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Upgrade Your Store to Shopify

Congratulations on your decision to upgrade your online store to Shopify. To help make the process as fast…

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Congratulations on your decision to upgrade your online store to Shopify. To help make the process as fast and painless as possible, we’ve put together this resource to get you started.

Below you’ll find a tool to help you import your existing store, important information about using Shopify as well as some of the differences you can expect to find between our platform and some of the other ecommerce providers.

Shopify Import Tool

To help get you up and running quickly on Shopify, we’ve developed a convenient import tool that allows you to transfer your existing product catalogue over to our platform.

Whether you’re coming from Volusion, Wordpress, Magento, Bigcommerce, eBay, Etsy, or others, this tool is a convenient way to assist with the migration process.

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Some Things To Look Out For

Shopify offers a lot of power and flexibility, but we do do some things differently than other ecommerce platforms.  Here are some things to look out for:

Collections

Here at Shopify we use ‘collections’ in place of what other ecommerce companies call categories.  Based on our testing, we find that grouping your products in high level collections and then using ‘tags’ to specify sub categories provides a better user experience for the customer when navigating and searching for products on your website.

In addition to regular collections, we also have ‘smart collections’ that let you set simple rules that automatically place products in them based on factors like price and inventory. For example you could create a ‘Stocking Stuffer’ smart collection with a rule that adds any items in your store that are under $20.00.

Learn more about collections.

Variants

A product variant (or variant for short) is a different version of a product, such as a size or a color. Without variants, you would have to treat the small, medium and large versions of a t-shirt as three separate products. Variants let you treat the small, medium and large versions of a t-shirt as variations of the same product.

Learn more about product variants.

Linklists

In Shopify, a linklist is (as the name suggests) a collection of links. The main purpose of linklists is to create menus and submenus in your store’s navigation. A brand new shop has one linklist for the Main Menu, and another for the Footer, both of which cannot be deleted. You edit your linklists, and create new ones, on the Navigation page in your shop admin.

Learn more about linklists.

Automatic Tax Calculations for U.S. Shops

One thing many U.S. based shop owners switching to Shopify aren’t aware is our automatic tax calculation feature. All the customer needs to do is enter their Zip code and Shopify takes care of the necessary tax calculations automatically.

Learn more about tax calculation by Zip code.

Shopify Apps

The Shopify App Store is a collection of free and premium plugins that extend the functionality of your online store and is a great way to add more specialized features to Shopify. From displaying customer reviews, upsells, advanced shipping and fulfillment and more, there's an app for almost anything.

Visit the Shopify App Store.


Still have questions? Contact a Shopify Guru now.

New Store Friday - June 29, 2012

Thank God It's Friday, because your ecommerce inspiration with Shopify's weekly New Store Friday post is here! 

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Welcome to New Store Friday, Shopify's weekly showcase of ecommerce inspiration. 

If you're looking for more ecommerce inspiration, we also pin some of our favorite products to our Cool Products on Shopify board on Pinterest and we've started a New Store Friday Board. Follow our Pinterest boards for a constant stream of awesome.

Would you like to be included in the next New Store Friday? All you need to do is post a link to your new store in the comments of our New Store Fridays post on our Facebook page.


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Outlook Appins

www.outlookappins.com
Outlook Appins provides a collection of easy to use time-saving add-ins (or plugins) for Outlook.

Ecommerce Website Powered by Shopify

SinglePoint

www.spsresults.com
A business solutions provider, helping small to medium sized businesses address functions of their day to day operations.

Ecommerce Website Powered by Shopify

Sulu Collection

www.sulucollection.com
Offers handcrafted clothing from India which can comfortably and elegantly meld into a distinctive western wardrobe.

Ecommerce Website Powered by Shopify

Ortensia Blu

www.ortensiablu.com
Online shop for specialty Italian food and traditionally crafted goods.

Ecommerce Website Powered by Shopify

MotoBar

www.motobar.co.uk
A leading specialty retailer in the action sports industry selling clothing, shoes, and accessories.

Ecommerce Website Powered by Shopify

Blu Kicks

www.blukicks.com
Shoe company protecting fish habitats with comfort and quality shoes.

Ecommerce Website Powered by Shopify

Kyasha

www.kyasha.ca
An accessories line designed by Shannon Ross from her Beach Studio in Vancouver.

Ecommerce Website Powered by Shopify

Standout Designs

www.standoutdesigns.com
A family-owned American small business with roots three generations deep in the television cabinet business.

Ecommerce Website Powered by Shopify

Fab Mart

www.fabmart.com
Simplifying shopping for customers in smaller towns in India while offering them an unmatched online shopping experience.

Ecommerce Website Powered by Shopify

MoMug

www.momug.net
A double walled porcelain reusable mug aiming to reduce the number of paper coffee cups used each year and raise money to support Movember and men's health.

Ecommerce Website Powered by Shopify

Christopher Jenner

www.christopher-jenner.com
Christopher’s studio explores the relationship between branding and design while currently working on projects in lifestyle and hospitality.

5 Ways to Take Customer Service to the Next Level

Customer service is important. Really important. If you've ever been to a restaurant and received awful service you know exactly…


Customer service is important. Really important. If you've ever been to a restaurant and received awful service you know exactly what I'm talking about. It doesn't matter how good the food is, bad customer service can ruin a meal. Same goes for shopping: Customers who receive bad customer service from an online store are highly unlikely to return, and even less likely to refer you business. 

Here are five ways to take your ecommerce stores customer service to the next level:

1. Do The Unexpected

Last year I wrote an article about my experience at Brooks Brothers. In short, I bought a shirt at one of their brick and mortar retail locations and a couple weeks later I received a handwritten thank you note from the sales guy (Garth, apparently) who helped me. That level of customer service blew me away and made my week. 


In similar fashion, A Shopify store called The Big Blue Hug sent me an unexpected thank you card with a painting I purchased from them. Again, it was a gesture that didn't take long but made a big impact. One final example is from another Shopify store, 3D Doodle Pads, who issued me a refund of $3.00 because the shipping cost for the 3D Doodle Pad I purchased was less than they expected. Completely unnecessary but completely awesome. All three of these retailers added a small personal touch that brought my shopping experience to the next level. None of it cost very much, but it all made a big impact. Customers appreciate when a merchant goes the extra mile and isn't okay with mediocrity.

2. Respond Generously

If a customer complains, take it seriously and act on it immediately. Complaint departments have changed quite a bit over the years. People don't fill out comment cards or send emails to the complaint department anymore. They go on Twitter and other public forums to raise hell, so it's very important to fix a squeaky wheel as soon as possible. If the complaint is legitimate you shouldn't cheap out... be generous. A good example is Starbucks, which despite being a franchise, takes it customer complaints seriously. They've got a track record of offering gift cards of a generous amount to upset coffee drinkers. A $50 gift card doesn’t cost the company much, but the positive publicity generated can be invaluable.

3. Offer Live Chat

In a retail store if you have a question about a product you can ask a sales associate or head to the customer service desk. If you have a complaint you can ask for the store manager. As we’ve moved to buying products and services online, we’ve come to expect online stores to have a customer service hotline or at the very minimum an email address to offer assistance or resolve issues. Ecommerce merchants can take their customer service to the next level by offering live customer support through a chat window. Shopify offers several plugins that merchants can add to their online store that will provide them with live chat: Desk.com, Olark, HelpOnClick, LiveChat, OggChat, Zopim Live Chat, and Live Chat by UserPulse are all good choices.

4. Send Customers a Survey

A survey is a good way to show your customers you care about their opinions. It’s also a great way to gather customer feedback for future offerings and to test current products on the market. The Shopify App Store currently offers a free beta version of FluidSurveys that will let you send customers a survey after they have received an order. You can also check out popular survey software like SurveyMonkey and WuFoo - both of which have basic plans that are free.

5. Create a Friendly Return Policy

Some people are hesitant to shop online because they're unsure about purchase and return policies. Does your ecommerce store have a return policy? If not, you should seriously consider creating one. While etching the details, It's important that all sales are not final, and all your policies are stated in plain english somewhere that's easy to find.

9 Fresh New Shopify Apps to Help You Sell More

Today, we're announcing 9 powerful new Shopify Apps that will help you sell more. In this App Store Showcase,…

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Today, we're announcing 9 powerful new Shopify Apps that will help you sell more. In this App Store Showcase, every app includes a free trial - allowing you to try their service before committing to a purchase. 

If you don't know already, the Shopify App Store is a collection of plugins (apps) that extend the functionality of your ecommerce store. We've got almost 200 apps for online store owners to choose from and we're adding new ones every week.

Here are 9 brand new Shopify Apps for you to check out, along with a special featured app at the bottom: 

PlugMyEvent

Free for 14 Days, $15 - $60 / Month 

PlugMyEvent allows you to sell tickets to events through your Shopify storefront. PlugMyEvent allows you to schedule events, create different ticket types, email attendees with updates, and export a guest list to use on the night of the event. It's a must-have app for musicians playing shows, artists with gallery showcases, and anything else that involves selling tickets. PlugMyEvent was developed in partnership with the Shopify App Fund, our $1,000,000 program for helping developers build stellar apps for our merchants.

Coolence

Free

Prevent cart abandonment with targeted emails to customers who leave your site without checking out. 100% free for unlimited emails. 

View your ecommerce stores traffic and revenue data over time, and use Lexity's powerful analytics to find trends to maximize your marketing efforts. 

Spin Studio

Free - $29.95 / Month

Easily create and manage 360° views of your products and display them on your product listings. Ecommerce product photography is really important while your potential customers are considering a purchase. Spin Studio lets you showcase your products in a unique way, giving customers a better understanding of what your product is like.

Improvely

Free for 30 Days, $29.00 - $299 / Month

Identify what sites, web searches, and ads are generating the purchases on your shop using Improvely’s all-in-one marketing dashboard.

BuySafe

Free

Increase customer confidence with a free BuySafe badge, indicating that you’re a reputable online business.

Ventata Pricing Engine

Free - $200 / Month

Run fully automated pricing experiments on your ecommerce shop to determine the perfect price point for your products to maximize revenue.

Klaviyo

Free for 14 Days, $49 - $249 / Month

Run powerful and customized email marketing and gain insight into your customers, all from a beautifully designed dashboard.

View analytics for your online store, including traffic trends, easily and for free right from your iPhone.


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Ordoro

Free for 15 Days, $19 - $99 / Month

Ordoro is a seamless inventory syncing and shipping management solution. New eBay inventory syncing makes it easier than ever to keep inventory in sync between your multiple selling channels.

10 New Apps to Help You Sell More

The Shopify App Store is a collection of plugins (apps) that extend the functionality of your ecommerce store. We've got…

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The Shopify App Store is a collection of plugins (apps) that extend the functionality of your ecommerce store. We've got over 150 apps for online store owners to choose from and we're adding new ones every week. We have a really exciting collection of powerful new apps for you to take a look at this month, and we share them with you below. 

Curious about building your own Shopify App? If you're a developer, designer, or entrepreneur that may be interested in building a Shopify App, we have a $1,000,000 fund that will help you get started. See here for more details.

Here are 10 brand new Shopify Apps for you to check out, along with a special featured app at the bottom: 

Landable

Free 

Display a “people who bought this also bought” widget on a product page, or a “you previously viewed” widget on your homepage. This powerful app analyses each customer that visits your store based on their past browsing or purchase patterns, search queries, and more. Landable will use this data to automatically generate widgets that show the most relevant products to your customer.

What if your customers see an item they like, but they’re not quite ready to buy yet? Giftery allows customers to add your product to a universal wishlist that works across the many stores they browse online. 

Digital Delivery App

Free for 30 Days, Free - $39 / Month

Digital Delivery App lets you sell digital goods online. This app automatically delivers your digital products the instant they're sold in your store. You can sell movies, ebooks, photos, audio, podcasts, and more. Design wise, everything is customizable so it will match your store exactly how you want. 

Tweet For Discount

Free - $5 / Month

This app is a button that goes on your store that lets your customers send a tweet about your store or product to their entire Twitter following. In exchange for the tweet, they automatically get rewarded with a discount code of your choosing. Example: Tweet this product to your friends, receive 10% off. 

Product Discount

Free for 7 Days, $5.99 / Month

Run sales in your ecommerce store based on a variety of conditions: by product brand, type, collection, or store-wide. No coupon codes are needed and you can even schedule sales for holidays, weekends, or whenever. Hook this app up with Product Upsell (featured at the bottom) and you can run promotions like "buy one get one free" , "buy 3 get one 75% off" , or "Spend $100 and get a free gift."

Chargify

$65 - $459 / Month

This exciting app lets you offer subscription-based products to your store. Automatically bill customers on a subscription basis. There’s never been a better time to start your Cupcake-Of-The-Month store!

EmailDirect

$40 + / Month

EmailDirect is a powerful email marketing app. Upon installation, you’ll get a free consultation call from an EmailDirect rep who will walk you through email marketing and help you decide the best strategies for your store.

Zingaya

Free for 14 Days, $9.95 - $29.95 / Month

Offer a “click-to-call” button on your store that lets your customers call you free-of-charge from their computers. It’s the easiest way to offer basic phone support on your store.

ShopPad

Free

ShopPad lets you optimize your Shopify store for browsing on an iPad in just a few clicks. Automatically display a beautiful touch-enabled interface for any customer viewing your store on an iPad.

Ambassador

Free for 14 Days, $99 + / Month

Reward customers for evangelizing your products, then monitor and track these incentives. Integrate with Paypal, Dwolla, MailChimp, and other apps you already use to make the most of your referral program.


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Product Upsell

Free for 30 Days - $9.99 - $59.99 / Month

Product Upsell is one of the highest rated apps in our App Store. With this app you can offer relevant add-on products to customers based on cart content. For instance, say someone buys a camera from your ecommerce shop - now you can automatically offer them a memory card and batteries. Product Upsell can have a dramatic affect on your sales, and it's really easy to set-up.

10 New Shopify Apps to Increase Sales and Supercharge Your Online Store

We take a lot pride in giving our merchants all the tools and insights they need to succeed.…

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We take a lot pride in giving our merchants all the tools and insights they need to succeed. As a platform, we're always working with third-party developers and services to help you integrate the latest and greatest functionality into your store as the need arises for you.

If you haven't already had a look yet, the Shopify App Store is a continuously growing collection of plugins (apps) that extend the functionality of your ecommerce store. We've now got more than 500 apps, double that of last year, for online store owners to choose from and we're always adding new ones every week.

But for now, here are 10 brand new apps to check out, so go ahead and have a peek: 

Social Login

Free-$99.00/month

Social Login lets your users register and login to your Shopify store using their existing social media accounts which includes Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. This gives you access to permission-based, first-party social data to get you on the right path of building meaning relationships with individuals interested in your store.


Custom Orders

$19.99/month

The Custom Order app allows you to create and modify products on the fly when you enter orders. It also lets you manage your orders with unlimited custom statuses that automatically update your customers.


Printful

Free

Looking to print your designs on t-shirts, posters, or canvas? Printful has got you covered. This app enables you to outsource your printing and shipping, making it easy for you to focus on marketing and growing your store.


Concierge

Free

Concierge makes it easy to manage subscribers, create emails, and decide what's the best content to deliver to your customer's inboxes. In essence, it'll send product emails to your customer without giving you the hassle of figuring out the details.


Scope

$49.00

If you've ever wanted your customers to be able to see the finer details and workmanship of your products then Scope is the app for you. It's a powerful product viewer that comes packed with three distinct ways to showcase your high-resolution images.


Gleam Competitions

Free - $39.00/month

Gleam is an online competitions platform to help you engage with your online community. Whether you're looking to grow your newsletter signups or get more social followers, there's nothing like competitions to tap into your visitors natural instinct to win.


ViralSweep

Free - $49.00/month

Ever wanted to run a sweepstakes directly on Shopify? Well this app will let you do just that. Accomplish your goals to grow that email list, followers, and most importantly sales with this easy-to-use app.


Recommendify

Free - $49.95/month

Recommendify takes in all your product data to distill similarities between products, it'll then serve similar products pertaining to whichever product page a visitor is on. Need we say more?


S Loyalty: Fan Builder

$9.99- $59.99/month

In the world of ecommerce, Fan Builder lets you build the perfect win-win. Visitors engage with via your social profiles and email and in return they receive a product discount when they buy a product. 


Catalog Machine

Free- $29.00/month

Catalog Machine lets you build online and pdf catalogs consisting of any or all your Shopify products. Create both catalogs and brochures as needed and easily custom edit your designs.


Hopefully, you get a chance to check out the nifty apps listed above and use them to work your ecommerce magic as you start out on another year full of goals, dreams, and ambitions. Good luck!

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