5 Ways To Increase Your Sales In September~Post From The Past

#1 Give your store front a makeover
Take a look at your store front and try to see it from your customer’s eyes.

*Do the colors and the graphic look inviting?

*Is the wording in your heading positive and upbeat?

*Are the categories easy to use?

*Is there a different template you like better than your current one?

Take a little bit of time and play around with your store front and see if you come up with a new look that you like better than the current one you have.

#2 Keep looking for and listing Christmas items

Christmas is just right around the corner.  If I had the option right now of listing some shoes or books and the option of listing toys and Christmas specific items, I would choose to get the toys and Christmas specific items listed right away.

People are already shopping for Christmas items, and you don’t want to miss out on sales because your items aren’t listed yet.  Even over the summer, I sold several items that are specific to Christmas.

#3 Clean out your shoes

Now that you have your Christmas items listed ;) you can clean out your closets and sort out the shoes you don’t plan on wearing this winter.

Anything that’s still in good condition is a candidate for your eBay inventory.  If you’ve never listed shoes before, or if listing shoes doesn’t sound like fun to you…….just give it a try.  If you don’t like it, you don’t have to keep listing shoes, but I’m pretty sure that you’re going to enjoy it as much as I do.

Shoes are super easy to list, a good profit maker and  super easy to ship.

#4 Get your new inventory listed within the week it’s purchased

Even if you feel like you’re “behind” on listing your inventory, try to start listing all of your new inventory within the week it’s purchased.

You’ll be amazed at the items you list right away that either sell the same week or the week after.  What I try to do is list all of my new inventory the same week it’s purchased (and usually within 48 hours of purchasing)  each time I list my new inventory, I also try to pull 4-5 items out of my “to be listed” bin. I list those with my new inventory so that I can catch up on listing without it feeling like it’s a big chore.

#5 Use Mark Down Manager

I know I’ve mentioned Mark Down Manager before, but I’ll mention it again.  Even a sale of 10-15% off helps generate some good sales.  If you have items that have been in your inventory for awhile and you’d like to see them moving, try a 30% or 40% off sale.

Rachel

Love What You Do!

August 14, 2013 by The Selling Sisters  
Filed under Motivation, Quotes

If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.
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Don’t Give Up!

July 26, 2013 by The Selling Sisters  
Filed under Motivation, Quotes


Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.
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Things That Flew Out the Door: May 2013

This month, 15 items that were listed sold in the same month.  I enjoy tracking each month to see what’s selling right away, but it also reminds me that this is why I have a store. Not everything has to sell right away for me to make money.

Here’s May’s list:

*Plush Charlie Brown

*Dansko Clogs

*Gap Sundress

*Men’s sweatervest

*Crest Toothpaste

*Wilton fish cake pan

*Garnet Hill Skirt

*Hanna Andersson sun dress

*Tribal Jeans

*Athleta Skirt

*Old Navy Sweater Dress

*Plush Thing 1 and Thing 2

*Garnet Hill top

Rachel

5 Tips For Your Online Store in August~Repost

#1 Increase the number of items listed in your eBay store

August is a GREAT time to ramp up your listings and get your store stocked up before the Christmas selling season hits.

I stock up my store all year long.  If you haven’t started getting your store stocked, or even if you’re already busy stocking it up, try to do a little extra this month.  Maybe set a goal to increase your inventory numbers by 100 items more than it is now by the end of August.

#2 Get your pile of “to be listed items” listed :)

We all have GREAT stuff sitting around waiting to be listed.  Here’s a fabulous way to increase your sales without spending any more money……list what you have on hand.  Every time I stop shopping and simply list what I have on hand, my sales go through the roof!  Why?  Because I have fabulous items just sitting in my “to be listed bin” and they can never sell if they’re sitting there waiting to be listed.

#3 Increase your DSR’s

Take a look at your Detailed Seller Ratings on your dashboard and start concentrating on the one or two that need the most attention.  It may take some brain storming, but think about what you can do to increase your scores.  How can you lower shipping and handling charges?  How can you decrease your handling time?  Is there a faster way to get items to your customer?  What other details can you include in your listing so that the items are what the customer is expecting?  How can you communicate better with your customers?

It can be a lot of work to improve your Detailed Seller Ratings, but in the end, it pays off.  Not only do you get a discount on your final value fees for being a Top Rated Seller, but once I became a Top Rated Seller, I noticed right away a big increase in my sales because your items automatically have a higher search ranking when you’re a TRS.

#4 List your Halloween Costumes

Now is the time to list your Halloween costumes and any dress up clothes you have in your “to be listed bin”  make sure you get them listed so your potential customers can shop your store for Halloween costumes at their convenience.  If you wait until September or October to get your costumes listed, you may miss out on potential customers.

#5 Promptly answer customer questions

Here’s an area that I lack in and am really trying to improve on……..Promptly answering customer questions.  By the time I list, ship, and communicate with current customers, I’ve forgotten about the potential customer who asked a question.  Not only will this help increase your communication DSR’s (in the event the customer makes a purchase from you) but, it can also increase your sales.

If the customer is asking, they’re interested, and if you don’t get back to them right away, they may just go and purchase the same item from a different seller.

Rachel

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