Social media has been a revolution in the way we communicate with each other. Nearly unlimited options for people to stay connected with all over the world, from friends and family members to celebrities, make social media an appealing platform for both personal and business interactions. Since businesses can also use these platforms to reach out to their target audience, it’s only natural they also start using all the benefits social media has to offer. Let’s look at how to use online stores to sell your products on social media.
Set up an online store
An online store is a website through which individuals or businesses can sell their products. You can build Ecommerce stores for yourself using a storefront so customers can pay, order, and receive their products. In modern times, most people prefer to buy things online
An online store provides a variety of benefits including but limited to reduced cost of operation, higher innovation and options for customers, as well as the selling of products from a wide range of categories. It also causes an increase in sales and easy reachability for consumers.
Promote your store on each social media platform
To help your product sell more effectively it is important to promote the store so that people are aware you have a range of products available online. This can be done by connecting with different social media platforms to get the message out there.
You should start by creating accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social media platforms that you think will benefit your store.
Link back to your store’s website and encourage viewers to make a purchase
Providing a link to your online store is the last step of complete customer satisfaction for retailers who sell products on social media. Whether or not you choose to let your customers know that they can buy specific items directly from social media posts, it is helpful to include the link in case an interested customer wants more information.
A good idea is to encourage viewers of your social media account(s) that you use for selling products to make purchases. Simply put, you can encourage customers to buy your product by adding an image of it next to a “Buy Now” or “Shop Now” button.
You could also take it one step further and try asking followers questions relating to the product, like where they would wear it/ what occasion they would use it for, to make them tell you how they would use your product. If you think social media is not the right platform for selling products like clothes and shoes (because of the lack of a way to try it at first), ask followers what kinds of things they would like to see in your online store.
Contribute to the conversation about your brand
Many online stores allow users to create their own accounts. When you create an account, you’re given the ability to make posts about your brand. These posts can be seen by other users visiting the website or by clicking on your profile page. Depending on what type of user account you have, these posts will include options like posting new product listings, making comments, or writing product reviews. Online stores are excellent places to share your brand with potential buyers.
Another way to reach potential buyers about your brand is to use online forums. Online forums are places where people with the same hobbies, interests, or experiences meet up on the internet to discuss their subjects of interest. Most of these people would be very willing to hear what you have to say since they’re already
Provide value by sharing relevant content
One of the easiest ways you can make money is by giving away freebies. It’s even easier if you are selling products online because it takes less time to create something that people are willing to listen to. All you have to do is record yourself talking about your product, upload it on Youtube or Vimeo and share it on your social media accounts. It’s a good idea to link it straight back to your website, so people can also buy directly from you and not have to go through another online store.
People who love your content will click the links and that way you’ll get more sales. You can even take it one step further by creating a written version of your video and sharing that on Tumblr, Instagram, or Facebook.
Choose the most relevant social network for your business
There are many social media networks and deciding which one to invest time and effort in is difficult. For example, the most popular social network, Facebook, has more than 1 billion active users. This is a lot of potential customers for your business! However, you should not focus on just one type of social media. If you spend too much time on Facebook, and your customers are mostly Twitter users, you’ll lose out.
As a business owner, it’s important to choose the social media sites that make sense for your products or services. If you sell high-tech products targeted towards young people, you might want to focus on YouTube and Instagram. For ecommerce stores selling makeup and skincare products, Pinterest and Instagram are good choices because the people who use them tend to be interested in those types of products.
You should also consider which platforms your existing customers would use. If a large portion of your customer base is on Facebook, but you’re not using it yourself, try reaching out to them there first to see if they’re interested in buying your products.
There are many ways to sell your products online through social media. These methods allow you to bring in more customers to buy from you, so it’s very beneficial for business owners. If there’s something specific that you want people to do when they visit one of your social media accounts, include it away in each post for them to be able to click and go straight to your online store.
So, social media sites are an excellent place to share your brand with potential buyers. If you want people to subscribe to your blog, add a box with the words ‘subscribe here’ underneath it. If you want people to follow you on Facebook, create a button that says “follow me” and link directly back to your account. These small details will help bring more business to your online store.
About the Author
James Daniels is a freelance writer, business enthusiast, a bit of a tech buff, and an overall geek. He is also an avid reader, who can while away hours reading and knowing about the latest gadgets and tech, whilst offering views and opinions on these topics.