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:

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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Instagram 101: How to Build an Audience of Customers for Your Brand [Video]

We already know that Instagram is a great place for posting selfies and photos of food, but did you know that Instagram can be a highly-targeted, visual advertising channel for your brand? In fact, a recent study found that Instagram provides brands with 25% more engagement over other social media platforms.

And like any other social network out there, there are right ways, wrong ways, and clever ways to use it. So how can you use Instagram to build an audience of customers for your business?

In this video, we'll show you three concrete methods that you can use to increase engagement and build a following for your brand.

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How To Build Buyer Personas For Better Marketing

You shouldn’t dive into paid advertising or content marketing without knowing exactly who your buyers are. Knowing and understanding who buys, or will buy your products is imperative to help you maximize your advertising return-on-investment and content effectiveness.

To understand core customer groups, it has become a standard for many companies to create buyer (or customer) personas. Buyer personas are fictional, generalized characters that build a picture of your ideal and largest markets. They usually encompass not only demographic information like age, location and income, but also psychographic information like interests, reasons for buying and concerns. 

In this post, we'll learn how to build buyer personas for your online business so you can laser target your ads and create more compelling content that will engage your ideal customers. 

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The Ultimate Guide to Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding has been one of the best things ever to happen to artists and entrepreneurs.

Every year since 2010 artists have received more funds from crowdfunding than they have from the National Endowment of Arts. Meanwhile, it’s propelled new businesses, like Oculus Rift, which raised $2.4 million dollars on Kickstarter before being acquired by Facebook for $2 billion; and Pebble, one of the early trendsetters in smartwatches.

This “pennies from many” model allows many more people to pursue their creative and entrepreneurial visions. For prospective entrepreneurs, crowdfunding is an exciting way to generate attention, validate an idea, and perhaps most importantly, raise capital without going into debt.

But running a successful campaign is no walk in the park. That’s why we’ve put together The Ultimate Guide to Crowdfunding as well as Crowdfunding 101, an infographic that gives you an overview of the two major crowdfunding platforms and the characteristics of successful campaigns. You’ll find in these two pieces everything you need to know about the right sort of product to crowdfund and how to transition to an enduring campaign afterwards, with data-driven advice on optimizing your campaign page.

In addition to up-to-date and novel advice, this guide includes in-depth interviews with four entrepreneurs who got their start with successful campaigns. These include interviews with Canary Home Securities, which raised $2 million to become Indiegogo’s most-funded hardware project; and Catan Boards, which raised 1,400% of its funding goal.

Today, we present The Ultimate Guide to Crowdfunding, as well as Crowdfunding 101, an infographic with the data analysis of 400,000 campaigns. Take a look.

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How to Capture High Quality Product Photos With Your SmartPhone

Before you spend money to rent a DSLR camera and a lens for your product photography, consider using the quality camera that you carry around with you all the time: your smartphone.

You may be thinking that using your smartphone for product photography sounds a bit crazy, but with today’s advances in technology, it’s absolutely feasible to create great product images by utilizing your smartphone’s advanced camera features and a tripod. This option is both budget and user-friendly – not to mention convenient!

Here's a step-by-step guide showing you exactly which tools and apps you'll need.

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8 Marketing Tactics (And Apps) That Turn Shoppers Into Buyers

As an online store owner, you're always looking for more traffic and sales. With so many ways of achieving these goals it can sometimes be difficult to determine the best place to start. Previously, we shared 13 actionable marketing tactics with you and today we have eight more.

In this post, we will showcase a variety of tactics that you can implement immediately, along with an app for each one. Everything from automated email marketing campaigns, to implementing a referral marketing effortlessly and a bunch in-between. 

Let's find out how to increase traffic and sales.

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Warning: Are These Four Ecommerce Conversion Killers Hurting Your Sales?

Do you have lots of visitors but not a great deal of sales? In other words, are you having trouble converting customers?

It’s a condition that affects many online stores. But don’t worry: It can be fixed.

There are lots of reasons for people being hesitant to buy from you after they visit your online store. In this post, we diagnose the most common issues for why someone would fail to make a purchase after they visit. Then we propose solutions so that you can make your customers feel more secure and more comfortable buying your products.

Here are common problems, as well as their solutions.

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