5 Best LIVE Shopping Apps for Shopify dropshippers

5 Best LIVE Shopping Apps for Shopify dropshippers2021 is definitely the year of live stream shopping, a type of promotion that combines  a lot of consumer favourites: live video content, two-way communication, and the ability to purchase directly from the platform. In the U.S. the livestream shopping market is expected to reach $11 billion by the end of 2021 and $25 billion by 2023. Live shows feature content you want: Product demonstrations, Unboxings, New launches, Customer connects, Partnerships or Collabs. Shows usually highlight product features and help engage customers with the item before they buy it.Do you think that LIVE Stream Shopping is incompatible with dropshipping? This is not true. Keep reading to find out the best Shopify LIVE Shopping Apps for your store and how to use them with your dropshipping business!Live Shopping and Streaming by Channelize.ioLivestream Shopping, also known as “Live Shop on Shopify”, helps you promote your products through Live or On-Demand Shopping Shows, increasing real-time customer engagement and therefore sales.This app integrates perfectly with Shopify so customers can watch a “Live Shop” page directly on your store for your store. It also offers in-show Products Promotion, Product Spotlight, and Add-to-Cart functionalities. Livestream shopping enables 2-way conversations through pinned messages and reactions but also provides live chat moderation tools. There is a free-to-install option that includes four 20 minute events per month but you can increase event frequency and audience numbers with subscriptions starting from $49 monthly.Live Shopping by Live ScaleLivescale’s app Live Shopping Apps integrates seamlessly with Shopify and requires no programming knowledge to set up. It can help engage audiences, increase loyalty through branding and scale sales. A branded experience can be set up by complete beginners and a branded account for live chat responses and community engagement is also part of the package.One of its key features is in-video check-out flow so that customers are not diverted onto other pages and their entertainment experience is not interrupted. Customizable polls and quizzes mean that this app also offers exciting gamification opportunities keeping consumers entertained and engaged for longer.Shop Showy Livestream WindowShopShowy uses a slightly less sophisticated technology that creates a picture-in-picture window on your website. Here, customers can choose to  watch live-stream while browsing specific products that are featured in the live-stream.As the app is free, it is ideal for dropshippers just dipping their toe in the water with live shopping. It does not require a lot of branding or high levels of interactivity and data analysis either.Shoppable Livestreams by Maestro Interactive, Inc.Shoppable Livestreams leverages the power of captive audiences to help you scale your sales.It is a native Shopify app that can be fully customized to your brand and offers a suite of two-way engagement features ranging from chat to polls, Q&As, gamification and raffles.Interactive overlays direct audiences to buy through Shopify transactions at key moments in your content without ever leaving the stream. This favours stickiness to the channel.There is no set monthly fee but a 5% service fee.SmartzerThe Smartzer app allows Shopify store owners to overlay live streams so that viewers can click on them to shop directly.Overlay pop-ups can also offer additional information such as sizing and prices or give additional product experience content such as demonstrations or unboxings. Pop-ups can also be used to direct to the product page for full specs.Like most of the other  Live Shopping apps listed it offers interactivity with the host through the chat bar and content can be recorded to be viewed at a later date on-demand.Best Practice for dropshipping and LIVE Shopping AppsIf you are going to take advantage of the full range of opportunities offered by live shopping then you need to make sure you have sourced top quality products at B2B prices that can be shipped to your destination country fast.To do this you need to select a supplier that can source products from a huge range of manufacturers and that runs checks on them  as well as on single items and that can offer stable shipping rates and tracking numbers for your customers.Yakkyofy’s track record for quality and huge range of hot products means you’ll be spoilt for choice when you choose items. So connect Yakkyofy to your Shopify Store downloading our Shopify App and import the product that you want to sell on your store.As soon as your orders start to arrive from your LIVE stream sales they will be automatically uploaded on the Yakkyofy dashboard, fulfilled and shipped to your customers.Buy a sampleTo make your LIVE shopping video you need a product or better a couple of variants to show to your customers. Don’t worry also if you sell in dropshipping, with Yakkyofy it is really easy to order a sample to ship to your home addresYou just need to upload an order using an excel file as you can see in this video below.Once the product arrives at your home, you can open it, check it, take some pictures to advertise the events and use it for the live show.And in case you run out of ideas, Yakkyofy also takes the pulse of dropshipping trends and monitors hot products offering you a curated selection on its dashboard.Packaging with you own logoWe know how much people love unboxing videos, so for your live show you can also think about unboxing the product in front of your customers. And what can be better than to show a box or a bag with your own logo on it to increase Branding?Having a customized packaging can help you make people remember your brand and increase the perceived value of your product. Do you think that with dropshipping this is impossible? No it isn’t, with Yakkyofy you can easily buy private label products with just a couple of clicks on our dashboard and at a very fair price.You need to buy a small MOQ of packaging (for example 300 standard bags are 60 dollars) and we will keep this packaging for free in our warehouse ready to be used as soon as you receive an order with no additional pick and pack fee.Not bad right? So what are you waiting for? Register on Yakkyofy to start creating amazing LIVE shows with dropshipping products.SIGN UP NOW! July 20, 2021by I. De Virgiliis

The ultimate strategy to scale your dropshipping sales in 2021 – LIVE with Nick Peroni

The ultimate strategy to scale your dropshipping sales in 2021 – LIVE with Nick Peroni[embedded content]🌟Play the interview with Nick Peroni, founder of EcomEmpires, and listen to his ultimate strategy to scale your dropshipping sales in 2021.⏩ Nick Peroni is one of the World’s leading experts in dropshipping. Nick Peroni created Ecom Empires as his own way to help people all around the world be successful, and find a life of freedom with an online business.Now Ecom Empires has over 89,000 members and has become one of the world’s leading communities for eCommerce education and networking.🔥 In this interview, Nick shared with us his secrets on how to scale dropshipping sales, find the perfect audience for your campaigns, how to deal with order fulfillment logistics, inventory and when to consider creating a private label for your dropshipping business.🤔 But how can you find a supplier who can support you as you scale your sales and move to private label products? Simple, you need 🚀Yakkyofy, and we will:✅ Source for you high-quality items at B2B prices;✅ Run Quality Control Checks on your products before they are shipped;✅ Arrange the private labeling of your items and packaging;✅ Store your products for free in our warehouse, ready to be shipped after only 1 business day;✅ Give you access to your Virtual Warehouse, so that you can check your stocks online anytime, anywhere; You can get all of the above, and much more, by registering for a free on Yakkyofy here.If you want to learn more about Nick and his courses, check out the Ecom Empires’ website hereWhy Choose YakkyofyYakkyofy is the all in one FREE dropshipping platform that helps you completely automate the management of your business from soucing to delivery:Connect your storeGet instant quotations for your dropshipping productsImport product on your storeStart to sellFast ship your products in 3-15 working days (depending on the country)You can also get:Quality check on your itemsPrivate label productsPrivate label packagingShow only the last-mile tracking of your parcels (no-origin)Free warehouse space for your productsSo much more🎓 FREE DROPSHIPPING COURSE FOR BEGINNERSDo you want to create your own dropshipping business, but you don’t know where to start?Take a look at our Dropshipping step-by-step courses.✅ Enroll for free 👉 https://bit.ly/3a9EP9K💸 FREE MENTORING GROUPGet answers to all your dropshipping questions on our Facebook Community!✅ Join now 👉 https://bit.ly/2MnQ8SJ 📩 Follow Yakkyofy on Social Media🔶 Facebook🔶 Instagram🔶 LinkedIn🔶 TikTok🔶 YouTube🔶 Twitter🎙️ Want To Be A Guest On Yakkyofy Youtube Channel Or Live Interview?If you wish to be part of our channel, we are looking for influencers, known figures, to interview. If this is you, please apply here by sending an email to info@yakkyofy.comThe ultimate strategy to scale your dropshipping sales in 2021If you need to jump to a specific part of the video, know that the main questions and topics were:As we know, smooth fulfillment and fast shipping are 2 of the most important challenges in dropshipping. A problem in one of these two processes can be a pitfall for your entire business. Right, Nick?About the shipping, do you sell all over the World or do you select only a few countries? Is your country selection determined by the shipping time?Regarding fulfillment, do you dropship all your products or do you also hold inventory?Is holding inventory something you always do?, or only at certain times of the year, such as Chinese New Year and Black Friday?As we all know, many things changed in 2020, but of course the most important was COVID-19. How has Covid impacted your shipping and how did you solve the problem?So now that we covered logistics we need to understand how to scale your product on Facebook, using campaigns. So, Nick, Can you give us some tips on where to start?How do you choose which target and audience to use?Do you use the Facebook A/B testing tool or not?Do you use Automatic Placement or manual Placement?Do you use the same ads when copying an ad group, or you create a new copy of the ad?How much budget do you use? How do you increase your budget?Is it better to create only one campaign worldwide, or divide them into different countries?What do you think about dynamic ads?When is the time to turn off campaigns, do you scale down or you simply turn your campaign off completely?What was, for you, the biggest change in Facebook advertising for dropshipping in 2020, we know that this society is changing, so what is your biggest concern and which is the biggest opportunity for you?Are you using other kinds of adv to scale your campaign which is your favorite right now?Last but not least, there is a lot of fuss about private labels, this means to sell a product branded with your logo or use your own branded packaging and labels. What do you think about it? Is this something you have used?What is the main difference between private label products and packaging and when to use them?Another thing we all heard that Shopify is banning a lot of dropshippers? Has this ever happened to you? How did you solve the problem?Q&A section July 7, 2021

Dropshipping with eBay: terms and tips for riches – LIVE with Sarwar Uddin

Dropshipping with eBay: rules and tips for success – LIVE with Sarwar Uddin[embedded content]Have you been scared off by stories of eBay bans on dropshippers? Fear not! We’re lucky to have Sarwar Uddin, Founder of the Financial Freedom Network, to set us straight with this LIVE interview. Play it right way! 👆Sarwar is a digital marketer and successful entrepreneur with a mission to educate people to make money online and achieve true financial freedom.  His community includes 28,000 entrepreneurs and his YouTube channel has racked up a staggering 55,000 subscribers!🏆His popular tutorials are the key to unlock eBay success discover them here 👉 https://www.thefinancialfreedomnetwork.com/ Sarwar can help you start risk-free dropshipping on eBay, playing by the rules and sinking the competition and in his exclusive interview “Start dropshipping on eBay: rules and tips for success” he’ll be telling us all about it LIVE!Find out how to:✅Find hot products with Yakkyofy✅Rank top of product searches✅Calculate winning marginsPlay by the rules and get selling on eBay now!You didn’t connect your eBay account with Yakkyofy yet? Register a free Yakkyofy account here.Why Choose YakkyofyYakkyofy is the all in one FREE dropshipping platform that helps you completely automate the management of your business from soucing to delivery:Connect your storeGet instant quotations for your dropshipping productsImport product on your storeStart to sellFast ship your products in 3-15 working days (depending on the country)You can also get:Quality check on your itemsPrivate label productsPrivate label packagingShow only the last-mile tracking of your parcels (no-origin)Free warehouse space for your productsSo much more🎓 FREE DROPSHIPPING COURSE FOR BEGINNERSDo you want to create your own dropshipping business, but you don’t know where to start?Take a look at our Dropshipping step-by-step courses.✅ Enroll for free 👉 https://bit.ly/3a9EP9K💸 FREE MENTORING GROUPGet answers to all your dropshipping questions on our Facebook Community!✅ Join now 👉 https://bit.ly/2MnQ8SJ 📩 Follow Yakkyofy on Social Media🔶 Facebook🔶 Instagram🔶 LinkedIn🔶 TikTok🔶 YouTube🔶 Twitter🎙️ Want To Be A Guest On Yakkyofy Youtube Channel Or Live Interview?If you wish to be part of our channel, we are looking for influencers, known figures, to interview. If this is you, please apply here by sending an email to info@yakkyofy.comDropshipping  with eBay: rules and tips for successIf you need to jump to a specific part of the video, know that the main questions and topics were:So, as we said, a lot of dropshipping accounts were banned from eBay in the past, why do you think it happened?What are eBay requirements about dropshipping now? So if I have a wholesale supplier who fulfills my orders directly, I shouldn’t get into any trouble?Is it better to upload your products on ebay.com or, for example on ebay.co.uk or ebay.it?So eBay offers a variety of selling methods, such as normal listing, auction or buy now. Which one works best for dropshipping? How can I make my listing appear on the first page of eBay?Do you use eBay advertising? Did they work for you?How can I create a strong account on eBay do you have some tips about this?I heard that eBay has introduced new payment services, seems like registration is compulsory for sellers, did you already try them?I know that eBay offers several subscriptions for sellers, what is the best one for a dropshipping store, in your opinion? Do you have a method or tips to find winning products that you can share with our audience?Q&A section June 22, 2021

Ultimate eCommerce Hacks for Instagram Ads – LIVE with Mana Ionescu

Ultimate eCommerce Hacks for Instagram Ads – LIVE with Mana Ionescu[embedded content]🌟Play the interview with Mana Ionescu Founder President of Lightspan Digital to discover her Instagram secrets!👆 For anyone that wants to know a bit more about Mana, she’s been dubbed a marketing scientist for her focus on analytics-driven marketing, busting of digital marketing myths, and “bringing out the sexy” in a range of brands.Mana has been asked to speak over 100 times in the past three years at events at the Kellogg Executive Education faculty and at large national conferences, from Techweek to SES, from Social Media Week to MPI TechCon, from Social Media Strategies Summit to Marketing Profs University and Pubcon. And this video she is going to tell us about “the Ultimate eCommerce Hacks for Instagram Ads”If you want to learn more about Mana and Lightspan Digital click here ➡️ https://bit.ly/3xyAhU6 🏆But before starting an ad campaign you’ll need to find the products to sell and a reliable supplier that can source your items and fast ship them all over the World. You need Yakkyofy. Register a free Yakkyofy account here.Why Choose YakkyofyYakkyofy is the all in one FREE dropshipping platform that helps you completely automate the management of your business from soucing to delivery:Connect your storeGet instant quotations for your dropshipping productsImport product on your storeStart to sellFast ship your products in 3-15 working days (depending on the country)You can also get:Quality check on your itemsPrivate label productsPrivate label packagingShow only the last-mile tracking of your parcels (no-origin)Free warehouse space for your productsSo much more🎓 FREE DROPSHIPPING COURSE FOR BEGINNERSDo you want to create your own dropshipping business, but you don’t know where to start?Take a look at our Dropshipping step-by-step courses.✅ Enroll for free 👉 https://bit.ly/3a9EP9K💸 FREE MENTORING GROUPGet answers to all your dropshipping questions on our Facebook Community!✅ Join now 👉 https://bit.ly/2MnQ8SJ 📩 Follow Yakkyofy on Social Media🔶 Facebook🔶 Instagram🔶 LinkedIn🔶 TikTok🔶 YouTube🔶 Twitter🎙️ Want To Be A Guest On Yakkyofy Youtube Channel Or Live Interview?If you wish to be part of our channel, we are looking for influencers, known figures, to interview. If this is you, please apply here by sending an email to info@yakkyofy.comUltimate eCommerce Hacks for Instagram AdsIf you need to jump to a specific part of the video, know that the main questions and topics were:We can start from the basics so from the creation of the post:What elements should a good post have, can you give us some tips to create visually compelling content?What are the main elements for creating engagement? How can dropshippers increase engagement on their account?Do you have tips about hashtags and mentions, how do you use them and how do you find the best ones?How important is the text of the post on Instagram, should we only write a couple of lines?What about product tag? Can you explain what they are and how to use them to improve eCommerce sales?Can you explain to our public what the Shoppable feed is and how to create one?Then we spoke about  advertising:Why should an eCommerce owner consider Instagram ads?What are the main differences with Facebook ads?Should people be preparing campaigns from inside Instagram or should they use the business manager and why?Is it important to upload the store catalog to the business manager and why?How do you select the goal of a campaign? Can you give us some tips?How do you select the public for an ad set? Can you give us some tips?What is the best placement for Instagram? Do you use Ig placement and Facebook placement in the same ads or do you separate them?Do you use retargeting? How?We spoke a little bit about Influencer Marketing:How can we find good influencers for our business?Is influencer marketing always super expensive? How can I select good influencers?Do you use branded content posts?What are the typical pitfalls of this kind of strategy? How can we avoid them?To finishWhat do you think have been the most important changes on Instagram in the last year?What do you think about reels?What do you think will be the main advertising trend on Instagram in 2021?Q&A section June 17, 2021

Benefits of OmniChannel Retail

Let’s imagine you’ve discovered that your dropshipping store isn’t attracting as many new customers as it should be, and you’d like to fix that. Omnichannel retailing, believe it or not, is one of the most long-term strategies to boost your customer base.
“The customer is King and is always right.”
This phrase highlights a customer’s power in influencing business decisions and the need for dropshipping stores to prioritize customer satisfaction by exploring numerous channels through which shoppers can conduct their transactions.
Now that you have opened your dropshipping store, you can make the best of your marketing experiences by putting the power of Omnichannel retailing to work because it allows you to provide your customers a diverse range of engagement tools so they can shop anytime and from anywhere.
What is Omnichannel Retailing?
Simply put, a fully integrated shopping experience from the physical store to the virtual store, including mobile applications and the full range of options given by the offline and online worlds, is what an Omnichannel strategy entails.
According to a recent Harvard Business Review analysis of over 46,000 buyers;

Only 20% of shoppers went to the store.

Only 7% of customers shopped exclusively online.

Seventy-three percent used multiple channels.

OmniChannel retailing automatically boosts your revenue and assists your dropshipping store in meeting modern customer expectations in a flexible and customer-centric manner.
Five benefits of omnichannel retailing for your dropshipping store.
Boosts sales
Customers want a shopping experience that is most convenient for them, and the statistics show that an omnichannel experience is precisely what they want.
Customer retention rates improve by 13% annually for brands that make an effort to engage their audience with a consistent omnichannel strategy. Use OmniChannel retailing to fine-tune your efforts, boost sales, increase your brand’s visibility, and gauge your customers’ perceptions.
Rushing to the spots where your customers are boosts sales and pays off in the long run.
Elevates profit margins
According to a survey conducted by Google, Ipsos MediaCT, and Sterling Brands, 75 percent of consumers are more inclined to visit a business after finding local retail information on the internet.
An omnichannel retail strategy enhances the consumer experience and expands the number of buying channels available to customers–whether on mobile, online, or in-store. Sales and visitors increase as a result of the availability of different purchasing methods.
Brand visibility
Providing your customers with a comprehensive and consolidated database that is accessible across many channels boosts the visibility of your items and promotions while also providing them with all the information they require. Remember that many people look at and compare posts from their friends before visiting a real dropshipping business.
Furthermore, omnichannel shopping allows customers to start and finish transactions across many channels. This will enable customers to check whether an item is in stock and reserve it online for pickup at the local shop location.
Customers gain a better shopping experience due to the constant knowledge, and businesses can form relationships with their customers and engage with them.
Eases collection of data
Your dropshipping business will be able to track all your clients throughout all the channels and, as a result, you stand a chance to gain a deeper understanding of your customers by knowing their preferences, such as the products they’ve looked at and the offers they’ve clicked on.
Data is king! Data enables you to personalize messaging and promotions with each client, making them feel valued. Your customers will get the impression that you care about them.
Increased engagement
Consumers are more likely to choose brands that offer meaningful loyalty programs. Product reviews, social connections through social media, customer feedback, and in-app games are all examples of essential lucrative behaviors that your dropshipping store may track and promote.
This strategy provides you with the benefit of integration.
Conclusion
Today more than ever, It is increasingly important to link consumers to both online and offline experiences. The ultimate goal of your dropshipping business should not be to increase sales in one channel and enable purchases to happen organically and smoothly in a select number of channels that your consumer prefers.
Retailers are anticipated to boost their investment in personalization by 18 percent over the next three years, with 73 percent of consumers acknowledging that their purchasing choice is influenced directly by their customer experience.
Therefore growing business solutions that use omnichannel shopping and digitally savvy tools should be one of the strategies for your dropshipping business.

Benefits of OmniChannel Retail

Let’s imagine you’ve discovered that your dropshipping store isn’t attracting as many new customers as it should be, and you’d like to fix that. Omnichannel retailing, believe it or not, is one of the most long-term strategies to boost your customer base.
“The customer is King and is always right.”
This phrase highlights a customer’s power in influencing business decisions and the need for dropshipping stores to prioritize customer satisfaction by exploring numerous channels through which shoppers can conduct their transactions.
Now that you have opened your dropshipping store, you can make the best of your marketing experiences by putting the power of Omnichannel retailing to work because it allows you to provide your customers a diverse range of engagement tools so they can shop anytime and from anywhere.
What is Omnichannel Retailing?
Simply put, a fully integrated shopping experience from the physical store to the virtual store, including mobile applications and the full range of options given by the offline and online worlds, is what an Omnichannel strategy entails.
According to a recent Harvard Business Review analysis of over 46,000 buyers;

Only 20% of shoppers went to the store.

Only 7% of customers shopped exclusively online.

Seventy-three percent used multiple channels.

OmniChannel retailing automatically boosts your revenue and assists your dropshipping store in meeting modern customer expectations in a flexible and customer-centric manner.
Five benefits of omnichannel retailing for your dropshipping store.
Boosts sales
Customers want a shopping experience that is most convenient for them, and the statistics show that an omnichannel experience is precisely what they want.
Customer retention rates improve by 13% annually for brands that make an effort to engage their audience with a consistent omnichannel strategy. Use OmniChannel retailing to fine-tune your efforts, boost sales, increase your brand’s visibility, and gauge your customers’ perceptions.
Rushing to the spots where your customers are boosts sales and pays off in the long run.
Elevates profit margins
According to a survey conducted by Google, Ipsos MediaCT, and Sterling Brands, 75 percent of consumers are more inclined to visit a business after finding local retail information on the internet.
An omnichannel retail strategy enhances the consumer experience and expands the number of buying channels available to customers–whether on mobile, online, or in-store. Sales and visitors increase as a result of the availability of different purchasing methods.
Brand visibility
Providing your customers with a comprehensive and consolidated database that is accessible across many channels boosts the visibility of your items and promotions while also providing them with all the information they require. Remember that many people look at and compare posts from their friends before visiting a real dropshipping business.
Furthermore, omnichannel shopping allows customers to start and finish transactions across many channels. This will enable customers to check whether an item is in stock and reserve it online for pickup at the local shop location.
Customers gain a better shopping experience due to the constant knowledge, and businesses can form relationships with their customers and engage with them.
Eases collection of data
Your dropshipping business will be able to track all your clients throughout all the channels and, as a result, you stand a chance to gain a deeper understanding of your customers by knowing their preferences, such as the products they’ve looked at and the offers they’ve clicked on.
Data is king! Data enables you to personalize messaging and promotions with each client, making them feel valued. Your customers will get the impression that you care about them.
Increased engagement
Consumers are more likely to choose brands that offer meaningful loyalty programs. Product reviews, social connections through social media, customer feedback, and in-app games are all examples of essential lucrative behaviors that your dropshipping store may track and promote.
This strategy provides you with the benefit of integration.
Conclusion
Today more than ever, It is increasingly important to link consumers to both online and offline experiences. The ultimate goal of your dropshipping business should not be to increase sales in one channel and enable purchases to happen organically and smoothly in a select number of channels that your consumer prefers.
Retailers are anticipated to boost their investment in personalization by 18 percent over the next three years, with 73 percent of consumers acknowledging that their purchasing choice is influenced directly by their customer experience.
Therefore growing business solutions that use omnichannel shopping and digitally savvy tools should be one of the strategies for your dropshipping business.

From warehouse worker to CEO: Matteo Sargenti on how to become a successful dropshipper

From warehouse worker to CEO: Matteo Sargenti on how to become a successful dropshipperIs dropshipping dead? Not according to Matteo Sargenti who has managed to create a full-blown successful business from scratch thanks to this supply chain method, investing minimal initial capital.The road to success is paved with good intentions, but Matteo shows us how resilience and tenacity can guide you to excellent outcomes. This is why here at Yakkyofy we’ve asked him to share his story of how to become a successful dropshipper with our users.What is dropshipping according to Matteo Sargenti?Dropshipping is a business model.I often see it described online as a revolutionary idea, but it’s not; it’s simply a Business Model. A Business Model that has been around for some years and that enables you to not invest in a physical warehouse, helping you avoid one of the biggest risks faced by traditional businesses: surplus and unsold stock. I recently wrote a Guide to Dropshipping in Italy on the topic that you can find on my blog.What did you do before you started dropshipping? I went straight to work after high school; initially as a warehouse worker and later I was hired by a company making Smartphone covers, before finally becoming an IT technician. By the time I was 23/4, having worked all these different jobs, I didn’t feel fulfilled; I wanted to be my own boss, create my own business and focus all my energies on that.What made you think about becoming a dropshipper?I recall it was around 2016 and I was working for a business that made Smartphone covers…Most of their orders came online! Via the eShop!From this moment on, I started to think about how I too could use the web to start up my own business and, after a few sleepless nights spent on YouTube looking for a winning idea, I came across an American YouTuber relating his adventures with “Dropshipping”- I couldn’t just sit back and watch! A handful of days later my first Shopify store was already live!Be truthful, were you immediately successful? Certainly not.At first, I didn’t know about tools like Facebook’s Business Manager, sales funnel settings etc.… Without a solid understanding of these key tools, it’s practically impossible to “be successful”- what I did at the start was watch a lot of YouTube videos and copy them step-by-step. These were mostly Facebook Ads videos.The campaigns didn’t always work, but I tried to identify what went wrong each time to figure out how to improve the next advertising campaign. I think “getting your hands dirty” is one of the few truly effective ways of learning things like this.After some time, learning and failure, the results started rolling in.Which are the most common newbie-dropshipper mistakes? In my 1-on-1 consultations, 99% of the time I’m dealing with these two mistakes:the first is thinking that to dropship it’s mandatory that you use Aliexpress as a supplier! So wrong! I see people going crazy trying to find cost-effective and reliable shipping on Aliexpress. But Aliexpress is not the only option available! You can use a B2B supplier like Yakkyofy to help you reduce product cost, especially if bulk buying. They also provide more control over product quality and offer rapid, reliable shipping. How? Pick up the phone and call or contact them over Chat on Facebook as they are Italian.The second concerns finding winning products. There’s no magic formula to find the right product although there certainly are some software systems that can help with this. The only real way to find out if a product really is a winner is to test it. A word of warning: my advice is to avoid products that contain liquids or electronic elements. You might end up struggling with even longer shipping times and high volumes of refund requests.I don’t believe in “saturated” products, but I do think there is always a new niche to re-propose products that were sold en masse in the last few months/years.Last year I scaled a store with a product that practically everyone said was “saturated”!What was your first successful product or campaign?Given the increasing interest in buying ladies’ (plus size) clothing online, especially in the USA, I’ve decided to sell products in this niche.I’d rather not reveal the product as the store is currently active and continues to sell.Over the last few years, I’ve had some successes and a lot of personal satisfaction, but let’s say that last year (2020) especially, my numbers went up significantly.We invested around 150.000$ in one advertising account in 2020 (from March 2020 precisely), achieving an almost 3-point ROAS. During Black Friday and Cyber Monday alone, we invested around 35.000$ securing excellent results both in terms of revenue and ROAS.Once you’d opened your first dropshipping store, how did you transform it into a full-time business?Once the USA store opened, I needed other people to help manage the volume of daily orders, so I slowly started to build my “team” composed of 2 ladies on customer service and one on logistics and fulfillment. At this point, there’s always something to do! Whether it’s finding new products to test, developing new creative, managing advertising campaigns, returns, refunds, managing the team etc and so it became a full time business!Speaking of numbers, this is the store we scaled last year between April and December. The objective? To reach 1 million in revenues and scale other products!What advice would you give to young people taking their first steps in dropshipping today?The first, and I think also the most important piece of advice is: ensure you have enough budget. You can’t expect to open a business on 100€.Don’t expect to spend less than 1000-2000 € on advertising. Below these amounts, you might be unable to clearly understand if yours is a winning product or not! You don’t need to be a pro at Facebook Ads to get results, but the more you know the less likely you are to make a loss.The second piece of advice is concerning Customer Support. When you start receiving a lot of orders and they go up daily, so will your email requests for the support!At first, you will be answering them yourself (as rapidly as possible) and trying to understand what the most common issues are and how to solve them, later you can try out a virtual assistant. Try looking up “Customer Care Dropshipping” on Upwork, you’ll find loads.Remember that if your clients are not satisfied with your service and leave negative feedback on your Facebook page it could get permanently banned!What are your plans for the future, if you can tell us about them? I will keep selling products in dropshipping, but I am also starting a new brand in Italy.If you abandon Aliexpress as your supplier, you’ll soon see there are other opportunities on the market, and with partners like Yakkyofy, you can easily buy products branded with your own logo.All you need to do is send a photo of a product and your logo and you’ll get an all-inclusive quote within just a few days.You can choose to send these branded products directly from China in Dropshipping or get them sent to you wholesale in Italy.They manage everything: documents, excise duty, and customs.Try Yakkyofy free!Given that this business can be managed from anywhere, my final objective is to put my computer in my backpack and set off for the rest of Europe: a yearlong tour of all the major capitals awaits me, like a real digital nomad! Perhaps I’ll even find a new base to settle in! May 12, 2021by Josephine Ornago