Product Name: eComily
Product Owner: Precious Ngwu
Advertised Price: $37
What Is It?
This is an app/software that’s supposed to help you leverage Instagram in order to sell products online.
eComily a really cool idea, and I wish it was possible. But there are some very clear factors that not only mean this product will not work, but that you should not even spend your money to test it.
Before You Buy
Before you even think about buying eComily, you need to know that it was created by a person named Precious Ngwu. He’s a well known Nigerian Scam artist that has created more than a few crappy products in the past.
Some were just bad. Others were outright scams.
This is the first product I’ve reviewed from him, but a quick search of his name turned up complaints on many websites and personal blogs.
There will be complaints about any product or person online, but there should also be positive information as well. For example, Apple is one of the biggest and most creative companies in the world, but there are still people that hate iPhones.
At the same time, there are a billion people that love iPhones.
I looked for positive reviews of Precious’s products, but other than typical shill reviews trying to sell the product, I didn’t find anything. Most of the time the complaints were that the product worked for a bit, then stopped working and the people never made money.
What I Liked
The idea behind eComily is really cool! Just take pictures with your phone and people in your IG feed can buy the stuff you shoot. It seems like something that Instagram should really integrate within their platform.
People love Instagram, and love giving free advertising to their favorite products anyway!
What I Didn’t Like
No Links In Instagram
There are no links in Instagram other than in your profile. eComily claims that they do all the selling for you, but it’s just not possible. The pictures are not clickable, links in the comments are not clickable, and you can’t even highlight then copy/paste.
Whatever their sales strategy is, it won’t be very effective. Right now the only way to promote specific things is to change your profile link, and say in the description something like “link in the profile”.
Yes, there are clickable ads in Instagram, but those are run through Facebook advertising, and cost MONEY. So is eComily going to run paid ads based on your casual IG photos? Nope.
Spelling and Grammar Mistakes
The sales page for eComily and promotional video is full of grammar and spelling mistakes. How can they run a successful company if they can’t even pay someone to spellcheck their work?
No, my website is not perfect. My writing contains errors in just about every article. But you get to read my site for free.
If someone can’t even take the time to check their work before selling me a product, I doubt whatever’s inside is going to be worth $37.
Product Identification & Affiliate Sales
One issue that needs to be addressed is how the products you snapshot are going to be found and sold online. Let’s say I take a picture of a beautiful new beer keg that you can buy online.
How is eComily going to identify the brand and model? Are you going to be responsible for sourcing the products online?
What if there’s no affiliate programs? You won’t make any money unless the products are sold by companies that pay you to sell with affiliate programs. That leaves you in a position where you are not actually selling products you love, but products you can find that have affiliate links.
Followers & Friends
Keep in mind that conversion rates on Instagram are going to be low. People are searching for fun and interesting things, or looking at pictures of their friends. They are not in shopping mode.
You basically need to “jolt” them out of browsing mode into shopping mode and get them to impulse buy.
That means you need a TON of followers to make a low conversion rate make decent money. It’s not going to be instant riches as the sales page claims.
Any type of “real” money online takes time to build a targeted, trusted audience that wants to buy from you. This could take months to establish. No one breaks onto the scene and makes tons of money in the first weeks of doing ANYTHING.
Based on the scummy sales page, the product creators history, and the impracticality of selling specific products on Instagram through links, I cannot recommend eComily.
There’s a very high chance that this software will just be ditched after the launch, so it’s not worth my money. I’d rather build my business on a property that I own, namely a website.
If you like the idea of promoting products you love, that’s awesome. That’s the best way to make money in my opinion.
You can do this with your own website! The concept is simple – make a website about a topic you’re passionate about, then promote cool products you own or wish you could own! Help people who care about the same stuff as you find the products they need or want.
This is what I do outside of One More Cup of Coffee. I learned how to do it at the online training center Wealthy Affiliate. They have great beginner courses and teach you how to make money with your website in a variety of ways, including Adsense, affiliate links, YouTube, and Social Media.