195: Ensuring Maximum Profitability on Shopify and Amazon

195: Ensuring Profitability on Shopify & Amazon

September 28, 2023

With Tyler Jefcoat, Founder of Seller Accountant

Hosted by Kevin Mako, President of MAKO Design + Invent

195: Ensuring Profitability on Shopify and Amazon

Tyler Jefcoat is the founder of Seller Accountant, which helps Amazon sellers achieve maximum profitability through bookkeeping and CFO services. He has been behind 9 figures in Amazon sales and 9 figures in exits, and that’s after he founded a company himself that grew to 120 employees before being acquired. Today, Tyler is going to share valuable knowledge for inventors, startups, and small manufacturers on what direct-to-consumer selling online is, the pros and cons of Shopify vs Amazon and eBay, and the keys to success when scaling sales through direct-to-consumer selling online. 

Here are the key takeaways from the episode:

  • What is Direct to Consumer selling?
  • Funneling your customers from various platforms
  • Marketplace strategy to get customers to your shopping cart
  • Shopify vs Amazon/Ebay
  • Well designed, differentiated product sells very well on Shopify
  • A direct connection to many customers that have a number of problem solved.
  • Have your own website and drive Shopify to your website
  • Tips to Amazon profit
  • Staple products typically are better suited to Amazon
  • Product design strategy to ensure success of product sales
  • Which community is important for a customer buying something online.
  • It’s okay to be the type of product that fits your brand
  • Amazon fees are high, they take a lot of fees for each sale.
  • Amazon logistics (pick, pack, delivery), also have fees
  • Marketing on Amazon also has fees.
  • COGS is the leading indicator to how well you can market your product
  • The more margin, the more freedom you have to build an audience through advertising.
  • The less margin the more you have to be efficient for getting product to move.
  • 20% to 25% net margin is a very viable product. 30% is big for scaling. 15% is dead.
  • Know that your accounting is giving you real-time information on profitability of your hardware product sales.
  • Each of your sales channels needs to be profitable
  • Each product you have needs to be profitable.

Episode Highlights

  • 2:53 – What is D2C or Direct-To-Consumer Selling?
  • 4:08 – The most successful D2C products on Shopify are the ones that have been able to really differentiate their products
  • 5:04 – People are very unlikely to search for specific companies that sell simple, staple products
  • 5:10 – You need to find or build a marketplace to bring your buyers – think about it like a flea market
  • 5:30 – Learn the difference between your market options and choose the best-suited path for you
  • 6:10 – What is Shopify?
  • 6:30 – Build a niche product, solve a problem, and build loyalty. Loyal fans are more likely to seek you out.
  • 7:20 – Whose community matters most to you? To build your brand, think about which communities are the deciding factor on your product’s success
  • 8:17 – You can’t make money getting distracted, but you can make money if you focus on your specific market audience
  • 9:17 – The budget for your product is directly related to the cost of goods sold
  • 10:20 – Amazon and similar marketplaces deliver the eyeballs that your product needs. 
  • 10:40 – A 20-25% profit margin means you have a viable product, above that, you have a scalable product, and below that, you have a dead product.
  • 12:20 – If you have good margins, you can have an incredibly successful and scalable business
  • 13:25 – You need to be certain of what your gross profit margins are
  • 13:50 – Be sure to “grade” each of your selling channels
  • 14:00 – Each product needs to be responsible for profit
  • 15:40 – Economies of scale

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