Amazon FBA: How To Find Suppliers Abroad (Step-By-Step)

By Amazing Selling Machine, Selling on Amazon

Are you starting to source products overseas for your Amazon business but don’t know where to start? This video will show you how to find suppliers in four easy steps.

Step 1: Research suppliers using Alibaba.com.

Alibaba is the best place to source products overseas without actually going overseas. The website is a directory of suppliers, including factory and trading companies. First, type the product you’re searching to source in the search bar. Then, filter the list to include trade assurance, verified suppliers and the country, if you want.

You want to focus on the price and the minimums of the product listing. Remember, listings are meant to attract your attention so that price listed may not be the actual price. When it comes to minimums, we want to look for minimums between 100 and 500. Be mindful to find suppliers with high quality photos and who have been in business for a while. A high response rate is also a good indicator for a quality supplier. Customized logo & lead times are important to consider and verify when contacting the supplier.

Step 2: Find 10 suppliers that meet your criteria and reach out to them. ALWAYS use the contact supplier button within Alibaba.com.

Be honest with all of your communication with future suppliers, in order to build a strong relationship from the start.

You don’t want to ask them too many questions in the first email. You want to build trust with the suppliers and doing that slowly is important.

Here’s what we recommend you ask in the first email to show that you are an expert and that your company has the potential for growth:

  1. What is the price per unit, including packaging, at the following minimum order quantities: 100-500, 501-1000, 1001-5000, 5000+? We use this approach to let the supplier know you could be increasing orders in the future.
  2. What is the standard production time for this order?
  3. Are you able to provide custom packaging? What colors do you provide?
  4. What are the package dimensions?

Building relationships is critical when it comes to working with suppliers. This has to be a two-way street in order to create a long-term relationship. You want a supplier you can work with for years.

Once the supplier responds, then you can start asking other questions, like payment terms and where their factory is located. You want to know that piece of information because you want to have someone come and inspect the factory.

Step 3: Choose the top three suppliers based on the responses you receive.

Step 4: Order samples.

Some samples do have a cost associated but these costs are the least of your worries. If you want to get these costs eliminated, you can say, “I will pay for the samples upfront but with my first order will you take off the sample price?” Most suppliers will be happy to oblige.

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EASY Amazon Listing Hack To Increase Sales And Attract More Customers

By Amazing Selling Machine, Selling on Amazon

Bradley Sutton, Director of Training & Success at Helium 10, shares his number one hack to add to your Amazon listing to increase sales from his speech at the 2019 Amazing SellerCon.

Find the common phrases in the reviews of your competitors.

For example, if you research the reviews for collagen peptides, you’ll find that there’s a common phrase people are leaving: in my coffee. You probably wouldn’t have thought those words would help someone want to buy collagen peptides but it’s how customers are using the product.

If you put the trending words left in the reviews prominently in your listing, you will connect with your customers on an emotional level and, ultimately, get them to buy.

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The #1 Strategy for Long-Term Brand Success on Amazon

By Amazing Selling Machine, Selling on Amazon

Ezra Firestone from SmartMarketer.com shares what you should focus on as an Amazon seller, outside of Amazon.

Generate brand assets.

Whether it’s customer emails, Facebook fans, YouTube followers, anyone who has engaged with your brand, these are the people who you can sell directly to when you have a new product to launch.

Creating video & written content that’s relevant to your market will allow you to build followers that you can follow up with later, who will buy your product. You want to create content where the messaging is shared between your customers. For example, if you sell kitchen knives, you create content around knife skills, share recipes and more that builds an experience around your product.

Track the consumption of who is consuming your content. The people on Facebook who have watched 50% or more of your videos, for example, those are the people you reach out to sell your products.

This is a slow growth approach but it works. You are building assets that are way more valuable than if you just go out and try to sell products. For more tips on selling on Amazon, visit Amazing.com.

The #1 Thing that Makes Selling on FBA Easier

By Amazing Accelerator, Amazing Selling Machine, Selling on Amazon

Want to reduce overwhelm, have clarity and remove 99% of the noise surrounding your Amazon business? The number one thing you can do to make selling on Amazon FBA easier is to: 

Pick your customer first, not your product. 

Selecting a customer first allows you to sell a range of products that serve that customer. This will reduce all the opportunities that you could go after because they aren’t applicable to your customer and will ultimately not make you any money. Understanding your customer will allow you to better market to them, as well, 

Once you’ve picked a customer and you’ve created a brand around that customer, then you need to ensure there is a demand for your product. You want to airm for a profit margin of around 35 – 30%, while also making sure you have at least 100% return on investment. ROI is most important because this how you will cover the cost of business, increase cash flow and put money in your pocket. 

Three ways to be successful selling on Amazon FBA:

  1. Understand your customer
  2. Understand what you’re getting into 
  3. Have sufficient ROI 

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4 Reasons You Are Struggling to Get Sustainable Sales on Amazon

By Amazing Accelerator, Selling on Amazon

If you’ve started your Amazon business but are struggling to see sustainable sales, here are four reasons why and what to do to achieve the goals you desire. 

  1. You have to know your ideal client and focus on marketing to them. Writing your listing like a manufacturer doesn’t promote a real life experience or an emotional benefit, the two main reasons a customer buys. Be your ideal client and write your listing like you are talking to a friend. 
  2. People don’t really know what their main keyword is. You need a ranked main keyword, otherwise people won’t find you. What is a main keyword? It’s the word your customers will use to find your product and it’s usually the most simple. If you are selling a red pen, that’s your main keyword, “red pen.”
  3. People don’t invest in a launch and just rely on one trick. A proper launch involves knowing your objectives, sale price and target sales. Everything you do is to reach that sales target. 
  4. People don’t use metrics to understand the levers of growth in your business. Amazon is one of the few places that provides instant metrics for your business. You can see how many people are looking at your listing and your conversion rate, how many visitors are actually buying. A strong conversion rate is anything over 20%. The more people visit your listing, the more you’ll convert and, therefore, the more you’ll sell.

If you want to learn how you can take back control of your Amazon business, check out Amazing Accelerators, a program created specifically designed for Amazon sellers, helping to take your business from floundering to prospering. 

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