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The Ultimate Black Friday Sales Round-up

By Aubrey Kotelko on November 16, 2017

Black Friday is less than a week away, and if you haven't set up a sale yet, time is running out.

To help you out, we collected a list of some easy sale ideas that you can use to run an amazing Black Friday promotion. Most of these can be set up in just a few minutes on your Shopify store, and all of them are easily automated (so you can spend more time advertising and managing your business).

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Augmented reality in eCommerce: The cool things happening now

By Bill Widmer on November 16, 2017


If you haven’t already heard, Augmented Reality (AR) is taking the world by storm.

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Five killer strategies to sell more subscriptions on Shopify this holiday season

By Kevin Wild on November 14, 2017

‘Tis the time of year for holiday shopping, gift giving, and of course, sales and discounts. As we approach this busy shopping season, we know merchants like you are constantly thinking about the promotions and sales you plan on running.

We’ve covered a lot of different types of sales you could run this Black Friday already, but for this post, we're going to focus on promotions to sell more subscriptions using Bold's Recurring Orders app.

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Why product photos are the most important part of your marketing strategy

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on November 14, 2017

SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 22

If you're curious about how product photos can affect conversions, return rates, and the authenticity of your online store, watch this week's livestream to see Mike break down exactly why your product photos need to be moved to the top of your priority list! 

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Easy social media tricks for BFCM

By Mike Trakalo on November 10, 2017

Black Friday is less than a month away, so if you haven't already, now is the time to plan, prep, and most importantly let your customers know what's coming down the pipeline!

88% of small business owners say social media is effective for branding, content, marketing, and word of mouth.

So staying on top of your social game is key to your BFCM success. Incase you still need convincing, here are a few more reasons:

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Boost sales this Black Friday and Cyber Monday with optimized store emails

By Octavia Ramirez on November 9, 2017



It wasn’t that long ago that people were getting
pummeled and trampled by other humans trying to nab crazy Black Friday deals somewhere in middle America. Luckily, with Spently, your customers can access the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts directly from their inbox, and avoid having their face stepped on. Oh, what fun!

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Refersion Integration for Recurring Orders

By Kevin Wild on November 9, 2017

 

We're excited to announce our Recurring Orders app for Shopify is now integrated with Refersion, the affiliate marketing platform. 😎 😎

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Problem Solved: How to offer and promote free shipping on Shopify

By Aubrey Kotelko on November 8, 2017


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.  

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Problem Solved: Creating upsell BOGO offers on Shopify

By Aubrey Kotelko on November 7, 2017

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.

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Sell in multiple currencies on Shopify

By Aubrey Kotelko on November 3, 2017

One of the most obvious benefits of an eCommerce store is that location doesn't really matter; a customer from Australia can buy products from a business in the United Kingdom and have no idea their order is coming from thousands of miles away.

But one of the last remaining barriers to a truly global marketplace is differing currencies, which can make it difficult for consumers to understand the true cost of their purchases (sometimes scaring them away). Luckily, a new app from Bold has the solution to the currency conundrum.

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The 3 best sales to run on your Shopify store this Black Friday

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on November 1, 2017



36.5 billion dollars were spent last Black Friday. That’s 36.5 BILLION, with a B, and if you’re ready for the onslaught of consumers ready to spend their money on November 24th, your store could get a piece of that action.

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How Pura Vida became one of the fastest growing Shopify subscription businesses, ever.

By Jay Myers on October 31, 2017

Pura Vida Bracelets have become one of the most recognizable lifestyle brands on Shopify. They built a brand that fans and celebrities around the world embrace, and proudly wear, to represent the "Pure Life" mantra they stand for.

A little over a year go ther started their "Pura Vida Club", a monthly Shopify Subscription Box that has become widly popular! They have quickly become one of the most successful subscription business on Shopify ever, and in this post we'll dive deeper into their story. 

Topics: Case Studies
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How to choose a high-converting Shopify theme

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on October 30, 2017

SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 21

Want a Shopify theme that looks good, but also has awesome conversion rates? Then listen in as Mike walks you through choosing a high-functioning Shopify theme for your online store.

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How to use Shopcodes to drive repeat purchases to your Shopify store

By Aubrey Kotelko on October 27, 2017

You know those square bar codes that you can scan in stores using your phone? Those are QR codes, and lucky for us, Shopify recently announced the launch of Shopcodes: a QR-code based system that allows customers to scan and buy products using their mobile device. 

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Google Autocomplete Integration for  Recurring Orders

By Kevin Wild on October 26, 2017

 

We're excited to announce our Recurring Orders app for Shopify is now integrated with the Google Autocomplete system for checkout. 💰 💰

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Two proven ways to score more repeat customers

By Lauren Macdonald on October 24, 2017


What are the best ways for Shopify sellers to increase repeat purchases?

Offering an amazing loyalty program with a fast and accurate “after the sale” experience is the perfect place to start. They create happier customers and encourage them to keep coming back for more!

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How to use cross-sells and upsells to increase revenue on Shopify

By Mike Trakalo on October 23, 2017

One of the easiest ways to increase your average order value (AOV) this holiday season is with a classic upsell; a customer chooses an item to purchase, and as that item is added to the cart (or when they reach the checkout page) they're offered an upgrade to a bigger size or premium version.

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5 tips for building your mailing list before Black Friday

By Alanna Mahr on October 19, 2017

The countdown to Black Friday is on (November 24th!) and as a Shopify merchant that probably means you’ve got a lot on your plate.

Amid the chaos of ramping up production, training new staff, and prepping campaigns - not to mention the daily hustle of running your store - it’s easy to miss some of the small but impactful things you can do to boost sales during the biggest shopping days of the year.

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How to optimize your eCommerce website for max conversions

By Bill Widmer on October 18, 2017

How would you like to double your revenue?

I bet that caught your attention. Well guess what - optimizing your eCommerce website can do just that. And more.

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Introducing "True Upsells" for Shopify

By Jay Myers on October 17, 2017

Today we introduce "True Upsells", a BIG improvement to the Bold Product Upsell app.  Now you can offer customers two very different, but both very powerful, types of offers.  A True Upsell offer is an "upgrade and replace" offer , and a Cross-sell offer is an "add an additional product" offer.  They're both powerful selling tools, and now you can do both, with the Bold Upsell app! 

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Start a drop shipping business by the end of the week

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on October 16, 2017

SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 20

If you're curious about drop shipping, watch this video to hear two real store owners talk about setting up their drop shipping businesses, the best apps to use to make it as easy as possible, and how you can have your own store up and running in just a few days.

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Another Integration for Recurring Orders

By Kevin Wild on October 16, 2017

 

Last week, when we announced Recurring Orders was the first subscription app for Shopify to be integrated with Addressy, we said more integrations were coming. We weren’t kidding.

We’re excited to announce Recurring Orders is now integrated with Klaviyo, the email marketing platform. 🔥 🔥

Topics: Integration
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Everything you need to know about shipping

By Bill Widmer on October 10, 2017

When it comes to the world of eCommerce, shipping is a tough nut to crack.

You might have started out doing everything by yourself - consolidating your orders, packing your items, and zipping out to the post office once a day.

But as your business grows and the number of orders you receive a day skyrockets, there comes a point when the DIY solution is no longer feasible. You know that you can’t put it off any longer; the time has come for you to bite the bullet and come up with a proper shipping strategy.

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Using automation to grow your business with less work

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on October 5, 2017

SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 19

It doesn't matter the size of your online store: if you're selling 5 handmade items or have 1,000+ products, this livestream will help you free up hours of your time every single week.

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Introducing Bold Recurring Orders Certified Partners

By Kevin Wild on October 4, 2017

Subscriptions are everywhere these days. 

From software, to coffee, bracelets, and fishing tackle - everything is being offered on a subscription basis - and for good reason. Subscriptions are one of the best ways to increase customer loyalty and value.

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Unwrap the secrets of full-funnel marketing this holiday season

By Amy Statham on October 3, 2017

Being an eCommerce store owner around the holiday season can be ho-ho-horrible -  but it doesn’t have to be! After all, 92% of holiday shoppers go online to research or purchase gifts. So in order to make the upcoming holiday season a lot less stressful, it’s important you create a comprehensive marketing strategy.


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Exclusive New Integration for Recurring Orders

By Kevin Wild on October 2, 2017

 

We're extremely excited to announce Recurring Orders is the first Shopify subscription app to support address-autocompletion with Addressy! 🎉 🎉

Topics: Integration
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Shopify Snapchat Takeover

By Mike Trakalo on September 28, 2017

Open Snapchat and take a pic of the Snapcode above to follow Bold Commerce

We had the absolute pleasure of taking over Shopify's Snapchat story on September 14!

What is Snapchat?

Snapchat is a mobile app that allows you to take pictures or 10 second videos and share them in real time. Users can send their ‘snaps’ directly to one of their followers or add it to their ‘story’, which is then available to all their followers for 24 hours.

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How to automate your Shopify store

By Bill Widmer on September 26, 2017

Whenever I talk to eCommerce store owners, the one thing they never fail to mention is how there just isn’t enough time.

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Introducing the Subscription "Buy Button" for Shopify!

By Jay Myers on September 21, 2017

We're VERY excited to announce the launch of the first ever SUBSCRIPTION "Buy Button" for Shopify. It's an exclusive feature in our Shopify Recurring Orders app, and we think it's going to be a game changer for subscription businesses.  

With one click, go from anywhere; your blog, ANY other blog or website, an email, a tweet, a description in a YouTube video, or an ad, directly to your checkout.  Potential customers can now buy your subscription box products from anywhere! 

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How amazing customer service can drive sales and increase customer loyalty

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on September 20, 2017

SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 18

Great customer service can earn you lifelong customers, less churn, and more sales.

That combined with the fact that new customers are 7 times more expensive to get than retaining existing ones should have you moving your customer service strategy to the top of your priority list.

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3 new features for your Shopify Sales Motivator app

By Mike Trakalo on September 19, 2017

When was the last time you were shopping online, made it to the cart page, and were told, "you're only $16.99 away from free shipping?" It's probably more than you even realize.

Have you ever wondered why online stores do that? Well, it's because it works! When customers know exactly how close they are to receiving a promotion (like free shipping or a free gift), you can increase their average checkout total by 20-30%.

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19 Google Analytics segments every Shopify store owner should be using

By Paul Rajotte on September 14, 2017

“All data in aggregate is crap.”   - analytics guru Avinash Kaushik

If you're like 90% of stores, you probably use Google Analytics to track traffic, and maybe even conversions. But, if you're also like 90% of stores, you probably DON'T leverage the power of segments to understand how different groups and types of customers interact with your store. 

In this post we'll explain what segments are, and how to use them for your online store. We'll also share with you a link to download 19 of the most common segments our Professional Services pre-built, that every store owner should use. 

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WiFi - A new marketing tool that every retailer needs to use

By Scott Riddell on September 13, 2017

 WiFi Marketing is the new secret sauce in the marketing world, and lucky for you, we have the recipe.

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How to offer a gift with purchase on Shopify

By Aubrey Kotelko on September 12, 2017

During the holiday season, thousands of brick-and-mortar retailers will offer "gift with purchase" promotions, where customers who spend a certain amount during a sale will receive a free bonus gift.

These types of promotions are great for increasing the amount that customers spend on every order that goes through your store, also known as the average order value

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Top eCommerce trends to look out for in 2017 and beyond

By Bill Widmer on September 7, 2017

Want to grow your sales this year (and beyond)?

Then you can’t afford to rest on your laurels. You need to have your wits about you, and be quick to react to the ever-changing eCommerce landscape.

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How to use ad retargeting to drive customers back to your Shopify store

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on September 5, 2017

SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 17

If you've ever been curious about ad retargeting, today's your lucky day. 

Our Growth Marketing Specialist Paul Rajotte joins us this week to walk us through everything from pixels to Facebook audience segments, covering everything you need to know about ad retargeting and how to use it to direct traffic to your online store to boost your sales.

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Master the art of crowdfunding with Kickbooster

By Amy Polowy on August 31, 2017

Interested in crowdfunding your products? Or maybe you've already started a crowdfunding project, or just want to know more about the industry? Then this blog post is for you.

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Hurricane relief: How to accept donations on your Shopify store

By Aubrey Kotelko on August 30, 2017

It seems like natural disasters have taken over our news feeds for the past couple of months.

Wildfires have been burning through British Columbia the entire summer, floods in India have killed hundreds, and Hurricane Harvey has ripped across the Gulf Coast, leaving thousands of people in distress.

It's easy to feel helpless in the face of such destruction, and I know I often wish I could help out, but don't know where to start.

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3 strategies to measure and improve customer retention on Shopify

By Ramon Bez on August 29, 2017

This is a guest post by Ramon Bez. Ramon is the Content Marketing Manager at Compass, a partner of Bold Commerce. If you're interested in learning about our Bold Partner Program, you can find more details here.

If you attend one of Amazon’s corporate meetings, you’re likely to find one seat empty at the conference table. Jeff Bezos, the company’s CEO, informs attendees that they should imagine that the empty chair is occupied by the customer: the most important person in the room.

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How to create simple upsells on Shopify

By Aubrey Kotelko on August 28, 2017

One of the oldest sales tricks in the book is the classic upsell; a customer chooses an item to purchase, and the salesperson recommends an additional item (like a protection plan or extra batteries) to go along with it.

This strategy can work wonders for a store's bottom line, especially when they have immediate communication with the customer (like when they get to the cash register). But how can it be done online, where that personal interaction is difficult to replicate?

In this post, we'll show you how to do that, plus how to set up a high-converting upsell offer in less than 10 minutes.

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Using Facebook to drive sales to your Shopify store

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on August 23, 2017

SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 16

With the biggest user base of any other social media platform (2 BILLION monthly users!), you're throwing sales out the window if you're not advertising on Facebook.

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3 ways Bold uses video to generate leads (and how you can too)

By Mike Trakalo on August 22, 2017

Video is what people want.

Now I don't know about you, but personally, if I had a problem on my store,  I’d much rather watch a quick video than read a support page.

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Using teelaunch to run your drop shipping business

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on August 17, 2017

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.

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How to use Instagram to build your brand and make money

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on August 10, 2017

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.

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A step-by-step guide to Facebook Retargeting for eCommerce

By Bill Widmer on August 8, 2017

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...

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Psychological pricing: A secret sauce to more sales

By Bill Widmer on August 3, 2017

The last item I bought?

A 2-pack of hand-carved Himalayan salt lamps for $22.99.

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On-page SEO for eCommerce: How to optimize your online store

By Bill Widmer on July 25, 2017

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.

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User-generated content strategies: How to build trust and make sales

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on July 24, 2017

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!

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10 principles for great eCommerce customer service

By Mike Trakalo on July 20, 2017

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:

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Marshawn Lynch, Shopify & Bold team up to help young entrepreneurs launch their businesses

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on July 17, 2017

This past weekend we were proud to work with Shopify and Marshawn Lynch to put on the first ever 'BEASTMODE-a-business'. The initiative helped 30 high school students from the Bay Area create and launch an online store in just three days.
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How one store made 11.5k by installing THIS free app

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on July 13, 2017

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.

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How to start using social media to boost online sales

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on July 11, 2017

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.

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Our 7 best tips to get more product reviews and boost your sales

By Bill Widmer on July 4, 2017

Product reviews are the secret sauce of conversions.

Get this: 88% of consumers trust reviews as much as personal recommendations.

That’s not all…

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How to make your first online sale

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on June 29, 2017

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. 

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4th of July marketing ideas for your online store

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on June 27, 2017

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.

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Case Study: How these musicians made 5x more profit selling their music online

By Aubrey Kotelko on June 22, 2017

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!

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The 5 types of emails your eCommerce store needs to be sending

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on June 16, 2017

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?!

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Ecommerce content marketing:  3 Steps to start a blog and drive tons of traffic

By Bill Widmer on June 15, 2017

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.

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The 11 best eCommerce blogs to follow

By Bill Widmer on June 13, 2017

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!

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Introducing Bold Black

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on June 6, 2017

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.

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How to double your email list in the next 30 days

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on June 1, 2017

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. 

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Tips to maximize your eCommerce customer service

By Bill Widmer on May 30, 2017

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. 

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Grow Your Business at Shop Class (and meet us too!)

By Kevin Wild on May 29, 2017

We’re excited to announce we will be touring with Shopify for Shop Class, a Canada-wide tour of 8 different cities, helping store owners and entrepreneurs grow their business.

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Why migrating your store from Cratejoy to Shopify is good for business

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on May 23, 2017

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. 

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100+ Entrepreneurs reveal what it takes to run an eCommerce site

By Bill Widmer on May 18, 2017

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…

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Introducing "Build-a-Box" for Recurring Orders

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on May 16, 2017

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. 

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Your one-stop shop for social media ad buying

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on May 16, 2017

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.

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eCommerce email marketing: What to do with that email list (besides let it gather dust)

By Bill Widmer on May 9, 2017

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.

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Five major new releases for your Returns Manager app

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on May 5, 2017

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! 

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We've got swatches! Plus other new releases for your Product Options app

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on May 3, 2017

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.

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Unite wrap up: Shopify's biggest announcements and how they’ll affect your bottom line

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on May 1, 2017

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.

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11 Easy things you can do today to decrease cart abandonment

By Bill Widmer on April 28, 2017

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?

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Celebrating our client Glam Seamless on making Inc's "Top 30 Under 30"

By Mike Trakalo on April 26, 2017

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!

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Switching to Shopify: 13 store owners share their experiences

By Bill Widmer on April 25, 2017

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!

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Five years with Shopify

By Jay Myers on April 20, 2017

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.

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To pop up or not to pop up, that is the question

By Bill Widmer on April 18, 2017

Pop up ads are a controversial subject.

On one hand, they’ve been shown to double some people’s conversion rates. Pretty amazing, right?

But, on the other hand, they can be really damn annoying.

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Everything you need to know about hiring your first eCommerce employee

By Bill Widmer on April 11, 2017

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…

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The best time to migrate from Magento to Shopify Plus is now!

By Jay Myers on April 6, 2017

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! 

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Why referral marketing can boost your business

By Raul Galera on April 6, 2017

The numbers don't lie: Referral Marketing is one of the most powerful ways to generate sales. Although ads are powerful, these statistics on referral marketing will change the way you do business:

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1,000 Partners and counting

By Kevin Wild on April 5, 2017

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.

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How to use Bold's Loyalty Points app to run a successful Loyalty Program

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on April 4, 2017

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.

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How to beef up your social media strategy and get people to 'Like' you

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on April 4, 2017

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.

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One Shopify app to rule them all

By Jay Myers on March 31, 2017

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.

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How we automated our clients wholesale business, delivering an on demand, up-to-date catalog of products right to their customer inboxes

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on March 30, 2017

 Did we mention we did all that AND cut their man hours to zero?

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9 upselling techniques to explode your average order value

By Bill Widmer on March 28, 2017

How would you like to increase your online sales by 10-30%?

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CRO: The ultimate guide to optimizing your Shopify store

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on March 22, 2017

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.

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Game Changer for Selling Subscriptions on Shopify

By Jay Myers on March 22, 2017

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!  

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How to Use Your eCommerce Return Policy to Increase Sales

By Bill Widmer on March 16, 2017



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.

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Key strategies to marketing your Loyalty Program on your Shopify store

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on March 14, 2017



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.

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Hiring with a Focus on Growth, Culture, and Commitment to Community

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on March 10, 2017

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.

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How we got 43% more people to click Add to Cart

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on March 9, 2017

 

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.


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The Rise of the Subscription Box Economy

By Bill Widmer on March 7, 2017

With the advent of businesses like Dollar Shave Club and Rent The Runway, people are beginning to see the benefit of subscription box services. You typically get newer things cheaper - what's not to like?

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The Easiest Way To Drive Repeat Purchases To Your Shopify Store

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on March 7, 2017

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 :)

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Launching a Loyalty Program on Shopify: everything you need to know

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on February 28, 2017



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.

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How Tackle Boxes Became a Multi-Million Dollar Subscription Business

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on February 16, 2017

SCHOOL OF COMMERCE: LESSON 3
FEATURED PARTNER: LUCKY TACKLE BOX
APPS DISCUSSED: RECURRING ORDERS

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.

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Bold #InnovateOrDie AKA Hack Days

By Jay Myers on February 14, 2017

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.

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How our CRO team improved Cart Page conversions by 26%

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on February 9, 2017

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.


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New releases for Bold's Recurring Orders app to help you manage subscriptions

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on February 9, 2017



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!

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How Your Return Policy Can Increase Sales

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on February 2, 2017

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.

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Koble Announces WiFi Partnership with Restaurants Canada

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on January 25, 2017

January 23, 2017
Winnipeg MB, Canada

For Immediate Release

Koble Inc. is proud to announce that it has signed on to be the Official WiFi Partner for the Restaurants Canada 2017 trade show.

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.

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9 Emails You Should Be Sending, But Probably Aren't

By Mike Trakalo on January 25, 2017

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.

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How To Make Your Videos Shoppable: Selling INSIDE a Video

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on January 19, 2017

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).

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Why you should be doing email marketing!

By Kim Babij-Gesell on January 18, 2017

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:

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Bold School of Commerce

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on January 11, 2017

We want to help you become an eCommerce expert, so we'll be sharing our best practices and inviting our partners to do the same.

Follow us for FREE eCommerce webinars

Join us in our School of Commerce by attending one of the FREE lessons below.

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How Schoolhouse Electric Made "Old" New Again

By Kim Babij-Gesell on January 5, 2017

 

THE BACKGROUND

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.

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2016 Bold Year In Review

By Kim Babij-Gesell on December 22, 2016

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!

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Holiday Hustle: 6 quick tips to get you ready for the holiday season

By Aubrey Kotelko on December 16, 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.

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Search & Conversion – What You Always Wanted to Know, But Never Dared to Ask

By Zohar Gilad on December 8, 2016

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?

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How One Client Made $24,498 in One Month Using Bold's Email Marketing Service

By Mike Trakalo on December 5, 2016

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.

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The BIGGEST Shopify Plus & Bold Black Friday Sale EVER!

By Jay Myers on November 24, 2016

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.

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Two Easy Last Minute Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sales You Can Run

By Jay Myers on November 24, 2016

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.

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New Loyalty Points release: A new way to offer bonus points on your store

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on November 23, 2016

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. 

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Announcing the New Bold Email Marketing Service and Partnership with Rare

By Mike Trakalo on November 22, 2016


Introducing Bold’s Brand New Bold Email Marketing Service


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?

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Black Friday University Week 10: Classic Sales

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on November 18, 2016

sale-idea_10If you’d like to see how to run a ‘Classic’ sale in your store, take a look at the recorded webinar!

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Black Friday University Week 9: Gift A Subscription

By Kim Babij-Gesell on November 15, 2016

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!

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Black Friday University Week 8: Get Motivated

By Kim Babij-Gesell on November 8, 2016

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.  

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October Highlights at Bold

By Jay Myers on November 3, 2016

 

On top of a TON of feature releases, new apps, about 50 custom projects for clients, and responding to 20,909 tickets... we also had a lot of fun at the office last month! Here are a few highlights from October!

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Black Friday University Week 7: Double Up on Loyalty Points

By Kim Babij-Gesell on November 1, 2016

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! 

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We now have an Affiliate Program!

By Jay Myers on October 27, 2016

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.

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Switch To Recurring Orders

By Kevin Wild on October 27, 2016

 
Hundreds of stores have made the switch to Recurring Orders for their subscribers. Whether they already used Shopify, or switched from a platform like WooCommerce, they decided to trust Recurring Orders with their subscribers.
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Sales Manager for Shopify POS

By Jordan Labelle on October 27, 2016

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!

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Introducing the New Bold Insider Newsletter

By Mike Trakalo on October 27, 2016

 What's new? Glad you asked!

In order to give you the latest news on the topics you're interested in and reduce the randomness of our monthly newsletter, we've decided to categorize our updates.

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Bold and Shopify Plus make magic happen again!

By Jordan Labelle on October 27, 2016

Every time we get to work with a Shopify Plus customer, we get really excited about the project! It always seems like something awesome ends up happening.

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Black Friday Stuff

By Kim Babij-Gesell on October 27, 2016

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.

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Black Friday 2016: OWN IT

By Kim Babij-Gesell on October 27, 2016

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!

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Black Friday University Week 6: Bundle It Up

By Kim Babij-Gesell on October 25, 2016

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!

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Black Friday University Week 5: The Great Gift Suggestion

By Kim Babij-Gesell on October 18, 2016

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.

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Top Tips To Maximize Visual Commerce And Boost Your eCommerce Strategy

By Ruthie Berber on October 14, 2016

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.

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Black Friday University Week 4: Wrap It Up

By Kim Babij-Gesell on October 7, 2016

If you’d like to see how to run a ‘Wrap It Up’ sale in your store, take a look at the webinar below!

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Case Study: Badass Beard Care

By Kim Babij-Gesell on October 6, 2016

(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.

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Black Friday University Week 3: Buy More, Save More

By Kim Babij-Gesell on October 4, 2016

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!

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With a theme developer as successful as Pixel Union, you'll want to give their app a shot!

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on September 28, 2016


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.

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Guest Post: "The Strategy of Pushing False Inventory to Create a Sense of Urgency"

By Chad Rubin on September 28, 2016

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!”

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Black Friday University Week 2: The Gift of a Membership

By Kim Babij-Gesell on September 27, 2016

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!

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Black Friday University Week 1: Spend This, Get That

By Kim Babij-Gesell on September 20, 2016


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!

 

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The Ultimate Roundup of Black Friday Sale Ideas to Prep Your Shopify Store

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on September 16, 2016

 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.  

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Bold named to national Top 50 New Growth Companies list

By Kim Babij-Gesell on September 15, 2016

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.

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Case Study: Spikeball

By Kim Babij-Gesell on August 30, 2016

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.  

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Case Study: Natural State Wholesale

By Kim Babij-Gesell on August 23, 2016

 

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.

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5 Ways to Secure Your Shopify Store

By Mike Potter on August 16, 2016

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.

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Case Study: Glam Seamless

By Kim Babij-Gesell on August 9, 2016

 

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.

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Introducing Inviid - Video Commerce for Shopify

By Jay Myers on August 4, 2016

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!

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Why your eCommerce store needs Snapchat NOW

By Melanie Fatouros-Richardson on July 29, 2016

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.

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How a Subscription Business Model Helped Dollar Shave Club Sell for $1 BILLION

By Kevin Wild on July 28, 2016

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.

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Introducing Bold Partner Program Ranks

By Kevin Wild on July 25, 2016

 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:

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Case Study: Mandy Bo

By Kim Babij-Gesell on July 12, 2016

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.  

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The Top 6 Tech Tools You Need

By Kim Babij-Gesell on July 7, 2016

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.  

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Customer Spotlight: Rave Coffee

By Kim Babij-Gesell on June 20, 2016

Company:  Rave Coffee

Store Owner:  Dean Smolicz

Location:  Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Which Bold app(s) are you using?   Recurring Orders

How long have you had a Shopify store?  Since 2011! 

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Innovate Manitoba Lift'Off

By Kim Babij-Gesell on June 20, 2016

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).

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Bold Open House & Tech Showcase Recap

By Kim Babij-Gesell on June 17, 2016

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.

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Bold Joins Shopify Plus Partner Program

By Mike Trakalo on June 9, 2016

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.

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5 Things to Know About Twitter Today and What it Means for Your Business!

By Jordan Labelle on May 31, 2016

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.

Topics: Bold Social
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6 Ways to Boost Sales with Data Analysis

By Anna Buchalova on May 26, 2016

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.

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Social Media Stats You Can't Ignore

By Jordan Labelle on May 20, 2016

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!

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3 Recurring Orders Updates You Might Not Know About

By Mike Trakalo on May 17, 2016

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.

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NEW Newsworthy Instagram Features - Why None of These Should Scare You!

By Jordan Labelle on May 13, 2016

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!

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It's Here! Recurring Memberships Release 0.5.0

By Mike Trakalo on May 11, 2016

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.

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3 Reasons Your Brand Should Be On Social Media

By Jordan Labelle on May 5, 2016

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:

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What Successful Shopify Storeowners Know

By Mike Trakalo on May 4, 2016

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.

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The New Loyalty Points Update is Here! Release 0.7.0

By Jordan Labelle on April 25, 2016

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!

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Bold Open House Invitation

By Scott Riddell on April 20, 2016

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?

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Bold Open House / Tech Showcase

By Scott Riddell on April 20, 2016

BoldLogo_300dpi.jpgBold 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.

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Forward Thinking in the Workplace Wins Bold Top Employer Recognition

By Scott Riddell on March 29, 2016

For Immediate Release

March 29, 2016
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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/

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Bold Just Learned a New Kit Skill

By Jay Myers on March 14, 2016

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?".

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Check out the New Bold Office

By Scott Riddell on February 18, 2016

office_lobby-1.jpgBold's New Digs

In case you missed the press release or the news story, Bold has moved its office out of Ile des Chênes, and finally taken up residence in Winnipeg!

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. :-)

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A Bold Move

By Scott Riddell on February 1, 2016

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.

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Bold's 2015 Year in Review

By Jordan Labelle on December 31, 2015

Of all the things 2015 taught us, the biggest one is that a lot can happen in just one year. We all thought 2014 was a big year with new staff, big projects, and lots of milestones ( check out last year's post), but now that we're at the end of 2015 it's really become clear just how much more happened this time around.
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What it means to be Bold

By Jordan Labelle on December 9, 2015

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.

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Check out these AMAZING Black Friday Sales!

By Jay Myers on November 26, 2015

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!

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Gift Wrapping for the Holidays

By Jordan Labelle on November 13, 2015

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!

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Top 10 Shopify Sale Ideas for the Holidays

By Jordan Labelle on October 26, 2015

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!

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Predictable Revenue: Turn Your Store Into a Money Machine with Subscriptions

By Jay Myers on October 15, 2015

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!!

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Bold Attracts Big Hitters to Fill New COO and CFO Spots; Rolls Out Brave New Products!

By Jay Myers on October 13, 2015

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.

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Announcing the Twitter buy button - Another great Shopify partnership

By Jordan Labelle on September 30, 2015

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.

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Announcing BrainTree Support in Recurring Orders

By Kevin Wild on September 25, 2015

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.

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Bold Sleeps on the Streets

By Jay Myers on September 23, 2015

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.

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How to migrate from Amazon to Shopify - 5 things to know!

By Jordan Labelle on September 22, 2015

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.

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How To Gain Subscribers With The 'See Details' Feature

By Kevin Wild on September 4, 2015

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.

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Bold Selected as "Most Outstanding Business in Manitoba" Finalist!

By Jay Myers on August 19, 2015

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!

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New Feature: Analytics in Recurring Orders

By Kevin Wild on August 19, 2015

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.

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Inside Bold: How We Test Our Apps

By Kevin Wild on August 18, 2015

Launching a new app is one of the most exciting times for a software development company and it's no different at Bold.

We love launching new apps for Shopify, which is part of the reason why we've launched 19 of them in the past two years!

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New Feature: Changing Subscription Date In Recurring Orders

By Kevin Wild on August 6, 2015

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.

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The New Manage Subscriptions Page In Recurring Orders

By Kevin Wild on July 28, 2015

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.

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5 Shopify Stores Doing Subscriptions In A BIG Way

By Kevin Wild on July 27, 2015

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.

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Why Store Locator was the Solution for Slawsa from Shark Tank

By Jordan Labelle on June 30, 2015

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!

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How To Get More Subscribers For Your Product

By Kevin Wild on June 19, 2015

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.

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Winnipeg eCommerce Meetup - June 16th!

By Jordan Labelle on June 11, 2015

We're organizing another Winnipeg eCommerce Meetup, and we're bringing in some big names!

Blair Beckwith

Blair Beckwith, head of the Shopify App Store, will be in town to give a talk at our meetup about quick and easy tools that you can use to improve your online store. Make sure you take advantage of the chance to ask him all about how to make the most out of your eCommerce website!
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Our Client Spikeball on Shark Tank

By Jay Myers on May 18, 2015

It's always a big deal when a client that you work closely with goes on Shark Tank! It's an even bigger deal when it's the Season Finale and they end up getting a $500,000 investment from one of our favorite Sharks!

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Recurring Orders & Subscriptions for Shopify

By Jordan Labelle on April 15, 2015

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!

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5 Ways the new Shopify Multichannel Syncing will change the way you do eCommerce.

By Jordan Labelle on April 15, 2015

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.

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Hypno-Cart: New App Release

By Scott Riddell on April 1, 2015

 

Bold is proud to announce today its latest release of Shopify Apps.

Have you ever tried using different colors for your "Add-to-Cart" buttons? Or maybe you've played with your background colors or changed your logo to convey trust or authority.

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Bold Wins At Spirit of Winnipeg Awards

By Scott Riddell on March 16, 2015

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.

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Bold Speaks At RRC Directions Conference

By Scott Riddell on February 11, 2015

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.

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Bold Commerce's New Custom Projects

By Jordan Labelle on February 10, 2015

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.

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Bold Goes to Rackspace

By Scott Riddell on February 3, 2015

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.

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Announcing the New Bold Partners Program

By Scott Riddell on February 3, 2015

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.

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Bold Finalist in Spirit of Winnipeg Awards

By Scott Riddell on January 21, 2015

Bold-Spirit-Awards-1-750x362.jpgNominated in Start-Up Business Category

We are proud, humbled, and privileged to be named as a finalist in the Spirit of Winnipeg Awards handed out by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

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December Newsletter - ECommerce Resolutions without Breaking a Sweat

By Scott Riddell on December 31, 2014

December Newsletter

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.

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2014 - A Bold Year in Review

By Jordan Labelle on December 23, 2014

2014 was a big year for Bold. Many people look at our social media feeds and usually say two things. ‘Can I work there?’ and ‘Do you guys ever do any work?’

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The Motivator App now has a Premium Version!

By Jordan Labelle on December 19, 2014

The Motivator has received a significant upgrade! It now includes some features that you may find will be indispensable for your store.

There are 3 very significant upgrades that you can’t live without

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Bold Goes 2 for 2 in Business Awards

By Scott Riddell on November 21, 2014

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.

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Bold eCommerce Newsletter - October

By Scott Riddell on November 3, 2014

Bold Apps Newsletter

October 2014

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.

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8 Killer Shopify Sales Your Store Can Run for Black Friday & Cyber Monday

By Jordan Labelle on November 1, 2014

The #1 season of the year for online sales in just around the corner! Some stores will do half their entire years sales in one week. Is your Shopify store ready for it?

"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 :-)

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Editable Options in the Cart!

By Jordan Labelle on October 24, 2014

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.

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Winnipeg eCommerce Meetup - October, 29

By Scott Riddell on October 2, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, at 7PM

Bold Commerce is organizing the first Winnipeg eCommerce Meetup.

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The Bold Initiative

By Scott Riddell on September 26, 2014

1+1+1 = Change

We’re calling it the Bold Initiative.

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Picticipate News Release - The easiest way to share high quality photos and videos

By Scott Riddell on September 18, 2014

Bold Releases Picticipate - A Photo-Centric File Sharing Application

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Bold Open House - September 18, 2014

By Scott Riddell on August 25, 2014

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.

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

By Scott Riddell on August 21, 2014

#IceBucketChallenge

It was with great pleasure and pride that the entire Bold company took part in the ALS #IceBucketChallenge.

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#InnovateOrDie Days August 28th and 29th

By Scott Riddell on August 20, 2014

Bold's First Annual #InnovateOrDie Days

On August 28th and 29th Bold will be shutting down operations (sort of) for all employees to take part in the first annual #InnovateOrDie Days.

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Create More Sales with Great User Experience Design - eCommerce Podcast #9

By Scott Riddell on July 15, 2014

In this eCommerce Podcast episode:

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.

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Ecommerce Podcast #8 - Social Media Tips with Amber Mac

By Scott Riddell on June 3, 2014

In this eCommerce Podcast episode:

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?

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eCommerce Podcast #7 - The Importance of Responsive Web Design

By Scott Riddell on April 30, 2014

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.

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eCommerce Podcast #6 - How Efficient is Your eCommerce Website?

By Scott Riddell on April 9, 2014

In this eCommerce Podcast episode:

From lead generation to order fulfillment, what steps should you be automating that you didn't know you could?

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eCommerce Podcast #5 - Branding and Customer Service

By Scott Riddell on April 1, 2014

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.

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Google Changes Title Tag Length

By Scott Riddell on March 26, 2014

Many of you may have noticed in the past few weeks some subtle changes in the design of Google search engine results page.

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eCommerce Podcast #4 - Automate Your Order Fulfillment

By Scott Riddell on March 26, 2014

In this eCommerce Podcast #4 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.

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The eCommerce Podcast Episode #3 - Customer Service by Text Message

By Scott Riddell on March 20, 2014

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.

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The eCommerce Podcast Episode #2 - Mobile Commerce

By Scott Riddell on March 13, 2014

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.

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Your Best Mobile Commerce Options

By Scott Riddell on March 11, 2014

strip_8596724593.pngmCommerce 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.

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Winnipeg: Best Location For An eCommerce Startup

By Scott Riddell on February 27, 2014

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.

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Upselling For E-commerce, How, When & Why

By Scott Riddell on February 18, 2014

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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”.

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Customer Trust & The Effect On Cart Abondonment

By Scott Riddell on February 11, 2014

shopping-cart-abandon-ss-1920.jpgWhere'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.

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Shopify Plus - 5 Features You can't Live Without

By Scott Riddell on February 10, 2014

share-image-generic-plus-large.pngShopify 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.

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Ecommerce Blog Presented by BoldApps

By Scott Riddell on February 10, 2014

Big-Blog-Header1-750x274.jpgEpisode #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.

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Our Visit to Shopify Headquarters

By Jordan Labelle on February 8, 2012

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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.

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