Introducing Responsive Checkout

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At Shopify, our goal has always been to make it as easy as possible for your customers to buy from your online store. For years we’ve provided our merchants with a simple and secure online checkout that, to date, has processed over $5 billion in sales for hundreds of thousands of individual businesses.

But the web is constantly changing. So today, we’re excited to announce the launch of Responsive Checkout, a brand new ecommerce checkout experience for online stores.

Responsive Checkout is the result of mobile-first thinking and is designed to help you capture more sales – allowing you to spend more time running your business and less time chasing abandoned carts.

It’s a product born out of thousands of hours of usability research and millions of dollars in real transactions carried out by stores using our early release version.


Preview Responsive Checkout on your store

or check it out on the Shopify Crafted store.

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46 Remarkable Ecommerce Website Designs

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What’s the recipe for great ecommerce design that turns visitors into buyers? There are several ingredients: professional photography, clean navigation, visual hierarchy, the right text-to-image balance. Like any good baker knows, it’s all about the ratio of ingredients and testing the mix along the way.

At the beginning of this year, we posted a roundup of 30 stunning ecommerce sites built on Shopify. Since then, many other stores have cooked up some incredible new designs. Whether it’s an out-of-the-box free theme combined with beautiful photography, or a custom design by one of our experts, the variety of beautiful sites on Shopify is astounding.

Apparel, home, gourmet, and paper companies alike have created sites unique to their own brands. In our latest design roundup, we’ve whipped up an eclectic list of shops to inspire you. These 46 Shopify stores have discovered the secret sauce of ecommerce design.

Read to the end of this post for a chance to win $500 in design services for your new or established store from Shopify Expert, PixelSupply!

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8 Customer Service Quotes That Will Transform the Way You Run Your Business

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Customer service isn't just what your business does after the sale in the form of addressing a support call or doing an exchange or issuing a refund, it's the-end to-end experience a customer has with all the touch points of your business. 

Whether you sell online, in-store, or anywhere in-between, placing an emphasis on making exceptional customer service a core component or a foundational value for your business, will change your outlook on why it is you do what you do. 

It will remind you of your reasons for starting your business in the first place, how your business adds value to the lives of your target customers, and why when it comes to the overall customer experience, there's always room for improvement.

To help you gain further insight into the importance of customer service, I've assembled eight quotes from some of the most brilliant thinkers and doers so that you too can gauge the state of customers today and how it is you might be able to serve them better tomorrow. 

Enjoy! 

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Referral Marketing 101: 7 Tactics to Launch Your Own Referral Campaign

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Study after study has proven that referral marketing is one of the best forms of marketing when it comes to sales and conversions. Simply put, referral marketing, sometimes also called word-of-mouth marketing, is just people purchasing products based on someone else's opinion or influence. It's a powerful marketing channel because people trust the opinions of other people in their lives and people they respect, whether that be family, friends, social media influencers or big stars. 

It makes sense, we regularly get advice from our friends on which TV shows to watch, movies to rent, or restaurant to go to. And, as end consumers ourselves, we wan’t to share our stories, the products we buy and the brands we choose. This becomes magnified when the buying experience and products are exceptional.

In this post, we will show you the three fundamental reasons referral marketing is so powerful, some examples of extremely successful referral campaigns, and provide you with seven tactical steps to build a powerful referral marketing engine for your business.

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15 Domain Name Generators & New Domain Extensions Available

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Registering the perfect domain name is an extremely important decision. A good domain can help you build a brand that will stick in your customers minds and help define your target market. However, coming up with a great business and domain name can be one of the most challenging aspects of starting a new online business. You can spend days, weeks or even months and the brainpower equivalent to a thousand NASA computers trying to come up with the perfect name that's also available to register. 

In this post we'll explain why your domain name is so important, show you some of the best tools for finding the perfect URL, then, we'll introduce you some of the new unique domain extensions that you probably didn’t even realize were available.

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Retail Staffing 101: How to Hire, Train, and Retain The Right Employees

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With the holiday season just around the corner, you're probably already thinking about getting some extra help for your retail small business.

That comes as no surprise as consumer holiday spending is expected to grow between 4.0% to 4.5% percent this year and the retail industry is once again projected to be adding the most jobs.

However, as if it already wasn't hard enough to find the right people to work for you, with more job options available to them, it's only going to get tougher.

Which is why in this post, I'll be covering tips on how to hire, train, and retain employees so you don't continue to face increased recruiting and turnover costs and get the help you need to make the most of the holiday season and beyond.

Let's dive in.

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7 Customer Retention Tactics to Get Current Ecommerce Customers to Purchase More

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You’ve heard it time and time again. It’s cheaper to get past customers to purchase again than it is to find new customers. This is true for most businesses, especially in the crowded online ecommerce arena where ad impressions, clicks and conversions always seem to be increasing in cost, making new customers more and more expensive to acquire.

Knowing that it's cheaper to get current customer to purchase from you again, ask yourself, when was the last time you truly made an effort to re-engage your current customers to get them to come back?

In today’s post, we will look at seven tactics to target your current customers and get them to purchase more often.

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How Nordstrom Made Its Brand Synonymous With Customer Service (and How You Can Too)

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Ask anyone in the retail industry what the first words are that come to their mind when they think of Nordstrom, and they'll immediately tell you "customer service." 

Making your brand synonymous with a catch-all phrase that's too often simply thrown around in retail doesn't happen overnight. 

In fact, its taken the upscale fashion retailer 115 years of complete dedication to creating the finest shopping experience to build such a reputation.

There's even an entire book dedicated to distilling their unique formula, rightfully titled, "The Nordstrom Way to Customer Service Excellence," along with several articles in top tier business publications trying to do the same.  

So, why might you as a small business owner want to take a page from their book when it comes to customer service in your own stores?

Simple, not only will you build better relationships with customers that result in greater brand loyalty, repeat sales, and lower marketing costs, but you'll build a workplace which attracts talented people who will stand behind your brand.  

Sound intriguing enough? Let's dive in.

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Inspiration: 9 Ecommerce About Pages That Are Killing It

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Ah, your About page.

You know it’s important. Your analytics tell you that people visit it, and you’ve heard that writing a good one will encourage more purchases and higher spending.

And yes, you know that if you made some changes, you’d see some of the same results for yourself.

So what’s stopping you?

Maybe all you need is a bit of inspiration. Here are 9 About pages from Shopify merchants to get your creative juices flowing.

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14 Ways to Use Offers, Coupons, Discounts and Deals to Drive Revenue and Customer Loyalty

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Offers, coupons, discounts and deals. There will come a time when most online merchants will be faced with the decision of whether to offer discounts, when to offer discounts and how much should the discounts be worth.

Offering discounts for your online store can be a powerful weapon in your conversion arsenal, however, used haphazardly, and you can do significant damage to your brand or worse, become unprofitable.

In this post, we'll review some of the pros and cons of offering deals for your online store, look at some of the most popular ways you can use discounts to drive conversions and, of course, how to most effectively use them.

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