Shopify & Ecommerce Ramblings

A blog about building and extending awesome Shopify stores

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REVIEWS.io vs. yotpo: We put them head to head

by Ross Allchorn 7 min read

If you’re operating in the ecommerce space, it goes without saying that customer reviews should be on your radar. They’re an investment in your online reputation and a trusted source of information for the consumer. With the right solution in your tech stack, review content can support so many aspects of a robust digital strategy.

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How to take your Shopify store from Zero ($0) to Hero ($500 000+)…

How to take your Shopify store from Zero ($0) to Hero ($500 000+)…

by Daniel Connor 3 min read

If you’re beginning your ecommerce journey, one of the biggest buzz phrases you’ll stumble across is… “CONVERSION OPTIMIZATION” (Insert dramatic echo here) “Conversion? Is this a cult?”

No no, a conversion is when a user completes any one of your website’s goals, from email sign-ups, to leaving a review, and that grand unicorn in the sky… making a purchase. Optimization is doing everything you can to ensure those conversions are made.

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Aurora colours of the ShopFoundation Demo Store

The ShopFoundation Demo Store…

by Daniel Connor 3 min read

a Shopify Store with no code, no mess, no fuss!
"It's the best demo store in the world," said us.
This blog post is about a Shopify Store with no code, no mess, and no fuss. We built it using the exact model, tricks of the trade, and best-of-breed tools of the trade, that we intend to use on all the online stores we’ll build through our ShopFoundation offering. It’s called ShopFoundation because the whole model is about using our experience to build you a future proof online store on a solid foundation.

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How hot tubs make the case for feature-rich REVIEWS.io

How hot tubs make the case for feature-rich REVIEWS.io

by Gabi Falanga 7 min read

REVIEWS.io’s Rich Ball talks about hot tubs, the benefits of video reviews, and how to handle negative and fake reviews.

What do hot tubs have to do with customer reviews? Quite a lot according to REVIEWS.io’s Rich Ball. Rich introduces himself as the brand’s marketing and brand manager, even though his email signature claims he’s a senior front-end developer. Turns out, he’s a man of many talents filling both roles.

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Customer reviews, the secret weapon to boosting your conversions

Customer reviews, the secret weapon to boosting your conversions

by Ross Allchorn 6 min read

Customer reviews are a valuable asset to any online store for a number of reasons (which we will be discussing); but so many stores don’t leverage them properly, or are too afraid to open themselves up to the possibility of bad reviews. We’d like to run through why reviews are absolutely crucial to your online store, how to get them, and what to do with them - the good and the bad ones.

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A quick primer on Shopify integrations

A quick primer on Shopify integrations

by Gabi Falanga 4 min read

Found in translation: What you need to know about custom Shopify integrations. Shopify does a great job at straightforward Ecommerce. However, there are times when you will need to integrate with another system, be it an accounting package or an inventory management tool.

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The inside scoop on how to migrate your online store to Shopify

The inside scoop on how to migrate your online store to Shopify

by Gabi Falanga 4 min read

Outdated software, lack of integration, slow loading speed and limited features. These are just some of the reasons you might want to migrate your store to Shopify from a different Ecommerce platform. Migrating or ‘replatforming’ can potentially be complex, even if your store is basic, with limited products.

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Do you need a custom Shopify app for your store?

Do you need a custom Shopify app for your store?

by Gabi Falanga 4 min read

Shopify has everything a merchant needs to get their store up and running straight away. That includes an app store full of apps with various functionalities, which merchants can install on the platform to help meet their business’ needs. However, some merchants have unique requirements, which is why they might consider custom Shopify app development.

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How Buffer adds sparkle to social media marketing

How Buffer adds sparkle to social media marketing

by Gabi Falanga 6 min read

Amanda Marochko is the head of strategic partnerships at Buffer – which offers a set of social media marketing tools. She talked to ShopCreatify about how ecommerce merchants can integrate Buffer with their Shopify stores to easily plan, create and execute content marketing strategies. Marochko worked at Shopify for three years before moving to Buffer early in 2020. She was ShopCreatify’s partner manager and had met founder and CEO, Ross Allchorn, during her visits to South Africa.

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Use subscriptions to retain customers and improve revenue

Use subscriptions to retain customers and improve revenue

by Gabi Falanga 3 min read

There are many benefits to offering subscriptions in your ecommerce store. It provides financial and inventory predictability to your business and helps retain customers. Shoppers benefit from the convenience of repeat orders along with discounted products and services.

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Improve user experience on your Shopify store

Improve user experience on your Shopify store

by Gabi Falanga 7 min read

User experience, or UX, is an important term for anyone who has a websiteIt considers the user’s journey while on a site and how to make this as easy and intuitive as possible. Luckily, the Shopify platform already includes specific design conventions which make it appealing to users. It is easy enough for merchants to make certain design changes themselves to improve user experience.

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Give your store love and boost sales

Give your store love and boost sales

by Gabi Falanga 5 min read

Identifying the pain points on your Shopify site is crucial. Use this time to reflect on areas that hurt business, and what you need to do to fix them. Be in a good position to keep those increased sales numbers!

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A Helping Hand by the Ecommerce Community

A Helping Hand by the Ecommerce Community

by Ross Allchorn 4 min read

Shopify Ecommerce Covid-19 Helping HandPhoto by Austin Kehmeier

Online resources to help guide your ecommerce business through this pandemic

There is some help to get you up and running quickly, to support your community, and to aid us all in getting through Covid-19 times.

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Use real data from heat mapping to tweak your website for better conversions

Use real data from heat mapping to tweak your website for better conversions

by Ross Allchorn 6 min read

Do you know what areas of your home page get clicks?  How about what pages nobody scrolls down?  Heat maps help you make the most of your store layout.

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Consumer consciousness drives brands to be more socially responsible

Consumer consciousness drives brands to be more socially responsible

by Ross Allchorn 6 min read

Social Responsibility in Ecommerce

Locally or globally, paying it forward is appreciated by potential customers.  And it isn't hard or expensive to set up.

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Boost repeat business with your transactional emails

Boost repeat business with your transactional emails

by Ross Allchorn 7 min read

Transactional emails in Shopify ecommerce

Turn your transactional emails into a standalone sales channel and see repeat business spike. Leave no stone unturned when it comes to ways of increasing your conversions, especially if they can be processes that tick over nicely all on their own. 

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Your Shopify store is live, now what?

Your Shopify store is live, now what?

by Ross Allchorn 6 min read

Ecommerce conversion optimization

You built your Shopify store, but the sales aren't happening.  Here's what to work on.

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