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How to Know if You’re Falling Victim to a Manufacturing Fraud

For any ecommerce entrepreneur, the first step to success often stems from finding the right manufacturing partner. With the plethora of online manufacturing marketplaces like Alibaba, Global Sources, and HKTDC, finding a manufacturer can be easy. The hard part is knowing if you’ve found the RIGHT manufacturer that isn’t a scammer or middle man. From my experience bringing dozens of products to market(mostly from China), I’ve realized how big this…

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The Little Guide to Writing Better Product Descriptions

You can have the best products in the world, but if you don’t take the time to build conversion-driven product pages, you’re not going to be able to convince your target customers to buy. There are a number of techniques and components that you can leverage to build better product pages, but at the end of the day, it really just comes down to how you ultimately choose to describe…

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7 Ecommerce Companies That Are Using Content Marketing to Take on Amazon

Ecommerce can be a brutal space. Depending on your niche, you might be competing against monsters like Amazon, Target, New Egg, or other well-established players. You might be competing against all of them. It can seem like it’s impossible to win. Even if you have a great product or a fantastic brand, you don’t have the budget or the name recognition to muscle out these giant retailers. As a ecommerce…

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18 Tips That Will Help You Go From Part-Time Selling Hobbyist to Full-Time Business Owner

It’s every aspiring ecommerce entrepreneur’s dream: to go from 9-5 with a side hustle to full-time business owner. The question is, how do you get there? The road to becoming a successful, sustainable business owner is not a simple one. There are hundreds of turns, forks, and detours you could take on your journey, and each could lead you on the right path and closer to your goal. There is…

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10 Common Mistakes to Avoid While Sending Push Notifications

Picture this. It’s 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning and you’re fast asleep. *Beep* your mobile phone vibrates. You drag yourself to pick the phone thinking that it could be an important text or call. Instead, there’s yet another promotional message from one of the apps on your phone. However much you may like the brand, you cannot forgo those precious extra hours of sleep on a Sunday morning for that.…

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How to Accelerate Online Growth with These Simple Event Tactics

Events are an important part of marketing your product. This is especially true for the B2B niche, where events bring  tons of potential clients and partners together. There are dozens of major ecommerce conferences, like eTail or the Imagine Conference. You also have hundreds of local events, meetups, and seminars. You can’t visit all of them. For many businesses it’s also a matter of budgeting. Sending someone to an event costs…

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How to Find and Leverage Retail Trend Data to Grow Your Business

You’ve built a profitable ecommerce business—your shop is running smoothly, your fulfillment process has been optimized, and you finally have some time to think about how to scale. So where do you start? What’s the most important area to focus in on when you’re trying to develop new strategies, set new budgets, and uncover new opportunities? The answer is data. These days, it’s not very difficult to set up and…

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How to Use Data to Fix a Leaky Funnel and Boost Ecommerce Profits

Every ecommerce site is leaking money somewhere, but the important question is where? In this post, I’ll help you to find where your leaks are by looking at a few real-life examples. One of them describes how we found a leak of $2.7 million and what we did to stop it. One key thing to keep in mind is that “averages lies.” Benjamin Disraeli talked about “lies, damned lies and statistics,” which…

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Ecommerce Brand Storytelling: a Growth-Driven Guide

In ecommerce, you don’t just tell stories to entertain your customers, or to make them feel good—you tell stories to sell more products. The reason? The world thrives on stories. Here’s a hard truth you need to understand when it comes to selling to people online: people don’t care about you or your products. They don’t. People care about themselves. They come to you because they’re want to be better…

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Give Your Business an Annual Sales Tax Checkup

If you’re a brand new store owner or even a seasoned veteran, your daily goal is to keep the lights on and product shipping. With so many other more pressing issues on your mind, it’s easy to defer sales tax to a later date. But taking a few minutes to make sure your ducks are in a row will end up saving you a lot of time and money. Sales…

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