Whether you have an established ecommerce business or are thinking about putting a few items up for sale on your blog, organization is a key component of success. Make your sales process more efficient by thinking about how you can streamline your sales copy, website navigation, and checkout process and you’ll see results. The following are a few tips to help meet those sales goals.
- Use language to appeal to your audience.
Boost sales and make your website more efficient by using the right tone. Sales copy should focus on the reader, so be sure to use references to “you” rather than “I” or “we.” Find out what problems your target demographic has and try to address how your product can fill their needs.
- Group products into logical categories.
Does your website offer a wealth of information? Organization is very important to make sure that visitors can find what they’re looking for. Not everyone uses the same browsing technique, so it’s helpful to use a variety of different navigation options to allow visitors to browse according to their preferences. For example, you can group your products not only by type and price, but also by release date or by popularity.
- Offer a single product on the homepage.
Better yet, do away with the confusion of multiple categories and information overload altogether. Consider offering a single product or set of products and offering a full overview of the benefits of this primary focus. Whittling down your offerings allows you to provide in-depth information on a single product and create a more coherent marketing plan.
- List products in numerous places.
It’s a common rule of thumb as a business owner not to put all of your eggs in one basket, and this applies to online sales as well as other issues. You may have put a great deal of time and effort into building your business or ecommerce website, but have you thought about using listings sites with higher visibility? It can take a great deal of time to build an audience on a business website. Yet in the meantime you could be growing your brand with small scale sales on localized sites without listings fees like Quicksales, or big names like Amazon that let you set up a storefront.
- Streamline your checkout process.
If you want to increase sales, you’ll need to be sure that the customer is not only easily able to find what they want, but can figure out how to pay for it. Create a single checkout page, with as few steps as possible to enhance the payment experience. If this process is too complicated, buyers are likely to have last-minute remorse and could drop the sale altogether.
- Create daily marketing tasks.
As a small business owner, it’s important to chip away at marketing tasks on a daily basis. Whether it’s responding to social media posts, cold calling potential clients, or writing up an entry for your blog, try to do something positive each day to get the word out there about your online business.
It’s helpful to look at businesses or websites that you admire for inspiration. Could your layout be de-cluttered or is there a new venue where your products could sell? All of these small steps can help you meet your larger goals more efficiently.