11 Tips to Increase your Online Sales

If you’re looking for ways to increase your online sales or just your sales in general, this article will give you 11 tips you can start implementing straight away to see a real difference in your sales.

 

  1. Ease of Use

If you are getting targeted traffic to your site that is great news. But if your customers/clients are coming to your site and are not converting then your site may not have good navigation. Make sure your website is easy to use. If your site is tedious and cumbersome to navigate around then you are losing potential clients. Just by concentrating on this alone you should see an increase in your online sales.

 

 

  1. Build Trust and Sell More

This is a very simple tip but not many companies practice it. You have to gain your customers trust before you attempt to sell to them. I will give you a real world example so you can put this concept into perspective. Would you rather buy a mobile phone from a random guy in the street or a trusted mobile phone store like Carphone Warehouse. I’m guessing you will go with the latter. Even if the ‘random guy’ is selling at a much lower cost than Carphone Warehouse, most people will still buy from the trusted retailer. The key thing here is that you should focus on building trust before anything else. Once you build trust people will just start throwing money at you.

 

 

  1. Don’t Fear Transparency

This point ties in with trust. If you are transparent with customers they will start to trust you and they will see you as a brand that they can trust. How do I make my business transparent I hear you ask! Be upfront about your offers. Don’t leave major details in the small print. That is a major put off. There’s nothing worse than being lured in by a “Free Next Day Delivery” offer only to find out later on that you have to spend at least £300! Don’t get me wrong its fine to have that offer but just make sure you make the condition extremely clear to your customers. That is called being transparent! Do this and slowly but surely your online sales will start to increase.

 

 

  1. Think about your target market

Sometimes we tend to drift away from the real purpose of what our business is all about. What is that? To provide a product or service that your target market will love. The keyword there is ‘target market’. Don’t lose focus on what your target market wants. Remember that peoples preferences and tastes change overtime, so you constantly have to do research on what your target market really want.

 

 

  1. Build a Sales Funnel

If you don’t have a sales funnel in place your probably not getting the results you want. Having a proper sales funnel will allow you to focus on each aspect of your sales process. A good sales funnel will include a very targeted lead generating fragment. This will be at the very top of your funnel. If you get this bit of your funnel right the rest of it will be great.

 

The next bit of your funnel is to prospect your leads. Filter out all the timewasters and gather all the leads that you think have a high chance of buying from you. The last part of the funnel is to actually try and sell to these prospects. This is where you offer them a product or service they might want to purchase.

 

 

  1. Develop an SEO Marketing Strategy

No matter how much you dread SEO, there is no escaping it. It is a must for any business. It is a long term strategy that will pay dividends when done well. Implementing a good SEO strategy will get you a steady stream of sales overtime. You won’t have to do any paid marketing for those sales!

 

 

  1. Optimise for all Platforms

You need to make your website accessible to everyone. When I say accessible to everyone I mean it needs to be optimised for any device. That includes, desktop, mobile, tablets and all the other types of devices there are. The main point here is that whenever anyone searches for your site they shouldn’t have any trouble viewing it. This will increase the amount of people viewing your site which will in turn increase your sales.

 

  1. Start Upselling

Offer your customers the chance to upgrade. Don’t just assume that they will seek out upgrades on their own accord. If you don’t ask you won’t get. Ever heard of the saying ‘ask and you shall receive’? Well in this case it couldn’t be more true. The best time to try and sell to someone is when they have just bought from you or are about to buy from you. That is the perfect time to offer them an upgrade.

 

  1. Start Cross-selling

This is very similar to upselling but instead of offering upgrades, cross-selling requires that you provide more options to your customers. These are alternative options which may not necessarily be more expensive but just increases the chance of a sale as the customer will now have more choice.

 

  1. Concentrate on bestselling products and market those products

Don’t waste your time focusing on products or services that aren’t making you much money. If you know a certain product is your bestselling, then you should focus most of your efforts on marketing that. The aim is to fine tune your marketing so that in the long run you are increasing your sales.

 

  1. Optimise CTA’s

As a business your marketing should include a lot of CTA’s (Call To Action’s). If you don’t know what that is, it is an instruction you give to a prospect telling them to do something. For example ‘Click here’, ‘Buy Now’, ‘Check It Out Here’ and ‘Call Now’. You should always be testing new ones so you know which one gets more engagement. Don’t just stick to the same CTA even if you think it is working fine for you. Chances are that there is a CTA out there that is much better than the one you are using right now!

 


Me Myself and I

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

First impressions.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.
They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

A perfect fit.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

It’s safe to say that because of my unique professional experiences, I’ve tested out a lot of headphones.

Quality.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

I would highly recommend these to any sound mixing specialist.


How To Guarantee Returns From Your Marketing Campaign [Infographic]

Is Your Marketing Campaign Profitable?

If done correctly, a digital marketing campaign can ignite thousands of impressions and generate the kind of engagement that can be converted into sales.

 

Beyond simply creating content and generating leads, your marketing campaign can create advocates for your business. Customers can provide reviews and comments through their own social accounts thus sharing your content in various interactive digital communities.

 

If your marketing campaign is optimal it will be measurable. With simple to use tools like google analytics you can track traffic, the amount of people who click-through to your landing page, conversions and other real-time results. You can then use all of this raw data to segment an abundance of leads and customers into specific and actionable categories.

 

By creating a well structured marketing campaign your business can benefit from a boost in lead generation and brand awareness. However, this could end up being very costly. For this reason, it is extremely important to budget how much you spend in relation to how many sales your marketing campaign can generate.

 

Check out our YouTube video below for additional information about establishing your marketing campaign:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YCbuUDUV4Y

The infographic below provides even more details for you to ensure your marketing campaign generates positive and measurable returns. Let us know what you think is most crucial to your marketing campaign via Twitter or Facebook.

Is Your Marketing Campaign Providing a Positive Return on Investment?

If you are looking for a positive return on investment from your marketing campaign be sure to use the information in the above infographic.

 

Plan, produce, and implement your business marketing campaign today.

 

If you found this useful, why not check out this post on reducing adwords spend?


My tech travel setup

MacBook Pro

Robert Capa, a famous photojournalist once said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” It’s not just about zooming in with your lens, either. It’s about getting physically closer to people and getting to know them better. It’s also about spending a little time with a stranger before taking their photo. That helps build the trust and comfort that’ll come through in your pictures. Walk up to your subject with a simple wave and a smile to help communicate that you mean no harm.

Ask permission to take a photo if they speak the same language as you. If you don’t share a language, try learning some basic phrases ahead of time, gesture at your camera and ask through expression. Of course if someone doesn’t want their picture taken, it’s imperative to respect their wishes and move on — people are always more important than photographs. National Geographic writes that “making great pictures is primarily a mental process.” What makes you want to photograph the person or place? How might you describe it to a friend, and what adjectives would you use? Are there details you can focus on that tell a story?

iPad/iPhone

Maybe it’s a dry, arid desert, captured by focusing on the patterns of cracked earth. Or a prairie that’s photographed with the horizon at the bottom of the frame, to help create a sense of the open sky and tranquility. Or maybe it’s the story of a deft artisan, fingernails covered in wet clay as she molds a pot. When you’re on the road it can be tough to eat right and make sure you get all the right nutrients. I started taking daily supplements of Multi-Vitamin, Fish Oil capsules and Vitamin D and it helps a lot. Especially the Vitamin D since I don’t get to see the sun a lot during the winter in Sweden.

Sennheiser HD-25 Headphones

It’s difficult to recreate the grandeur of a vast landscape in the confines of a picture frame. But one way to add a sense of depth to your photos is to compose them with objects in the foreground that support the scene. It can be as simple as a winding road through a national park, or some rocks to show off the local geology.

If you’re taking photos of people during normal daylight hours, a quick way to get more flattering light is to move the person out of direct sunlight. The light is much “softer” and doesn’t cast stark, unflattering shadows across their facial features. Even better, have someone stand next to an open door or window as the single source of light.