Amazon sellers are busy people. (That was the understatement of the year!) Our 4th quarter, while so crazy profitable, is a bottomless pit of time-suck swirling around.
I’m nothing if not eloquent. 🙂
You don’t have time to read a lot and I don’t have time to write a lot, so I decided to share with you 5 quick tips for Amazon sellers that have helped me and may help you as well.
(Before moving on though, I have to say, “WHAT? NO! WHAT?” to my brethren in the world of the Walking Dead. Our mid-season finale was Sunday night, and I’m still not quite right.)
For me, it’s so easy to find myself sourcing at the same places over and over again. If I think toys, I think toy stores or the big box retailers we all think of. If I think grocery, I think grocery stores that are near me.
But, when I remind myself to venture out into new territory, I can have some fun successes. Just this morning I went to a site from which I’ve never before sourced and I wound up buying a couple cases of a toy I never would have even thought about. Yay!!!
Here is a super short list of some stores you may not normally consider when you’re sourcing. If you already check these sites, yay you! If not, give them a peek and maybe you’ll have some luck.
Blain’s Farm & Fleet – They sell way more than farm products.
Belk – I grew up in the South and this was a chain that we shopped a lot.
CueSight – I don’t play pool because I am incredibly awful at it. I’m sure there are oodles of Amazon shoppers who love it.
Menards – I had never even heard of these stores before, but given how large they are, I must surely be the minority. When I walked in, I thought I’d gone to heaven. The cool thing is that you can also shop online if you don’t have one near you.
The Magic Warehouse – Hey, magicians need love, too!
Use Buffer App to curate great content that aligns with your brand, and set it up to share your finds across social media.
Make your shares interesting or funny or helpful so that when you decide to share something sort of self-promotional, like your store or a particular product, your friends and audience will be glad to hear from you.
Invest in your ecommerce education at least once a month, every month. I can’t say it often enough… smart business people know that learning should never stop.
Find people who know something you don’t, pay them a fair price to have access to their knowledge, and dive in. Don’t be that person who believes no one can teach them anything.
Think of it this way: if your doctor didn’t spend money to go to school and learn from people who knew how to slice open human beings, your appendix might be stapled to your head.
If you are one of “those” sellers who sits your products on your kitchen table, snaps a photo and throws it up on Amazon…
STOP IT! 🙂
Take some time and learn to create better, crisper, cleaner images for your Amazon product listings. There are so many tools out there to help you, you can improve your images and increase your sales easier than ever before.
I’m a big fan of Clipping Magic. Take a peek and you’ll see why. It makes removing backgrounds easy and quick. Love it.
PicMonkey is a tool I use numerous times a day, and if you’re not using it, you’re missing out – especially as it pertains to images for bundle and multipack listings.
Amazon sellers are so busy, especially in Q4. Don’t forget to take care of your CEO and your CEO’s family.
Because the fish are jumping in the boat right now, it would be easy to put yourself at the bottom of your list, or to miss out on making memories with your family.
Have a family meal, or go to yoga, or watch a funny movie. Just do something that allows you to relax and be well so that you can continue to run your company and have it become more and more successful.