3 Mistakes Ecommerce Entrepreneurs Must Avoid

The eCommerce market is huge. In 2015, there were around 12 million eCommerce stores on the Internet. Unfortunately, the number of successful eCommerce stores is much lower.

So, why do eCommerce start-ups fail?

Here are some of the most common reasons:

  • Offering poor products/service
  • Having a poorly-designed eCommerce website
  • Lacking an effective marketing strategy
  • Insufficient Cashflow

Ecommerce and Social Media

Social media plays a big role in the success of your eCommerce store. Social media also helps smaller brands fight the big giants in their industry or niche.

When an eCommerce entrepreneur who is just starting out doesn’t have a social media strategy, their chances of start-up failure are greatly increased.

Here are 3 Mistakes Ecommerce Entrepreneurs Must Avoid

1. Not Leveraging the Power of Niche Social Platforms

New eCommerce entrepreneurs are full of enthusiasm to convert their store idea into a profitable online business. Since these entrepreneurs are highly enthusiastic to see their eCommerce site go live, they often rush to the mainstream social platforms.

While believing simply having a strong presence on major social networks like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram is sufficient, you can miss out on untapped potential.

SEE ALSO: How to Win at Social Media

There is no denying it is a good practice to have a presence on these popular social media giants, but they may not be enough. Leveraging relevant niche social platforms can effectively help you reach your target audience and build brand awareness in these tight-knit communities.

For instance, an online store for kids clothing or kids products must consider having a presence on a niche social platform like CafeMom which is a community with over 1 million moms.

Mistakes eCommerce Entrepreneurs Must Avoid

2. Not Integrating Social Media with Your Ecommerce Website

Another mistake made by eCommerce entrepreneurs is neglecting to integrate social media with their online storefront.

Having a presence on relevant social channels and interacting with your target audience regularly on these channels is only one part of your social strategy puzzle.

Social sharing buttons on product pages encourage customers to share products they like or are planning to purchase with their own personal network of friends and family. This will enable you to drive brand awareness, boost social followers and ultimately grow sales.

You can take a cue from Sporting Life – a Canadian retailer offering fashion and sports equipment when adding buttons to your site. They have added social buttons tactfully on their product pages.

Mistakes eCommerce Entrepreneurs Must Avoid

3. Putting All Your Eggs in the Social Media Basket

There is often a common tendency of eCommerce owners with small budgets to rely solely on social channels for marketing. The main reason being- it is free and easy. However, this is a mistake that may badly affect sales and profit.

Digital Marketing

Any eCommerce store must have a well-rounded marketing plan that covers various bases like PPC ads, email marketing, and content marketing to name a few.

Define your strategy and set clear objectives. Monitor and analyze all these channels to determine which are working for your online store.

SEE ALSO: How to Use Content Marketing to Build Your Digital Brand

Go offline

Apart from digital marketing, eCommerce start-ups can also benefit from marketing through traditional mediums by taking their business offline if feasible– having a booth at a flea market or engaging with local business networks, via print ads or by distributing flyers can be effective.


E-commerce entrepreneurs must create a social plan that helps them strengthen their sales funnel. By avoiding these 3 mistakes, aspiring eCommerce entrepreneurs can be on track to create a successful digital marketing plan that will not only attract more visitors but also generate more sales.

Any other key mistakes to avoid? Let me know in the comments.

Written by
Kim Smith