From Selling Gag Gifts to Earning $1,000,000 as a Successful Dropshipping Store

Empire builders, are you ready to create your own $1,000,000 dropshipping store? To help you speed through your dropshipping learning curve, check out the case study I did on an extremely successful dropshipping store below. In this case study, I’ll take you through the inside of a business that is making millions each month. You can use these key takeaways and implement them into your own eCommerce business today.

Manscaped 

The dropshipping store that we will be analyzing today is Manscaped. When this store came out two to three years ago, it was a joke that just sold gag gifts. However, the store has now transformed from gag gifts to a million-dollar business. 

There are a ton of things I love about this store and a few things I don’t. Today, I will clue you in on what I think Manscaped gets right and a few things I think they could work on. However, at the end of the day, money talks. This store has proven to be extremely profitable, so they’re doing something right. 

Ads Are the Bread and Butter of Every Successful Dropshipping Store

In the dropshipping industry, ads are your bread and butter. One thing that Manscaped has perfected is their ads. So, what can you learn from them? First things first, you must do your research. Research is key when it comes to creating a profitable dropshipping business. Always research what types of ads your competition is running. This is free market research, so don’t miss out on this opportunity. If you really want to geek out on marketing, I recommend reading Breakthrough Advertising

For now, head over to the Manscaped Facebook page. There, you can see the types of ads they are running right now. Manscaped runs a variety of ads on Facebook, something that I think every dropshipping business needs to do if they want to be profitable. 

Remember, not all ads are created equal. 

You can’t run the same ads you do to loyal customers as you do to people who have never heard of your brand. You have to understand the temperature of your traffic and cater your ads to the specific type of customer you are targeting. The two main types of advertisements that Manscaped runs and that you need run for your own business are cold traffic ads and retargeting ads.   

1. Cold Traffic Ads

woman scrolling through ads on social media

Cold traffic ads are the ads you run to people who have never heard of your brand before. They don’t know anything about your product yet, so you have to highlight the solution that your product will bring to them. 

2. Retargeting Ads

Retargeting ads are the ads you run to customers who have already bought from you or those who already have a sense of what your brand is all about. In these types of ads, you highlight your products while keeping your brand at the forefront of potential customers’ minds. 

Manscaped does a good job of running both cold traffic ads and retargeting ads, as you can tell from their Facebook ads library. They also make their advertising fun. Their slogan is, “Over 1 million men trust Manscaped tools for their family jewels.” This is a fun advertisement that uses a play on words to draw customers into the brand. 

Use Manscaped’s slogan as inspiration to create a fun and captivating slogan for your business. The thing about ads and marketing is that you can’t just copy and paste someone else’s copy. Great copy and ads are assembled like a puzzle. You take inspiration from multiple sources and then create something unique for your brand. 

Perfecting the Landing Page for a Successful Dropshipping Store

Once you’ve learned how to create ads that send traffic to your store, your landing page must be set up to make the sale. If your ad did a good job advertising the product, you can go right in for the sale. 

However, if your ad didn’t do a good job of pre-framing the product, then you have to sell the customer on the product. Manscaped’s landing page has a mixture of both. They are telling you about the product, while also selling you on it. 

What I Don’t Like About Manscaped’s Landing Page

discussing the multiple product offers on Manscaped's landing page

What I don’t like about Manscaped‘s landing page is that they seem to have too much going on. But a confused mind does not buy. The Manscaped landing page has tabs to other products. This adds confusion for the customer. 

People want to be told what’s best. So tell them by focusing on one specific offer. Make this offer clear, and don’t try to showcase every product you sell. 

Confusion over this concept is why a lot of dropshippers have great site traffic but poor conversion to sales. They try to sell the customer on a hundred different products at once. Remember, a confused mind will never buy. You can offer different products on your store, but you must only highlight one specific offer when trying to get that first sale. The big takeaway is to always have one clear offer on your landing page. Tell the customer what they want and make the sale. Even if you don’t make the sale immediately, you can keep reaching out with the strategies I discuss here.

What I Do Like About Manscaped’s Landing Page 

What I do like about Manscaped’s landing page are its layout and its imagery. They have a scrolling CTA, which is a nice touch. They also have premium images depicting their product. You must have premium images in your store if you want to make big money. This doesn’t necessarily mean professional photographs. 3D rendered images are all you really need to have premium images on your dropshipping site. 

Manscaped also does a good job of highlighting their product’s most significant benefit. That’s what a successful dropshipping store does. People don’t need the nitty-gritty information about your product; most of them don’t care. 

Highlight the one huge benefit your product has to offer a potential customer. If you don’t know what that one big benefit is, consult with the consumer. Listen and talk to customers about your product. By doing this, you will see a recurring theme about what customers like about your product. This is your selling point. Overall, I love the Manscaped site. The only thing I would change would be to focus on a single offer, rather than trying to sell multiple products at once. 

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screen grab of Manscaped's Facebook page for analysis

So, how will you implement these knowledge bombs into your own successful dropshipping store? If you’re looking for some more guidance with building your eCommerce business, we can help. At Ecommerce Empire Builders, we can help you build, launch, and scale your own profitable dropshipping business. 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. 

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How to Scale Your Dropshipping Business to $20,000/Month

When the excitement of opening your ecommerce store and selecting your first products begins to wear off, the real excitement begins. You are ready to scale your dropshipping business up with more sales and profits. You are ready for what we call ecommerce empire building.

Unfortunately, scale-up also is where a lot of us get stuck. The effective scale-up of sales and profits demands not only marketing strategies and sales techniques, but also adapting them to new technology and new online buyer habits. Let’s start by getting the big picture clear and our basic strategy solidly on track. Tactics do matter, of course, but tactics can’t save a flawed strategy.

The classic sales funnel (or buyer journey) is still the best framework for thinking through how to convert buyers at each step. That requires attracting initial contacts, informing them and gaining credibility with them, presenting your products, employing a pricing strategy, getting the shopping cart to the check-out, and working payments. Then, at the end, there’s another whole vista called “follow up.”

The “Moving Pieces” of a Sales Funnel

We want to focus here on a few of the moving pieces of the sales funnel that you may not be using optimally. At each step along the sales funnel, you might offer a one-time offer, or OTO. For each OTO, you will have a certain success rate, of course, and that is what we want to increase.

At the same time, however, our priority is not the number of sales. Our priorities are your average profit per sale and your customers’ lifetime value to your business.

Both priorities are addressed most profitably near the end of the sales funnel. Once the customer is in your online store and has been converted to making a purchase — or declining to make a purchase — some valuable strategies can come into play.

There is a cardinal rule here: If possible, you do not want to lose either a buyer or a non-buyer

You probably paid for that first customer contact. In many cases, in making that first contact, you will have obtained an email address and possibly other information. (We will talk in a moment about response automation by email.) But after your customers at OTO2 have either made a purchase or declined to purchase, they are still in the store and you have new and crucial information about them. Right here is a significant, immediate opportunity with non-buyers.  OTO3 should be a follow-up offer that is less expensive, less of a commitment, easier for the customer to accept. We call this “down selling.”

How to Convert a Non-Buyer

non-buyer debating whether to purchase another offer

For example, if you are selling an annual membership but a customer rejects this option, you can offer a one-month trial membership. If you make a sale, you have made a customer at OTO3. The trial memberships will have a cancellation rate after the month, of course, and the profit is far less than on the annual membership. Therefore, your crucial step is to follow and convert this new customer to higher-priced purchases.

At OTO3, which is a price offer, you once again see customers divide themselves into buyers and non-buyers. If their answer is “yes” (a purchase), the customer goes to your thank you page.

Email Automation Is Indispensable

Engage with your non-buyers, not just your buyers, to scale your dropshipping business from hundreds of dollars to tens of thousands.  For almost all stores that I see, this is a great missed opportunity. Again, you probably paid to get that customer to your store. So don’t just throw that money away — use the connection.

For easy and highly effective email automation, check out the Ecommerce Empire Builders website for a program called Active Campaign. It largely automates your email follow up to both buyers and non-buyers. 

You want to reach out to non-buyers again and again

After all, you know that they are aware of your store, have some knowledge of your product, and considered a purchase. Timing, new products, new offers, and increasing knowledge and familiarity with you and your store all can factor into a purchase by that customer in the future. You will use automated email to approach these customers at intervals say of one hour after leaving your site, one day later, two days later, and beyond.

Customize Your Emails Based on Their Purchase Behaviors

email automation workflow for interacting with non-buyers

Your priorities, as mentioned above, are profit per sale and the lifetime value the customer brings to your business. Automated email works in part by segmenting your customers into categories to guide customized messages to them.

You will sell far more to your list of existing customers than to any list you probably can purchase. You usually can count on a buyer’s excitement with your product to be highest immediately after the purchase and in the days following. So that is the time to introduce related products, “step-up” offers, and bargains.

It should go without saying that when you are drafting the email messages to flesh out your active campaigns to buyers and non-buyers, differentiate the messages. Speak to segments of each group, and feature different intervals and offers.

Remember: you are writing directly to the customer, as an individual, in a friendly tone. Any other approach wastes the most important advantage of automated email responses: the connection.

The Sales Relationship Gets Longer

The real money in ecommerce is achieved by buyer evolution through successive points in the sales funnel. When you make that first sale, your customer has only completed the first leg of the buyer’s journey. Scale your dropshipping business by continuing the interaction. Your more expensive products are where the big profits are made, and these purchases rarely come from first-time, one-time buyers. The most profitable sales funnel represents your entire — sometimes your permanent — relationship with a customer.

Succeed With Ecommerce Empire Builders

As you strive to scale your dropshipping business from one level to the next, consult with the experts. We offer presentations, classes, and the spectrum of related materials available at Ecommerce Empire Builders, and we’re ready to help you at every step.  Be sure to check back here for information, insights, and updates. Right now, sign up for our exclusive free webinar. We’ll introduce you to the simple five-page ecommerce funnel that works.   

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