Numerous D2F ecommerce options now exist for musicians who want more control or more connection directly to fans. A recent wave of lightweight ecommerce options offer flexibility for musicians handling a limited or unique range of digital content. Additional entrants now include Sellbox, a third party ecommerce layer for Dropbox, and the Sellfy storefront that includes mobile checkout and an integrated affiliate program.
Sellbox Adds Ecommerce to Dropbox
"After connecting their Dropbox account, users select the files they want to sell, then set a file name and price. Sellers can share their files on Twitter or Facebook or via a shortened link, and buyers can pay for the files via PayPal. When a file is sold, the seller gets 91 percent of the sale and Sellbox keeps the remaining nine percent."
Sellbox is still under development but could be just the thing for the Dropbox user who wants a simple ecommerce solution.
Sellfy Digital Store Offers Affiliate Program
Sellfy is developing such expected features as mobile checkout but are differentiating themselves with a built-in affiliate program. Though I don't think affiliate programs are ultimately great for fans, at least not in the context of the States, they can sometimes be an enticement to blog and website owners, especially for special deals or bundles.
CEO Maris Dagis recently described future plans including "building different tools, like coupon codes, which are launching very soon, and different types of campaigns to help merchants sell their products." They also plan to offer customizations options to tie into customers' pre-existing websites and eventually expand beyond digital goods to physical products.
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