Increase your retail sales with these tips!

by | Aug 16, 2021 | Business Building Musts

How simple or complicated is it for your customer to purchase from you?

There are a few things I consistently see business owners doing in both their digital and social media marketing, as well as offline marketing, that they could tweak a little to make it easier for customers to buy.

My mentor taught me two things around this subject:

  1. Make yourself easy to buy from, and
  2. A confused buyer never buys

I’m pretty sure if you looked your own consumer behaviour, you would agree with both of those above statements! For example:

  • If you have to click seven different buttons to purchase something through an online checkout, you’ll likely stop after button three!
  • If you google someone’s business or look them up on social media and can’t find them easily, you’ll move onto the next business.
  • If you pick up the phone to chat to someone only to get an answering machine or an undecipherable message, you’ll again, move on.

It may not be fair, and it may not be right, but the world moves at a quick pace and we, as business owners, need to make things as simple and easy as possible in order to get the sale.

Momentum can be lost incredibly quickly and we are well aware, as consumers, that there’s always the next business who will want our money.

So, how do you make yourself easy to buy from? 

  1. Be Your Own Customer

Regardless of if you have an online shop, a bricks and mortar or your sales are made via Facebook messenger, have you been your own customer and gone through the process?

Or better yet, asked an older relative to complete the shopping steps at your business?

What was their honest feedback about how it all went?

There’s a saying “if you can’t explain it to a 6 year old, you don’t know what you’re talking about.”

In the context of “Being your own Customer”, if a person who has little computer skills can’t navigate your website or your social media, then there’s some fixing to do. You might need to look at applying the KISS method – keep it simple superstar!

If your processes are streamlined, simple and easy, you are going to win more business than your competitors who aren’t.

I super guarantee it!

  1. Be Easy to Find

The wonderful Kate Toon, Beyoncé of SEO and a past guest of my podcast (episode 39 for those playing along at home!), once said:

If you’re not on google, are you even on the internet? 

And further to that, if you are on google but no one can find you, are you even a real business?

Yes, it’s true, you might not come up in lots of searches, but if I type into google your actual business name and location and you don’t come up, then you are definitely not making yourself easy to buy from.

Google my Business should be your BEST FRIEND right now!

Check out my blog number 54 when I go into all things Google My Business if you don’t already have a GMB account set up!

If you don’t have a website, if you can’t afford or don’t want to do google ads, make sure you still do have a Google my Business set up and you are posting to it like you would a social media platform like Facebook.

It will, in time, make you easy to find!

  1. Email Signature

How many emails do you send each day?  Each week?  Each Month?

What’s your email signature look like?

  • Is it branded?
  • Does it have your contact numbers, email, website?
  • Are your Social Media icons linked so people can click and check you out?

Bonus points if it has a photo of you!  I would recommend every person has a photo of themselves in their email signature.

Why?  Because humans interact with humans – not logos.

Or have both a logo and a photo or a photo of you holding the logo!

If you create blogs or podcasts or great content like that, have a link to your latest one in the email signature too!

I know this is something I personally need to work on because I can be a bit hit and miss depending on where I send my emails from (Gmail, outlook, mail chimp, Flodesk etc).

And, on the topic of email providers, I’ve use Flodesk – I love it so much, the templates are super super good!  Trust me!

  1. Links – URL Links.

This is a big one for me.  Huge in fact.

A huge stumbling block for businesses with online platforms, is when links to products, posts, services either:

  1. Don’t work – they are broken
  2. Go to a Facebook main page or a home page(and not the item the link was supposed to open on)
  3. Are click-bait

It drives me insane.  I can’t be the only one!

If I click a link, then I actually expect to go to whether I think I’m going.  If I want to see product x, take me specifically there – not to a home page, not to a Facebook page where I scroll and scroll and scroll and don’t find what I want.

REMEMBER: Make yourself easy to buy from. 

My other pet hate is lack of links.  A business owner will lead you to want to view the product or buy the product or service, but then not include the link to send you directly to that product/post/service.

You have to guess.  You have to click their name (if it’s on say a Facebook group), hope they have their business prominently placed on their personal page, or google it and see what they can find.

From a marketing point of view, you have to have a serious good “hook” for someone to go to extra lengths to find you or find something you buy.  Most will give up rather quickly.

A little like you probably would if you were your own customer or client!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m totally not perfect.  My business and its assets are totally not perfect, and that’s why it’s so important to, again as sent in point one above, be your own customer!

Every few months, go through your processes, your procedures, your social platforms, your website and so forth and check them out.

Are they pointing where you need?  Is all the relevant information there and easy to find?  Am I, as the human behind the business, easy to find? These little audits can bring massive changes if you make sure people can easily buy from you!

  1. My last point is round the saying “a confused buyer doesn’t buy”

Do what you do and do it exceptionally well.  Don’t keep adding products or services just because.

  • If you make candles, don’t start selling social media management.
  • If you have an accommodation place, don’t start hairdressing from the reception.

Do what YOU do well. 

If a person can’t tell what you do, by research, by talking to you or your customers/clients, or if there are too many choices, no choice at all will be made.

It’s just the way we are made up.

So, let’s spin this into a positive.  Here are some action steps on how to make yourself easy to buy from!

  1. Take a few minutes today, or over the weekend, and be your own customer. Go through your website, your social media platforms, click links, see where they lead, fix what needs to be fixed.
  2. Make a word document or a google doc up and put all your links in it. All your social media platform links, your website, and any other important places you send people throughout the course of your business.  Then they’re always handy.  You don’t need to get them every time, they are all just in one document.   I have all my affiliate links in my document too.  So, if I’m ever recommending a product, and I have an affiliate link for it, I know exactly where to get it!
  3. Use Google my Business. Post to it, like you would a Facebook page, for instance, once or twice a week – make yourself easy to google!
  4. Look at your email signature. If you don’t have one.  Reach out to a graphic designer and get one made.   Of course, supporting local business is better, but if you don’t have those skills around you, online is another choice on sites such as fiverr.com.
  5. Take stock of all the ways you make money, or all the products that you sell. Do you need them all?  Are they all profitable?  Do you have too many and just confuse your buyer?  If you know which are profitable, you know which ones to cull!
  6. Make your links exact! If you’re sharing something for someone to look at, purchase or browse, please give them a link to the exact thing you are talking about.  A confused buyer doesn’t buy and neither does a busy one!
  7. Join my Buy from a Bush Business facebook group and marketplace! https://www.facebook.com/groups/buyfromthebush/ There are over 330,000 people in the group, and it is growing! It’s actually this group that has inspired this post.

So – there you have it. While there are more tips out there (including the obvious of having some exceptionally great customer service), I hope this blog post has given you some hints on how to make yourself easy to buy from.

How can I help you?

If you are struggling with making your retail business easy to buy from, I can definitely help guide you in this process.

Book in for a Discovery call with me!

If you’d like to book a call – get in touch – send me a message on any of the social platforms or book a call at http://bit.ly/Discoverwithjenn

I also have my Like Minded Business Owners Facebook group that is a wonderful support for business owners. If you aren’t already a member and a part of a wonderful community, please jump over and join in – the group is so willing to share their experiences and expertise!

Or you can DM me on Instagram or shoot me an email jenn@jenndonovan.com.au

I wish to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Yorta Yorta People, on which I conduct my business today and pay my respects to their Elders past and present. I extend that respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples reading this blog post today.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR!

Jenn Donovan is a marketing strategist and social media extraordinaire, coach and mentor to savvy business owners. Owner and Founder of Social Media & Marketing Australia.

With a passion for making business simple, because it’s isn’t easy but it should be simple or at least simpler, she’s built a reputation for helping other small business owners simplify their marketing and businesses so they can reach their goals, be more profitable and live the dream (finding the freedom they set out to achieve when they started … the illusive small business owner freedom dream …!)

Jenn believes in giving before asking and that’s why she’s the host of the popular Small Business Made Simple Podcast.

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