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What’s hot this week on Drophippo app?

Hello everyone

I hope you are all safe and sound with the current situation in some countries.

I just wanted to update you on some recent really big sellers we have on the app at the moment. So I will go ahead and list what they are and how you can find them on the app and let you guys and gals publish them and get them sales rolling in

We will be releasing a special product made by our team once again next week after all promotional videos have been made for these items.

So let me get started. These just to let you know have all done over 10k in sales across different users.

Our mens Leather Sneakers.

These and other sneakers are selling hot right now As usual our quality checks are done before we ship to ensure customer get quality especially with sneakers

So to find just check app for “mens Leather Sneakers”

As you can see these do look quality

 
Next up is in the makeup niche. This one is for the ladies. A makeup holder and carousel crystal. Comes in white and black,

This is doing better than most and beauty is hot at moment with lockdown.

Just search app for “360 Degree Rotating Makeup Vanity”

And last but not least one of the best niches to be selling is the beauty niche. We ship this one from the USA so if you market there then you can expect quick delivery around 3-7 days depending on the state your customer lives in. “8 colors blusher palette”

So all that’s it for this weeks latest and greatest we will be back next week with the new product we have to reveal once videos are ready.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week and stay safe

Kind Regards

The Hippo Team

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Have questions about chosing an Agent in China?

Have questions about chosing an Agent in China? If so, read this. It is a bit of a long read but trust me, it is worth it.

I’ve seen a lot of posts containing screenshots of tracking numbers with fast delivery times but it does make me wonder what else is missing as I know from experience that relying on screenshots isn’t always the best thing to do. Sure, I can post up screenshots of deliveries being super fast but that doesn’t give you the full picture when it comes to choosing a reliable Agent to ship your goods from China. In fact I would say that it is only a small part of the bigger picture that is DropShipping.

You might see from some of those pics that USA delivery is only 4 days but is that being entirely truthful? In short it isn’t which I will explain here. If you see these super low delivery times from USPS then one of two things is happening;
1: Your agent is using a virtual warehouse so they send to USA using DHL etc and once it arrives in USA they get opened then sent on to your final customers. This is a great thing so your customers don’t see anything coming from China but on the flip side neither do you as we know that it will take a few days to source and ship your items to the virtual warehouse in USA. Suddenly your 6 day delivery actually becomes close to 2 weeks but it can still be a good customer experience.
2: Of course there are some agents like us at DropHippo who are lucky to have an actual warehouse in USA where we can arrange for your winning products to be sent to for delivery within as little as 48 hours.

I have also seen more and more posts about some competitors who it looks like have caused issues with sending the wrong product and going silent when things go wrong. For us this is what sets us apart from 99% of other Agents as we are native English speakers and we also have Arabic and French support available on our live chat. What’s that you say – “Live Chat”? YES! we do have live chat on our website (www.old.drophippo.com) where you can reach out to us at any time and we also have a Slack support where larger sellers have their own private Slack channel where not just our staff but the directors of DropHippo actively participate.

So, what happens when the proverbial crap hits the fan? This is where we are massively different to 99% of other Agents in that we will always be open and transparent with you even at the cost to ourselves. Take the recent COVID issues that were impacting delivery times, especially anything that went through LAX during the height of the Pandemic. We ended up refunding a lot of customers as there was no movement for packages but even though this did cost us several thousand dollars we know, and most importantly the Store Owners who we work with know, that finding a reliable and trustworthy Agent can be worth it’s weight in gold.

I know that this is a long post but I want to speak about 2 additional very important points that shouldn’t be forgotten about as this can kill your business. The first one is communication. We believe that it is one of the most important things to communicate with your customers (in our case Store Owners) as a long term partnership relies on clear and effective communication. An example of where we differ from most others is that we fully quality check every item that you sell to ensure that it is as described and most importantly, works as intended. We had one customer who reached out to us with over 2500 orders recently and asked us to source the product for them as their existing Agent let them down. As soon as we ordered a sample to our warehouse we quickly identified that the item didn’t meet our strict QC and what the Store Owner was selling was in fact a lot of trash. What did we do? We told him straight that the item would lead to massive chargebacks down the line and provided a video to him so that he could make the decision. In the end he refunded the orders which cost both him a lot of money on advertising and us with money in potential profit for an item that we refused to send. So yeah, it’s all fine having an Agent on the ground in China working for you but what is the point if their only concern is about getting as much money off of you as they can?

My final point is closely related to the Communications point I made above and that is Trust. How do you know that the Agent you are using doesn’t run their own stores or have an arrangement with someone else who does? At DropHippo we had 2 pretty successful Shopify stores but closed both and used the profits to create the ultimate Agent experience with DropHippo. The one thing that caused us to re-evaluate and launch DropHippo was when we were scaling a product and the Agent we used started to come up with all sorts of excuses due to a quality control issue, well lack of any quality control really. That is when both Stefan and myself realised that there was a gap in the market for a trustworthy sourcing and fulfilment Agent and this is when DropHippo was born.

Thanks for reading, I know that it isn’t a short post but why gamble your future and your business on an unreliable Agent? Any questions please post below in the comments and we will do our best to answer 🙂

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5 Free courses to Enhance your Knowledge on lockdown

We had done a live Instagram video last week but it cut out and didn’t record. So here is my best attempt at ensuring i covered all points and answered all your questions.

Enjoy

DropHippo Team

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5 Facts About Dropshipping to help your business

Every day you logon to Facebook or Instagram you will see sponsored posts by so called gurus saying “hey check out these latest new tricks I found in Facebook ads“.

Dropshipping is not dead nor will it be anytime in the future. Sure, new features are released like CBO – all you need to do is adapt your advertising methods but that is what separates winners and losers. Adapting to the game (and that’s what this is) is key,  look at Dropshipping as a game as you need to always be looking for that next opportunity or new release that’s coming out to jump on it right away.

So let me just lay down some things about Dropshipping I feel will help you stay on top of the game.

MOM I found this awesome thing called dropshipping I am going to be so rich.

All these gurus will have you fooled into thinking that dropshipping is a get rich quick scheme where you just set up a store and add a few products then run some small $5 FB ads and BOOM – sales will come in and before you know it you are the next guru.

WRONG!

Dropshipping can make you rich but it certainly won’t do it overnight or by following some BS guru who makes more money from their courses than their stores. You need to look for the right people to connect to, watch as many YouTube videos as possible and not jump in thinking you know everything. Crawl before you walk.

I can’t sell if this is saturated or if everyone is selling it.

One of the biggest myths in Dropshipping is that products get saturated very fast if someone or many people are scaling it. This is certainly not true. Think on how many people are on FB or Instagram or Google shopping for a minute. There are billions of people to market your products to – it is how you market it and the angle you do. Lets take for instance the Blackhead Cleaner that became our first ever 7 figure product from a Drophippo customer. It has been running for 2 years and sold all over the world then 2 novice dropshippers came in and done over 7 figures with it in a matter of months. Why? Well they done it right, built a superb store aimed it in a way other Dropshippers didn’t. You must always research – this isn’t a game to throw shit at a wall and hope something sticks like it was in 2014-2016! They researched what competitors were doing before launching. You can read more on what they done here.

I am ready I built my store lets go go go!

I am a great believer in just getting the store up and running with it, but not just the bare minimum basics with no work done to it. You need to work on what will help. Product page, nice looking add to cart button also add the buy now button it helps, trust badges also help but not badges that are just insane with loads of nonsense. I will share in the group 1000s of trust badges to use.

Look at the main page as well – make sure it has a nice layout. I personally am not a fan of the slider as I felt it takes away from the products but it is a personal choice. Using a free theme will work fine with some tweaks. There’s no need when starting to go buy a theme or pay someone to build one for you. Shopify is made to help new starts get a store up and running in less than a day.

Facebook ads are not working anymore I’m done with this.

Ok, lets be honest here, everyone will have all said this more than once. Especially when your ad account gets banned or ads disapproved but it is still the main place to get sales online for impulse buying. Like I mentioned earlier in this blog, research your niche – their likes dislikes and what others are selling to them. This will help put you on a better footing when running ads. Again, use YouTube to watch videos on ads. Not just by one person as then you just could be getting shit info and at the end upsold a course. Personally, I watch Yousef Khalidi, The beast of Ecom and Justin Cener. You can’t go wrong.

So research research research.

Google shopping should I test this or is it just hearsay?

Google shopping is coming up the ranks in making sales for Dropshippers. I won’t go to much into it but if you want to learn jump on the YouTube channel of Nik Armenis as Nick is a beast when comes to Google shopping and if he doesn’t know it isn’t worth knowing. Always you must have more than one way to make sakes – don’t just sit and rely on Google shopping.

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$1 Million Dollar Product

We’ve had our first MILLION DOLLAR SELLER on the app recently and best of all, they managed to get sales in excess of $1M using a product that was meant to be saturated!

How were they able to sell a product that was already saturated and selling millions of dollars worth elsewhere? Well, it simply comes down to the mindset of the seller. Rather than say “Damn, I wish I thought of that” they thought “I will get a piece of that action”. It’s no secret that the product that they sold has been seen elsewhere however they were able to turn an apparently saturated product into a 7 figure winner using cold traffic i.e. launch using interests rather than Lookalike Audiences.

So, what is the product? It’s a Blackhead Cleaner that is available on our app! Oh, and there’s also several upsells on our app that you can also use to bring your average order value up and boost your profits.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that a product is not worth running – just think of everyone who made a fortune on the Fidget Spinners as proof that the “I’m not doing it” mentality is bad not just for you but for your business.

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Over 1000 Products on the app!

Hey everyone, Stef and Kev from DropHippo here with some awesome news for those of you who sell in big numbers in Europe.

We are proud to announce that we now have our own Distribution Centre in London that opened this week. This means that you can now ship pallets of your winning products straight to our Distribution Centre ready for next business day dispatch to Europe. We also have a Fulfilment Centre in the USA too if you are scaling in America.

Best of all there’s absolutely no storage fees for the first 6 months. That’s right – we can offer you something that even Amazon can’t – free storage!

With our Distribution Centre all you need to do is pay a small $3 picking and packing fee for each order and you also have the ability to include your personalised inserts so you can promote other products, add a thank you note or offer your customers a discount etc to take your brand to the next level.

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How To Drop Disputes By 80%

Disputes might have disastrous impacts on your business in general, and particularly on your Paypal account. Here are some tips you can use to reduce them as much as possible:

  • Have a GREAT support team: In fact, people get easily furious when their requests are not answered.

  • Have clear terms of service and refund policy to help your support team make the right choices when they receive customers’ claims.

 

Now if your support team is not doing the job the way it needs to be done, here’s a better alternative:

Step 1: Go to Settings

Step 2: Click on Selling tools

Step 3: Click on customer service message. This is where you can set a message your customers will see when they are on the dispute page. It is the last chance you have to reset trust and make them feel your business is legit before they file the dispute.

Step 4: Create an email address where you only receive dispute emails and prioritize their treatment. You can go for something like [email protected] and don’t forget to use alerts.

 

Find below an example of what your message should be like:

Title: Filling a dispute? Please hold on a second!

Message: “We are very sorry you have reached this point. If you are not satisfied, then neither are we. We sincerely apologize if you have not received any answer from our support team or if their answer did not meet your expectations. Please reach out at [email protected] and tell us what your claim is about. This is a very high priority email we dedicated to cases like yours so that your claims are resolved in the best and quickest possible manner. Please remember that you are more likely to be refunded if you inform us about the issues you encountered.”

 

The text above is indicative and you might need to adapt it to your business.

 

Now you can enjoy a healthier Paypal account and, hence, a healthier business. You’ll be surprised with the number of emails you’ll receive.

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How to find potential winning products for your Dropshipping business

Have you decided to start your Dropshipping business but confused what products you should choose to sell, especially if you are new to Dropshipping and don’t have the funds that will allow you to invest in high-priced software tools?

The best solution you need to make a final decision on what products to launch is to spend some time on doing product research, but keep in mind that it is extremely important that your research ends with a good product-market fit to maximize sales.

To help you with your research and make your job easier we’ll help explain the following areas to help and guide you on your journey:

  • What makes a winning product?

  • Why is it essential to conduct product research?

  • How do you best conduct product research?

  • Drophippo’s Special tips to always find winning products

 

What makes a winning product?

Traditionally large retail stores spend huge amounts on research specialists to help them understand their customer and have large, dedicated budgets at their disposal . It’s undeniable that this way of doing business had positive results in the vast majority of cases, but it didn’t prevent in so many others from over-evaluating or under-evaluating the real value of a product.

Nowadays, thanks to technology and the internet, turning ideas into marketable products or services has become accessible and affordable to everyone no matter how small your budget is. So, what makes a marketable and winning product?

Understanding how the product you want to sell will benefit your potential customer should be at the heart of your concerns. In fact, it needs to meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Having distinctive attributes: the product you choose to sell needs to attract attention with unique features.

  • Suggesting a product that would appeal to more potential customers.

  • Proposing a solution to a problem. Selling a product that solves an issue always leads to good results.

  • Selling a high demanded product at a cheaper price. Reducing your costs increases your chances of having a winning product.

  • Being easy-to-use: if the user guide of your product is complicated to understand and follow, try instructional video ads instead.

  • Making noticeable changes: the customer should notice the impact of using your product and see the difference its use makes, don’t be scared to explain the benefits to them.

  • Offering the same product as competition but with more functions.

  • Having actual customers’ testimonials on your sales page will strengthen your sites credibility.

 

Why is it essential to conduct product research?

Before publishing any product on your store, it is essential that you conduct research to answer these questions:

  • Does the product have chances to be successful?

  • What is the best strategy you can use to sell it?

Besides, proceeding to product research helps with evaluating your idea, identifying potential issues and making sure the possibilities the product offers meet your customers’ needs. In fact, it is the only way you can avoid costly mistakes and find the right process to adopt that will set you apart from competition and at the same time meet your customers needs.

 

How do you best conduct product research?

The first phase of your product research is a preparatory phase and it should be conducted in line with the following criteria:

  • Look for items that are durable and easy to ship. Avoid oversized, perishable and fragile products.

  • Make sure the product you think of is available in your dropshipper’s warehouse.

  • The price should be set in a manner that prevents your business from profitability problems and costly expenses. In other words, think of a product that is neither too cheap nor too expensive.

When it comes to the second phase, the in-depth one, the first question that comes to mind is: how to identify the best niche?

As a first step, think of having a look at Amazon and Aliexpress best-selling products, even if you’re not using the latter as a supplier as it will help you to choose the niche that is more likely to generate sales, or confirm it if it’s already saturated. Clicking on the product page will bring more information about how the item is doing as far as orders and customer reviews are concerned.

Your research can also be done straight into stores that offer items from the same niche as the one you’re thinking of on Shopify. Tap “.myshopify.com + your niche” in Google and you are redirected to your potential competitors stores.

While looking through items that are best-selling, you also identify your potential competitors and thus have access to valuable information about their offerings and how they communicate about their items. In other words, it’s possible for you to spy on them and all you need to do to get all the information you need about them is to ask Google. Even better, if you’d like to go further, you might shop secretly from their stores to know what behavior they have towards their customers after the purchase has been completed. This will also open up their email marketing to you too!

Social Media can also help you limit the choices you have and you can uncover trending products thanks to Hashtags. Use https://www.hashtagsforlikes.co/ to search for trending hashtags in the industry or niche that you’re interested in. Then you can look for posts using the hashtags you found in different social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram etc. Think also of checking out groups and pages in Facebook for insights about what interests your potential audience, focus on the ones with posts generating a lot of engagement and don’t forget to keep the hashtags you used for your research to reuse them for your marketing campaigns.

While doing your research on Instagram, look also for influencers in the niche you’re interested in and see how they market the items and how the audience is reacting to their posts.

Pinterest can also be a good place to source insights. Use keywords to search for pins and look at the comments users left about them. You’ll need to use keywords because otherwise the result of your research will only be in the interest areas you have chosen in the beginning.

 

Drophippo’s special tips to always find winning products

Drophippo was created by former Dropshippers who went through almost every method and apps related to product research, and here are the three tools we find to be essential that will help you to find winning products:

  • Google trends: Google trends is an online free tool that was created by Google to allow users to see how many times a keyword has been researched over a determined period. Dropshippers use it to evaluate a product’s evolution and see if its popularity is rising or decreasing. It is an easy-to-use tool as all you need to do is to type the search term, the name of your niche, and interpret the results that come out in the form of graphs and maps. The shape of the graphs gives you an idea about the evolution of users’ research for your chosen niche and the maps will guide you to your potential markets.

  • Alishark: Alishark is a great spy tool for any Dropshipper who would like to quickly find a winning product to promote, at a good price. It’s quick and easy-to-use, the data it brings is reliable and comes from different sources and the tool offers good customer support and is regularly updated. To use it, type your product idea into the search bar, then use the filter feature to adjust the results according to your criteria. You’ll need by then to track the results (likes, sales statistics, shares…) before checking details about the item, including the price, on Aliexpress page. By the end of your research, you can upload the item to your Shopify store if the results suit you.

  • EcomHunt: This is another tool that will help you save time you would spend on researching for winning products and will let you focus on things that matter more for your Dropshipping business. It updates all its data, including winning products, profit, links, engagements, analytics, Facebook ads etc on a daily basis and all the job is done by experts. Thanks to its features, the tool allows its users to immediately start selling items they choose on their stores.

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New Entrepreneur’s Guide to Dropshipping

Dropshipping is certainly a term you have heard of as you are looking for ideas to create your own online business. If you are curious to know more about this popular business model, read on and find between the lines of this article the answers to the following questions:
  • What is dropshipping?
  • Is dropshipping beneficial as a business?
  • Why Drophippo is the dropshipper you need to opt for?
  • How to integrate Drophippo?
  • Extra tips for beginners

 

What’s dropshipping?

Running a store without having to hold an inventory is now possible thanks to dropshipping business model. In fact, it is a process that allows vendors to ship their products directly to their clients from the warehouse of a third-party supplier. In other words, as a vendor, you will never need to package, store or ship the products you sell.
The schemes bellow explain more the difference between a normal business model and the dropshipping one:
Thus, starting a dropshipping business with limited funds is feasable as you, as a vendor, don’t need to handle and stock goods you sell. However, it is not a process you can opt for to quickly get rich. To build a successful business, you need to use dropshipping  in the right way and follow the different tips you will find in this guide.

 

Is dropshipping beneficial as a business?

As mentioned before, dropshipping is about running a store without having to carry an inventory and that is the first benefit that this business model has, freeing the business from costs that are related to orders’ preparation, packaging and shipping processes and allowing your business to reach areas where it is practically impossible to ship because of your location’s limitation. Thus, your business can be based anywhere and you still can reach customers all over the world.
Moreover, you only need a website to start your business. Costs linked to holding a retail location are not needed, your products offer can be wider than it would be if you had to store goods you buy to resell, and selling items that are difficult to store, such as perishable products or large ones, is easier.
Another benefit of dropshipping is that it helps preventing logistical problems. Headaches that are linked to shortages or overstocks are no more of your business, and you are not exposed to the risks of changing trends that cause some items to unexpectedly fall out of favor.
Finally, the most important benefit of dropshipping business model is that you only have to buy products when your customers do. This brings the front costs of your business to zero as you neither have to invest your resources on buying a large number of items to benefit from the wholesale pricing, nor you have to pay for their storage.

 

Why Drophippo is the dropshipper you need to opt for?

First of all, Drophippo doesn’t order from Aliexpress, sources directly from suppliers and checks their items’ quality in accordance with its standards to ensure your customers’ satisfaction.
Moreover, when using Drophippo, you only deal with one supplier who understands your needs and pain points, and who really cares about your business and its success as it is run by former dropshippers who have been through all dropshipping issues during several years.
In addition to that, Drophippo collaborators are available 7 days a week in chat you can find within Drophippo app (fully free to use) and who you can easily reach for your claims in case of damages. Drophippo assumes its responsibilities and unquestionably replaces or refunds in such cases. All you need to do is to send a picture of the damaged item. Also, your invoices are downloadable from the app and providing documentation for your end of year taxes or any other payment is easy.
Another reason Drophippo is the business partner you need is that they have a fulfilment center in the USA from where American customers are shipped using Fedex or USPS tracking. Hence, your customers are comforted as they won’t need to deal with Chinese tracking sites knowing that their orders are in the safe hands of reputable companies with names they recognize and trust. Having a fulfilment center in the USA also allowed Drophippo to reduce time delivery takes. In fact, items are shipped the next working day from the day of orders and customers receive them in few days later. The longest time delivery might take at the very most is two weeks, this only happens if the ordered items are not available in the USA fulfilment center and are sourced from China. In case of scaling a product, Drophippo holds stock for you within the USA fulfilment center for free, who else can do that?
Orders from the rest of the world are likely shipped from China but only from a trustworthy distribution center that ensures fast track shipping to your customers’ countries. Items are then surely dispatched fast as their working relationship with the postal service is excellent.
You can discover many more advantages that Drophippo has by trying it yourself. The app takes control of sourcing, dispatching and updating tracking as soon as the items are delivered. All you need to do is to pay for your orders and focus on your sales campaigns.

 

How to integrate Drophippo?

Watch the videos below to learn more about Drophippo and how to integrate it.

 

 

Extra tips for beginners

As a beginner, you can follow the tips bellow to walk steadily towards success in your dropshipping business:
  • Make sure the products you choose to sell are passion products. This is the first thing to think about as it may either drive your business to success or to failure. In fact, people are more likely to buy items related to activities they are passionate about, and their passion will certainly lead to a considerable raise in sales and customer loyalty.
  • Think of logistics before you choose the items you’ll sell and keep in mind the risks that dropshipping business can cause when shipping. Light and durable goods are always a good idea, on the contrary of heavy and perishable ones.
  • Make a good presentation of your items as they’re likely to be sold by other vendors. Generic descriptions are not recommended as they are likely to have negative impact on your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and thus on your sales.
  • Start your business with Drophippo and benefit from all the advantages it offers (explained above).
Maintain a good vendor-dropshipper relationship. Your dropshipper is your business partner and you need to build a relationship that is based on good communication, trust and mutual respect in order for both of you to achieve satisfying results as far as sales are concerned.