Drop shipping seems like the answer to our eCommerce prayers.
It's easy to get started, has low overhead, and lets you carry a larger amount of products than you could if you had to physically produce and stock them yourself. And because you don’t have to worry about fulfillment or running a warehouse, you can run your drop shipping business anywhere in the world with just an internet connection and a laptop.
Doesn't that sound amazing?! Sign me up.
Drop shipping seems like the answer to our eCommerce prayers.
SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 15
60% of people say they discover new products on Instagram... 60%!
If that's not a good enough reason for your brand to be on Instagram, then you should definitely stop reading this post. If you like making sales, however, then keep reading.
Facebook Retargeting can bring high conversions at low costs.
Sounds like a dream, right? Yesss, I hear the marketer in me saying.
But Facebook Retargeting can be complicated. And there can be tons of questions...
The last item I bought?
A 2-pack of hand-carved Himalayan salt lamps for $22.99.
Free shipping is one of the greatest marketing tools available to an online store.
In a survey by Walker Sands Communications, 90% of people said that having an order ship for free is the biggest incentive to add more to their cart.
Not only are you helping your customers save money, but it's an awesome way to squeeze a little extra from every sale that goes through your store by encouraging visitors to add an extra product to their cart to reach that free shipping threshold.
Did you know...
28% of consumers begin product discovery with a search engine.
And 95% of consumers click on organic listings when they search on desktop.
Fact is, SEO has the highest ROI of any eCommerce marketing campaign. Organic traffic is the best kind of traffic: Free and recurring.
SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 14
Wouldn't it be awesome if your Instagram ran itself? Or if you never had to worry about where your next Facebook post was coming from, and your engagement was sky high for every post?
It is possible, and we'll show you how!
What comes to mind when you think about your last experience as a customer? Did you walk away from the experience with good things to say, or did it leave much to be desired...
If your customer service sucks, it doesn't matter how good your product or marketing is. Customer service is something every company needs to get right to grow. Here's why:
No one thinks that one thing can make a difference: buying that one lottery ticket, trying a new restaurant, or eating that last piece of cake. But once in awhile it does! That one lottery ticket could be a winner, that restaurant could be your new favourite, and that last piece of cake could be the best damn piece of cake you've ever eaten.
And for our clients, downloading just one app made a HUGE impact on their bottom line.
SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 13
We’re kicking off our ‘Summer of Social’ with a lesson on how to use social media to generate sales and awareness for your online store.
One of the most common requests our support team receives is for help creating a Buy One, Get One offer. These special promotions give the customer a discount on a product when they purchase another item at full price.
In many cases, this is a great way to drive sales of slow-moving products or promote new items on your store.
Product reviews are the secret sauce of conversions.
Get this: 88% of consumers trust reviews as much as personal recommendations.
That’s not all…
SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 12
This week we're interviewing two store owners live, diving into their experiences opening their stores, social media channels they're using, strategies they've found successful, and their best piece of advice for people who are thinking about opening their own Shopify store.
Summer is here, and along with it the most patriotic day of the year: the 4th of July. Our feeds will soon be filled with fireworks, BBQ's, and of course everything red, white, and blue. And as you start planning which parties you're going to attend next week, don't forget to get started on your next marketing campaign.
Just like Valentines Day, Mothers Day, and Christmas, Independence Day should be a major date on your marketing calendar. With the average American spending approximately $300 each, retailers in every industry can take advantage of this spending bump by promoting their brands with a fun marketing campaign.
Take at look at these five ways to help drive traffic to your online store this Independence Day.
Dead by April is an up-and-coming metalcore band based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Formed in 2007, the four-member ensemble has grown in popularity significantly with the release of several albums and hit singles.
Their Facebook audience reaches over 425, 000 fans, and many of their videos on YouTube have view counts in the millions. The band has opened for big names such as Linkin Park and has toured to nearly every continent on the planet (they're still waiting for their Antarctic tour dates to be confirmed).
Read on to learn how they grew their margins quickly and easily using a Shopify store and our Marketplace app in a creative way!
SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 11
Mike Trakalo joins us again this week as a follow up to our last webinar, How to double your email list in the next 30 days, and answers the age old question: so you have an email list, now what?!
Blogging used to be nothing more than an online diary.
Today, however, blogging has evolved into a serious marketing strategy. You may have heard of it: Content marketing.
Creating content like blog posts is one of the single most effective ways to drive traffic to your product pages.
Let's face it. When buying anything in store or online, one of the first things we do as customers is compare product specs. So, if you're not giving your customers the option to compare items on your store, you're running the risk of them going somewhere else to find exactly what they're looking for.
Wanna know the secret to massive success?
Constantly learning and pushing yourself to step up your game.
One of the best ways to do that is by following the best eCommerce blogs on the internet. The wealth of free information these guys are pumping out is staggering!
Over the past 5 years we’ve worked with businesses of all sizes. From ‘mom and pop’ stores working out of their basements to Fortune 500 companies like: Google, Zippo, TimeLife, Cirque du Soleil, and P&G.
What we’ve learned along the way is different sized companies have different needs. A client looking for a few custom changes to their site might not want or care about detailed RFP’s, scope statements, and quotes. But if you’re a large corporation spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, you’ll want dedicated Project Managers, Business Analysts, Designers and Developers committed to your business the whole way through.
That's why we created the Bold Black experience.
SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 10
Double your email list in 30 days?! It’s a Bold statement, we know (pun intended 😊), but we promise that even if you implement a few of these simple strategies, you'll see big results.
Customer service allows you to hit the hearts of your followers.
And any good brand shouldn’t just have customers… they should have followers. Brand advocates, even.
You get that by providing the absolute best customer service possible.
We're always getting requests to help migrate subscription buisnesses from Cratejoy to Shopify. If you're on Cratejoy, or any other subscription marketplace for that matter, you might even be thinking about it right now! But when is the right time to buy your own domain, setup your own subscription store, and start building your brand. Here's our thoughts.
Two hours per day.
What would you do if you had a heart attack, and your doctor forbid you to work more than two hours per day, lest you suffer a stroke and die?
I think you’d be amazed at what you’d do. Humans are incredibly adaptive creatures.
We’ve conquered the sea and sky, built buildings that scrape the sky, and even sent massive metal hunks into space.
There’s no limit to what we can do…
Today we're excited to announce our latest feature to our Shopify Recurring Orders app, and it's a GOOD one! It's called Build-a-Box and it allows you to create custom box or meal-plan style subscriptions that customers can tweak each month a few days before the shipment goes out. The video explains it well.
SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 8
FEATURED PARTNER: MUTESIX
SPECIAL GUEST: MOODY NASHAWATY
Confused by remarketing? Don't know what dynamic ads are? During this week's webinar we'll dive deep into the world of social media advertising, starting with one of the most popular questions we received: when's the right time to transition from growing organically to looking at paid advertising.
Email lists are legendary.
Imagine pushing a button on Friday afternoon, then checking your store on Monday to see hundreds of sales come in over the weekend.
A returns app is a great way to keep your store organized.
It keeps you and your customers updated throughout the entire returns process, giving them more flexibility and control over how the return is handled while keeping everything organized on the back end.
But we decided to shake things up! With our latest release, we’re taking our Returns Manager app for Shopify to the next level by annoucing 5 new features that, believe it or not, make it even better!
The number one requested feature for our Product Options app has been the ability to show your customers what their selections look like when creating a custom product.
That's why we just upgraded the app in a major way: you now have the ability to show your customers customized swatches, giving them complete confidence in their purchase.
SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 7
SPECIAL GUEST: KURT ELSTER
From a faster checkout experience to brand new Shopify POS hardware, the announcements coming out of Shopify Unite 2017 didn't dissapoint.
You work so hard to get people to your site.
You spend hard-earned dollars on marketing, invest your precious time on social media, and send emails to your hard-won list.
They finally add something to their cart. Maybe they even make it to the checkout page.
And then…. abandoned cart.
Shopping cart abandonment is a huge problem for online stores. I mean, the average cart abandonment rate hovers around 70%.
This article is written to answer a single question:
What can you do, as a store owner, to stop people from leaving without buying?
We can't say it enough: our merchant's success is our success. Our company mantra is to "Build the best company to attract the best people who build the best products and provide the best support and services SO THAT we can empower entrepreneurs to achieve success."
You can imagine how thrilled we were when we saw one of our Managed Services clients land a spot on Inc’s 30 Under 30 list!
Are you thinking about switching your website to Shopify?
I can see why. Shopify has quickly become the go-to standard for eCommerce website design. Just ask their 400,000 clients.
Actually, you don’t have to ask them. Because we already did!
A lot can happen in 60 months.
As I sit here and write this, I look around the office at 130 people I didn’t know just 60 months ago. It’s a lot to take in. Some of the people, since starting at Bold, have got their first apartment, got married, had kids, purchased houses, and so much more. I often wonder, through spouses and families, just how many lives are affected by this company. When I pull up to the office and see a parking lot full of cars, I wonder where all these people would be if Bold didn’t exist. Not to mention the near 50,000 stores that rely on our apps and services daily to run their business. It’s truly a humbling feeling.
I lay in bed for what seemed like an eternity, staring at the ceiling endlessly. I couldn’t sleep. I had a big decision on my mind…
Migrating stores from Magento to Shopify Plus is one of the most common requests we get here at Bold. Generally, there's no extra incentive needed. People just prefer Shopify for many reasons, like Spikeball for example. If you've ever considered moving from Magento to Shopify Plus, with the promotion that went live this week, now would be a PERFECT time to do so!
I’m incredibly excited to announce our Partner Program has eclipsed 1,000 Partners, just over two years after initially launching our program. This is a milestone our team has been working towards for a while, as we continue to build new mutually-beneficial relationships and strengthening existing partnerships.
Over the past few weeks we’ve done a series of posts on everything you need to know to launch a successful Loyalty Program on your Shopify store. Today we're going tie it all together.
In our first post, we explored the benefits of offering a loyalty program on your store, different types of loyalty programs and rewards you could offer, and the groundwork necessary before launching.
In our second post, we took a peek into the world of marketing your loyalty program, including what communication channels to focus on, what to center your content around, different sale ideas for a successful launch, and how to measure your success.
SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 6
Regardless of your brand, business or product, if you're not already on social media, you should sign up today! Right now to be exact (well... maybe watch the webinar first).
Our resident social media guru Mike Trakalo will give you his best tips and tricks on setting up your social media strategy, how to get the most out of your time, and the best platforms to drive traffic to your store.
Today we're excited to announce our biggest Shopify app release to date! After close to 5 years of developing apps for Shopify, and listening to customers, we've learned a lot. In the past we thought building as many apps as possible was the key to success, and in our early days this certainly was true. In the last few years we've started learning that less really can be more, and our announcement today was born from that insight.
How we automated our clients wholesale business, delivering an on demand, up-to-date catalog of products right to their customer inboxes
Did we mention we did all that AND cut their man hours to zero?
How would you like to increase your online sales by 10-30%?
SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 5
Want to wow everyone the next time you join a conversation about CRO? Dylan's here to help!
As Bold's resident CRO expert, he'll teach you conversion rate optimization strategies like split testing, heat mapping, and how they actually work.
Today we announce two features will change the game for most subscription, and subscription box companies on Shopify. They're called Convertible Subscriptions and Dynamic Discounts, and our beta users are already doubling and tripling conversions!
When was the last time you revised your return policy?
Hell, when was the last time you even looked at it?
An eCommerce return policy is often an afterthought when building your website. “Oh crap, we need a return policy! Let’s just generate a generic one and put our name on it, it’ll be fine.”
If you’ve done this (and don’t worry, you’re not alone - I did it for three of my online stores) you’re leaving money on the table.
By now you’ve read our first blog post and have all the details of your Loyalty Program in place: you’ve chosen what rewards you’re going to offer, what your points system will look like, and you’re ready to launch. Right?
Not quite. There’s one last step you need to put in place before launching: your marketing plan.
With 15 people starting at Bold this month alone, there are a LOT of amazing people to talk about! This month there are two people we feel deserve special mention. Their roles are very unique, and represent a significant milestone for our company.
Want to increase conversion rates and create a better user experience for your customers? Take a look below to check out two small changes you can make on your product pages to boost your mobile sales in the next 7 days.
SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 4
FEATURED PARTNER: Spently
Wouldn't it be awesome if you could turn all of your emails into marketing opportunities? Well with Spently, you can! We'll talk with Vincent to find out what types of emails you should be focusing on, and how one store used Spently to make $185,000 just from email offers alone.
There might even be a discount code for you at the end :)
Like the amazing entrepreneur you are, we know you’re always looking for new ways to market your business that won’t cost you thousands of dollars. But you're busy, we get it! So we did all the groundwork for you.
Want to grow your subscription business? Justin’s here to help! Watch our webinar as we pick his brain about Lucky Tackle Box: their business model, how they switched their store and subscribers over to Shopify, and even what boxes they subscribe to themselves.
At Bold, #InnovateOrDie is the motto by which we live. If we aren’t continually innovating, we are dying as a company. Every now and then we need to remind ourselves of this. And that’s what #InnovateOrDie days are all about. They are 2 day software development or project challenges, where each member of Bold teams up, chooses a project to work on, and develops it to at least a working demo within 48 hours. It serves to remind us of what we can do with any idea we come up with, and how fast we can get it done, if we really sit down and put our minds to it.
We were so impressed with the CRO work our Managed Services team completed last week, that I stole it just to show you.
They test every element on a page: we call it data driven design. They integrate it into every Shopify project Bold completes with the goal of getting your customers to convert.
Recurring Orders is the most trusted subscription app for Shopify and is key to creating recurring revenue on your store. It’s the only app to allow recurring products and subscriptions on individual products, a mixed cart (one-time and recurring), or an entire cart!
SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 2
APPS DISCUSSED: RETURNS MANAGER
If you're curious how your stores return policy can be used as a free marketing tool, watch our webinar to see how our returns expert Graeme can increase sales by removing the risk out of purchasing your products.
January 23, 2017
Winnipeg MB, Canada
For Immediate Release
Koble will be providing free WiFi Hotspots at locations throughout the venue. Attendees to the show can connect to the WiFi Hotspots in the Media Lounge, Exhibitor Lounge, Culinary Stage Area, Shake & Sling Pavilion, Tech Pavilion, and the Coffee and Tea Pavilion.
Sending emails is the still the most effective way to stay in touch with your customers, keeping them informed, and encouraging repeat business.
Email marketing provides the highest ROI for modern day marketers.
SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 1
APPS DISCUSSED: INVIID
77% of consumers say they've been convinced to buy a product or service by watching a video. And with the introduction of video commerce, you now have the ability to sell products from your Shopify store inside those videos.
In this webinar, our video commerce expert Dan demonstrates Inviid, a Shopify app that allows you to do just that plus a few more tricks (including tagging those surprisingly lucrative unboxing videos).
Check this out. Email marketing is STILL the number one way to drive traffic to your website. It's the truth! Although there's a feeling that email is an old fashioned way to do business, the stats totally show otherwise. Take a look at these ones:
It was back in the 1920s when it became popular to use a shade over light bulbs instead of just having bare bulbs hanging from the ceiling. During that time, a particular style of shade became popular: the schoolhouse light, which had clean lines and solid light-diffusion for places where good ambient light was necessary.
It's amazing how much can change in a year. Here at Bold, it seems like every year we raise the bar on big changes. With a company as young and quickly growing as ours, 12 months is a very long stretch with a ton of opportunity. And even as we sit down to put together this post, it's mind blowing to look back at where we were just 52 weeks ago. It's almost hard to believe we're the same company! Buckle up as we take you back through the intense ride that was 2016!
The holiday shopping season is the climax of each year’s eCommerce story. Retailers spend months upon months planning logistics and marketing in preparation for the December rush. Customers are anxious because the stakes are high; they have a need that must be met by a certain deadline, and failing will leave them with a ruined holiday (or the embarrassing “It didn’t get here in time” card)! But best of all, it offers an opportunity to set the stage for the year to come. By connecting with new customers, online stores have a ton of opportunities to turn them into regulars and increase the lifetime value of their customers.
This is a Guest Blog Post from Zohar Gilad of InstantSearchPlus.
So, you carefully curated your products, got marketing campaigns going, and have inventory and shipments under control. Now, what about those conversion numbers? How do you increase the likelihood of a store visitor to become a buyer? How do you increase the order size? Or turn them into repeat customers?
Many growing online stores are mastering social media marketing and building communities, yet they’re forgetting one of the core marketing components of an ecommerce business: email marketing.
If you've ever considered moving to Shopify Plus, now might be the PERFECT time to do so! From Friday at 12:01am CST, until Monday at 11:59pm, Shopify Plus is offering THREE MONTHS FREE with a 15 month contract when you migrate your store over to Shopify and use Shopify payments! Even without this offer, there are SO many reasons to consider Shopify Plus.
It's not too late to run some amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. There are two we suggest, and we made a little video to show how it can be done. If you're looking for something easy to do and still get in on the craze that is Black Friday / Cyber Monday, checkout the video above.
We released a new feature this week that’s perfect for Black Friday!
With our Loyalty Points app, you’ve always had the option to offer bonus points on your store, it’s the perfect way to reward your customers, or even promote a hard to sell products.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a professionally written series of automated email flows, recommending products to your customers based on their shopping patterns, and provide them with reminders and incentives when they’re most ready to buy?
Less than two weeks until Black Friday! We told you the time would fly, and it sure has. Our free, weekly Black Friday webinars have gotten better and better, and we have a doozie for you for Week 9!
Alright folks, we’re three weeks away from Black Friday. Where has the time gone?! We hope you’ve been getting valuable info from our Black Friday University series, and that you're primed and ready for the biggest shopping weekend of the year.
It’s less than a month until Black Friday! The next three weeks are a critical period for eCommerce stores. These are the final weeks to get ready for..THE BIGGEST SHOPPING WEEKEND OF THE YEAR!
We're extremely excited to announce the release of our Bold Affiliate Program! If you're already a Bold Partner, you can simply login and go the accounts page to create your unique affiliate link. If you're not already a Bold Partner, you can sign up for an account here.
Introducing our newest app, Sales Manager for Shopify POS!
- Run sophisticated sales in your retail store and manage it all through your Shopify POS.
- Timed Sales, BOGO, Buy X Get a Discount on something else, Spend $$ Get X Off and more!
- Calculates sales automatically so your staff don't have to think!
Consider this: Black Friday 2015 saw $2.72 billion in ecommerce sales, a 14% increase from the previous year. And $583 million of those sales were generated on mobile phones!
The Black Friday weekend can account for as much as 30% of a retailer’s annual sales.
The unofficial start to the holiday shopping season, Black Friday, is just a few short weeks away.
This year, overall holiday sales are projected to be $655.8 billion, up 3.6% from last year. Six hundred and fifty five BILLION dollars! It's a record number. And of that, $112.35 billion is expected to be spent online, in an eCommerce store just like yours. That's 7% more than last year's already record-breaking numbers!
Another week, another Black Friday University topic to help you make more money this holiday season! Today's topic is "Bundle It Up", using our Product Bundles app. This is a good one, an easy way for customers to buy great gift items, and a great way for you to increase the value of your cart!
Check out the recording of the free webinar, Week 5 Black Friday University series! And read below for some easy ideas on how to implement this sales tactic this holiday season.
Today’s eCommerce environment is like a loud marketplace with countless vendors grappling for consumers’ attention. The challenge for online businesses is to stand out in the crowd.
(Be sure to read through the article to find a 10% off coupon code for anything at badassbeardcare.com, valid until November 30th!)
Growing up, Charlie Moyer never, ever saw his father without a beard. His dad passed away when he was 14 years old, and Charlie vowed he would follow in his father’s footsteps and grow a beard when grew up.
If you’d like to see how to run a ‘Spend This, Get That’ sale in your store, take a look at the webinar below!
Pixel Union has released their debut app, Pixelpop, and here at Bold we’re LOVING it! It’s been helping our customers create beautiful popups, promos and banners that have been boosting customer engagement and driving conversions through the roof.
Let’s pretend you’re shopping online for a particular widget. Have you ever had this train of thought? “Let’s see… it’s available from three different sellers, but seller “A” has it cheaper than everyone else. Okay, that sounds good so maybe I’ll just put it in my cart and continue shopping… but, wait a minute. Only three left in stock! Why, those could sell out at any second! Do I even have enough time to complete the checkout process before they go out of stock? Stop thinking and order!”
If you'd like to see how to run a 'Spend This, Get That' sale in your store,
take a look at the webinar below!
If you'd like to see how to run a 'Spend This, Get That' sale in your store, take a look at the webinar below!
I know, I know, it seems far away. But Black Friday/Cyber Monday really is just around the corner! (November 25th and 28th to be exact.) And with some stores making 40% of their yearly revenue in this last quarter alone, we don’t want you missing out.
Winnipeg-based tech company, Bold Commerce, has been named to Startup 50's ranking of Canada’s Top New Growth Companies by Canadian Business and PROFIT.
Bold placed sixth and is the only Manitoba company on the list.
Bold’s high ranking is thanks in part to a 1,257 per cent growth in revenue between 2013 and 2015.
It was the middle of the 1980s when Chris Ruder’s parents purchased a unique game from a toy store. It was a combination of two-on-two beach volleyball and four-square, and it became super popular among the Ruders’ family and friends. But like so many cool inventions, the toy didn't get much marketing attention and after only a year in stores, it was discontinued. However, the Ruders' family and friends were enjoying the game so much, they kept using that same set.
Deep in the heart of the American south, Cabot, Arkansas is a small city 30 minutes northeast of Little Rock. With a population of a little more than 25,000 people, Cabot wouldn’t typically be thought of as a bustling commerce hub.
Cloud services like Shopify provide a great way to set up a store without the burden of maintaining and updating software. However, store owners need to ensure they maintain a high level of security for their store. At Rewind, we encounter lots of people who are surprised to learn that when they delete items in Shopify, they’re gone forever. When even tech CEOs have their online accounts hacked, you need to make sure that your store is as secure as possible. Here are 5 things that you can do to ensure you don’t experience a data disaster.
It was midway through 2011 when Alexandra Cristin graduated college. Although she had studied Marketing and Business Administration, she very quickly realized she didn’t want a traditional job. She saw people all around her in New York City going to work every day at corporate offices, and she knew in her gut that kind of life wasn’t what she wanted.
Just over a year ago, we started working on a project that we weren't even sure could be done. We wanted to create a way you could watch a video, see a product you like, click on it to find out more information, add it to a cart, and checkout right inside the video without ever leaving. Sounds like a tall order right? Well, we took it on!
Snapchat is the new Instagram which was the new Facebook
Do you remember when Facebook started? How about Instagram? When these platforms first took off, everyone and their cat (literally) had accounts. But now, fatigue is starting to set in.
Every day small and large companies are bought out by larger and more valuable companies. Usually they don’t catch my eye, but one recent buyout caught my attention.
Since the launch of our Partner Program just over a year ago, we’ve seen some tremendous success. We've grown to more than 750 Partners in that short time, and expect to be over 1,000 before long.
To celebrate this growth, we’ve introduced new perks within the Partner Program. We have launched an exclusive chat service available only on the Partner Dashboard. We’ve sent three issues of our Partner Newsletter (with a new issue coming every month) where we give exclusive previews, offer tips for our apps and feature select partners (read the latest issue here). We host monthly webinars to teach our Partners about our apps. All this plus numerous other Partner-only benefits.
Today we’re launching another element of this program. Announcing the Partner Program ranks:
Marketplace is an amazing app that turns your store into, well, a marketplace, just like Amazon or Etsy! But we want to make sure that you can run your store the way YOU want to run it, and our newest release will help you do that.
When you ask Mandy Bo what kind of music she does, she’ll tell you it’s a style she coined herself as “B’ass Country,” short for Badass Country. It’s a ton of bass, a little bit of Electronic Dance Music, and a whole lot of outlaw country, blended into one. For the past eight years, Bo has dedicated her life to her music career. And now, with the help of Bold Commerce, new fans from all over are discovering her B’ass Country.
As a technology company, we have a pretty discerning eye when it comes to choosing the tech we use to get stuff done around here. Our awesome team is truly our biggest asset but there are a number of non-human tools that have also been key contributors to our rapid growth.
Bold is very excited to be involved in Innovate Manitoba's annual startup conference, Lift'Off! The conference happens this Wednesday, June 22nd, at the Fort Garry Hotel in downtown Winnipeg.
There's a Dragon's Den style pitch competition, a power lunch with world-class keynote speaker Randy Smerik (the Founder & CEO of Osunatech Inc.), and there's a entrepreneur forum which includes panel discussions with founders of local companies plus a keynote presentation by startup sales and marketing specialist, April Dunford (the CEO of Sprintly).
We couldn’t have asked for a better day on Thursday, as we held our Open House & Tech Showcase here at Bold HQ.
More than 150 guests from industry and media dropped by to help us celebrate the hiring of our 100th employee and to witness the unveiling of our newest app: a super cool technology called Inviid.
Shopify Plus selected Bold as one of only a handful of companies to be part of their new Shopify Plus Partner Program!
The new Shopify Plus Partner Program will develop and grow the partner ecosystem for Shopify Plus merchants, allowing them to more easily identify, validate and engage effective and innovative digital marketing and design agencies.
Everyday There Seems to be Something New Happening in the Social Media-Sphere!
Whether it be the new Instagram logo, Facebook live video, a new app emerging or an update to an algorithm, it feels as though change is constant.
This is a guest post by Anna Buchalova. Anna is the Social Media and Content Specialist at MonkeyData. MonkeyData is a partner of Bold Commerce. If you are interested in learning about our Bold Partner Program, you can find more details here.
Still Not Sure if Social Media is Right for Your Business?
We’ve rounded up some of the best stats on the most popular social media platforms out there and why your business should be using them. Check out our infographic below if you’re looking for additional eCommerce revenue! Let us know what you think, and feel free to share it on your social media channels too!
A lot of you have been asking about these features lately, so we're excited to announce they're ready for the spotlight!
Up first, you'll now be able to export your own customer data at any time! Ever needed a quick list of all your subscribers for an email campaign? Well, now you have it! You're even able to narrow it down by product, to gather a specific list of just your customers subscribed to a certain product.
It’s No Surprise That Many People Don’t Love Change!
You’re used to something you’ve grown to love (or loved right from the beginning) and all of a sudden, it’s different!
I've got great news! We've got a brand new release for Recurring Memberships to share with you today and you're going to love it!
Let's get started with the biggest and main addition, the ability to use Stripe as a payment gateway! You've been asking about it for a while, so we're so excited it's here!
Now you'll be able to choose whether you want to accept payment via Paypal, Stripe, or even use both. The app is set up to handle it no matter what you choose.
Social Media is the Most Effective Cost Marketing Channel for Leads and Sales!
With over two billion people logging in daily, it's no surprise that the revenue from social commerce brings in $30 billion each year with 50% of web sales occurring through social media. In this day and age, how can you afford not to be active on social media? Here are three BIG reasons why your company needs to be on social media:
Our very own Jay Myers made an appearance last week on The Unofficial Shopify Podcast - sharing insight on what Successful Shopify Storeowners Know and how you can separate your Shopify store from the rest of the pack.
We've been working on some pretty awesome things for Loyalty Points, and today we finally get to share them with you.
This is a big one!
You’re invited to come over!
A lot of people have been asking us what it is exactly that we do over here. We’ve gained a reputation as a pretty cool company with catered lunches and nerf gun fights and killer christmas parties… oh, and tons of growth - Did you know our team is almost 100 people now?
Bold to host open house and Inviid product launch
Tuesday April 19, 2016
For Immediate Release
On Thursday June 16 Bold Innovation Group will be hosting an Open House and Tech Showcase at their new office at 50 Fultz Blvd. Winnipeg, Manitoba.
For Immediate Release
March 29, 2016
On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Bold was recognized in the Globe and Mail’s list of Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers. http://www.canadastop100.com/sme/
We're excited to announce a new partnership/integration with Kit! What is Kit?
Picture this. You're having a coffee with a friend and you get a text notification on your phone. You look down and see it's a message from Kit. "Hey, we noticed a couple products not selling well. Would you like me to post them on Facebook for you?".
Bold's New Digs
And since we tend to document pretty much everything we do around here, enjoy this little video we put together about the big move and getting settled in. Don’t worry it’s short, but I think it shows how proud we are of our cool new digs. :-)
Bold Commerce moves company headquarters to Winnipeg
On February 1, 2016, Bold Commerce, based in Ile des Chenes, and one of Manitoba’s fastest growing tech companies, took the keys of their new company headquarters.
Moving trucks arrived and the company immediately changed the address on its masthead to read 50 Fultz Boulevard, Winnipeg Manitoba, R3Y 0L6.
We had a lot of great things happen around here last week like awards, recognition, and an awesome Christmas party. All the excitement really gave us some time to reflect on what it means to be part of the Bold team. One of the biggest parts of working here is that we are a team, in every sense of the word. If you work here, then you're someone who knows how to work together, how to have each other's backs, and that the best ideas come from mastering those things and working hard.
Get Your Store Featured
Black Friday is just about to get started and we wanted to give you the chance to share your awesome Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals! If you have an amazing sale you're running and want to get the word out, fill out this short form and we'll add your deal to this page for everyone to see. We'll get as many as we can up on this page!
If you read our latest article, the top 10 holiday sale ideas, then you've had a short introduction to the idea of offering gift wrapping during the holidays. This is one of those ideas that may not jump off the page and really get you excited, but it should!
Last year we wrote an article that outlined the top 8 sales you should be running for the holiday season. We didn't know it at the time, but it would turn out to be the most read article we've ever written!
Holidays are the #1 time to capitalize on shoppers. In fact, the next couple months can make or break the bottom line for a lot of stores. Every single holiday day went up from 2013 to 2015, and projections are already saying the online holiday sales will increase EVEN MORE this year!
Our very own Kevin Wild was just recently on the Unofficial Shopify Podcast talking about "How to build Predictable Revenue and Turn Your Store Into a Money Machine with Subscriptions"
It's the #1 MOST POPULAR EPISODE for the podcast!!
Bold's "C-level" hires.
With so many exciting things going on here at Bold, we decided to throw it all in one blog post and share it with everyone. In just over 30 months Bold has gone from a few guys in a basement to a company with 62 employees and still growing - faster than ever. In the last month, we hired more people than we did in our entire first year. So needless to say, it's been a bit of a whirlwind.
Twitter buy buttons are here!
Today, Shopify announced another amazing partnership. This time with Twitter! They've made it possible to add a buy button to your tweets, and made checking out a breeze. Check out the full announcement and a short video that shows off how easy it is here.
We're excited to announce today we officially added Braintree support to Recurring Orders! For those customers who are unable to sign up for Stripe because of where they live or what they sell, BrainTree is now an option.
Let me answer some of the questions I've been getting asked so you can decipher whether or not this will impact your store.
Help us help the homeless!
This year myself (Jason Myers) and Yvan Boisjoli, will be sleeping on the streets of downtown Winnipeg to raise money and awareness of homelessness in Winnipeg. The money raised will go directly to creating employment for the homeless. Roughly every $100 raised pays for one full day of work, and supplies needed.
Making the switch from Amazon to Shopify
Migrating from one eCommerce platform to another can be an intimidating task, and can sometimes get pretty confusing. That's why I'm here to help!
You might have read about Shopify's latest announcement, letting anyone with an Amazon webstore make the migration to Shopify with a complete import of all your products and customers and a free 30 day trial. First off, this is awesome!! Shopify will open up so many doors for you, you'll never even give your old Amazon webstore another thought.
In one of our most recent updates to Recurring Orders, we added the 'See Details' feature which allows store owners to detail their subscription plan to potential customers.
One piece of feedback we received about Recurring Orders was potential subscribers were unsure what it meant to 'Subscribe and Save.' How does a subscription work? When will I be charged? When will I receive my product? These are just a few questions store owners have to answer on a daily basis.
It's been a crazy few years here at Bold, and it's such an honour when we get nominated for awards. Big or small, we're just having fun doing what we're doing, so when we get recognized for something, it's awesome!
One of the most exciting parts of using Recurring Orders is getting your first subscriber. And the second. And third. Who are we kidding, every new subscriber is exciting!
Once you start gaining subscribers on your store, it's important to have in-depth stats to understand the growth of your store and opportunities therein.
We're excited to announce another great feature that made its way to Recurring Orders today.
As of right now, you can change the recurring date for a customer's subscription. This means if a customer is subscribed to a monthly plan on the 1st of every month - but would like their order to recur on the 5th of every month instead - you can now make this change for them.
One of the features which we believe separates Recurring Orders apart from other subscription apps on the Shopify App Store is our 'Manage Subscriptions' page.
This page (which you can see below) allows your subscription customers to manage their own subscriptions without having to contact you for help.
We love seeing our customers achieve success using our apps on their Shopify stores. As you may already know, we have over 20 apps on the Shopify App Store. Some help increase store revenue, some make tasks - like managing returns - easy and efficient. Other apps are more comprehensive and are critical to the operation of a store.
We're excited to officially announce our first POS (Point of Sale) compatible app, Sales Manager!
I don't know about you, but we're extremely excited about Shopify's new feature release. They've opened up the ability to create apps for their POS system! We're so excited about it that we've worked with them to have our first POS app, Sales Manager, available for you on day one!
One of the things we love doing is finding ways to help small business grow and see success in the "eCommerce" world. So when we have a customer that uses one of our apps to help them hit one out of the park, we get pretty excited about it!
Making the decision to offer subscription products on your Shopify store is only part of the challenge of building a subscription business with recurring revenue. After setting up your Shopify store with Recurring Orders, the next step is gaining subscribers.
We're organizing another Winnipeg eCommerce Meetup, and we're bringing in some big names!
It seems like these days just about everyone is trying to offer subscriptions of some sort on their store. Now you can get everything from your toothpaste to your catfood delivered monthly! Well, if you have a Shopify store, this just got a lot easier to do!
5 Ways the new Shopify Multichannel Syncing will change the way you do eCommerce.
As you might have heard last week, Shopify has been listening to what everyone has been asking for, and announced their new multichannel syncing update. Although this is just the early stages of what they have planned, it is already going to make a huge impact on the way you run your business.
The Most Important Thing
On Friday March 13, 2015 at the 6th annual Spirit of Winnipeg Awards Gala, presented by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Bold Innovation Group Ltd. was given the award for the Startup Business category.
Certainly it had nothing to do with luck...well maybe just a little. A lot of things--a lot of decisions had to happen at the right times and in the right order to get to this point. I’ll tell you where we were lucky.
RRC Directions 2015
On February 4, Jay Myers and Yvan Boisjoli, two of Bold's four co-founders were speakers at the annual “Directions” Conference at Red River College in Winnipeg Manitoba. They discussed the obstacles of success as a tech startup in a small market like Winnipeg, and what teachers need to teach and students need to learn to have the best advantages entering the employment market.
More Awesome Custom Projects from the Commerce Team
Last month, our Commerce team came up with two awesome new custom projects to make your store do some cool things! They’ve created a way to allow Customer Pricing tags control what the price of options on your products. They also created a brand new affiliate tracking app for Taser to pay out commissions on affiliate sales.
Customer Support, Cookies and Milk
In the middle of a typically cold, harsh Winnipeg January, three members of the Bold team were invited down to San Antonio for a little sunshine and a very warm welcome. Jay and Eric - 2 of Bold's founders, and Frank - our senior systems administrator were asked to speak at the annual Rackspace conference attended by all of its 6,000 employees. They delivered a presentation that highlighted the importance of customer support and availability - 2 concepts that are fundamental to the success of both our companies.
Partner With Bold to Earn More Money and Help Your Clients
Announcing the New Bold Partners Program
Over the years, working as a Shopify Partner, we’ve found that it’s a great community of Designers, Developers, and Store Owners who work together with the common goal of creating the best possible online shopping experience.
2014 is coming to a close and as much as we like looking back at all the great things that happened this year, we’re always planning for what’s to come.
Bold Goes 2 for 2 in business awards
November 21, 2014
Île des Chênes
For Immediate Release
It’s a good week to be Bold.
This week the young tech startup Bold Innovation Group, and its youthful leaders cleaned up with 2 young entrepreneur business awards, one national award and one local.
Bold Apps Newsletter
It's been a busy time here at Bold. We've been getting ready for Holiday Shopping, taking care of some much needed app updates, releasing a few new apps, and working on some that will be available in the next few weeks. (Oops, I may have been supposed to keep that a secret). So with everything going on, we figured it'd be a good idea to keep all of our wonderful customers in the loop with an eCommerce newsletter. Here's the lowdown.
"This year shop.org expects online sales to reach $82 billion, a jump of 13 to 15 percent over last year."
There's still time to plan and promote sales and we can help! We've put together a list of 8 different AWESOME sales you can run that will make both your customers, and your bank account happy :-)
We just added a pretty cool little feature to our Product Options app! If you have the premium version of the app, your customers can now edit their options right inside the cart. Before, they would've had to remove the item, go back to the product page and start all over.
Bold Releases Picticipate - A Photo-Centric File Sharing Application
Bold Open House
For immediate release:
On Thursday September 18, 2014 from 1PM - 4PM the divisions of Bold Innovation Group Ltd. will be opening their doors to all guests who want to come see what it’s like to work at Manitoba’s most relevant, and fastest growing tech company.
A great user experience can mean the difference between a bounty of sales coming in through the website and closing up shop after a measurable failure at online commerce.
How should eCommerce stores be using social media to market themselves? How much is too much content? What type of content is right for your industry? What social media channels should you be using?
Responding to the mobile shopper
As more and more eCommerce transactions are completed through a mobile device like smart phones or tablet computers it becomes increasingly important have a responsive website design that makes it easy for shoppers to make these purchases on their device of choice.
From lead generation to order fulfillment, what steps should you be automating that you didn't know you could?
Today Scott and Jay talk to Doug Geiger from canyouhandlebar.com about customer service and how it's deeply connected with his clever website copy, his company branding and his overall philosophy for operating his business. As Jay would say, 'There's some really good nuggets in there" to take away. And we all love nuggets.
In this episode, Scott and Jay talk to Mark and Aash from earthled.com about what they're doing to automate different aspects of their store operations.
Customer Service and eCommerce Tools
Interview with Shane Schmidt from The Squawk Shoppe
In this episode, Scott and Jay talk to eCommerce store owner Shane Schmidt about his experiences with customer service and some of his favourite eCommerce tools and apps.
Comparing Our Favourite mCommerce Solutions
Your favourite hosts, Scott and Jay pick apart 5 different products for processing mobile payments. We find out what they're capable of and and where they fall short.
mCommerce for Service Based Businesses
** This blog post has been updated since Shopify POS enabled the credit card reader in Canada on April 2, 2014
Throughout much of its evolution, online retail or eCommerce has been used almost exclusively by consumers to purchase products from around the world and have them shipped right to their doorstep -- People buying things from other places.
How Bold built a successful eCommerce Company
You'll be surprised how important location really is
Bold Commerce is a relatively new enterprise - a branch of Bold Innovation Group - that has quickly established itself as the go-to company in Winnipeg and Manitoba for online retail services - eCommerce. The evolution of our company has really been sort of a top-down endeavour. The chicken before the egg so to speak, the horse before the cart. What we did is not uncommon in the software industry. We built a great product - in our case, some amazing eCommerce applications - and then decided to build a company around it, once they became popular.
THE ART OF UPSELL
The art of the upsell is as old as commerce itself. From the days of the merchant selling you the cart to go with horse to the pack of gum next to the checkout stand to the ubiquitous "Would you like fries with that?"; these are all forms of “upselling”.
Where's the Trust?
- eCommerce Abandonment Issues are Purely Psychological
Have you looked at your conversion rates lately and wondered why so many people are failing to complete their purchase? Are you finding that people navigate away from your site after searching through your terms and conditions? Guess what? It’s because they don’t trust you.
Shopify Plus Features That Major eCommerce Retailers Can't Go Without
Last week Shopify launched their website for the new Shopify Plus account. And while it's been available for several weeks it’s about to get a lot more attention in the tech world, and more importantly from corporate marketing teams.
Episode #1: Bold Goes Full Serve
Good Day eRetailers (eTailers?),
Many of you have already heard of Bold Apps, in fact, that’s how you got on our mailing list. Well, the same guys and gals who brought you such Shopify App Store hits as ‘Product Upsell’, ‘Product Options’, and ‘Customer Pricing’ are now expanding our eCommerce expertise with the newly reformed Bold Commerce department.
Last week we had the pleasure of hanging out at Shopify’s headquarters in Ottawa, spending time with a number of the staff that work there. The four of us were not 100% sure what to expect on the flight down. We of course heard many great things, watched multiple clips on the news about the company and dealt with a lot of the staff. However, just like when spending a week living at someone’s house, you see all the dirty private details of the way they live. The same is with a business.