***6 Ways to Maximize Profits at Your One Stop Online Auction Shop***
Online auctions have become very popular in recent years. They are great for finding bargains on all sorts of items. Many people shop auctions to find brand names at bargain prices, household items or even wholesale products. Some auction sites are actually one stop online auction shops that sell everything from antiques to automobiles while other sites specialize in only one type of product.
There are several ways to earn profits through online auctions. You can build an entire business through online auctions or use auctions to attract new customers to your existing website. And, you can use online auctions occasionally to sell some of your old household items. You can even advertise wholesale products through auctions. Some online "auctioneers" are earning thousands of dollars each month!
Either way, there are a few simple techniques you can apply to maximize your auction profits. Choosing your one stop online auction shop is only the first step to success. Next, you'll need to start building your business.
Here are six ways you can maximize your auction profits:
1. Include Photos
One way to maximize auction profits is to include photos with your listings. Most auction sites allow one photo to be displayed next to listing titles. It's very important that you include a photo to catch the shopper's eye. People naturally look at pictures and then read the nearby caption. Newspapers and magazines have trained us that way. So, it's understandable why an auction shopper will look at photos and then read the titles beside the photos. Unfortunately, listing titles without photos can be easily missed.
Another reason to include photos is because auction buyers want to see what they are buying. They are more willing to trust a new seller if a photo of the item is available. If you are selling an expensive item, include several photos at different angles if necessary. For printed materials such as reports or e-books, you might try creating a few colorful banners and even a mini banner for the photo that will appear next to your listing titles. Banners will have the same eye-catching effect as a photo!
2. Write Compelling Listing Titles and Copy
Don't be afraid to apply proven marketing techniques to your auction titles and copy. You're a seller, so don't hesitate to sell! Use key phrases that will get the buyer's attention. Words like "free," "no reserve," "low or free shipping," or "like new" always get the buyer's attention.
3. Use Banners at Your Website
If you own a website and are using auctions to attract more customers, don't forget to place some banners at your website that link to your auction store as well. Some customers who reach your site by other means might love auctions. They might buy from you both ways!
4. Don't Under-price your Items
Not many sellers have a problem with over-pricing, but under-pricing seems to be a huge problem with auctions. Don't sell yourself short. Price your items reasonably, but be sure to include a little profit for yourself. Remember, your time is valuable. If you ship items, you must take time to package and mail them. If the items you are selling offer very little profit, try to find popular items with higher profits that are also unique. The more scarce the supply of a popular item, the higher bids you will receive.
5. Keep Contact with Customers
Be sure to keep in contact with your auction customers after they buy. Send them a personal "thank you" email and include an email signature to get them back to your auction site or to your regular website. An email signature is actually a "P.S." after your thank you message.
Here's an example...
P.S. Be sure to visit our auction site again. Some new items have been added recently, and you will receive FREE SHIPPING with your next purchase. (Your auction site address here.)
6. Ask for Feedback
Be sure to ask for feedback after someone makes a purchase. Good feedback helps other buyers to trust you. Some buyers will not buy from a new seller if no feedback is available. The more positive feedback you receive, the more your business will grow.
Keep these tips in mind as you list items at your one stop online auction shop. You'll see profits increase in no time!
Chris Robertson is an author of Majon International, one of the worlds MOST popular internet marketing companies on the web.
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