Increase average order value this Black Friday with Bold Upsell

September 13, 2019


Have you ever been asked, “would you like fries with that?” If so, you’ve experienced an age-old sales tactic: the upsell.

You probably didn’t have to think too hard about saying yes to warm, crispy fries. We typically don’t mind paying a little extra for something we want, and businesses are always looking for ways to increase average order value (AOV), so a well-placed upsell often feels like a win-win!  

But upselling isn't just for burger joints — you can do it on your online store. It's never too late to start, and there's never a better time than the Superbowl of eCommerce: Black Friday and Cyber Monday, or BFCM for short.

BFCM by the numbers: 

  • In 2018, Shopify stores made $1.5 Billion in sales
  • Sales peaked at $870,000 and 10,978 orders per minute
  • 18.54% of all orders were shipped internationally.

There’s a reason businesses start planning months in advance to beat out their competition each November in the global eCommerce arena. 

And according to Forrester research, product recommendations, like upselling, are responsible for an average of 10-30% of eCommerce site revenues. So, if you're not upselling this BFCM, you're missing and  it's never been easier to start than with Bold Upsell!

Why you need to upsell and cross-sell this Black Friday

Brick and mortar stores in just about every industry have been doing it for decades, if not centuries, because it works!

When you buy a leather jacket they offer you a leather treatment kit, when you buy earrings they offer you the matching necklace, when you go to the camera store they offer you a bigger SD card.

In fact, upsell offers work so well that some stores completely rely on them to make their bottom line at year end. If you're not offering upsells and cross-sells on your eCommerce store for BFCM 2019, you're going to miss out on extra sales you could be making on every single order. 

The difference between upselling and cross-selling

They're often used synonymously, but there is a difference.

Upsell: Selling something more expensive that replaces the original purchase.

Sometimes we call this a true upsell to differentiate it from cross-selling. Or to go back to fast food: "Would you like to supersize your order?"


Let’s say you run a Shopify store that sells locally sourced coffee beans. When a customer adds a 1 lb. bag of coffee to their cart, they are automatically offered a 2 lb. bag instead at a more value-friendly price. If they accept it, the upgraded (and more expensive) item replaces the original product they selected. 

Cross-sell: Selling something in addition to the original product selected.

Basically selling an additional, complementary product. The famous "would you like fries with that?" is technically a cross-sell. 


You don’t only sell coffee beans on your Shopify store, you also carry a variety of java accessories. When a customer selects a 1 lb. bag of coffee beans, they are automatically offered a package of coffee filters to add to their order, or a snazzy mug. 

This video explains it in more detail:

How does Bold Upsell work?

We developed Bold Upsell because we saw the potential upselling and cross-selling had for eCommerce platforms like Shopify. Since then, thousands of merchants have used to it to increase their online sales. 

The app gives you the ability to offer upsells and cross-sells (or both!) when customers add products to their cart or when they check out. You can even set the offer to change dynamically based on the contents of customers' shopping carts.  

upsells and cross-sell apps on Shopify


Some stores using Bold Upsell have got conversion rates of 22%! Could you be making more on every sale this Black Friday weekend? You bet, and you can get started today

Drive sales and make more money this Black Friday by automatically cross-selling products that are often purchased together

You can now automate upsells on your store, generating data driven offers based on the data it collects from your store. In short, you can get your store to do all the thinking for you! 

You just download the Bold Brain, open it up, and your upsell offers will be waiting for you in just a few minutes. When you're ready, all you have to do is press "create upsell" and your offer will be up and running on your store.

upsells and cross-sell apps on Shopify

Bold Brain uses hundreds of data points like order history, trends, interest, and intent. From that, it creates the most relevant, highest-converting upsell offers possible. 

Upsell after checkout

Upsell doesn’t only work its magic during the checkout phase. If you install Bold Cashier, as soon as your customer completes their purchase on your Shopify store, an offer window will appear on the “thank you” page and display your upsell products. All that your customer needs to do is click one button to add it to their order.

We’ve had merchants with 10% conversion rates on their post-purchase upsell offers!

You can use either of the above examples to present offers to your customers; the only difference in this case is when they’re presented with the offer. 

Start upselling today!

It’s never too early to start planning for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now is the time to get your upselling and cross-selling strategy in place so that you can beat last year's sales and call BFCM a success. 

All you have to do is download Bold Upsell and start your free trial.

What kind of upsell strategies will you be using this Black Friday? Let us know in the comments below!

Mike Trakalo

Written by Mike Trakalo

Mike is a social media specialist and air guitar enthusiast at Bold.

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