Well the New Year work week starts right off on a Monday I figured it’d be best to try to get back into the swing of things and making some post of how we do things here. Right off the bat the main topic of this post is to kind of go into how to sell in 2021. Whether they’re on Facebook Twitter Instagram.
A few quick points here before we dive into it I’ve been doing this for a couple of years but most recently I’ve tried to actually turn this into something brandable over the past 10 months.
Diving quickly into brand a little bit one of the biggest things that I’ve seen from taking this from a hobby into a business is you want to have a brand name. It’s something that people can recognize and remember but most importantly individuals tend to trust a brand more than a person these days. you’ll be more likely to buy something from a brand as opposed to a person say on eBay or Facebook or anywhere else on the web. I’m not saying it’s not entirely possible but I have noticed changes once I created a “brand”.
List everywhere online
This next point pretty self-explanatory online and you have to be able to start selling online. This also means you have to be able to spin up a website maybe relatively quickly but luckily there’s a ton of websites out there that do those services for you and it’s incredibly easy. Payments additionally there’s a million different third party services that you can use to handle transactions everything from PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, and Shopify.
Additionally, the importance of listing online is huge, but what is even bigger is making sure that your products are listed on as many platforms and marketplaces as possible. There are so second-hand services and third party platforms today that are great for listings. Some of the one’s that we use are eBay, Mercari, Facebook, OfferUp, and tons more out there that users might prefer as their favorite app to use. At the end of the day they are all the same, but its a great way to capture a sale from someone who doesn’t want to setup a new account to buy a product.
Make those listings look like something you would want to buy
This one goes for anyone out there who’s selling items whether they’re used open box refurbished not necessarily brand new. when you go through the time to take those photos and list them online especially through eBay or say Mercari put the extra few minutes to get the lighting just right and maybe even throw in your brand name up there as well and make sure you just take some good photos not some quick crappy ones that people will just glance over.
Shipping time means a lot
If you know ahead of time that you’re going to be out of town on vacation or maybe not even near that product that you’re selling make sure to end the listing deactivated or just take it off the web completely. A sale can come at any point when you’re not ready for it and if you can’t ship that out in time trust me it’s well worth the rating in the hassle to just not have the product listed until you’re sure that you can get that product shipped out as soon as it’s sold.
Answer your messages
Just answer. If someone sends you a question on a product the best piece of advice that I have is answer as soon as you can. everyone has a phone everyone has access to the internet especially if you’re selling the stuff online and a customer will more likely to be engaged if you can answer them in a reasonable time and just answer their question.
So these are just a few quick pointers that I wanted to get out there and we are going to try to get on a more regular schedule of putting these posts out that will maybe spark an idea for someone else.