Shopify & Ecommerce Ramblings

A blog about building and extending awesome Shopify stores

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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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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Why migrate from WooCommerce to Shopify?

Why migrate from WooCommerce to Shopify?

by Ross Allchorn 3 min read

There are several reasons why people are migrating from WooCommerce to Shopify. One of the biggest reasons is ease of use and simplicity.

Shopify is known for its user-friendly interface and streamlined setup process, making it much easier for non-technical users to get started with their online store compared to WooCommerce, which can be more complex and require technical know-how.

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Online store redesign depicted on a laptop

9 signs you need to redesign your store

by Gabi Falanga 6 min read

Redesigning your store can give it a new lease on life and increase your revenue. A redesign could entail anything from basic cosmetic changes to more serious structural changes, or even a complete overhaul of the site. But before you get wrapped up in a redesign, how do you determine if that is what your store actually needs? 

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A Shopify success story… ARgENTUM — where science meets poetry

A Shopify success story… ARgENTUM — where science meets poetry

by Daniel Connor 7 min read

ARgENTUM is a luxurious brand of skincare products. Their stunning Shopify store is custom-built to tell their beautiful story. We interviewed the power couple behind the brand.

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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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The pandemic’s effects on ecommerce - survey results + video teardown

The pandemic’s effects on ecommerce - survey results + video teardown

by Daniel Connor 4 min read

Teardown a store, dissect a pandemic… break an egg.
You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. So that’s what this article is about. We’re going to dissect our ‘pandemic’s effects on ecommerce’ survey and do a video teardown of our winner’s online store.

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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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Troubleshooting a low conversion rate

Troubleshooting a low conversion rate

by Gabi Falanga 4 min read

Your store might have a lot of traffic, but that’s no use if it isn’t converting into sales. There are many reasons this might be happening. We take a look at how to diagnose conversion rate issues and what some of the most common problems are. There are various tools you can use to figure out why your store isn’t converting and once you’ve established what the problems are, you can make changes yourself or employ conversion rate optimization specialists to assist you.

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Creating key pages for your Shopify store

Creating key pages for your Shopify store

by Gabi Falanga 4 min read

There are a few pages that are essential to have when you create an online store, such as the home, about, contact, frequently asked questions (FAQ), and policy pages. These give your customers information about your business, how to get in touch with you, and why they should trust you. These pages might not change much (like product pages do) but it’s important to use them to portray a professional image.

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Foldabox redesign creates front and back-end magic

Foldabox redesign creates front and back-end magic

by Gabi Falanga 6 min read

Redesigning a site takes a lot of work. Hines and Quintin Schnehage, the redesign project leader from ShopCreatify, both stressed how important it is to do it for the right reasons. A main goal of this redesign was to make the site more intuitive for customers. It aimed to answer their questions before they even asked them. 

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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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We're changing ConversionBoost... "and you'll be shocked when you find out why!"

We're changing ConversionBoost... "and you'll be shocked when you find out why!"

by Ross Allchorn 5 min read

If you didn't already know, ConversionBoost  is  was our productized service for ecommerce conversion rate optimization (CRO). We've decided that that isn't enough anymore though... specifically the productized bit.

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Why you might want to consider a custom designed Shopify theme

Why you might want to consider a custom designed Shopify theme

by Ross Allchorn 7 min read

Not all merchants need a custom theme. For some (maybe you) they really do warrant considering though. There are pros and cons to the different approaches that can be taken to theming. In this article I've tried to cover those factors so you can make the best decision for your business.

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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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