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Quick Guide to Conversion Rate Optimization for WooCommerce

April 19, 2018 - Leave a comment

Conversion rate optimization is something we talk about, retweet about, and know we need to invest time in.

What does conversation rate optimization look like for a WooCommerce store? How much does it cost? Are there things that are quick to implement and will make a big difference?

Most importantly—if you have limited time to spend on conversion rate optimization, where should you begin?

Here’s a quick guide to conversion rate optimization (CRO) for WooCommerce, including how to measure your sales funnel, and redeem lost sales.

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Six MailChimp Tools to Build Your Brand and Sell More Stuff

April 12, 2018 - 8 Comments

At this very moment, your store is loaded with data, and that data is fuel just waiting to grow your business.

It provides invaluable information about your customers: what they enjoy buying from you, how often they make a purchase, and when they last made a purchase. Once you integrate your WooCommerce store with MailChimp, our powerful marketing tools – including automations and reporting – put that data to work to personalize your marketing and sell more stuff.

Here are 6 tools that’ll help you on your quest to build your brand:

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How to Build a Membership Site on WordPress

April 10, 2018 - 3 Comments

“I’m building a membership site.”

Those five words can have drastically different meanings. A membership site can mean many things, including:

  • a site that lets people connect with one another
  • a site to teach people something
  • a site to send members a package of goodies every month
  • a site to give certain customers special perks

There are a lot of different models for a membership site, so it can be difficult to know how you should set it up. What types of setups are possible? What tools are available for your desired setup?

To determine what setup is best for your WordPress membership site, you’ll need to define what your site should do, how you interact with members, and what the interaction between members looks like.

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Fresh Bytes: Healthy Foods and Craft Drinks from Seven Online Stores

April 5, 2018 - 8 Comments

The search for healthy food is no piece of cake.

It’s easy to get trapped, bouncing between grocery stores with tiny “Health Food” sections (what exactly is the rest of the store offering?) and stopping at multiple, specialized shops along the way, possibly never really finding what you want.

Around the world, healthy food store owners strike out with a vision of helping their clientele eat better. But it can be hard to make an impact — and a profit — selling specialized products in a small location.

That’s where WooCommerce swoops in to make a connection. You might think that it would be tough for stores with perishable goods to tap into eCommerce, but here are seven fresh and engaging retailers that have found success in this growing segment of the market.

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How to Set Up a Coming Soon Page for WooCommerce

April 3, 2018 - 5 Comments

So you’ve made the decision to launch a new store using WooCommerce. The first few things you’ll do are choose a hosting solution and order your new domain name, then you can get started on setting everything up, and getting ready for launch.

But wait! What if someone visits your site while you’re working on it?

Welcome to to the useful world of Coming Soon or pre-launch landing pages. Let’s take a look at why it’s a good idea to set one up and how to add one to your store for free.

An example of a Coming Soon page used by Barleyandhops.co.za
An example of a Coming Soon page used by Barleyandhops.co.za pre launch

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10 Ways to Make Your Next WooCommerce Sale

March 29, 2018 - 6 Comments

Every new shop builder has the same goal: to make money from their eCommerce site. However, the first few transactions can sometimes be the most difficult to make since these are the sales that put your strategy, your store, and your patience to the test.

Luckily, the early days of any business offer the perfect opportunity to listen, learn, and experiment with different sales tactics. To help you get started, we’ve compiled ten ways to make your next sale with WooCommerce that will help you now and throughout the lifetime of your online store.

Let’s put some wind in your sales.

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How We Transformed PEI Media’s Website – and Business – with Agile, WordPress, and WooCommerce

March 22, 2018 - 11 Comments

Last year Pragmatic worked with PEI Media to deliver a digital transformation of their website portfolio — and, along the way, of their business.

My colleagues at Pragmatic and I are extremely proud of the results — including organic traffic increases of up to 40 percent — so we wanted to share some of the key things we learned from our work, from high-level observations to hands-on insights.

How We Transformed PEI Media’s Website — and Business — with Agile, WordPress, and WooCommerce

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Speed up Your WooCommerce Site with These Jetpack features

March 15, 2018 - 3 Comments

There’s more than one factor that determines whether or not a shopper makes a purchase from your store — product selection, pricing, shipping speed, and so much more.

But there’s one major factor that determines whether or not shoppers even make it to your product pages in the first place, and that’s site speed.

As we covered in the past, your WooCommerce store needs to be as fast as possible to gain potential customers and keep them on the site. There are a lot of ways you can optimize your site for peak performance, like choosing reliable hosting and updating your plugins. There are also tools you can use to speed things up, and Jetpack is one of them.

Today we’re going to look at a handful of Jetpack’s features that help increase site speed, and how they can specifically help WooCommerce stores retain more shoppers.

But first we’ll give you a quick introduction to Jetpack, just in case you’re not familiar with it.

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Tips to Optimize Post-Purchase Experience for WooCommerce

March 8, 2018 - 10 Comments

One of the single best ways to create repeat customers for your eCommerce store on WooCommerce, or any eCommerce platform, is to give them an effective post-purchase experience. After all, retaining a customer is easier than acquiring a new one.

Let’s explore four ways to keep your customers engaged post-purchase.

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Can Glossy Art Books Survive in the Digital Age? The Team behind Crowdsourcing Platform Vol.co Thinks So.

March 6, 2018 - 3 Comments

A true maverick’s tale of the rise of superbuildings. A finely printed monograph on three-dimensional typography works. A monument of Italian cookbooks, graphically re-imagined for 21st-century kitchens. These kinds of book projects might each inspire a cult following among art lovers and bibliophiles, but financing and publishing them has become challenging, if not downright impossible, in an increasingly paperless world.

What’s an independent book creator (or collector) to do?

Ship it with Volume, an innovative publishing platform founded last year by Lucas Dietrich and Darren Wall.

Lucas and Darren worked with Norwegian design agency Heydays to build a crowdfunding platform with WooCommerce—and they shared with me the story behind their project.

Vol.co

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Understanding Your WooCommerce Data Through the Art of Segmenting

March 1, 2018 - 7 Comments

You generate more data the longer you run a store, but when you’re first opening shop and finding your feet, you have very little of it: no orders, no customers — just infinite potential. As your business grows and orders begin to come in, the amount of data you’re handling daily increases exponentially.

Those first five, ten, perhaps even one hundred orders are easy to handle — you could probably remember each and every customer and order off the top of your head! But analyzing your store’s data from memory doesn’t really scale.

I have a saying that applies not just to the eCommerce world but also any problem you run into while running a business:

The first step to making anything better is understanding it.

I want to talk about understanding your WooCommerce data through the art of segmenting. Once you have a handle on data segmentation, you’ll start to see your store and its customers in a completely different light. These revelations can be used for acting on your data, whether it’s figuring out which products need to be restocked or proactively finding orders that need your attention.

We’ll start with the basics of segmenting and why it’s important, then move on to how to get started and whether Metorik might be a good addition to your store.

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Migrating Yoast.com’s webshop from EDD to WooCommerce

February 27, 2018 - 12 Comments

At Yoast, we optimize every aspect of websites’ performance. Our goal is to make the web a better place by making websites more usable, easier to navigate, faster, and more reliable.

In September 2017 we migrated our webshop from Easy Digital Downloads (EDD) to WooCommerce — it’s where we sell all the tools, products, and content available on yoast.com. In this post I’ll explain why we did it, what we built, and what the benefits will be for us and for our users in the future. WooCommerce has provided us the technical foundation to build on for years to come.

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How to succeed with WooCommerce Subscriptions: Technical Tips Learned from 15,000 Stores

February 22, 2018 - 10 Comments

You’ve decided to take the leap. You or your client is going to start an online business.

You’ve chosen WooCommerce and WordPress to power your store. You’re planning to include a subscriptions component to sell more with less work.

You’ve made some great decisions already, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy!

WooCommerce Subscriptions now powers recurring payments for more than 15,000 stores. Over the last five years, as part of the team developing the software, I’ve learned a lot about subscriptions from a technical perspective and want to share these lessons.

Taking 10 minutes to read this article, then acting on its recommendations could give you a return of weeks and thousands of dollars in savings.

I’m going to focus on three important areas:

  • Choosing a host
  • Choosing a payment gateway and extension
  • Being discerning with code you run on your site

Let’s first look at why this information matters.

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The WooCommerce Seller’s Guide to Resale Certificates

February 15, 2018 - 2 Comments

As an online seller, chances are you buy the products you sell from a wholesaler or other supplier. Or, if you’re a crafter or manufacturer, you most likely buy the component parts of your products somewhere.

The good news is that, in the U.S., you can buy products or component parts you intend to use for resale without paying sales tax. You can do this by presenting a resale certificate – also known as a “reseller’s permit” or, more broadly, an “exemption certificate” – to your vendor.

The slightly less good news is U.S. sales tax is governed at the state level, and that means rules and laws on using resale certificates vary from state to state. However, there are some general rules of thumb when it comes to using resale certificates, and we pulled together state-by-state guides to using resale certificates in the 45 U.S. states and Washington D.C. that have a sales tax.

Let’s dig in!

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Developer’s Cheat Sheet: 5 Sales Tax Questions to Ask WooCommerce Clients

February 13, 2018 - 1 Comment

You’re a WooCommerce store developer with a lot on your plate. The last thing you need are sales tax questions or omissions – an often-forgotten but vital aspect of a website throwing off your development timeline. That’s why we put together the last cheat sheet you’ll ever need for helping clients set up sales tax on their online store.

5 Sales Tax Questions to Ask Clients

There are five essential questions to ask clients before setting up sales tax collection in their WooCommerce store. We’ll go over each one and why you need to know the answer to best provide a full-service sales tax setup.

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Building an Omnichannel Business with WooCommerce and Square

February 8, 2018 - 16 Comments

In a survey of 1,164 U.S. business owners by Mercury Analytics last year, 42 percent stated that they take credit cards online, while 76 percent reported that they accepted credit card sales in person. In the blend of online and brick-and-mortar sales, what is the state and stance of your business? Perhaps you’re thinking of making a leap from digital to physical (or the reverse) and are weighing your options.

Let’s dive into how to build an omnichannel business and, in particular, how to do it with WooCommerce and Square.

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