Shopify & Ecommerce Ramblings

A blog about building and extending awesome Shopify stores

Unprepared - The “Secret Sauce” of Online Stores with Ross Allchorn

Unprepared - The “Secret Sauce” of Online Stores with Ross Allchorn

by Ross Allchorn 1 min read

Chase Clymer, host of Honest Ecommerce, and ShopCreatify's Ross Allchorn discuss Ross’s journey, serendipity as a part of success, their focus on Shopify, working as a remote agency, handling BFCM projects, and more.

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Doing good is good for business

Doing good is good for business

by Gabi Falanga 5 min read

Ronny Sage from ShoppingGives

Doing good is good for your business’s bottom line. More customers are letting their money talk – moving to brands and products that make an impact and align with their values. In 2015, digital marketing expert Ronny Sage founded ShoppingGives for retailers to donate to causes that are important to their customers.

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Adapting ecommerce to cater for customer needs ahead of BFCM

Adapting ecommerce to cater for customer needs ahead of BFCM

by Ross Allchorn 6 min read

Handle with care

Customers are online more than ever, yet facing financial hardship at the same time.  Adapt your store to reflect these developments, and make it easier for your customers to complete a purchase.

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Black Friday preparation

A practical checklist to prepare your Shopify store for BFCM

by Ross Allchorn 6 min read

Black Friday preparation

Getting an early start on Black Friday and Cyber Monday preparations you will ease some of the pressure down the line, but you will also have your website performing exactly the way it needs to in order to maximize your sales conversion opportunities.

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Taking risks and accepting failures: Grip6’s journey to success

Taking risks and accepting failures: Grip6’s journey to success

by Gabi Falanga 6 min read

BJ Minson, founder of Grip6 inspecting his product made in USA

Taking risks, accepting failure and doing things himself are all part of Grip6 founder BJ Minson’s recipe for success. The American belt manufacturer, and ShopCreatify client, sold 350,000 belts in 2019. BJ Minson talks belt flaps, Chinese manufacturing, and marketing mess-ups.

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Wolf, ShopCreatify’s newest pack member

Wolf, ShopCreatify’s newest pack member

by Gabi Falanga 6 min read

Nina Wolf and her dog Fergus

Wolf became part of ShopCreatify’s ‘pack’ in June 2020. The experienced marketing manager has joined ShopCreatify in a strategic capacity with a strong focus on sales, marketing and merchant success. She only growls occasionally. Wolf was, until recently, the brand manager at Small Pet Select, a large US ecommerce store that sells quality animal food for small pets. 

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Why you should be focusing on BFCM right now

Why you should be focusing on BFCM right now

by Ross Allchorn 7 min read

Focus on BFCM
Photo by Kevin Ku

BFCM and the subsequent gifting season is the period when many merchants see the lion’s share of their annual sales in the year, and could be the much needed monetary relief that many are relying on. While we cannot predict how things will be for merchants during this holiday season, it does appear that it could be a favorable one for ecommerce again. 

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Unprepared - Ecommerce Podcast Interview

Unprepared - Ecommerce Podcast Interview

by Linda Lynch 1 min read

Chase Clymer, Ross Allchorn

Chase Clymer, host of Honest Ecommerce's interviewed ShopCreatify's Ross Allchorn in a recent podcast. In this episode they discuss how the pandemic has affected Ecommerce in South Africa and around the world, and what merchants should be focusing on during this time. 

While ShopCreatify has a distributed team that spans the world, there are a couple of teammates and customers with Ecommerce stores based in South Africa, giving Ross a unique perspective to offer.

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Convert more sales from your current traffic

Convert more sales from your current traffic

by Ross Allchorn 6 min read

Ecommerce order being fulfilled
Photo by Bench

If ever there was a time to focus on boosting your online sales, it would be now. Despite the extenuating circumstances of what is facing the world right now, eCommerce is booming and it’s time to get on top of your conversion optimisation.

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Ecommerce booms in face of Covid-19

Ecommerce booms in face of Covid-19

by Gabi Falanga 4 min read

Roddy Smith - Spently

According to Roddy Smith, Director of Sales and Partnerships for Spently, many of the latest changes in ecommerce will last well after the virus has been overcome.

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Increase Your Shopify Ecommerce Conversions

Increase Your Shopify Ecommerce Conversions

by Ross Allchorn 11 min read

Sharpening your Ecommerce Conversion RatesPhoto by Malte Wingen

A collection of information that we thought would be good to share with other Shopify partners, experts and merchants.

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Tips to using your time wisely during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tips to using your time wisely during the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Ross Allchorn 6 min read

Working from home during COVID-19 Pandemic

Photo by Roberto Nickson

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are left with an uncertain future. Many brick and mortar businesses have closed their doors indefinitely (some will reopen, others not so lucky), and retailers are looking to ecommerce to secure their brand a future.

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A Helping Hand by the Ecommerce Community

A Helping Hand by the Ecommerce Community

by Ross Allchorn 4 min read

Shopify Ecommerce Covid-19 Helping HandPhoto by Austin Kehmeier

Online resources to help guide your ecommerce business through this pandemic

There is some help to get you up and running quickly, to support your community, and to aid us all in getting through Covid-19 times.

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Boost your ecommerce sales by offering a financing payment option

Boost your ecommerce sales by offering a financing payment option

by Ross Allchorn 5 min read

Shopify Ecommerce Financing options with SezzlePhoto by Brooke Lark

Credit cards are no longer the payment option of choice.  Here's what our store needs to do to cater to your customers now.

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Primer on Ecommerce Automation

Primer on Ecommerce Automation

by Ross Allchorn 6 min read

Ecommerce Automation

Shopify store automation apps free up your time, prevent errors, and create a better customer experience.

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Get your Ecommerce Store Black Friday ready

Get your Ecommerce Store Black Friday ready

by Ross Allchorn 6 min read

BFCM 2019 Shopify

The question on the minds of everyone running an Ecommerce business at this time of year is ‘Am I ready for Black Friday?’. As Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Halloween, and the Festive Season are looming, you need to be absolutely sure you can cope with the influx of sales without compromising on the quality of your customer service. You also need to have all your marketing ducks in a row to capitalise on this phenomenal opportunity to boost your online sales.

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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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Proudly embracing a remote mindset for improved efficiency and other benefits

Proudly embracing a remote mindset for improved efficiency and other benefits

by Ross Allchorn 6 min read

ShopCreatify Core Clients on a map

Is remote working all it’s purported to be? Well… in short… at least for me and my current team, yes.

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Consumer consciousness drives brands to be more socially responsible

Consumer consciousness drives brands to be more socially responsible

by Ross Allchorn 6 min read

Social Responsibility in Ecommerce

Locally or globally, paying it forward is appreciated by potential customers.  And it isn't hard or expensive to set up.

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Boost repeat business with your transactional emails

Boost repeat business with your transactional emails

by Ross Allchorn 7 min read

Transactional emails in Shopify ecommerce

Turn your transactional emails into a standalone sales channel and see repeat business spike. Leave no stone unturned when it comes to ways of increasing your conversions, especially if they can be processes that tick over nicely all on their own. 

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Pilgrimage to Shopify Unite - 2019

Pilgrimage to Shopify Unite - 2019

by Ross Allchorn 11 min read

Shopify Unite Conference 2019

I went to the center of it all.  The homeland, the mothership.  Here's what I found.

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