Seven Secrets to eCommerce Success

It wasn’t too long ago that participating, let alone competing, in the global marketplace was incredibly tough for most businesses. Why? Lack of access, particularly for anyone but Fortune 500’s.

In fact, even just 10 years ago, gaining access to the online market was pretty prohibitive for smaller business owners, so competition remained incredibly stiff. Just ask Alex Dastmalchi. Motivated by a vision to help improve people’s health and wellness, the entrepreneur launched Dastmalchi, LLC, which since 2010 has become a go-to ecommerce leader for a variety of high-quality beauty, lifestyle and fashion accessory products. Yet Dastmalchi’s brands aren’t your run-of-the-mill sort of value-based goods. They solve problems or address challenges people face in everyday life, at price points many can afford.

“For example, take the electric toothbrush,” Dastmalchi says. “Anyone can buy a decent one that will clean your teeth, but we explore ways to make ours design-focused, unique, address challenges for the user, and still keep it affordable because of how we leverage our resources and the ecommerce platform.”

A private company, Dastmalchi LLC sells direct to consumers, has inventory in seven warehouses globally, drop-ships on behalf of Target and Amazon, and does business for customers within 100+ countries monthly.

A testimony that ecommerce has become not just possible but profitable for organizations other than Fortune 500’s, Dastmalchi shares some of his best ecommerce business secrets here:

1. Remove self-limiting thoughts

There’s a lot of traffic on the information highway, but to experience it, you’ve got to get out there and drive. This requires addressing internal barriers that can act as roadblocks or, worse, prevent you from getting behind the wheel and pursuing your journey in the first place.

“Sometimes people get into this and think they’ll only be able to make $10,000 in sales a year as opposed to $100,000 or $1 million,” Dastmalchi says. “This kind of thinking is limited. Truth is, you can do whatever you want. The question is, what is it that you truly want? Set your sights on that, and make that one of your ecommerce goals.”

2. Plan, plan, plan

For any business, there’s great wisdom in the saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” But ecommerce companies frequently spring up online and launch a product without a solid plan, clear, measurable goals, a system for accountability, and other tools that empower and sustain their success.

“Planning helps you identify where you want to go and the resources you’ll need to get you there,” Dastmalchi says. “Keeping the plan up to date is also essential—it’s a responsibility that requires focus, discipline, willpower and commitment.”

3. Make change your friend

As with anything technology-related, everything about commerce evolves so quickly that if you’re not on top of your game—or two steps ahead it—you’ll quickly become obsolete. That said, in spite of having some of the best-laid plans, you may have to switch directions due to unexpected events, such as a sudden shortage in resources, rapid changes in shopping trends, technology shifts, etc. The most resilient are those who know change is inevitable, embrace it and learn and grow from it.

“In the ecommerce world,” Dastmalchi says, “complacency and stagnation are not your friend.”

 4. Pick your partners wisely

Who you surround yourself with matters, even behind a computer screen. From the people you hire to work with you in the office to the companies across the country or overseas supplying materials, you’ve got to have the right people and entities on board, in the roles they perform best.

“It can take time to acquire these partners but having a solid team, one you can trust, is vital,” Dastmalchi says. “Every piece of your commerce business should be solid from the standpoint of your talent and the partners you choose. Be patient and keep working to get the partners who are best in class.”

5. Let your people do their job

Once you’ve got the right partners (or people on your team), give them the freedom to do what they do best. This will help prevent the common leadership tendency to micromanage, a pitfall that can undermine the power and potential of these assets.

“No one working for any company wants a micro-manager as a leader,” Dastmalchi says. “It’s not a good use of their time–or yours.”

6. Invest in your marketing

You can have one of the greatest products on earth and all kinds of infrastructure to support it, but if the marketing isn’t any good, it will struggle in sales. Do the research to find the best marketing resources you can afford, keeping in mind the support you hire doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag.

“The beauty of our global world is that perfectly good resources can be found at perfectly reasonable prices,” Dastmalchi says.

7. Respond to feedback—quickly!

We’re all familiar with online reviews—most of us have written a review of one kind or another. Whether a product or service is getting one star or five, it’s important to track the data, respond and take action when complaints or problems surface.

“We take our reviews very seriously and use the feedback to make improvements,” Dastmalchi says. “Four stars is the benchmark for us—anything less than that, it’s a sign swift action must be taken either to fix the issues to enhance the product, or to pull it off of your inventory.

Of course, don’t forget to capitalize on that exceptional marketing you’ve got. Make sure to let your customers know about the improvements you’ve made, circling back to the messaging of how you’re making life better in some way.

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Why Business Needs to Upgrade from its Bottom Line

You don’t get to choose into which zip code you’re born. From the start, some people find themselves positioned in a world of privilege or comfort, where basic needs always go met. Others practically come from the ashes, raised in poverty or war or abuse or injustice—or all of this. And while such great imbalance exists, this never makes it mundane or right. It makes it real, particularly if you’ve experienced it yourself. It can also provide the motivation to take positive action and lead change in our world.

After immigrating as a teenager to the United States from a war-torn Iran, I worked night and day to earn two keys to success. The first: my U.S. citizenship. The second: a resumé packed with job experiences that taught me powerful business and leadership lessons.

Both keys helped open a door of learning that empowered my journey in building the corporation I run today—Dastmalchi, LLC. Dedicated to bringing new brands and quality products to the global marketplace, my team and I have discovered that our business works best when we keep a razor-sharp focus on customers’ needs. Whatever we do and in whatever online platform we operate, we ensure it makes people’s lives better—that’s our definition of business excellence.

That said, at one point in my entrepreneurial experience, I realized this altruistic business mission wasn’t enough. Something was missing, and it had to do with giving. Specifically, giving back.

For some time, a friend had been inviting me to join him and a group of volunteers who were regularly visiting Corazón de Vida, an orphanage in Baja California, Mexico. Truth be told, I had been interested but hesitant to go. It felt uncomfortable, even frightening in terms of what I might witness and feel. But noticing a void in my life—a lack of giving going on—I suddenly decided to go. And when I did, what I discovered broke my heart. I saw hundreds of children who lacked so much in terms of basic needs, love, and fun, and this window into their world changed my life forever. I knew I could give something and made the decision to do so.

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If you’re a leader or “serial entrepreneur” like me, finding a way and the time to give back can feel like an impossible challenge. But it’s got to be a challenge of sorts if it’s truly going to feel like real giving. And selfishly, when it’s really giving, it feels real, really good…and I love it.

No doubt, the innovative brands tied to my name—Alex Dastmalchi—matter to me. But giving back matters more. So when you work hard and are blessed with success, share your resources…whether treasure, talent, time or all of these. It is simply the right thing to do.

Here are a few pointers, lessons that helped me get beyond the business’s bottom line to connect with, create and give back to the world:

  • Face your fears. No one except you can get beyond the personal roadblocks that may be preventing you from going outside your comfort zone and getting up close and personal with a problem you may not immediately know how to solve. Whether that’s helping feed an orphaned baby, designing systems that bring clean water to a remote village or partnering with the local food bank, it will likely trigger emotions that you’ll have to face and either manage or move beyond. This is ok, a part of the giving-back path you are on.
  • Do what you know. When you commit to help others, bring your proven talents and skills to the table. I’m particularly good with solving marketing challenges, business planning and pushing the envelope. I bring these skillsets to Corazón de Vida as my way of contributing. My hope is to use share my experience and help bring more awareness to this wonderful organization.
  • Focus on the goal. No doubt, at Corazón de Vida, money doesn’t buy happiness but does fund many basic needs and access to greater health, wellness, education and even joy. So fundraising has become a major goal, one all of us on the board have come to own. For example, we’ve identified a vital need to connect with community leaders and people of influence to empower the organization with critical resources and sustainable programs. Staying true to the goal and such supporting strategies is a big part of what’s now giving these orphaned children a sense of real hope. The takeaway? When you focus on and develop actions tied to that goal—no matter what the goal is—that’s when you’ll experience results. More importantly, that’s when miracles happen.

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Alex Dastmalchi: War-Torn Iran to Successful Entrepreneur in America

Alex Dastmalchi may be one to focus on gratitude, but there are other factors at stake that have helped him become the success that he is. Growing up in Iran, he came from a family of educators, and as a teen, he knew he wanted to leave the country for more stable and opportunistic means. Leaving for Austria at the age of 16, he began working hard, moved to America a year later, and hasn’t stopped having that strong work ethic ever since. Alex now owns Dastmalchi, a company with a successful portfolio of lifestyle, beauty, and health brands sold globally.

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California CEO embodies 21st Century Leadership

If there’s one thing that could be said about Alex Dastmalchi and his professional ventures, it’s that he doesn’t mess around — and that’s not just because he’s always dreamed of making what he calls a “considerable exit” when he does eventually retire. Rather, he’s perhaps one of the most driven entrepreneurs of our time, a passionate, proven leader who has tapped his die-hard work ethic to pursue promising grass-roots ideas and cultivated even seedlings of potential to the point of impressive profitability.

As the Founder/President/CEO of Dastmalchi, LLC, Dastmalchi leads an organization that’s built on a mission of service — helping others, improving lives, and making a difference for the better. How does that translate? Dastmalchi, LLC is a multi-faceted marketing and business enterprise that consistently rolls out high-quality, affordable health and lifestyle solutions through products and services that benefit the company’s clients and their customers.

For example, through a number of joint-advertising programs designed by Dastmalchi, LLC, participating advertisers/businesses enjoy a revolutionary marketing program that’s proven to build brand awareness and unbeatable ROI while customers benefit from extremely discounted rates for high-quality products and services. To date, this formula, designed to be a win-win for all involved, has inspired a number of platforms that Dastmalchi, LLC either currently holds or has since successfully sold. These include Mi Abogado, Right Dental Group, chiroXchange, and HBL centers, which operate for attorneys, dentists, chiropractors, and spas.

As well, Dastmalchi, LLC currently owns and manages VitaGoods, DazzlePro and a few other brands that actively research, develop, manufacture and sell thousands of health and lifestyle products. From its face and body exfoliators to blood pressure monitors, digital body analyzer scales, and even a suite of new app-driven products that make monitoring and tracking patients’ health conditions easy and advanced, every Dastmalchi, LLC deliverable is, in fact, helping others, improving lives, and making a difference for the better.

Looking forward, Dastmalchi is dedicated to further cultivating a number of present Dastmalchi, LLC plans that include goals and strategies for sustainable products and services. Not simply “green” or earth-friendly, every one of these innovations comes with a blueprint based on the concepts of reusability, reliability, permanence, ingenuity, integrity, convenience, quality, and, importantly, unmatched value. And expect everything his company does to come backed not just by a guarantee but by the entire team of Dastmalchi, LLC professionals who’ve adopted a sense of ownership and pride in ensuring that all that they do does, in fact, succeed. No surprise, they’re consistently meeting if not exceeding their goals, methodically supported and empowered by Dastmalchi, who for some time now has tapped the power of the nationally acclaimed leadership and management system offered by MAP (Management Action Programs) and one of MAP’s top business coaches, Lee Froschheiser.

With this proven system firmly in place, the right people running it, and its highly capable, deeply driven leadership, Dastmalchi, LLC is forever differentiating itself in the marketplace and joyfully enjoying the fruits of its labor: healthy growth, robust profitability, and, above all, the intangible reward that comes from sincerely being of service to others.

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Alex Dastmalchi Dastmalchi, LLC, (949) 385-5050, alex@dastmalchi.com

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