I've had a few Shopify stores and I've been working in digital marketing for many years so I'm pretty familiar with the landscape and the options but this time, something is very different. In years gone by stores that I've run, as well as others would get a minimum traffic volume even if you did absolutely nothing. My latest store, which is admittedly in the ultra competitive young women's clothing vertical is getting no where, despite a very good amount of time, effort and money.
A couple of things.
What I'm looking for from you are actual efforts that are currently driving targeted traffic to your consumer product Shopify store that leads to conversions. Things other than spend 5000 on Adwords and get 1000 in sales and then optimize up. I used to own an SEM firm. I know that space inside and out. I don't think it makes sense here. First you drive traffic and see some reason to make a larger investment. I'm aware of the vague, "do this, it will take 300 hours and get you 10 attributable visits" things. I know this is work and I am very committed as I was with my previous ventures but if that's the ratio in 2015, I'm going to focus on other things. I don't mind the work but spending hundreds of hours to get a few uiques just doesn't make sense.
I know that this was long and I appreciate the time. I just cannot believe that despite all the effort this is what I'm able to get in terms of traffic. If I got a steady stream of traffic and no sales then I know where to look but I can't say that the pricing, the pics, the merchandising, the website design or the clothes are the problem until I see a consistent level of traffic so PLEASE stay on topic. Again, 100% aware that this is a very competitive space BUT I also know that I should be getting a hell of a lot more traffic and I don't think SEO is 100% or even 20% of the problem or answer.
I understand if you don't want to give up your secrets but please just at least tell me what channel is working for you and I can figure it out from there. I just can't keep trying everything under the sun and going all in only to get almost nothing from it.
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Very refreshing to have someone that actually understands this stuff.
You have hit it all. I do know from our site that if you give google ads and bing adwords a little money each week you do rank higher in organic traffic. We don't spend 1000s only 2-3 hundread a month for our 6 good months and less than 100 the other months.It works. Normally 1500-2000 visitors with low bounce rate and about 10000-15000 page views per month. A normal Monday - Friday is 100 - 150 visitors a day. Conversion is about 10% regardless of the time of year. CTR oin bing is much higher for us than google. Bing has a 10-20% CTR depending on the ad displaying. Google has a 4-5% ctr regardless. It makes sense for our site since Bing has a much higher income base user than google. We sell to people that have the money to do what they want to do and we become part of it.
Our SEO is 100% on every imporatnt page. That did help some and didn't take all that long. Scoial media sucks and spending money advertisng on it sucks more. Who is going to leave their facebook page to click on an ad...
The only thing I noticed on the site is Thanksgiving dealines are listed. Photos look fine for your use.
I think all I have done is agree with you but at least you know your not alone. It took us 2 years to get where we are. 10 years ago it would have been 6 months at the outside. Too many people think they can sell anything with a site and retire large. Screws up the bell curve for those of us that know what the truth about the interent is all about.
I am very eager as well to know more. I don't have an ad budget, so I've been just working on backlinking to my site website www.kenwroy.com and lots and lots of online PR. I find that for fashion/trend/lifetsyle products, the quality traffic comes from relevant blogs and media. The conversion is not bad for starters. And it gives you an idea of where you should invest in media, when you have a budget. I find that google shopping works only for mass/commodity oriented products, which people are specifically looking for. I've tried few apps, none are worth mentioning and they take an enormous amount of time. The next stage I am looking at is affilitae marketing.
Hope this helps! Will add more points as I am working on them.
Vasumathi, Chief Underwearist