I’ve picked the first item I’ve come to which is a bag, you can view this item below:
Interestingly this item has picked up 26 sales, keep this in mind as we go through the points that follow and ask yourself the question:
“How many more could have sold?”
Following the category breadcrumb trail along the top, we are taken to the Mens Bag category http://clothes.shop.ebay.co.uk/Mens-Bags-/52357/i.html.
A very important step here is to realise that eBay serve different pages to different people, its always worth using another machine or a third party proxy like http://hidemyass.com/, even logging out can cause the pages to alter. So now knowing this, you should have three tabs open in your browser(s), one signed in, one signed out and another via proxy.
The reason why we do this is extremely important, as by checking the category where the item is listed we can quickly pick up any commonly used item specifics or in this case the absolute important of the following factors:
- Offering expedited delivery
- Offering a free delivery option
- Specifying the condtion
- The absolute important of the listing title due to the ‘absolute lack’ of product based item specifics in this category.
I’ll come on to the item specifics in part 5, however lets get on to their largest fundamental eBay listing flaw…
The eBay Listing Title, Your #1 Asset
Let me spell this out in the simplest of terms possible.
The eBay listing Title is THE MOST Important Asset on eBay
Screw feedback, Screw categorisation, Screw a crappy looking listing, Screw everything.
Without a quality listing title you are knacker’ing up any chance of buyers finding you. Sorting out every other issue is secondary to the listing title. Something like 80% of all eBay purchases are made by search. Its not just important to have good titles, its categorically important to your business survival that you have ‘brilliant’ tittles.
So with this in-mind don’t do what these ladies are doing, out of a extremely limited title character count of just 55, the first cardinal rule is use everyone of them and they’re not even using all the characters even when stuff it with mindless junk
The Current Title: New Superdry Large Haversack Bag MW140/0531
This comes in at 43 chars, so we have 12 left or some 22% wasted real-estate being lost. When you take into account the removal of the mindless junk (more on mindless junk in a moment), we’re left with ‘New Superdry Large Haversack Bag’ which is only 33 characters.
Thats 40% of theirs and imagine if it was yours, the most important marketing attribute on eBay, pissed up the wall.
So you think you can do a better job Matt?
You bet my-left-nut-I-can and I bet you could too.
Lets quickly brain storm this bag:
- Man Bag
Oh brill, we have an excellent assortment of keywords here, lets string some together so that the title is kewyord-rich and helpful to the customer too:
- Large New Vintage Superdry Messenger/Haversack Man Bag
- Superdry New Shoulder Man Bag Worn Fade Vintage Grey
Actually we could be here for ages, I actually quite like #1 and I’m sticking with it, it comes in at a cool 55 char count. “Happy and Days”. Lets ore at it:
Large New Vintage Superdry Messenger/Haversack Man Bag
It sure kicks ‘New Superdry Large Haversack Bag MW140/0531’ butt any-day.
Side Note: I am a Man Bag pro, I was even on BBC Radio Wales for them. I kid you not, see here.
Now lets try and understand why they’re stuff mindless junk like ‘MW140/0531’ into the listing titles.
In short, its probably an aid to their despatch process or a legacy carry-over from their early listing days. I suspect its caused by a combination of them not having a proper inventory management tool for their back end, needing this information in the titles to identify stock at the time of despatch and a crap tool like Auctiva.
You do not need to make the same mistake, even in eBay’s selling manager you can add stock numbers to goods (yea and via the SYI form), this is a separate value for your items so you can identify products by a name you recognise the SKU (Stock Keeping Unit).
In all honestly, I’ve not looked Auctiva in about 5 years, it was always crap, I doubt much has changed, although the cash injection from Alibaba.com might help. On my mental list to investigate sometime before 2014.
No idea who wrote this listing subtitle, but I suspect subtitles are freebies from eBay and are being randomly filled out with not-very-well-thought-out-crap. Oh like this:
RRP £29.99 – Buy from the official Superdry eBay Store
Now the key point here is that the contents of the 55 characters of the ‘subtitle’ do not impact search results, so you need to use these to nail the customer to open your deliciously tasty listing and reconfirm the title and your USP’s (Unique Selling Point).
Again, lets pause for a moment and brain storm some options for the subtitle:
- eBay Outlet
- Official Superdry Store
- RRP £29.99
- Save 50% off RRP
- Free Delivery
- Feedback, +89,000
See this is the kind of thing you should be doing not only for every title, but every sub title too! I’m going to go with the following, you can think of your own super sexy subtitle:
Save 50% | Free UK Delivery | Official Superdry Outlet
Why did I use the pipes? Simple Seal | The | Deal
All this and we’ve not even got past the subtitle yet! Lets quickly summarise the above into some bullet points:
- Check the eBay category you’re going to be listing into for item specifics (covered in part 5)
- Do not waste your #1 eBay marketing Tool, the title
- If you get free subtitles or use them, use the the simple rule Seal | The | Deal
Time has run out for me today, if you only pick up one thing from today’s session, get the titles right!!!