Ecommerce platform GetMeAShop on Monday said it has partnered with Paypal to enable small and medium merchants sell their products in the international market with the help of the online payments system.
The Times Internet-backed company develops 360 degree platforms and solutions that are easy and affordable for people, enabling them to sell their products online through internet and mobile mediums. Currently, GetMeAShop has more than 8000 registered merchants. The move to partner with Paypal was based on a survey done internally, where more than 30% clients wanted to sell internationally.
“Along with our market leading omni channel technology ecosystem to help them in running their business offline and online, and by making the process completely hassle free, we can now enable and back them for a global footprint.
With a deep technology integration and partnership, we will enable paperless on-boarding on the international payment gateway and are confident our existing merchants will make the most of this association while we welcome other businesses to go online with GetMeAShop.com,” said GetMeAShop, Founder and Business Head, Pushkal Srivastava in a statement.
Along with enabling payments in a safer & more secure manner, PayPal offers Seller Protection which will protect the merchants’ online sales, minimize claims and chargebacks and help prevent merchant fraud. This is particularly important for small merchants selling in the global market place.
“Our partnership with GetMeAShop is in line with our vision to enable small businesses to sell globally.
Well, we are a few weeks away from 2017 and you while others are preparing for the party and celebrations, you as a startup entrepreneur has a lot to do in advance for the coming year. You need to plan for the coming 12 months to provide you and your workforce a clear idea of what all is coming your way in 2017. You can definitely just breathe, make your plan and can finish the year off strong. Have a look at some ways to end the year celebrating while staying motivated & focused and starting off next year with clear eyes and a clean slate.
Have a clear vision of what you want by the end of this year
As the year-end is approaching, you must know what exactly work is left for this year and what you must achieve by the end of next year. Have a crystal clear idea about the goals and work that you need to finish before 2017 ends. Take a paper and pen and start writing your plan. It is always better to plan now than to spend the first quarter of the next year doing so.
Review your year 2016
Review your current year and the goals that you reached. Note down the flaws and faults and plan ahead for a better business year.
You need a clean computer slate
All you need is a fresh start in the fresh year. This doesn’t mean that you must delete all the files, rather you need to move the piled up files on your laptop’s desktop inside the drive. Clean the system as much as you can without deleting the ones that might need in the near future. Don’t keep your work space disorganized and cluttered.
Your goal for next year is set so stat making progress on it
Don’t wait for 1st Jan to start working for your next year. Head start now on something that you care about for the next year. What’s stopping you? This is the perfect time to take on your next year project that requires focus.
Decide a budget you will spend on your site’s promotions
Do the market analysis and find out the varied ways on where you’ll be spending money for your business promotions. Create a budget for what all and where you’re spending which proves out to be profitable too.
Make. It. Count.
Your growth for the next year depends on the quality of work you do and the plan you have made for the next year. Business, income, and freedom should be there while you are working hard with your team to reach out to those goals.
Using social media as a consumer is one thing and using it for your business is another. Having an online presence is of no use when you don’t have those organic followers who can later be converted into customers for your business.
For a small business, it is harder to get those high results and audience organically. If you want to grow your social media reach then you can’t just focus on promoting your products. You also need to incorporate those tactics of fun images, one liner, videos that get those high engagements and likes with the unpaid media. You first need to extend your organic reach. Even if you want to promote your posts then start with a low budget.
Have a look at some tactics you should consider trying for getting organic likes, engagements & followers for your business.
Fun to read content using emojis
Using words that connect with the reader and emojis have become the most used and read part of the online vocabulary. Emojis gives a human touch to your brand and gains most attention that the posts that don’t use it. Emojis have become an accepted part of our online vocabulary, and are a good way to spice up your social copy. Your small business hence needs to spice up the content copy with the emojis.
Start pinning your best posts on the top
Everyone is not online every time, hence chances are that your followers might miss the posts when you shared it. You can retweet or pin up your most liked posts on the top not just to show off your engaged audience but also to connect with new ones.
You must also change your photo to something eye-catching, add your brand’s link to your social media profiles, and add your site link to your social profile links.
Keep using those correct hashtags
Join in the conversations that have your brand’s unique hashtags and create posts with the hashtags that are related to your brand or the exclusive ones. Get into those discussions that are relevant to your product and brand.
Don’t create tags for the sake of creating some. Hashtags affects engagement in a post
Data shows that one hashtags in a post on twitter Twitter generates 21% more engagements than the tweets with three or more. While Instagram posts, on the other hand, increase engagements when more than 11 hashtags are used in a post. Facebook posts work better without hashtags too.
If some exclusive sale, deal or event is about to come then create some hashtags in advance that have never been used before and at the same time relates to your brand and encourage users to use it while posting or tweeting.
Post Image quotes
Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words. The tried and tested one of the best ways to double down on engagement is by communicating through words and image. Look for quotes that inspire and people will share them on their wall too. Without much skill on designing, you can use canva for creating posts with your brand’s logo
Run a Contest/Giveaway/quiz and other interactive content
Reward the followers for the small things they do. Create some contest posts and run them on social media. This encourages users to visit your page and get engaged to win the prize you offer. Create a quiz asking people how much they know about the product so that they are compelled to take action and engage.
Share GIFs and videos
Incorporate gifs into your social media strategy and give your audience a reason to smile. Sharing videos directly through facebook also helps to gain engagements and to get views and shares that ultimately generates new likes and followers.
Do you have products on your website that you feel should reach the international market? Are you all set to go global with your E-commerce business and to sell in the growing international market? There are many e-commerce sellers in India who are not just selling in the international market but are also earring good profits.
If you have planned to sell online and wonder that it would be too much of hassle, here are some ways by which you can start selling internationally easily and quickly.
Choose countries where you can communicate easily
English for that purpose is the safest and easiest option. Many brands outside India are selling in our market. Target a handful of English speaking countries and you can start by targeting them through social media and by getting queries before you start selling to them.
Pick the right products for international market
Finding exciting new products should be the high priority for you as a merchant. Catch the products that are in a wave in the market and are unique. Do market research on what the international customers want. The products you choose should be lightweight and non-fragile as it might get damaged.
Use insurance for all international shipments.
Insurance for your products will protect your shipments against damage or loss. Get Shipsaurance for your products.
Provide information the customers need
Disclose information about the company and the products that you offer so that the customers know what you are dealing with and what the buyer is purchasing. This may include your business address, telephone number, and professional email address. Provide information on the cost of transaction involved including the warranty and guaranty of the product.
A secured payment method
Provide a safe and secure method of online payment to generate more sales. Protect consumer privacy during transactions.
With GetMeAShop, you can sell in the international market with few easy steps. You can simply expose your business to new countries, cultures and customers. Use the site and the above tips to take your first steps across the international borders.
Keeping an adequate backup of inventory and managing the orders received, canceled or in process efficiently is what leads to the success of every e-commerce business. It helps in ensuring that items needed to run a business are always available in the optimal quantity. Good Order & Inventory management system is when you have enough stock of goods to fulfill the demand of the consumer without having excess to a product that remains unused.
Whether it is an e-commerce store or a brick-and-mortar store, inventory management is one of the company’s major assets and represents an investment that will not reap until the goods are finally sold. The ideal inventory management is when you create a plan that ensures that there is neither a shortage and nor a surplus of the inventory.
Inventory and Order management system are important as it not only ensures that orders that get returned can be replaced with other but also ensures sales in case of unexpected delays in new inventory.
Here are some inventory management best practices
Forecast the need
Observe the market demand and forecast better to understand how much inventory you need for the order fulfillment. To improve forecasting you must improve the quality of pictures you have uploaded on your website, add a good product description.
Stay organized and know where your processing orders have reached and where your stock is and in which quantity. Inventory tracking helps to manage the stock and for successful business operations.
Never Run Out of Stock
Always have at least one piece of what you are showcasing in your e-commerce store so when you receive a new order, you don’t have to rush to get stock. Receiving an out of stock note on a product is really disappointing for the customers. Make sure to remove the products that have been out from the stock for long. Instead of keeping out of stock note, you can always provide the option of ‘one piece left’ note to gain customer’s attention.
All you need is a customized system
The learning from all these small business owners is that a successful business is one that knows what to sell, as well as how to manage those sales. The ability to organize inventory and keep track of stock reduces the risk of lost sales and disappointed customers.
There are many systems, programs and applications available that can be used by e-commerce stores to successfully do all this.
With the increasing complexities of handling an online business, it has now become very important to have an easy and customized way to handle the stock and orders. This is where inventory management for small business is needed. GetMeAShop provides you with an opportunity to grow as your e-commerce needs change. There are systems, programs & apps available for stock management and orders fulfillment.
With varied technologies and solutions available to e-commerce entrepreneurs, it is always a matter of great research to find the best solution for one’s business needs. GetMeAShop ensures that ordered products are managed and shipped at exactly the time that is specified with an easy store management dashboard.
Some features that the platform provides are
- Inventory Synchronization across Channels: You can now manage all your data on different sales channels- online store, marketplace and offline inventory from one dashboard. Your data gets synchronized across all these sales channels in real time.
- Automated and Real-Time Updates: With the real-time feature entrepreneurs can quickly remove out-of-stock products and can avoid overselling without being able to deliver.
- Store Integration: You can check your inventory on all sales channels including marketplaces such as amazon, eBay, Flipkart etc from one screen.
Being a startup entrepreneur, you will come across a lot of things that you don’t know about handling your e-commerce business. With a mind full of questions, the only way to reach success is the commitment to learn continuously. 90% Of Startups Fail: Here’s What You Need To Know About The 10%. Have a look at the things that every successful startup entrepreneur know about their industry to stay on the top.
Know your Business Basics
You can delight your customer for your product only when you yourself have a clear idea of what your product is. There are competitors who have been in the same market for long. You can learn what mistakes to avoid in your business from the people who’ve made them.
Know Sales and Marketing
Being the whole and soul of your business, you must have the sales and marketing knowledge. Learning is one thing and doing it in real is other. Take out time for learning and growing your skills to stand ahead of your competitors.
Know Your Industry.
Knowing only about your business will not help until you know about the industry that you’re working in. Seek out practices specific to your industry Small business success is not a one-size-fits-all experience. It’s important to seek out best practices specific to your industry. Find out the business publications and organizations, your twitter hashtags and common interest groups on Facebook and LinkedIn. For example- a baker needs to know a good delivery service that provides instant delivery, competitors and the USP of the business.
Trust your gut
When it comes to making important business decisions, you must trust your instinct and act accordingly. Do not get influenced by someone else’s decisions. Listen to others but do what you feel is correct.
Your startup doesn’t just need skills and hard work to succeed, it also needs a pinch of luck to survive and thrive in the market but it is always better to know well about your niche before diving in the E-commerce business. Have a product, know about it, learn, grow and recover from the hard-knock life of a startup. There are many other characteristics that you need but If you’ve got these four characteristics, then you’re setting yourself up for major success.