Shopify & Ecommerce Ramblings

A blog about building and extending awesome Shopify stores

The E-commerce Need for Speed

The E-commerce Need for Speed

by Ross Allchorn 2 min read

So, you've got your e-commerce website up and running, selling your products like hotcakes. But have you ever stopped to think about how the speed of your website could be affecting your sales? (Hint: it's a big deal!)

Let's dive into why speed optimization is crucial for your online store.

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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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Don't Lose Sales in the Shopping Cart Graveyard! Recover Abandoned Carts with Email Magic

Don't Lose Sales in the Shopping Cart Graveyard! Recover Abandoned Carts with Email Magic

by Ross Allchorn 3 min read

Imagine you're at a bakery, piling delicious cookies onto a tray. You reach for the checkout, but suddenly get distracted and leave your sugary treats behind!

That's kind of what happens in online stores all the time. People add items to their carts but abandon them before paying.

This "shopping cart graveyard" can cost your business a lot of money. But fear not, there's a way to bring those cookies (or whatever you sell) back to life: abandoned cart recovery emails!

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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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Hope Is Not A Tactic - Take Action!

Hope Is Not A Tactic - Take Action!

by Ross Allchorn 3 min read

While hope can be a valuable motivator, relying on it as a strategy for success can be dangerous. Without action, hope can quickly turn into wishful thinking or even complacency. It is not enough to simply hope for a better future - we must actively work to create it.

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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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Compass choosing the right Shopify Plan directions - image by AbsolutVision on Unsplash

Choosing the right Shopify plan for your store

by Gabi Falanga 4 min read

The five Shopify plans offer various features and levels of flexibility. The lower tier plans are basic and suitable for low-income entry level stores. Meanwhile, the highest offering, Shopify Plus, is ideal for high-income enterprise level stores with numerous transactions. Merchants can upgrade their plan as their requirements change. We discuss the different options and how to decide what’s best for you.

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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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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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We’re just Shopify Experts, standing in front of aspiring (multi) millionaires, asking them to…

We’re just Shopify Experts, standing in front of aspiring (multi) millionaires, asking them to…

by Daniel Connor 2 min read

...build their Shopify store on a solid foundation.

Disclaimer: This article was written in the month of loooove, which is the motivation behind the theme herein. We are not marriage counselors nor do we provide professional dating services. We are Shopify Experts and only our advice on things ecommercey in nature should be taken seriously.

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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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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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Shopify Ecommerce Store Teardown #1 - Kincaid's is Music

Shopify Ecommerce Store Teardown #1 - Kincaid's is Music

by Ross Allchorn 1 min read

Kincaid's is Music was the winner of our survey competition held in late 2021 and with so many musos on our team, their story really "resonated" (huh, see what I did there?) with us.

One of the prizes was a teardown video by me and also $300 credit with TaskHusky. The video is on the other side of the jump, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.

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