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Top 11 Cost-Effective Ways To Sell Your Products

Top 11 Cost-Effective Ways To Sell Your Products
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Whether you run a large ecommerce site or simply sell your merchandise from home, there are a vast variety of options for effectively selling your products online. Alas, some are more costly than others and not everyone has the money to pay for the more upmarket methods, especially if they’re just starting out. Here are some more cost-effective ways you can ensure your products reach the right audience and that you sell your products.

Social Media

  • Promote On Facebook

Chances are you’re already aware of Facebook and know how to use it socially, but have you tried promoting your products on the social media giant?

When you actively promote your merchandise on Facebook by sharing information, connecting with friends or followers and promoting sales and competitions you can persuade your audience to not only look into your store themselves, but also get them to share with their friends, thereby reaching a wider audience.

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  • Share On Twitter

Once you have a foundation of followers and a reasonable knowledge of how to utilize hashtags, you can easily promote your products to your Twitter audience. If they like what you’re selling, chances are they’ll retweet or mention you to their followers and so, much like Facebook, you’ll reach a wider audience. Using Twitter does require time, patience and effort, but once you’ve gotten the ball rolling you’ll soon see the benefits.

  • Pin On Pinterest

Pinterest is a relatively new social platform compared to the others, but it’s extremely popular. You can create themed boards where you can pin images from your website and online store, which others can easily re-pin leading to great exposure. Pinterest is entirely free and incredibly easy to use, so get pinning regularly.

  • Use Daily Deal Sites

There are absolutely loads of daily deal sites across the web, most notably Groupon and Living Social. These sites offer their audience deals on everything from gifts to holidays, as well as local bargains. If you choose to use a daily deals platform you should expect a huge number of sales in a short period of time, and it’s likely that many initial buyers will return if they like your product. However, make sure you have enough to sell before you place the ad, as not fulfilling orders can be bad for your reputation.

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Ecommerce Stores

  • Start A Store On Spaces

Also known as Go Spaces, ecommerce platform Spaces is a relatively new site having been originally thought up back in 2013. You can sell clothing, jewelry, digital downloads such as eBooks, and a whole load of other products on your own customizable store page (or ‘Space’), all for free. There is no limit to the amount of Spaces you can create or products you can sell, and they’ll even take care of all the boring payment stuff behind the scenes.

  • Sell On Shopify

Like Spaces, Shopify is an all-in-one ecommerce platform that allows you to set up your own online store without having to build your own site or pay someone else to do it for you. Your page is easy to build and thoroughly customizable, so you can ensure your brand and page use similar color schemes and create the same atmosphere. Shopify isn’t entirely free, but there are various pricing plans you can choose from and the exposure you’ll receive will probably outweigh the costs.

  • Make It Big On Big Cartel

Big Cartel aims to promote products from clothes designers, jewelry makers, bands and other such creative entrepreneurs. They offer customizable pages and take absolutely no percentage of your sales, making this perhaps the best method for beginners and smaller businesses operating within specific markets.

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Other

  • Sign Up For Google Shopping

If you’re selling online, it’s crucial that you’re listed in Google Shopping search results. To do this, you must first sign up to Google Merchant Center and upload information about your products. After this is completed, your products are likely to appear with relevant search queries, leading to more business and website traffic, especially if your products offer better value than the competition.

  • Make Product Videos

Sites like YouTube have an absolutely massive audience; so tapping into their site will probably get you at the very least a small percentage of their views. Consumers are likely to search for all sorts of media relating to products they wish to invest in these days, as they often don’t have access to the hands-on experience of checking out the product in person before making the purchase. By creating thoroughly planned, informative, good quality videos displaying and explaining your products, those who come across them will be more likely to delve further into discovering the wares you have on offer.

  • Write Reviews

Review sites such as Review Centre and The Best Of can make all the difference, as good reviews will encourage those who would otherwise shy away from the lack of information and personal experience available to them when buying online. Ensure you’re listed on as many review sites as possible so that your customers can share their positive experiences with you and your products. When others see you have happy customers, they’ll most likely want to become one of them too.

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  • Send Emails

Email may be one of the oldest web methods of selling products available, but it’s still incredibly effective. Email accounts are still a hub of information for many of us online as it’s where all of our social media notifications, shopping receipts, newsletters and personal information is sent and stored. So, if someone’s willing to give you their email address, chances are they’re interested in what you’re selling. From then on you can share highlights, news, special offers and sales right to their personal hub.

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Published on July 27, 2021

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

Put the Pro in Professional

After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

2. Dress the Part

While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

3. Stage Your Workspace

Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

5. Arrive on Time

In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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6. Turn on Your Video

Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

Attend to the Pesky Details

8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

Talking Has a Time and a Place

11. Chat Appropriately

Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

Manage Yourself

14. Minimize Distractions

While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

15. Save Snacking for Later

Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

Final Thoughts

Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

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