Earlier this year, Terapeak launched MySales, a products that enables you to see all of you selling data visualized and tabulated in one dynamic view, across several selling channels:
All of your eBay channels/accounts
All of your Amazon.com channels/accounts
All of your Magento channels/accounts
If you're a seller on one or more of these platforms, you've likely made note of the "MySales" tab at the upper-right of the Terapeak application already, and perhaps even clicked on the tab to see what MySales was all about.
As you may have discovered, your MySales application begins life as a mostly empty page. In order for MySales to get started working for you, you need to connect Terapeak to your selling accounts on eBay, Amazon.com, and Magento. Once you've done this, MySales will be filled with explorable, useful, real-time data on your selling activity.
So here's how to make it happen—and take your first step into a world of selling in which you have a significant advantage over your competitors: the power of MySales.
Adding an Accounts to MySales
To add an account to MySales, click on one of the three links that you see on the far-right of the MySales page the first time you begin using it.
The steps that you'll follow to link each kind of account once you've clicked are slightly different in each case and are outlined below.
Note that once you've already added at least one account to MySales, these links won't normally be visible any longer; instead, opening MySales will take you directly to the Dashboard view, which shows your sales data and helps you to make sense of it.
To add additional accounts once your first account has been linked to MySales, click the plus sign ("+") next to the "Channel Performance" heading at the upper-left of your MySales Dashboard view.
After clicking this plus sign, you'll be returned to the three links that are used to add accounts to MySales once again.
Adding an Amazon.com Account to MySales: Steps
To add an Amazon.com account to MySales, you'll need get started with a professional-level Amazon.com selling account; individual-level selling account on Amazon.com aren't eligible for third-party application use.
If your account is currently an individual account, you can log into your seller account on Amazon.com, visit your account profile, and use the "Upgrade" button to upgrade your account to a professional account. Note that while your first month as a professional Amazon seller will be free, you'll be billed at the professional rate (currently $39.99 per month) during subsequent months to keep your professional selling account active.
If you already are a professional Amazon.com seller or once you've upgraded your selling account to a professional-level account, follow these steps to connect your selling account to MySales:
Log into MySales and click on "Link an Amazon Account" to begin the process. You'll see a expandable list of steps appear in your browser window. You'll expand and walk through these steps, one by one, in order to connect each Amazon.com selling account that you use.
Click on "Step 1" to expand it. You'll see Terapeak's Developer Account Number on your screen. Highlight it and copy it by pressing Control-C (on Windows) or Command-C (on Mac). You'll need to paste this into your Amazon.com account in a moment.
Click on "Step 2" to expand it. You'll see a link to Amazon.com's Seller Central area. Click on this link to begin the connection process.
A new browser window or tab will open, asking you to log into your Amazon.com seller account. Provide your credentials and log in.
Once you log in, you'll see the Amazon Marketplace Web Service (MWS) dialogue. In the dialogue, select the button labeled: "I want to use an application to access my Amazon seller account with MWS" (the second option). Enter the word "Terapeak" in the box labeled "Application Name." Click in the box labeled "Application's Developer Account Number" and click Control-V (Windows) or Command-V (Mac) to paste the number that you copied earlier from MySales. Click "Next" to continue.
After providing the application name and developer number, Amazon.com will ask that you accept the license agreement and terms. Check both boxes, then click "Next" to continue.
Now you'll see a "Congratulations!" message indicating that you've finished the portion of the configuration that occurs at Amazon.com. You'll also see two codes, one labeled "Merchant ID" and one labeled "Marketplace ID."
Return to your Terapeak window and click on "Step 5." You'll see three empty boxes waiting for your input. Enter the name of your Amazon.com store (not your Amazon.com login) into the box labeled "Amazon Seller Name." Use the keystrokes you used above to copy and paste the Amazon-supplied Merchant ID into the box labeled "Merchant ID." Do the same to copy and past the Amazon-supplied Marketplace ID into the box labeled "Marketplace ID."
Click "Add Account" once all of the information has been entered to add your account to MySales. Once the account has been added, you'll see the message that the channel is "initializing" while it downloads data from Amazon.com.
Once you've completed these steps, you've successfully added your Amazon.com seller account to MySales, and all of your future activity will be tracked in MySales as well as in Amazon.com's Seller Central area.
Repeat these steps as necessary to add any other Amazon.com accounts that you want to monitor in MySales.
Adding an eBay Account to MySales: Steps
The steps involved in adding an eBay account in MySales are somewhat simpler than the steps involved in adding an Amazon.com account, and all eBay sellers are eligible—no special type or level of selling account is required.
Log into MySales and click on "Link an eBay Account" to begin the process. You'll automatically be redirected to eBay and asked to log in; provide your login credentials for the eBay account you want to link, then click "Sign in."
Once you've signed in, eBay will ask you to confirm that you want to grant application access to "Terapeak MMI." Click "I agree" to give Terapeak permission to access your eBay account.
After agreeing to link your account, you'll automatically be redirected back to MySales; your eBay account is now linked.
Repeat these steps as necessary to add any other eBay accounts that you want to monitor in MySales.
Adding a Magento Account to MySales: Steps
Magento is a more involved selling platform in many ways than either eBay or Amazon.com; the steps below assume that you are already an existing Magento user and have Magento up and running either online or on your own server.
Once this is the case, follow these steps to link a Magento account or installation to MySales:
Log into MySales and click on "Link a Magento Account" to begin the process. You'll see a expandable list of steps appear in your browser window. You'll expand and walk through these steps, one by one, in order to connect each Magento selling account that you use.
Click on "Step 2" to expand it. Locate the MySales extension key, shown in bold text, highlight it, and press Control-C (Windows) or Command-C (Mac) to copy it for later pasting.
Log into your Magento administration account by visiting https://your-magento-account.com/admin and providing your username and password. (Replace your-magento-account.com with the actual address of your Magento store.)
Once logged in, select System > Magento Connect > Magento Connect Manager and re-enter your username and password when prompted to view the Magento Connect Manager.
In the Magento Connect Manager, locate the section labeled "Install New Extensions." Click in the box labeled "Paste extension key to install," then hit Control-V (Windows) or Command-V (Mac) to paste in the extension key that you just copied from MySales. Then, click the "Install" button to begin the installation.
Once the installation has completed, scroll to the top of the Magento Connect Manager and click "Return to Admin" to return to the administration view.
In the administration view, select Reports > Terapeak > MySales to begin the login process, which will connect Magento to MySales.
Enter your Terapeak username and password—the same ones that you use to log into Terapeak—and click "Login" to log into Terapeak.
Your Magento and Terapeak MySales accounts are now connected. When you return to MySales, you'll find your Magento account there as an active channel, and when logged into Magento, you can use the MySales report to access MySales through the Magento administration backend.
Repeat these steps as necessary to add any other Magento accounts that you want to monitor in MySales.
After linking all of your accounts to MySales, it's a good idea to wait a few minutes before using MySales to allow for all of your selling activity and linkages to be updated.
Linking accounts to MySales is really the most complicated part of using it; once your accounts have finished connecting, take some time to explore the data available to you in your newly active MySales area.
In a future article, we'll walk you through the features available in MySales and give you step-by-step details on how to get the information that you want—from all of your selling channels—easily and holistically using the MySales views.
To see how Terapeak for eBay, Terapeak for Amazon.com, and MySales can help you to start or grow your business, take advantage of Terapeak's free trial membership today.