Imagine having a customer who spends ages looking through your online store, adds several products to their cart – only to abandon the order at the last step. Frustrating, right?
Abandoned carts are a significant problem for eCommerce store owners. In fact, research suggests the average cart abandonment rate is nearly 70%. This means that 7 in 10 customers abandon shopping carts, leading to a loss in sales and revenue for businesses.
But what if there was a way around this?
Using WooCommerce abandoned cart recovery plugins, you can engage visitors even after they’ve abandoned their carts and left your store to convert them into customers.
In this article, we’ll explore the best plugins for abandoned cart recovery. But first, let’s understand how these plugins work and why you should use them.
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When creating and designing an ecommerce store, WooCommerce plugins are an excellent way to add new features and functionalities. But the struggle to find the right, suitable, and affordable plugins can be taxing and time-consuming – especially when there are so many to choose from.
With such an overwhelming choice of plugins, purchasing and using them individually can get expensive as they often come with subscription fees.
On top of that, using too many plugins from different vendors can cause compatibility issues; not all WooCommerce extensions work flawlessly together, especially from different plugin developers.
Besides, too many (bloated) plugins can slow down your website and have a negative impact on search engine rankings.
To avoid these issues altogether, some vendors offer “plugin bundles” or “club subscriptions”: with a single subscription you can get access to several, distinct WooCommerce plugins all at once – without compromising your store’s performance and safety or burning a hole in your pocket.
So, let’s look at the top WooCommerce plugin bundles vendors and see if you can create a fully-functioning ecommerce store with a single purchase.
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No matter what products or services you sell, billing and invoicing are integral to every business.
An invoice contains every important piece of information related to a purchase – from the customer’s details to the due amount and agreed-upon mode of payment – and provides a record of the sale for both you and the customer.
Besides being a critical accounting and legal requirement, they also help you track the revenue coming from sales, understand buying patterns and plan your inventory accordingly.
But as important as it is, generating PDF invoices and sending them to every customer manually can be very time-consuming and prone to errors.
Luckily, there are some excellent plugins in the WooCommerce ecosystem that can streamline and automate the invoice generation process for you. These PDF invoice plugins can create professional-looking, foolproof invoices and send them to customers on your behalf, making your business more systematic and efficient.
Last week we saw a list of free WooCommerce invoicing plugins – this time we’ll go through their premium versions, so that you can get a full picture of their full functionalities.
Let’s explore them!
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There are many different ways to reach potential new customers and grow your business. However, most of these methods cost money regardless of whether you achieve the desired results.
That’s where affiliate marketing comes in. It is a popular marketing model where you recruit third parties to drive people to your WooCommerce store and purchase your products.
With the right motivation and incentives, these external marketers can be just as indispensable as an in-house marketing team. Even better, you’ll only pay for successful conversions.
If you have a WooCommerce store, it’s easy to create your own affiliate program. Once your program is up and running, you can start signing up affiliate partners. These people will then do all of the hard work for you!
Every time a customer makes a purchase after following an affiliate link, the marketer will get a cut of the profits, and you get to keep the rest. It’s a win-win situation for you and your affiliate partner. Maybe that’s why affiliate spending is forecast to reach $8.2 billion by 2022!
In this post, we’ll discuss why using affiliate programs is one of the most effective ways to grow your business. We’ll then show how to create an affiliate program for your WooCommerce store in four easy steps. Let’s get started!
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WooCommerce website builders are under increasing pressure to design the most user-friendly, engaging, and convenient ecommerce experiences for customers.
WooCommerce ranks among the top most popular ecommerce tools for the WordPress ecosystem, with more than 4.4 million live websites using the plugin today. However, the technology can be somewhat restrictive on its own, which is why so many designers turn to third-party tools, like Elementor.
A well-known website creation platform, Elementor first introduced its WooCommerce integration in August of 2018. Back then, the goal of many designers was on creating the most aesthetically appealing product and archive pages. Now, the priorities of ecommerce shoppers and website developers have evolved.
Adapting to the new focus on unified visual branding and enhanced user experiences, Elementor is now introducing a selection of new updates to its WooCommerce functionality. The new features of Elementor Release 3.5 could transform the way you design ecommerce sites.
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You’ve certainly heard of upsells and order bumps before, but somehow everyone seems to have their own definitions for these terms, the product makers on this list being no exception. The WooCommerce plugin further confuses things by inexplicably categorizing recommendations made on the product page as upsells and recommendations made on the cart page as cross-sells. Therefore, we need to get our terminology straight.
First of all, we’re talking about product recommendations here, but not the type that simply appears on product and cart pages regardless of whether the shopper has put anything into their cart (we have covered those already). That type of product recommendation plugin often goes by the name of “Related Products for WooCommerce.” It is a crude instrument that gets the job done but is not as finely attuned as the tools in this listicle.
Keep that in mind: the product recommendations we are discussing here, whether they are upsells, cross-sells, or downsells, are happening during checkout (before you finish your order) or post-checkout (after you finish your order). Upsells are typically defined as attempts to sell a more expensive product than that which has been purchased or is in the cart. Downsells are defined as attempts to sell a less expensive product. Cross-sells are defined as attempts to sell an equal-priced product.
Sometimes, people specify whether they are talking about recommendations during the checkout or post-checkout process by using the term “post-purchase upsell/downsell/cross-sell.”
Others, like Chris Lema — who has recently established himself as an authority in this domain — refer to order bumps as upsells/downsells/cross-sells that happen during the checkout process and upsells as any type of purchase (no matter the price) that happens during the post-checkout process. This is very common. People use the term upsell to refer to downsells and cross-sells all the time. Unless otherwise stated, we will operate with the definitions set forth in this paragraph.
So, now that we’re clear on our terms, we can begin discussing the top upsell and order bump products available for WooCommerce.
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One of the hardest aspects of running a WooCommerce store is lead generation. Whether you want to convert visitors into subscribers or encourage them to make purchases, you may be looking for effective ways to convince users to take desired actions.
This is where opt-in campaigns come in handy. When executed correctly, opt-ins can encourage visitors to engage with your brand in a variety of ways.
This strategy is typically used in email marketing. You can add a pop-up on your site that encourages users to sign up to your newsletter to receive offers and deals in their inboxes.
However, you can also use these pop-ups to drive more sales. For example, users who make orders on your website may get messages that prompt them to purchase an additional item to qualify for a discount or free shipping.
While this process may seem a little complicated, it’s actually quite simple. All you need to get started is a powerful plugin that will enable you to create high-converting, automated campaigns easily.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at opt-in campaigns and how they can help you boost your sales. We’ll then show you how to set up three effective campaigns for your WooCommerce store. Let’s get started!
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If you haven’t thought about checkout page customization before, perhaps it’s time to start doing so.
There’s no question that it’s a hot topic in the WooCommerce community since, admittedly, the default checkout page leaves a lot to be desired.
You don’t want to be behind the curve. Here at Business Bloomer, Rodolfo has put out 90+ different checkout page snippets that have been eagerly lapped up by the WooCommerce developer and merchant community. Seriously, these are some of our most widely read and engaged posts.
But in addition to snippets, it’s worth checking out some checkout field editor plugins. Sometimes, instead of a specific tool with a narrow focus, you need a Swiss army knife. Think of snippets as the tools, and checkout field editors as the Swiss army knife.
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Paul Maiorana, CEO at WooCommerce, began his post about the platform’s ten year anniversary by sharing the first line of WooCommerce code ever written:
add_action( 'wp', 'woocommerce_init', 0 );
I found it highly fitting – the first line of a pastiche poem that continues to be written to this day. Like any pastiche, WooCommerce, by virtue of its open-source philosophy, draws from a wide variety of sources and, like any inchoate piece of art, it is a long way from perfect.
But, despite that, or perhaps because of it, WooCommerce has a lot to be proud of. Its shining asset is a highly prolific, tight-knit yet widely dispersed developer community, which now presides over the largest population of online merchants ever assembled by a single content management system.
More merchants call WooCommerce home than any other platform, and that simply would not be possible without its developers. I know I’m starting to sound like Steve Ballmer, but it’s true.
But how did WooCommerce get to this point? Like Maiorana, I think some reflection is in order.
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If you sell rental products or your business revolves around bookings and reservations, you know that managing appointments manually is not a cakewalk.
Getting on calls with clients, finding mutually available meeting slots, sending reminders, and avoiding double bookings – all of it can get taxing.
Moreover, it’s inconvenient for customers as well – in a survey, 59% of respondents expressed frustration with scheduling appointments over the phone. And 70% of them said they’d prefer booking online.
These statistics tell us how important online booking is to run a hassle-free business and make it butter-smooth for the customers too. And one of the easiest ways you can start taking and managing bookings on your website is by using appointment booking plugins.
There are a wide variety of plugins available. But WooCommerce booking plugins remain a top choice for many eCommerce businesses – given their easy setup, valuable integrations, and customization features.
This article will explore eight such WooCommerce plugins that can help you automate and streamline your scheduling process.
Let’s dive in!
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While acquiring new customers is essential for every business, nothing can beat customer retention.
Knowing your brand and having tried your products and services, existing customers are much more likely to buy from you after a positive experience.
One way to create a memorable experience for customers and nurture and retain them is to start a points and rewards system. This will not only help increase customer’s interest in your store, but the chances of winning points and exciting rewards will give them another reason to shop from you more often.
In fact, in a survey, 58.7% of internet users said earning rewards and points was the most valuable aspect of their shopping experience.
However, managing a rewards system manually and keeping a tab on the points can be pretty taxing – but this is precisely where WooCommerce points and rewards plugins come in handy.
With their vast features and top-notch support, these plugins can help you create a loyalty program for your online store within a few clicks. Once it’s up and running, you can easily track the success of your program and manage customer points from one single dashboard.
When it comes to points and rewards plugins, you can be spoilt for choice. But to make things simple for you, we’ve done the legwork and compiled a list of the best WooCommerce points and rewards plugins that can help you increase sales and customer engagement.
Let’s explore them!
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If you build it, they may come – but not in as great a number as they would otherwise.
I have seen WordPress developers reach as many as 10,000 active installations without spending a single minute on dime marketing. However, on every occasion that I hear such a story, I pause to wonder: how big would this theme or plugin be if the developer behind it thought about distribution?
Maybe their product spawns a company and they become the next YITH or Yoast, toasting after a major acquisition not thought possible in their wildest dreams.
The first hurdle to overcome as a developer is the fallacy that your product is tainted by even the slightest speck of marketing, as if it was a glass of unadulterated, pure spring water sourced from the streams of Mount Olympus.
The WordPress ecosystem is not the plains of Dion – it’s more like the dregs of Romulus. More and more, it is guaranteed that you will face competition from the optimates, the big guys who come in the form of hosting providers, prolific WordPress development companies, super plugins, site builders, etc.
The best themes and plugins don’t always win in the face of superior brands and warchests. In fact, the more disillusioned among us would say that they rarely do these days.
The good news is that the best themes and plugins can win, even if their developers are unknown and resource-constrained. But it all begins by bringing the horse to water. After that, if the product is good enough, the horse will drink. If it does not drink, there is more development to do.
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The dropshipping industry is expected to rise by almost $557 billion by 2025. So, if there’s a time to kickstart your dropshipping journey, it’s today.
Apart from being one of the most profitable business models today, dropshipping also has a low entry barrier. You can easily create a dropshipping store with WooCommerce in a few clicks.
However, managing and running an online dropshipping business is much more than just building a store. Luckily, you can use many plugins and extensions with your WooCommerce store to make your processes and operations more efficient.
If you want to take your dropshipping store to the next level and butter-smooth everything from inventory management and listing to product and supplier selection with plugins – this article is for you. Enjoy!
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For book enthusiasts, a bookstore is a fantastic business concept. Thanks to technological advancements, you can establish your bookstore online. This implies that your shop will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As a result, you will be able to contact individuals who live outside of your local area. Today we are going to speak about 10+ bookstore WooCommerce themes that might assist you in this challenge.
There are multiple steps to go through before launching a bookstore on the Internet. These include learning more about your target audience, listing your books, choosing fulfillment services, and others. Another aspect that requires special attention is identifying the best eCommerce platform for your goals. Why do we think that WooCommerce can become your incredible helper? Let us find out all the reasons to take advantage of this platform.
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You know word-of-mouth is hands down the most cost-effective, lucrative, and fastest way to convert prospects into customers. You have repeat customers that seem to love you, but they hardly engage or spread the good word around. Your mailing list isn’t growing, your products have a negligible number of reviews, your referrals are a bust.
You want to drive traffic and hope to establish strong sustainable word-of-mouth channels to find new customers – but nothing you have tried so far has worked as well as it should have.
If this sounds like you – you’re at the right place. This article will look at some of the key aspects of sharing that help promote word-of-mouth sales and how your store can optimize these to scale your business easily and convert your prospects faster.
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You build your online eCommerce store, optimize it to drive conversions, and manage it exceptionally well to deliver quality performance to your customers. However, despite these efforts – over half of your website visitors don’t complete the checkout process and abandon your store without making a purchase.
So, when you’re so close to making a sale, what makes customers leave your store? While there can be many reasons, one of the most common is a long checkout process.
Forter’s statistics suggest that around 50% of customers may abandon their shopping carts if the checkout takes longer than 30 seconds.
The solution? PeachPay for WooCommerce.
PeachPay provides a one-click checkout experience – making checkout less cumbersome and increasing conversions to your store. In addition, it allows repeat customers to checkout with a single click – thus enhancing customer convenience. Learn more about PeachPay’s one-click checkout here: WooCommerce: The Elusive Nature of 1-Click Checkout.
This article shares a step-by-step process to install PeachPay on your WooCommerce store. But first, let’s take a brief look over its key features.
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The WooCommerce shop page displays variable products with a “Select Options” button by default. However, if you’re looking to change it to something else (such as “View Product“) then I’ve got a useful snippet you can put to use.
Of course you can change the text to anything you like, by simply replacing the relevant string inside the snippet below. Enjoy!
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Online shoppers are expected to find your store, browse through your products and complete the purchase on their own. Those who seek variety, convenience and flexibility while shopping online, don’t mind the lack of human touch.
However, getting users to actually land on your WooCommerce store, get interested in the products and initiate a purchase can require some pre-sales effort.
Pre-sales process is a combination of activities performed to acquire new customers. It starts early on when you profile the target customers for your WooCommerce store and design your offerings according to their needs. Once they arrive on your website, your intention should be to ensure that they don’t leave without buying or at least engaging with you.
Furthermore, you can prioritize leads, move them through the sales funnel at a faster rate, and improve conversions while creating a positive customer experience.
So, how should you be setting up a robust pre-sales process for your online business?
Well, here is a list of the top ways to implement pre-sales functionality on your WooCommerce store so that you can optimize your conversions.
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If 2020 taught us anything, it was that businesses needed to stay nimble and find new ways to adapt. During the pandemic many businesses turned to WooCommerce as digital transformation was accelerated overnight out of necessity. Traditionally in-person shops selling anything from food to clothing to auto parts needed an online presence to continue selling in a safe and convenient way.
Developers, agencies and business owners (like yourself) worked very quickly as demand surged to fill in feature gaps for these new use cases in WooCommerce.
A clear problem started to occur for businesses fulfilling orders in real-time. Knowing when the order was placed and starting the order fulfillment process was manual, slow and not organized. This resulted in increased time for employees to manage orders, errors in orders and delays getting orders to customers quickly.
And here comes Cloud Printing to the rescue. Adding such a system to your WooCommerce store can immediately cut manual steps in the post-purchase fulfillment process resulting in many benefits for your business.
You can expect reduced operations costs, increased employee efficiency and happiness while also increasing customer satisfaction by getting the order in customers hands quicker. So, let’s understand cloud printing better and see how this can be implemented. Enjoy!
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Automattic-acquired WooCommerce platform is one of the largest eCommerce giants – powering 29% of all online stores. It isn’t even a decade old and is already known to be a market leader – with about 5M+ active installations.
What makes WooCommerce so popular amongst eCommerce merchants is its enhanced customization ability – allowing them to tweak their store’s appearance and functionalities per specific business goals. However, eCommerce merchants’ biggest unsolved issue is the increasing cart abandonment rates.
This is where Shopify gets a competitive edge with its ShopPay checkout feature – an effective way to speed up transactions and ensure frictionless checkout for customers to reduce cart abandonment.
Today’s customers expect the checkout process to be quick and easy – which otherwise makes them abandon your website and leave the items in the carts unpurchased. The longer it takes for customers to complete the checkout – the more they’re likely to switch to convenient eCommerce stores like Amazon, which offers one-click checkout. Unfortunately, 97% of customers opt out of making purchases simply because it isn’t convenient.
We discussed the growing fickle nature of customers in the previous article – but the key takeaway is that while WooCommerce provides a convenient default checkout solution, it doesn’t offer a way that matches Amazon’s and ShopPay’s quick and one-click checkout service.
So, what’s the solution for WooCommerce merchants, and is there any way to provide an equivalent checkout experience as ShopPay or Amazon? Let’s find out.
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