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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Optimize The Most Important Template on Your E-commerce Store

Optimize The Most Important Template on Your E-commerce Store

by Ross Allchorn 2 min read

In e-commerce, the product detail page (PDP) plays a crucial role in converting visitors into customers.

Optimizing your PDP can significantly impact your sales and overall success. Let's delve into why optimizing your PDP is so important and explore some key tips to enhance it.

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Making Sense of a Large E-commerce Product Catalog

Making Sense of a Large E-commerce Product Catalog

by Ross Allchorn 2 min read

At ShopCreatify, we often help our merchant clients sort their products into collections and build out navigation in a way that it is easy for their customers to find the things they're looking for.

Not only does this make your customer's user experience better, but it also allows you as an e-commerce merchant to push the products that you need to push in the right places.

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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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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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Urgency Marketing: A Delicate Dance Between Boosting Sales and Building Trust

Urgency Marketing: A Delicate Dance Between Boosting Sales and Building Trust

by Ross Allchorn 3 min read

In the fast-paced world of e-commerce, where attention spans are fleeting and competition is fierce, urgency marketing has become a popular tool to nudge customers towards a purchase.

It leverages the power of scarcity and time sensitivity to create a sense of urgency, encouraging immediate action.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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