Starting an online dropshipping business? Why not try dropshipping with Shopify? There are currently over 500, 000 other Shopify stores and counting.
Choosing a platform to set up an online store is one of the steps towards setting yourself up for either success or failure with dropshipping. You want to be sure you’re making the best choices, isn’t it?
And speaking of best choices, Shopify is one of the best-in-class platforms for your ecommerce business especially dropshipping.
The following is a Google Trends chart showing interest over time (2004-date) in Shopify, BigCommerce, and Volusion within the US.
Shopify vs Big Commerce vs Volusion
- Shopify (blue)
- BigCommerce (red)
- Volusion (yellow)
The chart above shows how well Shopify is doing compared to the others, a compelling reason for dropshipping with Shopify if you ask me.
Perhaps at this point you’re wondering
So What is Dropshipping?
Dropshipping is a retail/supply chain/fulfillment business model where you do not need to buy or keep physical stock or inventory of items you sell. Other essential tasks like picking, packing and shipping logistics are also done for you.
Your job in dropshipping is simply marketing. You import product photos and descriptions from manufacturers or suppliers into your dropshipping store and market as if it were yours, at your own price. Cool right?
Even cooler is the fact that ecommerce platforms like Shopify further simplify this already simple business model, handling major tasks for you.
In this post I’ll be highlighting 5 benefits of dropshipping with Shopify viz:
1. Shopify is User Friendly
500,000+ people couldn’t all be wrong and still remain. Built for non technical people, Shopify allows you easily build an ecommerce website from scratch, no coding required.
From domain name registration through shopping cart, payment gateways, etc, Shopify’s easy-to-use interface makes set up a breeze; just drag and drop.
Did I also mention it takes only a few minutes to set up, or that you can also try it for free for 14 days? Well, now you know.
2. Shopify Has Tons of Themes and Templates
Shopify is packed with a plethora of beautiful themes and templates to choose from, including the popular minimalist designs now prevalent in many online stores. With these you can create whatever vibe or ambience you want.
With drag and drop functionality you can edit themes to your taste. Another cool feature is that Shopify themes and templates are responsive and render well on any device.
This is a major feature since majority of all online shopping transactions are mostly commenced and sometimes also completed on mobile.
These will make your site visually and operationally appealing to customers which may ultimately lead to sales.
3. The Shopify App Store
With over 1, 500 apps, plugins and extensions, you can further customize your online store to your taste. These range from essential to fancy and everything in between.
There are paid and free apps including customer service apps like chatbots, bookkeeping apps, social media integration apps, marketing apps and really cool tools to add to your store’s capabilities.
Third party services make the majority of developers on the Shopify apps store, but Shopify ensures they easily integrate with the platform.
This means you can get all the necessary tools to run a dropshipping business in one place without needing to pick and mix a bunch of third party plugins that may be incompatible with your site and each other.
4. Shopify Dropshipping Automation
Apps like Oberlo make dropshipping even easier by automating all core functions. For instance
- It lets you find suppliers and products to sell,
- Import them into your store,
- Automate pricing and inventory
- Use e-packets,
- Track orders, sales,
- Ship directly to your customers, etc with one click.
It’s the perfect tool for dropshipping, once you have your Shopify store up and running you simply install and voila, you’re ready for action.
With its state of the art functions dropshipping will be a breeze once you start.
5. Access to Customer Data
Following are some major ways customer data can benefit your ecommerce business:
- It lets you measure your performance. You can see how your marketing is affecting your overall effort, and whether to increase your effort or if you are okay.
- It cuts guesswork and helps you make decisions. When you have stats and data to support your speculations and analysis, making decisions in the right direction becomes easier than ever.
- It cuts down on decision making time. The days of waiting and anticipating your next marketing move is over, Shopify provides you with live data readings. Now you can see what’s really going on and plan your next move even from a single sale.
- You know where your sales come from and can now scale your efforts. With sales tracking, you can see where the majority of your customers come from and better optimize your ads to specifically target them.
These are a few things you can do with data displayed in your Shopify dashboard. You can also monitor click-throughs to your site, track sales and a host of other customer data to enable you further customize and enhance shopping experience for your (top) visitors.
NB: Note that you still require a good deal of marketing know how to be able to maximize the amazing potentials Shopify offers you to profit from dropshipping just like the thousands of people making thousands and millions of dollars in Shopify sales.
These and many more are some of the features that set Shopify apart from the ecommerce platform competition.
Online shopping is selling like never before. Reports suggest that it will generate trillions of dollars in the next couple of years. This means people are making enormous profits selling all sorts of products, and with tools like Shopify to back them up why wouldn’t they.
Don’t be left out, you can literally start with $0.
Amos Onwukwe is an AWAI trained Business/Ecommerce B2B/B2C Copywriter, featured in scores of blogs including Huffington Post, Dumb Little Man, Ecommerce Nation, eCommerce Insights, Understanding Ecommerce, Result First, Floship, SmallBusinessBonfire, SmallBizClub, Successful Startup 101, Business Partner Magazine, RabidOfficeMonkey, etc.
He’s available for hire.
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It seems strange to think there was ever a time when social media wasn’t an integral part of growing a small business. While many entrepreneurs still struggle with how to best use social media to engage their audiences and promote their businesses, there are signs that they’re gaining confidence in their social media skills. In 2012, 54 percent of small-business owners, who participated in a survey administered by Constant Contact, reported they needed help with social media. This year, that number dropped to 45 percent. This confidence seems to be translating into success, with 72 percent saying that their marketing efforts across the channels that matter, including social, email, mobile and Web, are working.
Socially savvy entrepreneurs know that it’s all about engaging the right audiences with valuable content. The online community has little tolerance for self-promoters who view social media as a means to free advertising. Given this, small-business owners face a challenge when it comes to striking a balance in using social media to engage and promote.
Promotion and engagement are really two sides of the same coin. Engagement is rooted in consistently sharing insight and providing value every time you connect with a customer. This establishes credibility while building trust and inspiring customers to tell their friends about you. Promotion extends your engagement efforts by presenting a valuable offer that’s based on your customers’ interests and needs. Social media amplifies your efforts so you can be found and engage a wider audience to grow your business.
To put it all together, here are eight best practices for successfully engaging customers and promoting your small business through social media.
1. Enhance the rewards for virtual check-ins.
For a specific period of time, double the points each time a customer checks in on Foursquare and triple the points each time he or she brings a friend. Their friends on social networks will see when they’ve checked in while you expand your reach exponentially.
2. Ask conversation-starter questions.
Most people enjoy sharing their opinions, so ask Facebook fans to weigh in on topics that are relevant to your business and interesting to them. For example, a fitness center may ask fans to vote on their favorite summer sports in order to be entered into a drawing to win private lessons for them and a friend who joins the club. The questions should engage fans and inspire them to refer business while giving the business owner great insight.
3. Share your expertise.
Post little-known, fun facts in the form of questions with a special offer presented to the first person to answer correctly.
4. Create a Pinterest board.
Make sure the board has eye-catching visuals and run a contest through it that will inspire and reward customers for their participation. Be sure to encourage them to re-pin and create their own boards that reflect the initial contest for additional social amplification of your campaign.
5. Follow the one-in-seven rule.
This rule is where only one of every seven posts overtly promotes your business. The remaining six should be focused on sharing valuable content, including posts from the community. This doesn’t mean you can’t promote your business in those other posts; just be sure you pair it with great content.
6. Provide value.
While including fun posts that reflect your personality is a must, it’s important to create content that benefits your followers. That can mean posting tips on best practices, providing access to white papers, or offering special deals on products or services.
7. Avoid syndicated messages.
While you can use tools that allow you to write one message and have it appear on a variety of social media outlets, you risk losing the sincerity behind the message. You can use similar language as you promote your offer on different sites; just be sure to change up the words while reflecting the tone of each network.
If you find that your customers are scattered across a variety of networks, focus your efforts where they’re most active. Not sure? Ask. Otherwise, you may waste a lot of time skimming the surface of multiple networks with little results.
When small-business owners apply these best practices to social media engagement and promotion, we’ll likely see that already impressive 72 percent success statistic continue to rise.
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