Do you want to start an ecommerce business without spending weeks on preparations? Need one of those ready stores that can be launched right away? Then check out AliDropship’s new offer – Premium Stores!
We’re beyond grateful for the industry recognition our dropshipping stores gain. In April 2020, buyitcarl.com – one of the Premium Stores on offer – won a prestigious accolade of Hermes Creative Awards. It was entitled the Gold Winner in the Ecommerce Site Design category which is highly encouraging, inspiring, and humbling for our whole team.
You feel ready to start a dropshipping business? But how do you begin? What niche should you choose? What products are the best? What’s the most efficient promotion strategy?
If you feel uncertainty because of all these issues, then we’ve got a solution!
AliDropship’s Premium Stores allow you to start your own online shop right away. But that’s not all! You’re not simply getting a dropshipping site that can be launched with just a few clicks. You’re buying a precise copy of one of our own successful stores that are bringing us considerable profits.
In other words, these ready stores are the solution for those who want to get quick results based on proven ideas.
Our team experiments with different niches, products, and marketing strategies. Some of the stores we own become very profitable. When one of them achieves a stable flow of traffic together with a steady volume of sales, and when we identify its most efficient marketing mix, it becomes a Premium Store. We make this website’s copy available to customers who would like to get their own ready stores instantly.
When you purchase it, you get a copy of the original website including the store’s theme, structure, imported products and product data, design elements, etc. As a result, you get your own dropshipping store duplicated from a highly successful business along with all its materials.
Copying someone else’s brilliant ideas is quite common in business. Many entrepreneurs keep an eye on competitors and try out their strategies and solutions. Same goes for dropshipping. A lot of store owners copy ads and products from their competitors, so why not borrow the whole website from a team of professionals absolutely legally?
No need to test different niches! No need to try out different products or look for reliable sellers! You get all this along with your new business!
What you get as an owner
Precise copy of a flourishing dropshipping business
With ready stores of this kind, you get a copy of a dropshipping website that is already making money with all its materials. Thus, there’s no need to experiment trying to figure out the best options on your own.
After the purchase, you become a full owner of your dropshipping business. Any profit you make belongs only to you. Since the moment you get your copy, it’s up to you to decide how to develop the shop. You can leave everything as it is or change the site however you wish. From now on, this AliDropship store is yours!
You only pay once! No additional charges, no hidden fees or subscriptions. After paying, you get full access to the store and all the resources.
Best products from reliable sellers
By getting a copy of one of our shops, you also receive the full list of the products imported to the original store. AliDropship’s managers selected these goods from hundreds of alternatives and dozens of sellers. Thus, you can be absolutely sure you’re dealing with the most profitable items and the most reliable suppliers.
Ready to be launched right away
You don’t have to start from scratch. Choosing a niche, finding great products, creating a design – all of this has already been done by our managers. As a result, you can start promoting your Premium Dropshipping Store right after the purchase.
Choice of stores
You can choose from a list of different shops, each devoted to a certain niche, to find something that suits you best.
How to buy a Premium Store?
Visit the Premium Stores page where you will find the list of all available websites and choose the one you like. Press ‘Learn More’ to visit the given store’s page.
After that, select the package you prefer. Here, you’ve got three options.
Buying a pure copy
First of all, you can buy a pure copy of the original website with no extra packages. To do that, simply leave the package offers unchecked and press the BUY NOW button. In this case, you will have to install the files by yourself and use your own domain name and hosting.
However, if you have zero IT experience, you can add the installation package to your order.
Copy + Installation package
Adding the Installation package to your order allows you to avoid all the manual work as AliDropship’s team will do it for you.
If you don’t have a domain name, the team will offer three options to choose from. This domain name is prepaid for one year and will cost no more than $12 per year. We will also set up prepaid hosting optimized for a dropshipping website. The package also includes the store’s logo editing.
After that, the team will install your copy of the store onto this hosting and set up a payment gateway.
With this package, you’ll be ready to launch the site immediately.
Copy + Marketing package
With this package, you get copies of the marketing materials AliDropship team uses to promote the original websites.
You get the banners and videos created by our team and the ad texts we use in our own campaigns. We will also send you a detailed description of the target audience that suits the niche you have chosen.
Lastly, we will provide you with instructions on how to set up and run marketing campaigns using these materials. This way, you can start promoting your business as soon as possible and use tested and proven materials.
And of course, you can purchase both the Installation and Marketing packages for the most seamless experience. Shortly after the purchase, one of AliDropship’s managers will contact you to discuss all the details.
By purchasing a Premium Store, you start your own business with a fully developed website, a selection of the best products within the chosen niche, and even promotional materials. And you get all this for a one-time payment! Get yourself a Premium Store and start making money right away.
Seeing and managing this process from the inside gives us an incredible advantage. This allows us to experience all the steps of this operating process – the same as our customers do. And this, in turn, gives us a brilliant opportunity to work with our clients much more effectively as we have a clear and detailed understanding of the whole dropshipping routine.
One of the questions we hear from our customers quite often is “Why would I get a specialized dropshipping niche store if all these items are already available on AliExpress?” Why would people make their purchase from my store when they can purchase from a globally renowned platform?
In this article, we’ll share the reasons of niche stores being more appealing for buyers than AliExpress.
Let’s start with an informative video!
Top 5 reasons why customers prefer niche stores to AliExpress
1. It’s easier to find the necessary product
AliExpress gained itself the reputation of an immensely huge online trading platform where you can find practically anything. The platform hosts lots of sellers, and the number of products they offer far exceeds 100 million items. This means it is possible to source almost any kind of product regardless of its category and special features. But interestingly, that’s not always a benefit!
Browsing a niche store with a limited amount of categories, you can find the necessary product quickly and effortlessly.
That’s what industry analysis shows! Customers looking for a particular product with specific features are much more likely to visit a niche store than AliExpress.
There is a valid reason for this, as you can guess. It’s not easy to look through thousands of product options to find the one that fully suits your needs. This is why potential buyers might avoid a website of an enormous marketplace where they can easily get lost. Instead, they prefer a dedicated website with a limited amount of product categories that is clear and convenient to navigate. Apart from that, a store that focuses on a particular niche or category is likely to have highly specialized products instead of some generic items.
2. It’s more convenient to place an order
The simplicity of placing an order is crucial for the purchasing process. AliExpress requires buyers to register, which is a distracting factor for many online shoppers. At the same time, AliDropship niche stores allow customers to place their orders simply and effortlessly. Thanks to this, buyers enjoy an unmatched shopping experience that surely motivates them to come back for more. Even if customers don’t have previous experience in online shopping, they can easily buy from such stores without any issues.
When users visit such stores, they can get immediately interested in some of the products. Thus, the simplicity of the shopping process will surely encourage them to make a purchase without any second thoughts.
3. Niche stores provide a nicer customer experience
It is typical for sellers placing their offers on AliExpress to work with a wide range of product categories. Ideally, that would require a store owner to have extensive knowledge covering all the specifications of the offerings. Unfortunately, quite often this is not the case, and it makes potential purchasers turn to smaller niche stores.
Niche stores are notable for the friendly atmosphere created by passionate and enthusiastic sellers.
What’s special about people who create narrowly focused online stores and deal with a limited amount of items? Typically, they are deeply interested in this particular area and have a true passion for this certain product range. Therefore, they are enthusiastic to create a friendly and favorable atmosphere in the store. You can imagine how important it is for an online business: take a look at this success story that happened all thanks to an engaged followers’ community! The better client service you provide to these niche fans, the higher are the odds to see them and their friends again soon.
4. It’s much easier to get help
Anyone who purchased something online knows how important it is for the seller to be knowledgeable about his product offering. And what happens if a dropshipping store owner works with multiple product niches and dozens of hundreds of products? Potentially, there can be some difficulties with providing accurate and relevant data on clients’ inquiries. From the point of view of a seller, this can easily be understood. Naturally, managing such a store is quite a demanding task requiring an enormous effort. Still, from the point of view of a buyer, it can cause a great inconvenience.
Well-informed experts can provide quick and complete answers to any niche-related questions.
On the contrary, niche stores with a smaller product range have everything it takes to provide high-quality customer support. Since these stores employ well-informed experts with a deep passion for the products on offer, customers can safely count on quick and full answers to any niche-related questions that can potentially come up. These sellers can also help buyers with the technical aspects of placing an order, making a payment, or dealing with a return or refund if necessary (Kitty’s dropshipping story is a great example!). This is not always the case with AliExpress purchases – the wait for an answer from the platform’s technical support can take a significant amount of time.
5. It’s more pleasant to navigate niche stores
Due to the technical features of the platform, all of the AliExpress stores have the same layout. As a result, it is really difficult for a store owner to create a memorable and recognizable marketplace.
For the customer, it’s going to be difficult to remember the exact store where they saw this or that item. This will result in them buying the product elsewhere. Furthermore, the store layout can’t be changed, even if it’s uncomfortable or inconvenient for either the buyer or seller.
A convenient customized layout and professional design turn niche stores into user-friendly and memorable marketplaces.
In turn, nicely and professionally designed niche stores can easily prompt visitors to make a purchase – the previously-mentioned impulse buying heavily depends on store usability. Additionally, the layout of these stores can be customized in a way that is clear and understandable for any kind of buyer. What is also important, due to their unusual design, such stores have their own spirit and atmosphere, and it certainly motivates customers to come again for more.
Now that you know why online shoppers might choose a niche store instead of AliExpress, it’s high time for you to start your own dropshipping journey. Choose the store that suits you best and start earning in no time!
Social media marketing and ecommerce businesses go hand in hand. It’s almost impossible to imagine one without the other. However, not many understand how beneficial it can be to use social media marketing, and Facebook promotion, in particular, to grow your business.
Social media isn’t something obscure anymore. Nowadays, almost everyone has a social media account of some sort. In 2019, in the U.S. alone, the percentage of the population that used any form of social media was about 79%, which is approximately 247 million people. Just think about it, the total population is 328 million people! You can reach almost all of the population of the US through social media!
One social media platform we would like to point your attention to is Facebook. It is the largest social network in the world, with 2.8 billion active users. That number alone should trigger you and make you think about all the potential customers you can reach.
And in all fairness, Facebook is the perfect platform for small businesses to establish themselves. While there are lots of users, Facebook also provides you with the tools you need to attract their attention.
In this article, we will take a closer look at why Facebook is one of the best platforms for growing your business and how you can do it.
Facebook promotion: what is it?
Generally speaking, Facebook promotion is a marketing method aimed at advertising a product or service through the social media platform. With Facebook’s advertising tools, your dropshipping venture can significantly grow and expand to new heights. And if you want to achieve quick sales for your dropshipping store, Facebook ads are the best solution. Not only are they effective but even beginner entrepreneurs can understand them and utilize to their advantage.
As a matter of fact, have you heard about our best performing self-owned store? That’s right, that exact dropshipping store that’s making over $500K/month! Well, the owners of that store have managed to achieve these outstanding results all by promoting their products through paid Facebook ads. What’s more, you can get the exact copy of that online store at a very reasonable price. Furthermore, you can opt to receive a marketing package filled with the same advertisement materials that the original had. And we’ll be at every step of the way helping you set it all up!
Why Facebook promotion is perfect for your online business
Let’s look at some of the most significant advantages online businesses receive promoting with Facebook.
With billions of active users, there are seemingly no limits to how many people you can reach. So, you are not limited to promoting to a specific country, you can advertise anywhere you like!
You are provided with a broad range of targeted advertising options. This allows you to specify in great detail who will see your ads. You can select an audience based on their income, education level, relationship status, job, interests, and even purchase behavior.
Diversity of advertising
You have an incredible amount of advertising options to showcase your products through Facebook either in a textual or visual format. You can use your posts as advertisements, stories, slideshows, carousels, video, etc.
Works with other marketing channels
While promoting your business through Facebook, you are free to use other marketing channels, too, such as search engine marketing, email marketing, etc. Moreover, don’t forget that Facebook is connected with Instagram and WhatsApp, which means that you can promote through those platforms as well.
Opportunity for growth
When you start advertising your products on Facebook, small audiences of people will engage with your ads. Of course, it’s not likely that thousands of people will come to your store right away.
At the beginning of your dropshipping journey, you won’t probably be investing huge amounts of money into Facebook promotions, so the results might not be that impressive. Nevertheless, after the initial results, you can start increasing your ad budget and reach a lot more people than you previously have. Thus, you can achieve far more stunning results than before.
However, to start promoting your products or services on Facebook, you have to create a Facebook business page first.
What is a Facebook business page?
Basically, a Facebook business page is a Facebook profile for your business. It can receive and send messages, post updates, receive notifications, like and comment on other users’ content, etc. On a Facebook page, instead of adding someone as “friends”, users must “like” or follow the page to see its content.
Here is a quick guideline on how to create a Facebook business page.
First, you’ll need to log in to a Facebook Account. You can use your existing personal page or create a completely new page for your business. Then, head to the creation page and select what type of business page you want to create. There you will pick your page name, category, and description.
From there, all that is left to do is fill in the rest of the page: add photos, create a username, enter the information about your business (including your business story) and then create your first post. Once you’ve completed your page, you can start creating and launching your ads.
How to set up your ad campaign for Facebook promotion
Facebook advertising is one of the most effective ways to grow your business and reach your potential customers.
It is a unique tool and we want you to benefit from it as much as you can. So let’s go over how you can launch your ads to reach practically anyone.
So, by now you should have already created a Facebook business page (if you haven’t, go do it now!). Then, head over to your Facebook Ads Manager to create your ad campaign. As stated by Facebook, the Ads Manager is an all-in-one tool for creating, managing, and tracking your ads. It’s powerful, but it’s designed for advertisers regardless of their experience.
The Ads Manager will also help by showing you how well your campaigns are performing based on Facebook’s metrics. So, here is what you have to do:
Select an objective
You have 11 objectives to choose from, based on what you want your ads to achieve.
Choose your audience
Facebook allows you to target a specific audience of people based on the information you know about them. You can use parameters such as age, gender, location, demographics, interests, and behaviors.
Moreover, it’s worth noting that you can showcase your ads to anyone in any corner of the world and select multiple locations. Facebook will automatically deliver the ads to countries where they will perform better.
Since you are going to be using Facebook’s paid advertising tools, you are going to need to set a budget. Here, you have an option to set a daily or a lifetime budget and the time period when your ads will run.
You have total control over your campaign costs since you initially choose how many people see your ads and how often they see them. Moreover, according to the predictable reach and frequency, you will see the exact amount of money required to reach your audience.
Usually, $10-$15 a day is enough for a starting ad budget. And remember, you are not required to run ads every single day. Facebook allows you to always control your ad budget and turn off your promotions any time you want.
From there, all you have to do is pick the format of your ad and submit your ad to Facebook’s ad auction. And there you have it, you’ve successfully launched your Facebook ad! Don’t forget to manage your ad and evaluate its performance.
It’s safe to say that Facebook promotion is one of the most accessible and at the same time cost-effective ways to promote your ecommerce business.
Still, a common question is how long do you have to wait until you can see the first results? Usually, it doesn’t take long to see the results come in. Oftentimes, you can see the results from a Facebook promotion within 1 week or even sooner!
Final takeaways on Facebook promotion
No matter what type of business you own, Facebook promotion is an essential instrument for the growth of your business. It is an advertising strategy that allows ecommerce entrepreneurs to run a business even without an already established customer base.
Ultimately, Facebook ads are one of the most efficient ways to reach customers anywhere in the world. Using it, you can grow you business and expand your customer base even quicker. Even though this method requires you to invest a certain amount of money into it, you will have full control over all your advertising costs. All it takes is a few clicks and you can see the results within a couple of weeks.
Ready to start exploring the power of Facebook ads? Remember that you can always count on expert assistance! The Marketing Packages we provide together with AliDropship’s Premium Stores contain the exact same media files, texts, and audience settings we use to generate sales with these stores, and YOU can benefit from them, too!
What is more, India is the second most populous country in the world – its population is about 1.38 billion people. In addition, more than 65% of its citizens are below the age of 35. Everyone knows that the younger the generation, the more tech-savvy it is. So the number of people using the Internet will also grow significantly.
As you can see, dropshipping to India seems to be an attractive opportunity. Is it really so? Let’s figure it out!
Dropshipping to India: pros of the Indian eCommerce market
Although some advantages of the Indian eCommerce market were mentioned above, there are lots of other positive moments that you should draw your attention to.
Lots of government initiatives
The government of India has lots of plans on how to improve the eCommerce market of the country and support online retailers. So, it runs and supports different campaigns such as Digital India that help make the country more digitally empowered and contribute to the growth of the eCommerce market.
Besides that, the Indian government is working on building secure cyberspace for India’s citizens and businesses. In 2017, the country even made it to the 23rd place of the UN Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI).
Increase in the number of payment options
Some time ago it was hard for Indian business people to choose the most appropriate payment gateway for their eCommerce stores because of the small number of available options.
But the situation has changed significantly. These days, there are lots of services that you can add to your store to accept payments. Among the most popular ones, there are PayPal, PayU, InstaMojo, PayTabs, etc. All these payment gateways are available for the AliDropship plugin, so if you’re living in India, it will be easy for you to start your own online business.
Positive consumer sentiment
Most Indians feel positive about purchasing goods online. According to the survey, conducted by Capgemini Research Institute, 64% of Indian consumers prefer shopping online rather than in physical shops. So, it’s a good reason to start dropshipping to this country.
Dropshipping to India: cons of the Indian eCommerce market
Now, let’s see if there are any barriers to exploring this market!
Limited Internet knowledge of potential buyers
Although computers, the Internet, and social media are an essential part of our lives, there are lots of people in the world who aren’t good at technologies or don’t know how to use them yet.
According to the data published by UNESCO in 2017, only 70% of Indian citizens aged 15 and above can both read and write. As for digital literacy, only 46% of the Indian population aged 14 and above can operate a computer.
When these people start using the Internet to buy something from online stores, they will probably face different issues. It is likely that they will have trouble finding the necessary products and placing their orders.
Of course, it doesn’t mean that you can’t work with these customers! On the contrary, you can be the person (or the company) that guides them through this new exciting world. It will require lots of your patience, energy, and time, but the result will totally be worth it.
Psychological barriers to online shopping
Although the number of digital buyers in India is increasing, a lot of Indian consumers prefer to touch a product before purchasing it. This is especially the case when buying clothing, shoes, perfumes, and accessories.
The lack of touch and feel experience may significantly affect Indian customers and put up barriers that stop them from buying. Although the situation is gradually changing (especially because of the COVID-19 pandemic), many Indians still prefer either buying in brick-and-mortar shops or order stuff with cash on delivery options.
If you want to start a dropshipping business in India (where you live), you need to register your business officially. And you may feel confused when choosing the most appropriate business form and dealing with the paperwork.
Actually, there are 4 popular types of companies in India:
One person company
Limited liability partnership (LLP)
Private limited company
The type of business form determines how money flows in and out of the business, how the business is taxed, and what documents you need to start it.
The easiest way of company registration is deciding on the sole proprietorship model. You will just need your Aadhaar and PAN cards, a bank account, and proof that you have an office. That’s it.
This business type is ok for people who have never had their own businesses and just want to try their strengths.
However, if you have some experience in eCommerce, you can focus on other forms. Although it takes more time to get all the necessary documents, these business forms are more flexible and have some more benefits than the sole proprietorship model.
Is AliExpress banned in India?
Last year, the Indian government banned a number of Chinese apps including the AliExpress mobile app. As the officials explain, these apps collect massive amounts of user data that have nothing to do with their services. So, they were banned due to security reasons.
By the end of 2020, the government banned over 200 apps in total. With continuing tensions on the India-Chinese border, one could expect more moves of this kind in the nearest future.
At first, the consequences of this decision were not that harsh as the AliExpress site was still working and customers could place orders. But later, AliExpress sellers faced certain problems at the customs.
By the end of 2020, AliExpress officially stopped exporting goods to India. As of now, it is impossible to place an order on AliExpress if the customer’s address is located in India. This is what the platform’s Help Center says:
Does it mean dropshipping to India from AliExpress is no longer available? Some buyers report that they were able to place orders by contacting sellers directly and asking them to send goods via more expensive shipping options (often with longer delivery times). But even in this case, sellers don’t guarantee that the parcel will be successfully delivered.
This is why, right now, we’re considering dropshipping from China to India to be too risky, and can’t safely recommend following this business model. However, it doesn’t mean that as an Indian citizen, you can’t do dropshipping at all!
As of now, the best countries to dropship to are the United States, the UK, Australia, Canada, and a number of European countries. So, instead of dropshipping to India, pick one of these destinations and start your dropshipping business there.
Looking to double down on your dropshipping store growth? You’ll need some epic ecommerce tools to help you get there!
The industry is changing and expanding faster than ever. In fact, the global ecommerce market is expected to register $6.54 trillion in sales by 2022. That’s up from $3.53 trillion in 2019.
Online commerce is shaping fast, and we must stay up-to-date on the market. With so many free and paid tools available for online businesses, it’s not always easy to see which tools are the most beneficial and how they can help your dropshipping store succeed. For this reason, we decided to show you a list of the best tools that our team uses every day to boost productivity and make our stores, as well as our clients’ businesses, more successful.
Analytical tools for ecommerce business
Google Analytics (Free)
This is the most common tool for online businesses’ owners. It helps to better understand your customers. The insights you can gain from Analytics will help you evaluate how your market, content, products, campaigns, and more perform.
It’ll guide you to where your investments are failing so you can take action. Google Analytics can also show you how many people were on your website and followed through with a purchase. This can help you think of better strategies, make better product pages, and more.
KISSmetrics (From $299/mo)
KissMetrics is a website analytics tool revealing visitors’ behavior and their online history. The tool is handy for merchants, as it helps in events tracking and online shoppers’ funnel analysis. KissMetrics allows retailers to accumulate lots of details about any visitor: where he or she came from (for example, from an ad campaign, etc.), which actions they took in your online store, which events they triggered, and what’s their overall history. The tool also offers audience segmentation, A/B tests, comprehensive reporting, retention reports, testing availability, and staging sandboxes.
Ecommerce tools for SEO
Google Search Console (Free)
Google Search Console is very useful in understanding the way Google sees your site. It helps you optimize content by diving into analytics and submitting URLs for indexing, exploring mobile usability, and receiving alerts when something goes wrong. Combined with Google Analytics, it is one of the most powerful data sources for SEO.
SemRush (From $99.95/mo)
SEMRush finds the best keywords after going through your website content. It also looks at where you can use a backlink and even compares your strategy to that of your competitors! You can track their paid ads performance, organic keywords, and even their best-performing product listing ads.
SEMRush is great for small and medium-sized enterprises. With over 3 million users from all over the globe, it helps business owners make their campaigns hyper-local and get phrase-match keywords for SEO and PPC campaigns.
Competitors research tools for ecommerce business
Google Trends (Free)
Google Trends allows you to explore the most trending search terms or even observe how one keyword is performing compared to another one. By selecting different regions, you can also see more details on the search volume for specific countries and locales.
BuzzSumo: a content ideas tool (Free trial; plans start from $99/mo)
Attracting new customers to your ecommerce store should be a regular task. But sometimes, coming up with new ideas and compelling content can be challenging.
If you create boring content that provides no value, nobody will read it! And even if they do read it, they won’t share it, and that means Google won’t recommend it.
So, if you are looking for ideas on what to write on your blog, social media or in your newsletters, BuzzSumo lets you search for specific topics and see the most popular articles written about them. You can then capitalize on those ideas to create fresh content for your business. That’s all there is to it.
It’s free for the first 7 days, and after that, it’ll cost you $99 per month for the pro package.
AdSpy (From $149/mo)
AdSpy is a powerful ad intelligence platform that you can use to find and study competitors’ campaigns in your niche.
It provides access to 80M+ ads in 88 different languages across 198 countries from 13M+ advertisers, making it a powerhouse of a database.
Also, it comes with some excellent search filters which allow you to target your competitors’ campaigns with uncanny precision.
Use it to discover Facebook and Instagram ads and apply the advanced filters to your search to find ad texts, comments, and landing page URLs along with ad types, daily likes and much more details.
Website optimization tools for ecommerce business
SEO Image Optimizer (one-time payment of $39)
As you may already know, optimizing your website images is crucial for its performance and position in search results. With the SEO Image Optimizer, you can cut down your website loading time and improve the SEO ranking. This powerful tool boosts site performance by resizing your website images for quick loading while creating SEO-friendly ALT texts and titles for search visibility. Easy to use, it just requires a one-time activation for fully-automatic optimization of your website’s images.
PageSpeed Insights (Free)
As a dropshipping store owner, you need to keep the user engaged with your store pages and deliver the most pleasant visitor experience for the users of any devices. Google provides a great tool for checking your page loading speed! PageSpeed Insights can be used to analyze the content of your online store and to give you some tips on how to make both the desktop and mobile versions of your site faster.
Content marketing tools for ecommerce business
Canva (Free, paid plans available)
Canva is a template-based design tool that’s free and easy to use. With Canva, you can create infographics, presentations, posters, flyers, and even webpages. The templates in Canva will save you an incredible amount of time and effort.
Even the free version comes with a massive library of stock photos, icons, and designs which are more than enough for your ecommerce needs. If you’d like to upgrade, prices start at $12.95 a month.
Animoto (Free, paid plans available)
You can create impressive videos in minutes using professionally designed video templates for ads, sales, how-to guides, and more. With Animoto’s drag-and-drop video maker, you can simply add your own photos, videos, or text, and then upload a ready video straight to social media.
Animoto is especially awesome for creating video slideshows as you can easily combine photos, video clips, stock videos, texts, and music.
Adobe Premiere Pro ($20.99/mo)
This is a very robust tool, offering more than just the ability to clip, paste, and edit. Adobe Premiere Pro also makes time-consuming tasks easy with the ability to synchronize audio and video from different sources, upload media from a wide range of sources, and provide JKL trimming which allows users to scrub and trim video footage all at once.
It is a powerful tool requiring at least some background knowledge and experience. Luckily, Adobe provides a comprehensive walkthrough of the tool which makes getting started pretty straightforward.
This means you can get started creating high-quality, story-telling videos for your website, YouTube channel, or any other platform in no time at all!
Adobe Photoshop ($20.99/mo)
With Adobe Photoshop, you can do anything from photo editing and compositing to digital painting, animation, and graphic design. As a dropshipping store owner, you can use it to create beautiful social media posts, ad banners, visual elements for your branding, email campaigns and much more. With powerful editing tools and new smart features for creating magical effects, you can turn imagery into artistry.
Apester (Free trial; plans start from $29/mo)
Polls, personality tests, and videos used on Apester allow you to present your content in a more engaging format. These types of online activities are fun for customers: interacting with your brand this way, they also receive unique insights into the facts and details they already know.
Figma (Free, paid plans available)
Figma is a cloud-based design tool that allows you to work together with your team on the same file in real-time. This is especially helpful when design team members are not in the same physical location. Designers will feel they are part of your team and see how you value their input. Collaboration gives designers an incentive to come up with the best possible design for a client with the given budget and time constraints. Needless to say, Figma is useful not only for designers, but also for people without any designing skills. It has hundreds of templates that anyone can use to create icons, graphics, etc.
If you’re not fond of Photoshop, make sure to try out Figma!
Ecommerce tools for social media management
Social Rabbit Plugin ($69)
With this handy plugin, you can automatically create smart human-like posts in your feed and run hassle-free promotions on your social accounts 24/7.
What makes Social Rabbit so powerful? It draws attention to your page through following, liking, and commenting on users’ posts and accounts. Your social traffic and sales grow like crazy!
Best Hashtags (Free)
Whether you’re using Instagram for personal use or planning to adopt Instagram marketing for your business, it’s critical that you take advantage of one important thing – Instagram hashtags. It’s a simple tactic that can be used to grow both your reach and authority.
With Best Hashtags, you can find the best hashtags to use in your posts on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr to get more likes.
Ecommerce tools for email marketing
MailChimp (Free, paid plans available)
MailChimp is one of the best known and most used email marketing tools in the whole world, and there is a reason for that. Apart from being very user-friendly and having all the basic features, it also offers sophisticated ones, such as scheduling emails based on timezones, providing insightful campaign analytics, sending auto-responses, offering visual drag & drop builder with many templates, segmenting followers based on their location, and many more.
Moreover, MailChimp has the right functionality for Facebook, Instagram & Google remarketing ads, as well as a landing page builder and support of transactional emails via Mandrill.
OptinMonster (From $9/mo)
OptinMonster is the best WordPress popup plugin that makes it easy to generate more leads directly from your WordPress site. With its drag and drop builder, you can create eye-catching pop-ups to convert your site visitors into subscribers.
One of the best things about OptinMonster is that it comes with dozens of targeting options to show the right message to the right person at the right time. For example, you can display a popup that offers a lead magnet about blog traffic when your site visitor is reading a blog post about the same topic.
Marketing automation tools for ecommerce
Facebook Business Add-On (one-time payment of $27)
Facebook Business is an efficient solution designed to give you the smoothest promotion experience possible. You can synchronize your store with Facebook’s Product Catalog and forget the tedious process of collecting and adding products by yourself — in just a few clicks, all items will be ready to be added to your Facebook page!
This add-on makes it easier to sell from your product catalog and get more profit from Facebook Dynamic Ads by reminding your potential customers about products they’ve browsed. All you need to do is set up a Facebook Dynamic Ads account and add your Facebook Pixel code to the Facebook Business add-on settings to get going!
Landing Pages ($27/mo)
Want to quickly build insanely effective landing pages that convert your visitors into paying customers? Try this Landing Pages add-on!
Landing pages are an incredibly powerful tool that has proven to convert two times more visitors into paying customers than typical product pages. They can help you win more sales, grow your audience, and generate better Return on Investment (ROI) because they focus visitors on one call-to-action and uninterruptedly guide them through purchasing flow to conversion.
Google Merchant (one-time payment of $27)
Placing your offers on Google Shopping platform is the best way to reach more potential customers around the world! Our Google Merchant add-on helps you get your store name and items on to search results by automatically generating listings from your website’s product feed.
With this handy tool, you will be able to promote your business more efficiently while saving time. The add-on allows you to set up and assign attributes to products to place on the platform. Then, in just a single click, you get an automatically-generated product catalog in the form of an XML file or a link that you can then set up as a shopping campaign in Google Merchant Center.
Leadpages.com (From $27/mo)
You can use Leadpages to create and launch a professionally looking landing page for your winning product in minutes. Start with a conversion-optimized, mobile-responsive template. Then customize it with the use of the Drag & Drop Builder. No coding or high-tech skills required!
Another way is to use it for lead generation is to create a landing page with a lead magnet and collect customers’ emails (you can use them in your email marketing campaigns later). One more option is to create a few landing pages for different products and do some testing to figure out which products convert better. The choice is up to you!
Ecommerce tools for productivity
Trello (Free, paid plans available)
This website lets you use their boards and lists to organize and arrange your projects. Trello can be used to organize business-related or even personal plans and events. Extra features include comments, due dates, and required attachments.
Trello is free and can be accessed by simply signing up. It can be found as an app on the Google Play store and the App Store. The Trello blog explains how to use the platform, as well as shares a few tips and tricks.
Grammarly (Free, paid plans available)
This tool for ecommerce business is the best solution to automatically proofread content and make it clean and understandable. You can set contexts for the texts, too. This means that the tool will analyze your content differently based on its style: business, academic, casual, and more.
To make it work for the texts you’re creating in Google docs, simply install Grammarly as your Google Chrome extension. The free trial will be excellent to see how the tool works. And as a business owner, you can buy a premium subscription for unlimited checks!
Ecommerce marketing is growing, and it’s here to stay. Technology is advancing, too. Now, there are so many automation tools for ecommerce business that can help you multiply your profits and brand value!
When it comes to analyzing and improving your online store, there’s never enough hours in the day and never enough resources. However, with the tools that we’ve gathered here, you can be more efficient in how you spend your time and make a lot of improvements. Select the best ecommerce tools for your online store, and you will succeed in growth hacking your dropshipping business!
Are you looking for ways to increase your store conversion rate? Would you like to highlight your product offers and grab customers’ attention? Actually, there is a way out – add custom product labels to your product images by means of the Product Labels add-on!
Product labels: what are these?
Let’s start with the basics. What do we mean when speaking about product labels? And why do you need them? Is it true that they can significantly boost your online store sales? Actually, they can. But first things first.
These are not ‘physical’ packaging labels as you might have thought. When we say ‘product labels’, we mean the labels added to your in-store product images.
Why such labels are a must-have for online stores
It’s no secret that nowadays it’s images that run mass media. So it means it’s not enough for ecommerce entrepreneurs to create a perfect product page, write a profound article and so on. It’s more important to convince Internet users to visit your landing page, place an order, etc.
If you want to reach these targets, you need to understand that nowadays the majority of Internet users scroll the feed down until they find something that draws their attention. As a rule, this is all about catchy images and captivating headlines.
However, you probably guessed it. In practice, not every picture is capable of attracting potential customers to your ecommerce website. So what should it contain in order to make online shoppers visit your website, stay in your online store, and make purchases?
Okay, well, a number of outlets have already undertaken studies to determine a customer’s behavior. So the team of Invesp figured out that more than 2/3 of online shoppers mainly buy items at a discount. But what’s the most effective way to inform a customer about special offers and discounts and make sure that they will notice this?
It remains for you only to put 2 and 2 together. Internet users tend to pay their attention mainly to images, right? So this is the very place to put mentions of discounts, sale seasons, low stock, etc. And it’s the Product Labels add-on that will help make the most of this action!
How can Product Labels add-on help you sell more?
Actually, in order to let you easily highlight your special offers and draw potential customers’ attention, we introduce our new IT solution for business – it’s the Product Labels add-on!
The Product labels add-on is an IT solution that is designed in order to let you add different kinds of labels to your product images.
Well, the idea behind this add-on is using a product label instead of splashing thousand words so that not a single customer could leave your website empty-handed.
So how can you benefit from the Product Labels add-on? In practice, it helps you complete the following tasks:
Grab visitors’ attention with animated labels on your product images
Create a sense of urgency with labels from ‘low stock’ category
Boost sales by means of attracting customers with ‘hot deal’ labels
Increase your store conversion rate
How Product Labels add-on works: FAQ
First of all, we would like to mention that using the Product Labels add-on doesn’t require you to have special skills and competences. It works almost automatically, so you can add eye-catching and high-converting labels to your product images in some clicks.
What is necessary to let the this add-on work?
Please note that if you want to use the Product Labels add-on, you need AliDropship Plugin or AliDropship Woo Plugin installed on your website. What’s more, at the moment, the Product Labels add-on is not compatible with such themes as Flatsome, Storefront, Shopkeeper, and Shopper.
How to install the Product Labels add-on? Is its setup included in its price?
The price of the Product Labels add-on does not include its setup. Feel free to order its setup service here if necessary. However, this is absolutely not challenging to install this add-on, so you can do it yourself.
How to put these labels on your product pages?
Actually, this is one of the easiest parts. When you have installed the Product Labels add-on, you will see the Product Labels section in the admin area of your website. So you need to move to this section, choose a label category, label itself, placement, and determine priority.
Why have we noticed such a notion as priority? Well, pay attention to the fact that the Product Label add-on is able to automate the process of adding custom product labels to your product images.
This add-on lets you choose lots of labels for one product page: Low stock, Sale, New product, etc. Meanwhile, only one label will be shown on the image. So you are able to customize which labels will be the first priority for each product category.
Are there any other ways to automate the process of product labeling? Yes, there is one. You are able to enable automatic product labeling.
Now it’s you who determines which discount means the best deal, and which amount of items left in stock will trigger the ‘low stock’ label, etc.
By the way, despite the fact that there are plenty of different labels you will find in the add-on catalogue, we’ve decided to provide you with an option to add your own custom product label. So you will be able to benefit from your own design solution.
What other features does the Product Labels add-on have?
8 label placements
4 animations types available
Autoresizing labels for different pages
Summing it up: custom product labels and their sales boosting potential
Well, what’s the formula of growing sales in your online store? How to sell more? In fact, there are lots of factors affecting this.
We know for sure one of the aspects we can easily optimize: making your product offers more eye-catching. The Product Labels add-on is the tool that will help you with this!
So feel free to add different built-in attention-grabbing product labels to your product images and make sure no one internet user will ignore your offers or leave your website without a purchase. Beyond this, we hope you will be happy about the multiple customization features the Product Labels add-on provides you with.
So don’t miss the chance to highlight your product offers and boost sales with the Product Labels add-on from AliDropship!
Want to start a dropshipping business in the UK? Interested in selling goods to this country? In this article, we’re going to give you the answers to the most burning questions about UK dropshipping!
The UK is the home of progress. It is the country that once turned the tide and changed the world once and for all.
Indeed, the industrial revolution began exactly in Great Britain and spread around the globe at breakneck speed.
Today, the digital revolution is taking over the world at an even greater pace. And obviously, the UK can’t stand aside while it’s happening.
There are close to 70 million people living in this country, all the necessary civil liberties, and a stable and fast Internet connection. In other words, Great Britain is a great market for ecommerce entrepreneurs.
The only thing that can keep you from starting your UK dropshipping business is a lack of information.
To fill that gap, we’ve decided to answer the most commonly asked questions about UK dropshipping.
So, let’s start!
Disclaimer: This article reflects the political situation in the UK and the post-Brexit business environment as per February 2021. We strongly recommend that you consult your local lawyer and get expert legal advice if you’re looking for more relevant data.
#1 Do I need to register my dropshipping business in the UK?
Is dropshipping legal in the UK?
Yes, dropshipping is just a business model, so it’s totally legal. Does it mean that, if you want to start a dropshipping business in the UK, you have to register it?
This question bothers most UK-based dropshipping newcomers.
And the short answer is yes. You do need to register your online venture in the UK if you want to get around any legal consequences. The good news is, it’s not a big problem.
There are three basic business structures in Great Britain:
If you want to figure out what each of them implies, you can easily find the necessary info online. Yet, I’ll take the liberty of saying that the most suitable option for dropshipping store owners is to become a sole trader.
#2 How can I find the best suppliers for UK dropshipping?
It’s hard to downplay the importance of reliable dropshipping suppliers for your business success.
The quality of the products you sell, your customers’ satisfaction, and many other things depend on the suppliers you cooperate with. So, looking for a credible business partner could be a real pain in the neck for online entrepreneurs.
Another common issue related to UK dropshipping is delivery time. As of now, shipping from China to the United Kingdom with free delivery options and even a number of paid options takes 20-50 days. A number of AliExpress suppliers offer faster shipping options, but in these cases, delivery can cost up to $50. Considering that dropshipping expensive goods is much more difficult than selling affordable ones, these options can hardly be viable.
Many AliExpress sellers have warehouses in Spain, Germany, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, and France. All these countries are close at hand to the UK. Such options are often free and take about two weeks, which is much faster than other alternatives. So, you can easily find these suppliers and speed up the delivery.
Even if you can’t find faster shipping for products you want to dropship and have to use standard options, make sure you notify customers of the delivery time. Otherwise, you’ll have to deal with a lot of complaints from clients who didn’t expect to wait for so long.
#3 What taxes do I need to pay when dropshipping in the UK?
Another common question is do you have to pay taxes on dropshipping to the UK. And the answer is of course you do!
The United Kingdom, like many other developed countries, has a complex tax system. And it’s hard to cover the whole issue in one article.
Yet, there are four main types of obligatory payments every UK ecommerce entrepreneur has to deal with while dropshipping in the UK.
VAT on products
Income tax is a tax that the UK government imposes on your earnings. In other words, it’s the share of your income you must pass to HM Revenue & Custom.
Great Britain has a progressive tax system. That means that your income can be divided into four parts called bands. And each band has its own name and tax rate. Here they are, according to the UK government’s official website:
Personal allowance: 0% for your income up to £12,500
Basic rate: 20% – £12,501 to £50,000
Higher rate: 40% – £50,001 to £150,000
Additional rate: 45% for the income over £150,000
So, you pay different percentages from different parts of your income. For example, if you earn £65,000, you pay nothing for the first £12,500, 20% (£7,500) for the next £37,500 you’ve made, and 40% (£6,000) for the rest £15,000 of your income. The total sum you need to give for your £65,000 is £13,500.
Besides, if you live in Scotland, you must pay your taxes to the Scottish government, which sets slightly different bands to tax your income. You can see them below:
Personal allowance: 0% for your income up to £12,500
Starter rate: 19% – £12,501 to £14,549
Basic rate: 20% – £14,500 to £24,944
Intermediate rate: 21% – £24,945 to £43,430
Higher rate: 41% – £43,431 to £150,000
Top rate: 46% for the income over £150,000
Customs duty and VAT on dropshipping in the UK
VAT, or value-added tax, is a consumption tax assessed on the value added to goods and services. It’s used in many countries including the United Kingdom.
Now that the kingdom has left the EU, customs and tax regulations have changed. So if you want to start or continue dropshipping after Brexit, here’s what you should know.
Do you need to register a dropshipping business for VAT?
Yes, any business that sells goods sent from overseas directly to UK customers without using online marketplaces must register for the VAT to HMRC.
So, businesses dropshipping from China to the UK definitely must register. The same goes for dropshippers that sell goods from EU countries.
Previously, businesses were exempt from VAT and didn’t have to register unless their yearly revenue is below £85,000. But you must register for VAT no matter what revenue your business makes.
Changes to UK VAT tax
Previously, if the cost of a consignment of goods did not exceed £15, you didn’t have to pay customs or import VAT. Now Low Value Consignment Relief has been abolished. In other words, you still have to charge VAT for such consignments.
If the value of a consignment of goods does not exceed £135, you have to pay VAT, but no customs duty is charged. However, while previously, the government collected VAT at the point of importation, now the tax is collected at the point of sale.
For an ecommerce store, the point of sale is its payment gates (Stripe, PayPal, etc.). It means that the value of the goods is based on the price at which you sell them to customers rather than the value calculated at the point where the products cross the border.
It’s also important to note that the £135 threshold is applied to a consignment of goods, i.e. the whole package, and not to individual items. It, however, excludes transportation and insurance costs or any other taxes and charges.
It means that if you’re going to sell two items at a price lower than £135 each, you’d better send them in two separate packages to benefit from customs duty relief.
If the cost of a consignment of goods exceeds £135, instead of supply VAT, you will have to pay import VAT at the border, as well as customs duty.
The standard VAT rate is 20%, while the reduced rate equals 5% (for some categories of goods). Some products are exempt from VAT. You can see VAT rates for different goods here.
As for customs duty, it’s zero for consignments under £135 in value. For consignments that cost £135-£630, you will have to pay 2.5% in most cases. For consignments above the £630 threshold, the rate can be different. You’ll have to consult the UK government’s helpline to learn more.
Please note: the information we give you on tax requirements and regulations cannot be considered as legal advice. To handle your taxes properly in full accordance with the country’s law, we recommend you consult your local lawyer.
#4 Is there anything tricky about UK dropshipping?
As you can see, the consequences of Brexit for overseas sellers aren’t exactly positive. By leaving the European Union, Great Britain made it harder for foreign companies to sell goods in the kingdom.
Previously, one could dropship products from warehouses located in Europe, but now this maneuver won’t change anything.
Nevertheless, UK dropshipping remains a popular business idea. And despite the new rules, one can still make money by selling goods to locals. But you’ll have to adapt.
First of all, despite Brexit, you should still dropship goods from European warehouses whenever possible. You will still have to pay taxes, but it’ll considerably shorten your shipping time.
I also recommend being honest with your clients. To keep your customers’ anger at bay and avoid a misunderstanding, you should let your UK clients know about the possible fees they could encounter.
#5 What about dropshipping to other countries?
Unlike many other business models, dropshipping is easier to start and run. But there are other features that make it so great.
One of them is the ability to sell products to any country you want or to several countries at once. Your dropshipping store doesn’t have to be confined to UK customers. With AliExpress sending goods to almost any destination on the planet, you can sell internationally.
You can easily find an AliExpress supplier that has warehouses in Europe and sell your products to any EU country. Your customers won’t face any unexpected payments.
You can also successfully target such countries as the USA and Australia. AliExpress sellers store their goods there as well.
If you choose a country like Canada, which has a low limit on online purchases ($20), you should warn your clients in advance about the extra fees they may face. However, there is some loophole in the case of Canada.
In 2018, the USA and Canada made a new trade deal. And now, Canadian customers can buy online up to $150 from the United States and pay no customs duty (although taxes are still applied if the cost is above $40).
So, if you choose an AliExpress seller with a warehouse in the USA, you can make good use of that.
We hope this article will help you get your head around UK dropshipping and start your online business. If you have more questions, please leave them in the comment section below. We’re always happy to lend you a hand.
Every ecommerce newcomer needs a business plan to get a smooth start and successfully run their venture. In a way, it’s your roadmap to success: here, you set your goals and decide how to reach them. Today we are going to explain how to make a solid dropshipping business plan and stick to it throughout your journey!
If you’re just starting out, and you have nothing but a business idea, it’s necessary to draw up a plan you could keep to. Sometimes, writing a business plan is considered useless, extra, or just unnecessary because it is completely divorced from reality, but it takes you some time to create it.
However, planning is a prerequisite for success. It allows you to find the holes in your thinking, save lots of money, and therefore increase your profit margin significantly.
What is a business plan?
In fact, a business plan is your business roadmap that describes in detail what you have to do step by step in order to achieve your business goals. Its main purpose is to help entrepreneurs in forming a full picture of their business performance and analyze the potential advantages and disadvantages of making certain decisions.
Lastly, it lets you save your money, time, and energy. If you have a plan, it will be easy to ignore unnecessary things that hinder your business development.
How to write a dropshipping business plan?
If you’ve decided to write a business plan, there are 2 options for you: create a traditional business plan or focus on a lean startup format.
The traditional business plan is very detailed, that’s why this is a very time-consuming activity to create it. It’s about 30 to 40 pages in length and describes every detail that can contribute to the business success. This type of business plan is a must for entrepreneurs who are going to attract investors or get money from different financial institutions such as banks, etc.
The lean startup plan, in turn, requires less time and contains the key elements only. This one is perfect for self-employed entrepreneurs who are just starting out or who have no previous experience in writing any business plans. As for an ecommerce store, we recommend you use lean planning because of its simplicity and convenience. In addition, you can easily and quickly adapt and change it if necessary.
Key components of an effective dropshipping business plan
The elements of a good business plan can vary from business to business. However, there are some mandatory parts of dropshipping business plans. Let’s look at them.
To start with, you should clearly understand who you are, what you do, and who you do it for. As you create a lean startup business plan, it’s enough to write some words about your store, your audience, and the products to sell.
If you have some difficulties, imagine that you need to answer the question “What do you do?” briefly and plainly.
For example: “I run a dropshipping store called SuperEduToys that offers high-quality educational toys for children aged 3-10”.
Don’t forget that there can be lots of similar stores with similar ecommerce products. That’s why you need to find ways to make your business unique. In that case, your potential customers will prefer to buy from you when looking for a store to buy from.
#2 Problems and solutions
List here the most important problems that will be solved with your offer. In other words, define why your products will be popular with your customers, and what other aspects will stimulate them to deal with you.
For example: “Regular toys don’t help kids develop their skills. Educational toys allow them to improve the fundamental abilities such as critical thinking or problem solving”.
Make your potential customers feel strong interest in the products or services you sell online. Find some problems people are highly likely to have and give them a solution!
For example: “The target audience is adults from middle-income countries who wish to buy high quality educational toys for their children or grandchildren”.
Of course, this list can include a lot more questions, but we recommend that you concentrate only on the most important things that really affect your business.
By the way, if you think that targeting all in a row is a great idea, that’s not exactly true. In that case, you risk not to get enough sales volume, and your profit margin is likely to be extremely low.
Make a short list of your top competitors, try to determine their strengths and weaknesses, and write a few sentences on why you are better than they are. As in the previous example, take care to write down what’s important only.
For example: “Company A offers a wide range of products, but they are very expensive. My price is much lower, meanwhile, the quality of products is at the same level”.
By doing that, you will give your potential customers one more reason to choose your company when evaluating all the offers on the market.
Describe how you will reach your potential customers. What channels and marketing strategies will you use to attract your website visitors? Will you think of using some social media platforms?
For example: “The main channels to reach my customers are email marketing, Facebook ads, Google ads, and YouTube videos”.
In fact, marketing channels are extremely important on the road to success. If you manage to pay enough attention to this aspect, choose the most suitable channels for your business. In that case, the success is definitely going to be within reach.
#6 Revenue streams
Describe how your company will actually make money. Will you make a profit only by selling products online, or will you also focus on the revenue streams such as affiliate programs or Google advertising?
You can start with a couple of the most effective revenue streams and add some after a while.
For example: “The main revenue streams: dropshipping store, YouTube Ads. Additional sources: Google Ads”.
Besides shipping costs, there are lots of other expenses. Try to think of every potential cost of your online business and write about how much money you’re ready to spend on it.
Think about it very carefully because all these points are crucial for the way you will run your business and its performance!
For example: “The AliDropship plugin is $89. Monthly costs for advertising – $30. Other expenses …”
Remember that if you do everything right, all the money spent on advertising, automation, etc. pays off very quickly. That’s why, in most cases it is worth it!
In fact, that’s it. Your dropshipping business plan is ready to use! It was easy, wasn’t it?
To sum it up: creating a dropshipping business plan
If you already have a business or just think of starting one, you need to understand that writing a business plan is an integral part of running both long-term and short-term businesses.
As we have already found out from the article, there are lots of aspects which you should keep in mind when writing a business plan. They can vary a lot depending on the type of your business. Nevertheless, we are ready to highlight the ones that suit any ecommerce business.
Let’s briefly name the main aspects you should keep in mind when creating your own business plan:
2) Problems and solutions
5) Promotion channels
6) Revenue streams
In fact, that’s it!
If you have done everything right, your dropshipping business plan will fit completely onto one page. Now it’s high time to test it when starting your own profitable venture and see if your ideas work. Good luck!
Is dropshipping profitable in 2021? Today, we’ll find out if you still can secure jaw-dropping profit margins with this business model! What’s more, let’s also discuss how you can make the most out of this industry growth.
“Can I make any money from dropshipping?”
“This business model has existed for almost a decade. Is there still any potential for growth?”
“Everybody has already started a store. Can I find a niche to benefit from?”
“Is dropshipping lucrative?”
Have you ever seen these questions on thematic forums and in blogs’ comments? Do you have the same worries about the future of dropshipping business and your potential profits from it?
In this article, we’re going to talk about the directions you can go to secure yourself steady dropshipping profit. So, read it carefully to learn how exactly you can use the growth of this industry to make money with ease!
Why is dropshipping a profitable business: developing markets are growing
Is dropshipping a good business model?
Judging by numerous success stories of lucky entrepreneurs, it might seem that everybody already does dropshipping, and the market is oversaturated. A lot of people nowadays buy products at wholesale pricing and sell them all over the world. All wheels are invented.
So, does it mean that starting a dropshipping business now is too late?
By 2025, the global dropshipping market value is expected to reach $591.77 billion. Compare it to the size of the global ecommerce market as a whole: by 2025, it is projected to be $24,265.12 billion. As you can see, dropshipping’s market share is pretty small. That obviously means enough room for the dropshipping industry growth.
A few years ago, dropshipping entrepreneurs mostly operated on well-developed markets with high internet penetration. But the situation is gradually changing. Today, this business model is not limited to developed countries only.
There are dozens of countries on the globe that gradually learn about ecommerce and adopt newer technologies. Social media commerce, affiliate marketing, dropshipping are creeping into people’s lives little by little. If you do some research and target these specific regions, you are highly likely to see huge success in your dropshipping venture.
Why is that?
Internet penetration in developing countries is growing steadily
According to Statista, in 2020, the global average penetration rate reached 59%. Please note that in 2013, only 35% of the worldwide population could boast an access to the web.
Purchasing power across developing regions is rising
As a dropshipping store owner, you need to be sure that you’re targeting people who are both willing and able to pay for their purchases. Luckily, the citizens of developing regions are gradually getting more and more affluent.
In these countries, there slowly appears a segment of middle class buyers who are likely to shop online. And they surely can become a prospective target audience for you and the products you want to sell.
By 2022, the ecommerce sales growth from emerging markets (China, South Africa, Brazil, Russia, and India) is expected to reach 20% of all retail sales. Naturally, as more middle class representatives in emerging countries try to make purchases online, the ecommerce industry in these regions grows rapidly.
It’s easy to meet the demand coming from the emerging countries
For a number of reasons, it’s not always possible for the emerging countries’ population to get items they need. That’s especially true for products of a foreign origin. These reasons might include underdeveloped transport infrastructure, limited stocks, or overly high prices for these items caused by huge distribution and storage costs.
This is why online stores using the dropshipping business model are the perfect place for these people to make their purchases. Such stores provide the opportunity to source the items they can’t find elsewhere in the country and buy them for a moderate price. If you, as a store owner, treat your pricing strategy right, both you and your customers will be happy with the products’ affordability.
Why does dropshipping profit grow: B2B segment gets more accessible
However, if you have gained enough experience or just decided to try some alternatives, there is a way out for you. It might be an appealing idea to start working in the B2B segment, which means offering your dropshipping products to businesses.
Isn’t it a valid reason to consider making your way to the world of B2B dropshipping?
Why is dropshipping profitable: business strategies for B2C segment are evolving
It’s completely fine to keep working with day-to-day needs of ordinary people and stick to the good old business-to-consumer dropshipping. It’s a time-tested business with nice proven profitability, after all.
Still, if you want to reach new heights, you can heavily benefit from rethinking several aspects of your business approach:
Your product strategy
Generic and easy-to-source items might be a good solution if you are targeting the emerging markets we have discussed above. But what about other types of customer segments? Are you sure you’re offering them what they actually want?
Why is dropshipping profitable: getting mobile-first opens up new opportunities
It’s not a secret that the growth of mobile technology reshapes the online shopping industry in general.
Previously, it was more than enough to simply have a mobile-friendly online store to meet the public demand. Now, it’s essential to become mobile-first. If you want to achieve even more sales in your store, you need to keep your website relevant to contemporary technological requirements. And here is why.
Mobile shopping rises rapidly on the developed markets
Rapidly growing mobile commerce opens up opportunities for dropshipping newcomers. According to Forbes, nearly 80% of shoppers said they started shopping more with mobile devices in 2020. Analysts expect that the share of mobile commerce will represent 44% of all ecommerce sales. In 2021, mobile commerce will generate almost 73% of all sales.
Developing countries’ population predominantly uses mobile devices
Quite often, for this category of online shoppers, mobile devices are the only way to go online. It is reported that consumers from emerging countries are much more likely to use their smartphones to shop online in comparison to people from developed countries. The reason is simple: for them, these devices are the only affordable tools to get Internet access. For example, according to Statista, in 2015, 41% of smartphone users said they at least once bought a physical product via a mobile app or website. In 2020, this number reached 91%.
In other words, whatever type of customer segment you’re targeting, building a mobile-first online store with the use of a responsive theme template is a must. This is the way you provide your customers with a comfortable shopping experience. So you can encourage them to come back later for more. And this is how you generate impulse purchases that contribute a lot to your overall dropshipping profits.
Why dropshipping is still profitable: automated management solutions get introduced
If you take a look at a typical range of day-to-day operations for dropshipping store owners, you’ll quickly notice that the majority of these tasks can be automated.
In sum, using the right IT solutions, you can reduce the amount of time you’re spending on routine tasks. So you will be able to dedicate more of your attention to things that really matter. In that way, it will be possible to make your dropshipping business more profitable.
Well, be able to manage your time more efficiently. So you get unlimited opportunities to reach and surpass the goals you’ve set both for your ecommerce business and personal life.
Isn’t a profitable dropshipping business the exact thing you’ve always wanted? It’s time to take action now!
What ecommerce trends of 2021 should dropshipping entrepreneurs get ready for? Keeping up with the ever-changing world and foreseeing what is going to happen is definitely not easy. However, to achieve business success and stay ahead of the competition, you need to follow the newly appearing trends.
The ecommerce industry is changing rapidly. Once it was unknown and underdeveloped. Although, today, ecommerce businesses are taking over the world. Ventures that have no online presence risk losing customers and profits.
Today, you don’t need a lot of money for an ecommerce business as it is highly accessible to anyone. Nevertheless, ecommerce entrepreneurs are required to search for new solutions that will help their venture succeed.
To help you make sure your business is at the top of the pack, we have gathered a list of top ecommerce trends to follow in 2021.
A general overview of the ecommerce market in 2021
Ecommerce is a constantly changing and progressing industry today.
Online shopping is one of the most popular forms of online activities in the world, and this can be seen by the way the market is increasing every year. In 2019, the total market sales have amounted to $3.53 trillion. By 2022, the total revenues are expected to almost double and grow to $6.54 trillion.
It is no wonder that the ecommerce industry is experiencing such growth spurts. It is becoming increasingly convenient for online users across the globe to simply purchase products or services online from any place and location. These are the world’s largest markets for online shopping:
China ($672 billion annual online sales)
United States ($340 billion annual online sales)
United Kingdom ($99 billion annual online sales)
Japan ($79 billion annual online sales)
Germany ($73 billion annual online sales)
France ($43 billion annual online sales)
South Korea ($37 billion annual online sales)
Canada ($30 billion annual online sales)
Russia ($20 billion annual online sales)
Brazil ($19 billion annual online sales)
Apart from the buyers’ physical location, it is also helpful to understand their shopping preferences and the typical behavior of the people who shop online the most. As 67% of millennials and 56% Gen Xers prefer buying online, they are considered to be the most active online shoppers out of all the other age groups. What’s also interesting, during online shopping, men spend 28% more than women.
Now, when we have an overall idea of the industry in general, let’s see which trends may influence ecommerce entrepreneurs’ activity in 2021.
Previously, online shoppers only needed a credit card and security number to complete a transaction. If they were using a platform like PayPal, entering their account password was also essential. However, now, an extra security factor like a fingerprint or a registered smartphone account is also required to complete a payment.
Summing up, the 2-factor authentication directive will be implemented by the payment service providers. Customers will simply need a second security factor to pay for the completion of an order. Online store owners, in turn, won’t need to change anything in their orders processing and management.
From what we’ve seen in 2020, large businesses are adjusting their strategies with the idea of multichannel shopping in mind. And this trend will become even more widespread in 2021.
The general thought is that it takes a customer about 7 touchpoints to make a purchase. So, the more channels you create and use to connect with a customer, the more likely you are to complete a sale.
Selling on social media
By now, every ecommerce entrepreneur knows how important social media is for their business. These days, social media isn’t simply a way to connect with others and share our thoughts and photos. Serving as a full-scale marketing tool, it helps not only to promote your products and services but also to connect with your potential customers.
The most popular social media platforms are implementing various elements to provide a smooth shopping experience for online shoppers. Recently, Instagram and Facebook have implemented “buy buttons”, which allow ecommerce businesses to conduct transactions right on the spot.
Moreover, social media platforms are still a great place for brands to expose their products and services. Because of social media platforms’ strong influence, more people can become aware of a particular product or even a brand.
So, creating a proper social media marketing strategy has never been as essential as it is now.
The growth of voice commerce
Lots of users rely on voice assistants such as Alexa from Amazon Echo, or the Google Assistant from Google Home to help them with various tasks including online shopping. In fact, according to recent studies, 75% of US households will have a smart speaker by 2025.
Thanks to the improved convenience of the technology, voice assistants have become incredibly accurate in voice search demands. This led to a more coherent shopping experience for shoppers.
Therefore, focusing on creating a mobile-friendly shopping experience is more important than ever and should be a focal point for many ecommerce entrepreneurs in 2021.
Personalization is key
72% of consumers point out that they are more likely to engage with personalized messaging.
One significant point that we’d like to emphasize on is that personalization, first and foremost, aims at creating a long-lasting relationship with customers. Hence why getting more information about your potential customers is key. For instance, think about features like the last time they made a purchase, the categories of items they generally purchase, etc.
Providing a personalized customer experience is crucial for any business that wants to create a long-lasting relationship with its customers. No matter how customers choose to interact, whether, through email, social media, or any other channel, you should be able to create the right experience for them.
Final thoughts on the core ecommerce trends of 2021
All things considered, you can see that many of the trends are aimed at providing a great customer shopping experience and incorporating new forms of technology into your business.
For customers, it’s becoming easier than ever to find and purchase whatever they like on the internet. For this reason, it’s the ecommerce business’ task to provide a seamless shopping experience for online consumers no matter the place, device, or form of interaction.
If you want to start an online business this year, it’s essential to make sure your store is made with all the ecommerce trends of 2021 in mind. You are welcome to turn to the skilled specialists at AliDropship who can create a store that meets both the latest industry requirements and your individual requests!