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List of 50 Must Follow Twitter Accounts for Ecommerce Entrepreneurs

Twitter is one of the best places for ecommerce entrepreneurs to get awesome info to help grow their online store. With a few hundred million different Twitter accounts, it's tough to decide who to follow. To help all the entrepreneurs out there, I've put a list of 50 must follow Twitter accounts for ecommerce entrepreneurs. Check them out below, and follow them here.

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Mobile Now Accounts for 50.3% of All Ecommerce Traffic

Last week represented the first time in history that more people used mobile phones and tablets to visit online stores than using computers. Looking at data from over 100,000 ecommerce stores that use the Shopify platform, we saw 50.3% of traffic coming from mobile (40.3% from mobile phones, 10% from tablets) and just 49.7% from computers.

We have been watching and talking about the mobile commerce trend for years, but now there’s no disputing it: mobile commerce is now the default way that people shop online.

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Shopify Apps and the Shopify Fund

The Shopify Fund is a one million dollar pool of money that we’re using to encourage the development of apps built on Shopify’s ecommerce platform. We’ve funded the first four apps, which I’ve summarized in this article, and we’re on the lookout for more! The video above (4 minutes, 11 seconds) explains both Shopify apps and the Shopify Fund.

If you’re an app developer and want to get in on some of this Shopify Fund action, take a look at the Shopify Fund page and use the form to tell us about your app idea! We might fund it.

If you’ve already applied for the Shopify Fund but aren’t one of the first four to get funded, keep working on your app idea and submit it to the Shopify App Store! The fund isn’t just about getting new apps built, but also enabling developers to work on improvements to their apps. Submit your app, go to the Shopify Fund page and tell us about it! We might fund that development.

If you’ve got an app in the Shopify App Store already and you have ideas for a revision, go to the Shopify Fund page and let us know what they are – we might fund that revision!

[ This article also appears in Global Nerdy. ]

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Hello Shopify World (Harley's Intro)

Hello Shopifyers,

I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Shopify Community. My name is Harley, and I am Shopify’s General Counsel & the Director of Business Development. Prior to joining Shopify, I was a startup entrepreneur, a Shopify store owner (Smoofer.com), and I practiced corporate/commercial law with a Toronto based law firm.

When I’m not Shopify-ing, I blog via SuperAngel, and write articles for a variety of publications in the ecommerce and startup spheres. My latest article, ‘Have E-Commerce Your Way’, can be viewed HERE.

I am really excited about joining Shopify’s already amazing team, and getting to know many of you in the Shopify community.

Please don’t hesitate to hit-me-up by email should you wish to share any shopify-related feedback, or even just to say hi (Harley[at]shopify.com).

My best, Harley.

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Attention Contract Developers: Shopify Wants You!

Shopify has some big customers with online stores that need apps written for them. We've been getting a lot of custom work requests from customers who need applications for their ecommerce website's fulfillment workflow - that is, making sure the right things get put into the right boxes, and sending them to the right people for the right price. We also get requests for other things that online shops need: analytics, promotions, CRM-integration-jazz, or some kind of automatic client-retention. But for now, I'd like to talk about fulfillment.

Fulfillment: it's that part of the shopping cart transaction where the order has been placed and paid for, and now it's time to send something to the customer. This sort of app is a web application that will typically talk to a couple of APIs:

  • The Shopify API, which will have the relevant data from the shop, most notably information about the order that was placed,
  • Webhooks (see Dave Underwood's Syncing with a Store tutorial in the Shopify Wiki to find out what they are. Webhooks are used for about 90% of all Shopify apps),
  • and some fulfillment API, which the app will use to get the order to the customer.

If you're looking for some contract programming work writing software that does useful stuff for reliable customers and you're a reliable, responsive type who can be counted on to write stuff that people need to make their businesses go, Shopify would like to pay you for your services. The application you're writing will be interacting with APIs, which means that you're free to use the programming languages, frameworks and technologies you prefer, as long as you can solve the problem. And because this project is about fulfilling ecommerce orders and not socially networked cat pictures, this  contract will pay nicely.

Is this the sort of development you can do? If so, drop me a line at joey@shopify.com and let's talk.

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

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How to Growth Hack Your Ecommerce Business for More Traffic and Sales

It seems like growth hacking is the latest marketing buzzword.

And for good reason. It's the mindset and methodology that's been used by famous Silicon Valley startups to achieve phenomenal growth. 

But now growth hacking is something marketers everywhere are attempting to understand and use to grow their own businesses.

So what exactly is growth hacking?

It’s still a new term for many and it can be easily confused with traditional marketing.

But there are a few key differences that set growth hacking apart from traditional marketing efforts and understanding how to adopt a growth hacking mindset could help you uncover new opportunities to drive more traffic, sales and most importantly, repeat customers to your business.

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