Blend is officially a Shopify Plus Partner. But what does that mean for you? It means that we can make the most out of your Shopify Plus account and push your eCommerce store the extra mile, with extra features (there's a reason for the +).
And yes, we know, 14 is a high number. While you may think your current Shopify account gives you everything you need, it may be like tunnel vision - you haven’t seen the full picture yet. Without knowing what Shopify Plus can give you and how you can implement it (hint: this is where Blend comes in), you'll always be limited by what you can do. In this scenario, it’s a little like Schrodinger’s Cat, but if the cat was your website, opening the box would show you all the best parts of it.
We know how challenging running your ecommerce store can be. Whether you’re struggling with your Shopify theme, matching your checkout style to your website, or simply want to have the appropriate currency for each customer, Shopify Plus has more options. And who doesn’t want options?
1. 24/7 Support Staff
We’ve all been there - when something goes wrong and you desperately need someone to call to help you fix it. Time equals money, so the sooner something is fixed, the better. 24/7 support means it doesn’t matter what timezone you’re in, someone will be available for you through email, phone, or chat to help you with any problems or questions you may have.
2. New Theme Possibilities
Having the perfect theme is critical to your CX. While you may think your website is okay, your customers may have a different view. Themes control your website organisation, features, and even the style of your store. Your store should fit in with your products and create a seamless flow for your customers - leading them straight to where you need them to be, and where they want to be.
With Shopify Plus, you gain access to create up to 100 themes, making every point of your website your very own. New theme possibilities allow you to expand on your website layout with ease, and create a website you could only dream of before now. We at Blend help our customers to optimise their website, no matter what type of eCommerce store you are, and create the perfect experience for each of your customers.
3. Custom Checkout
There’s nothing worse than feeling as if the checkout on your eCommerce store doesn’t match your brand. Your customers should feel as if they’re still in your store, not thrown into a different site. Shopify Plus has created the solution by allowing your developers to customise your checkout. This means that your checkout will fall perfectly in line with the rest of your eCommerce store and blend with your brand.
Our developers at Blend design beautiful websites, creating the perfect match in design and layout of every page in your eCommerce store - from your home page to your checkout.
4. Schedule All Your Events
Your campaigns, product launches, and flash sales can be stressful, especially if you have to do everything on the same day from design to send out. This is a huge pain point for many eCommerce store owners. Luckily, with Shopify Plus, you can enjoy stress-free higher checkouts per minute, built-in bot protection, and automated scheduling so you can pre-plan all your important events and simply watch the roll-out on the day.
At Blend, we assist with all your campaigns, launches, and flash sales, from design to send off and ensure that they keep the customer in mind from beginning to end.
5. Automatic Discounts
Rewarding loyalty is crucial in any business, but whether you’re not able to create discounts for your customers, or having to do it manually, is a painstaking task for your eCommerce store. With Shopify Plus, they allow you to offer your customers discounts that will automatically apply at the checkout and on their cart - with options. You can choose from creating a percentage, fixed amount, or buy X get Y, giving your customers exactly what they want, and customising your discounted products to your customers and your business.
6. A Wholesale Channel
It’s annoying if you have to create a completely different store for your wholesale section. Having a wholesale channel that Shopify Plus provides allows you to expand your business into wholesale by creating a separate password-protected storefront which acts as an extension of your online store. All your wholesale customers and orders are trackable under your current store’s Shopify admin. This means that you’ll have less legwork and you’ll be able to match both stores from one source.
7. Multi Lingual - Multi Currency
When it comes to CX in an eCommerce store, you want your website to be relatable to people across the globe. You don’t want your customers having to work out the exchange rate to figure out what they’re going to pay. Shopify Plus enables your website to translate your content into localised currencies, languages, and experiences based on your customer and where they are in the world.
8. Unlimited Bandwidth
A slow website could cost you a customer. We all know people can be impatient and if your website takes longer than five seconds to load, they are likely to simply leave your website without giving it a second thought. With Shopify Plus, you receive unlimited bandwidth, giving your website the space it needs to load faster, giving your customers what they want. You will not be charged based on how many online visitors go through your store or how many files or photos you upload. Your store will also be able to handle up to 6,000 checkouts per minute and a large influx of website traffic.
9. Additional API Calls
Having custom apps on your website like Read/Write Gift Cards allows you to customise your website for all potential customers and create a unique experience. Additional API calls allow your developers to integrate custom apps with your website, creating a seamless experience.
10. Shopify Scripts
Personalise your customers' checkout experience even more with Shopify Scripts from Shopify Plus. Shopify Scripts enables your developers to create small pieces of code that allow you to create personalised experiences within your customers’ checkout cart. This creates the ultimate experience right to the moment they purchase your product.
We used Shopify Scripts with one of our clients who had their own YouTube channel, and wanted to create a Loyalty Program where customers would be rewarded automatically when subscribing to their channel. We used Shopify Scripts that automatically applied 5% off of their purchase once they hit subscribe. The members were tagged through Shopify Scripts as subscribers to the YouTube channel and the Shopify Scripts allowed them the 5% off.
11. Additional Apps
If you’re not upselling, you could lose a potentially large amount of sales. Apps like the ones that allow upsells at checkout, personalised to your customers’ purchasing history, only functions within Shopify Plus, and having access to them will boost your revenue higher than you’ve seen before.
Launchpad, one of these additional apps available through Shopify Plus, allows you to schedule, coordinate, and execute events. Whether these events are sales or inventory restocks, you can track the success of the event using the analytic, real-time dashboard.
12. Shopify Organisation
Shopify Plus upgrades your admin with Shopify Organisation admin. Having multiple stores can be a challenge to keep up with. Shopify Organisation admin allows you access to view the analytics of all your stores, manage the Shopify workflows of all your stores, manage all your Shopify stores from one location, and more.
13. Bot Protection
There’s nothing worse than having bots purchasing your products. It can affect your stock, analytics, and shop reputation. With Shopify Plus, you can activate bot protection to prevent product inventories from primarily being sold to auto-checkout bots. Activating bot protection prevents bots from purchasing your products and ensures that your customers can make the purchases they want.
14. Bulk Account Inviter
Having to invite customers to activate their accounts one by one can take time, energy, and cost you money. The Bulk Account Inviter app allows you to invite your customers to activate their accounts for your online store. This app is incredibly useful after you have imported customer accounts from another platform or from another Shopify store.
Blend and Shopify
As Shopify Plus Partners, here at Blend we specialise in CX and optimising your website for your customers - creating the perfect experience. Between custom development, redesigns and rebuilds, maintenance contracts, and more, we create an innovative experience based on your business and your ideal customer. If you need assistance with your Shopify store and are looking for a more in-depth way of customising your eCommerce store, get in touch with us.