How do I promote my products?

In this article you’ll learn:

How to drive traffic to the Shopify store:

Driving high-quality traffic to your Shopify store is not a very easy task. There are three things you should think about carefully: the product, potential customer, who is in need for your product and finally, how to reach them at the right place and time.

Here are some recommendations on how to promote your e-store and you won't know the best option for you until you try them! You can find more great advertising tips on our  blog

Social media is essential if you want to promote your online shop effectively, but it takes time and effort to build followers. Invite your circle of Facebook friends to like and share your store's Facebook page. Start posting relevant and interesting content that encourages viewers to visit your e-store. Also, try to find groups that are made up of people that closely resemble your customers and share posts about your products there.  Here you will find great tips how to increase social media engagement.

Another effective way is by using influencer marketing. Influencers are individuals with the power to influence the buying and engagement decisions of certain groups of people. However, you should only ask influencers to present products that are truly relevant for them and their audience. Check out  this guide on Instagram influencer marketing.

One of the best marketing tactics is email marketing. Start sending out weekly newsletters that highlight your products with quality images and persuasive content that links directly to each product for easy purchasing. We recommend checking out  this article for useful tips on how to collect emails and create newsletters.

Finally, the most popular marketing channel among our users is Facebook. Use the Ads Manager to set up ads and start testing various audiences. Eventually, you'll narrow it down as much as possible. The goal is to reach the point when each conversion generates a profit. To do so, however, you'll need to spend some time testing various audiences and adverts. We'd highly recommend checking  this beginner's guide to Facebook advertising and this Youtube channel, which is full of useful Facebook marketing tutorials.

Other effective marketing tips to increase sales:

Create “Free Plus Shipping” offers

The "Free Plus Shipping" offer means that the item is sold for $0.00 and a customer only needs to pay a shipping fee. It is a great way to sell cheap but high-quality items at the affordable price.

If you want to sell products with a regular price and offer free shipping, and if you want to have several free items but customers need to pay the shipping cost, follow the steps below.

Go to Shopify Admin > Settings > Shipping > Zones and Rates section.

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Here you can set up the countries you would like to sell your products to, and also determine the corresponding shipping rates based on weight.

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If you follow the settings in the example above, all of your items can be sold worldwide. If customers buy items with a regular price, the shipping will be free. However, if the customers buy items that are free, the shipping will cost from $7.00 to $35.00, depending on the quantity they order.

Next, you will need to set the weight to 0.00 kg for every item with a regular price.

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Then, set the price to 0.00 and weight to 1.00 kg for every item you want to have listed as "Free Plus Shipping".

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Finally, to make sure that your product prices ($0.00) will always stay the same, you need to prevent them from auto-updating in Oberlo.

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This way, the auto-update function will not reset the product pricing based on your preset global pricing rules. Instead, the product will stay at your custom price.

After all of these settings have been completed, we recommend adding several products to a shopping cart to test if everything is working correctly.

Offer discount codes to increase sales

Offering discount codes is a great way to incentivize a purchase. You can offer your customers a monetary, percentage, or shipping discount on collections or specific products in your store.

One of the most popular promotions these days is "Buy 2 - Get 1 Free". To create this kind of offer, follow these steps.

Go to Shopify Admin > Discounts page and click on “Create Discount” button in the top right corner of the page.

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On a new page, create discount code name, choose a discount type “Fixed amount” and set the discount value. Since we want to create a promotion for an item, which costs $10.00, we set the discount value to $10.00. Then, check the box “This discount requires a minimum purchase” and fill in the amount $30.00.

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In the “Applies to” section select “Selected products” option and add the desired item. Finally, select your preferences in the “Customer eligibility”, “Usage limits” and “Active dates” sections according to your needs.

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Once complete, you only need to add information about available discounts in the product description and promote on various marketing channels.

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Another great promotion is a quantity discount, in other words, the more you buy the bigger discount you get. For example:

Buy 1 piece - price $10.00 (no discount)

Buy 2 pieces - get 20% OFF with a discount code MASK20

Buy 3 pieces or more - get 30% OFF with a discount code MASK30

In order to have this kind of offer in your Shopify store, you need to create two discount codes. Take a look at the screenshots below or a video here as a guide.

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Once done, you are ready to give a notice and advertise your promotions.

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