|Mon Dec 31 2012 17:20:00|
Online Sellers' New Year's Resolutions
By: Ina Steiner
Taking better photos, selling unwanted things on eBay, and making time to read the Sunday papers are three of the biggest aims for Brits in 2013 - that's according to a survey of UK consumers commissioned by private gym chain LA fitness.
Respondents had mixed feelings about social networking sites. "Less time on Facebook" and "Socialise more in real life rather than Facebook" were high on the list of New Year's resolutions. But respondents also resolved to "Learn how to use Twitter" and "Get better at social networking."
"I want to sell old stuff I don't need on Ebay" was number 7 on the list.
The survey firm concluded, "New technology and life's modern pressures mean over 60% of us no longer make traditional New Year's resolutions - instead we're promising to reduce the stressful aspects of our life to create a better work-life balance."
New Year's Resolutions for Online Sellers!
We wondered what resolutions online sellers have made for the New Year. Aside from the old standbys - lose weight, exercise more and quit smoking - have you made any commitments to improve your business, lower costs, or boost your profit margins? Have you developed strategies for 2013 to drive more traffic to your websites and product listings, and increase conversions?
Some people find networking helpful in getting ideas and sticking to plans - do you have online or offline colleagues to help you stay motivated?
And to get back to the survey mentioned above, how do you feel about social networking sites? Do you need to spend more time on them, or less? (Funny how taking better pictures was on their list, that could be on the list of many online sellers as well!)
Regardless of whether you make New Year's resolutions, it's a good time of year to do some business planning as you pull your 2012 sales and expense figures together. What are your goals for 2013?
(And be sure to check out the AuctionBytes Blog where Julia wrote an entertaining post, "Best and Worst of Online Selling in 2012.")