Top 11 Shopify Apps for Online Stores

“Thank you for installing our app, we assure you that our app will increase your online business” –  message you usually see when you install an app

Then after few days of use, you click the ‘Uninstall’ button and all over again you go for searching on abundantly crowded Shopify’s app store.

Maybe you have already gone through this or you’ll be facing this in near future.

While it’s nice that there are several thousands of solution out there to you run your Shopify store effectively, but the question remains:

How does one understand what solution(app) to select?

In this article, I have discussed some of the best Shopify apps which will help you create an appealing store, no matter what your budget is.

1) Multi-Country Pricing

If you’re selling your products internationally then this is the app that you must have a look.

Multi-Country Pricing will allow you as a store owner to set different prices in the different country. You must be knowing that the same product has different values in different countries due to varieties of reason.

Therefore, it does not make any sense as a store owner to sell the products at same price in different countries.

If you are doing or planning to expand your business across countries, and looking for an app which allows you to set a separate price for separate country/continent and that too without opening a new Shopify store, then this app is for you!

Pricing: 15 days Free, then 29$/Month

 

2) Push Owl

If you’re looking for solutions that help you retain customers. Then PushOwl is best as per your requirement. Prominent features are :

  • Sends automated notifications (via mobile/desktop) to abandoned order with follow up at scheduled intervals automatically.
  • Track the performance of each individual push notification campaign with highly detailed reports.
  • Price Drop Alerts, Back in stock notifications, Welcome widget, Shipping Notifications, Automatically capture email of subscribers and many more.

Pricing : Basic (Free), Business (19$/Month), Enterprise (99$/Month).

 

3) Auto-Currency Switcher

 

A survey carried out by Shopify92% of the customers are more likely to do online shopping and purchase the product in their local currency.

If you are selling globally then you want your visitors to see the prices in their home currency. It also increases the comfort level of a foreign customer as they won’t have to do the mathematical gymnastic.

An app name “Auto Currency Switcher” helps you to do the same in your Shopify store. It detects from where your online store is being accessed from and then converts the pricing of the products automatically. The app uses live conversion rates which get updated twice a day.

Pricing: 15 Days Free, then $9.95 per month.

 

4) Mobile App Creator

 

According to a data on an average human spends 4 hours a day on their mobile phones. That means about 120 hours a month!!

Thus in this mobile-oriented world having a mobile app can drastically increase your conversion. Mobile App Creator will create a mobile application (android/iOS) for your online store.

To develop a mobile app all you need from your side as a store owner is Apple(iOS) developer account  and Google Play store developer account.

Your customer will also able to make payments through this app which is completely integrated with the Shopify BUY SDK.

So, if you’re looking for a mobile app builder for your Shopify store then you must have a look at this solution by Plobal apps.

Pricing: 14 Days Free, then $103-$239/month.

 

5) FireAMP

I already discussed above that how much important it becomes when it comes to smart devices (mobile phones). When it comes to online shopping more than 50% of the online shoppers buy from mobile devices.

If your mobile site is slow, then shoppers will leave frustrated and may never return back. And thus, you need to optimize your website/online-store for the mobile devices by improving its page loading speed.

FireAMP will create AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) for your Shopify store and provide your visitors with smooth and fast first-hand experience on mobile which regular mobile pages may not be able to do so.

Pricing: 15-Days Free, $7.99 / month

 

6) Oberlo

Drop shipping on Shopify is made easy with the Oberlo app. With Oberlo you can easily import dropshipped products right into your ecommerce store and ship them directly to your customers – in only a few clicks.

Benefits of Dropshipping with Oberlo:

  • Less Capital Is Required
  • Low Overhead
  • Flexible Location
  • Wide Selection of Products
  • Fulfill Orders Automatically
  • Inventory and prices are always up to date. And many more.

 Pricing: Starter Plan free, Basic Plan ($29.90/mo), Pro Plan ($79.90/mo).

 

7)Checkout Boost

 

Are you losing your customer at the checkout? Is your cart abandonment rate increased? Then Checkout Boost can solve all the issues regarding the same.

Checkout Boost pop-ups some special offers at the time of checkout and entice your customer to make more purchase within your store. Here are some of the features which increase your conversion :

  • Pop-up of Free gift / Free shipping / Discount offers by promoting your brand on social networks.
  • Create urgency by the Countdown Timer.
  • Exit-intent offers to prevent cart abandonment
  • BOGO offers that actually convert
  • Post-checkout Upsell Recommendations to motivate more purchases

Pricing: 15-Days Free, from $20/month.

 

8) mCheckout (Multi-Currency Checkout)

No one likes to pay in the foreign currency, not even you I guess. Due to which many store owners are losing their potential customer at the final stage of buying that is checkout.

As customers are not able to checkout/make payment in their local or native currency they just abandon the cart and may never come to your site.

It is even studied that if you allow your customer to checkout in their local currency then checkout abandonment rate can be decreased upto 50%.

mCheckout is an unpublished app for Shopify users which allows your customer to checkout and make payment in their desired currency.

Pricing: 14-Days Free, $9.95/month

 

 9) Sufio – Automatic Invoices

 

Invoice leaves an imprint of your brand on your customer’s mind. So you must have a creative and beautiful invoice builder that leaves a great positive picture of your brand.

Sufio will help you create a beautiful and eye catch invoices for the orders placed in your store. All the invoices are professionally designed by a best print designer. Here’s what Sufio will do for you:

  • It will automatically create invoices when orders are created, paid or fulfilled.
  • Invoices can be automatically sent by email, or customers can download them online.
  • Print or download multiple PDF invoices at once and share them with your accountant.

Pricing: 14-Days Free, $19-$129/ month.

10) Yotpo

Ever wonder what power does the reviews of your customers have for increasing your revenue?  Yotpo has found the way to convert that power by bringing new customers to your online store.

Even if you’re getting fewer reviews, Yotpo app will help you generate more reviews immediately. Product reviews not only increase your sales but also make potential customer trust your brand.

Yotpo’s signature in-mail review form is an exceptional feature which increases conversion and sales by generating more product reviews & site reviews.

Pricing: NA

 

11) AfterShip Returns Center

Return Policy is must for all the online store out there. And your customer sometime may even return a product but it can be a pain to manage the process.

If you don’t have a return option for any of the product then it makes a negative impression on your buyers. AfterShip makes it easy to manage returns.

It gives you a branded returns center that let customers submit returns in a couple of clicks. Also, it’ll automatically inform your customers about the status of their returns and refunds.

Pricing: Free upto 3 returns, $39-699/ month

 

Conclusion

Thanks for hanging in there!! Is there anything else you’d like to know more about and wish was included in this article? Let me know in the comments below.

You may also like my new article on “What are the common mistakes done while selling in cross-border markets”

 

Cross-Border Commerce in Australia – A Game of Local Market Share!

Cross-border commerce has paramount benefits for every business scaling itself from small-sized companies to a bigger one in due course. In Australia, many small and medium businesses have sourced their success from global marketplaces, trying to fill in the gap between demand and supply better than local vendors. Such companies that thrive on cross-border commerce continue to increase leads, shares, profits, and revenues in global expansion. Generally, the small startups are innovative, agile and even have the potential to grow much larger than one can expect.

The Small and Medium Business (SMB) community in Australia dominates the private sector in terms of employment. They serve as an employment to millions of Australians and contribute much more than the large businesses to the Australian economy. For the past five years, there has been a drastic increase in the count of actively trading businesses running across Australia. This has primarily led to increased growth of small business communities. The consumer shift has driven the small businesses in the cross-border market.

Such businesses should be encouraged to focus on the values of the sales opportunities outside the Australian market. They should know the fact that billions of consumers await the best quality products from cross-border markets. This inspires them to take a step ahead into the cross-border business.

Impact of cross-border commerce in Australia

There is a constant rise in the demand for the Australian products and services amongst the overseas consumers. This high demand is due to the quality Australian brands offer to their worldwide buyers. Also, the Australian sellers have developed and maintained a strong relationship with their consumers. Such demands have the potential to increase the consumer market in the Australian business by billions.

The “Australian-made” certification had been introduced about 30 years ago. It provides a thrust to the domestic business for excelling in the market of production of goods and services.

Young Australians love to shop!

National Australia Bank conducted a survey that reveals the percentage of total cross-border purchases. The calculation involved a larger ratio of the generation Y as the. Eventually, to meet such high demands, delivery companies had to increase their benchmark of supplies of the international brands online.

The Global brands need to develop strategic solutions to fulfill their consumer’s every need. Whether it is entering the new channels, increasing the data warehouse capacity, or offering prompt delivery and tracking options, they have to cater to every demand. Improvements in the fulfillment mean the online retailers and brand can set up their inventory near to the Australian customers. This emphasizes on cost-effective and quick delivery.

Shipments are off the dial

There has been a staggering growth in the cross-border shipping services when it comes to Australian retailers. The e-tailers in Australia promise fast delivery of all the products from fashion apparel to cosmetics and vitamins. The best selling products with high quality and first-class delivery services have made the Australian business flourish in these markets.

Thus, in terms of shipments, quality products, high demand and strong market shares in the overseas market, Australian businesses have been quite a ruling name.

 

A 10 minutes Guide to sell Globally

Every human and their dog are online today. If you’re selling online on Shopify then you already know the power of e-commerce. And this power can be converted into super-power if you go selling globally.

1.66 Billion Of the worldwide internet user research products online, it’s safe to say that online shopping is only going to get bigger

There are different opinions on the e-commerce business model, one of them is: Entering the arena of cross-border trading is the fact that it is profitable.

Still, if you are not believing that going global could increase your sales then have a look at this picture.

It’s never too late to sell internationally. Prediction by Forrester says that between 2017 and 2022 cross-border transactions will exceed domestic ones by 17%.

Thus, as of now, you got the idea how much important overseas e-commerce business has potential.

Now let’s look at some essential things one by one you need to tick on your to-do list if you’re planning or doing the global selling.

 

Price Local while Global

Mathematical calculations while online shopping may always turn off your potential buyers. Thus it is suggested to make an online store’s pricing currency in your buyer’s native one.

  • A survey carried out by Shopify, 92% of the customers are more likely to do online shopping and purchase the product in their local currency.

So if you’re not listing products in the consumers’ local currency, then you are endangering your business with 92% of the online shoppers.

  • 33% are likely to abandon a purchase if pricing is shown in US dollar only.
  • Research conducted by Penton in November 2012, 30000 online shoppers from Canada, UK, Australia, and Germany indicated displeasure with sites that priced in US dollars (USD) only.

Thus as a store owner, you need your products listed currency local as per your customer’s native currency. To combat this query there is an app named “Auto Currency Switcher” in Shopify app store.

Auto Currency Switcher App automatically detects the IP of the user from whatever geographical location he/she is viewing your online store and displays all the prices in the home currency of the user. Even there is a flexible option to change the currency by the user as per his/her convenience.

This app will only change the product currency in the users home currency. But you must be knowing that different country has a different valuation for the same product.

So, now let’s discuss on setting different prices for different country and how you can offer free shipping.

 

Offer Free Shipping

Different country has different pricing, therefore it becomes essential for you as a store owner to set the products prices accordingly.

For example, you’re selling a product “A” in the US at ’$10’ and you’re already selling the same product in Germany at ‘8.5 €’ + ‘Shipping Charges’.

Now as you know the different country has different shipping rates and customs duties so the product that you are selling in the US may not have the same rates in another country. So you need different pricing structure for the same product for the different country

Among the millions of international online shoppers every day, 13% say they will abandon their cart without paying because the price is in a foreign currency.

One more e-commerce fact is that online shoppers don’t want to pay much for ‘Shipping’ and ‘Other extra charges’. These extra charges to your customers feel like as they’re paying more for without any reason.

So, what if you can offer your customer free shipping and no other charges? Yes, there is an app on Shopify app store which will allow you to :

  • Set different prices for a different
  • Automatically changes stores currency in users home currency.
  • Increase or decrease the prices of the product in a particular country anytime.
  • Include the shipping rates and other charges in the product price itself.

By including the shipping rates and other charges in the product price will create an impression like you are offering the product with free shipping (even if you’re not ;)).

Therefore having the capability of setting different prices for a different country, your shoppers can largely increase your global sales, revenue, and profit.

With “Multi-Country Pricing” app, you can achieve the same within your existing Shopify store without creating multiple Shopify stores. Hence, you will be saved from the overhead cost and headache of creating and running multiple stores.

 

Checkout in Local Currency

Ever happened?

You’re viewing a product in $10 (USD) throughout the buying process and suddenly at the checkout, it becomes 700₹ (INR).

As a user of the US (United States) you’ll either start converting it in USD or just abandon the checkout and leave the site.

A study even found that an online store manager can cut checkout abandonment rates by up to 50% by providing their customer a localized currency option at checkout.

For you, as a Store owner, it is very important to allow your customer to checkout in their local currency.

GALA (Globalization and Localization Association), studied the top four countries like Singapore, Taiwan, Czech Republic and India and found that online shoppers are expecting their checkout in local currency. If you’re a digital merchant with consumers in these countries, currency localization ought to be a priority.

For Shopify stores, there is a plugin especially developed for checkout localization named as Multi-Currency Checkout.

The Plugin is packed with all the features to make checkout more customer-friendly and allow them to make payment in their desired local currency.

 

Final Thoughts

Regardless of whatever your business size is, these are some of the basic things which you need to consider when you sell globally.

If you’re fascinated towards international market you can read more on strategies for harnessing Cross-Border Commerce Success.

Let me know by your comments that whether these guidelines helped you or not. If you have any suggestion or way to sell internationally, let my readers know.