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Episode Info: What makes E-Commerce a success in this ever growing and ever-changing online world? In this episode Jeremy Vernon interviews Chloe Thomas, the founder of E-Commerce Masterplan. Chloe is a best-selling author, keynote speaker and host of the E-Commerce Masterplan Podcast, all of which are built on her expertise and experience in E-Commerce strategy and marketing. KEY TAKEAWAYS Why Podcast? Getting your message out, being organised, booking interviewees, generate traffic, generate customers, help E-Commerce business owners achieve their point of success sooner. How has your podcast helped you grow your business? Content, industry awareness, perception, there’s a strong correlation between people who spend money with my business and who listen to the podcast. E-Commerce Customer Journey: How to get people to your website, visitors, enquirers, first-time buyers, repeat buyers and regular buyers. If someone comes to you as a potential customer and says, “Here’s my business, this is what I’m achieving so far, where do I even begin?” How do you even start that process? Trying to find out more about their business, to get an idea of the size of the business, turnover, profit and cashflow. Also, more importantly, about the team. Once I understand those things I can start offering solutions for their problems. For bigger retailers that tends to be project analysis, getting to the numbers because they’ve got the data there. For smaller businesses it’s often a case of having a series of having a series of calls, where they’ve got work to do in between times, or of course important calls. Let’s talk Influencers. What’s your take on the meteoric growth of Gymshark? The story of Gymshark is a great one to drive us forward but it’s difficult to replicate. Being in the right time at the right place, and doing the right thing. Making the right decisions at the right time. Influencer Marketing is not something to be turned on and then forgotten about, it’s something you’re constantly working on and building relationships. It’s more like B2B sales, than Consumer E-Commerce Marketing. The influencer needs to be honest with the right skills and credibility. 25% of Sales on E-Commerce websites are driven by email, so ignore it at your peril! Create a community feel without it being too hard to manage: For example, treat your top 5% customers a bit differently, for example give away special free VIP weekends, get them involved in the decision-making process of the business, asking them which colour to do the next range in, send them samples and so forth. Tell your customers you have a time-limited offer ending at midnight, but don’t let it expire until a few hours after, allowing for customers in other time-zones to take advantage. BEST MOMENTS How has selling and writing books helped you build your business? They have a more practical impact. Each book has a free chapter to trial and additional material which requires people to sign up fo...
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