It’s not necessarily a requirement for you to become an expert in niche products in the field of Dropshipping, but if you do manage to do it, your business is set for life. If you are willing to try a fresh new look and try out your creative side, you can enjoy the wonderful fruits of the dropshipping niche. We have some ideas on how to do just that!
1 . Understanding Your Customer
One of the most important things you have to overcome if you want the product expert title in the niche market is letting go of your fear when it comes to your customers. You will have to take the risk of sounding cringy in front of your first few customers and even potentially annoying them a little. No one can actually tell you what would make the market better than the people in the market you are serving.
Especially when trying out niche dropshipping, you will be presented with plenty of questions you don’t have an answer to. Rather than giving up, the solution is to say that you don’t know right now and will get back to them with answers in a short while. They will prefer it if you are honest instead of giving them the wrong answer just because you are trying to maintain your pride. When you converse with your customers, you will get first-hand information on what they expect and what the problem seems to be from their perspective.
Try to find out their opinion on the product they just received. This could be something like simply slipping in a question when they’ve posted a query you have to answer or actively emailing them or calling them to ask what they think. Whatever method you choose, you will be quickly able to figure out which products are appreciated and which products aren’t doing so hot right now.
You will also want your customers to leave good pictures of your product on review. One way to do so is to offer customer reward points in return for high-resolution photos. You will awaken their competitive spirit as well as get to see what kind of products you are dropshipping.
2. Order Products
No matter the amount of research you do online, it does not come close to trying out a product yourself. If you try the products you are selling, you will be able to see what’s working with them and what’s the problem is, with your own eyes. If your product catalog involves items that have to be installed, then it is a must to order one for yourself and install them. This way, when a customer contacts you with an inquiry about their purchased product, you will be able to answer truthfully.
Now, this does not mean you should order every product you have ever hosted on your dropshipping niche website. However, just checking out the best selling items would do. Chances are, most of the questions you will receive from your customers will be centered around the best selling items. If you get the product, you will also be able to upload better quality pictures yourself.
3. Talk To The Suppliers
What kind of supplier are you currently working with? Are they experienced ones? The only roadblock in your path to becoming a niche expert might just be the absence of a knowledgeable supplier.
These people supply items on a daily basis. They know what is popular with customers. They know what niche is currently rising in the market, and they know what kind of product line is dwindling in popularity. Once you become an established niche dropshipper, you might not need the wisdom of your supplier. Right now, though, they are one of your most valuable assets.
Don’t hesitate to ask them questions. Consider their advice before you settle on a new niche.
4. Legit Research
The thing is, most people have a habit of underestimating the hard work and time it takes to achieve anything. Becoming a dropshipping niche expert is no different. It is going to take lots of focus, effort, and research on your part. A little research here and there isn’t gonna help you reach your goal. You have to do it consistently, and you have to dive deep. In fact, even after you become an expert, you will have to continue with your research to not fall behind your competitors.
Your research should have the same level of enthusiasm you would show while purchasing the new Nintendo Switch. You give your everything; you eat up every review, every opinion, every spec to understand what you want.
Customer forums, manufacturer websites, and reviews on products are the best way to start on this research journey.
Sometimes, your direct competitors know more than you. There is nothing wrong with seeing what they are doing, how they are handling the market, and what product they are focusing on to understand the niche market trends.
They might be able to give you better ideas than your customers or suppliers. They are competing against you, and while they are checking out your strengths and weaknesses, you need to analyze theirs too.
Becoming a niche product expert is a full-time job, along with the job you have of being dropshipper. You need to be constantly informed on the trends. No niche product in the market should pass by without your inspection and interest.
You will have to continue your research even after your online store has taken off. You don’t want to fall behind your competitors. And not falling behind them means winning against them. The better your online store is, the more in the trend you are, the more loyal customers you will have.
As much as it is called a niche, a niche is only profitable when it is liked by a good number of people. If a niche is too obscure, it’s no use pursuing that. So, be smart about your product ideas!