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5 Big Mistakes Women Make When Launching Their Online Fashion or Lifestyle Store
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The financial and emotional rollercoaster that is the life of an online retail business owner, is certainly not one for the faint-hearted. One month you are planning on buying a small island, and the next you’re scraping pennies together to pay for the next round of stock.
If you, like me, sell seasonal products such as resort wear (Summer product), or Cashmere (Winter product), Christmas decorations (Christmas product… obvs) you will experience huge peaks and troughs in sales, and managing cash flow rapidly becomes as fun as a double root canal.
After riding this feast or famine roller coaster for over 6 years now, I want to share a few strategies that continue to work for me.
If you have ever heard me harp on about the importance of list building, the reason is simple.
Nothing works better than making an offer to your list. Your list = primed customers, “warm leads” that are often waiting for a special promotion or incentive from you to jump online and add-to-cart!
Thanks for being on our list promo:
A strategy we find effective at iland co. is offering our VIP subscribers a $25 gift voucher to use within a set period of time. We send 3 automated emails to our list. Firstly letting them know of the offer, and how to use it. The second is a reminder that their voucher will expire soon, and a final reminder on the last day telling them it’s about to expire.
Whether you want to set a minimum purchase amount or exclude certain items is absolutely up to you, but do remember the more restrictions, the fewer conversions you will receive. If you’re after a fast cash injection, I’d suggest a minimum spend of approximately $60-$80 but include all products. Call it a “storewide offer”.
48 hour Flash Sale:
Think about other promotions or special offers you could market to your audience that would be irresistible to them. Perhaps it’s a flash sale, discounting everything on your site for a short period of time. Or perhaps it’s a further discount on sale items, for a limited time.
Keep in mind, you want the offer to be too good to refuse. The aim is to move stock and raise cash fast!
Are you trying to push summer products in the dead of winter? Yep, me too! Sometimes we need to look outside our current location and find new customers who are in the correct climate for our products.
We must ramp up our paid ads to regions that are in opposite seasons to us during our quiet time of year. These customers are in the market for Spring or Summer clothing, while our usual local customers are shopping for knits.
Targeted paid advertising makes it easy to zoom in on specific locations and audiences, so test out some ads to new demographics. Be sure to speak to your customers in relation to where they are in terms of season, and stage of their buying journey. Promote products that are relevant to them right now and consider offering an incentive such as free shipping or a fast action discount to test conversion on this new audience.
If your traffic and sales are down on your own website, seek out where your ideal customers might otherwise be hanging out online. Perhaps they are on eBay or Amazon and you have some slow-moving stock you’d like to sell off cheaply there. Or maybe your ideal customer shops on platforms such as Etsy or Hard to Find. Try listing your products there- meeting them where they are already shopping.
However, if your sales continue to flounder, perhaps there are bigger issues at play with your business, product, or website. Maybe you are making one of the top 5 mistakes I see new eCommerce business owners make. If this sounds like your experience, be sure to download my free guide. Learn how to overcome these mistakes, and avoid them in the future. Download the guide here.
I hope you found these tips helpful. These are just a taste of what I teach in my coaching program, Online Store Success. Online Store Success will be back in July this year with only a limited number of places available. Be sure you are on the waitlist here to be the first to know when doors are open for enrolment!