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Sell more online!

23 April 2013 / 18:04:44  GRReporter
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2.  Lack of description of the product. I would add hidden description as well. The more useful the information provided to the customers, the more the customer thinks that he knows the product and this reduces his need to see it live. More photos, more information, even a video if possible - all this leads to a greater chance of a purchase.

3. Bad search engine. The majority of people have come to your shop by searching on Google. Logically, if they decide to look for something else in your shop, they will do it with your search engine. If it finds a small number of results, if the information is poorly structured or unclear, then the chances of the customer returning to Google and finding another website are great. Alternatively, the best option is to provide as much additional information as possible, which will not make the customer search again and which will not irritate him, of course. The customer will appreciate it if he will be able to look at such products without searching them, because that saves time and effort.

4. No available information about return policy, exchange or warranty of the product offered. This makes the customer feel insecure and uncertain. Let the customer know that his worries are unfounded.

5. "Registration required" – following the example of big online shops like eBay and Amazon, some traders require obligatory registration, but unlike the online trade benchmarks mentioned previously, they are far from offering the same functionalities that require obligatory registration. If you do decide that you want your customers to register, give them a reason to do so! Offer them something beyond the purchase itself.

6. We offer this product but it is not available at present. Customers are tired of “hollow” online shops unable to fulfil their orders due to lack of real product availability.

Good practices or how to sell more online

1. Personalization. The customer is flattered when the next time he visits the website he sees his recent searches and the new proposals. Even if the customer has already bought the goods he needs, a new promotion would certainly make him think that your shop is definitely profitable and he would seek in your shop the new product he wants to buy. Offering goods on the basis of the history of the customer’s demand leads to new sales.
2. Play a game. If you sell jeans and he sells jeans, if your delivery cost is 0 leva and his delivery cost is 0 leva, if your picture is good but his picture is good too, I will buy from you because you give me some promo -points with which I can buy something. It is not important that I do not buy anything in most cases...
3. Bulletin is NOT = SPAM. As I wrote above, the newsletter can be a very good channel for advertising as long as it is properly developed and used.
4. Online chat. The online chat function is useful in many ways. It gives confidence that the shop "works" and there is someone to whom you can always turn if you have a question or a problem.
5. Related products. You want to sell more and you want your customers to buy at an attractive price. Ideally, you can sell two related products at a discount.
6. Video, Video, Video! I have already mentioned the role a video plays in product perception. I will only add that one of the things I refused to shop for online was clothes but I changed my mind after I saw my girl friend watching a mini review of a dress!
7. Give a present when you are happy, but also when you are unhappy! We all love gifts and they make us feel special even when they are small.
8. Ratings and comments. Many people are afraid of criticism and avoid ratings and comments on their website. Give people a voice and it will pay off! Google too!
9. Who said that Facebook does not sell? A good product with a good picture + a good price + a short link to purchase + a promotion = a sale!
10. Create a customer status! It is not enough to offer promotions. People want to feel special. A good way is to give a special status and privileges to the most loyal customers and to show it to everyone. The former will become more loyal and the latter will want to be special too.
11. For old customers with love. Loyalty is very clear on the Internet. A reorder from an old customer can cost several times less than finding a new customer!
12. Last minute offers. The feeling that they will miss a profitable bargain can be a strong motive for a purchase, even for customers who are hesitant.

An increasing number of traders are turning to online shopping as a source of real sales rather than as a fancy or curious experiment. It is clear that in order for the online trade to be successful some basic rules should apply that are specific to this type of offering of goods and services. An increasing number of manufacturers and retailers understand that it is not enough for the shop to resemble this or that popular site or to copy best practices from offline marketing but that it is an activity which requires a lot of research and knowledge of how to develop it in order for the efforts invested to pay off.

Materials of the presentations of Mihail - Ernesto Mihaylov, Christo Radichev and Dimitar Dimitrov are used in this article.

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