Shopify & Ecommerce Ramblings

A blog about building and extending awesome Shopify stores

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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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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Setup your ecommerce calendar checklist or die...

Setup your ecommerce calendar checklist or die...

by Daniel Connor 3 min read

...a little inside every time you miss an opportunity.

Setting up your online store’s calendar checklist, then acting on it timeously, is a strategic mindset that can boost conversion rates throughout the year. Ok, it won’t kill you not to, but that’s bordering on double negative. If you’d rather hit your targets… Follow me!

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The Flex theme by Out of the Sandbox

The Flex theme by Out of the Sandbox

by Ross Allchorn 2 min read

As one of Out of the Sandbox's longest standing partners, we're proud to announce the launch of version 2.0 of their flagship theme Flex. We've built with the Flex theme and it's safe to say that it's one of the most versatile themes you can get out of the (sand) box.

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Our quick turnaround enhancements for BFCM

Our quick turnaround enhancements for BFCM

by Gabi Falanga 6 min read

We advise against tackling a project as big and complicated as a redesign so close to BFCM. However, there are several ‘smaller’ improvements we can make to your site  within a relatively short period of time to turn it into a big, mean, earning machine for BFCM. These tactics will lure new customers to your store for the big event, will make the most of existing customers, and will encourage shoppers to make the most of your fantastic deals.

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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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“Should I use Shopify or Magento?”

“Should I use Shopify or Magento?”

by Daniel Connor 3 min read

Merchants looking to grow business online have a number of ecommerce platforms to choose from. Two of the most popular ecommerce platforms are Shopify and Magento. So, should you choose Shopify, or Magento?

Short Answer: There’s no best or worst platform. It’s about which ecommerce platform is best for YOUR business. And we’ve done the groundwork to help you decide…

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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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Keeping customers post-Covid

Keeping customers post-Covid

by Gabi Falanga 5 min read

Online shopping exploded during the coronavirus pandemic as customers started shopping online more. Some stores reported unheard of increases in business. The vaccine rollout in the US might see the return of some semblance of normality. So what will merchants do to retain new customers from the past year? We look at ways to sustain this growth and make sure that short-term customers become long-term ones.

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Foldabox can’t contain itself

Foldabox can’t contain itself

by Gabi Falanga 9 min read

A luxury gift box ecommerce store Foldabox has almosttripled its business during the coronavirus pandemic. The store, with a UK and a USA site, has modest beginnings. Nicole Hines, the founder and managing director, launched the company in 2005.

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Dogfooding: Using what you sell

Dogfooding: Using what you sell

by Gabi Falanga 5 min read

There is always room for improvement on any site and ShopCreatify encourages anyone with a website to constantly review their sites. We recently relaunched our own site. Of course we’re on Shopify! We pushed ourselves to the limits of the platform’s content management capabilities and reaffirmed our faith in Shopify.

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Giving customers the power to buy

Giving customers the power to buy

by Gabi Falanga 6 min read

Although sales have been skyrocketing for many online businesses, many households are experiencing reduced incomes and financial worries. Offering financing options on your store will give customers buying power.

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