Rock Your Brand Podcast

How are you progressing with your ecommerce business? Are you hitting all of your target goals are do you find yourself lagging behind? Scott’s here to help sellers like you answer some questions and get you headed in the right direction, it’s time for another session of Ask Scott! On this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he shares his thought of the week, an answer to a question about Facebook Messenger chatbots, and much more. Have pen and paper ready; you don’t want to miss a minute of this helpful episode of The Amazing Seller!

Be intentional with your time.

Recently Scott attended an event featuring author and business leader, Jeff Walker. At the event, Jeff spelled out some helpful insights to encourage leaders in their journey. These lessons from Jeff have been bouncing around in Scott’s head all week, and he really wanted to get them to the TAS community so here they are.

  1. Know what you want.
  2. Plan out the steps to get there.
  3. Schedule time to work on those steps.
  4. Be intentional with your time.

Which one of Jeff’s insights resonates the most with you? Are you ready to take action? Tune into this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott expands on these insights from Jeff and much more!

Should you use Facebook Messenger chatbots?

Let’s face it, as a business leader, shiny objects are a huge problem, aren’t they? You start to see a peers business take off because they did this “One thing” and now you want to divert your attention to try and get the same results. The problem is, just because it worked for them it doesn’t mean it will work for you! Listen to Scott’s advice and avoid shiny objects - that doesn’t mean you can’t use new tools like Facebook Messenger chatbots, but it does mean that you need to make sure you are sticking to your plan! To hear Scott expand on this important topic and more, listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

How to use an email list effectively.

When it comes to utilizing a tool like an email list, the name of the game is cultivation. You’ve got to make sure you are delivering relevant and helpful content to your target audience who are staying subscribed to your email list. Think about how you would want someone to engage with you! Would you be likely to stay subscribed to an email list if all they did was ask you to buy their product? Probably not! But if they showed up and delivered value that was relevant to your interest with an occasional ask - you’d probably stick around. Hear more about Scott’s approach to cultivating and utilizing an email list by listening to this episode!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [3:45] Scott’s thought of the week.
  • [8:45] Question: Facebook Messenger Chat Bots or Email List Marketing?
  • [14:00] Why email marketing is NOT dead.
  • [21:00] How to use an email list effectively.
  • [23:30] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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Do you ever struggle with staying on task and achieving your personal and professional goals? Have you tried to find solutions only to end up frustrated and at the end of your rope? If so, you aren’t alone! On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he sits down with Joel Bower. In his conversation with Scott, Joel talks about the practices that have helped him be more productive, challenges he has faced along the way, how to avoid burnout, and much more. Have pen and paper ready; you don’t want to miss a minute of this helpful episode!

Do you know your “Why?”

What is the number one reason you are building your ecommerce business? Do you want to spend more time with your family? Are you trying to get out of that dead-end job you hate? Whatever the reason is, you’ve got to have it front and center in your mind, and it’s got to be something that will sustain you when things get tough - because they will! To hear more about identifying your “Why” and making sure you stay laser-focused on it, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller with Scott and Joel!

Start racking up the wins.

Let’s face it; no one likes incremental change - especially when they’ve decided that where they are is no longer a good place to be. When the house is burning, it doesn’t feel like progress to go from the kitchen to the living room; it only feels like progress when you are out of the burning building! The truth is, if you want to make big changes in your life, you’ve got to be willing to make small changes that add up. You can’t go from no business to a thriving business overnight; it takes work and a ton of small steps. What small wins are you celebrating this week? Chime in and let the TAS crew know by visiting the link in the resources section at the end of this post!

How to avoid burnout.

Building something from scratch is no small feat - from business to buildings, slow and steady wins the race. Part of the process of building something from nothing is learning along the way, pausing to get advice, and taking time to evaluate your direction. If business leaders just ploughed through and built whatever they wanted to build without pausing for rest and reflection, the result would be something that collapses before too long. Don’t let that happen to you and your business! You can avoid burnout by taking the time to zero in on your “Why,” reflecting on your progress, and surrounding yourself with people who are rooting for you. Are you part of the TAS community on Facebook? Have you booked your ticket to Brand Accelerator Live? What are you waiting for? Discover more helpful insights from Scott and Joel as they discuss burnout and much more on this episode of The Amazing Seller!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [2:00] Why you need to attend Brand Accelerator Live.
  • [4:00] If you struggle with productivity, you aren’t alone!
  • [6:00] Do you know your “Why?”
  • [14:00] Scott explains how he decided to start his own business.
  • [16:20] Start racking up the “Wins.”
  • [20:45] How to start moving in the right direction.
  • [24:30] Scott recaps the productivity tips covered so far.
  • [31:00] How to avoid burnout.
  • [40:00] Closing thoughts from Scott and Joel.

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What does it take to build a business from scratch? Is it even possible to start something from nothing or do you need to have some idea of where you will start from? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he interviews David Young. In his conversation with Scott, David explains why he left the FBI to start his own business, how he made a pivot in his business, challenges he has faced along the way, and much more. You don’t want to miss a minute of David’s fascinating story - catch it all here on this episode!

You don’t need to be an expert!

The common conception of most ecommerce sellers is that they studied ecommerce and went into the industry knowing all the ins and outs, that couldn’t be further from the truth! Most ecommerce sellers went into business not because it was the smartest idea but because it was the one that made the most sense. Which side do you land on? Are you an expert or someone who was in the right place at the right time? Whatever your background, you can make it work, you don’t have to be an expert. To hear how one seller built their career from nothing, make sure to check out this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Don’t be afraid to make a pivot.

Have you ever started down a path only to find that you should have taken another route? If so, you aren’t alone! Too often business leaders will start a business and then get too afraid to make a change even though everyone around them would tell them otherwise! Don’t let that happen to you, make sure you have people in your corner who will tell you what you need to hear, not just what you want to hear. Find out more about what it takes to make a pivot in your business by listening to this helpful episode of The Amazing Seller - you don’t want to miss it!

Why giveaway offers work so well.

Did you know that one of the best ways to connect with your target audience is to run a giveaway contest? It’s true! You might think that giveaway contests aren’t as effective as you thought, but you’d be wrong. Time and time again, Scott and his team have found that giveaway contests, when done right, are the most effective tools you can use to grow your customer base and your brand’s reach. So what are you waiting for? Learn more about how to run a successful giveaway from Scott and his guest, David Young by listening to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Make sure to use digital products.

If you wanted to make quick cash with your ecommerce business, what would you do? Would you run giveaways or deep discounts or something else? According to Scott one of the best ways to take your business to the next level is to offer digital products that will help your audience. Does it sound too good to be true? It doesn't have to! Learn how your ecommerce business can take advantage of digital products by listening to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [5:00] David Young joins Scott to talk about his business building journey.
  • [7:30] David shares his career background.
  • [14:30] What led David to consider building a business online?
  • [20:50] David talks about why he made a pivot with his business.
  • [25:50] Experimenting with a giveaway offer to build an email list.
  • [36:00] David explains the strategy to grow his brand.
  • [43:00] Why digital products are so valuable.
  • [48:50] David shares some SEO tips he recently received.
  • [54:30] A content creation angle from David.
  • [58:30] How to connect with David.
  • [1:00:30] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

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Are you fired up and ready to take on the weekend or are you hoping to get some much-needed rest? If you want a little push in the right direction with insights and advice you can use to advance your ecommerce business, you’ve come to the right place! It is time for another session of Ask Scott here on The Amazing Seller. On this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he shares his thought of the week, an answer to a question from a TAS follower like you, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this helpful and engaging episode!

Focus on finding a solution.

Let’s face it; people are more likely to focus on problems rather than solutions - that’s just human nature. But where does only focusing on problems get you? Down in the dumps! Yes, you are allowed to get upset and frustrated when things don’t go your way, but you can’t stay there if you want to be successful. Leaders who are ready to take their business to the next level give themselves space to get angry and then they pivot to find a solution. Tune into this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott expands on this valuable lesson!

Create your own bundles.

As an ecommerce seller, you need every trick, tip, and tool in your toolbox if you have any hope to beat the competition. Did you know that one of the best tools you have is an easy option to bundle your products or variations? It’s true! Why not manually package a few of your products and variations and list them to see how they perform - what do you have to lose? Get the full run down from Scott on what it will take to make this experiment work by listening to this informative episode of The Amazing Seller - you don’t want to miss it!

Brand Accelerator Live!

When was the last time you were really encouraged on your entrepreneurial journey? It doesn’t happen too often, does it? If you find yourself struggling to stay focused and positive - you aren’t alone! Why not take the time to invest in your growth as a leader and connect with like-minded leaders? Scott has poured a ton of time and energy into Septemeber’s Brand Accelerator Live event. He’s attended a ton of ecommerce events, and he wants this one to stand out from all the rest. Learn more about what will be featured and how to get a great price by visiting the link to the event in the resources section at the end of this post.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [2:00] Scott’s thought of the week, focus on the solution.
  • [4:45] Question: How and can I create bundles on Amazon and be profitable?
  • [9:00] Why you should try a test bundle.
  • [15:00] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

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Let’s face it; this ecommerce game is not for the faint of heart. As you’ve been busy building your ecommerce business or taking steps to start - you’ve likely realized that it's going to take a lot of work. That’s true - but all of the hard work is worth it! On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he explains his mindset and how he stays in the game even when things get difficult. If you want to know how to endure the challenges that will come your way, this is the episode for you!

Get mad, then get to work on a solution.

One of the toughest aspects of running your own small business is having to deal with the crap when it hits the fan. When you are the boss, the buck stops with you! So what do you do when you run into a significant challenge? According to Ryan Lee from Rewind Bars, the best solution is to let yourself get mad for a few minutes and then take that energy and use it to find an answer to your problem. While Ryan’s approach isn’t easy - it is practical. Learn more about this critical topic by listening to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

You’ve got to dig deep!

If you have any hope for your ecommerce business to go the distance, you’ve got to be prepared to dig deep! When things get tough, and adversity rears its ugly head you need to have already decided that you’ll do what it takes to see the challenge through. If you think that your business won’t face any challenges, you are fooling yourself! Scott doesn’t sugarcoat the entrepreneurial journey - he’s prepared to share it all with you, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Don’t miss this episode of The Amazing Seller to learn more!

Who is in your corner?

Our society often looks at entrepreneurs as these mythical figures who pop up out of nowhere to enjoy instant success - has that been your experience? If you are anything like Scott, your answer is a resounding, “No!” So how does an entrepreneur get their business off of the ground? The answer is, it takes a lot of hard work and support - you need both! Hard work will get you far but if you surround yourself with people who aren’t supportive it’s like tying one hand behind your back. Do you have like-minded and supportive people in your corner? Tune into this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott expands on this important subject!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [2:45] Why you need to have like-minded people in your corner.
  • [5:15] Scott talks about an issue he ran into with the TAS website.
  • [14:15] When things go wrong, let yourself get mad then find a solution!
  • [16:30] How an email list can help you in a pinch.
  • [21:30] You’ve got to dig deep!
  • [24:00] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

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If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long, you know that Scott loves to share his thoughts and viewpoints on life and to build a business. Lately, he’s been having these “Real Talk” sessions where he explains his perspective in a very matter of fact way. Good news! It’s time for another Real Talk session with Scott! On this episode, you’ll hear Scott stress the value of creating your own goals and avoiding the comparison trap. Have pen and paper ready; you don’t want to miss a minute of this helpful episode!

Chunk it down.

Do you ever find yourself wondering if you’ll ever really make it to the level of success you’ve been dreaming about? Does it seem like all the stars would have to align for your business to get off of the ground? While it’s no small feat to start a business from scratch, the truth is, it can be done! If you find yourself overwhelmed by the big goal, do what Scott teaches - chunk it down! Break up the steps you need to succeed in small tangible goals that you can measure along the way. To hear more about setting goals and achieving them, make sure to catch this episode!

Watch out for the comparison trap!

Did you know that one of the biggest enemies of success is getting stuck in the comparison trap? It’s true! Time and time again good business leaders get sidetracked from their ultimate goal because they were too busy paying attention to the grass on the other side of the fence. By all means, learn from successful leaders like Scott but don’t measure your progress based on what they’ve achieved. Tune into this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott expands on this important lesson!

TAS tools to help you succeed.

It can be so frustrating to have all the drive and desire to build a business, but you don’t have access to the tools you need to succeed. Years ago when Scott first got started in the ecommerce industry he didn’t have a community like TAS that he could learn from so he started documenting the process and invited people like you along for the ride. Now, Scott has the resources and the experience to help sellers reach the level of success he’s enjoyed. If you are ready to put in the time and learn what you need to do for your business to thrive - make sure to check out Scott’s, “Ecommerce Business Formula” ebook and the Brand Accelerator Live event. These tools were created with you in mind - you can find more details by visiting the links in the resources section at the end of this post.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [7:00] Scott breaks down some success numbers.
  • [12:00] How passive income and external traffic can help sustain your business.
  • [16:00] There is no one size fits all solution.
  • [18:00] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Are you fired up and ready to push the envelope in your ecommerce business? What is keeping you fired up and on the attack? If you find yourself a little sluggish and struggling to muster up the drive to keep going, you’ve come to the right place! It is time for another session of Ask Scott here on The Amazing Seller! On this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he shares his thought of the week, an answer to a question from a TAS follower like you, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this helpful episode featuring Scott’s valuable perspective!

Surround yourself with like minded people!

Have you ever walked into a room and felt your attitude and energy just change like someone flipped a light switch on or off? You know the feeling when you go into a room with happy people, and you soon find yourself feeling happy, or you walk into a room with angry people, and you feel automatically on edge? The fact of the matter is, who you surround yourself with daily matters! Are the people in your life supportive and encouraging or are they a drain? If you have any hope for long term success in your business, you’ve got to have like-minded people in your corner rooting for you. To hear more about this critical topic, make sure to listen to this episode!

Scott’s tips for making the most of an event.

Have you made an effort to travel to an ecommerce event yet? What is holding you back? If you have attended one, what did you like about it? Many business leaders are rightly hesitant to put in the time and energy necessary to attend an event, are they even worth it? Scott knows this feeling all too well, and he’s put together a few tips to help leaders like you get the most out of attending an event.

  1. Be open to learning from new perspectives.
  2. Network with people at the event.
  3. Take notes!
  4. Stay at the hotel where the event is hosted.

Don’t go to an event without any preparation! If you want to get the most value out of your time, pay attention to these tips from Scott. To hear Scott expand on each of these tips, make sure to listen to this informative episode of The Amazing Seller!

How Brand Accelerator Live will be different.

Do you ever feel like if you’ve been to one ecommerce event that you’ve been to all of them? If you’ve felt that way, good news - you're not alone! Scott has been to some awesome events and some terrible ones over the course of his career. Now he’s leveraging all those experiences to bring sellers like you an event that is a cut above all the rest. At Brand Accelerator Live, you can expect an environment built from the ground up with your experience in mind. You’ll get practical tools and resources you can use to get your ecommerce business to the next level of growth. To learn more about what sets Brand Accelerator Live apart from all the other events, make sure to check out the link located in the resources section!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [5:30] Scott’s thought of the week; surround yourself with like-minded people.
  • [13:00] Question: What events should I attend to grow my business?
  • [18:40] The event you should attend.
  • [20:50] The pros of attending an event.
  • [26:30] A few cons of attending events.
  • [29:45] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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What would it mean for your ecommerce business if you had over 1,000 new subscribers to your email list before the end of next month? Does that sound too good to be true? It’s not! On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he reveals his seven steps to get 1,000 new subscribers to your email list. This is your chance to learn from an industry leader and the strategies he has used to succeed, what are you waiting for? Have pen and paper ready; you don’t want to miss a minute of this helpful episode!

7 steps to build your email list

If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long, you know that Scott is constantly looking for ways to help sellers like you build an email list. Scott isn’t putting in all of this effort into creating resources based on theory alone - he’s seen it work! Here are Scott’s seven steps to build an email list.

  1. Identify your market.
  2. Find out where your market spends their time (online.)
  3. What is your target market buying?
  4. Create a giveaway contest.
  5. Set up an auto-responder.
  6. Drive traffic.
  7. Follow up!

Where do you need to start on the seven steps? Are you at the beginning with #1 or have you made your way, half-way to #4? To get the full rundown on each of Scott’s seven steps, make sure to check out this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Know your audience!

If you had to describe your target audience right now, could you? It might sound like a silly exercise, but it’s vital to the success of your business! Too often ecommerce leaders try to go big and make a splash with their marketing efforts only to find that they spend time and money reaching the wrong audience. Don’t let that happen to you! Make sure you know how to target and vet the right people for your brand by listening to this helpful episode of The Amazing Seller!

Make sure to follow up.

Don’t you hate it when you send an email or a text, and you never get a reply back? Any business that operates like that is designed to fail! What are you doing to make sure your ecommerce business is prepared to follow up and nurture a relationship with your customers? An easy way to look more professional and polished than you might be is to focus on providing consistent follow up with your customers. To hear what Scott does to drive this message home in his business, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Catch the Early Bird Special!

As a business leader, you know how important it is to know exactly how much money is coming in and how much is going out of your business. Why let an opportunity to get a significant discount on an event slip by? You could use those savings to reinvest in your brand! Make sure to check out the early bird pricing available for Scott’s Brand Accelerator Live event in September. It might sound like a safe distance away, but the truth is - it’s almost May! You can grab a ticket to the event by going to the link located in the resources section at the end of this post.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [4:15] Make sure to check out Brand Accelerator Live.
  • [9:10] Do you know who your market is? Have you niched down? Where do they hang out?
  • [14:20] Tips on creating a contest to get more folks interested.
  • [17:30] How an auto-responder can help your audience get connected.
  • [21:00] What it takes to drive traffic to your contest.
  • [26:30] Don’t forget about sending follow up emails!
  • [29:30] Scott recaps all 7 steps to build your email list to 1,000 subscribers in 14 days.
  • [36:40] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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Wouldn’t it be great to have passive income rolling into your bank account regularly? Of course! Is it really possible to leverage your email list and home base to bring in additional revenue? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he explains why email list building is so important, how to utilize a Facebook fan page, why you should attend Brand Accelerator Live, and much more. If you are ready to unleash the full potential of your ecommerce business, this is the episode for you!

Your most important asset.

What is the state of your email list? Do you have an email list big enough to drive traffic and sales for your ecommerce business? If not, you need to make expanding that list a top priority! As you build your business, remember what Scott always says, “Your email list is your most important asset.” If you find your brand is struggling to get the momentum you had hoped for, you might want to start investing in your email list. To hear more about this important topic, make sure to catch this helpful episode!

Know your audience!

Do you know your target audience inside and out? Where do they spend their time online? Are they more active on Facebook or Instagram? If you don’t know your audience, how do you expect to reach them? Scott has developed key practices that sellers like you can use to connect with and reach your audience. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the Ecom Business Formula book that Scott has created for TAS followers like you! Learn more about reaching your target audience on this episode of The Amazing Seller - you don’t want to miss it!

Brand Accelerator Live

As a small business owner, you are used to investing a ton of resources into your fledgeling business but have you done much to invest in your personal development? When was the last time you finished a business book or a course to help you improve your leadership skills? One of the best ways to hone your skills and pick up a few new ones is by attending a live event. These are the type of events that give you insights you might have never considered - so what are you waiting for? Grab your ticket to Brand Accelerator Live by checking out the link in the resources section below!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [5:20] Email list building REALLY works.
  • [9:20] Make sure to create a Facebook fan page and a homepage.
  • [14:00] Scott explains how they’ve been able to convert traffic to income.
  • [19:20] Do you know your audience?
  • [21:40] Action steps you can use.
  • [26:30] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:08pm EST

You made it through another week of building your ecommerce business or laying the groundwork, good job! Don’t pat yourself on the shoulder just yet; it’s time for another session of Ask Scott here on The Amazing Seller. On this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he shares his thought of the week, an answer to a question from a TAS follower like you, plans for the Brand Accelerator Live event in September, and much more. This is the episode you need to keep you headed in the right direction, don’t miss it!

Take care of your customers!

If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long, you know that one of Scott many soapbox issues is customer service. It’s gut check time, how are you doing when it comes to customer service? More importantly, how would your customers say you are doing in that area? If you don’t get this critical aspect of your ecommerce business right, you’ll never stand out from all the other brands on the marketplace. What are you waiting for? Put together a customer service plan for your business today! Here more about this topic from Scott by listening to this episode of The Amazing Seller.

Launch a product on Kickstarter?

Have you ever backed a project on Kickstarter? Just going to the site and browsing around can give even the least creative entrepreneur inspiration to become the next Thomas Eddison! What would it look like if you could leverage your brand to launch a successful product on Kickstarter or a similar crowdfunding platform? Thankfully, Pat Flynn over at Smart Passive Income has done just that! According to his experience and Scott’s assessment, launching a product by crowdfunding is a great way to get your product on the marketplace, but there are factors to consider. To get the full run down of his experience, make sure to check out the link to Pat’s podcast episode located in the resources section at the end of this post.

Brand Accelerator LIVE

Do you have all the tools you need to take your ecommerce business to the next level of growth? Sure, you could buy a few more books or take some courses online but imagine what it would be like to attend a live event with like-minded business leaders. Scott’s Brand Accelerator Live event was created with leaders like you in mind. It will feature sessions and workshops filled with material that you can use right away to improve your business. Make sure to check out the link to grab your ticket below!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [4:15] Scott’s thought of the week. Take care of your customers.
  • [6:50] Question: How and can I launch a product on Kickstarter?
  • [15:00] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST

What if there was a way to grow a brand by building a following of dedicated fans who catch your vision and message? Sounds too good to be true, right? It’s not! On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from someone who made it happen, Ryan Lee. In his conversation with Scott, Ryan explains how he dealt with setbacks in his business, what caused him to make a pivot, how to cultivate a following, why an email list is so important and much more. Don’t miss your chance to learn from Ryan’s fascinating perspective!

Is it time for your brand to pivot?

Many years ago when Apple was just a dream in the minds of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, do you think they’d ever had fathomed that their business would eventually be known for phones more than computers? Great business leaders don’t automatically forge ahead when things get tough; they consider what it might take to pivot their brand to get into a better market position. While he’s not quite to the level of fame and success as Steve Jobs, Ryan Lee has learned the power of making a pivot in business. To learn how his company, Rewind Bars made a critical pivot, make sure to listen to this powerful episode of The Amazing Seller!

Looking at setbacks as opportunities.

How do you deal with adversity? Do you tend to rise to the occasion or do you hold up and wait for the trouble to pass? Ryan Lee and his team had everything squared away and ready for Rewind bars to launch when they got some devastating news, their product would be delayed by two months. Did Ryan let this setback keep him down in the dumps? No! He got pissed off, took a breath, and then went to work on a solution. Ryan saw the delay not as some monumental failure but as an opportunity to continue developing and cultivating the relationship he had built with his audience. Take this moment to learn from Ryan’s story! Hear more by listening to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Don’t try to please everyone!

Think back to why you wanted to strike out on your own and start your business. Chances are, you’ve ventured out on your own because you want to make your mark on the marketplace. Too often, in the process, many business leaders get distracted, and they try chasing every sale they can get. You don’t want to do that! If you do, you’ll find yourself trying to please or appeal to everyone while never connecting with anyone! Face the facts, your product or service will only attract a certain segment of the population, and that’s OK. The market is big enough for you to build your business without appealing to every potential customer.

Why you should build an email list.

If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long, you know that Scott is very passionate about helping sellers like you build an email list. You might be convinced that this is just a “Scott thing” and not a great business strategy, but you’d be wrong! Ryan Lee is also convinced that building an email list and treating that list well is one of the smartest things you could do for your brand. So what are you waiting for? Listen to this episode for Ryan’s take on why sellers like you should devote time and resources to email list building; you don’t want to miss it!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [2:30] Scott welcomes his guest, Ryan Lee.
  • [4:00] Ryan gives an update on his brand, Rewind.
  • [6:15] How Ryan dealt with a significant setback with his product launch.
  • [13:30] Why you should be prepared to pivot in your business.
  • [18:30] You don’t know what you don’t know. Just jump in!
  • [21:15] Remember, you can’t please everyone.
  • [28:30] What is Ryan’s strategy for driving sales?
  • [33:45] Ryan stresses the value of building an email list.
  • [47:45] Connect with Ryan.
  • [49:30] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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Imagine if there was a way to sort through international suppliers without all the hassle and headache, wouldn’t that be nice? Good news! There’s a new tool on the marketplace! On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he welcomes returning guest, Greg Mercer. In his conversation with Scott, Greg talks about the new Jungle Scout tool the Supplier Database, how sellers like you can use this new tool, why you should vet your suppliers, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this fascinating episode!

What is the Supplier Database?

Let’s face it; finding the right supplier for your ecommerce business is not a fun task. Have you found the process a challenging one on your journey? Seeing many ecommerce sellers struggle with this process, Greg Mercer and the folks at Jungle Scout went to work creating a solution, the Supplier Database. The Supplier Database is the first-of-its-kind feature among Amazon selling tools, helping sellers find legitimate global suppliers used by the world’s best brands. To hear more about the Supplier Database right from the source, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Why it's a good idea to vet your suppliers.

Do you ever get nervous when you place an order even for a sample through a supplier overseas? With the rise of fraudulent activity, many sellers are nervous about sending money overseas. Have you found a good way to vet suppliers you want to work with or do you just cross your fingers and hope for the best? Thankfully, the folks at Jungle Scout have been hard at work creating solutions for sellers like you. Don’t leave it all up to guesswork, vet your suppliers! Learn more about why and how you can vet your suppliers from Jungle Scout’s Greg Mercer on this episode!

The difference between factories and trade companies.

Have you ever wondered how to tell the difference between factories and trade companies? What is it that reveals the difference between these two suppliers? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Jungle Scout’s Greg Mercer as he explains how to spot the difference. According to Greg, it all comes down to the line up of items that they offer. A trading company will have a wide range of different products (i.e. iPhone cases, shoes, sunglasses, etc.) while a factory will only feature a certain type of products (i.e. wood products). Get more helpful details on this important topic by listening to this episode!

Be willing to try something different!

Have you ever heard that old definition of insanity? “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Could that quote apply to you and your approach to building your ecommerce business? When was the last time you changed things up and tried a new strategy or tool? If you are unhappy with the results you’ve seen lately, try something different. Make sure to catch this episode of The Amazing Seller to get some fresh ideas that will help you take your business to the next level of growth!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [3:30] Scott welcomes back his guest, Greg Mercer.
  • [7:00] What advantage does the Supplier Database give sellers?
  • [12:40] Can’t my competitors use the Supplier Database against me?
  • [16:15] How you can use the Supplier Database to vet suppliers.
  • [20:20] Why it’s helpful to know the country of origin for your suppliers.
  • [22:30] How do you connect with a supplier that you find on the Supplier Database?
  • [25:30] The data that the Supplier Database gives sellers.
  • [30:45] Recognizing the difference between factories and trade companies.
  • [32:40] Closing thoughts from Greg and Scott.

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We are in the throws of Spring where everything is blooming, is your ecommerce business doing the same? Are you thinking about taking it to the next level of growth? If so, you are in luck! It is time for another session of Ask Scott here on The Amazing Seller. On this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he shares one of this thought of the week, answers a question from a TAS follower like you, and much more. Have pen and paper ready; you don’t want to miss a minute of this helpful episode!

Waiting sucks!

Remember when you were a kid, and you’d impatiently wait for Christmas day or your birthday? Do you ever get that impatient feeling when it comes to your ecommerce business? If you do, you aren’t alone! To this day, Scott finds himself impatient as they start and stop work on their lake house property. If you find yourself impatient, don’t let that get you down! You’ll get there, give yourself time to succeed, contrary to popular believe, success doesn’t happen overnight! To hear more about this important topic, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller.

Should you create a second brand?

What should you do if you are ready to expand your brand? Do you create a second brand through Amazon which will include new tax filings and separate bank accounts or is there another solution? According to Scott, the best option is to stay close to your original brand; you can branch out from it to an adjacent niche but not something completely different. If you take this approach, you can form a sub-brand. Go deeper with this subject, make sure to catch this engaging episode of The Amazing Seller!

Brand Accelerator Live

If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long, you’ve likely heard about the upcoming Brand Accelerator Live event in September. Do you have your ticket yet? This is going to be a wonderful event full of helpful resources and networking opportunities. While it might feel like Scott just announced this event yesterday, the truth is it is just around the corner! Remember this is an investment in your business, so see what you can do to find the funds, connect with your accountant if you have to! You don’t want to miss this informative and fun event!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [4:15] Make sure to grab your ticket for Brand Accelerator Live.
  • [7:50] Scott’s thought of the week; waiting sucks!
  • [15:00] Question: Should I create two Amazon Business Accounts?
  • [24:15] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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What will it take to get your ecommerce business in front of one million people? Do you have any idea how to make that happen? If you don’t, you are in the right place! On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he explains how they were able to reach one million people on Facebook for FREE. You read that right; it’s not a typo! Don’t put this episode on the back burner; this is one you can’t afford to miss. Have pen a paper ready; you are going to need it!

Make sure to put yourself out there!

If you want to reach one million people on Facebook like Scott’s brand did, you’ve got to be willing to put yourself out there. What does it look like to put yourself out there? Start creating content! You don’t have to have all the right equipment or the perfect message; you just have to start creating content. Don’t worry, you’ll learn and adapt your approach as you go, but you’ll never reach the people you want to reach if you don’t take a step into the unknown. Learn more about creating content by listening to this helpful episode of The Amazing Seller!

Be open to new partnerships.

Did you know that one of the best ways to increase your reach is by connecting with other brands and influencers? It’s true! If you can build up content and engagement for your brand, you’ll likely attract other brands as Scott did. If you think about it, it is similar to brands hiring a celebrity spokesperson. While it is smart to be cautious, be open to a mutually beneficial partnership that would help both brands. To hear what this type of partnership looks like, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller, you don’t want to miss it!

Don’t forget to build your email list.

If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long, you know that Scott is passionate about helping sellers like you realize their need to build an email list. Have you done it yet? If not, what are you waiting for? As your business grows and gets increasingly dependent on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and the rest to get your message out, what would happen if one of those channels fails? Would your revenue stream suffer a significant setback? What if you could turn to an asset like an email list to connect directly with your customers? You can! Learn more about the value of creating and maintaining robust engagement with your email list by listening to this episode of The Amazing Seller.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [3:50] Put yourself out there on the marketplace.
  • [7:50] How turning on Ads can help you bring in revenue.
  • [14:45] Five ways increased traffic grows your brand.
  • [17:45] Why you should check out the Ecom Business Formula Book.
  • [19:20] Build your email list!
  • [21:00] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

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If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long you know that Scott is passionate about helping sellers like you get more attention in your market, after all, attention is the new currency! On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he shares five ways to help you get more traffic and increase revenue in your business. Don’t leave it all up to guesswork or trial and error! Learn from Scott’s seasoned advice so you can hit the ground running by listening to this episode. You don’t want to miss it!

Can you use social media to promote your brand?

Maybe you’ve just started building your brand, or you’ve been doing it for a while, and you are ready to expand. Either way, you need to give serious thought to your social media engagement strategy. You cannot ignore this valuable tool to promote your brand and drive business! On this episode of The Amazing Seller, Scott walks through some helpful tips and how you can use this platform wisely. Make sure you have pen and paper ready for this episode!

Build an email list.

If you had a sure fire way to communicate with your customer base, roll out new promotions to spike your sales, and a test new product ideas, would you jump on board? Of course, you would! So how’s your email list strategy working out? While it’s not always perfect and there can be issues along the way, building an email list has proven time and time again to be one of the best ways to connect with your customers and drive sales. Hear more on this topic from Scott by listening to this episode!

Use YouTube to your advantage!

As an ecommerce seller, you’ve probably heard that video is a huge aspect of online branding these days. So what can seller like you do to utilize this popular tool to grow your business? Unfortunately, you can’t just create a good video, publish it on YouTube, and then expect the traffic to follow; it doesn't quite work that way. If you want your video to gain traction, you’ve got to prime it by sending people from your email list or Facebook group to the video and engage with it. To hear Scott explain all the ins and outs of getting your video the right amount of attention, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

How to connect with influencers.

Have you reached the point in building your business where you are looking into making connections with social media influencers to grow your brand exposure? What is your plan? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he touches his approach to connecting with social media influencers on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Connecting with an influencer can have a huge impact on the growth of your ecommerce business. To hear more details on this topic, make sure to listen to this episode!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [6:00] Why you need to build an email list.
  • [9:30] Create content for your audience.
  • [13:15] Use Facebook to grow your reach!
  • [19:20] How a YouTube channel can help you connect with your customers.
  • [21:30] Why you need robust social media engagement.
  • [24:00] Don’t forget about connecting with influencers!
  • [27:00] Scott recaps all five ways to get traffic.
  • [30:00] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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How are things looking with your ecommerce business? Have you been able to hit all the benchmarks and milestones you had hoped to hit at this point? If you want to get some solid advice on how to keep reaching your goals and building a business you can be proud of, you’ve come to the right place! It is time for another session fo Ask Scott here on The Amazing Seller. On this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he shares his thought of the week, an answer to a question from a TAS follower like you, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this engaging episode!

Stop and smell the roses

It sounds kind of cliche but, when was the last time to stopped to smell the roses? At the heart of the question is this, when was the last time you slowed down and just appreciated the beauty of life around you? Let’s face it. Life as an entrepreneur can be stressful! You need moments in your day where you can stop, look up from your computer screen or go for a walk. How do you stay grounded in reality? Tune into this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott explains how sellers like you can keep the important aspects of life a priority.

Why you need to diversify your income

If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long, you know that Scott is passionate about helping sellers like you diversify your channels, so your business isn’t dependent on just one. Did you know that principle applies to your personal income too? It’s true! Too often people get so focused on building their success and planning their future that they fail to set up sustainable financial plans. On this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he explains how he started to branch out and create assets like his lake house property. You don’t want to miss this helpful episode!

Learn the process!

Do you ever wonder how leaders like Scott have been able to build a sizeable platform like TAS? According to Scott, it all comes down to learning the process. Whether it’s building a photography business, selling projectors on Ebay, retail arbitrage, or building an ecommerce brand, Scott says the one constant has been his ability to learn the process. At the heart of all these ventures, Scott has been able to cut through the complexity to learn what makes a business tick and he wants you to do the same! Check out the Ecom Business Formula ebook to see what Scott’s process is all about; you can do that by clicking the link in the resources section.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [5:00] Scott shares his thought of the week.
  • [11:50] Question: What additional investments or business ventures are you doing?
  • [27:30] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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Where is the best place to go for sourcing new products? Sure you could hit up the usual suspects like Alibaba, or you could try a different group like Global Sources. On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he welcomes his guest, Meglah from Global Sources. In her conversation with Scott, Meglah talks about how she got started with Global Sources, what you need to know about sourcing your product, the difference between a trading company and a manufacturer, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this informative episode!

Sourcing your product.

Trying to figure out the sourcing piece of building your ecommerce business can be quite the hassle. Meglah is here to help cut through all the complexity and help sellers like you get a better understanding of what sourcing your product entails. Starting off, make a list of what your ideal supplier would offer. Once you’ve determined the parameters, it will make your search that much easier. If you just want to get test products and samples, your best bet is to connect with a trading company. To hear more about sourcing your product, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

The difference between a trading company and a manufacturer.

Do you ever get confused by the terms and the differences between various organizations like a manufacturer and a trading company? You are not alone! Thankfully, we’ve got Meglah here to help clear up some of the confusion. According to Meglah, a manufacturer has their own factories, and they specialize with one type of product like wood, metal, or plastic. Trading companies will often have several different types of products available, and they usually won’t help you modify a product. Learn more about the difference between these two types of suppliers by listening to this episode!

Why you should check out Global Sources.

Don’t get stuck using the same old names in product sourcing if you don’t have to! Branch out beyond Aliexpress and Alibaba and give Global Sources a shot. Global Sources has been in business for over 40 years. They have built a trustworthy B2B platform that serves buyers and suppliers online and offline. Global Sources has more than 1.5 million international buyers, including 94 of the world's top 100 retailers who use these services to obtain product and company information to help them source from overseas supply markets. You can learn more about Global Sources by checking out their website located in the resources section.

Make sure to do your homework!

Let’s face it, sourcing your product can be a complicated and scary process! After all, you are talking about sending funds overseas with the hope that you’ll get a shipment of product in return. Don’t take this step lightly; do your homework! If you still don’t feel comfortable after your research, reach out to folks like Meglah to see if they can help alleviate some of your fears. To learn more about the whole sourcing process, make sure to check out this helpful episode of The Amazing Seller!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [3:30] Meglah joins the podcast to talk about her work with Global Sources.
  • [7:00] What you need to know about sourcing your product.
  • [9:00] The difference between a trading company and a manufacturer.
  • [13:30] What makes Global Sources different than their competitors?
  • [16:45] How does Global Sources vet their manufacturers and suppliers?
  • [19:00] Meglah talks about the Global Sources process for getting product samples.
  • [24:30] Where are the suppliers featured by Global Sources located?
  • [29:40] Scott and Meglah take a look at the Global Sources website.
  • [32:30] What is the benefit of attending a trade show?
  • [38:00] How to connect with Meglah and Global Sources.

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Scott always tries to keep things down to earth and approachable but do you ever wish you could just shoot the breeze with him and get his unfiltered thoughts? If so, you are in luck! It is time for another Real Talk session with Scott and Scotty, this time from their hot tub. On this episode, you’ll hear the guys talk about a recent customer service experience, how Scotty is growing his basketball coaching business, what it takes to serve your market, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this helpful conversation between Scott and Scotty!

Don’t skimp on customer service!

When was the last time you had really terrible customer service? Unfortunately, those negative experiences tend to stand out in our minds way more than the positive ones. This is why you need to focus on delivering high-quality customer service each time you get a chance to interact with your customers or potential customers. The last thing you want your brand to be known for is poor customer service. On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott and Scotty as they share a helpful lesson about customer service that they experience, don’t miss it!

Focus on delivering value.

Did you know that you can gather followers who become fans of your brand just by showing up and delivering value for no charge? It’s true! Just think about how you came to be a fan of TAS, sure Scott has some products he offers, but you get so much great content for free! If you can find a way to create resources like a podcast or an ebook, you can leverage that resource to grow your following. To hear more about this effective strategy, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

How making connections can help your brand grow.

Some of the best ways to grow your brand won’t cost you any money. Seriously! Once you’ve created content for your brand, consider reaching out to other brands to partner with and cross promote. If you can deliver value to their audience and they can deliver value to your audience, it’s a win, win! What do you have to lose? Just reach out and make the ask, the worst thing that can happen is they ignore you or they say no. To hear how Scotty was able to make the right connections to grow his business, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Slow and steady wins the race.

If you’ve been part of the TAS community for very long, you know that Scott often talks about the value of adopting a slow and steady approach to building your brand. Sure, you could go out there and try to catch lightning in a bottle but why do that when you can follow a tried and tested approach? Look, it might not be sexy and popular, but Scott’s approach to brand building works! Learn more about brand building and the slow and steady approach from Scott by listening to this informative episode of The Amazing Seller!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [3:30] Scott and Scotty start the REAL TALK session in the hot tub.
  • [11:00] Why good customer service is so important.
  • [15:00] Scotty talks about his business training basketball players.
  • [18:45] Why networking in your target market can help you grow your business.
  • [23:00] Delivering value and supporting your market.
  • [28:40] Slow and steady wins the race.
  • [32:00] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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Are you fired up and ready to take your ecommerce business to the next level of growth? What are you waiting for? Would you like to get more information and best practices before you jump in with both feet? If so, you’ve come to the right place! It is time for another session of Ask Scott here on The Amazing Seller. On this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he shares his thought of the week, an answer to a question from a TAS follower like you, and much more. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Scott’s seasoned advice!

Slow and steady wins the race.

You’ve heard that old fable about the tortoise and the hare right? Of course the moral of the story is that the steady persistence of the tortoise is more valuable than the bluster and speed of the hare. Which character best represents your approach to building your ecommerce business? There are way too many hares out there and not enough tortoises! If your ecommerce business has any hope for long-term success, you’ve got to willing to put in the time and effort required. To hear more about the value of going slow and steady, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Content creation tips.

Do you find yourself struggling to come up with content ideas for your ecommerce business? Let’s face it, coming up with engaging content that will keep people coming back sounds like a huge task but in reality, it is easier than it sounds! Think about the type of content that draws you in as a customer, do you resonate with the polished and perfect messages or do you relate to a more authentic and down-to-earth approach? If your audience is the high-end beauty market, you’ll probably want a more polished approach, but if you are targeting rock climbers, you can be a little more barebones. Get more helpful tips on content creation from Scott by listening to this episode of The Amazing Seller; you don’t want to miss it!

Doing nothing isn’t an option!

If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long, you know that Scott doesn’t sugarcoat his message. He often explains that building an ecommerce business will be difficult and that you shouldn’t buy into success-overnight messages. While it will take hard work to build your business, that doesn’t mean that you should sit on your hands until the stars align (because they won’t)! You’ve got to be willing to take advantage of the time and resources you have at your disposal, don’t get hung up on what you don’t have. At the end of the day, doing nothing isn’t an option! Learn more about staying the course and building a successful ecommerce business on this episode!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [5:30] Scott’s thought of the week; slow and steady wins the race.
  • [8:30] Question: What is your advice for content creation?
  • [18:30] Doing nothing shouldn’t be an option!
  • [20:00] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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Have you ever thought of buying an existing ecommerce business as a starting point or to expand your current brand? Do you want to eventually sell the ecommerce business you are currently growing? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he breaks down the pros and cons of building your own business vs. buying an already established ecommerce business. If you’ve been wondering about the options for selling a business, this is the episode for you! Have pen and paper ready; you don’t want to miss a minute of this informative episode!

Why you should buy an existing ecommerce brand.

There are a ton of risks and challenges when it comes to purchasing an already established ecommerce brand but what about the positive aspects? According to Scott, there are many sellers out there who are putting in the time and effort to grow a brand with the intent to sell it. Here are the advantages of buying an existing ecommerce brand.

  • You get to shortcut the brand building process.
  • Instantly you get an established sales history.
  • You get a built out product suite with connections to suppliers.
  • You’ll have turnkey access to a website, email list, and social media channels.

To hear Scott expand on all the benefits of purchasing an established ecommerce brand, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

The drawbacks of buying an existing ecommerce brand.

If there were no drawbacks to purchasing an already established ecommerce brand, everyone would be doing it! The truth is, by opting for an established brand, you are paying for the hard work and labor someone else poured into the brand. Here are the negative aspects to consider when it comes to buying an ecommerce brand.

  • The purchase price is going to be high, likely $100,000 or more.
  • You are exposing yourself to risk. The money you use to purchase the brand is tied up.
  • The brand could hit a ceiling after you purchase it.
  • There could be elements of the brand that aren’t visible before purchase.

Make sure to catch this full episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott expands on these drawbacks and much more!

Look for ways to expand and grow the brand!

What is the best case scenario for purchasing an ecommerce brand? Ideally, you’ll find a brand for sale that is underpriced or underdeveloped but with a ton of potential. Sellers like you need to put in the time and do your homework, so you know how ecommerce brands operate. Once you’ve done your research, you’ll have a better idea of what to look for, and you’ll have a reasonable expectation on how to grow the brand. If you are inching closer to the idea of purchasing an ecommerce brand instead of building one from scratch, you need to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [4:45] The pros of buying an existing brand.
  • [13:20] Look for ways you can advance the brand you want to purchase.
  • [16:00] The cons of purchasing an established brand.
  • [21:00] Should you buy a stake in a brand to expand your brand?
  • [27:00] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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How do you attract external traffic to your website or product listing? If you really want to get your ecommerce business going, you’ve got to be an expert at driving traffic! On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he talks about how to attract traffic to your website, what it takes to create a digital product, why market research is so important, how to build a home base, and much more! This is the episode you need if you are prepared to go out there and grab attention for your brand, have pen and paper ready!

Scott’s approach to attracting external traffic.

Do you find yourself lost when it comes to getting traffic for your ecommerce business? Don’t waste your time guessing and stumbling around in the dark! On this episode of The Amazing Seller, Scott provides his time-tested approach for attracting external traffic.

  1. Focus on your niche market.
  2. Build an email list.
  3. Launch your product on Amazon.
  4. Publish content regularly on your blog and other channels.
  5. Turn on Ads and start collecting passive income from your hard earned traffic.

There you have it! Your excuses are gone, you’ve got a roadmap to start driving traffic to your website. To hear Scott expand on each aspect of his approach, make sure to listen to this helpful episode!

How to create a digital product.

If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long, you know that Scott is big on creating and marketing digital products as part of a robust brand growth strategy. Have you dabbled with digital products yet? Do they sound too complicated for you? They don’t have to be! Digital products are a great way to grow the depth of your brand and gain credibility in the eyes of your audience. If you are ready to put in the time to create a digital product, then make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Why you need a home base.

Did you notice a few days ago when most of the internet lost their collective minds when Facebook and Instagram were down for a couple of hours? If Amazon suddenly went down for most of the business day tomorrow, what would you do? Unfortunately, many ecommerce sellers have their entire brand wrapped up in and dependent on, Amazon. The best way to disaster-proof and future-proof your ecommerce business is to start building out your home base. To get the full scoop from Scott on this critical aspect of expanding your brand, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Don’t be afraid to try something new!

Let’s face it; building a brand is hard work! You will never get to where you want to be if you keep doing the things that kept you stuck, you’ve got to be willing to step out and try something new. Don’t let the fear of failure hold you back and keep you from the success you deserve! On this episode of The Amazing Seller, Scott gives some helpful insights and lessons that will prepare sellers like you to go out there put it all on the line. Get the help you need to make your goals and dreams a reality!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [3:30] How to validate digital products in your niche market.
  • [6:20] Scott’s process for attracting external traffic.
  • [13:00] What is an order bump?
  • [16:30] How do you create a digital product?
  • [24:00] Don’t jump the gun, do your market research!
  • [26:00] Why you need to build a home base.
  • [27:45] Where should you start?
  • [30:30] Scott talks about an experiment that he’s planning.
  • [33:30] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

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What is the status of your ecommerce business? Is everything going according to plan or are you struggling to gather the momentum you need to succeed? If you need some solid advice that you can put into practice, you’ve come the right place! It is time for another session of Ask Scott here on The Amazing Seller! On this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he shares his thought of the week, an answer to a question from a TAS follower like you, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this helpful and informative episode!

Fall in love with the process.

Let’s face it, work can be challenging, and it can be even more challenging when you hate to do the work you have to do. What is the solution? Do you quit and find a job you love or do you go into business for yourself? Even when you are self-employed, there will be things that you have to do that you don’t enjoy. What you need to do, according to Scott, is to fall in love with the process. When you fall in love with the process, it doesn’t matter what aspect of your business you are working on, the process of figuring it out and making it work is the point. To hear more from Scott about falling in love with the process, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Building a platform for success.

Scott often gets asked the question, “If you had to start all over again, what would you do?” As many of you know, Scott has been doing business online for over a decade, and his approach has evolved over the years. If he had to start over today, Scott says that he would focus on brand building. He would start with market research, niche down like crazy; then he’d begin creating content that would attract his target audience. Essentially, Scott would follow the exact path he lays out in his Ecom Business Formula ebook. Make sure to grab your copy of Scott’s ebook by checking out the link in the resources section at the end of this post!

Are you willing to put in the work?

Scott will be the last person to tell you that building an ecommerce business from the ground up is easy work, and that’s the point, building something worthwhile shouldn’t come easy! Where are you at with your commitment level? Are you all in or do you find yourself struggling to stay focused and motivated? Don’t buy the lie that you can build a brand with little effort. The effort required to build a sustainable business is great but so is the reward! Listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott encourages sellers like you stick it out, don’t miss it!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [5:00] Why you need to fall in love with the process.
  • [11:00] Question: If you're starting over from scratch, what are you going to do?
  • [20:00] Are you willing to do the work?
  • [23:00] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

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Building a thriving ecommerce business is hard work, wouldn’t it be nice if there was a relatively easy way to generate consistent passive income for your brand? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott and Chris. In their conversation, the guys talk about the success of their new brand, how they’ve used digital products, what an “Order bump” is, how to increase traffic to your site, what it takes to scale your brand, and much more. You don’t want to miss a minute of this valuable episode!

Should you create and sell digital products?

If you’ve been part of the TAS community for very long, you know that Scott and Chris have been working on a new ecommerce brand for the last twenty months. In that new brand that they created, Scott and Chris decided to see how successful they could be with selling a digital product. As it turns out, their efforts paid off! By creating, marketing, and selling their digital product, they’ve been able to generate over $1,500 in monthly passive income. To get the full scoop on how the guys were able to accomplish this feat, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Increasing traffic to your site.

As an ecommerce seller, you know that a great product either physical or digital is only as good as the traffic you get coming to your site or listing. What does it take to increase traffic to your brand’s website or listing? You need content! You can’t expect people to give you their attention if you don’t give them something worth sticking around for. What have you done to keep your audience engaged? Have you been able to build trust with your target audience? Make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott and Chris explain how sellers like you can increase traffic and expand your brand!

How to scale your brand.

If you want to see your ecommerce brand stand the test of time, you’ve got to become an expert at cultivating a connection with your audience. Too often sellers get excited about building their brand that they forget about how customers buy products! Think about how you made your last purchase, did you make the purchase because it was on sale or because you trusted the brand name? Let’s face it, people love to get a good deal on a decent product, but they stay loyal to a brand that they trust. Don’t you want to create a brand people can trust? To hear more about scaling your brand from Scott and Chris’ expert perspectives, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [2:15] Scott talks about the success they’ve had with the new brand.
  • [5:20] What is an “Order bump?”
  • [8:00] Chris talks about providing a one-time offer.
  • [10:10] How do you start driving traffic to your site?
  • [20:00] Scaling a brand requires grabbing your audience’s attention.
  • [24:10] Closing thoughts from Scott and Chris.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

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Did you know that there have been three significant updates from Amazon recently? It’s true! If you find yourself wondering what you missed or why these updates are important for you and your ecommerce business, you’ve come to the right place! On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott and Chris as they discuss Amazon Live, Amazon’s Voice of the Customer (VOC), the value of good customer service, the “Portfolios” addition to Amazon PPC, and much more. Make sure to have pen and paper ready; you don’t want to miss a minute of this helpful and informative episode!

Amazon LIVE

Have you checked out Amazon’s new Live feature? Are you wondering if it is similar to Facebook Live and other tools? According to Amazon, there are three main reasons why you should consider getting your brand featured on the service.

  • Drive sales. During your livestream, shoppers can purchase your featured products in the carousel displayed next to your stream.
  • Interact with viewers. Chat and interact directly with shoppers as they watch your livestream.
  • Be discovered. Reach more shoppers on Amazon.com and build your brand through interactive livestreams.

To find out if it is a good idea to get your brand featured on Amazon Live, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Amazon VOC

What if there was a way to get a more accurate idea of what customers think of your products beyond the review they post? Amazon is rolling out a new tool called Amazon VOC; it is designed to display the Customer Experience Health of a seller’s offers and customer comments that are meant to help sellers identify product and listing issues so they can take action to resolve problems. Here are the three main issues Amazon is trying to achieve with Amazon VOC.

  • Review Customer Experience (CX) Health - Understand how each of your offers is performing relative to similar products in terms of customer experience.
  • Understand your customers - Read recent comments and identify common product or listing issues affecting customers.
  • Improve products and listings - Take action to address product issues identified through customer feedback and optimize your listings.

Do you think you’ll use this new feature from Amazon? To get Scott and Chris’ take on this new feature and what it will mean for your ecommerce business, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Will “Portfolios” make your life easier?

Let’s face it; there are few people who get as excited about PPC updates as Chris Shaffer! But there is a good reason for sellers like you to get at least a little happy about Amazon’s new update with the “Portfolios” tab in your Amazon PPC account. In the portfolios tab, you can take multiple PPC campaigns and view them as one campaign in terms of ad metrics over time. With this new feature, you can consolidate a broad match campaign, a phrase match campaign, and an exact match campaign into one portfolio inside the Amazon ecosystem. With the new process, you can still view all of your campaigns individually, or you can view them in summary as a group. For an even deeper understanding of what this means for your ecommerce business, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [2:30] Scott and Chris talk about Amazon Live.
  • [9:00] Why you should take advantage of tools like Amazon Live.
  • [15:30] What is Amazon VOC?
  • [19:20] Why taking care of your customers will make you stand out.
  • [22:50] Chris about the “Portfolios” addition to Amazon PPC.
  • [28:00] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

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Do you have all the tools you need to help your ecommerce brand compete in a tough market? Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a clear approach that you could use to time and time again to launch products in a challenging market? It’s time for another session of Ask Scott here on The Amazing Seller! On this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he shares his thought of the week, answers a question from a TAS follower like you, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this helpful episode featuring Scott expert insights!

If it were easy, everyone would do it!

How do you handle difficulty that comes your way? Do you easily throw in the towel or are you the type that sticks with it to find a solution? Too often people get excited about their plans only to give up on them when things get challenging. Don’t fall for that trap! If you want to build something that lasts, you’ve got to be willing to stick it out in good times and in difficult times. Let’s face it; if creating a successful and thriving ecommerce brand was easy, everyone would be doing it! If you’ve made it this far, you can count yourself among the brave and determined few. Get more helpful insights like this one from Scott by listening to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

How to sell products in a competitive market.

Are you ready to go all in and build your ecommerce brand in a competitive market? Do you think you’ve accounted for all the challenges you’ll face along the way? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, Scott lays out his plan for selling products in a competitive market.

  1. Research the market you want to compete in as a whole.
  2. Niche down and get specific.
  3. Find out how you can educate your target market.
  4. Go where your market is hanging out — Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, etc.
  5. Leverage your interests or your area of expertise.

If you are ready to start putting in the work necessary to build an ecommerce brand that can compete in a crowded market, this is the episode for you. Don’t miss it!

Don’t build your brand around a product!

If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long, you know that Scott wants to help sellers like you build an ecommerce brand that will last. All too often ecommerce sellers focus on the wrong aspects and get distracted by building their brand around a product. That approach might work in the short term, but it won’t work for the long haul! Scott has created a resource that sellers like you can use to build a well thought out ecommerce brand, you can find a link to this resource at the end of this post. Go further with this topic and much more from Scott by listening to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [2:20] Scott’s thought of the week; if it was easy, everyone would be doing it.
  • [7:15] Question: How can I sell products in a competitive market?
  • [17:40] Scott recaps his approach to selling in a competitive market.
  • [19:20] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

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Do you want to grab attention for your ecommerce brand? Of course, you do! If you’ve been a TAS follower for very long, you know that attention is the new currency! On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he talks about the new Amazon Live feature, how sellers like you can take advantage of it, why brand building is so important, how to create a good video, and much more. If you are ready to put yourself out there and make a bold move for your ecommerce brand, this is the episode for you!

It’s all about getting attention.

Recently, Amazon has rolled out a new feature called Amazon Live. According to Amazon, there are three main reasons why you should consider getting your brand featured on the service.

  1. Drive sales. During your livestream, shoppers can purchase your featured products in the carousel displayed next to your stream.
  2. Interact with viewers. Chat and interact directly with shoppers as they watch your livestream.
  3. Be discovered. Reach more shoppers on Amazon.com and build your brand through interactive livestreams.

On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he takes a tour of Amazon Live and gives a rundown of how he thinks the service will work for sellers like you. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Scott’s keen insight!

Brand building is the way forward!

Let’s face it, the days of hitting a huge ecommerce homerun with a one-off product are long gone. Sure, some sellers will strike gold here and there but the wave of the future, according to Scott, is brand building. Scott is not the only one sounding the alarm when it comes to brand building; Amazon has just validated Scott’s insight by showcasing this new feature for brands. Will you take advantage of the direction that the ecommerce industry is headed in or will you be left behind? If you are ready to start your journey to build a thriving ecommerce brand, make sure to pick up Scott’s Ecommerce Business Formula ebook, you can find a link in the resources section at the end of this post!

Scott’s basic video formula.

If you find yourself convinced that shooting an Amazon Live or Facebook Live session is the right move for your brand, but you just can’t bring yourself to step in front of the camera, what should you do? Should you focus on working up the courage or is there another solution? Would your fear be reduced if you had a blueprint to creating a good Live video? If so, you are in luck! Scott has compiled his basic video formula that sellers like you can use to get started with creating video content.

  1. Lead with the hook. Right out of the gate you want to tell your audience what they will learn.
  2. Repeat a call to action. Get people to engage by liking, commenting, or sharing.
  3. Deliver the goods. Make your content simple and engaging.

To hear Scott expand on this basic video formula, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller, you don’t want to miss it!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [5:00] Why you need to invest in building a brand.
  • [7:00] Scott explores Amazon Live.
  • [11:45] How sellers like you can use tools like Facebook Live and Amazon Live.
  • [16:00] Scott shares his basic video formula.
  • [19:30] Get into the brand building business!
  • [21:45] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

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Does your ecommerce business have a solid foundation? Does it have what it takes to go the distance and provide you with reliable income for years to come? If you are looking for ways to diversify your revenue stream, you’ve come to the right place! On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he goes over the seven ways he’s identified and tested to increase your profits and diversify your revenue stream. This is the episode you need to future-proof your business; you don’t want to miss it!

Add to your product line up.

Did you know that you could have a great addition to your product line up sitting in plain sight? Think about it! You could easily add some variations in size, color, or quality to your existing products. You could also bundle several product or variations together as a packaged deal. Think of how you buy items online and try to target your audience that same way. It doesn’t have to be as complicated as coming up with an entirely new product idea, experiment with the idea that works! To hear more about this important topic from Scott, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Content + Traffic + Ads = Increased Revenue

If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long, you know that Scott is passionate about helping sellers like you see the value in creating content for your niche market. Have you started creating content yet? What are you waiting for? It may sound intimidating and scary, but it doesn’t have to be! Just start creating content like product reviews, or comparisons, or helpful tips for others in your niche. What do you have to lose? Sure, your first videos or blog posts won’t be completely polished and professional, but that’s OK. There is always room to grow and improve, but you’ve got to put yourself out there!

According to Scott, if you can build traffic through your content, then you can capitalize on that traffic by turning on Ads. Turning on Ads will help you with a new income stream so you can focus on expanding your brand. Learn more about creating content and driving traffic from Scott’s expert perspective by listening to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Create or buy digital products to sell to your audience.

Did you know that you can create an income stream simply by writing an ebook? It’s true! All an ebook would cost you is the time to write it and edit it; the rest of the process is free. That means, when you sell your ebook, you get all the profits! If you don’t think that you have an ebook in you, that’s OK. There are a ton of options out there that allows sellers like you to buy up resources like ebooks or instructional videos that people have created that you can buy or sell on your site. To learn more about these great options to diversify your revenue stream, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [3:00] Add a new product, variation, or bundle to your brand.
  • [6:45] Consider selling your product on another platform like Ebay or Etsy.
  • [9:00] Add related products to your blog and link to it as an affiliate.
  • [12:00] Build traffic through the content on your blog and then turn on ads.
  • [15:45] Add content to YouTube and use Adsense.
  • [17:50] Include digital content in your brand. Either create it or pay for it.
  • [23:20] Create sales funnels and use Facebook Ads to drive sales.
  • [25:50] Scott recaps all seven ways to diversify your revenue streams.

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Are you fired up and ready to take on all the challenges that stand in your way of success? Could you use a little push in the right direction? If so, you’ve come to the right place! It is time for another session of Ask Scott here on The Amazing Seller! On this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he shares his thought of the week, an answer to a question from a TAS follower like you, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this helpful episode featuring Scott’s experienced perspective!

Think bigger than just the buyers!

Everyone is going after buyers on the ecommerce marketplace today, are you going to join along with the crowd or are you going to do something that makes your brand stand out? No one wants their business to fade in the background while someone else shines, but so many sellers are not willing to do the hard work to differentiate themselves from their competitors. If you want to stand out, you’ve got to think bigger than just the buyers in your niche, you’ve got to think of your whole niche market and how to stand out as a brand that serves them. To hear more on this vital topic, make sure to catch this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Why niching down works.

Time and time again, sellers turn to Scott to find out how they can sell more of the product they’ve been selling on Amazon. While Scott can provide helpful tips here and there that will move the needle, his approach is focused on identifying niche markets and building a brand from there. Scott doesn’t teach how to niche down to a specific market just for the heck of it, he’s done it and he’s seen the successful results first hand. Don’t be content to just make a few bucks off of the next fidget spinner, build an ecommerce business that will last! Listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott expands on this important subject.

Make sure to build out your assets.

If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long, you know that Scott is passionate about helping sellers like you build out your ecommerce brand by using tools like external assets. External assets like YouTube channels, Facebook pages, email lists, and ebooks are just a few of the examples that Scott teaches sellers to embrace. Where are you at in the process? Have you started building your external assets yet? If you are looking for a good place to start, make sure to check out the link to the ebook that Scott wrote located in the resources section at the end of this post!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [6:00] Scott’s thought of the week.
  • [10:50] Question: How do I know which niche to build my brand around?
  • [20:00] How to validate your niche market and grow your brand.
  • [23:00] You need to have a unified and consistent brand.
  • [27:30] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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Is your ecommerce business prepared to handle new sales tax changes that multiple states are adopting? Have you been worried about sales tax compliance and find yourself desperately looking for answers? If so, you’ve come to the right place! On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott and his guest, Martina Chavez from Avalara. In her conversation with Scott, Martina talks about the recent Supreme Court ruling involving Wayfair, the solutions that Avalara has created for sellers, what you need to do to make sure your business is in compliance, and much more. Don’t let the stress of tax stuff distract you! Get the critical information you by listening to this episode!

What happened with the Wayfair case?

If you avidly follow ecommerce news, it's likely that you’ve heard of the Supreme Court case involving the ecommerce business, Wayfair. For those of you who missed the big news, here is what happened in that case.

Basically, the ruling decided that states may charge sales tax on purchases made from out-of-state sellers, even if the seller does not have a physical presence in the taxing state.

This was a major change overturning a case from 1992 which stated that the Dormant Commerce Clause barred states from compelling retailers to collect sales or use taxes in connection with mail order or Internet sales made to their residents unless those retailers have a physical presence in the taxing state.

If you are wondering if this new decision affects your ecommerce business and the state you operate out of, make sure to check out the resource that Martina and her team at Avalara put together, you can find it in the resources section at the end of this post.

How new and seasoned sellers can make sure they are in compliance.

Now that you have a basic idea of what happened with the Wayfair case, you’ll probably want to know how that impacts your ecommerce business. For sellers starting out, this process is easy, start by registering to collect sales tax in your current state (unless your state doesn’t collect sales tax). From there, depending on your volume of sales, new sellers should start the registration process for collecting sales tax in the most populated states like Texas, California, and Flordia. You can also wait and just watch where most of your sales are coming from and start the process in those states.

For more seasoned sellers, the process will prove to me a bit more complicated but not impossible! Basically, follow the same steps as the new sellers need to follow, but you also need to respond to any letters that any states have sent you regarding sales tax compliance. Another good option for many seasoned sellers to submit a Volunteer Discolusre Application (VDA) that allows you to get into compliance with a large up-front sum of money that you have to pay.

The information that Scott and Martina have provided regarding sales tax compliance is only a starting place for sellers like you. Make sure to consult with your professional accountant to ensure that your business is on the right track.

Tax compliance solutions from Alvara.

Let’s face it; all this tax talk is complicated, confusing, and often overwhelming. What if there was a way to cut through all the complexity and trust that all of your tax obligations were taken care of? Good news! The folks at Alvara have worked hard to create a whole line up of solutions that small business ecommerce sellers like you can use.

You can let Avalara handle your sales tax compliance and get more accurate bookkeeping in the process. Avalara can automate sales tax rates, prep, filing, and payment. To hear more about Avalara and the amazing work they are doing to help small business owners, make sure to check out the link to their site located in the resources section below!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [3:30] Scott welcomes his guest, Martina Chavez.
  • [8:15] Martina talks about the recent case involving Wayfair.
  • [17:15] Tax talk is scary only when there is no solution. Martina talks about solutions.
  • [25:15] What should new sellers do to make sure they are in compliance with tax rules?
  • [31:30] How current sellers can get their business into compliance with tax rules.
  • [39:00] Martina talks about how Avalara can help sellers like you.
  • [46:50] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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What is the next big step you need to take with your ecommerce business? Are you still in the research phase? Are you focused on building your brand with content to publish on social media? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott and his son Scotty as they have a “Real Talk” session. In their conversation, the guys talk about eliminating excuses, providing value to their audience, taking action, avoiding the trap of perfection, and much more. You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode!

Stop making excuses.

There will always be a reason why you should wait or get this or that lined up before you launch your ecommerce business. While there are a few legitimate reasons to delay your business, the truth is, most of them are excuses. Don’t let yourself fall for the excuses that keep thousands of men and women from pursuing their dreams. You don’t need to have all the answers, and everything figured out to take your first step. To hear Scott and his son expand on why you need to kick your excuses to the curb, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Provide value.

If you can find a need or pain point that people in your community or your niche subject of interest want to be solved, then you’ve got yourself a recipe for success. Seriously! People will pay for you to walk them through a careful analysis of products they are interested in or a specialized topic they care about. What is it that you are uniquely positioned to deliver to the marketplace? Are you an avid rock climber or basketball player? Do you love to create tools that will help you in your garden? Whatever it is that you spend your free time doing, you can likely use it to serve a community and provide value. Find out how you can get started by listening to this helpful episode of The Amazing Seller!

Take action!

Where do you hope to be five years from now? Do you have dreams of your ecommerce business running smoothly or even expanding into other areas of interest? What steps are you taking right now to achieve your goals? Too often leaders like you delay taking action because it is risky or uncertain, but that rarely ever changes! You’ve got to be willing to do the hard things now you can enjoy the fruits of your labors down the line. To hear more about this critical topic, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [3:00] Welcome to Scott’s Real Talk session with his son, Scotty.
  • [6:15] Is college the best investment for your future?
  • [10:00] Stop making excuses!
  • [15:00] Don’t let perfection keep you from taking action.
  • [20:00] There is a ton of opportunity out there, what are you waiting for?
  • [22:00] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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When was the last time you took a serious look at the direction of your ecommerce business? Are you hitting all the milestones you’ve been aiming for? If you need a little boost to keep you going, you’ve come to the right place! It is time for another session of Ask Scott here on The Amazing Seller. On this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he shares his thought of the week, answers a question from a TAS follower like you, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this engaging episode!

Build for your future right now!

Often those who want substantial financial success are too impatient to make the decisions that are needed to reap that type of benefit. Put it this way, most young people are too impatient to invest their money into a savings account for their future but by the time they are knocking on the door of retirement, they’ve lost their advantage! If you don’t make deliberate decisions now to impact your future, it will be too late. Listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott shares a helpful example from his family life that illustrates this important lesson, you don’t want to miss it!

Scott’s 6 steps for quick cash flow.

What would you do if you were strapped for cash but wanted to start growing your funds to start an ecommerce business? What would be your first step? Would you work a side hustle like driving for Uber or would you try to pick up a second or third job? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he shares the six-step process to get some quick cash and start an ecommerce business. 

  1. Start selling items through retail arbitrage.
  2. Find your market and sub-niche down. Then validate the potential for growth.
  3. Begin your product research process.
  4. Start producing content for your brand with blog posts, videos, or social media.
  5. Build an email list.
  6. Repeat steps four and five consistently. 

Would you add anything to Scott’s list? Have you started the road to building your ecommerce business yet? What are you waiting for? Here you have an easy to follow guide created by an expert! To hear Scott expand on each step, make sure to listen to this informative episode!

Do you have your copy of Ecom Business Formula yet?

If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long you know that Scott wants to help as many people as possible as they seek to build their very own ecommerce business. Have you grabbed your copy of Scott’s new ebook yet? In it, Scott has a detailed and easy to follow formula to build an ecommerce business from the ground up. If you think you have all you need for success, why not take a look at Scott’s approach? What do you have to lose? Check out the link the resources section below to get your copy today!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [2:45] Make sure to grab your copy of Scott’s Ecom Business Formula book!
  • [4:20] Scott’s thought of the week.
  • [9:20] Question: I need cash flow quick, what should I do?
  • [11:10] Scott’s 6 steps for quick cash flow.
  • [19:15] Scott recaps all 6 steps.
  • [21:00] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

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What is your relationship with fear like? Does it control and dominate your life? Do you use it to motivate yourself? Are you able to keep a good handle on it? How has it affected your business? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he shares a Facebook Live session he hosted on the topic of fear. In his Facebook Live session, Scott talks about his dream for his lake house property, how fear has reared its head in his life, why you shouldn’t let fear hold you back, and much more. If you are ready to kick fear to the curb, this is the episode for you!

Fear is normal, but don’t let it run your life!

Do you ever wake up panicked and worried about your ecommerce business? Do you find yourself stressing over that large product order you placed or that product listing that just went live? If so, you are not alone! Many sellers just like you struggle with a significant amount of fear as they struggle to get their business off of the ground and running. Fear is a normal reaction to uncertainty but it’s OK to let fear run your life. The challenge is to walk the line between caution and reckless risk-taking, are you up for it? Hear more about this important topic by listening to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Lowering risk will help you fight your fears.

One of the best ways to push back the fear in your life is to take a look at what you can do to control the situation. If you are worried about the next step in your ecommerce business, then get out there and do the research you need to lower your level of risk. Your fears and worries won’t just evaporate; you’ve got to be willing to make forward progress and do the work necessary to remove obstacles in your way. Scott encourages sellers like you to educate yourself and take advantage of resources like TAS to lower your risk level and decrease the control fear has on your life. To get more helpful information about lowering your risk, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

What are you waiting for? Take action!

Often you’ll find people in your orbit who are stuck in their lives and unwilling to do the hard work necessary to get things turned around. Does that sound familiar? Do you find yourself sinking back into that mindset? The best way to push back and reclaim your moment is to take action. If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long, you’ve heard Scott encourage sellers too, “Take action” at the end of every episode but it’s not just a saying, Scott lives this motto. He genuinely wants to help sellers like you identify the roadblocks and challenges that get in your way and find ways to solve them. One great resource that you should check out is Scott’s new book called, “Ecom Business Formula.” The link to this book is located in the resources section at the end of this post.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [2:00] How Scott got involved in the Airbnb space.
  • [7:45] Scott jumps into a Facebook Live session about fear.
  • [11:15] Scott’s vision for his lake house property.
  • [18:00] The fear you have is normal, but don’t give in to it!
  • [23:00] Why you need to lower your risk.
  • [27:30] Make your plans but make sure to take action!
  • [32:30] What is the worst that can happen?
  • [35:15] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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Have you ever had a moment in your business when getting your pay just a few days earlier could have made a significant difference to your bottom line? If you have, you aren’t alone! Many ecommerce sellers like you have struggled with the way Amazon’s payout system works. What is the solution? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Vicky Sullivan from Payability. 

Payability is a fast-growing fintech company founded and headquartered in New York City. They provide flexible financing solutions to small businesses in the digital economy. Payability has financed over $1 billion in growth capital to thousands of small businesses. 

In her conversation with Scott, Vicky talks about how she got started with Payability, what options are available through Payability, how most sellers use Payability, why some sellers are hesitant to use the service and much more. If you’d like to have more options when it comes to getting your funds into your account, this is the episode for you!

The advantage that Payability gives sellers.

Have you ever seen that number that Amazon will send your way showing you the sales figures you missed out on because your product was out of stock? Isn’t seeing that number the worst? What if there was a way to make sure your ecommerce business never missed those critical sales numbers again? According to Scott, one of the best advantages that Payability can offer sellers is the ability to avoid ever going out of stock again. Can you imagine that? If you’d like to learn more about how Payability and service like it can help sellers like you, make sure to listen to this helpful episode of The Amazing Seller!

Several options you should consider.

Are you ready to take a serious look at what services like Payability have to offer? What do you have to lose? Vicky Sullivan was kind enough to talk about two options they provide at Payability, instant access, and instant advance. 

  1. Instant access - Instead of waiting weeks to receive your marketplace sales revenue, Payability Instant Access makes your sales available the next day, every day. Consistent cash flow you can use to reinvest in your business today.
  2. Instant advance - Payability purchases your future marketplace receivables, and gives you that capital today. Leverage your account health and sales performance to make an investment in your business.

If you think it is time to incorporate Payability into your ecommerce success strategy, make sure to listen to this episode as Scott and Vicky expand on this important topic!

Reservations sellers have with services like Payability.

Wait, doesn’t all this early access to funds sound too good to be true? What are some of the drawbacks and reservations that people have when it comes to services like Payability? The good folks over at Payability aren’t providing this service for free; it’s a business model! They do charge a small percentage of the money they advance you. While that may scare some sellers off, consider this, you pay for other services like PPC, why not this one? If it fits into your larger strategy of growing and scaling your business, you should consider if the benefit is greater than what it would cost you. Make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott and Vicky go deeper with this subject!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [4:15] Vicky Sullivan joins the podcast to talk about Payability.
  • [8:20] What options are available through Payability?
  • [11:20] How sellers use Payability. How Payability decides the amount to give sellers.
  • [18:30] Why are people cautious about using services like Payability?
  • [22:10] Vicky shares some success stories from sellers who used Payability.
  • [24:00] Scott talks about the advantage that Payability can give sellers.
  • [26:00] What is Instant Advance?
  • [28:30] How to connect with Vicky and Payability.
  • [32:00] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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Are you fired up and ready to take on the weekend? Do you have plans to work on your ecommerce business or are you in for a much-deserved break? If you want to keep the fires burning, you’ve come to the right place. It’s time for another session of Ask Scott here on The Amazing Seller. On this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he shares his thought of the week, provides his answer to a question from a TAS follower like you, and much more. Have pen and paper ready; you don’t want to miss a minute of this exciting episode!

Why you need to embrace the long game.

Let’s face it; everyone loves to find a shortcut. Just announce at your next family gathering that you are going on a road trip and chances are, someone will have advice on how to find a shortcut. But the truth is, there is no shortcut when it comes to building a future-proof ecommerce business. Go ahead and get the idea of a shortcut out of your mindset if you want any chance for long-term success. Buckle up and be prepared to build a solid foundation for your business, brick by brick. To hear Scott expand on this critical topic, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Invite your audience along for the ride.

When was the last time you took a stroll through YouTube? Sure you’ve probably ended up there for a cat video or two but when was the last time you really took a look at how influencers and others intentionally engage with their audience? If you look closely, you’ll find that few YouTube channels come out and act like an expert. This is good news for you! You don’t have to go into building your brand or a YouTube channel with all the answers, just invite your audience to join you for the ride. You can use this approach as a way to bond and build a relationship with your audience. To learn more about this valuable approach, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller, you don’t want to miss it!

TAS resources made for you!

Do you ever find yourself faced with an issue or challenge in your business and you wished someone had a blueprint to help you out? Outside of using Google to find your answer, what do you do? Yes, you have Scott’s advice in the form of this podcast but what if you want a more in-depth approach? Good news! Scott and his team have worked hard to bring TAS followers like you a top-notch resource called, the “Ecom Business Formula.” This book is a "blueprint" to launch and grow an ecommerce business rather than a traditional how to sell on Amazon "book." Make sure to check out the link in the resources section to grab your copy!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [4:15] Scott’s thought of the week, the long game vs. the short game.
  • [11:00] Question: Should I start a YouTube channel for my business?
  • [15:45] Invite people along for the ride.
  • [21:00] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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Direct download: TAS637.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

What does it take to build a successful ecommerce business these days? Is there some secret formula that high achieving sellers like Scott have discovered that everyone else doesn’t know about? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he welcomes back his guest, Jill Stanton.

Jill and her husband Josh are the co-founders of, Screw The Nine To Five. They are serial online entrepreneurs and world travelers. Jill has extensive experience with not only engaging but building social media communities around niche interests.

In her conversation with Scott, Jill talks about building social media communities, why it’s important to target a market with existing social media groups, if it’s a good idea to use giveaway contests, why you need to care about what people you want to reach care about, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this informative episode featuring Jill’s expert perspective!

Don’t try to build something out of nothing.

If you have a great product idea or a direction you want to take your brand, should you just run with it or are their validation steps you can take? According to Scott and Jill, it is not a good idea to try to reinvent the wheel. Why go out and try to create something out of nothing when you can locate existing excitement and energy around a niche market and build from that? If you want to build a rafting ecommerce brand, then go out there and start connecting with rafting groups! To hear more about this critical topic, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Provide value before you try to sell.

Let’s face it, salespeople have a terrible reputation for using people as a means to their end. Just take a look around your social circle, you are sure to find someone who has had a negative experience with a salesperson. What is the solution? Is there any hope for an honest person who wants to make a sale? Yes! Scott and Jill teach sellers like you to focus on providing value before you try to sell anything. Don’t go in, guns blazing hoping to land a big sale. Enter into social media groups and other spaces with the intention of helping others and connecting them to resources. Make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott and Jill expand on this important subject!

Don’t take short cuts, play the long game!

Too often people are looking for a quick and easy way to make money and find success. But the truth is, the “Quick” way doesn't usually work! If you want to build something that will last and provide you with a stable income, you’ve got to be ready to put in the work. Building a thriving and successful ecommerce business is going to take time. Don’t think that you can listen to a few podcasts and read a few blogs and then expect to have booming business overnight! The old saying is true, “Nothing worth having comes easy.” Listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott and Jill encourage sellers like you to play the long game!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [3:20] Jill Stanton joins the podcast to talk about building social media communities.
  • [5:15] Make sure there is an existing community you can build from.
  • [10:20] Is it a good idea to launch a giveaway contest for your group?
  • [13:00] You need to care about what the people you are trying to reach care about.
  • [18:30] If you want to build something, start providing value!
  • [22:00] Scott shares the story behind the, “Five Minute Pitch.”
  • [24:45] Jill’s advice for sellers who want to start building a community.
  • [30:00] Don’t take shortcuts, play the long game!
  • [32:15] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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What will it take for you to get your ecommerce business to the next level of growth this year? Do you need to refine your processes? Do you need to rethink your strategy? What about bringing on some extra help? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he welcomes his guest, Nathan Hirch. 

Nathan is the Founder and CEO of FreeeUp, a marketplace connecting business owners with the top 1% of freelancers in ecommerce, digital marketing, web development, and much more. 

In his conversation with Scott, Nathan talks about figuring out the right time to hire outside help, how FreeeUp vets their freelancers, what jobs are available on FreeeUp, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this helpful episode featuring Nathan’s expert perspective!

Is it better to go deep or wide with your brand?

If you had to choose right now, would you rather have your brand take a broad approach to the market or a narrow approach? Many business leaders agonize over this decision, and they should! If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long, you know that Scott is passionate about helping sellers like you niche down and take a more narrow approach with your ecommerce business. In Scott’s thinking, it is better to niche down and focus on a specific target market than to try to be a jack of all trades. To hear more about the value of niching down, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

The right time to hire outside help.

Can you afford outside help? Do you have space in your budget to onboard a new team member? What about all the challenges of bringing on a new employee? With FreeeUp, you can get the help you need at a reasonable rate all without having to bring on a dedicated employee! At FreeeUp, they vet a wide range of freelancers that you get to choose from. Need help with a quick project? Great! Do you need someone to take care of your ongoing customer service needs? They’ve got you covered! Just think of all the freed up time and mental space that outsourcing even a few simple tasks can provide. Make sure to check out the FreeeUp link located in the resources section at the end of this post!

Expanding your business won’t be easy but it will be worth it!

Let’s face it, the reason why most startups fail to scale their business is due to a lack of planning and follow through. You can only run things as a one-man show for so long before you need to bring in outside help. Bringing on outside help is where most business leaders fail. Don’t fear failure! Just like failure shouldn’t hold you back in business, it also shouldn’t hold you back when you encounter a set back with hiring. You’ve got to learn to roll with the punches and keep moving forward. On this episode of The Amazing Seller, Scott talks to outsourcing expert, Nathan Hirsch about how to get started when building your team and put people in the best situations to succeed, don’t miss it!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [3:30] Nathan Hirsch joins the podcast and gives an update on FreeeUp.
  • [7:00] Is it better to go wide or deep?
  • [10:00] When is the right time to hire outside help?
  • [16:15] What are the common first hires?
  • [22:45] How do Nathan and his team vet virtual assistants?
  • [27:00] What jobs are available on FreeeUp?
  • [32:30] Closing thoughts from Nathan and Scott.

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Direct download: TAS635.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

What are you going to do to make your ecommerce business stand out from all the competition on the marketplace? How will you make a name for yourself and your brand? If you need a spark of creativity, you’ve come to the right place! It is time for another session of Ask Scott here on The Amazing Seller. On this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he shares his thought of the week, updates on TAS resources, an answer to a question from a TAS follower like you, and much more! Don’t miss a minute of this helpful episode featuring Scott’s seasoned perspective!

Surround yourself with positive people

Did you know that you mirror the attitudes and mindsets of the people you spend your time with the most? It’s true! Haven’t you noticed that when you spend a lot of time with someone who complains a lot that you find yourself complaining too? Or maybe you find yourself in a crappy mood, and then you realize it is because you just spent time with someone who is having a terrible day. Just as negative attitudes and mindsets are often contagious, so are positive ones! Choose which one you’d rather have your life reflect then order your life and relationships accordingly. To hear more about this vital topic, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Why you need external assets for your brand

Is it a good idea to have multiple investments engaged to help your ecommerce business succeed? Do you really need to build up an email list or a social media following for your brand? According to Scott, building up external assets is one of the best ways to future proof your ecommerce business. You can also use these external channels to add depth and a personal touch to your brand. What is the status of your external assets? Do you have several or are you just getting started? Find out how you can make sure your assets are firing on all cylinders by listening to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Make sure you target the right audience!

Let’s face it; no one likes to have their time wasted. From door to door salespeople to newspaper advertisements, people hate getting something sold to them that they aren’t interested in. Thankfully, in the ecommerce age, we don’t have to advertise products to a huge audience, we can niche down and make sure we are targeting people who are already interested! Don’t leave it all up to guesswork; you can take advantage of the hard-fought lessons that Scott has learned over the years. Learn more about targeting the right audience for your brand by listening to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [3:00] Scott’s thought of the week.
  • [8:30] How do I drive traffic to my Amazon listing without hurting conversion rates?
  • [18:30] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:14am EST

What does it take to launch a successful email strategy? Is there a way to engage your brand’s followers in a way that doesn’t turn them off? How do you provide value without sounding like you are desperately trying to sell them on your brand? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he goes over his email strategy. You’ll walk away with the tools you need to start building an email engagement strategy of your own. Have pen and paper ready; you don’t want to miss this helpful episode featuring Scott’s hard-won insights and tips!

Is email really the best way to engage people?

Have you heard people say that email engagement as a tool and strategy is dead? Do you believe that line of thinking is true? Are there better tools out there than email for engaging with prospects? While a ton of new avenues like Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and YouTube are opening up, email remains a powerful tool that people still respond to! How do you craft a message in an email that keeps people coming back to your brand? Find out on this informative episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott lays out his case for using email to drive sales and build your brand’s reach!

Why you need a great offer.

If you hope to draw prospective followers of your brand in, you’ve got to be willing to offer them something valuable. Don’t expect to get a bunch of car guys to follow and trust your brand if your idea of a giveaway prize is a high-end handbag! You need to make sure that you are connecting with your target audience from the initial contact all the way through each interaction they have with your brand. This is why finding a brand that you care about and know about is worth your time in the research phase! To hear more about brand engagement from Scott’s expert perspective, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Don’t stop providing value!

Let’s face it; everyone hates getting the “Hard sell” from a salesperson. It makes you feel like a mark or a target and no one like that feeling! It’s your job as a salesperson to show your prospective customer that you are there to serve them. What is the best way to show that you are there to serve? Provide value and insights that they will find helpful! If give your target audience resources to enjoy their hobby or recreational activity more, they’ll see you like someone to trust! For helpful examples on how to engage your target audience via email, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [3:45] Isn’t email dead?
  • [6:45] You need to have some type of offer.
  • [8:20] Deliver goodwill, create a plan, and provide an amazing prize.
  • [10:30] How important is the subject line?
  • [12:30] Scott goes over an email about entering a contest.
  • [16:20] A content only email example.
  • [18:20] An email announcing the contest winner.
  • [21:30] Follow up emails after a contest.
  • [24:30] Scott runs through his four email strategy.
  • [26:30] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

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Did you know that there are steps you can take to re-program your mind and behavior for success? It’s true! When you focus on your behavior and beliefs, you can begin to turn around your bad habits or old narratives and adopt new ones that help you succeed. On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from high achievement mentor and business consultant, Dr. Shannon Irvine.

Shannon helps business owners and entrepreneurs neuro-hack success. She teaches sellers like you how to tap into the power of your mind to remove limiting stories that are getting in the way and holding you back. In her conversation with Scott, Shannon talks her personal story, how your thoughts shape your reality, why your brain needs evidence of action, what it takes to get into a flow, how to set yourself up for success, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this fascinating episode featuring Dr. Shannon Irvine!

Visualize your success.

When was the last time you wrote out your goals? Are you a “Writer downer” like Scott? What steps do you take to keep your goals and objectives front and center in your personal and professional life? One of the best ways to stay on top of your goals is to write them out or spend time each day visualizing them. Years ago, Scott and his wife put together what they call a “Vision video” that was a slideshow of the things they wanted to accomplish as a family. Looking back, Scott and his wife have achieved most of those objectives. Don’t just assume that you’ll get your goals eventually! Take time today and write them out or do something to keep them on your radar!

The community you have around you matters.

Did you know that the community you have around you makes a huge difference when it comes to your chances for success? Think about it, if you surround yourself with people who are always getting into trouble or talking about the negative side of every circumstance, where will that get you? Down a path, you don’t want to go down! You are responsible for the type of people you let into your world, don’t take it for granted! It might be time for you to take a serious inventory of the people who you let in your inner circle, are they causing you to succeed or are they holding you back? Learn more about the impact of your community from Scott and Shannon on this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Mindset hacks that you can use.

If you are ready to take action and get started on moving your mindset in the right direction, Dr. Shannon Irvine has a few places you can start. In her conversation with Scott, Shannon shared several mindset hacks.

  • Watch what you say. The words you say are priming your brain.
  • Understand the narrative that you are telling yourself.

These two hacks are just the tip of the iceberg! Start by analyzing the type of words you use and the narratives you tell yourself. What do you have to lose? To hear more from Shannon as she expands on this topic and more, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [2:50] Scott welcomes his guest, Dr. Shannon Irvine.
  • [4:00] Shannon shares the short version of her story.
  • [13:30] Your thoughts create your reality.
  • [20:30] Your brain needs to see evidence of action.
  • [27:50] How do you get into a flow? What does it take to prime your behavior?
  • [32:20] Scott talks about creating a “Vision video.”
  • [34:40] Set yourself up for success!
  • [42:15] Mindset hacks from Shannon.
  • [45:45] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

Direct download: TAS632.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Are you fired up and ready to take your ecommerce business to the next level? What are you waiting for? If you need a little extra push to keep you going, you’ve come to the right place! It is time for another session of Ask Scott here on The Amazing Seller. On this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he makes a special announcement about TAS resources, shares one of his thoughts of the week, answers a question from a TAS follower like you, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this helpful episode featuring Scott’s expert advice!

Make a decision and move on.

Have you ever found yourself committed to a certain path or decision and you know that you need to make a change? What do you do? Do you keep pressing on even though you feel like you shouldn’t? Or do you bite the bullet and make a change? On this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he describes an experience from his life and how that helped him see that sometimes you need to make a decision and move on. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, looking back, Scott realized that he should have made it sooner but, you live, and you learn. Find out what you can learn from Scott’s story by listening to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

What to do if you aren’t excited about the direction of your brand.

What should you do if you have a good deal on a solid product, but your heart just isn’t in it? Do keep pressing on or do you make a change? Scott got a question from a seller like you who had some success with a product but knew that they weren’t passionate about that particular market. Scott encouraged that seller to pivot and spend their energy on something that fired them up. He didn’t suggest shutting down the whole operation; he just suggested a pivot. You can do that too! Don’t become a slave to something that makes money but makes you miserable. Hear more from Scott as he expands on this important topic and much more!

Resources designed just for you!

What if there was a way for sellers like you expand your knowledge of how the ecommerce industry works? How would you change your approach? If you want to get an edge over the competition, Scott and his team have put together the resources you’ll need to do just that. On this episode of The Amazing Seller, Scott announces two new resources designed for sellers like you, Ecom Business Formula training and the Ecom Biz Book. For more details on each of these resources, make sure to check out the resources section at the end of this post!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [2:00] Special announcement from Scott.
  • [4:20] Scott’s thought of the week; make a decision and move on.
  • [13:00] Question: What if my business idea is not my passion or expertise?
  • [21:40] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

What if you could take all of that energy and excitement you have for your ecommerce business and funnel into a solid, future-proof strategy? Wouldn’t you love to have a tried and tested approach you can count on? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott and his team as they expand on the benefits of a market-based strategy. In their conversation, the team explains the advantages of a market-based approach, why you need to build assets like an email list, how to validate a market, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this informative episode!

Product-based vs. Market-based.

What got you interested in building your ecommerce business? Did you fall in love with the idea of finding a one-off product and cashing in? Or did you get hooked on the idea of building something that can stand the test of time and go the distance? If you want to build a business that will last, you’ve got to be willing to adopt a market-based approach. Gone are the days where you can experience over-night success with one solid product. You’ve got to plan for the long-term by building a solid brand. To hear more about this important topic, make sure to catch this episode of The Amazing Seller!

You need assets to help you go the distance.

Part of planning for the future with your ecommerce business is building assets and tools away from the Amazon platform. If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long, you know that Scott still believes that Amazon is the best place to start an ecommerce business. While that is still true, Scott encourages sellers like you to start creating assets like an email list right away. Don’t leave brand building and social media engagement to the last minute, start now! Listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott expands on this critical subject; you don’t want to miss it!

A market validation process you can use.

What does it take to shift your focus from a product-based approach to a market-based approach? Does the validation process look the same or should you aim for something different? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, Scott goes over his market validation process. Scott’s process centers on answering these three questions.

  1. Are there products selling in this market?
  2. Is there content being created in this market?
  3. Are there assets you can build in this market? Can you grab attention?

This is just a small starting point to get you headed in the right direction when it comes to market validation. To get more helpful tips and insights from Scott, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Reverse engineer your way to success.

How do you get from where you are to where you want to be? First, you’ve got to decide that where you are is not where you want to be a year from now. You’ve got to commit to leaving what is safe and comfortable behind! Then you need to get a clear picture of where you want to be. Once you have that settled, all you need to do is work your way back from there. While it may sound simple, it won’t be easy! You’ve got to be committed to putting in the work if you want to succeed. To hear more about what it takes to get the results you want to see, listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [1:30] Moving your mindset from a product based approach to a market-based approach.
  • [8:20] Make sure you think ahead and plan out the path for your brand.
  • [15:45] Focusing on market share will help you future proof your business.
  • [20:00] Scott runs through his market validation process.
  • [24:00] Why it’s helpful to get an outside perspective on your brand strategy.
  • [29:00] Find out where you want to be in your business and work your way backward.
  • [30:45] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:44am EST

Do you ever wish you could go back and give your younger self some critical advice? What if you could get valuable insight from successful business leaders as they look back on their journey? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott and his team as they reflect on the themes that were discussed at the recent TAS Inner Circle gathering. In their conversation, they talk about why it’s important to challenge yourself, some common myths about success and money, why you shouldn't let the fear of failure hold you back, and much more!

If you aren’t growing, you are dying.

When you get into a room with successful business leaders, a common theme that comes up is the drive to grow and invest in personal development. As Tony Robbins teaches, “If you aren’t growing, you are dying.” What are you doing to grow as a leader? How are you moving your ecommerce business forward? Don’t let moderate success, lull you into complacency - you’ve got to keep challenging yourself if you have any hope for long term success. To hear more about this important topic, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Don’t let the fear of failure hold you back.

Too often business leaders will get their business off of the ground and then throttle their efforts back because they are afraid of losing it all. If you let fear of failure dictate your business plans you’ll never get anywhere! Remember, you can always pivot and go back to a 9 to 5 job if you have to. Don’t let the fear of failure shape your plans for the future! What are you going to do to keep fear in its place? How will you press forward in your business? Listen to this helpful episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott and his team dive deep into this subject!

If you work hard, you deserve your success.

Have you ever felt guilty about your level of success? Did you grow up with a skeptical view of business leaders and entrepreneurs who build their business from the ground up? Many business leaders find themselves having to unlearn a negative mindset around money and making a profit. Scott encourages sellers like you to take a hard look at the mindset you have about money and make sure you are giving yourself permission to enjoy the success that your hard work has brought you. To hear more, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Is it a good idea to enter into a business partnership?

Have you considered going into business with someone else to form a partnership? What are some of your concerns about entering into a business partnership? While Scott and his team don’t discourage sellers from going into a business partnership, they stress extreme caution. In many ways, a business partnership is like a marriage. You need to be certain that the person you are merging your future with is a good fit not just on paper but relationally as well. Don’t miss this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott and his team go over this topic and much more!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [2:40] Joel talks about his reaction to hearing from other business leaders.
  • [4:40] Angel give her take on the inner circle discussion.
  • [7:20] Chris talks about why it’s important to challenge yourself.
  • [10:30] Why you shouldn’t let the fear of failure hold you back.
  • [13:30] Don’t feel bad about your success!
  • [16:30] If you do things the right way, money will follow.
  • [20:40] It is better to go after market share rather than products.
  • [22:40] Is it a good idea to start a business partnership?
  • [24:40] Why focusing on market share is so important.
  • [30:30] How success can open up a whole new avenue of opportunities.
  • [33:00] Think bigger and be optimistic!
  • [35:15] If you are not growing you're dying.
  • [37:15] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

Direct download: TAS629.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27pm EST

What is the current status of your ecommerce business? Are you out there kicking butt and taking names or are you staling and searching for that one insight that will move the needle? If you find yourself in either camp or somewhere in between, you’ve come to the right place! It is time for another session of Ask Scott here on The Amazing Seller. On this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he shares his thought of the week, his answer to a question from a TAS follower like you, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this engaging episode!

The power of questions.

Have you ever had an amazing conversation with someone who just kept asking really good questions to try and get to know you on a deeper level? The ability to ask the right questions is an important and powerful tool you need to have in your toolbox. This ability will help you as you navigate the challenges of starting your business and as you try to problem solve issues as they arise. Listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott explains why questions are so powerful; you don’t want to miss it!

Yes, Amazon is the best place to launch your brand.

Many ecommerce sellers find themselves wondering why they should use Amazon to launch their products. That’s a great question to ask! A day may come when Amazon is not the best place to launch a product, but that is not the case right now. Still, Amazon is a good place to launch a product because they are a trusted brand in the public’s eye. When you direct people to buy directly from your website, you are asking them to trust you, and they won’t do that if you haven’t earned their trust. Let Amazon help you build your business as it gets off of the ground; you won’t regret it. To hear more about this important topic, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Sell your product without sounding like a salesperson.

Let’s face it; no one enjoys getting the hard sell from a salesperson. The salesperson probably doesn’t like giving their hard sell either! What should sellers like you do to sell your product without sounding like a salesperson? Thankfully, Scott has created a helpful email template that you can use to cut through all the BS and get to the heart of your message. Scott’s approach emphasizes the value of connecting with your audience as you would with someone you know personally. Don’t feel like you have to reinvent the wheel! Use Scott’s sample email as a starting point and then make it your own! For more helpful tips and insights like this one, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [3:45] Why you should register for Brand Accelerator Live.
  • [5:45] Scott’s thought of the week.
  • [9:00] Question: What should I say in my email to sell my product?
  • [11:45] Start off selling on Amazon it is the platform people trust.
  • [14:30] Scott shares a sample email that he’d send to someone on his email list.
  • [20:00] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

Direct download: TAS628.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a neat list of common mistakes that ecommerce businesses make and how to avoid them? Imagine the leg up that would give you over the competition. On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he reveals helpful tips and insights on how to set your brand up for success. Scott also stresses the importance of creating a solid strategy and plan that plays to your strengths and puts you on the right track. Make sure to listen to this informative episode; you don’t want to miss it!

Do your homework!

What are the most important things you need to do for your ecommerce business to succeed? Do you need the right product? The right market? The best strategy? Yes, all three would be great! More importantly, you’ve got to be willing to put in the time and do your homework. This is not a venture for the faint of heart. Be prepared to dive deep into a potential market and explore all the angles before you commit. Don’t just think one step ahead, build out the possibilities for your brand and think several steps down the line. Listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott expands on this critical topic!

Six reasons why products fail.

Why do some ecommerce businesses take off while so many others crash and burn or even fail to get off of the runway? According to Scott, it all comes down to one of these six common mistakes that ecommercce entrepreneurs often make. 

  1. Choosing one product and not planning out several products down the road.
  2. Getting fooled by basic numbers. Do your research!
  3. Failing to figure out what it will take for the product listing to rank.
  4. Launching with a messy and unattractive product listing.
  5. Starting off cheap and cutting corners. You get what you pay for!
  6. Choosing a product that has a ton of reviews only to find out sales are driven by reviews.

If you want to avoid these common mistakes and put your ecommerce business in a position for long-term success, make sure to listen to this episode. You’ll walk away with a good starting point and helpful tips that Scott has acquired from years of experience, don’t miss it!

Make a plan and execute it.

When was the last time that you completed a major personal or professional milestone? Do you have a solid track record of making plans and seeing them through the end? If not, it’s time to turn over a new leaf! Time and time again, Scott encourages sellers like you to think through your ecommerce business plan and to write it out on paper. When you take the time to write out and visualize your plans, it gives your efforts a more concrete feel. If you are ready to put in the time and effort to get your business off of the ground, you’ve come to the right place. To hear more about getting started, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [6:45] Don’t choose just one product, think several steps ahead.
  • [8:35] Don’t be fooled by basic numbers, dig deeper!
  • [10:20] Make sure you know what you need to do to rank.
  • [14:40] If you want your listing to succeed, you’ve got to optimize your listing.
  • [18:20] Don’t compete in a space that has a ton of reviews.
  • [21:15] Scott recaps the six reasons why products fail.
  • [23:30] Why you need a good plan in place.
  • [25:30] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

Direct download: TAS627.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:17am EST

What is the best way to get ahead in today’s ecommerce marketplace? Do you need to have the very best product that money can buy or do you just need a killer strategy? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he explains why he believes attention is the new currency. Scott also touches on how to monetize your traffic, five benefits of getting more traffic on your site, why you should become the top go-to resource in your target market, how to create compelling content, and much more. You don’t want to miss a minute of this informative episode!

Yes, you can monetize your traffic.

One of the most obvious ways to prove that attention is the new currency is to look at how companies like Amazon and Google are making people pay for it. If you want to show up on Google’s search results, you’ve got to be willing to fork out some money to be on that first page. The other side of this is the fact that if you can gather a sizeable following, people will pay you for the privilege to get in front of your audience. For some specific ways that sellers like you can monetize your traffic, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Five benefits of increasing your traffic.

Still not convinced that taking steps to increase your traffic on your site will pay dividends for your brand? Scott was ready for you! He’s come up with five benefits that sellers like you will see if you take time and energy to get more people to your site.

  1. You get the right people exposed to your ecommerce brand.
  2. You’ll be able to launch or relaunch products easier.
  3. You can diversify your revenue stream.
  4. You get to build relationships over time.
  5. More opportunities will come your way.

Just one or two of these benefits would be worth it to pursue this strategy but take a look at all five! What else can you do to get these types of benefits for your brand? Not much! Listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott expands on these benefits!

Five ways to get more traffic to your site.

What strategies have you been using to drive traffic to your ecommerce business’ home base? Have you thought of using paid services to get traffic to your site? Scott is here to help remove some of the mystery and lay out a clear path that sellers like you can use to increase traffic.

  1. Create engaging content on your blog.
  2. Get active on social media with Facebook pages and groups.
  3. Create YouTube videos that your audience will find helpful.
  4. Utilize Facebook Ads and Facebook Live sessions.
  5. Collaborate with other influencers and sellers in your market.

At the end of the day, what Scott wants to do is help sellers like you serve your market well. Scott’s number one rule for getting more traffic is for sellers to become a top resource in your market by giving value and being helpful. If you want to dive deeper with this valuable lesson, make sure to listen to this fascinating episode of The Amazing Seller!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [5:20] Is attention really the new currency?
  • [7:00] How you can monetize your traffic.
  • [11:45] Benefits of getting more traffic on your site.
  • [17:45] Why you should become a top resource to your target market free of charge.
  • [19:15] Create quality content featured on your home base.
  • [23:40] Leverage Facebook pages and groups to drive traffic to your blog.
  • [26:30] Collaborate with other ecommerce businesses and influencers in your space.
  • [28:30] Why you should work on building your email list.
  • [30:30] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

Direct download: TAS626.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

What strategies have been working for your ecommerce business? Have you tried anything different in the new year? Do you have questions that you’d like to send Scott’s way? You’ve come to the right place! It is time for another session of Ask Scott here on The Amazing Seller. On this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he goes over why you should check out the Brand Accelerator Live event in September, his thought of the week, an answer to a question from a TAS follower like you, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this informative episode!

If you think it, you can do it.

What is holding you back? Seriously! Take a moment and consider what thoughts or ideas that you’ve internalized over the years that might be holding you back from success. Everyone has some sort of limiting belief in their life, some have massive hangups that keep them from taking action, and some have smaller ones. Have you dealt with yours yet? Don’t put this on the back burner, this could be the one thing that is holding your ecommerce business back. To hear more about this important topic, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Build an email list, what are you waiting for?

Is it a good idea to feature your product in a giveaway group? If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long, you know that Scott is encouraging sellers to move away from this strategy. Rather, he’d like to see more sellers invest in assets like an email list. If you want your ecommerce business to go the distance, you need tools like an email list that allows you to connect directly with your target market. So what are you waiting for? You don’t need to have a list with 15,000 email addresses tomorrow, but you’ve got to start somewhere. Listen to this episode of The Amazing Sellers as Scott expands on this vital topic!

Why you should connect with an influencer.

One of the most popular methods of growing an ecommerce brand is by connecting social media personalities and influencers who have taken the time to build a unique following. If you want to expand your brand’s reach, why not consider partnering with an influencer in your niche market? Scott has dabbled with this approach, and he’s had some great experiences. Find out how your brand can benefit from tapping into the audience of social media personalities by listening to this valuable episode of The Amazing Seller!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [3:00] Scott shares his thought of the week; if you think it, you can do it.
  • [6:45] Question: How do I launch a giveaway with variations?
  • [11:45] Why you should build an email list or connect with an influencer.
  • [17:00] Closing thoughts from Scott. 

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

Direct download: TAS625.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:29pm EST

Is your ecommerce business on the right track? Does your current strategy have the legs to go the distance? If you want your business to last you’ve come to the right place! On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he goes over five filters you can use to validate your target market. Don’t leave the future of your ecommerce business all up to guesswork. Take advantage from this opportunity to learn from Scott’s tried and tested approach by listening to this helpful episode!

Are you targeting a market or a one off-product?

If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long, you know that Scott wants to help sellers like you build your brand by serving a niche market. Have you located your target market yet? If you haven’t, it is not too late to find one! Don’t assume that you can build a profitable ecommerce business through one-off products; those days are numbered. Find out how you can build a sustainable business model by targeting a niche market on this informative episode of The Amazing Seller!

Make sure your market has room for you to grow!

Even when you find a niche market, that might not be enough to build a long term ecommerce business. Before you commit to a target market make sure that there is room for your brand to grow. Scott suggests that sellers like you thoroughly research the market you are looking at to see if it can support at least three to five additional products for you to introduce as your brand gets going. If you opt for skipping this important filter, be warned! You could be seriously limiting your brand’s long term chance for success. To hear more about this critical topic, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Why community in your market is so important.

One of the best ways to find out if your target market has the depth to support your brand it to find out if there are social media groups already in place around the market. If you want to build a brand in the bass fishing market go and check Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube to see if there are people talking about this pastime. If you can’t find any groups talking about the market, you want to target it is a good idea to consider a different direction. The whole idea behind this is to let these already established groups act as a validation that your target market has momentum and an audience. Make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott expands on this important subject!

Content is king.

Time and time again Scott comes back to this important topic of content when he teaches on long term brand success. You’ve got to have an audience that is out there searching YouTube or Google for content about your target market. If you can find a niche market where people are gathering on Facebook or searching on YouTube you’ve got a huge chance for success. You don’t even have to be an expert on the subject matter to create relevant content; you can use it as a learning process inviting your audience along for the ride. Listen to this episode as Scott explains how sellers like you can develop content that engages your target audience.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [3:15] How you can participate in the next ecommerce business formula class.
  • [4:40] Are you targeting a market?
  • [6:45] Are there at least three to five products selling in this market?
  • [11:00] Are people searching content online about your market?
  • [15:40] Are there social media groups hanging out?
  • [17:15] Can you build an email list?
  • [21:40] Closing thoughts from Scott.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

Direct download: TAS624.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

What does it take to put yourself and your livelihood on the line to see your dreams become a reality? Is it as scary as it sounds? Is the reward worth all the risk? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he sits down with Kevin Sanderson. In their conversation, Kevin opens up about what led him to fire his boss, how that moment felt, why he is convinced that writing out goals is worthwhile, advice for sellers who are just getting started, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this inspiring episode featuring Kevin’s story!

If you want to make a change, write it down!

Do you write out your goals and plans? Have you ever thought of an idea that you’d do whatever it would take to make it happen? Most people shuffle through a life filled with hopes and dreams, but many fail to act on them. If it were easy to accomplish your dreams, everyone would do it! Don’t make life harder than it already is, put yourself in a position to succeed. One of the best ways you can do this is by writing out your thoughts on paper. In today’s world that may sound “old school” but it works! Scott has been stressing the value of writing things down for quite some time and his guest, Kevin Sanderson agrees. Kevin points to this simple practice as giving him the fuel he needed to keep going while he built his ecommerce business. To hear more about Kevin’s story and how writing out his plans helped him succeed, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

From taking someone elses marching orders to FREEDOM.

While writing out your goals is a good first step, the hardest part is acting on them. How do you move from a place of security and comfort to a place of opportunity and risk? Kevin Sanderson struggled with a foot in each camp for a long time; he wanted the security of his day job and the opportunity of his ecommerce business. He was able to manage this tension for a while, but eventually, he had to pick a direction and give it his full effort and attention. Would he shrink back from the challenge or would he walk into the unknown? The freedom of living life on his terms was too much for Kevin to walk away from so he fired his boss and hadn’t looked back. Could you make a move as bold as Kevin’s? What is holding you back? Listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller as Kevin shares more insights that helped him take action; you don’t want to miss it!

You need people in your corner who will support you.

Who do you have in your corner cheering you on as you build your ecommerce business? While it would be nice to have a supportive coach who guides you every step of the way, that is not realistic. You can surround yourself with family members who encourage you, and you can join groups who will help you keep your eye on the prize. Kevin has been a TAS follower just like you, he attended workshops and learned from Scott’s helpful lessons over the years. All of the support and encouragement that Kevin received from the TAS community played a huge role in helping him get his business off of the ground. As much as you’d like it to be true, you can’t do it all alone. Make sure you have the right people in your corner! To hear more about this important topic, listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [1:35] How did Kevin end up firing his boss?
  • [9:15] Kevin describes the moment he quit his job.
  • [17:00] How did Kevin’s wife react to his decision?
  • [19:30] Why it is so valuable to write out your plans and goals.
  • [23:15] Kevin talks about attending a TAS workshop.
  • [26:30] Kevin’s advice to sellers who are just getting started.
  • [31:00] Why you need to check out Brand Accelerator Live.
  • [37:15] Life is too short, don’t spend it all at work!
  • [39:15] Closing thoughts from Kevin.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

Direct download: TAS623.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

When was the last time that you got a great piece of advice that helped you and your ecommerce business? Has it been a while since you had a good insight that you’ve implemented? If you are ready to take your brand to the next level of growth, you’ve come to the right place! It is time for another session of Ask Scott here on The Amazing Seller. In this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he shares his thought of the week, an answer to a question from a TAS follower like you, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this informative episode!

Something is better than nothing.

Many entrepreneurs believe that if you don’t swing for the fences every time, then you are just wasting your efforts. Do you think that is true? Does every effort have to be a home run? What if you don’t have the means or the information to go as far as you’d like, should that stop you from trying? No! Too often business leaders like you believe the lie that if you settle for a good step, you’ll never make a great step. That thinking can paralyze you and keep you complacent! Even if you can only make a small step toward your goal today, it’s better than nothing! To hear Scott explain how this simple truth has played out in his life, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

You only fail when you give up!

What does failure look like? Is it defined by how much money you lose? According to Scott, failure is when you throw in the towel! Your journey to building your ecommerce business will be full of highs and lows along the way. How you react to those low points is up to you. Will you let it defeat you and pull you out of the game or will you keep pressing forward toward your goal? If you have any hope for long term success, you’ve got to have the right mindset. Don’t let challenges and roadblocks distract you. Listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott expands on this important lesson; you don't want to miss it!

Why you need to get your products on multiple channels.

If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long, you know that Scott is passionate about helping sellers like you build out their brand and feature products on multiple channels. Why does it matter if your products are on multiple channels? Why do you need assets like email lists that are independent of Amazon? To secure a long term future for your brand! It is foolishness to put all your eggs in the Amazon basket. Give your brand a chance to succeed and look for ways to plant seeds and build out alternative channels early in your brand if possible. To get more info on how to future proof your brand, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [4:20] Scott’s thought of the week, something is better than nothing.
  • [11:15] Question: Should I add my products to Ebay and other channels?
  • [17:30] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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What does it take to build a thriving brand online? How do you create a following and leverage your influence to achieve your goals? What happens when you feel the need to make a shift and end up walking away from the very thing that brought you all that success? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he welcomes his guest, Jill Stanton. 

Jill and Josh Stanton are the co-founders of Screw The Nine To Five. They are serial online entrepreneurs and world travellers. In her conversation with Scott, Jill opens up about their journey, why they decided to move from affiliate marketing to building a personal brand, the value of getting clarity in business, what it takes to connect with a large following, and much more. You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Josh and Jill's story!

Hard work pays off.

Jill and Josh started their journey in 2011 working jobs they saw no future in and decided that they needed to make a change. They leapt and started putting together an ecommerce business focused on skin care. While it took a lot of hard work and sleepless nights, their hard work paid off, and they were able to secure their first month with $1,000 in profit. They ended up selling that business for $50,000 and went on to start several other businesses in 2012. The big takeaway from Jill and Josh’s initial success is that they were sick of their current circumstances and decided to do something about it. In short, they took action! They weren’t experts in skin care; they were just willing to go out there, put in the work, and trust that profit would follow and it did!

Don’t become a slave to your business!

Success and growth are a what every business leader is after, right? But what happens when all of the success becomes a weight that drags you down? From Jill and Josh, the complexity and daily demand of their business began to take a toll and caused them to rethink their approach. The last thing you want in business is to find yourself shackled to something that doesn’t fulfil you. It might sound crazy, but their story could be your story! What will you do when that moment comes and feel like you’ve become a slave to your business? Will you stay committed and miserable or will you make the changes necessary? To hear how Jill and Josh pivoted and took their efforts in a new direction, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

What do you really want?

At the end of the day, one of the best things you can do for your business is to identify your “why.” If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long, you know that Scott is passionate about helping sellers like you figure out this important aspect of entrepreneurship. Do you know your “why?” When was the last time you reevaluated it? For some people that “why” will be a constant but for others, it will need to change as their business grows. Learn from Josh and Jill’s story and how asking the question “What do I really want?” helped them get to the core of their “why” by listening to this episode of The Amazing Seller.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [5:20] Jill Stanton join the podcast to share their story.
  • [12:00] Jill talks about their affiliate marketing efforts.
  • [14:00] What led Josh and Jill to focus on building their personal brand?
  • [17:00] Why you need clarity in your business.
  • [24:00] Jill talks about connecting with a large following.
  • [28:50] What is QBR?
  • [32:10] How has life been since Josh and Jill pulled back in their business?
  • [36:00] Jill talks about their traffic strategy.
  • [42:00] Attention is the new currency.
  • [44:40] What do you really want?
  • [47:45] If you want to change you’ve got to start forming positive habits.
  • [53:30] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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Is it still possible to build an ecommerce business as Scott teaches? Hasn’t the ship on this type of opportunity already sailed? While Scott has provided a ton of helpful lessons and insights, nothing is quite as powerful as testimonies from sellers like you who have put those lessons into practice! On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Colin and Angie as they talk to Scott about their ecommerce business. In their conversation, Colin and Angie explain how they got started with ecommerce, how they’ve built their brand, challenges they’ve faced along the way, their plans for the future, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this fascinating episode!

It all started with a test.

What was it that led you to start down this road of building an ecommerce business? Are you sick and tired of your day job and want the freedom of the entrepreneurial lifestyle? Everyone has to start somewhere, you’ve got to get to the point where your status quo isn’t acceptable anymore, and that leads to change. Colin decided that he didn’t want to jump in with both feet, he wanted to just test the waters before making a full commitment. That initial $100 test ended up getting Colin, and his wife, Angie hooked! Make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller as they open up about their story and what it took for them to go all in!

Building a solid team.

Eventually, your ecommerce business will grow to the point where you will need to build a team. What does building a team look like? What role should you hire for first? Should you bring on someone you know or should you build a team of virtual assistants? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, Colin and Angie explain how they took the first steps to build a team in their business. According to Colin, the best route is to find someone either in person or remotely who you can hand off small tasks to. Once they’ve proven that they can handle those small tasks, start training them and give them larger ones, a little at a time. To hear Colin expand on this critical topic, make sure to listen to this episode!

Diversifying and building assets off of Amazon.

Gone are the days where you could build a thriving ecommerce business exclusively off of platforms like Amazon. Does that mean that utilizing Amazon is a waste of time? No! Just don’t put all of your eggs in that basket. There are a ton of different ways that sellers like you can invest in your business and create assets that will bring you income away from Amazon. This is the reason why building an email list and expanding your brand to places like YouTube, and your blog is so important! To hear more about diversifying your brand, make sure to listen to this helpful episode of The Amazing Seller.

Business doesn’t have to always be so serious!

Too often many business leaders get so locked in on building their brand and achieving success that they forget why they got started in the first place! Chances are, you are not building your own business so you can have a bad attitude and feel more important than everyone else. Don’t fall for the line that business has to be serious all the time! Remember why you got started, to have more freedom and enjoy life with people you love. Do whatever you need to do to have fun and work toward your goals! Listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller as Colin and Angie share how they keep their ecommerce business fun.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [2:40] Scott welcomes his guests, Colin and Angie.
  • [6:00] Angie talks about how they got started with their ecommerce business.
  • [11:15] Colin explains how their first product performed on Amazon.
  • [12:45] Why did Colin and Angie decide to start their own business?
  • [15:50] Angie talks about expanding their business and dealing with challenges.
  • [20:45] How do you find the right people to join your team?
  • [24:45] What is the “Honeymoon period?”
  • [27:30] Why you need to put in the time to find the right product.
  • [29:15] Plans to build the brand off of Amazon.
  • [33:20] What would Colin and Angie do right now if they had to start from scratch?
  • [37:50] Scott and Colin talk about brand building.
  • [41:30] Colin talks about future plans for his current brand.
  • [43:00] Have fun while you build your business!
  • [45:00] Closing thoughts from Colin and Scott.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:53pm EST

How is your ecommerce business handling the new year? Are you off to a great start or you could you use a burst of energy and inspiration? If you need a little push, you’ve come to the right place! It is time for another session of Ask Scott here on The Amazing Seller. On this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he shares his thought of the week, answers a question from a TAS follower like you, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this informative and engaging episode!

Don’t stop!

We’ve all been there; you gain some momentum in your business and then suddenly something smacks you across the face. Maybe for you, it was a product that couldn’t bring in the profits you had hoped for, or it was a sudden health issue or financial challenge. There are a ton of reasons out there that can cause you to freeze in your tracks. While there is no way to avoid these obstacles, what you can control is how you respond to them. Will you let these challenges keep you down or will you pick yourself back up and keep headed toward your goal? To hear Scott’s encouraging message about staying the course, make sure to listen to this helpful episode of The Amazing Seller!

The old method won’t get you far.

It’s time to come to terms with the fact that the old method of putting up a variation of a trending product just to catch a bit of the magic (and profits) is dying if not already dead. So what is the solution? Can you still make money by selling product on Amazon? Yes! You just have to be willing to put in the work. Listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott explains how sellers like you can adapt and adjust to a more effective strategy for growing your business!

Four ways to drive sales for your product listing.

What does it take to get sales and traffic to your Amazon product listing these days? Do you have to go all out and spend huge sums of money on a PPC campaign or is there another way? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, Scott lays out four ways to drive sales to your product listing.

  1. Know your numbers. What will it take to get your listing to rank?
  2. Adjust your PPC approach. Dial in on those searches your customers are looking for.
  3. Build an email list and use it to grow your brand.
  4. Reach out to influencers or people in your space who have your customers attention.

To hear Scott expand on each of these important steps that will help you grow your ecommerce business, make sure to listen to this informative episode!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [1:00] Scott’s thought of the week, don’t stop!
  • [8:15] Question: What do I do if I’m not getting organic sales and PPC is too high?
  • [10:30] The old method doesn’t work anymore!
  • [12:10] What to do when PPC spending it too high.
  • [14:50] Don’t take shortcuts!
  • [17:30] Scott recaps four ways to drive sales for your product listing.
  • [19:15] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:09am EST

What do you do when you strike gold with an innovative idea? Do you ride the wave until it ends, use the funds to invest in a more stable opportunity, or do something else entirely? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he drives to his lake house with his father (Poppa V). In their conversation, Poppa V opens up about his blog, how he earned $20,000 a month at one point, why it all came crashing down, and much more. You don’t want to miss this engaging episode featuring Poppa V’s story!

Riding the wave.

Can you imagine what it would be like to stumble upon an idea that earned you $20,000 a month? Does it sound too good to be true? It was! A few years ago, Poppa V created a blog where he could send his old Navy buddies and share content that they all enjoyed. What started as a way to stay in touch and share funny YouTube videos soon turned into a money-making opportunity. Following Scott’s advice, Poppa V utilized AdSense to start collecting revenue from all the traffic he was getting on his blog. Once the traffic spiked and a link got shared, the profits started rolling in, at one point Poppa V made about $29,000 in one month! Unfortunately, the wave he was riding came to an end, two years later Google shut down the AdSense pipeline on the site. To get the full story from Scott and Poppa V, make sure to listen to this episode!

Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket!

One of the best takeaways you can get from a story like Poppa V’s is that you should do everything you can to avoid placing all of your eggs in one basket! Scott had encouraged Poppa V to start collecting email addresses so he could expand the venture if it got shut down but a clear plan never really panned out. You can keep this from happening to your business! Figure out a plan right now, so you don’t have to decide what to do when the time comes. Assume that one of the channels your brand uses will get shut down at some point, that trains you to diversify! Learn more about this important subject from Scott by listening to this helpful episode of The Amazing Seller.

If you don’t take a risk, you’ll never grow.

What is your plan to expand your business? What will be your goose that lays the golden egg? The truth is, no one will come along to drop a money making idea in your lap, you have to go out there come up with one! What are you waiting for? Innovate, experiment, take a risk! The saying is true, “If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.” This is one of the best environments for business building, will you jump in and swim or will you sink? Let Poppa V’s story help guide your way as you look to make 2019 a great year!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [2:00] Poppa V opens up about his ecommerce business.
  • [5:00] Scott fleshes out the details of Poppa V’s story.
  • [8:00] Why type of videos did Poppa V share that brought in revenue?
  • [12:45] There are a ton of ways to make money online.
  • [17:00] If you don’t take a risk, you’ll never grow!
  • [19:00] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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Is your ecommerce business firing on all cylinders? Are you considering making some changes to your business in 2019? What if there was a way to increase sales and drive traffic for free? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott and Chris as they dive deep into this important topic. In their conversation, the guys break down why building an email list is so critical, what the actual cost of building an email list is, how an email list gives your brand a unique advantage, and so much more. Don’t miss a minute of this helpful episode!

Do give away contests really work?

If you’ve been in the ecommerce industry for very long, you’ve probably heard of sellers who use give away contests to get an email list built, but does that really work? Don’t you end up with a bloated list of people who want a free product or prize? While the chances of getting people who are just in it for the prize is a factor to consider, you can limit that issue by giving away a prize or product connected to your target market. If you are going into kyack bass fishing, you shouldn’t run a give away featuring a new iphone! Make sure you are using a giveaway strategy that works by listening to this informative episode of The Amazing Seller!

Is an email list worth the cost to build?

Have you considered building an email list for your ecommerce brand? What is keeping you from pulling the trigger and building it? Are you worried about the cost that it’ll require? According to Scott, the benefits of building an email list vastly outweigh the costs. With an email list, you can drive sales, spike traffic, launch new channels for your brand, get feedback on what people will buy, and so much more. If you are on the fence about building an email list for your eceommerce brand, this the episode you need to listen to!

Attention is the new currency.

Did you know that attention is the new currency in today’s ecommerce marketplace? It’s true! If your ecommerce business has established an audience, there is no limit to what you can do to create streams of revenue. From blogging to building out a thriving YouTube channel, if you have people following you, the value of your business goes through the roof! Don’t miss this opportunity to take your business to the next level of growth. To hear more about how to capitalize on an audience you’ve built from the ground up, make sure to listen to this engaging episode of The Amazing Seller!

10 reasons why you should build an email list.

How can an asset like an email list help your ecommerce business grow? Does it all come down to luck or is there something that sellers like you can do to properly position your business for long-term success? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott and Chris as they provide ten reasons why sellers like you should build an email list.

  1. You’ll have a loyal list of people who follow your brand.
  2. Traffic for your blog, Facebook page, YouTube channel, etc.
  3. You get to sell your product to a custom audience.
  4. Your list can buy affiliate offers off of your blog.
  5. Use a tool like AdThrive to get revenue from your blog traffic.

To hear more from Scott and Chris and to get the full list of ten reasons why sellers should build an email list, make sure to listen to this episode!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [5:00] Chris explains the tension between traffic and sales.
  • [8:45] Scott stresses why sellers like you need to build an email list.
  • [12:00] What is the actual cost of building an email list?
  • [15:30] Chris describes the advantage that an email list gives your brand.
  • [20:00] Attention is the new currency.
  • [23:40] Chris goes over the giveaway strategy.
  • [27:40] Scott gives 10 reasons why sellers need to build an email list.
  • [38:00] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

The new year has arrived, are you and your ecommerce business ready for it? Have you mapped out your plans and goals for this new year or are you still struggling to come up with a plan of attack? If you need a little push to get started, you’ve come to the right place! It is time for another session of Ask Scott here on The Amazing Seller. On this episode, you’ll hear from Scott as he provides his helpful thought of the week, answers a question from a TAS follower like you, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this engaging episode!

Celebrate growth!

With the start of 2019, now is a great time to take a look back to celebrate your personal and professional growth. Many successful business leaders stress the value of taking time to practice gratitude, have you found it helpful? How will you mark significant milestones and achievements in your life and business? Don’t become so focused and driven that you fail to acknowledge how far you’ve come! Learn more from Scott about why celebrating your growth is so important by listening to this helpful episode of The Amazing Seller!

Why you might need to clean up your PPC campaigns.

Do you have a handle on your business and how it is running? Do you know how well your PPC spending is performing or has it been a while since you ducked in to take a look under the hood? According to Scott, you could be losing valuable resources if you haven't’ evaluated your PPC usage lately. Don’t let an easy fix and adjustment go unnoticed! Jump in and clean things up if you need to, what do you have to lose? To hear Scott expand on this critical subject, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller, you don’t want to miss it!

Reserve your spot for Brand Accelerator Live!

Have you secured your spot for Brand Accelerator Live yet? This is your chance to invest in your business and get the tools you need to take it to the next level of growth. If you are hesitant about committing to this event, you should know that Scott and his team have worked hard to ensure that sellers like you will receive tremendous value from attending. They’ve lined up some amazing guests, and you’ll get a chance to connect with fellow entrepreneurs who are in the same boat as you. Get more details about this exciting event by checking out the link in the resources section!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [5:30] Why you need to attend Brand Accelerator Live.
  • [8:15] Make sure to celebrate your growth!
  • [11:50] Question: Are my PPC campaigns competing against each other?
  • [20:00] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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Do you ever find yourself stuck in your efforts to build your ecommerce business? What have you tried to break out of that funk? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he provides his helpful take on getting back on track and achieving your goals. Don’t let distraction and overwhelm win the day! Have pen and paper ready so you can get all the tips you need to stay focused by listening to this powerful episode. You don’t want to miss it!

Write it down.

Did you know that writing something down helps your brain to process it better? Think of all those times you saw your mom write down a shopping list before she went out, writing it out works! Why do we take the time to write down simple tasks like grocery lists but we don’t take the time to write out our goals or strategic thoughts for our business? If you want to make a change in your personal and professional practices, trying journaling for a month. What do you have to lose? Find out how journaling has helped Scott in his business by listening to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Create blocks of time for your work objectives.

Have you ever blocked out a chunk of time in your day to commit to one task or objective? How did that go for you? Some of the most successful business leaders break their day up in blocks of time that they have dedicated to a specific goal. Is your time management system working for you? If it is not, consider blocking out two hours of your day and watch how effective this practice can be. To hear more about creating blocks of your time, make sure to listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Build structure and plan out your day.

How do you like your current daily routine? Does your routine set you up for success or could it use a makeover? Let’s face it; most people stumble upon a daily routine, very few people proactively plan out their day. What would it look like for you to take the time to sketch out and schedule your day the night before? Do you think that it would help you stay focused and structured? Take your business to the next level of success by ordering and organizing your work day! Learn more about this valuable practice from Scott’s seasoned perspective by listening to this episode of The Amazing Seller!

Avoid distractions like the plague!

What do you do to handle the distractions around you on a daily basis? Have you considered setting up boundaries and practices that will minimize the distractions you face at home or in your office? According to Scott, removing the distractions in your life is the only way to focus in on what matters in your business. A good place to start removing your distractions is to eliminate social media from your phone or computer during work hours; there are a ton of helpful ways to accomplish this, what are you waiting for? To get a full breakdown on how to remove common distractions from your daily routine, make sure to listen to this eye-opening episode of The Amazing Seller!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER

  • [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
  • [2:10] A moment of gratitude from Scott.
  • [6:15] Use a monthly journal or notebook.
  • [8:20] Create time blocks for working on your business.
  • [11:00] Plan the next day’s “Big thing.”
  • [14:00] Scott walks through his structured morning routine.
  • [17:45] Avoid distractions and stay on task!
  • [22:20] Scott recaps all five steps and provides tips for seeing each step through.
  • [29:00] How to avoid getting overwhelmed.
  • [32:00] Closing thoughts from Scott.

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