As an online merchant, you are constantly looking for ways to expand your business, build your customer base and earn more sales. There are a lot of e-commerce marketplaces out there vying for your attention; some that may not be worth a look, but a few that most definitely are, such as the Buy.com Marketplace and the Marketplace at Sears.com.
You sell on eBay.com, you sell on Amazon.com, so why should you sell on either Sears.com or Buy.com? Easy, it will open your business to millions of new customers across the country, and around the world. Sears.com is the 3rd largest online mass merchant, receiving over 25 million unique visitors a month. Over 35 million products reside on the pages of Sears’ website, and nearly 20% of all units sold are driven by the Marketplace at Sears.com. Buy.com has grown into one of the largest, solely virtual, e-commerce megastores, with the Buy.com Marketplace offering over 11 million items from it’s tens of thousands of sellers.
Selling on either the Marketplace at Sears.com or Buy.com will provide you with yet another way to reach highly relevant customers. Customers in a different demographic. Customers with different buying habits. Customers that might not have known your company and products existed otherwise. In this regard, both marketplaces offer some great features to get your name and product out there. The Buy.com Marketplace allows it’s sellers to create, essentially, what are mini-webstores within the Buy.com site. The seller’s branding is visible throughout the purchasing process, as well as offering chances to participate in on-site merchandising. In fact, visit the Buy.com homepage and you will regularly see a varied group of Buy.com Marketplace sellers promoted in a large rotating banner. This is Buy’s “Buy from People, Not the Internet” promotion. This is an incredible and personal way to be featured on the e-commerce giant’s website, and a glimpse at the way Buy.com wants to interact with it’s merchants – more as a partnership, than just a place to sell your wares. This is further exemplified by BuyTV, a nationally broadcast weekly TV show featuring product reviews, merchant interviews and Buy.com news. Even here, the seller is king, with merchants being allowed to produce their own product reviews and segments, further solidifying Buy.com’s commitment to promoting its sellers above even the Buy.com brand. Get a spot on Buy.com’s homepage and a Spotlight segment on BuyTV, promote your brand and you’re sure to see the orders start flowing in.
The Marketplace at Sears.com also allows sellers to maintain their brand throughout the selling process; and often feature their Marketplace sellers on email marketing campaigns and in promotions on the website homepage. But perhaps one of the greatest assets of selling your products at the Marketplace at Sears.com is the Sears name itself. It has long been an iconic American brand, well known for quality products and good service. If a shopper is loyal to the Sears brand, they are going to come back to the Sears website again and again, and you can take advantage of that loyalty. We all know how problematic a bad review can be, so why not go that extra step of associating yourself with a company millions of shoppers already trust and bypass any issues of secure online checkout or a less than stellar customer experience? As a merchant with the Marketplace at Sears.com, you are even eligible for the Fulfillment by Sears.com program. Sears will do all the post-sale processing for you: they store your inventory, and when an order comes in, they pick, pack, process, and ship for you. Customers even have the option of picking up their order from you in their local Sears brick-and-mortar retail store. Now, with all that assistance available from your Marketplace, you know it couldn’t be easier to start selling online; and to sell well.
So, you’re ready to start selling on Buy.com Marketplace or the Marketplace at Sears.com, or both! Great, getting started couldn’t be easier. Visit the Marketplace at Sears.com, quickly register as a merchant, upload your item catalog, and you’re ready to start selling. Buy.com Marketplace is just as easy: sign up, prepare your inventory and you’re online. Of course, there are fees and terms and conditions and other items to consider before you can start selling and shipping, but you can get all of your questions answered directly by the great support teams at Buy.com and Sears.com.
So, go ahead, expand your selling options, gain new customers, and take advantage of what the Buy.com Marketplace and the Marketplace at Sears.com have to offer to you as a merchant. When your sales take off, you’ll be happy you did.
Louisa Meeks has worked in e-commerce and marketing for nearly a decade. She currently coordinates the marketing efforts of Z-Firm LLC, a software developer which publishes ShipRush, an integrated shipping solution for e-commerce merchants. ShipRush is an easy-to-use, time-saving software solution that eliminates the need to re-key or copy and paste during the shipping label generation process. ShipRush automatically imports addresses from accounting and contact applications, exports tracking numbers to databases, sends customers email notifications with tracking numbers and more. You can learn more about ShipRush here: http://stamps.shiprush.com/