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  • Home Business Methods (Online): Your Own Website

    Selling your Smart Living Company products online is a great way to reach customers everywhere! Billions of dollars are spent online every year, and getting your business online can mean a boost in sales and profit. If you’re familiar with online retail websites, you know that shopping online is extremely convenient and can be done from a computer, tablet or smart phone! Even if you use other business methods, like home parties or catalog distribution, adding a website to your sales toolbox can really help your profitability, plus it shows your customers that your business is fully functional and ready to give them the products they want.

    There are a lot of companies that can create a retail website, but none make it easier to sell your Smart Living Company products than eMerchantClub. They are the only website builder that can give you a website with a direct link to Smart Living Company’s inventory, making it really easy to update your site’s inventory so that it only showcases products that are in stock and ready to ship.

    If you’re interested in selling your products online through your own retail website, we encourage you to call eMerchantClub. They offer websites for every budget and make running an online Smart Living Company business easy! Call eMerchantClub at 1-800-238-8509

  • #2
    I have a eMerchantClub website but I only have 100 product value store. I was just curious how quickly any of you out their started receiving orders once you upgraded to the pro / pro deluxe website. I want to upgrade but its a lot of money. If orders start coming in within a month or two of getting the website I might just do it. Thank you for any advice and/or info you can provide.

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    • #3
      I also have the value website and I upgraded by adding my store to 100 plus search engines and I advertise on my own, so far not one order, a lot of lookers but no orders, put to much money into this business with smart living, emerchant club and no sales, if no one orders anything by Feb. 2015 I will no longer be investing in advertising.

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      • #4
        Having an online business takes persistence and dedication to your business, which you already know. With hundreds of thousands of websites that entice shoppers to spend their money, the key to turning "browsing shoppers" into "customers" is definitely something you can do. Search Engine Submission is a good start, and the simple fact that you know you have to advertise puts you ahead of the game! Some people think simply having a website means they'll get sales, but as we all know, that's not how it works. It takes time and effort to get an online store buzzing with activity, and you have two positive steps already checked off the list. The following is a short list that we have found to be helpful to online business owners.

        Top 5 recommendations for new websites:
        1. Treat your website like a real, brick-and-mortar store. You wouldn’t fill a store’s window display with products that are not available to purchase, so make sure that your website is only displaying current, in-stock merchandise. For example, right now you have a Big Value website so your product line is set based on the Big Value catalog. With an eMerchantClub Value or above website, you can change the products that your site displays at any time and you can easily remove out-of-stock products with just a few clicks thanks to eMerchantClub's exclusive access to Smart Living Company's inventory.
        2. Search Engine Submission is good, but Search Engine Optimization is essential! If you do a little research on SEO, you’ll find that is recommended by everyone who knows the ins and outs of online business. A website without SEO is like a car without fuel – it looks like it should work, but it won’t get you very far.
        3. Keep talking about your website! Tell anyone who’ll listen that you have a great website where they can find home décor, great gifts, and so much more. Start promoting your business on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, and have business cards with your website’s address printed so you can introduce a whole new crop of potential customers to your website. Leave cards in lobbies, waiting rooms, local restaurants, anywhere you go!
        4. Everyone loves a sale! Here are some idea starters: Holiday Specials, Free Shipping, sales that give everyone a certain percentage off their order (10%, 15%, 20%). Think about websites or sales that have caught your attention and figure out how you can apply that to your business!
        5. Understand that building a long-lasting business doesn’t happen overnight. Amazon didn’t become the largest online retailer immediately, but with a lot of effort, advertising, marketing, SEO, products and customer service, they became the giant they are today. The more you know about your business, from the products to the people you want to reach, the better your business’s foundation will be. Believe in your business and spend a little bit of time on it everyday.

        Best of luck and happy selling!

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        • #5
          It has been quite a while since I've been in Smart Living Company. I am now rebuilding my web site and just wondering if SLC is still sending monthly "notices" as to products that have been eliminated or are out-of-stock?

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          • RebeccasUniqueBoutique
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            You can check your website for that info daily. It says it on your page as well as you can do it at a glance by going to your back office and then go to PRODUCTS. Scroll down your list and it will say either in stock or out of stock. Everyday I check my products to see if any of them are out of stock. If they are, then I delete them from my site and add an item that is in stock...I just make it part of my daily routine so my customers never have to be tempted by a product that they can't buy...It's corrected with just a few clicks :-)

        • #6
          A few things that may help:

          * Rewrite product names and descriptions. Instead of using the same ones everyone else is using, come up with something unique.

          * Make sure spelling and grammar are spot on every where on the site.

          *Make sure the appearance of your site is 'bigger than life'. In other words, look like a serious business. Sad to say, but from the ones I've seen, the standard templates leave much to be desired. They look canned & amateurish. Take a look at the sites of some companies that you know are successful and compare.

          *Build an email list and use it to send out flash sale alerts that are too good to pass up. Once you begin getting some customers, put them on a Buyer's List and reward them for repeat business.

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          • #7
            I am in full control over the look and feel of my website. I can list unlimited number of product and can change the theme of my site for Holidays or whenever I want. The cost is $24.95 a month. So far, sales are slow, but I keep adding product and advertise on Facebook, Twitter, ect. I also printed out some business cards to pass around with my Business addresses on them to my online and offline places. Run monthly or weekly sales specials and get the word out. Customers LOVE it when they think they are getting a huge bargain!! I also offer gift wrapping to my local customers.

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            • #8
              Earthgal, how do you go about getting this? That's a far better deal than when I looked into it.
              Last edited by Store-n-Decor; 07-02-2014, 06:59 PM.

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              • #9
                What is this that I am paying $49.95 annually (June) and I to call in November 2014 wondering where my catalog was, and when I received it, it was a big box with only a catalog, no supplements, no price sheet. Then find out that I have to CALL to have a price list sent to me when I used to find it on the SLC website and print it off myself. What is going on? I am kinda disappointed in how and where this is going. It used to be that I could look at the price list and say hey I am going to get that, but now. I kind of had to pretend that I was ordering something just to see how much I had to pay. From what I have read from other people on this forum, they are getting as disallusioned as I am. I am possibly NOT going to renew when it is time. And what is it that different memberships are paying monthly. I could not afford that if whatever membership I have. And what does it mean to be in the Basic Club (?).

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                • #10
                  By the way, I did not JUST join, I have been a member since 1996 and I am considered a Junior Member. I would like to know what is going on.

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                  • #11
                    I too have been around since the 1990's and can tell you that I much prefer the SMC program. Getting a new catalog packet 4 times a year and updated price lists...I tried to print off a price list and got a message to call the company...really!!

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                    • #12
                      I first started in the early 70's wih my uncle and grandmother with smc, since smc is no longer available I lost business with over 250 gift shops up and down Oregon and Washington cost and thru out those states. my customers are not interested in just the home décor items. you have cut way down to almost nothing in the collectible and minature items, and the items you have are not the right inventory for gift stores. my wholesale business has almost been ruined, only one store out of those 250, orders your home décor items. and they even say your wholesale prices are close to retail, I've been forced to search out other wholesalers that will provide the type of items i need, 25 years of business in wholesaling to other gift stores been ruin in a matter of a few months after i found out smc no longer exists. please go back to the old smc programs and provide those services we expected for our annual dues and the promises that were made to all of us to provide sellable items. otherwise, I think your gonna lost a lot more wholesalers

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                      • #13
                        also I too wonder about this junior member crap, I been with smc and slc for a lot longer thanmost to be called a junior member, or is that just becuZ I have only been register witht he new slc company for a short time

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                        • #14
                          also just to those who are new to websites, remember that if you miss just one months payments on your domain site or a week late with paying for those domains they can and will be sold out from under you. this happened to me three times, so I closed down all my websites and sell thru amazon.com or ebay, not so much on ebay anymore becuz of all the hidden costs and new changes that make it almost impossible to make a living

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                          • #15
                            I much rather have the personal side of doing business with meeting the customers and travel to their gift stores myself. that way I can see what they actually sell and talk with them on a personal side to find out what they really want for their stores

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