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How to improve sales for your stagnating online store

Written by Spencer Durrant on March 16, 2016 in Strategies & Tips

It's every online storeowner's worst nightmare. You've had a few months of solid sales, you're pulling decent monthly order volume, and you're finally starting to feel as though you have a handle on running this ecommerce store thing. 

Then, suddenly, your sales just stop. Your store seems stagnant, and you can't really figure out what the problem is. 

Stagnating sales is a obstacle many online retailers - especially newer and smaller shops - face at one point. This post will focus on actionable advice on how you can reinvigorate your store if you see declining sales. 

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4 things you need to do when scaling your ecommerce store

Written by Spencer Durrant on March 15, 2016 in Strategies & Tips

Seeing your sales volume increase is a good thing. Not only are you making more money, but you are also gaining loyal customers, which are pushing you in the direction of running your ecommerce store full-time.  

However, with growth come a few issues that you'll need to stay on top of if you want your upswing to be as successful as possible. This is where the term "scaling your business" comes from - your online store needs to be able to easily scale to the size of your customer base without damaging your margins and procedures. 

Let's take a look at a few ways you can scale your store to meet the demands of your growing business

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4 tricks to use to improve your ecommerce sales copy

Written by Spencer Durrant on March 11, 2016 in Strategies & Tips

In the ecommerce world, your sales copy plays a big part in convincing customers to buy your product. Whether that copy is on your product pages, social media, or in an email, the words you choose to describe your products matter in a big way. 

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The top trends for delivering excellent customer service in 2016

Written by Spencer Durrant on March 9, 2016 in Strategies & Tips

Most ecommerce storeowners know that customer service is a crucial aspect to success, and is just as important as product selection and pricing. If your online store can't provide customers an amazing experience, consumers won't be motivated to turn into repeat customers - the most valuable kind of customers. 

With that in mind, let's take a look at the top trends for delivering excellent customer service in 2016. 

Related content: 4 customer service tips for one-man retailers.

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Questions that a potential dropship supplier will ask you

Written by Spencer Durrant on March 8, 2016 in Strategies & Tips

When it comes to sourcing products from a dropship supplier, there are a lot of questions that need to be asked before you agree to do business together. I’ve created a list of questions that you'll need to ask any supplier with whom you plan on doing business.

But what about the questions a supplier will ask YOU? In turn, you also need to be prepared to play ball with suppliers and be ready to answer questions about your business. Let's take a look at some examples of what those types of questions may look like. 

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3 reasons to use flat rate shipping

Written by Spencer Durrant on March 4, 2016

Shipping costs are amongst online retailer's biggest concerns - especially for retailers who use drop shipping to fulfill their orders. 

Shipping rates play a big role in how successful your online store is. If your rates are too high, customers will experience sticker shock at checkout. If they're too low, you'll find yourself losing money. 

Many shipping solutions exist, but one of the most effective is flat rate shipping. This post will look at how to employ a flat shipping rate in a cost-effective manner, and why a flat rate is one of the most effective shipping solutions for small-to-medium-sized online retail stores.

Related content: What consumers expect of shipping in 2016

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7 ideas to increase sales and finish Q1 on a high note

Written by Spencer Durrant on March 2, 2016 in Strategies & Tips

We're officially in the last month of Q1 for 2016. Remember all those New Year's resolutions and goals you set for your online store? Well, with Q1 winding down, now is a perfect time to reflect on those goals and see how well your plans and strategies have aligned with your objectives. 

An objective that probably every single online retailer made at the beginning of 2016 was to increase sales. So, in order to help you finish Q1 on a high note and be more in line with at least one of your yearly goals, here at 7 ideas to increase sales to give your online store the boost it needs heading into the second quarter of 2016.

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4 awesome examples of St. Patrick's Day specials for online stores

Written by Spencer Durrant on March 1, 2016 in Strategies & Tips

St. Patrick's Day isn't often looked at as a huge day for ecommerce revenue, but your online store can still benefit from running some St. Patrick's Day specials. 

The problem is, how can you relate St. Patrick's Day to your online store? Unless you're selling beer, green shirts, or four-leaf clovers, you might have a hard time seeing a St. Patrick's Day connection to your products. 

That's the problem this blog post will answer. 

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The 5 best niche business ideas for your 2016 ecommerce startup

Written by Spencer Durrant on February 26, 2016 in Strategies & Tips

Have you always wanted to run your own online store, but just haven't gotten around to starting?

Well, you don't have an excuse to not start your store any longer. I've put together a list of the 5 best niche business ideas for your 2016 ecommerce startup. While there's no guarantee that you're going to be able to quit your day job by opening an online store selling in one of these niches, if you put the hard work required to build a reputable brand, you will easily see a good secondary source of income for the rest of 2016.

Related: Your guide to ecommerce SEO in 2016.

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The latest trends in ecommerce in 2016

Written by Meshell Long on February 23, 2016 in Strategies & Tips

We're right at the halfway point of Q1, and you've likely already noticed product trends in your own niche. We've noticed them too. Our Director of Marketplace Success, Meshell Long, spent some time pulling data from the Doba catalog to compile a report about the latest trends in ecommerce for 2016, so that you can see what's selling, where it's being sold, and who's buying.

Note: you can access this data too with a free subscription to Doba.

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