5 ways to help expand your eCommerce business

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Online business is great. The coverage is much greater than just a physical setup from the traditional high street or mall . But even with such a wide coverage, many still have a hard time getting business online.

Here are some ways your online business can have more success competing in the eCommerce space.

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5 Ways to expand your eCommerce business

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  1. Research target markets. Nothing makes things more successful than knowing the target market. A business that knows its market then knows its products, and how to market them. Knowing the market and the products is essential for any business to thrive instead of survive.
  2. Find local suppliers. While the business might be international, local suppliers will still help a lot. It is much cheaper to get local suppliers, and that might also mean getting discounts from them as you build the in person relationship.
  3. Consider International payment methods. It works well for customers if there are different payment methods. Having options on how to pay will help customers to choose what is best for them.  When dealing with international customers you want to make it as easy as possible for them to checkout on your site.
  4. Consider local shipping providers. Going local when it comes to delivery minimizes the cost overall. Local shipping providers also know the territory much better and can make delivery time faster.  Also once again the importance of building those in person
  5. Develop plans to market to international customers. Doing business online will, at some point, mean doing business with those overseas. Cross Border Trade is a huge factor for eCommerce businesses and having a marketing strategy for them will really help with your international conversion.

By putting these into action you give your eCommerce business the best chance of competing online. eCommerce has become a viable form of doing business since it is convenient and covers practically the whole world, something that previously most businesses were unable to do.

Do you currently do any of the five tips above? Let us know in the comments below.

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For almost 10 years Dave has been involved with eCommerce with a particular interest in the marketplaces and the huge opportunities available for sellers when utilizing a multi-channel strategy. After a year of being the UK’s youngest eCommerce consultant it was the opportunity to start UnderstandingE with Matt Ogborne showing the world how to utilize Magento as the Third Generation of Multi-Channel software. Dave also recently started a YouTube channel called the Manc Entrepreneur (click YouTube icon link below to watch Dave's videos) where he discusses all things eCommerce and entrepreneurship aimed to help young entrepreneurs get started on their own journey. When Dave isn’t working his main interests include, Technology, Cars and throwing himself off high things into water.

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