How to Automate Order Fulfillment in Clickfunnels and AliExpress

You may already be making money through Clickfunnels sales funnels. But you want to automate the order fulfillment process. If you’re already branding and sourcing your own products and looking to easily fulfill your orders through Clickfunnels and AliExpress, there are a few solutions that can help get the job done right. Keep reading to learn how to automate order fulfillment.

Use Dropton to Automate Order Fulfillment

Recently, Dropton released easy-to-use software that can help with order fulfillment. The great thing about Dropton is that it can serve as your order hub with plenty of features. A couple of one-click functions you can handle with Dropton include:

  • Performing all tracking
  • Transferring orders from Clickfunnels to Dropton

Ultimately, the Dropton software can help you avoid a lot of the pains of order fulfillment. While we may have recommended a different kind of software to use for order fulfillment in the past, other software with similar functions tend to take a commission off of sales. Dropton doesn’t. That alone makes Dropton a good option as you’re deciding how to automate Clickfunnels.

Keep in mind that not everything done in Dropton is automated. You will need to perform some manual tasks. But they mainly entail clicking a button to fulfill orders, followed by clicking another button to send tracking information. All of this should take no longer than five minutes.

Hire an Experienced VA Through FreeUp for Some Assistance

If you want to further automate the order fulfillment process with Clickfunnels and AliExpress, you can do so by hiring a virtual assistant, or a VA. With the help of a VA, you can have some tasks outsourced so that you can focus on more important matters. 

FreeUp is a great source for a reliable VA. It has pre-vetted Ecommerce freelancers who are familiar with order fulfillment and who can give you the help you need at a price you can afford. Simply let FreeUp know what skills you’re looking for. The site will return results featuring individuals who are pre-vetted to ensure they have the expertise they claim.

Why FreeUp?

screengrab of FreeUp

Compare this to, say, Fiverr or Upwork, where anyone can claim to have a level of expertise and experience without the credentials to back them up. You’re likely to find plenty of professionals with experience in dropshipping on FreeUp.

Working with a VA can be a simple process. For example, you can have Clickfunnels export a Google Sheet with your orders and have your VA manage all the orders. You can also have the VA send that sheet as a bulk CSV file to your company’s supplier to handle all orders.

With a VA behind you to automate your order fulfillment process, you can spend more time on growing your dropshipping business. That includes more creative tasks such as focusing on the sales funnel, increasing conversions, and creating offers. These tasks are more important than worrying about order fulfillment.

However, you may not need to hire a VA. You may be able to work with someone else or spend the minimal amount of time needed to manage fulfillment through Clickfunnels on your own. Regardless, it’s always a good idea to have a VA in mind as a possible resource if things get too hectic for you to manage by yourself. With the right VA, you can help make sure all order fulfillment takes place consistently without worrying about other aspects of your business going overlooked.

Pro Tip:

Before you hire help, get used to performing some of these tasks on your own so that you know what the process entails.

Warning: Avoid Using Clickfunnels for Shopify Integration

screengrab of AppTrends

Do you rely on Shopify for order management, even if you don’t sell through Shopify? If so, then it’s best to stay away from Clickfunnels’s Shopify integration. We have experienced many issues with Clickfunnels when it came to using it in conjunction with Shopify order fulfillment. (But that may change with future updates to the Clickfunnels platform.)

Instead, we recommend using AppTrends so you can use Shopify for backend order management. Using AppTrends, you can connect Clickfunnels to your Shopify store. It works much more dependably than Clickfunnels’s current native integration. Once you use AppTrends to connect Clickfunnels and Shopify, you can then take advantage of all the Shopify apps available. If you want to, you can further automate the process with the help of a personal VA.

Use ShipStation for Sourcing Your Product

warehouses and inventory centers connecting with dropshippers for seamless order fulfillment

If you want to begin sourcing your product into your own fulfillment houses or have your current manufacturer dropship for you, we recommend using ShipStation. This platform can help manage email delivery and other tasks that something like Dropton would handle.

Now, it’s important to remember that your supplier or manufacturer might use entirely different platforms than ShipStation. They may not want to have to learn how to use this platform. For example, if your supplier relies on Shopify, you may have to accommodate this. However,  ShipStation can be ideal if you’re looking for additional ways to automate your processes or looking for new suppliers.

If you try out these platforms and steps, you can more effectively automate order fulfillment in Clickfunnels and AliExpress. By automating things as much as possible, you’ll be able to focus on what really matters when growing your business. Even better, you avoid some of the headache that you might otherwise experience with order management.

Consult With the Pros

Want to learn more about how to build your dropshipping business and make a full-time income online? Check out our exclusive free Ecommerce masterclass. In this webinar, we’ll teach you how to make money by selling products that you never need to see, touch, or pay for at any point. Tagged : / / / /

Clickfunnels or Shopify: Should You Build a Sales Funnel or a Store in 2020?

If you own a dropshipping business, every detail matters. You may be wondering whether it’s best to use Clickfunnels or Shopify. In other words, you’re contemplating whether to build a sales funnel or build a whole store. You might even be tempted to try both. But don’t overcomplicate your ecommerce empire — I recommend the sales funnel. Let’s discuss why.

Don’t Build an Online Store with Too Many Options

What’s one of the problems with relying on stores like Shopify alone? It’s difficult to make a profit on cold traffic from basic ad campaigns. For example, you might be selling a pet product and lure people to your store with ads. When people get onto your landing page, they’re likely to encounter multiple sizing and color options for the product. The problem with offering too many options without any instructive advice on what to get is that the customer may have too many questions. Remember, confused customers never buy.

screen grab of a confusing online store with too many shopping options

Take our pet product example again. It could be a chew toy that’s available in small or large sizes, but the customer may consider one size to be too inconvenient to carry with them to the dog park. At the same time, the other is possibly too small for larger dogs. Giving customers too much of a headache around the buying decision can lead them to simply turn away from your store

As the owner of a Shopify store, you may see this activity in the form of plenty of “at the cart” statuses that end right there. We’ll discuss this more later.

Another potential issue is that prospects may see too many suggested products that don’t seem relevant to the product they’re currently viewing. That confusion alone can lead to mistrust — and, again, they’ll leave your store without making a purchase. 

The key is narrowing down your focus on specific products and mastering that category. Whether you prefer Clickfunnels or Shopify, focus is essential.

What Should You Do Instead? Choose a Single Profitable Niche

A big mistake that many Shopify store owners make is adding too many products to their store. Then the store doesn’t seem to have a clear focus and merely exists to generate sales for random products. It’s best to spend your energy on a particular niche. Start learning the ins and outs of it, and focus on creating offers that fit within that niche. You can even focus on selling just a single product for your whole business (which I dive into here).

Shopping Carts Can Let Customers Leave Your Store

frustrated customer who is shopping at a poorly designed online store

As we mentioned, a general store with products offering too many options could lead many people to add products to their cart. But the process of actually making a purchase could also be too daunting.

For instance, customers might have to choose specific options for a product before even adding it to their cart. That’s a barrier. Even once they finally click that button and move on to the next screen, they land on the cart page. Many people don’t like cart pages, and that means they reduce the odds of people making a purchase through cold traffic. 

At the cart page, the customer may begin to experience what’s known as buyer’s remorse. In the process, they may regret their decision when faced with the total cost. Maybe they’ll remove multiple items from the cart. Maybe they’ll decide to leave altogether. This reason alone is why the average Shopify store has a conversion rate of under two percent. When you’re choosing between Clickfunnels or Shopify, Shopify is a little underwhelming for sellers and overwhelming for buyers.

Even if the customer gets past the cart page, they’re then faced with a third page to complete the checkout process. Checking out also involves entering shipping and billing information, resulting in more unnecessary clicks that draw out the buying process. By that point, there is a myriad of holes in the funnel that makes it clear why so many people leave the store without buying.

While Shopify can still help you earn the profits you want, the key is selling smart. Keep in mind that many people who visit your store are just visiting you for the first time. They don’t know if they can trust the merchant or their products at this point, which can give them some doubts that lead them to the door without spending a dollar.

Why You Need an Effective Sales Funnel in Place

For cold traffic, you should always have a sales funnel that helps improve conversion with a proven process. Clickfunnels can help.

What first happens with a sales funnel for cold traffic is this:

When a person clicks on your ad, he or she will be redirected to what you may refer to as a squeeze page. This is also called a landing page or a sales page. The point of these pages is to highlight one particular product and show why your product is worth buying. You may include benefits, features, testimonials, reviews, and other information that convinces the customer that the product is right for them before simply leading them to your store.

After the customer has had a chance to review the page and the product it’s advertising, you can ask them to simply provide their email address to begin buying the product. At this point, in lieu of a traditional checkout page, you would lead the customer to an order form that’s simple and to the point. Without all the complexities of a general Shopify cart and that opportunity to experience buyer’s remorse, the customer will be more engaged and be more likely to make a purchase.

An effective sales page boosts the perceived value of your product among your audience. You’ll have a much better chance of increasing sales for that product. 

Our “1, 2, 4, 6, 8” Philosophy

screen grab of an order form to highlight the choice between Clickfunnels or Shopify

There’s even a great strategy to increase sales for a product in the sales funnel through your order form/ It’s what we call the “1, 2, 4, 6, 8.” This entails listing various quantities of the product in a dropdown going from one to eight by an increment of two, which highlights how much they can save if they order multiple quantities of a product at once. Showing a person how to get the best value is more likely to get them to buy more of your product in a single sale. In turn, this can give you more money to spend on ads for that product and expand your reach through reinvestment in your business.

You can further boost sales by leading customers to an upsell page after the initial purchase with a discount. This can encourage people to buy even more with the understanding that they’ll continue to save. If you can show the value of your products and the purchase, you can include as many upsells as you want without worrying about the customer simply leaving — we recommend using around three to four, but feel free to experiment.

Using Both Clickfunnels and Shopify

In the end, it’s best to have a Clickfunnels sales funnel at the front end of the sales process. By using a sales funnel, you can build a list of nonbuyers and prospective customers. Then, you can sell them premium versions of your products. At the same time, you could have a simple niche-specific Shopify store that you use to sell a premium-priced product to existing customers or ones who are more likely to buy. This is generally a better strategy than relying on sales through cold traffic.

Take all of these aspects into consideration when choosing between Clickfunnels or Shopify.

Consult With the Pros 

At Ecommerce Empire Builders, we can help you determine which steps you need to take to maximize sales and ROI. To learn more about how to build your dropshipping business with ease, reserve your seat at our free Ecommerce masterclass. You’ll find out how to earn a full-time income online without the need to build a website or even touch the products you’ll be selling. Also, keep your sales strategies sharp by watching our videos on YouTube. Tagged : / / / /

How to Set Up a Profitable One Product Dropshipping Store

Empire builders, have you been in the ecommerce industry for a while now without making any serious traction? Well, I am about the let you in on a little secret. The reason you’re not making the sales you want to be is that you’re overcomplicating the process. The most profitable ecommerce businesses are simple products or ideas framed as incredible offers. Check out how you can take your own ecommerce endeavors to the next level by setting up a simple one product dropshipping store with ClickFunnels. It’s time to take a chance on yourself. You won’t be disappointed!

Benefits of a Simple Two-Step Order Form for Your One Product Dropshipping Store

So many aspiring ecommerce entrepreneurs fail because they try to overcomplicate the selling process. The number one rule in marketing is: a confused mind never buys. You have to create a simple and straightforward offer for your customer. 

The easiest way to create a simple offer is through a one product dropshipping store with ClickFunnels. This type of funnel allows you to generate the most revenue for your business while providing your customer with the best experience possible. 

I like to keep business simple, and ClickFunnels allows me to do just that. ClickFunnels gives me access to all the software I need to create and run a successful ecommerce store. In my YouTube video’s description, I set up a link to a sample template so you can see what ClickFunnels is all about. The template provided is a simple two-step order form funnel. With ClickFunnels, there are a ton of different funnel options you can go with. Personally, I prefer the two-step order form, and I encourage everyone, especially beginners, to go with the two-step order form option, too.   

Setting Up Your Two-Step Order Form Funnel 

screen grab of an order form on ClickFunnels

When I think about creating a new one product dropshipping store, I like to think of it as one offer rather than one product. The offer you come up with has to be unique. You have to give customers a reason to buy from you rather than from Amazon or Walmart.

Setting up your two-step funnel with ClickFunnels is relatively simple. You really only need two things to create a profitable order form. The first is a nice image of the product. You need to showcase your product and give your customer a reason to want it. Therefore, only a premium image with suffice. 

The second element you need to focus on when setting up your funnel is speaking to the customer. You have to highlight how the product you’re offering with benefit the customer in one way or another. Every product can solve a problem. You must showcase what problem your product will solve. It’s very simple: highlight the key benefit of the product. This will have customers seeing your offer as something with high perceived value.   

Why You Need to Use ClickFunnels

screen grab of the last steps for creating product offers on ClickFunnels

Funnels are designed to make you as much money as possible with your offer. If you like money, you need to be using ClickFunnels. Using ClickFunnels lets you create your business in a way that is as simple as possible.

Two-Step Order Form Breakdown

This is the breakdown of a two-step order form funnel. First, a customer lands on your funnel from a Facebook ad, Instagram ads (which I break down here), or other means of advertisement. They are then asked to enter their email address and shipping information the moment they enter your funnel to claim their offer. They then claim the offer and select the product quantity they desire. You can then present an upsell offer. Think of it as a toss-in item to bump up your total revenue. The customer either accepts or declines the upsell offer, and they are then taken to the order confirmation page. That’s it — that’s the whole process with a two-step order form funnel. 

The two-step order form funnel is simple in a way that presents customers with an offer with no confusion. There are no pages or products to get sidetracked by. Customers are given a straightforward offer with no way to get lost or confused. Your goal is to present one product as an irresistible offer. The offer is framed in a straightforward way that lets the customer know how they will benefit from taking the leap and purchasing your product. A confused mind never buys, so you have to present a simple offer to your customers if you want to be successful in ecommerce. 

Conversion Rates on ClickFunnels

happy customers looking at a persuasive product offer online

ClickFunnels convert at a rate of 10-15%. Shopify stores only convert at a rate of 1.3%. This discrepancy occurs because Shopify stores overcomplicate the selling process. With Shopify, customers are not presented with a straightforward offer. They look at all the products the store has to offer, get overwhelmed with all the choices, and end up just leaving the store altogether. This is no way to run a business. You simply can’t get the same results with Shopify as you can with ClickFunnels. 

Ultimately, you can sell whatever product or services you want in a funnel. The options are truly endless. ClickFunnels provides you a simple process that allows your store to be up and running quickly. It provides you access to premium software that will enable you to easily make a clean looking sales funnel on both desktop and mobile. ClickFunnels keeps it simple like no other selling platform out there can. If you want to make more money in ecommerce, you need to set up your own simple two-step order form with ClickFunnels today. 

Consult With the Pros 

Don’t overcomplicate your ecommerce journey. Keep it simple and create your own two-step order form funnel with ClickFunnels. If you have more questions about creating your own profitable two-step order form, feel free to reach out and consult with our team today. At Ecommerce Empire Builders, we can help you build, launch, and scale your own profitable dropshipping business. For more insider tips and information, sign up for access to our exclusive free webinar today. Be sure to check our YouTube channel for even more free resources and insights into the dropshipping industry. Remember, your empire starts now.  Tagged : / / / /

How to Start Dropshipping With $0

Empire builders, are you ready to transform your life through the power of dropshipping? Anyone can become a dropshipper, but only the ones ready and willing to put in the work will prove to be successful in the end. You’re ready to start your new business today, but can you start a profitable dropshipping business with $0? Read on to learn how you can create your own successful ecommerce business through the most low-cost measures possible. 

Is It Possible to Create a Dropshipping Business With a $0 Budget?

Is it really possible to start dropshipping with $0? The simple answer is yes. It is feasible to start a brand-new dropshipping business with no money. However, your success depends on a number of factors. One of these factors is your previous experience. If you already have experience in business, marketing, or the dropshipping industry, then creating a profitable ecommerce business from nothing is a much more doable feat. 

However, it’s not logical to believe that you will draw riches from thin air. 

While some individuals are able to build profitable dropshipping businesses without investing any money, I recommend having an investment budget of $250 to start your dropshipping business. If you’re doing something you’ve never done, then you’re going to have to put a bit of risk into it. For starting a new dropshipping business, this risk is given through your time and money. 

There is some risk to dropshipping. However, if you want to start your own business, dropshipping is one of the lowest cost and lowest risk endeavors to get started with. 

I have seen so many people invest their life savings into business inventory that they are never able to sell. This is common with Amazon sellers. They invest in a large amount of inventory at the start of their business, and then can’t sell it. They end up having to sit on all their unsold inventory, and their investment wastes away. 

That’s the great thing about dropshipping. It requires a low startup cost, and there is no inventory to deal with. Overall, I have found that the sweet spot for investing in a new dropshipping business falls between the $0 to $250 range. If you’re willing to invest a little cash, you will find success within the industry — especially if you follow the tips I’m about to share.

What Do You Need? 

man setting up the website for his dropshipping business

So, what do you need to start your brand-new dropshipping business with $0 or $250? Many people try to over complicate the process. But when it comes down to it, dropshipping is a very straight forward process, especially if you choose the right niche. There are only two things you need to create a profitable ecommerce business. The first is a website, and the second is traffic. 

1. Your Dropshipping Website 

Creating an ecommerce business will require you to have a website. You can purchase a domain and email bundle for about $7 a month. Remember, your domain name doesn’t actually matter. I have seen individuals pay hundreds on a specific domain name. Don’t be one of these people. Your domain name has nothing to do with how profitable your dropshipping business will be. Always choose the cheaper domain and email bundle option.

Along with purchasing a domain and email bundle, you have to choose a platform to sell on. It doesn’t matter if it’s Shopify, WooCommerce, or Clickfunnels, you need to have a website and platform to sell products from. 

Choose Clickfunnels As Your Platform

That being said, all my successful dropshipping endeavors have been created through Clickfunnels. I’m not affiliated with Clickfunnels in any way, but this software has changed my life, and I want you to experience the same type of success. 

I have had tremendous success with Clickfunnels, and I believe it’s the best platform to use for your dropshipping business. Clickfunnels gives you a 14-day free trial. During my free trial, I took a new funnel from $0 to $1000 a day in the first three days. After the free trial, a Clickfunnels account costs $97 a month. However, as my sales show, a Clickfunnels membership can more than pay for itself. Ultimately, your Clickfunnels membership will be the most expensive investment to get your store up and running. However, keep in mind that the cost is worth every penny. 

Clickfunnels vs. Shopify

The Clickfunnels platform allows you to do so much more than Shopify or WooCommerce does. On Shopify, you can kind of piece things together with your store like you can on Clickfunnels, but it’s going to cost you $500 to $600 just in apps to keep your Shopify store running smoothly. 

Don’t get me wrong. I love the Shopify business model. But Shopify does not generate the most profits for dropshippers. Shopify makes tons of money off apps alone, as stores have to purchase at least 10 to 15 apps to get their businesses up and running. Shopify overcomplicates the process, especially for newbies. 

5 Key Clickfunnels Features

With Clickfunnels, you have access to all the features you need for a winning business. Plus, you don’t have to pay for each individual feature like you do on the Shopify platform. 

With a Clickfunnels membership, you automatically get access to the five most important features every profitable dropshipping store has. These features are:

  1. Opt-In Pages
  2. Order Forms
  3. One Time Offers (OTOs)
  4. One-Click Subscriptions
  5. Automated Emails

Opt-in pages give you access to email addresses from the start. OTOs provide you the option of creating one-click upsells. Shopify charges for this feature and takes a portion of the money you make. With Clickfunnels, this is just a built-in option that comes with every membership. 

With Clickfunnels, you get access to all the necessary features right out of the gate. Ultimately, you can make three to four times more money through a funnel than through a Shopify store. As a marketer, that’s all that really matters.   

2. Traffic Generation

roadmap of an effective traffic generation strategy

After creating your website, the next step in your dropshipping endeavor is driving traffic to your store. Building the store was the easy part. Marketing is where the real challenges come into play. After your business is built, advertising is where the majority of your money will go. Advertising is expensive, but it’s an essential investment. Advertising is how you get your product into the hands of customers. 

Now there is a difference between advertising and profitable advertising. There is a great deal of research that goes into profitable advertising. Not many people are willing to put in the work it takes to research and understand how the marketing platform works. 

Research is hard. It takes time and effort. 

When it comes down to it, there is no magic pill. 

If you want to make money, you have to put time and effort into your marketing strategy. The willingness to research is what separates profitable dropshippers from everyone else in the industry. Building your funnel was the easy part. Driving traffic will prove to be the most challenging. 

Consult With the Pros 

Are you ready to start your own dropshipping business today? At Ecommerce Empire Builders, we can build, launch, and scale your very own profitable ecommerce business. Check out our website today to sign up for access to an exclusive free webinar on creating your own profitable ecommerce funnel. You can also check out our YouTube channel for free resources as you work to create your own profitable dropshipping business.  Tagged : / / / /