Saturday, September 23, 2017

Shop the New Fall Fashion Merchandise Here!

Fall is finally here and so is all of the new merchandise! I have added the newest Alice + Olivia and Ann Taylor plus Catherine Malandrino. These labels are a fashionista dreams. As the motto says ‘Don’t DREAM about it, BE about it!’ Be able Neiman Marcus merchandise at near rock bottom prices this fall! 

Shop my store for the best in tall women’s fall fashion luxury: www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6

Watch my newest fashion livestream to see all of the latest additions to my store!


Friday, September 22, 2017

Fancy a New Fall Wardrobe? Shop Here!

With a new season comes new clothing. I have restocked new fall items guaranteeing that you make a fashionable transition from summer to fall effortlessly. I am carrying the best in Ann Taylor and Alice + Olivia to keep you looking great throughout this fall season. Below are the new items.


Shop my store for the best in tall women’s fall wardrobe: https://www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6



Prices and Availability May Change at Any Time

Alice + Olivia Red Ruched Dress Size Large $30


Alice + Olivia Blue Stretch Ribbed Jersey Dress Size 12 $40

Catherine Malandrino Stretch Draped Dress Size Large $25

Ann Taylor Lace Dress Size 12 $35

Shop my store for the best in tall women’s fall wardrobe: https://www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6



Thursday, September 21, 2017

5 Steps to Creating an Organic LinkedIn Video Strategy


LinkedIn now lets users directly upload videos (up to 10 minutes) on its platform. This is great news but you must have a strategy to capitalize upon this new feature and promote your brand and business.


Here are my 5 steps towards creating an organic LinkedIn video strategy!

Decide what you want to accomplish

Do you want to land a job, land a 1099 contract, land a business deal, or keep your put position yourself as an expert in your niche. Once you answer this create a metric/key performance indicator so that you can measure the effectiveness of your goal. Remember, you can’t manage what you don’t measure.

Do a current and future projection

In business analysis, you talk about as-is and to-be analyses. As-is is where you’re at currently. To-be is where you want to be in the future. In order to achieve your goal, you have document where you’re currently are. This means being honest about your successes and failures. If you have blind spots or things that you need to work on now, document them because honesty will help you remove the ego and emotion from jotting down your future projection.

Determine which videos you want to upload

LinkedIn like every other social media platform has its own ecosystem. This means that your videos must align itself with business. I would recommend creating a separate LinkedIn Pulse blog article to accompany your standalone video. Your audience consumes content differently. The FB Live, YouTube, Periscope or Instagram Live video may not accurately communicate your strategy. Keep this in mind when you decide to repurpose your videos on LinkedIn.

Do A/B testing to evaluate your organic video’s performance

Although I do believe that LinkedIn would prioritize direct uploads over links, your video’s performance also relies on what time your audience is on LinkedIn. For instance, if the US is your market and you’re in the Eastern Time zone, then 9am, 12pm and 3pm would be peak times where people would view LinkedIn.

Create an editorial calendar

You just cannot have your video strategy dangling out there. An editorial calendar gives your strategy coherence and the ability to measure its performance. You will know how effective your video strategy, how many people are watching and at what times.
LinkedIn allowing direct video uploads is a game changer for the platform. Incorporating these five tips will help you maximize your reach in whatever goal you set.

Follow me on LinkedIn.com: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carlarjenkins/

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

3 Reasons Why Uploading Videos Directly onto LinkedIn Is Great for Engagement!

Every day video is getting bigger and bigger for content marketing. The medium is the biggest converter for sales, email subscription, you name it, video is a part of it.     The social media platforms have taken notice. From Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, to YouTube, each has its own livestream platform. They’ve also prioritized videos. Now LinkedIn has done the same. This week, LinkedIn now allows user to directly upload videos up to 10 minutes onto its platform. 


This is a big development for social media engagement three reasons:
  • ·         More organic reach
  • ·         Prioritized over dropping a Facebook Live/YouTube video link
  • ·         Increased Social Selling Index (SSI) Ranking


More Organic Reach

                The platform lets you upload any video up to 10 minutes. This favoritism means more organic reach to your followers and throughout LinkedIn.

Prioritized over dropping a Facebook Live/YouTube video link
LinkedIn is favoring direct video uploads versus video links. This means that your video will be seen by more people.

Increased Social Selling Index (SSI) Ranking
The Social Selling Index is LinkedIn’s way of measuring your social influence. Since LinkedIn is prioritizing direct video uploads over links, this will also increase your social selling index.

Video is becoming a mainstay in business. This is why LinkedIn has introduced its direct video upload feature. These three reasons listed are more than enough to use this feature but add the direct video upload into your LinkedIn social media strategy.



Sunday, September 17, 2017

Blog to Brand Part 2: Just Get Started

I am back with the second installment of going from blogging to personal brand. Last week (https://carlarjenkins.blogspot.com/2017/09/you-can-go-from-blog-to-brand.html ), I have written about why you should consider blogging to elevate your personal brand. Now is the best time to create separation. People have returned from summer vacation and the fourth quarter is two weeks away. You are in a sweet spot to lower the boom on your competition. 


Most people fear spending so much money on something new that’s not guaranteed. However, I am here to tell you that you don’t have to spend any money to get started. You can get started on Blogger.com, Google’s free blogging platform. I have had mine for over 13 years and it’s still up and running. Check it out here https://carlarjenkins.blogspot.com/ . I was on Blogger from 2004 through 2015 when I got my WordPress site. That’s 11 years. During those 11 years, I have relocated from Cleveland to Washington, DC and received 4 promotions. The point is to get started.
                Now I do have a warning for you: DON’T use Wix, Weebly or Wordpress.com to get started. The reason why is because you don’t control these free platforms. Also with Wordpress.com your site becomes yourname.wordpress.com (carlarjenkins.wordpress.com) instead of yourname.com (carlarjenkins.wordpress.com). You don’t want to give Wordpress.com any free advertising en route towards building your brand! Moreover, with Blogger.com being owned by Google, you’re instantly getting SEO traction. You’re getting found by people which is great; plus with Blogger you can republish to different platforms namely LinkedIn and Medium.
                LinkedIn and Medium are the two biggest business-related platforms. They can increase your visibility moving you up to expert level. Once you post on Blogger.com, you import your blog article link on Medium or copy and paste your article onto LinkedIn Pulse to increase your reach. Visit my LinkedIn and Medium  profiles to see how I have republished my blog content onto these two platforms.
You still get to keep your publishing rights because you’ve used Blogger over posting directly into Medium and LinkedIn. Whenever, I republish, I always put my original article as the source article so when people are interested in it, they return back to the Blogger.com site. Remember, while you getting started, you have to start training your audience to return your real estate (Blogger.com) even though they’ve found you on either Medium or LinkedIn (or some other social media platform).
                See how easy this is to simply get started because now you know that you can get started for FREE! Try it out and email me at info@carlarjenkins.com letting me know how you are doing. Next time I will bring to you the final installment where I discuss how to stay consistent once you’ve started. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fall into Fashion | www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6

Fall is here and so is the savings! Come and shop my store for the best in tall women’s affordable luxury fashion. Right now, I am carrying Gucci, Stuart Weitzman and Theory. I am also carrying real fur and will be listing all-new fall weather items. Shop www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6




Watch my latest eBay fashion livestream to see my entire inventory:


*Prices and availability can vary*

Gucci Viscose Stretch Dress Size Large $175


Stuart Weitzman Dunkirk Over-the-Knee Boots size 11M $100

Michael by Michael Kors trench coat size 12 $40

Remember for the very best in tall women’s luxury fashion, shop www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

eBay Adventure - Truth in Advertising | www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6

I have received my 46th gold star. A gold star is a positive customer feedback rating. I truly do this for the gold star because I am all about ensuring that the customer experience is the best! When the lady sales that my dress is as advertised, I am taken aback. I mean, aren’t all people doing truth in advertising. Then I remember my eBay experience where I have to deal with fraud and people trying to get refunds out of thin air. I have always prided myself on telling the truth and providing accurate product descriptions. If there is a hole or a rip, I photograph it and write it in the description (Full disclosure – the item that I have sold her isn’t ripped!). I am all about telling the truth because integrity is big and my buyers love me for it.

Shop my eBay store for the latest in tall women luxury consignment! www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6

Watch my eBay fashion livestream to see my entire inventory: 


Monday, September 11, 2017

You Can Go from Blog to Brand

Whether or not you are new or a longtime reader (thank you by the way!), you know that I always highlight my blogging skills. I firmly believe in using blogging to advance yourself. There are three things that paralyze people: 1) how do I get started; 2) how can I afford to pay for a website? And 3) how do I keep from burning out? I will address each one of these questions in a blogging series.


First: How do I get started? Focus on what you like doing and which blogs you like reading. When I mean blogs, it can be any website. It can be newspapers, magazines. It can even be YouTube or livestream shows. Right now, just focus on what you like seeing currently. That material does something emotionally to you. You want people to feel the same way whenever you write. That’s where you start.
                Next you add your own personality into it. Do not fear being bland or invisible from everyone else. People will flock to you because you have something special to offer. I admit several times in this newsletter that I have horrible tunnel vision. I am still touched whenever someone inboxes me saying that they love my writing. It warms my heart. Someone’s inbox is awaiting your greatness! 


I am giving you this resourcebecause I don’t want YOU to make it hard. No paralysis of analysis! It has taken me 2 years for monetize my blog. Remember, whether or not it is my book or blog, I always want to eliminate the learning curve. Seeing what’s selling in the market will help you advance faster because you are serving an existing market. When people who are already interested in what you’re writing about then you don’t have to work as hard to brand yourself in the marketplace.

If you still feel that you are still unsure about taking on blog, that’s okay. Here’s another story. I was initially fearful of republishing my blog content on LinkedIn because I thought that people would ridicule me and I saw so many stupid things being posted on LinkedIn Pulse. However, that mentality kept me away from my core audience and expanding my brand.

Need more insight and encouragement? Sure! That’s what this newsletter is all about. Here is my new video discussing why you need a blog. I discuss five reasons why inserting my own entrepreneurial expertise as running two online stores. 

5 Reasons Why Your Online Store Should Have a Blog


Running an online store is a job in itself so I completely understand why a seller would be hesitant in adding a blog on top of all of that. However, having your own store blog is the best advertising that you can get.



Here are my reasons why you should have a Blog?
·         24-Hour Promotion: It’s up when you’re not. People buy online 24 hours. Your blog generates site traffic and leads. Although I am an eBay seller, I have my own sales blog.
·         It’s your online real estate which you control – you don’t control social media
·         Free advertising – A blog is a form of advertisement. You have to pay for Facebook Ads.
·         Customer Education, Engagement and Experience All in One: I post all of my tips, customer responses and livestreams on my blog. It is the one-stop shop. On mine, I have eBay Adventures chronicling my sales experience; my weekly eBay inventory livestreams, photos and eBay sales tips.
·         You can run special exclusively for your blog readers – membership has privileges.
These are my 5 reasons why your online store should have a blog. Blogging increases site traffic. Increased traffic = increased conversions.

As always shop my eBay store for the best in tall women luxury consignment www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6

Watch my latest eBay livestream to view all of my store’s merchandise!


Saturday, August 26, 2017

3 Ways to Prepare Your Store for a Holiday Sale

Sellers have a love/hate relationship with the phrase holiday sale. They love the extra shoppers and money but hate planning for and converting that deluge into sales. Well, fear no because  here are my three ways to prepare your online store for a holiday sale.


Have a sales target

                Remember this is a business. You can’t manage what you can’t measure. You have to know what you expect to make. Having a sales target accomplishes this.

Create a holiday-specific marketing campaign

                Don’t be lazy by creating generic holiday marketing campaign! You cannot recycle holidays even when they are in the same season. Even though Memorial Day and Labor Day are both in the summertime, they are at different points in the season. What works for Memorial Day (the start of summer) does not work for Labor Day (the end of summer); and, vice versa.

Discount all out-of-season clothes and start introducing some of the in-season clothing

                I have added introducing the next season’s clothing because it is often overlook; but, it is important. Holidays mean heavier traffic than normal with a lot of random non-customers. Well, this holiday sales weekend is your opportunity to convert them. Having select clothing for the upcoming season, gives your customers a sneak peek into what’s next for your store. Customers love behind the scenes. Showing the upcoming season also plays upon the whole fear of missing out (FOMO) emotion. If you don’t buy it now while it is not in-season, this item may not be around post-holiday sale when it is in season.

As an online seller is important to have a sales target, specific target marketing campaign and a seamless seasonal inventory strategy to adequately prepare your store for this upcoming holiday season.


Watch my latest eBay livestream to view all of my store’s merchandise!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Desire Fashionable Attire? Shop here!

You are a tall woman with discerning fashion tastes. You only want the highest quality fabrics. Do you desire fashionable attire? Look no further than my store! I am a tall women’s eBay fashion luxury consignment shop selling Alice + Olivia, Gucci, Theory and Stuart Weitzman to name a few! 

Shop my store for the best in tall women’s high fashion: http://www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6

*Prices and availability can change at any time.*


Alice + Olivia Melon Stretch Ruched Dress Size Large $25


Gucci Viscose Stretch Dress Size Large $200

Diane von Furstenberg Black and White Striped Wrap Dress Size 12 $75

Stuart Weitzman Over the Knee Dunkirk Boots Size 11M $100
Watch my newest eBay livestream showcasing all of my merchandise:

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

eBay Adventure - Loan Me $5

                I have received an offer for one of my new with tags dresses. It is $5 off the halfway price for the dress. So I make a counteroffer increasing the price by $5. I never hear from the potential buyer and the deal expires. I am quite perplexed. Yes, I understand that money is tight but if you are hard up for a measly extra $5, then don’t bid on items period!
                One of my rules has always been to get at least half of my listed price. I admit that I feel like it is a time waster; however, I have adopted the whole release strategy. Whenever I do a counteroffer, I release the expectation that I would automatically receive a sale. That way I won’t be disappointed if the sale doesn’t go through. Remember, that as a seller, nothing counts until you receive that instant PayPal receipt. 

Shop my eBay store for the best in tall women’s luxury fashion: www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6

Here is a selection of items straight from my store:

*Prices and availability vary.*


New - Diane von Furstenberg white Carpreena mini dress size 12 - $50

Stuart Weitzman OTK Dunkirk Boots size 11M - $100

Diane von Furstenberg black and white striped wrap dress size 12 - $75

 Gucci Black Viscose Stretched Dress Size Large - $200 

You can also watch my latest eBay livestream where I showcase my entire store.



eBay Adventure - A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words

Although I have been writing eBay Adventures for over one year and doing eBay YouTube Livestreams for over two months, it has never clicked with me until this week that I should include photos in my blogs. I am thinking that people want business knowledge and to watch videos. That may all be true but I do think that my readers want to see the clothes up front. Also maybe they aren’t going to view the entire video. So here are some of the photos from my collection. 

Check them out and shop my eBay store for the best in tall women’s luxury fashion: www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6


Prices and availability can change at any times.

Gucci Viscose Stretch Dress Size Large - $200


Stuart Weitzman Over the Knee Dunkirk Boots Size 11M - $100


Aidan Mattox Brown Sequined Dress Size Large - $65

You can also watch my latest eBay livestream where I showcase my entire store.


Sunday, August 06, 2017

Hunting for Haute Couture Bargains? Shop here!

Are you a tall woman hunting for the latest in haute couture bargains? Look no further! My eBay store carries Stuart Weitzman, Alice + Olivia, Gucci and Theory just to name a few. I have received a 100% positive feedback rating. My motto is ‘selling Neiman Marcus merchandise at near rock bottom prices.’ And, Stuart Weitzman, Alice + Olivia, Gucci and Theory are all carried by Neiman Marcus.


Shop for the best in tall women’s luxury consignment: http://www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6


Here are some of the items my store carries! *Prices and item availability can change at any time!*


Gucci Viscose Dress Size 12 - $200


Erin Fetherston Maxi Dress Size large - $75


Alice + Olivia Melon Stretch Dress Large - $40


New with tags Diane von Furstenberg Carpreena White Mini Dress Size 12 - $50 

Eliza J Green Dress Size Large - $40



Shop for the best in tall women’s luxury consignment: http://www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6






Sunday, July 30, 2017

eBay Adventure – Tendering Fair Counteroffers

I have received an offer from a customer has already bid on a previous item that I’ve accepted. Counteroffers can be tricky. My rule of thumb has always been get 50% of the listed price. I mean I have to make a profit too. Besides, asking for 50% is not outrageous. The buyer is getting it for half-off. Moreover, in this particular situation, I’ve added combined shipping to this counteroffer. The buyer hasn’t paid for the first item yet; but, by taking my counteroffer, she’ll receive two items for the price of shipping one. I tender very fair counteroffers.

Shop my eBay store for the latest in tall women’s affordable luxury fashion. I carry Theory, DVF and Alice + Olivia. www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6


Watch my most recent eBay livestream where I showcase my newest additions to my store!



Thursday, July 27, 2017

eBay Adventure - The Invisible Hand

Most people know that I am an eBay reseller. Most people don’t know that I have studied and once worked as an economist. The invisible hand phrase was coined by economist Adam Smith. I have experienced my invisible hand moment today. I have a lull in my business and decide to photo and upload new merchandise renewed interest. I am thinking that no one is interested in my current inventory so why not add some new pieces. No sooner do I finish adding the final (seventh) piece, does my Kate Spade skirt sells! I am so giddy with excitement over this because it’s from the same bidder! Read about it here: https://carlarjenkins.blogspot.com/2017/07/ebay-adventure-its-principle.html. Immediately upon accepting the bid, I recall Adam Smith and the invisible hand statement. Economics strikes once again. This time with eBay!

More information on Adam Smith and the Invisible Hand

Shop my eBay store for the best in tall women’s affordable luxury: www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6


Watch my all-new eBay livestream where I highlight 7 new items! 

eBay Adventure - It's the Principle!

My Kate Spade skirt sold today. It came out of nowhere because I thought that the bidder wouldn’t return after I made my counteroffer. Let me back up. Two days ago, the bidder placed a $47 counteroffer on a $125. No Bueno! I counteroffer with $60 (Hey, you had to do at least half!). The bidder never returned. Now I admitted that I could had used that money but it was the principle; and, I was glad that I stuck to my guns because that very same bidder returned with a $55 bid (adding the $10.55 priority shipping and it was $65.). I accepted the order and shipped it immediately. Morale of the store: always stick to your principles because the sales will come!

Shop my eBay store for the best in tall women’s affordable luxury: www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6


Watch my all-new eBay livestream where I highlight 7 new items! 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

eBay Adventure – Keeping It 100!

                OMG! The good news just keeps on coming! You know that I have just written about how I have received my 40th gold star (Read it here: https://carlarjenkins.blogspot.com/2017/07/ebay-adventure-receiving-my-40th-gold.html ). However, underneath this eBay tells me that I have received 100% positive feedback! I have nearly died and gone to the heaven. Although I love those 40 gold stars, it always irks me as to how I am wrongfully getting that 1 negative review. Yet, I am extremely happy that I have returned to 100% positive feedback because I am all about the customers.



 My customer mantra is:
  •          Provide good quality merchandise – that’s half the battle.
  •          Fair pricing – the rule of thumb is if the item is pre-owned (worn), price it 50% of what you’ve purchased it. For instance, a $500 pre-owned dress would start at $250.
  •         Expedited shipping – I ship only domestic and global USPS priority mail.
  •          Answer customers’ questions:
  •       Livestream to enhance customer experience – I give my customers behind the scenes looks via Periscope and YouTube Live
  •     Provide lots of photos – eBay is a visual medium. Your customer does not touch the merchandise
  •          Honestly in product descriptions – I tell people where there is a whole, rip or tear in an item. It is all about being honest. Integrity is NOT for sale!


As always, shop my store for the absolute best in tall women’s affordable luxury fashion!

Watch my latest eBay fashion video to see my newest merchandise!

eBay Adventure – Receiving My 40th Gold Star

                I awake this morning with the usual vim and vigor. I go about my day checking my eBay to see if a buyer has responded to my counteroffer (She hasn’t). Lo and behold I see it: my 40th gold star! You don’t know the euphoria I always feel whenever I receive a new one! Below are my two blog posts about receiving my gold stars:



A gold star on eBay means high customer service and that the seller loves my item! I grateful that the customer feel the same love that I display for my store and them.


Shop the greatest in tall women’s luxury fashion here: http://www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6


Get a peek behind the curtain! Watch my eBay livestream showcasing the best in affordable luxury!


Monday, July 24, 2017

eBay Adventure - How Often Should I Livestream?

Promoting your eBay store is a full-time job in itself! You have blogging, livestreams, sharing your merchandise, doing podcasts, etc. Livestream has helped me sell a whole lot of merchandise.

How often should I do store merchandise livestreams?

You should do one at least once a week. I do my eBay YouTube livestreams whenever I get sales. I feel that my customers should see the current inventory. I also do Periscope and YouTube livestreams whenever I add or relist items because the inventory change and I want customers to know about it!


Looking for tall women’s luxury fashion? Shop: www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6

Watch my video as I answer this question:




Sunday, July 23, 2017

How Often Should You Do Livestream to Promote Your Store?

Promoting your eBay store is a full-time job in itself! You have blogging, livestreams, sharing your merchandise, doing podcasts, etc. Livestream has helped me sell a whole lot of merchandise.
How often should I do store merchandise livestreams?
You should do one at least once a week. I do my eBay YouTube livestreams whenever I get sales. I feel that my customers should see the current inventory. I also do Periscope and YouTube livestreams whenever I add or relist items because the inventory change and I want customers to know about it!
Looking for tall women’s luxury fashion? Shop: www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6


Watch and shop my latest eBay YouTube Livestream!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Shop the Latest in Affordable Luxury Fashion Finds Now!

Another week, another livestream featuring the latest in tall women’s affordable luxury fashion finds. I have added new items into the store because there are so many items that are flying out of the store. Check out my latest livestream where I showcasing all of my merchandise and sprinkle in some resale business knowledge!

Shop my eBay store for the best in tall women’s affordable luxury!
www.ebay.com/usr/carljenkin_6


Thursday, July 13, 2017

eBay Adventure - eBay Layaway

I received an email from a buyer talking about being on vacation and wanting me to hold her item. Well, it is in an open case for an unpaid item strike. Since she was a repeat buyer, I was in the process of contacting eBay to see what I could do. I had something like this happen to me before. I had a lady who bought an item, it became an unpaid item strike. After the case closed, she emailed me saying that she was on vacation in western Africa and had janky wifi (She never bought the item). It was amazing how some people thought that eBay was layway but the rules clearly stated that you had to pay for your item in 48 hours. Stories like these were one of the reasons why I started eBay Adventures because future resellers needed to know the real!

Shop my latest in tall woman’s affordable luxury fashion here:

Watch my latest eBay fashion livestream to see my collection upfront:


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Don't Let a Brain Fart Upset the Shopping Cart

My eBay sales were coming in at a very fast clip. It was unbelievable. I did think it the increase was attributed to my blogging, the return of eBay Adventure and embedding my eBay YouTube livestream into every post. More people were watching my livestream and learning about my store translating into sales. In the midst of all of this I mislabeled a dress. While in the process of preparing it for shipment, I saw that the label was something different. After conferring with Mommy, I did the right thing which was tell the buyer my mental brain fart. She was okay with it and I kept the money. I was just happy that I didn’t let my brain fart upset my shopping cart. What I did start doing was take better inventory and didn’t commit everything to memory.

Shop my eBay store for the best in tall women’s affordable luxury

Watch my latest eBay livestream showcasing my entire collection