Empowered Authors, Empowered Stores: Sell Your Books Your Way

Make Books, Make Bank

“How can I make more money from my book(s)?” If we had a nickel for every time we’ve been asked this question over the last 16 years, we’d be relaxing on a private island with Richard Branson. However, the answer is simple, and it’s always the same – stop sending your customers/readers to a different domain to purchase your content. As a creator (author, educator, entrepreneur, etc…) you’ve got content to share and you’ve done some heavy lifting to build an audience. You have tons of followers on the social highway, an email list worthy of bragging about and pretty decent website analytics portfolio…so why are your royalties/profits from book sales so weak?

Again, it’s simple. You’re actively sending people somewhere else to buy your book. It’s 2018, the internet still works, so stop sharing your profits with other retailers and distributors that aren’t actively promoting your book.

This year at Lulu, we decided to take a different approach to the question above by launching our first eCommerce integration! For the first time, print-on-demand books are now available through Shopify® with our new Lulu xPress App.

Lulu xPress App for Shopify

You can read the official announcement on our blog here.

With this app installed in your Shopify® store, you can take full control of your content by selling your books directly to readers, across a multitude of channels and you get to keep 100% of the profits. No more royalty splits, trips to the post office or storage fees!

If you don’t have the Lulu xPress App or a Shopify® store, see the ‘What You’ll Need to Get Started’ section below.

Now that you’ve streamlined your book printing and selling with Lulu xPress and Shopify®, let’s grow your online sales!

Selling Your Books on Social Media Using Lulu xPress and Shopify®

Connecting your Shopify® store with your social media channels, such as Facebook or Pinterest, allows you to easily promote and sell your books on multiple channels.

Shopify® has a Sales Channel app for each social media channel. Start by installing the app for the platform where your audience is the most engaged. Customers can then purchase your books from your Shopify® store directly and securely through their preferred social media platform without ever having to leave the app.

You can manage everything from products and inventory to customers and orders for all social media channels within Shopify®, making it easy to measure and track engagement for each channel all in one place.

Why You Should Care

3 benefits to connecting your Shopify® store with your social media channels:

Streamline your bookstore

Shopify® allows you to control all of your Sales Channels in one place. Plus, it simplifies the shopping experience for your readers. They can shop directly in-app without being redirected to another page. This is vital for customers who shop on mobile.

Enhance brand loyalty

Connect with your readers on their preferred platform. Additionally, create more opportunities to engage your super fans and sell to them on your highest converting channel.

Increase revenue streams

Add product visibility by selling on multiple channels. Sell directly to your readers and keep 100% of the profits.

What You’ll Need to Get Started

  • A Lulu xPress account (Create an account)
  • A Shopify®  account. (Create an account)
    • If you plan to only connect to Facebook, you can use the Shopify® Lite plan.
    • If you plan to connect to Pinterest, you’ll need the Shopify® Basic plan or higher.
  • The Lulu xPress App installed in Shopify® (Install the app)
  • A business social media account for Facebook and/or Pinterest:
    • If you want to connect to Facebook, a Facebook Business Page with the Shopping template applied.
    • If you want to connect to Pinterest, a Pinterest Business account.
  • The Facebook and/or Pinterest Shopify® Sales Channel app installed in Shopify® (Install a Sales Channel)

How Does It Work?

Keep reading for an overview on how to connect your Shopify® store to Facebook & Pinterest.

Facebook

Start by connecting your Facebook Business Page to Shopify®. Connecting your Facebook to your Shopify® store with the Facebook Sales Channel allows your readers to browse your books in the Shop section of your Facebook page. With Shopify® connected, you’ll have access to more features, giving you more control over your Facebook store, such as how it looks and how readers can access your page. For example, you can add a Liking Gate, requiring visitors to Like your page before they can buy your books.  

For those of you running Facebook Ads, Shopify® also has apps that can connect with your Facebook Pixel to help you easily run Facebook Ads for your Shopify® products.

In addition, you can connect with Facebook Messenger to provide chat support to really personalize the shopping experience. Readers can buy your books directly in Facebook Messenger chat, plus receive real-time support and order updates. For this, you need to have the Messenger Sales Channel installed in Shopify®.

Selling Requirements:

An important thing to note is that if you already have a Shop section set up on your Facebook Business Page, installing the Facebook Sales Channel in Shopify® will remove all your products in your existing Facebook store and replace it with your Shopify® products.

Pinterest

If you want to expand your reach even further, you can also connect your Pinterest Business account to Shopify®. Once the Pinterest Sales Channel is installed in your Shopify® store, all products pinned from your store will become Buyable Pins, which helps users discover new products and allows them to shop directly on Pinterest.

Selling Requirements:

  • Shopify®  live store (not password protected)
  • Shopify® store needs to meet Pinterest’s eligibility requirement
  • Products must meet Pinterest’s product requirements before they can be used in Buyable Pins
  • Buyable Pins must adhere to Pinterest’s commerce policies
  • Pinterest will review your shop once the Pinterest Sales Channel is installed to ensure you meet their guidelines

Empowered Authors. Empowered Stores.

Last, don’t forget to go back to the basics and add your social media buttons to your Shopify® store! Some Shopify® templates come with the social media button feature enabled, otherwise you can download an app or code it yourself. Remember, you want to make it easy for your readers to connect with you and share your content.

We believe you should be able to sell and distribute your content in the way that works best for you and your readers and we are committed to providing the opportunities to make this possible. With the Lulu xPress App for Shopify® and your social media channels, you not only can establish more visibility for your books, but it benefits your readers as well. Providing a simple and enjoyable shopping experience will improve brand loyalty, engage more super fans, and ultimately result in higher sales.

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