One of the things that sets Shopify apart in the world of ecommerce platforms is their vast offerings of apps in their built-in app store. Shopify apps extend the already robust functionality of the Shopify platform, adding additional flexibility and features to online stores. There are more than 1200 apps in the Shopify app store which allow store owners to add everything from customer reviews to advanced inventory management, to customer retargeting. And many of the best ones won’t cost you a dime.
Here are some of our favorite, most interesting Shopify app that you can use to help your business:
MailChimp for Shopify (free)
MailChimp is one of the leading email marketing platforms on the web, and with MailChimp for Shopify, you MailChimp account integrates directly into your online store. MailChimp for Shopify allows you to automatically add customers and their purchase data to MailChimp, create targeted abandoned cart, win-back, and post-purchase emails. You’ll also be able to showcase product recommendations via email, and create customer segments based on buying behavior for targeted email campaigns.
Tidio Live Chat (free, $12/month for pro, $24/month for premium)
Tidio adds a “live chat” feature to your page, allowing customers to instantly communicate with you. The live chat window connects directly to an app on your smartphone, so no matter where you are you can always be in touch with customers. You can also configure automated messages, get a list of all customers currently visiting your site, and reach out to them at any time.
LoyaltyLion (free up to 400 orders/month)
LoyaltyLion gives your store its very own loyalty program. Customers will receive points for performing activities like making purchases, signing up for emails, leaving reviews, and giving Facebook likes. These points can be used by customers to redeem rewards at your store, like discounts, free products, free shipping and more. By using LoyaltyLion you can increase customer engagement and encourage referrals and repeat purchases.
LimeSpot (free until sales are 3x your monthly subscription)
While Shopify includes built-in product recommendations, they have limited functionality, simply recommending products from the same collection the customer is already viewing. LimeSpot gives much more advanced features and control when it comes to product recommendations. LimeSpot provides intelligent product recommendations on every page based on categories like “you may like,” “frequently bought together,” and more. It can even generate separate, dynamic pages based on popular, trending, and featured products.
AfterShip (free, $10/month for premium)
AfterShip makes tracking shipments easy. It integrates with over 350 couriers around the world to provide tracking information for all of your shipments in one place. It will automatically detect updates from couriers and provide status updates, and will even provide a branded tracking page to your customers. The premium version provides SMS or email delivery notifications.
Printful (price based on product sold)
Printful can turn almost any business into a dropshipping business. You can use your designs to create product pages for things like t-shirts, sweatshirts, phone cases, mugs, totes and more. Once a customer places an order, Printful will automatically print the item, and ship it to the customer in your packaging. You just pay Printful’s costs and keep the rest as profit.
McAfee SECURE (free, $19/month for pro)
McAfee is one of the most well known names in computer security software. And with McAfee SECURE, you can scan your site from malware, viruses, and other malicious activity, then display the McAfee SECURE trustmark on your store so that your customers know your store is safe. Having a trustmark from a name like McAfee will give that bit of extra reassurance to your customers, and give your site additional credibility.
Yotpo Reviews (free for basic features)
Yotpo is an advanced customer review platform that automatically collects reviews from customers after they have made a purchase. Their signature features is a post-purchase email (usually sent a few weeks later) that lets customers give feedback right in the email, which is then posted as a review. Yotpo also has a slew of advanced features centered around user-generated content (or UGC) and social media.
Google Shopping (free)
Online shoppers frequently begin their product search on Google. And while your Shopify store may come up in regular Google search results, they won’t come up in Google Shopping results – that is, unless you use the Google Shopping app. The Google Shopping app syncs your Shopify store with the Google Merchant Center, making them more visible around the web. It also makes it easy to advertise your products using Google AdWords.
SocialPhotos (starts at $10/month)
SocialPhotos makes it easy to combine your own product photos with those generated by your customers, all right on the same product page. It does this by scanning you customers’ photos on popular social media platforms (especially Instagram) using a widget or hashtag and compiles relevant pictures for display on your site. You can display these photos on your product pages, or in a gallery, and turn every user photo into a buyable post.
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