Ecommerce Odyssey Podcast - Shopify, Amazon, eBay, Google and More!
By Trevor Ginn
Trevor Ginn from Vendlab.com interviews some of the most interesting people in eCommerce. We talk about everything required to start and run an online business including marketing, logistics, product sourcing and marketplaces.
Vendlab.com is an eCommerce marketing agency specialising in online marketplaces and eCommerce platforms.
Vendlab.com is an eCommerce marketing agency specialising in online marketplaces and eCommerce platforms.
How to Maximise Google Ads Performance
In this week's podcast, Trevor talks to John Horn from The Stub Group about how to Maximise your Google ads performance. Google has been increasing the automation of its ads programmes, recently introducing the highly automated Performance Max format. What is Performance Max Performance Max campaigns use machine learning to try and achieve a retailer's goals. They are highly automated and do not require the advertiser to specify any targets. To create a PM campaign, a retailer must specify Product feed Performance goals Audience signals Ad creative Google takes this info and finds customers for your business within your target. Benefits to retailers PM campaign is a massive time saver; in John's experience, they outperform standard shopping campaigns. In my experience (Trevor), whilst it is possible to beat automation in the short term, in the long term, performance is steadier. Optimising Performance max Optimise product feed The data you submit to PM is your biggest lever when optimising performance. Areas to optimise: Images Title Attributes Video content Assets Creating attractive and relevant ad assets will help Google understand your products and promote them more effectively to potential customers. Audience signals With privacy becoming a more significant issue online, companies like Apple have stopped shaving customer data with advertisers. To help Google learn faster, submit audience data to Google, e.g. customer emails. In my experience (Trevor), adding audience data makes a massive difference to performance. Performance Targets Carefully choose your performance target. The most aggressive a target, the harder Google will find it to find customers at that price. Joihn talked to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
October 02, 2022
7-Figure Q4 & Black Friday Email Formula with Renis Krumins
In this week's podcast, Trevor talks to Reinis Krumins from email marketing Agency agencyjr.com about how to kick it out of the park with email sales this Q4. 4 Phase Q4 Email plan Reinis recommends a four-phrase approach to email this Q4 Re-engaging the email list. Warming up the email list. Early sign up and commitment phase Black Friday! Re-engaging the email list In any email list, there will be inactive users who have not interacted with an email recently. Send these customers text-based, personalised emails to get these users to re-engage with your business. This email should be a 'personal' email from the founder or give some helpful information about a product. Warming up the email list There are two parts to this Relationship warm-up Technical warm-up The relationship email focuses on building the brand in the customer's emails. For example, it could be about charitable work the brand is doing. Alternatively, use value-based emails which highlight products in a non-sales way, e.g. top 3 tips on using product XX The second side of the warm-up is the technical warm-up which ensures deliverability. Add a custom sending domain (if you have not already done so) to your email software. I.e. emails will come from XXX.com, not from the email software's domain. Email from shared domains can have delivery issues as some senders will be spamming people. By using your own domain, you avoid this issue. Early sign-up and commitment phase To build your list, create a special page on your site so that customers can sign up to get early access to offers. Send this to your email list. To build this list, you use paid advertising and retargeting These users get first access to Black Friday deals. Black Friday From 19-20th Nov, customers who signed up for early access get emailed. From 20-21st Nov, send 2 emails every day. It is essential to be aggressive around Black Friday as customers are getting lots of emails. If you send only a few emails, your messages will not be seen.
September 27, 2022
Launching a Subscription Program with Matt Holman from QPilot
In this week's podcast, we talked to Matthew Holman from Qpilot about how to run a successful Subscription scheme. What is an eCommerce subscription Subscriptions are a part of eCommerce, which is experiencing strong growth. A four or five-fold increase is expected over the next few years. There are two main types of eCommerce subscription Membership subscription, i.e. giving discounts and deals, e.g. Amazon Prime Automatic repeat purchases of physical goods, e.g. monthly subscription box Many subscription services have been launched recently, and some commentators have suggested that subscription fatigue is setting in. However, if you can get it right, a subscription service will generate recurring revenue and help form a close relationship with your customers. What kinds of products do subscriptions work best for? Subscriptions are typically used for consumables, i.e. things which are used regularly e.g. Fresh food Food supplements Dog food Health and beauty products These items are things which are used on a daily or regular basis and the customer is shopping for frequently. Getting products on a subscription saves the customer time. Steps to launch a subscription business Step 1. Understand your customer To launch a successful subscription business, you need to understand your consumer and consider whether there are products they are currently getting elsewhere. Think about how you can add value to the consumer. Are there certain products which customers buy regularly? Are there products that would complement your current range that could be sold on a subscription basis? For example, could you start a pet food subscription offer if you sell pet accessories? Why should the consumer buy from you? Step 2. Iron out your offer Details to consider are: What frequencies will you offer? E.g. Weekly, monthly, quarterly Selection options. Is it a fixed offer, or can the customer selection options Step 2. Choose a platform You will need a platform to run your subscription service. There are 30+ apps on Shopify (of which Qpilot is one option). Compare the app's functionality against your proposed subscription offering and choose the one that bests fits your requirements. How to promote a subscription service Your offer should have a dedicated page on your site highlighting the features and benefits of your subscription scheme. Include: Subscription contents, i.e. what you get Subscription benefits. Why this helps the customer and the value it provides Highlight benefits such as environmental impact Subscription conditions. How will payment be taken, and how can the subscription be cancelled To promote your subscription scheme, start by promoting the scheme to customers who are already frequently buying from your site. Qpilot recommends giving a discount of no more than 10%. Pricing too low will leave less room for discounting in future. For example, You might want to run a sales event over a holiday weekend to drive additional sales Improving performance Understand your customers Subscriptions can be very profitable as customers buy for several months before cancelling. Ask customers why they sign up and leave the programme to improve performance. By understanding why people leave, you can change your programme to improve performance. Reducing churn There are two types of churn Passive churn. Customers forget to update their payment details so the subscription expires Active churn. Customers elect to leave the programme To reduce churn, ask customers why they leave the programme. For example, they m
September 21, 2022
Creating Great Organic and Paid TikTok Content with Lauren Schwartz from Loft 325
In this week's eCommerce Odyssey Podcast, Trevor talks to Lauren Schwartz for The loft 325 about how to create compelling organic and paid content on TikTok. What is Tiktok Tiktok is an engagement platform where people go to be entertained. Posts consist of short videos (mostly less than 15 seconds) on any topic, which are consumed at a fast rate. Engaging with videos When strolling through a TikTok feed, users can click on a video to interact with it. You can like videos and also view the user's profile to see their other posts. On the post can be a link to their website. Organic and paid content Like other social media channels, TikTok has the option to post organic (unpaid) and paid content (ads). Ads appear in the feed and link to the advertiser's content using calls to action such as 'Shop Now' or 'Learn More'. Organic Tiktok When creating organic TikTok content, look at what is trending on the TikTok app. These can be trending: Sounds Topics Hashtags Think about how you can integrate these trends with your posts, e.g. by adding the latest hashtags to your description (e.g. #tiktokmademebuyit). Look at how people are people are talking about products and how they are talking to consumers. By utilising the latest trends, you will begin to understand what people want to see from your content. If you are successful, your content will appear more on the 'For you' page. Success on organic TikTok is measured by engagement. These include: Likes Impressions Comments Both organic content and ads should have a hook, i.e. something interesting to get people to stop and watch the content for more than 3 seconds. Text on the screen makes people stop and read. Creating Ads on content When creating ads, create content around the trends. Paid content on TikTok should look exactly like organic posts (look 'native'). Look at the styling of other successful posts and emulate this in your content. High production value ads are not necessary as they will not look organic. 2 or 3% is a good click-through rate for an ad. $30 is a good CPA. Ads are usually charged on a CPC basis.
September 11, 2022
Creating a Single Source of Truth for your eCommerce Store with Maximilian from Get Klar
In this video Trevor Talks to Maximilian Rast from Klar about how to measure performance across your eCommerce business. Businesses sell through many channels and drive traffic across numerous different advertising platforms and campaigns. By combining this data, you can get a more accurate picture of performance, enabling better decision-making. Klar is a system which centralises all your data in one place - check it out at www.getklar.com.
September 04, 2022
Dropshipping with Jon Warren from Dropship Breakthru
Jon Warren is an eCommerce entrepreneur and Coach who specialises in high ticket dropshipping. Jon teaches dropshipping at Dropship Breakthru. Dropshipping is an attractive business model as you do not have to pay any money upfront. Jon makes a good case for launching a dropshipping business, but I have had bad experiences with dropshipping for the reasons I outline below. Jon’s take on dropshipping is that the only way to do it is to focus on high-ticket items. This gets round the problem of low margins, as a low margin on a high ticket item can be a high dollar amount. That said, you will still have all the other issues I outline below. Some of these will be multiplied, as accepting the return of a high ticket item can be difficult and costly. What is Dropshipping Drop shipping where the seller accepts customer orders but does not keep goods sold in stock. Instead, they pass the order details to either the manufacturer, a wholesaler, or another retailer, which then ships the goods directly to the customer. Dropshipping pros Dropshipping seems like a good idea, and many people promote it as a get-rich-quick scheme. It has many advantages on the face of it No upfront costs. You pay for products as you sell them No overheads. No need for a warehouse for pesky things like warehouses or staff Access to an extensive catalogue. You do not have to worry about sourcing products, just publish the drop shippers catalogue and you have a ready-made business No work! No need to worry about troublesome things like packing Dropshipping Cons There is no such thing as a free lunch. In my experience, dropshipping is more trouble than it is worth: Competitive. Dropshipping products are available to a lot of sellers and so are competitive and low margin Limited control. As a dropshipper, you surrender control of the delivery process to your supplier. Poor consumer experience. In my experience, dropshipping is often a poor customer experience. Slow, difficult to arrange, bad communication. Long delivery times. If you are getting products delivered from overseas, delivery can take weeks. This is not a good customer experience Returns build-up. As the retailer, you will normally need to accept any returns yourself. These will quickly build up Dropshipping I have tried I’ve tried dropshipping in various ways, failing to take off. Books In the UK, there is a huge book wholesaler called Gardeners books. They offer a straight-through processing service which we integrated with our eCommerce system. This meant that orders would automatically be fulfilled. We set this up and waited for sales to roll in. Bingo! Unfortunately, this failed for several reasons: It was hard to calculate the shipping cost of each book so hear to know what to charge Low sales. Amazon was always cheaper We wanted to implement a long tail strategy, i.e. list 500K books on eBay, but eBay would only let us list 25K at one time Furniture Furniture is a massive pain! It is heavy and prone to breaking, so perfect for dropshipping. However: Dropshipped furniture is widely available, so very competitive Hard to get stock updates from suppliers, so I frequently had to let customers down Buy to order Stock is a pain, so I thought we would try buying stock to order. I found a supplier who could provide a stock update feed. I fed the stock levels into our system, thinking this would mean that we would never oversell and put the lead time to 3 days, thinking this would work if orders were delivered the next day. Brilliant? In my experience, suppliers do not have good stock levels and frequently deliver late. Platforms such as Amazon performance standards and if your supplier cannot meet these, the whole system fails. For example, if the max order defect rate on Amazon is 1% and your supplier can only deliver right 98.5% of the time, this will cause problems for your account.
August 14, 2022
5 Key eCommerce Metrics with Ben McAdam from Profits Collective: Revenue, Margins, Marketing, Owner Pay & Profit
Ben McAdam is a founder of Profits Collective, a Profit Coach and Virtual CEO. In this podcast, we talk about the five key metrics on which every eCommerce business should focus. Revenue Revenue is your income from sales. If you do not have revenue, you do not have a business! A healthy company should have a growing revenue. Break up your revenue into categories or products to understand what drives it. You do not want to run out of the products which are vital revenue drivers Margins Margin is the difference between what the customer pays and the cost to the merchant. If you do not get the ratio between what an item costs and what you can sell it for right, you will not be profitable, no matter how high your revenue. You cannot outsell a margin problem. With low margins, you will not have enough profit to grow the business or pay yourself. A sale price of 3 to 5 times your cost price is healthy. If your multiple is only two times the cost, business owners tend to burn out when your turnover hits six figures. Marketing Are you spending enough on marketing? If you spend to little, you will not sell enough, too much and you could have got a better return. Spending 5 to 15% of your revenue is a healthy amount. Owner Pay Owners should make sure they pay themselves so you can live. It is a balance as you do not want to starve the business of funds. You have to be able to pay yourself a market rate for the tasks you will want to delegate later. You will be stuck doing these tasks if your business cannot afford to pay the market rate. Making sure you can afford to pay someone else to do your job is a good indicator that your margins are OK. Profit Unless your business is profitable, you will not be able to do important things like pay down debt, pay yourself and attract investors. Ben talked to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
August 07, 2022
Understanding Site Speed and Core Web Vitals with Shawn O'Neil from Speed Sense
Shawn O'Neil from Speed Sense is an expert on website speed. In this podcast, we discuss how you know if you have a website speed issue and how to build an engaging website experience Why is site speed important? Website speed is important for three reasons: Conversion rate. Faster sites give a better user experience leading to lower bounce rates and higher conversion rates SEO. Site speed is a ranking factor for Google natural search and is measured by their core web vitals metrics Return on ad spend. Sites which convert better will give a higher return on ad spend. How do you know if you have a site speed problem? You can identify if you have a site speed issue by scanning your site using the popular site speed using a tool such as Google page speed. This will give two categories of metrics Real user metrics (RUM). How users are experiencing your site Synthetic. An estimated speed metric The metrics given on the Google page speed tool will give benchmark for the site speed. If the major pages on the site pass core web vitals then that is the minimum benchmark for judging your site speed is acceptable. Another good measure is to compare your site to your competitors. What are Core Web Vitals Google has chosen the metrics in the core website vitals as they are a good proxy for user experience. They fall into three groups: Is the page loading Is the page responding quickly Is the visual presentation stable Whether you will pass core web vitals will depend on (amongst other things) our technology stack (e.g. Shopify, Magento) and the number of applications which are loaded with the page. A common problem is below the page functionality e.g. tracking is slowing down the site. Choosing a fast theme Though it is an imperfect measure, when you are choosing a new theme, test it using Google page speed. This is imperfect as the theme demo will not have any user metrics. Top tips for building a fast engaging experience Priorities things that are the primary purpose of that page. For example, on a product page, this will be the product details. This data should load before services like reviews, social sharing etc. Preload your largest contentful paint (LCP) image. Third-party tags in tag manager should be loaded after the main page content. Image size. Compress your images properly. Max 300kb/image.
July 24, 2022
How to Improve Referral Program Performance with Jay Gibb from CloudSponge
In a follow-up to our previous podcast on how to set up referral programmes, Trevor talked to Jay Gibb from CloudSponge about how to improve the performance of referral programmes. What is an eCommerce referral scheme? If your service is good, word-of-mouth marketing will already be happening for your store. A referral scheme encourages this behaviour by incentivising your customer to sell your brand to their friends. An existing customer will click on a link, send a referral code to their friends, and receive something, e.g. discount on a future purchase, a gift or a payment. What are the reasons why referral schemes perform badly Referral programmes fail to take off for a number of reasons. Not publicising the programme enough. If you do not tell your customers about your referral programme, they won't sign up! Common mistakes include: Requiring a login to participate Hiding deep in your menu structure Not including it in receipts and invoices Not including info in footer and header Not using double-sided rewards Whilst some people want to get a reward for making a referral, others value being the hero that sent an offer to their friends. Doubled-sided referral programmes cater for both customer types. Making people type in email addresses If you make users type in email addresses, they will get bored quickly. Users only have so much patience to enter a comma-separated list of emails, especially on a mobile device. Using a solution like Jay's company Cloudsponge, customers can import contacts directly from their email solution, e.g. Gmail. They can sign in directly to their email account and easily add multiple contacts. Cloudsponge has found by using this solution, referral schemes can double or triple referrals.
July 17, 2022
Grow your sales by word-of-mouth marketing with Raul Galera from Referral Candy
Grow your sales by word-of-mouth marketing with Raul Galera from Referral Candy In this week’s podcast, Trevor talks to Raul Galera about how to set up a successful online referral scheme. What is an eCommerce referral scheme? If your service is good, word-of-mouth marketing will already be happening for your store. A referral scheme encourages this behaviour by incentivising your customer to sell your brand to their friends. An existing customer will click on a link, send a referral code to their friends, and receive something, e.g. discount on a future purchase, a gift or a payment. How do eCommerce referral schemes work? Raul recommends the following steps to launch a successful referral scheme: Invite past customers Create automation to invite customers automatically after purchase. This could be a popup or an email Make your programme public. Advertise it on your site by displaying it prominently and creating a sign-up form What is the difference between affiliate marketing and referral marketing? There are two main difference between affiliate and referral marketing Relationships. In an affiliate programme, publishers will have a large audience to which they promote affiliates. This is a one-to-many relationship where the publisher does not know the person to which they are promoting. Referrals happen with a close circle, e.g. friends and family. Being more personal, these recommendations have a lot more power. Rewards. Affiliate programmes typically give most of the reward to the referral. The buyer may not get a discount. Referral programmes typically give a similar reward to both parties. What makes a good referral scheme? The best referral schemes reward both the referrer and the new customers. This incentivises the referrer to work hard on your behalf and the new customer to buy. What kind of verticals does referral marketing work best for? Referral schemes work well across many verticals but work especially well for direct-to-consumer brands as they are trying to build a community. Also, products which have a sharable component, e.g. fashion, technology. How to run a referral scheme? The steps to run a referral scheme are: Platform. You will need a platform to track referral sales, e.g. Referral Candy Design referral structure. Look at customer behaviour and think about what will incentivise them. Promotion plan. Think about how you are going to promote your plan. Just telling people once is not enough. You need to be reminding your customers regularly. Build a community around your customer base. In the long run, this will be hugely beneficial to your brand. How to measure success? Referral Candy uses a metric (referral rate) which is the ratio of referral order to the total number of sales. A good referral scheme should generate at least 2% of a company's revenue, with some companies generating 10% or even 33%.
July 12, 2022
How to create Great Website SEO Content with Katrina McKinnon from Copysmiths
In this podcast episode, Trevor talks to Katrina McKinnon from Copysmiths about the importance of quality content for generating natural search traffic. Is content still important? Creating great content is still vitally important for merchants as the most successful eCommerce stores get 60% of the traffic from organic searches. It is essential not to put your eggs in one basket by depending too much on organic or paid traffic. How to create great content Copywriters research keywords using tools like Hrefs. They then construct posts which include these keywords and publish them on a blog. The recommended length is 1400 words, broken up with other types of content such as images, quotes, tables etc. Breaking up slabs of text increases dwell rate and reduces bounce rate. Always write content which is focused on readers and not search engines. Google will track which post are getting read and give these higher search positions. What are the best kinds of content to publish Successful types of content include: Listicles. E.g. Top 10 lists. 101 ways to XYZ. Great for inspiring customers Answer to questions Google likes posts that answer the questions asked in the article title. It also likes multimedia. How often to publish? Once a week is the minimum frequency of publishing for which you should aim. Google says in its website guide that sites should write 'well and often'. How to create content in-house or find a writer? Options include: In-house writer. Difficult to maintain creativity. They tend to burn out Agencies. Have quality processes in place and are good for companies looking to scale. AI. AI content creation has its place tends to sound like robots How to get content read? What are the best places to post content? Organic social does not generate much traffic anymore. Some companies will have separate organic and paid social accounts as organic traffic may be reduced if paid social is also used on the account. How to measure success? A successful article will show up for 200 keywords, an unsuccessful article 20 keywords and a really successful article, 2000 keywords How long does it all take? Stores with about 1m+ visitors a year should see content ranking in 2 weeks. Brand new stores will take several months. Katarina talked to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
July 05, 2022
Combining Email and SMS marketing to increase ROI with Jason K. Williamson of e2.agency
Using Email and SMS to drive repeat customers with Jason K. Williamson of e2agency Jason K Williamson is a specialist in combining SMS and Email marketing to turbo charge your repeat purchase rate. In the week's podcast, Trevor picks his brains on how to get the most out of your retention marketing campaigns. What are the best strategies in 2022 for getting customers to return to your Shopify storefront? There are three different prime methods for driving customers back to your customers Retargeting on media buying. You should be following your customers at all times Email marketing. This is great as emails are easy to collect as people are used to giving their email out to receive offers and updates. Email marketing can be run at a large scale at a low cost SMS Marketing. This is the most potent way to retarget customers. Customers are already on their mobile and so can purchase in only a few clicks SMS is for everyone SMS marketing at scale used to be only available at the enterprise level. Now there are great apps on Shopify that can be used to collect and send SMS campaigns for a low cost. For Shopify users, a checkout option enables customers to subscribe to SMS messages. SMS marketing is super powerful as 98% of SMS' are read in the first 4 hours. Best SMS use cases SMS’ can be collected via Shopify and then used to contact customers (with their consent!). ROI on SMS is much as 10x higher than email. Jason recommends the following use cases: Abandoned cart. Sending SMS' to customers reminding them to complete their purchase. This is the most successful automation with the highest ROI Sending campaigns to your audience. Sending a campaign like you would with email is even simpler with SMS as it only requires writing a short message. No need to worry about creative, subject lines or deliverability. Using the Trojan Horse technique to grow your SMS list Growing your list as fast as possible is the best way to start seeing a good return on investment. Jason recommends using email offers to build your SMS list. Jason calls this the Trojan horse method. The process is as follows: Ask the customer to subscribe to an email newsletter for an offer Offer them the to upgrade to a better offer if they subscribe to an SMS offer This enables the customer to feel they are in control as they are upgrading, not signing up for the first time. Using a juicy offer will maximise the uptake. The pitfalls of SMS marketing SMS is a dangerous marketing channel. The fines can be huge if you send emails to customers who have not given consent. To avoid this, make your messaging super clear. How to ensure that SMS does not cannibalise email traffic? SMS has the highest open rate and conversion rate. Because of this, if you have a customer's email and SMS, send them an SMS first for the best results. A phone number is a personal thing which is challenging to get, so treat these customers like VIPs. To avoid cannibalisation, send different messages, even if the offers are identical. What is the best platform for running campaigns? Use specialist software for each marketing channel. Jason recommends using Postscript for running SMS campaigns, Optimonk for pop-ups, Klaviyo for email. Jason talked to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
June 28, 2022
Using Email Marketing to Increase sales with Kelsey Johnson from AWeber
In this week's podcast, Trevor talked to Kelsey Johnson from the email marketing aWeber about how to use email to generate sales for your eCommerce business. Email is still important! Email is used more than any other communication platform and is still widely used, even among Millenials and Gen Zs. Most people will look at their email daily, so it is a very personal and effective way to reach customers. Unlike other platforms such as social, it is used for work, private message and promotional messages. Benefits of email marketing Email marketing works across almost all businesses and has the following benefits: Drives repeat business. Emails enable merchants to stay in touch with customers and encourage future sales. Nurture future customers. Customers may sign up for an email marketing list as they are interested in making a future purchase Ownership. Unlike marketplaces and social media channels, you have complete ownership of your email list Cheap! Email marketing is very cost-effective. Opt-in is crucial From both a compliance perspective and to ensure good performance, it is essential to get customers to opt to receive emails from your business. Steps to run an email marketing campaign Kelsey recommends the following steps to run an email marketing campaign: Choose a tool. You will need a tool to run your email marketing campaigns that supports list management, sign up forms and automations. Very nice to have are split testing and good reporting. Migrate your existing list. Ensure that any email your port over are recent to prevent ending up in the spam box. Integrate with your eCommerce platform. Systems such as Shopify will integrate with most email markets tools enabling customers to be added to lists automatically. Add a sign-up form to your site. Pop-up forms with a discount are one of the most effective ways to build you list AND incentivise sales Create automations. Automations are email flows which automatically send emails to customers to keep them in the loop. Automations could recommend new products or invite them to follow you on social media (see below). To be most effective, tailor the email to the recipient. Most email marketing tools will enable the email to be personalised, for example, with the recipient's name and product recommendations based on their purchase history. Tips for building a list The bigger your list, the greater your opportunity to make sales. It is never too early to start list building. Strategies for building a list include: Pop up form on your site Tick box at checkout Make listing building part of your social strategy. Link to your email sign-up form from your social profiles and offer an incentive to sign up Recommendated Automations When customers are added to a mailing list, they can be automatically sent a series of emails called an automation. These need only be set up once and can generate a steady stream of sales over time. Successful automations include Welcome series. E.g. send a different popular product every day for 5 days Weekly product. Send out a product of the week to each customer Win back. After a customer has not purchased for a while, send through an enticing offer to win them back Abandoned cart emails. Send out emails to customers who have started the checkout process to remind them to complete the purchase. Abandoned checkout emails are among the most successful email automations. Creating successful broadcast emails If you have specific offers, or useful announcements, these can be broadcast to your
June 15, 2022
Toilet Seat Thinking with Matt Edmundson from Aurion Digital
In this week's podcast, Trevor is joined by the eCommerce coach and entrepreneur Matt Edmundson. Matt has successfully exited several eCommerce businesses, including Jersey Beauty Company (https://www.jerseybeautycompany.co.uk/). He now works as an eCommerce coach (https://mattedmundson.com) and runs the digital agency Aurion Digital (https://auriondigital.com/). In this podcast, we discuss Matt's entrepreneurial journey and how he advocates customer-centric thinking (which he calls toilet seat thinking) to launch successful businesses.
June 10, 2022
Using Interactive Quizzes on Shopify to improve Conversion with Gen Furukawa from Prehook
In this week’s show, Trevor talks to Gen Furukawa from Prehook, an application for Shopify which allows merchants to run quizzes to learn more about their customers What is a quiz A Shopify quiz (as enabled by Prehook) asks customers questions and collects data about their preferences. It helps them find the product they want by recommending a product. Examples include (considering ): Asking the age of the child to recommend toys Asking the kind of products customers are looking for After the quiz, a store can send a welcome flow personalised to the customer’s profile Why use quizzes? After iOS 14 brands no longer have the channels they had to run profitable ads. In the past DTC brands could create campaigns using platforms like Facebook, learn which customer segments performed best and optimise their campaigns. CPC and acquisition costs are increasing and it is more difficult for brands to understand who their customers are and how to target them Quizzes are a mechanism to learn more about your customers and optimise your marketing efforts. Benefits include: Simplifying the buying process (and improving conversion rate) Create a personalised buying experience Accelerate list growth Capture verified zero party data (data which customers directly and willingly share with a brand) Send targeted messaging (e.g. email, SMS) based on the customer’s answers How to create successful quizzes A successful quiz should offer something of value to the customer for example: Personalised shopping advice e.g. recommend a product Personalised advice e.g. recommended articles Quizzes can be used at multiple stages of the buying process for example: Top of funnel – in the top navigation e.g. shopping assistance Hook for a Landing page e.g. Drive traffic from email After a process – a post postage quiz can establish attribution Feedback on products Measuring success The success of a quiz is measured through increased revenue and list growth. Who does well with quizzes? Prehook has found that the following types of products do particularly well with quizzes: Skincare Fragrance Food and drink Apparel
May 30, 2022
Using AI to improve customer retention with Shanif Dhanani from Apteo
Apteo is a platform which uses AI to automate and personalise marketing campaigns. We talked to Shanif Dhanani from Apteo to get their tips on how to increase your customer retention and how AI can help. 5 Top things which eCommerce stores should be doing to increase customer retention 1. Stay in touch with your customers. Your customer will be lost if you do not stay in touch via email and ads. 2. Personalise. 70-80% of customers only buy once. Reaching out to them with relevant offers will increase the conversion rate whilst irrelevant offers will be ignored. 3. Create a sense of urgency. If you are sending out constant offers, customers will just wait for the next offer to make a purchase. By sending a limited time offer to targeted customers you will encourage people to appreciate your brand to make repeat purchases. Free shipping works well with loyal customers. 4. Tell your story. To stand out, you should tell your story to give your brand personality. 5. Cross-sell. Use your data to create relevant offers cross channel. Using AI to help with retention marketing Running targeted marketing campaigns is time-consuming. AI tools such as Apteo can help segment your customer data, enabling you to save time and create more personalised campaigns. Apteo is a Shopify app and integrates directly with the major email tools. Example uses of AI created custom segments include: · Customised campaigns · Customer emails · Insert dynamic products into emails Shanif talked to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
May 12, 2022
How to Automate your Shopify Store with Kaus Manjita from getmason.io
In this week's podcast, Trevor talked to Kaus from Mason, a Shopify app for automating eCommerce storefronts. We talked about the benefits of automating storefronts and Benefits of automating a Shopify store? Competition is fierce and it is hard to stand out and grow online. By automating processes on your online store, you can save time and stand out from the crowd. Areas for automation include Email marketing/CRM Customer loyalty Shipping and fulfilment Customer experience Customer support Order tracking Merchandising Avoiding the day-to-day processes necessary to run your site allows you to spend more time growing your business. Automating your Shopify storefront Whilst automation in email marketing and fulfilment are widely available, few retailers use automation to keep their storefront fresh. Areas which can be automated include: Creating collections, e.g. best sellers, new products Inventory updates Sales and promotions Product bundles, e.g. Creating high converting products into bundles. Using a solution such as Mason, these processes can be automated, saving time and improving performance. Example success automations The Mason team have an off the shelf menu of successful automation which can be quickly implemented. Successful automations include: Creating bespoke collections based on customer behaviour Badges advertising sales and discounts Running promotions and sales Kaus talked to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
May 09, 2022
Increasing Cross Border Sales with Andy Hooper from Global eCommerce Experts
In this week's episode of the eCommerce Odyssey Podcast, Trevor talked to Andy Hooper from Global eCommerce Experts about all things Cross Border Trade. The Cross border Opportunity is as big as ever Brexit and the general economic condition have made international trade more difficult. However, merchants should not give up on international sales! The opportunity is still massive. · 500 million consumers in the EU · Many retailers have pulled out of the EU · EU and UK regulations are still very similar Basic steps to selling internationally Recommended steps for starting your international sales: 1. Research your market. Research if your product can be sold from a compliance point of view and if there is likely to be any demand 2. Compliance. Make sure your business and product are compliant with local rules and make any necessary changes. 3. Marketplace strategy. Choose the right route to market for your products Logistics The logistics solution you use is determined by the size of your business. Bear the following in mind: · Shipping pallet into Amazon EU FBA is time-consuming · Sending items into a 3PL in the EU and then sending parcels into FBA s quicker and enables orders to be fulfilled directly Best channels for expanding internationally When expanding internationally, first look at where you are already successfully selling. If you are on Amazon already expanding into their international sites is a great place to start. That said, Amazon is not the biggest platform in many countries. For example: · Bol.com is the biggest marketplace in the Netherlands · Cdiscount is a big player in France · Allegro is the biggest online retailer in Poland Start with what you know and then look for other opportunities. Top ten tips for selling internationally 1. Understand your market and country. Good tools include Jungle Scout and Helium 10. 2. Make sure your product is compliant with the country you are selling into 3. Make sure your business is compliant with the country you are selling into 4. Identify the right marketplace to sell-through 5. Find a local fulfilment partner (3PL) for delivering stock to Amazon (and other platforms) and dealing with returns 6. Have a solid shipping and customs process 7. Customer service. Ensure you can cope with customer service in local languages 8. Think about how you will scale your sales and build a multi-channel approach Andy talked to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
April 28, 2022
How to use Shipping Updates to Increase Repeat Purchases on Shopify
In this week's eCommerce Odyssey Podcast I talked to Kiril Kirilov cofounder of rush.app about how they improve delivery communication on Shopify. Rush is an app that is deeply integrated with over 400 couriers with the aim of closing the loop between ordering and delivery. Not only do they help improve customer service, but they also enable merchants to use communications to drive customers back to a store and repeat purchases. Kiril had the following advice for optimising shipping comms on Shopify Communication with customers as often as possible By sending out updates at every stage of the delivery process has major benefits for retailers. Increase customer satisfaction by keeping them in the loop Cut down on customer service queries Use updates to drive repeat custom Every time you send out a delivery update to a customer, the customer is encouraged to come back to the site where they can be upsold. Wow consumers with great service Get the basics right to impress with your delivery Shipping speed. Deliver items before people start to wonder where they are Be in stock. Ensure you have stock available for quick delivery Kiril talked to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
April 11, 2022
Shopify Usability with Adam Pearce from Blend Commerce
Shopify is the leading eCommerce platform for any size of store. It is easy to set up a store, but how do you get the best performance? Adam Pearce works for the leading Shopify usability agency Blend Commerce. In this week's eCommerce odyssey Podcast, Trevor took the opportunity to pick Adam's brains on maximising the conversion rate of Shopify storefronts.
March 31, 2022
Optimising eCommerce Pricing on Google Shopping with Burc Tanir from Prisync
In this edition of the eCommerce Odyssey Podcast, we discuss dynamic price with Burc Tanir from Prisync. Prisync is a competitive price monitoring and repricing tool which enables customers to increase sales and profit by altering pricing in real-time based on market conditions. Burc and Trevor discuss how to win more sales and increase margin by dynamically updating pricing. It is not always a race to the bottom, Prisync finds that 60% of their pricing actions are upwards. Burc talked to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
March 24, 2022
Livestreaming & live Commerce with Nicholas Bailliache from eStreamly
Fascinating chat on the eCommerce Odyssey Podcast with Nicholas Bailliache from eStreamly, a provider in the nascent space of Live stream shopping. Live streaming is HUGE in China (20% of online sales) and so undoubtedly it is going to be big in the west before long too. Nicholas has some great insights into how to make a success of live streaming events for your business.I was a sceptic but now I am a convert! I think that live streaming is an effective tool for connecting with audiences and making your business stand out. It also does not need to cost the earth - think of it more as a YouTube vlog.
March 16, 2022
Using charitable giving to boost your eCommerce sales with Andrew Forman from Givz
Fascinating interview on the Ecommerce Odyssey Podcast with Andrew Forman, the founder of Givz. Givz enables any Shopify merchant to set up their own Amazon Smile style charitable donation service. Instead of opting for a discount, customer can donate their discount to a charity of their choice. I was unconvinced to begin with but in the end, I was sold on the idea!Things we talked about:How did you get the idea for givz?What problem does Givz solve?Why is this better than discounts?What is your pricing model?Are consumers driven by factors other than price?How are brands embracing social responsibility?What success have you seen?What has inspired you recently?Andrew talked to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
March 09, 2022
Launching an Own Label Brand & Optimising Amazon PPC with Travis Zigler from Eye Love & Profitable Pineapple
Dr Travis Zigler is an optometrist (eye doctor) turned eCommerce entrepreneur. Previously, he owned two optometry practices, which he sold in 2017 to focus on eCommerce. He is the founder of Eye Love, a brand focusing on a condition known as dry eye. Travis uses the profits from Eye Love to fund free clinics in Jamaica and the US through their charity, the Eye Love Cares Foundation.Due to the success of Eye Love, Travis has founded an Amazon PPC agency called Profitable Pineapple (great name!). We talk about his entrepreneurial journey and how he uses his eCommerce success to give back to the community.Things we talked about:Tell me about your business – Eye Love.How did you get the idea?Tell us about your social mission.Where do you source your products?What channels do you sell through?You also run an agency, can you tell me about this?What services do you offer?What kind of businesses do you work for?What are your top Amazon PPC tips?Do you prefer eCommerce or being a doctor?What has inspired you recently?Travis talked to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
March 01, 2022
How to Sell your eCommerce Business - Interview with Ben Leonard from Ecom Brokers
In this episode of the eCommerce Odyssey Podcast, Trevor talks to Ben Leonard from Ecom Brokers (www.ecombrokers.co.uk).Ecom Brokers was founded by Ben Leonard and Allison Walker. Ben had recently gone through the sales of his eCommerce business and was not happy with the brokers he used for the sale. So, he partnered withed his financial adviser to create a new kind of brokerage focused on the growing eCommerce sector.We talked about:Tell me about your company.How did you get the idea for Ecom brokers?What kind of businesses do you sell?When is an idea time to sell?What kind of multiples should people expect?How should you prepare your company for sale?How does your process work?Top tip for realising the value in your company?What has inspired you recently?Ben was talking to Trevor Ginn from www.vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
February 16, 2022
Conversion Rate Optimisation & Conversion Value optimisation with Valentin Radu from Omniconvert
In this episode of eCommerce Odyssey we talk to Valentin Radu from Omniconvert. Omniconvert is a growth enabler for serious eCommerce companies looking to become customer-centric. Omniconvert has helps global eCommerce companies become customer-centric through advanced segmentation algorithms, AB testing, web personalisation, and customer research.We talked about:Tell us about OmniconvertHow are smart companies managing their website CRO?How do you see websites evolving over the next few years?Will services like Shopify mean all websites are the same?What is your favourite eCommerce growth tactic post iOS 15?How should companies best use zero and first-party data to grow?What are your tips for increasing customer lifetime value?What is customer value optimisation in Ecommerce?Do you think that CRO will merge with CVO?What has inspired you recently?Valentin was talking to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
February 09, 2022
Get Actionable insights from your Amazon Sales data with Rael Cline from nozzle.ai
In this episode of the eCommerce Odyssey Podcast, we talk to Rael Cline from Nozzle.ai. Nozzle turns raw data into actionable insights that help you grow your business on Amazon.Amazon sellers have long been frustrated with the lack of customer data available to them. This data is essential for making informed business decisions but has been locked away by Amazon. Nozzle Analytics gives you back control of your sales and customer data. With this powerful tool, you can track your sales in real-time, as well as gain insights into your customers’ buying habits.We talked about:What Nozzle.ai doesWhere Rael got the idea fromHow the best Amazon sellers are using Nozzle to grow their businessHow Rael sees Amazon progressing over the next few yearsWhat has inspired him recentlyRael was talking to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
February 01, 2022
Interview with Kaitlyn Study of South Street and Co Marketing Agency
In this week's edition of the eCommerce Odyssey Podcast, Trevor talks to Kaitlyn Study of South Street and Co, a marketing agency based in Orlando, Florida, USA.South Street & Co. was established in 2015 and helps small business owners reach more customers through great digital marketing, design and automation.Kaitlyn Study original set her business up as a side hustle, and it quickly grew into a full-time business.We discussed:How Kaitlyn started South Street and coThe importance of local searchMarketing automationThe platforms they useThe importance of coachingKaitlyn's advice for starting your side hustle!What has inspired her recentlyKaitlyn talked to Trevor Ginn from www.vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
January 19, 2022
Raising money to grow your Amazon business with Juan Ignacio García Braschi from Boopos
Boopos is a financial company founded by Juan Ignacio García Braschi. They are focused on helping e-commerce companies fund acquisitions. They provide non-dilutive revenue-based financing to e-Commerce and Saas Businesses. Get mid to long term and multipurpose financing to buy a new business or grow your own.Juan was talking to Trevor Ginn from www. vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
January 13, 2022
Building a White/Own label brand business on Amazon with Issac Kuhlman from Real Coaching
In this episode of the eCommerce Odyssey Podcast, Trevor talks to Issac Kuhlman from Real Coaching (https://goteamreal.com/). Real coaching is a programme that helps Amazon FBA businesses launch and scale their businesses. Issac is free from the BS which surrounds many coaches and has lots of thoughtful advice for new businesses.We discuss:The Real coaching programmeHis experiences of Amazon before launching RealWhat makes his coaching programme specialIs it becoming more difficult to sell on Amazon?The most important skills required when building an Amazon FBA businessWhite label or own label?Where he thinks Amazon is heading as a platformWhat has inspired him recentlyIssac was talking to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
December 23, 2021
Running a successful Amazon business with Lesley Hensell from Riverbend Consulting
Trevor interviews Lesley Hensell from Riverbend consulting (https://riverbendconsulting.com/).Riverbend specialises in the nitty-gritty of Amazon, helping sellers fix issues with their accounts and listings. They also help their clients scale their Amazon businesses.Lesley has many useful insights and tips to share if you are interested in Amazon. We talk about how to deal with account suspensions and avoid issues in the first place. Lesley also shares her views on the future of Amazon and eCommerce in general.Lesley talked to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
December 15, 2021
Interview with Simon Severino, CEO and founder of Strategy Sprints
Simon Severino is the CEO and founder of Strategy Sprints. Strategy Sprints helps companies scale quickly whilst freeing up the time of the company's exec team to focus on building their business.Simon was talking to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
December 01, 2021
Streamlining your eCommerce with Norbert Strappler from Syncspider - eCommerce Integration Platform
In this episode talk with Nobert Norbert Strappler from SyncSpider (www.syncspider.com). Syncspider connects eCommerce tools, for example, reducing stock on Amazon if you make a sale on eBay. Like Zapier, but eCommerce specific.Integration is a real problem in eCommerce, so it was fascinating to talk to Nobert and why he started Syncspider and what keeps him excited about eCommerce.Nobert was talking to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
November 18, 2021
Sourcing products for Amazon FBA & Private Label with Tomer from Sourcing Monster
Today's interview is with Tomer from @SourcingMonster. Sourcing monster is a YouTube channel devoted to helping people succeed at developing private-label products and selling them on Amazon FBA. Tomer runs his own FBA business and is very generous with his advice. Setting up a private label business is not easy, but Tomer has inspired me to give it a try!https://www.sourcing-monster.com/https://www.youtube.com/c/sourcingmonsterTomer was talking to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
November 10, 2021
How to Survive Amazon Account Suspensions
As an Amazon seller, getting your seller account suspended can be a terrifying experience. The process is opaque, unaccountable and it is not possible to talk to anyone. In my opinion, it is a manifestation of Amazon’s unaccountable monopoly at its very worst.In the episode, we look at the cause for Amazon account suspensions, how to avoid them and how to deal with them if they arise.Ecommerce odyssey is presented by Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
October 07, 2021
Running a podcasting/publishing business with Chloe Thomas - Ecommerce MasterPlan
Our latest podcast interview is with the wonderful Chloe Thomas from eCommerce MasterPlan. Chloe runs a successful eCommerce Podcast as well as being a writer of several books and a speaker.We talked about:Tell us about what you do?How did you get started?How do you describe yourself – a writer, podcaster, eCommerce nerd?You work with a number of channels e.g. podcast, books etc. Which gets the best engagement?Which do you enjoy most?How long do you think it requires to get traction with a podcast/training business?What has inspired you recently?If you have time, I recommend checking out the eCommerce MasterPlan podcast and her other podcast Keep OptimisingChloe was talking to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
August 17, 2021
Increasing eCommerce conversion rate with negotiation chatbots with Rosie Bailey from Nibble
In this episode Trevor interviews Rosie Bailey from Nibble - a negotiation chatbot which makes haggling on your website fun! Questions we asked Rosie include:Can you tell me what Nibble is all about?Is this just a gimmick or the future of ecommerce?What results are you seeing for customers?What features are you planning in the future?Will you be integrating this with other chat systems like WhatsAppWhat has inspired you recently?Rosie was talking to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
August 08, 2021
Interview with Neil Twa from Voltage Direct Marketing
Neil Twa is the founder of Voltage Direct marketing, an Amazon growth consultancy. Voltage specialises in launching its own private label brands and coaching others to launch their own successful Amazon businesses. We discussed:How did you start VoltageWhat does your sixleaf software do?How do you identify good products to sell on Amazon?Tell me about your FBA investment business VoltageThere are a lot of businesses making acquisitions in the FBA space right now – is this a bubble that is going to burst?What are the most successful Amazon sellers doing right?What has inspired you recently?Neil was talking to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
May 27, 2021
Building your business through Facebook and Instagram with Dr Traffic - Social Media Agency
In the latest eCommerce odyssey podcast, Trevor interviews Dean Niesten and Rik Koopman from Social Media agency Dr Traffic. Amongst other things they talked about:What does Dr Traffic do?What investment would you recommend in organic vs. Paid SocialWhat is the best measure of ROI in social?What ROI should merchants aim for?What are the channels you would recommend investing in?Where do you see Facebook/Instagram eCommerce solution going?What has inspired you recently?Dr Traffic was interviewed by Trevor Ginn from Vendlab.com, an e-commerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and international sales.
May 23, 2021
Cross boarder payments with Dan Marsland from Payoneer - Online Payment Provider
Today I Trevor from Vendlab.com with Dan Marsland from leading payment provider Payoneer.We discussed:What does Payoneer do?How does Payoneer help Amazon sellers?How to choose a payment providerHow Brexit has affected CBTWhat international opportunities do you see your clients using?What is the future for online payments?What has inspired you recently?Need help with your eCommerce business? Vendlab specialises in helping online retailers grow their businesses through online marketplaces and international sales.
May 14, 2021
Interview with Jamie Ridell Founder of Escaping Gravity - Global SEO Agency
Jamie Riddell has been at the forefront of Search Engine Optimisation for over 20 years and his latest venture is Escaping Gravity, a Global SEO agency for Challenger brands.SEO was one of the first things which got me excited about eCommerce, so it was great to discuss the latest developments with Jamie.Amongst other things, we chatted about:Over the last few years, paid search results are taking up more space on the SERPs. Does that mean that natural search is less important for retailers?I notice that Amazon seems to appear prominently in the SERPs for product-related searches. Is it becoming more difficult for ‘challenger brands’ to make an impact? Is it a case of the Matthew effect (‘For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.’)Should SEO have a higher ROI than other (paid) forms of online promotion?How important is getting excellent quality links vs creating great content?Google is implementing core web metrics soon, how much effect do you think this will have on retailers, many of which have slow sitesWhat has inspired you recently?Jamie was interviewed by Trevor Ginn from Vendlab.com. Vendlab are an e-commerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and international trade.
May 06, 2021
Interview with Jason Russell from Magentity
Magenitity (www.magentity.com) is a leading Magento specialist Agency. I caught up with the founder Jason Russell to talk about eCommerce and tackle one of the trickiest questions in eCommerce - Magento or Shopify?Tell me about MagentityMagento or Shopify?How is website speed best measured?Now that websites are becoming more templated, how do eCommerce companies differentiate themselves?What are the most successful eCommerce companies doing?What has inspired you recentlyHost: Trevor Ginn- www.vendlab.comGuest: Jason Russell, Founder Magentity
April 29, 2021
Managing multiple couriers with Jonnie Cartmill from Sendcloud
Today I caught up with Jonnie Cartmill from Sendcloud, a shipping solution for eCommerce sellers. Sendcloud manages carrier integrations and allows you to access multiple carrier solutions from one interface, without doing your own integrations. Here are some of the things we talked about:What does send cloud do for sellers?What is the history of the company?Why should sellers use it instead of integrating directly with the couriers?What do you think is the best way to ship internationally?Do you work with other software providers e.g., Linnworks?How was Brexit for you!?What has inspired you recently?Jonnie was talking to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
April 22, 2021
Managing Multi-channel eCommerce sales with Steve Jones from Veeqo
In this week’s episode of the Ecommerce Odyssey Podcast, I interview Steve Jones from Veeqo (www.veeqo.com).Veeqo is a leading e-commerce platform helping multi-channel e-commerce businesses to manage their sales.Questions covered include:Can you give me a brief background on VeeqoWhat kind of merchants can you really help?Do you consider yourself to be an all-in-one system?How do you balance the requirements of customers for different features?What is your pricing model?How do you think you fit into the market for eCommerce platforms? Why would someone choose you?What do you see successful merchants doing to grow?What are your predictions for eCommerce over the next 2 years?What has inspired you recently?Steve was talking to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
March 25, 2021
Launching an eCommerce startup with Steve Folwell - Founder of Muddy Trowel
In our launch episode, We are delighted to interview Steve Folwell, the founder of e-commerce gardening Startup Muddy Trowel (www.muddytrowel.com).Muddy Trowel makes it easy to get beautiful, plants kids straight to your door. I talk to Steve about what he has learned so far and his plans for the future.In the podcast we cover:Muddy Trowel – what gave you the inspiration for it?What is the market landscape for these products?How does the supply chain work for your products?Your products are quite delicate – how do you deliver •What are the main channels you use to market your products?Do you sell through any third party platforms e.g. Amazon, eBay •How are you funding your business – what are your plans for growth?You’ve worked for big corporates and now you are an entrepreneur – which do you prefer?What has inspired you most recently?Steve was talking to Trevor Ginn from vendlab.com, an eCommerce agency specialising in online marketplaces and e-commerce sales platforms.
March 14, 2021