Shopify & Ecommerce Ramblings

A blog about building and extending awesome Shopify stores

How Does Your E-commerce Store Stack Up? And How to Figure It Out.

How Does Your E-commerce Store Stack Up? And How to Figure It Out.

by Ross Allchorn 2 min read

Imagine your online store is a brick-and-mortar shop in the bustling marketplace of the internet. Shoppers flood the virtual streets, but are they stopping by your window, browsing your aisles, and ringing up purchases?

Sure, you get a few customers here and there, but is your store thriving, or is it getting lost in the crowd? Here's how to grab your metaphorical magnifying glass and analyze the inner workings of your e-commerce site.

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Three Email Automations on Steroids for E-commerce

Three Email Automations on Steroids for E-commerce

by Ross Allchorn 2 min read

Have you ever lost a sale because someone abandoned their cart, forgot about a product they browsed, or simply drifted away from your brand?

It happens to the best of us!

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Level Up Your Online Store: 7 Winning Tactics for Happy Customers

Level Up Your Online Store: 7 Winning Tactics for Happy Customers

by Ross Allchorn 3 min read

Running an online store is awesome! But with so much competition, how do you make sure shoppers pick you?

The answer is simple: create an amazing customer experience. Here's how to turn your website into a customer magnet.

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See a 10-30% increase in E-commerce Conversions with Better Social Proof

See a 10-30% increase in E-commerce Conversions with Better Social Proof

by Ross Allchorn 3 min read

Social proof is a psychological and social phenomenon where people replicate the actions of others to undertake behavior in a given situation.

In e-commerce, social proof plays a crucial role in influencing consumer behavior and driving conversions.

This article delves into the significance of social proof, particularly focusing on product reviews, user-generated content, and strategically surfacing endorsements.

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Mastering Call-to-Actions – A Strategic Approach for E-commerce Merchants

Mastering Call-to-Actions – A Strategic Approach for E-commerce Merchants

by Ross Allchorn 2 min read

In the dynamic world of e-commerce, merchants often find themselves grappling with the challenge of grabbing their customers' attention amidst a sea of information.

"Emphasizing everything emphasizes nothing."
– Ross Allchorn (me, although I'm sure I heard it somewhere)

This nugget of wisdom serves as the cornerstone for merchants aiming to optimize their websites for conversions.

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Optimizing E-commerce Navigation for Conversion Success

Optimizing E-commerce Navigation for Conversion Success

by Ross Allchorn 3 min read

In the dynamic world of e-commerce, effective navigation is the compass that guides users through the digital marketplace.

As an e-commerce merchant, optimizing your website's navigation is crucial for driving traffic and, ultimately, boosting conversions. Let's explore high-level strategies that can be universally applied across popular platforms like Shopify, WooCommerce, and Magento.

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Find up to 30% More E-commerce Conversions by Enhancing Your Search

Find up to 30% More E-commerce Conversions by Enhancing Your Search

by Ross Allchorn 3 min read

A well-optimized search feature can significantly improve the user experience and increase the likelihood of visitors making a purchase. In this blog post, we'll explore the importance of search and provide you with actionable steps to enhance your search and drive conversions.

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Unlock 80% More Conversions on Shopify with Video Content

Unlock 80% More Conversions on Shopify with Video Content

by Ross Allchorn 3 min read

Video content is shared 1200% more than text and images combined.

Are you an e-commerce store owner looking to take your business to the next level? If so, you need to start incorporating video into your marketing strategy. Video has become an essential tool for online businesses, and the statistics speak for themselves.

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WooCommerce vs. Shopify with Bill & Ted

WooCommerce vs. Shopify with Bill & Ted

by Ross Allchorn 3 min read

Make the Right Choice for Your E-commerce Business. For this comparison, we have two ambitious individuals, Bill and Ted. Both aspiring ecommerce entrepreneurs at a crossroads. They're both eager to embark on their online retail journeys but are unsure whether WooCommerce or Shopify is the best fit for their unique needs. In this article, we'll explore the pros and cons of each platform to help Bill and Ted make an informed decision.

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E-commerce design patterns are mature.

E-commerce design patterns are mature.

by Ross Allchorn 2 min read

A True Story – The Story of Bob. Once upon a time, there was an entrepreneur named Bob. Though that's not his real name, considering he is currently (at the time of writing) the third wealthiest person globally, you might have a guess.

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What makes e-commerce a better business type?

What makes e-commerce a better business type?

by Ross Allchorn 2 min read

When it comes to running a business, there are many factors to consider. One of the most important decisions might be choosing between an e-commerce store or a traditional brick and mortar store.

While both options have their advantages, e-commerce on its own has proven to be a superior business type for several reasons.

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Survival of the fittest - Adaptability is key

Survival of the fittest - Adaptability is key

by Ross Allchorn 2 min read

In the ecommerce landscape, technological advancements are crucial to the success of a business. Companies that fail to keep up with these changes risk falling behind their competitors. The introduction of smartphones and tablets, for example, led to the emergence of mobile commerce. Ecommerce businesses that didn't optimize their websites for mobile devices lost out on a huge customer base.

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Is your Shopify store costing you sales?

by Gabi Falanga 6 min read

Wasting opportunity at any step along the way not only loses you sales, but actually costs you money. Fewer sales mean higher overheads. You are already paying to be on the Shopify platform, paying hosting fees, ads to drive traffic to the site etc. So why get less than you can out of that online footprint?

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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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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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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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Ecommerce in the metaverse… MetaCommerce?

Ecommerce in the metaverse… MetaCommerce?

by Daniel Connor 4 min read

The Facebook company is now called "Meta" and they are creating the metaverse. One thing’s for sure: Wherever consumers are… online, offline, or in the metaverse, there will be commerce. MetaCommerce WILL be a thing. It kind of already is.

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Festive season readiness: How to get everything ‘wrapped’ up before Christmas

Festive season readiness: How to get everything ‘wrapped’ up before Christmas

by Gabi Falanga 4 min read

Jingle bells, analytics sells! Christmas is only a few weeks away and of course, you want your online store to attract and maintain customers during this period. Shopify and Google each offer analytics that will help you to understand how shoppers use your store and where it needs to be improved.

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Shopify: Balancing automation with humanized digital connections

Shopify: Balancing automation with humanized digital connections

by Gabi Falanga 4 min read

We recently caught up with Shopify’s Hain Joubert who told us about exciting new Shopify features, gave sage advice for merchants, and discussed how the global pandemic has changed ecommerce, probably forever. Joubert was eager to reveal improvements and changes that are underway at Shopify. The platform’s fulfilment network is being revamped with better software and features that give merchants more control and flexibility in managing their orders. 

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Prepare your store for Black Friday

Prepare your store for Black Friday

by Gabi Falanga 6 min read

Being well-prepared for BFCM means that your site will be ready for the subsequent Halloween and festive season gifting period when you’ll no doubt want to maintain high quality of customer service while coping with the influx of sales. Knowing that your platform is sound and optimized to convert the maximum sales, and that your marketing strategies have been working hard for you in the lead up to BFCM, will allow you to focus your energies where they’re needed on the big day.

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PODCAST: Why You Can’t Always Use Customer Journey Buying From Day One

PODCAST: Why You Can’t Always Use Customer Journey Buying From Day One

by Linda Lynch 1 min read

ShopCreatify founder, Ross Allchorn, returned to the Unprepared Podcast with Chase from Honest Ecommerce. This time they discussed the benefits of customer journey buying, how you can compare it with cross-selling, upselling, and bundling, attributions of sales and more. 

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