50 Ecommerce Tips for Ecommerce Business Owners and New Entrepreneurs

50 tips for ecommerce business owners and new entrepreneurs

If you’re a new entrepreneur and/or an ecommerce business owner, then you know what it’s like when you hit that wall. When you just need a fresh idea, a new perspective, and a push in the right direction. So, are you interested in some ecommerce tips to move your business forward? 

We thought so.

We’ve broken these 50 ecommerce business tips into 3 sections:

1.) strategic tips to strengthen the core of your business
2.) tips to nail your ecommerce marketing strategy
3.) tips to help you close the sale every f*cking time

At the end, we give our absolute best piece of advice whether you are just starting a new venture, trying to breathe some new life into your ecommerce business, or just need some motivation to get sh*t done.

Strap in and get ready for advice hotter than the inside of a pepperoni pizza hot pocket!

Strategic Tips to Strengthen the Core
of Your Ecommerce Business

Everyone needs to strengthen their core, and I’m not talking about working out. The backbone of your business is your
guiding arrow, the principles and practices you will keep coming back to over and over again. While these ecommerce tips
may not be purely specific to ecommerce, they are even more important for ecommerce brands to pay attention to. 

1. Never Underestimate the Power of SMART Goals

While it is a goofy phrase that sounds a little pretentious, SMART goals help you keep everything on track. 

  • Specific (don’t be vague, the more hyper-focused, the better)
  • Measurable (you’ve got to be able to put your money where your mouth is)
  • Achievable (keep it realistic, but dream BIG)
  • Relevant (relate it to your business, not your personal goals)
  • Time-bound (slap a time frame on it)

We aren’t saying SMART goals are going to help you make the best decisions of your life, but they will stop you from making decisions like that hairstyle you decided to sport in middle school (yikes).
 

2. Reinvest Profits Into Marketing (think compound investment)

You are going to be tempted to jump for joy at your first sales. After your celebration, don’t touch that money, though. You are going to want to take those funds and begin to use them to improve your business right away. Build momentum early so that you can make more money faster. Then you can start pocketing that profit!



3. Invest in Paid Ads Sooner Rather Than Later

One of the ways you could reinvest those profits is by investing in some paid ads. Pick your poison that makes the most sense for you from Facebook, Google, or hell, even print ads. Getting ads running early on will pay huge dividends down the road. You’ll also start to understand what your audience likes to bite into – test what works and learn from what doesn’t.


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4. Choose the Right Payment Processor 

Sometimes you may not have a choice, but if you can choose how you accept online payments, then it is a thing of beauty to pick the best one for you. PayPal is an obviously popular choice for international ecommerce businesses. However, in our experience we’d recommend the following for varied reasons. See which one fits into your business plan.

Payment Processor

What is it good for?

Stripe, Braintree, Payment Cloud
  • Embedded debit/credit card
  • Keep them on site
  • No redirects
PayPal Wallet
  • millions of users with accounts
  • Fast checkout
Apple + Google Wallets
  • Based on device (iOS/Android)
  • Best mobile experience
Klarna, Zip, Clear Pay
  • Buy now, pay later
  • Good for AOV under $1k
  • Younger audience like this
Affirm, Satisfi
  • Credit option
  • Good for AOV above $500


5. Stay Consistent

Especially at the beginning stages of any business, you are building credibility. You are trying to let your potential customers know, like, and trust you. The best way to get people gossiping about how cool your business is requires you to be consistent.

Whether you are posting on social channels, sending out regular emails, updating products, adding new products, etc. you need to do so consistently. Daily or once a month, you decide, but keep it consistent. People are animals deep down and we like to know what to expect.

6. Take Advantage of Google My Business 

If you aren’t excited about taking advantage of an extra free page where you can display prominent information about your business, then we can’t help you. Google My Business allows you to take your search results of how people find your business on the Google Search Engine and have some control over the information displayed. 

Think about it this way: if you search for a product on Google and see a business with a cover photo, pictures of staff listed, and an accurate address, email, and phone number as well as a business with just a name and website link…who are you buying from?

Take our word for it. The tool is there for the taking. We recommend taking it and updating it weekly to keep it near the top of the feed.

7. Track Analytics 

The almighty Google Analytics (GA) is the head honcho of data, you could call it the Data Overlord. When set up correctly, GA provides the most realistic figures for your business, from all channels. Platforms like Klaviyo or JustUno can confuse you with attribution and replicated results, so always stick to GA when tracking analytics. 

The information is being collected either way, so you may as well take a peek behind the curtain and learn how to become the Wizard yourself. Join a course if you’re a bit rusty.

8. Let Data Drive Strategy, Not Feelings

While we are talking data, it’s time to throw your personal feelings out the window. We are talking high-level ‘defenestration’. You need to eliminate saying anything like, “I feel like our ads are working!” You need to consult the data and let the data decide what is working and what isn’t. Adjust from there, feelings be damned.

Meme from the Frozen movie


9. Invest in SEO 

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is critical for any business. If you aren’t tackling SEO, then you are doomed to mediocrity. Our best ecommerce tip when it comes to SEO? Check out the next tip to find out.

10. Do Good Keyword Research Before SEO 

You may have a brilliant business idea or a product that is completely unique and perfect for solving a particular problem. However, if you dive in and ramp up your SEO and haven’t made sure that people are searching for what you are offering, then all you’ve done is mostly waste your time.

Your completely unique, special idea may be a huge seller someday, but it is equally possible that people don’t know they are looking for your product yet. So use the keywords that they are looking for that also have to do with your business. 

11. Build Your Email List 

Is email marketing dead? We definitively say, “NO!”. Having a social following is critical. Your social page is a rental property, though. You are at the mercy of your landlords and their rules – break ‘em and you are done for. Or they break themselves (dejavu?) and everyone’s f*cked…

An email list, though? That is yours forever. Even if your email service provider (ESP) goes belly-up, you are still in control of the information making up that contact list. You can take that list and move it to a new ESP. 

This makes the value of your email list exponential. For example, we generated $11m on one brand in 9 months via email & SMS. Build your email list, own your marketing.

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The Best Damn Ecommerce Business
Tips for Your Marketing Strategy

Are you bored of seeing this word yet? Well, marketing isn’t going anywhere.
Your great uncle Al ran his business using modern (to him) marketing techniques and so should you.
So here are some of the best damn marketing strategy tips we could find to put you on the straight and narrow.

12. Find Where Your Audience Is and Be There

This is a bit of a “no sh*t” tip, but you would be surprised how many ecommerce businesses overlook this detail. If your ideal customers are 40+ with families, then they are likely going to be on Facebook. If they are teenagers with some allowance burning a hole in their pocket, then they are going to be on TikTok and Instagram. Go where your audience is and if you’re not already, use tools like User Feel or Wynter to survey your target market and understand their wants and needs.

 

13. Build a “Gated Community”

Once you find them, build a gated community. Rather than sending out tons of leads and then having your team qualify them as a potential warm lead, have the customer self-qualify themselves as warm leads interested in what you have to offer.

A great example is running a Facebook Group for people who love using their own espresso machines to make coffee. Make sure they can only enter if they, ya know, own an espresso machine at home and are interested in learning more about how to make espresso at home. Then, create content and build a community around that common interest and offer your espresso machine-based products or accessories to that group.

Self-qualified leads that keep engaging and coming back for more. Beautiful.


14. Create Affiliate or Referral Programs

Once you have some raving fans, offer them a discount or an extra goodie for bringing their friends and family into the fold. Make it worth their while and they will happily share something they love with those closest to them. Plus, you’ll have an interested customer with a positive referral coming your way.

When it comes to affiliates, the key is your strategy to engage the affiliates and create a programme that continually encourages them to promote you. A great case study to learn from is how Dave Woodward built out the affiliate programme at Clickfunnels that helped them scale to $500m.


15. Create a Loyalty Program

Kick it up a notch with a loyalty program! Bring your friends and family in = rewards. Purchase multiple times or multiple products = rewards. This way you increase your sales and the loyalty of your customers at the same time. Kill two birds with one loyal stone.


16. Sell the Benefits, Not the Product 

Here is something you might not have thought of, though. Even in ecommerce, you aren’t selling products. No, you are selling the benefits the product offers. Think of it this way, even if you are selling something super niche like Star Trek-themed espresso machines, you are actually selling the benefit of being able to make espresso at home that simultaneously showcases something the customer loves or that the person they are buying it for loves.


17. Pay for Fastest Shipping

If you want customers to love your brand, then help scratch their instant gratification itch. No one likes to buy something then wait around for 7+ business days. Opt for the fastest available delivery option. Eat the cost if you have to. Your customers will love you for it. 

(Due to current inflated shipping costs, this piece of advice may be difficult to achieve for
international ecommerce businesses – we’re just being honest. Hopefully, it’ll pass.)


18. Offer Free Shipping 

Remember when we said you should eat the cost if you have to? Well, you should eat the cost anyway (or build it into the price, if you are feeling brave). If you could get the same product for the same delivery time, then would you go with the one with free shipping or paid shipping? What if the prices were adjusted? More than likely, you would still go with the one with free shipping, if Amazon has anything to say about it…


19. Offer Free Returns

People love free stuff. It’s just the way life is. If you are selling low-cost items, it’s a given that people expect free returns. For anything more expensive, then it is an added bonus that will have them considering repurchasing through the same company. Even if they just didn’t like the product, the offer of a free return may just make them a loyal customer and they may refer the product to their friends and family.

20. Build Out Your Social Channels Early

There is a lot going on when you start your business. One thing to pay special attention to at the early stages of your business, though, is to build a social following early. The more content people have to look at once they do find you, the more legitimate and enticing your brand and business will be.

21. Quick Responses to Messages

If people are able to reach out to you, especially on social channels, then they are going to expect a quick response. As we mentioned earlier, no one likes to sit around and wait for something.

Our suggestion: take advantage of automated responses to FAQ on social channels like Facebook and Instagram. When in doubt, automate.


22. Make Your Website Optimally Functional 

Have you ever gone to a website and tried to navigate through and find the product you are looking for? What did you do when the website was clunky and the product was not where you expected?

A good website won’t necessarily increase sales, but a bad website will definitely decrease sales. Especially if you’ve nailed your marketing, a bad website is a brick wall to all your hungry traffic.


23. Also Try to Make Your Website Visually Attractive 

While we are talking about websites, go ahead and make that page look drop-dead gorgeous! People like websites that look good. We all like shiny things deep down.


24. Ask for Feedback in Exchange for Rewards

You’ve got that email list, right? Well, use it to ask customers questions about what could be improved. What would make your ecommerce business even better? Offer a reward for their feedback, even if it is a simple discount code.

Build up that email list and build up your feedback
so you know how to improve your business
to make the most profit!

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Using this checklist we’ve increased click-through-rates
for multiple brands by upwards of 350%!

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25. Invest in Influencer Marketing

There are influencers out there right now who are creating the type of content you could see pairing with your brand. Keep looking for the perfect influencer and build a relationship with them. Having a solid relationship can lead to opportunities to use them for advertising when they have the time and space available. If your ecommerce store uses Shopify, Refersion is a great tool for both influencer and affiliate marketing.

26. Use Great Copy

You know what it looks like when you are reading product descriptions or web content or blogs and it just…sucks. If you can’t bother to read the next line, then the copy isn’t doing it for you.

Go above and beyond and create awesome content that, as one copywriter puts it, “sells like hell.” And if you can’t write great copy yourself, then hire someone who can – they’ll pay huge dividends in the long run.


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27. Go Above and Beyond Standard Expectations 

Another great ecommerce business tip is to always, always, always try to exceed customer expectations. If you can ‘wow’ them with incredible service and an incredible product, then they are going to be customers for life!

 

28. Create a Swipe File for Branding and Selling 

A common practice in certain industries is to create “swipe files” with ideas you have found in your industry that you love. A swipe file is used for inspiration (not straight-up plagiarism, this isn’t high school English) for when you need a fresh take on something.

When you see a product description you love, put it in the file. Did you see a bit of ecommerce wisdom on Twitter? Swipe file. Did you hate how much you loved a competitor’s Instagram post? Swipe file that sh*t.


29. Don’t Be Scared to Upsell 

Once we’ve asked someone to make a purchase it can feel intimidating to ask for a second purchase or to upgrade their package. Think of it like this, if you know that you are offering an incredible product that they will enjoy even more than they do already, then you are doing them a disservice to not offer the better option.

 

30. Build Backlinks 

From day one, you should try to find ways to increase traffic without increasing your ad spend. Find blogs and websites that write about your niche or industry and offer to do guest posts for backlinks. Over time, these backlinks will pay off big time by driving traffic to your website or shop without you spending a cent on it.

 

31. Automate Simple Processes 

One of the best marketing strategies is to automate whenever possible. There are so many ways to do this and, if you can get creative with it, there are probably dozens of tasks you and your team do daily that could be automated in some way.

From automated response emails when a popular product is back in stock to running gated communities with automated content posted across multiple social channels. Humans sleep, programs and computers do not. Let them do the simple work 24/7 so you can use your energy more efficiently.

 

Tips To Close All The Sales,
All The F*cking Time

The hardest part of the ecommerce industry is making the sale. That’s what the entire industry is about.
So, here are some of our best ecommerce tips for closing on those sales so that you don’t
have to worry about it constantly. Set these practices up and let them run their course.
Make money while you sleep. You’re gonna love it.

 

32. Simplify the Shopping Experience

Can you let users create a profile on your ecommerce site? Take it to the next level by letting them have a 1-click purchase option. Show them the stuff they are already interested in. Make it as simple as possible for them to find what they want and buy it immediately.

 

33. Create a Memorable Experience

Create an experience around your product. Send a great thank you email with their purchase information. If they are getting a physical product, then have a special way of packaging or unboxing the item. The little touches will go a long way to making getting their purchase a memorable experience. All those dopamine hits will solidify their connection with your brand as a positive experience in their brain.

 

34. Take Full Advantage of User Generated Content

Let your customers take control of content creation. Do you sell customizable products? Promotional products? Then run a contest for submitting their own designs and let the winner be a featured item of the month. 

If you are selling espresso machines and run an email campaign to collect the best home recipes for coffee concoctions, then you can throw it all together in a PDF and distribute it to current customers (with recognition of their submissions, if they choose to disclose) while also using it as a lead generator for future customers. Get creative and have fun with it!

The power of UGC is mind-blowing when you look at the stats. For example, UGC-based ads get 4x higher click-through rates and a 50% drop in cost-per-click than average. If that’s not impressive, I don’t know what is.

Wholefoods are a great example of a brand using UGC to engage with their audience and use it to their advantage.

 
 
 
 
 
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35. Price Match

This one might hurt your bottom line but if someone can find your product cheaper somewhere else, then it is worthwhile to offer a price match guarantee. Even if people don’t use it, studies have shown it is a proven method to increase sales just by including the price match guarantee. Otherwise, think about how seasonal or event-driven sales can help you match the competition.


36. Communicate Value at Every Step

More often than not, if your product isn’t selling well, then it isn’t because the product is bad. It is because the customer does not understand how the product is helpful to them.

Everywhere they can see the product the value of that product should be clearly communicated. Help customers solve problems and help them to see multiple times how the product solves those problems and you will see an increase in sales and conversions.


37. Generate Urgency and Scarcity

People are more likely to get off the fence on a decision when they are convinced that there is a time limit on the offer. Flash sales and “nearly out of stock” notifications are simple ways to create this sense of urgency and scarcity in customers.

Don’t overuse this tactic, though. People don’t like to be stressed out all the time.


38. Display Gratitude Constantly

Whenever possible, display gratitude. Publicly show gratitude for employees and customers constantly. People like to shop from those who appreciate the fact that they are giving their hard-earned money towards a product and brand that appreciates what they have.


39. Share an Active Email Address

Somewhere, and preferably on your Google My Business, too, you should have an actual, functional email address, that human beings legitimately check and respond to, posted on your shop and website. If people use an email address they find for a business and never get a response, then you can safely assume they won’t be coming back.

Better yet, make it the email address they can expect
to see when they sign up for your email list.

As you build that email list, make sure you handle your email marketing with care.

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40. Share an Active Phone Number 

By sharing an active email address you are building credibility with potential customers. The same is true of using an active phone number. When was the last time you felt comfortable purchasing a product or service online without checking to see if the business was legitimate or not? No phone number gives creepy vibes. Just add it and reap the credibility benefits.


41. Share a Physical Location 

For an ecommerce business, it may seem strange to share a physical location if you don’t have a brick-and-mortar store. However, even if it is just an office space where you get your mail delivered, people feel more comfortable when they can see an email address, a phone number, and an address when they search for your business or product. It’s a little step that can build a lot of credibility, which can lead to more people smashing that “Buy” button.


42. Use Specific Product Categories

Have you ever tried to look for a specific product on a website and had a difficult time looking for it? Yeah, it’s not fun. Use well thought out and specific category terms and tag your products appropriately. A happy shopper is more likely to become a satisfied customer.


43. Create Video Content for Products

If you hadn’t heard, video content is the way of the future. All social channels now prioritize video content, so you might as well create solid videos that can be used on both your social channels as well as on your product pages. Seeing your product in action will help potential customers visualize themselves using your product, which means they are more likely to hit that “Buy” button.


44. Address Survival Problems

Donald Miller in ‘Marketing Made Simple’ says, “People do not want to be enlightened about you (get to know you more) unless they are curious about you (you have something that can help them survive), and until they are enlightened about how you can help them survive, they will never commit.

If you can connect your product with how it will make their life, not just easier, but help them survive and thrive, then you drastically increase your chances of closing a sale.


45. Use Unique Images Whenever Possible

Stock photos are great for creating more visually appealing content. However, especially for an ecommerce business, it is best to have high-quality images of your product(s) in action. It just makes sense and will, again, help people visualize themselves using your product. Fork out for a one-day professional photoshoot, you’ll thank me later when the sales start closing fast.


46. Collect Reviews

Reviews are your best friends! The positive reviews will bring you more customers and the negative reviews will give you a chance to improve, make things right with the reviewer, and display that you are interacting with and caring for customers and your products. You can also use customer reviews in your paid ads to increase credibility and conversion; human-to-human always sells best.


47. Recover Abandoned Carts

Carts are abandoned on an average of about 68%. That’s a lot of money left on the table. You are absolutely throwing money away by not setting up abandoned cart email automation. Seriously, we aren’t kidding. In 2020, we generated $99,403 for a US mattress brand from the abandoned cart flow alone, without having to do anything. Check out the whole story if this peaked your interest.

Once the automation is set up, watch the numbers rise as you recover all those lost customers.


48. Include Reviews on Abandoned Cart Pages

If you find that people are abandoning their cart on certain items, then slipping in some positive reviews on the cart page can give people that extra nudge to finish the purchase.


49. Test, Test, Test 

The most important ecommerce business tip when it comes to marketing: always be testing. Test new automations, new copy, new images, new videos. Test everything and always be testing something. You will never know what works best if you don’t keep trying new things.

Test, test, and test some more.


Our #1 Ecommerce Tip Guaranteed to Get More Sh*t Done

This is our top tip of all, the one we cannot recommend highly enough.
If you are in the business of selling the sh*t you’ve worked so hard on,
then please do not ignore this.

Are you ready?


50. Do Something and Get Started!

If you have made it all the way to this final point, then you should have 49 top-tier ecommerce tips to take your business to the next level. 

But none of it amounts to anything if you don’t do something.

The worst thing you can do for your business is to do nothing, even failing at something will help you learn and grow for the next attempt. For all we care, print these out, put them on a giant dartboard and start with the first thing you hit. Just get sh*t done.

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