Shopify Updates

Shopify Now Available on Apple Watch

Today, we’re bringing you a new way to track the performance of your business with Shopify Mobile on Apple Watch. Now you can access the most timely and relevant data about your business without having to open up your laptop or pull out your phone.

With Shopify Mobile on Apple Watch, you can glance at sales and traffic or tap into the app to view a more detailed overview of your store. Your Apple Watch will notify you with a subtle tap on your wrist when your receive a new order.

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Shopify Makes Buying on Mobile Easier with Google Wallet

Most traffic to online stores now comes from smartphones and tablets. The problem is that many of these shoppers don’t end up checking out on their mobile device, opting instead to make the purchase from their computer. This delay in gratification can diminish the excitement of buying something new, leading to a permanently abandoned shopping cart. That's why we've been working closely with Google to build and integrate Google Wallet with Shopify.  

Today, we’re excited to announce that eligible Shopify merchants based in the United States can start accepting payments from customers using Google Wallet.

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Introducing Multichannel Shopify

If you’re like most merchants, your customers—and consequently your sales—are being spread across many different online and offline sales channels. For example, in addition to selling through your online store, you might be selling at retail stores or pop-up shops, through online marketplaces, on social media, within native mobile apps, and more. This likely means you're spending hours each day synchronizing products, merging customer databases, and doing a lot of manual work in different tools just to run your business. With the increasing number of sales channels that are becoming available, this way of doing things just isn’t sustainable.

You’ll need to replace this painful patchwork of systems with a simple, unified platform. One that can be used to effortlessly sell your products in all of your different sales channels. We have been designing Shopify to be that platform.

Today, we’re excited to announce two updates to your Shopify admin that make it easier to manage and sell your products across all of your sales channels.

These upgrades are free to all Shopify merchants and will be released over the coming week.

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Shopify POS Update: Now Available on iPhone and Free for All Shopify Merchants

Today we’re excited to announce that selling in person just got a whole lot easier. Our point of sale app, Shopify POS, is now available on the iPhone, and it's free for all Shopify merchants.

With the new Shopify POS, you can now accept cash, credit, debit, and gift cards on your iPhone and iPad. Brick and mortar businesses can use our new Retail Package for more advanced features.

Shopify POS seamlessly integrates with your online store so your products, orders and customers are always in sync. Bridging this gap between online and offline selling is an important step forward in our mission to make commerce better.

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Introducing Storefront Editor

Today, we’re excited to introduce storefront editor, the easiest way to build a beautiful online store. Storefront editor empowers you to take creative control of your online store, giving you even more freedom to create a home for your brand.

Check out the video now to learn more.

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Introducing Responsive Checkout

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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15 Domain Name Generators & New Domain Extensions Available

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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Behind the Scenes at the Shopify Build A Business Winner’s Day in NYC

This past July we announced the winners of Shopify’s 4th Annual Build A Business Competition.

On August 7, Shopify headed to New York City to celebrate the 10 successful startups who came out on top. They flew in from all over the world – from Canon City, Colorado to Adelaide, Australia.

Those entrepreneurs won the competition by selling the most in their category over an eight-month period. The competition resulted in 21,000 entrepreneurs who created new businesses that sold more than $120 million in products.

This year’s winners earned $50,000 and the opportunity to seek business advice from our all-star mentors: Gary Vaynerchuk, Mark Cuban, Lil Jon, Arianna Huffington, Daymond John, Tim Ferriss, Chase Jarvis, Tina Roth Eisenberg, Selita Ebanks, and Amber Mac.

Each winner spent an hour with their category mentor, asking for input on their business plan, growth strategies and marketing goals.

“It was the most enlightening one hour of my life that I’ve had,” said Michael Cao, CEO of ZoomHash and the winner of Tim Ferriss’s Electronics & Gadgets category.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at what happened when this year’s winners met their mentors.

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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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