'fix' my call to action, the revenue will start pouring in!"  

But that's far from true. 

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How to Make Your First $1,000 With Reddit Ads

My name is Ryan Luedecke and I’m the CEO of a subscription service for jerky lovers called Sumo Jerky. As sole proprietor of a small bootstrapped business, I’m constantly looking for affordable opportunities to grow sales. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised to learn I could run ads on Reddit for as little as $5.

Reddit is a gigantic online forum with over 5 BILLION pageviews a month. It’s divided into smaller forums, called subreddits, where people with shared interests can post questions, vote on topics, submit cool pictures, etc.

I use Reddit, for example, to participate in the Entrepreneur forum, the Paleo forum, and the Austin forum because those are topics that are of interest to me.

To date I’ve run about 30 ads on Reddit, spending about $400 and making over $2,200 in sales. About 15% of my monthly subscriber base is from Reddit ads.

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Referral Marketing 101: 7 Tactics to Launch Your Own Referral Campaign

Study after study has proven that referral marketing is one of the best forms of marketing when it comes to sales and conversions. Simply put, referral marketing, sometimes also called word-of-mouth marketing, is just people purchasing products based on someone else's opinion or influence. It's a powerful marketing channel because people trust the opinions of other people in their lives and people they respect, whether that be family, friends, social media influencers or big stars. 

It makes sense, we regularly get advice from our friends on which TV shows to watch, movies to rent, or restaurant to go to. And, as end consumers ourselves, we wan’t to share our stories, the products we buy and the brands we choose. This becomes magnified when the buying experience and products are exceptional.

In this post, we will show you the three fundamental reasons referral marketing is so powerful, some examples of extremely successful referral campaigns, and provide you with seven tactical steps to build a powerful referral marketing engine for your business.

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7 Customer Retention Tactics to Get Current Ecommerce Customers to Purchase More

You’ve heard it time and time again. It’s cheaper to get past customers to purchase again than it is to find new customers. This is true for most businesses, especially in the crowded online ecommerce arena where ad impressions, clicks and conversions always seem to be increasing in cost, making new customers more and more expensive to acquire.

Knowing that it's cheaper to get current customer to purchase from you again, ask yourself, when was the last time you truly made an effort to re-engage your current customers to get them to come back?

In today’s post, we will look at seven tactics to target your current customers and get them to purchase more often.

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14 Ways to Use Offers, Coupons, Discounts and Deals to Drive Revenue and Customer Loyalty

Offers, coupons, discounts and deals. There will come a time when most online merchants will be faced with the decision of whether to offer discounts, when to offer discounts and how much should the discounts be worth.

Offering discounts for your online store can be a powerful weapon in your conversion arsenal, however, used haphazardly, and you can do significant damage to your brand or worse, become unprofitable.

In this post, we'll review some of the pros and cons of offering deals for your online store, look at some of the most popular ways you can use discounts to drive conversions and, of course, how to most effectively use them.

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9 Resources Online Store Owners Can Use to Create Beautiful Marketing Content

As a store owner, you understand the importance of beautiful design across your online presence. You know that great design leads to more sales and more revenue.

However, if you are like most online store owners you probably don’t have a design background and years of experience with tools like Photoshop and Illustrator.

So how can you create beautiful marketing content that drives more conversions and revenue?

When we were putting together our guide on how to get better marketing results with beautiful design, we spent countless hours searching the web for tools, templates & resources that could help people like you create beautiful marketing content.

In this post, we wanted to share some of our favorites with you in order to help you create beautiful marketing content that drives results for your store.

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How to Drive Targeted Traffic to Your Online Store [Video]

It's all too familiar a story.

You've created a beautiful online store and you're carrying products that you know people will love but the only problem is, no one is coming to your store.

Why is that? There could be several reasons but one of them is probably because you're not doing a good enough job of actively driving visitors to your site.

In this video, we'll show you six practical and proven ways, that you can use, to drive traffic to your online store today.

 

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6 Foundational Ecommerce Marketing Tactics to Stop Your Bucket from Leaking

As an online store owner, you’re always on the lookout for new ways to drive traffic, but how many times have you invested time, energy and money into a new method of driving traffic only to receive low conversions or maybe even none at all? 

Facebook Ads, Google Adwords, SEO, blogging, social media and guest posting are all great methods to drive traffic, unfortunately, most of the time they don’t work as expected. There are lots of possible reasons for this, however, many times it's because you have a leaky bucket. A website that leaks visitors as fast as you can bring them in. 

In this post, you’ll learn six foundational marketing tactics that will greatly help convert visitors on your site, bring back qualified visitors that do end up leaving your site, and get the most amount of money from each of your customers, increasing your average order size. 

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How to Prepare Your Online Store for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is almost always the most profitable time of year for online businesses. Not only does the last quarter of the year see increases to the number of orders but the average order sizes also tend to be much bigger as well. In fact, some retailers make up to 40% of their yearly revenue in the last quarter alone. 

Let’s be honest though. With the day-to-day hustle of running your ecommerce business it’s easy to forget approaching holidays. How many times has a holiday come, only for you to realize that you never prepared a promotion for it?

If you want to make 2014 your best year yet as an online retailer, then you need to be prepared and plan ahead.

In this post, we will look at what you should be doing right now to end 2014 on a strong note by preparing your online store for the holiday season. 

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Why Online Store Owners Should Embrace Online Reviews

The ecommerce landscape is continually changing and evolving. One of the biggest changes in recent years has been the proliferation of online reviews.

In fact, reviews have spread all across the internet and they pop-up regardless of whether you're actively encouraging them or not.

However, when used strategically, reviews can become powerful pieces of social proof that persuade people to buy.

In this post we’ll look at how to put reviews to work in your business. Specifically, we’ll show you how to start generating (and automating) them, as well as how to manage them.

Let’s get started.

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