by Pamela Dominguez
November 15, 2022
There are a lot of things you need to consider when starting a business. Are you going to sell online or will you rather have a physical location? Would you rather sell locally or worldwide? Will you focus on one product or a full range of products? Is selling products best than offering services? What industry should you adventure into?
These are great and important questions, but when talking about your Shopify online store, what are the two most important ones to consider?
Answer: The products you're going to sell and what your store looks like. Those are two of the most important choices you'll make for your store. Why? Simply because what you’re selling and the experience you are delivering is key to your success.
Let’s explore a bit about both of these key elements.
There is a whole world of products you can choose from, so let’s understand some key factors that will help you decide what products work best for your business and store.
It’s way easier to understand how a product works, what it does, what to expect of it, and when it is malfunctioning if you have already tried it yourself. Many products fail because while they are perfectly good products and may be very popular, interesting, or fashionable, they are not suitable for everyone.
When you understand, and even better, love a product, you can get inside your customer’s minds, because while they are not you, they might be thinking very similar, and you’ll be able to answer the most common questions, give recommendations or simply identify when a product is not suited for them.
That will guarantee your client’s satisfaction and will entice them to purchase again from you in the future.
Things like bread, candies, and food, in general, are great products since they are highly consumable. Once a client finds out that they love what you’re offering, they will continue to purchase from you again and again.
If you love to cook and make pastries, this might be a great opportunity for you. But food is not the only consumables you’ll have available to sell, so depending on your industry, you might want to investigate a little and get your hands on some of those.
Examples of consumables for other industries are electronic cleaners, furniture cleaners, clothing cleaners, and mostly all types of cleaners, inks, stationery products, hair products, beard products, makeup, lotions, creams, etc.
The point is if you’re smart about the consumable you choose, it’s a high-quality product, and your clients love it, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll have a top seller.
When you understand your business well, you know you always have the option of selling volume or selling high-priced products. Each of those strategies has its own advantages and disadvantages.
If you have low prices you might be able to sell big volumes of products, while with high-priced products you’ll have better earnings faster. You can mix and match and choose those two types of products in your store, just make sure to test and adjust as your business grows.
Sometimes, less is more. Depending on your industry, a good strategy might be to keep your offering limited. It’s scientifically demonstrated that, when offered an extensive range of options, the brain doesn’t know what to choose.
It’s similar to watching Netflix: too many options, no options. You simply don’t know what to watch.
Again, if you understand your industry, you might discover that a limited selection works better for you. After all, when I purchase ice cream, 90% of the time I choose strawberry. What about you?
As your business grows, you’ll discover things change constantly. An industry gets more competitive, the market changes, fashion introduces new trends, etc. All those factors determine how your client’s consumer psychology changes, and you’ll have to adapt too.
Take a look at what’s new and fashionable, but be sure you’re not adding or removing products on a wimp.
If you have decided on the best products for you, it’s time to add them to your online store. It’s very easy. You’ll just have to follow these steps:
Themes are very important for your shop since they set the tone, mood, and experience that your customers will go through while interacting with your business.
What you need to understand about themes is that a theme controls the organization, features, and style of your online store, therefore, different themes have different styles and layouts and offer a different experience for your customers.
That’s why, depending on your industry, you might want to consider different themes. If you’re in the beauty and health industry, you might want your online store to feel relaxed and luxurious, while if you're selling electronics, then you might want your online store to look energetic and sleek.
When choosing a theme, you must consider two very important elements:
Take in mind that, by choosing the correct theme for your business you’ll avoid extra costs in future developments. Plus, let’s face it. You want your store to look amazing, right?
If you’re unsure of where to start, we can recommend these two themes collections:
Both of these developers create highly rated, very configurable, beautifully looking, and professionally developed themes that will help you avoid any malfunctioning from poor coding.
If you choose any of the Out of the Sandbox themes, though, you will be able to update to new versions of the theme for free with their Updater app, and you also have the option to carry over any personalized coding you had in your previous version of the theme (paid option in their app), potentially saving you hours of work and money.
So now your know. If there are two elements you really want to be mindful of are your products and your store’s theme. Are you ready to start with those yet?
We’ll be very happy to help you give the final touches to your store or start from scratch. Hiring a Shopify Expert can help you streamline your store's development. Having the experience of working with hundreds of stores online, we have developed a systemized process to set up any new Shopify store by following e-commerce best practices that will work for your business and actually give you a competitive advantage.
If you are new to Shopify and you are running a serious business, you need an Expert partner like us to help you take it from zero to launch with the best chance of success.
By the way, did you know that you’ll only have 14 days if you activate your trial and after that, you’ll have to start paying your Plan subscription, even if you haven’t finished your store’s setup?
How cool would it be if you can take your time setting up your store and not have to worry about starting to pay your Plan before you have everything figured out?
As Shopify Experts, we can not only help you accelerate the setup process, but if you decide to start your online store with us, you won’t have to pay your monthly plan during the development time, even if it lasts 1 year! If that’s something you’re interested in, let’s know more about you and your business. Contact us today by clicking here.
Pamela has been working for more than 10 years with creatives and small business owners helping them developing brands that feel close and authentic. Her creative and busy mind comes in handy when juggling maternity, creativity, and entrepreneurship is a daily challenge. You'll see her with a good coffee, a great book, and a lovely cat as she goes through her day, helping people love their brands and their businesses.
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by Pamela Dominguez
November 29, 2022
Shopify is, without a doubt, one of the best online platforms to sell online. They have a very robust system in place that will provide you with a great number of tools and resources, making it much easier to you the whole selling online process.
If you have gathered all your data and are ready to start the migration, here are 4 important actions to have in mind during the process so your launch runs smoothly.
by Pamela Dominguez
November 22, 2022
If you’re new selling online, you’ll soon discover that the most important thing to create with your customers from the very beginning is trust. If your clients don’t trust you, how will they feel safe buying from you? How can they trust that you will deliver the perfect products or services at the right time?
Trust is something that needs to be created little by little, over time. However, there are a few important things that you’ll want to do in order to create trust among your customers, and that is having a correct setup for your store and a good UX to provide a great user experience. This is key from the very first moment they land on your page, for these well-decided elements will let them know that you take your business seriously and, in consequence, them, your customers.
In order to help you get a great start with your online store, here’s a full checklist of the things you need to setup in terms of sections, navigation and general user experience that will translate into a basic but powerful UX
by Pamela Dominguez
November 08, 2022
What makes a successful business? In a few words, the fact that people are engaging with it. Yes, a business needs sales to be successful, but sales are a result of people loving the brand, the products and services, and the experiences with every single person working in the business.
That’s the reason why your email marketing is so vital for the success of your online store, because it is part of the experience that will allow your clients to connect with you. And you want that experience to run smoothly.
Now, since an online store requires a lot of systems up and running, and it might be daunting to manage email marketing, sales systems, customer care, etc through different platforms, it is great news that Shopify can handle most of them at the same place, starting with your email marketing.
If you haven’t already started using an email marketing provider, this is your chance to run everything from the same place and leave your online Shopify store do the trick for you. So today let’s talk about Shopify mail.