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by Shannan HearneWith all the great wholesale companies available, virtually anyone can throw up a WWW shingle and start a gift shop. Additionally, there are thousands of wonderful gift shops online specializing in everything from apple art to zebra prints. How do you compete with your online gift shop?
Success Promotions has spent five years building successful internet businesses Air Jordan 11s and we’d like to share some valuable information with you. After narrowing the search by adding “women’s” to the search string AltaVista returned 12,499,266 results. Incidentally, this search returned so many jewelry sites in the first results that if you sell women’s gifts and they aren’t jewelry you need to choose your keywords very carefully. Specialize and CategorizeIf you are selling two gifts or 3000 gifts you need to manage them in categories. Think about it. Would you be able to find anything at Walmart if they mixed the shoes with the electronics with the crafts with the hardware? You’d walk around aimlessly for hours searching for a pair of size six sandals with salmon colored strings. Don’t make your site visitors and potential customers search aimlessly around your site. It helps to have a search option, but for this to work you must keyword each product under every imaginable search word. Shoes alone wouldn’t work for sandals. Its great if every single item you sell can be managed under a keyword or category from your main doorway page. Her products vary from ceramic piggy banks to dinner ware to candle holders. She breaks them down not only by product but also by glaze patterns. Shoppers can readily find anything and then find matching products making her site more shopper friendly and more marketable. If you don’t believe me, go to any search engine and search for “ceramic piggy banks”. Lynn is always right up there at the top. Additionally, besides being more search engine friendly and successful, your site can also be air jordan 2010 white black red more shopper friendly. 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You can advertise on any imaginable site that caters to the same people you are catering to. Going back to the free puppies analogy, suppose that you sell embroidered puppy collars. Wouldn’t a site run by the Humane Society also cater to people with puppies? Wouldn’t they be happy to swap links if you could help drive a few puppy shopping families to their web site?Where all you could advertise depends entirely on what you sell and who you are attempting to sell it to. But be creative. Go to any search engine aOlernKienOP air jordan fusion 5 white red black Looking At The Root Cause Of Toe Nail F and do a search on some of your Air Jordan CDP own keywords. See if there are special interest groups, clubs, or other organizations who comprise of members who are your potential customers. 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If you aren’t sending emails to customers, leads, contacts, etc., on a regular basis you are missing out on a very powerful form of advertising. Its fast. Its easy. And its free. Case in point. When Success Promotions has a small lull and is in search of customers, I can obtain far more with far less effort by contact past customers. They know what I do. They know it works. And they may have been planning to start marketing with me again, but just haven’t gotten around to ordering. She monthly sends reminders to people who haven’t ordered in the past 12 months. Her products are consumed, if you will, on an annual basis. Perhaps you have a birthday product. You know one year later, the gift giver will be shopping again. Send them an email inviting them to come back and shop with you.5. Plan ahead for seasonal salesOf course Christmas applies here. Especially if you will be running special discount campaigns. Don’t wait til the last minute this year. Right now, get out your calendar and make note of every holiday that will effect your business. Back track anywhere from two weeks to six months in your calendar and make a notation to begin planning and implementing campaigns for these holidays.6. CampaignPolitics or not, we all must group and categorize our advertising in some manner. If you develop entire campaigns for products and occasions, then you are ready to roll each time with ad copy, brochures, sales messages, etc. Don’t short change yourself here. This is where air jordan xx3 white black red it is at for every business. And gift shops aren’t any different. If you plan to roll out six new necklaces this year, one every two months, then you really should find some sort of campaign method to link and organize yourself. Market them in a uniform and pre planned manner. And by all means, have a campaign for every new product. Don’t just clandestinely add it to your site and hope that someone notices. Add it with a bang, and a campaign. 7. OrganizeTo a great extent, we’ve been covering this all along. But it can’t be emphasized enough. Don’t make me, the shopper, search high and low on your site for a statue that perfectly matches my wizard logo. Combine the wizard, sorcery, magical, knights of the roundtable products together. Think of every way that someone like me or any other shopper might go looking for them. And make them easy to find by organizing. 8. MonopolizeMany merchants worry that this is a taboo form of marketing. air jordan force 5 white orange blue But every day since then they have been selling like hotcakes. And if you offer American patriotism in the form of products on your gift site, then you need to monopolize on the new American patriotism. For years merchants have monopolized on Christmas, Mother’s Day, and every other gift giving occasion. Let’s face it, Hallmark and American Greetings would go belly up if this year we all decided to boycot our moms on Mother’s Day. So how do you do this? Jog your memory by looking at everything we’ve covered. Specialization and categorization. Organization. Preplanning. And if you see them, you need to monopolize on them if you want to run a successful gift sales business. did this year. A rather unstable economy kept people from aOlernKienOP Air Jordan 1s Same Height Party spending quite as freely as they have in years past. Rather than give up all together, merchants increased their specials and discounts. And didn’t we all buy at least one thing this past holiday season not because we or our gift recipient needed it, but rather because it was too inexpensive not to buy? 9. Design Your Site CarefullyThis could be an entire article on its own. 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