Heel Farm Responsive Theme – A FREE Professionally Designed Theme from 3dcart

Here is a preview of our most recent theme “Heel Farm” — a new, professionally designed responsive theme.

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If you would like to preview the live demo of our “Heel Farm” theme, you can do so by clicking the link below. Check it out on your phone, tablet or computer; you’re sure to love it for the price, FREE.

3dcart’s Live Demo of the theme “Heel Farm”

Stay Tuned! Additional new and updated 3dcart Templates are coming soon!

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Lure Back Potentially Abandoned Shoppers with 3dboost

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3dboost, a powerful tool for creating time-sensitive popup offers, debuted just over a month ago, and has already been widely adopted by hundreds of 3dcart merchants.

Praised for its ease-of-use and advanced features, 3dboost allows for unparalleled customization. Store owners can easily create compelling ads that perfectly match their website’s unique design, giving them the edge they need to boost sales and outperform their competitors.

Although 3dboost is a multipurpose popup tool, its “user-triggered” scenario, which allows popup ads to appear when a visitor’s cursor abandons your page, is one of its more awesome (and incredibly powerful) features. With a “user-triggered” popup, online merchants have a second chance at preventing shoppers from abandoning website, and securing sales they’d otherwise have lost.

3dboost makes it easy for store owners to create enticing offers with messages that reinforce value and create urgency. Offer a flat percentage off, free shipping, or any irresistible offer of your choosing, which will conveniently display if and when a shopper is about to leave your website. Jazz up your ad with a background effect, a buy button, and design options for added appeal, ensuring maximum effect.

You can start recovering sales and reducing cart abandonment for your own online store with 3dboost, today. For more information, visit the 3dboost app.

3dcart Earns Google’s Red Premier Partner Badge

premier-google-partnerGoogle Partners has rolled out major updates to its badging program, including the introduction of the new Premier Google Partner badge.

The new badge is designed to recognize Partners who manage a substantial portfolio of Google advertising campaigns and deliver consistently exceptional results for their customers.

The criteria for obtaining a red Premier Partner badge include:

  • Pass AdWords certification in Google Partners (≥ 2 affiliated members)
  • Meet a higher spend requirement across your managed accounts
  • Demonstrate agency performance by delivering strong client and agency growth

Having recognized our accomplishments, Google has awarded 3dcart the Premier Google Partner badge. In addition, we’ve also earned three specializations, which demonstrate our expertise in the following areas as described by Google:

Search Advertising: Demonstrated increased product performance and expertise in basic and advanced search concepts, including best practices for creating, managing, measuring, and optimizing search ad campaigns across the Search Network.

Mobile Advertising: Demonstrated increased product performance and expertise in basic and advanced concepts in mobile advertising, including ad formats, bidding and targeting, and campaign measurement and optimization.

Shopping Advertising: Demonstrated increased product performance and expertise in basic and advanced concepts in shopping advertising, including creating a Merchant Center account and product data feed, and creating and managing Shopping campaigns.

3dcart is ready to give you the help you need to succeed. Visit 3dcart.com to learn how our marketing services and expert team can elevate your business to the next level.

Retain More Customers and Boost Sales with Recurring Orders

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Subscription commerce is the business model of the future, and more and more merchants are starting to take notice.

Thanks in large part to Amazon’s Subscribe & Save service, consumer interest in recurring orders is at an all-time high. Supplements, diapers, pet food, water filters, e-cigarette accessories – virtually every type of service and product is available through subscription services across the web. Customers, eager for discounts and hassle-free payment methods, are turning to subscription billing to simplify their everyday lives.

And recurring orders provide benefits for more than just customers, too. Businesses that adopt a recurring-billing system are able to retain more customers, and for a longer period of time. Consumers who opt for recurring-billing are mentally prepared to make recurring payments, which directly translates to a more consistent cash flow for your online business.

If you’re thinking about boosting sales by adopting a subscription billing business model, your store will require a powerful solution that can meet the demands of today’s consumers, capable of providing a memorable and exceptional shopping experience.

3dcart’s AutoShip plugin is everything you need to start accepting recurring orders in just minutes. With the AutoShip system, customers have the freedom to select their preferred frequency for an item before adding it to cart. And since the frequency is specified per product, customers can have multiple AutoShip orders at the same time. Customers can easily manage their recurring orders from their My Account section, where they have the option to change their order’s frequency, cancel an AutoShip order, and update credit card information.

Some highlights of AutoShip include:

  • Increase revenue by encouraging recurring orders and making them simple
  • Reduce cart abandonment by saving customers time with automatic billing
  • Build brand loyalty, differentiate from the competition and create lifetime customers
  • Create more accurate sales forecasts and gain tighter control over inventory

If you’re ready to start capitalizing on the incredible revenue opportunities presented by recurring orders, visit the 3dcart App Store to get started.

Boost Your Online Store’s Exposure with 3dcart’s New Marketing Dashboard

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Setting up, launching, and managing an online store is inarguably a great deal of work, even when you’re having fun every step of the way. But at a certain point after launch, you’ll undoubtedly start wondering how you can increase your store’s sales and traffic.

With numerous marketing strategies, tactics, and advice afloat, it can be difficult figuring out where to get started in your pursuit for a more successful online store. Marketing channels like social media, comparison shopping engines, SEO, email, and blogging all provide unique benefits, helping to maximize your business’s exposure and increase brand awareness.

Your ability to drive traffic to your online store can mean the difference between success and failure. Whether you’re already creating social buzz on Facebook or managing a Google Shopping ads campaign, odds are there are tools and channels that your store is not utilizing to its fullest potential.

To help you effectively market your online store, 3dcart is excited to announce the release of our new Marketing Dashboard. Comprised of easy, intermediate, and advanced marketing concepts, the Marketing Dashboard’s checklist provides a series of tasks that you can review and perform to help increase your store’s traffic and sales.

You can begin using the Marketing Dashboard by navigating to Marketing -> Marketing Checklist in your Online Store Manager.

For more information about the Marketing Dashboard, visit the 3dcart Knowledgebase.

 

Bakery Responsive Theme – A FREE Professionally Designed Theme from 3dcart

Here is a preview of our most recent theme “Bakery” — a new, professionally designed responsive theme.

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If you would like to preview the live demo of our “Bakery” theme, you can do so by clicking the link below. Check it out on your phone, tablet or computer; you’re sure to love it for the price, FREE.

3dcart’s Live Demo of the theme “Bakery”

Stay Tuned! Additional new and updated 3dcart Templates are coming soon!

Boost Sales during Seasonal Events with 3dboost

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3dboost, a powerful cart-abandonment tool, made its way onto 3dcart’s App store only last week. Fully customizable and packed with innovative features, the new marketing app is 3dcart’s latest and most exciting solution to date for helping merchants drive sales and reduce bounce rates.

But if you’re thinking 3dboost’s only purpose is to combat cart abandonment, think again. Chock-full of features and capabilities, 3dboost gives you the power to create nearly any type of enticing offer, anywhere on your website, for purposes beyond just abandoned shoppers. Take for instance eCommerce stores’ best friend: big sales.

If your store is in gear to celebrate a holiday sale, such as July4th, Thanksgiving, or a special December event, 3dboost can help you mark the occasion with style, allowing you to easily promote your specials and grab the attention of hesitant shoppers.

Using 3dboost, you can upload your gorgeous images (e.g. a “Celebrate July 4th with 30% off” banner), and advertise it persistently across your entire website, ensuring every visitor is compelled to explore your awesome limited-time sale, regardless of which page they land on first. Edit your popup offer’s dimensions, colors, or even add a background overlay effect to captivate potential buyers at first glance.

If you’re looking for an easier way to advertise your sales, be sure to check out 3dboost. Marketing just got a whole lot simpler and a lot more fun.

For more information, visit the 3dcart App Store.

5 ways to get more sales by tweaking your shipping methods

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One of the many challenges of being an eCommerce store owner is getting more sales. You might already have social media strategies in place or maybe you rely on word of mouth to generate sales but did you know one of the best ways to increase sales is by tweaking your shipping methods?

According to a study done by north american technographics 44% of shopping cart abandonments are due to shipping and handling costs being too high, and 22% were due to shipping and handling costs being shown too late in the checkout process! Just by tweaking those two things you can reduce shopping cart abandonment by 66%! Here are 5 ways that we have found to make the highest impact on your conversion rate by tweaking your shipping methods!

1. Offer free shipping over a specific cart value, higher than your average order, automatically.

Shipping charges are the number one reason customers abandon their shopping cart but offering free shipping across the board is not always a viable option for every eCommerce store; you might have a really low average order value that would cause you to lose tons of money on shipping or you might have really large and heavy items that are too expensive to ship for free on their own, so you can always exclude them from your free shipping promotion. The solution? Offer free shipping over a certain cart value! Free shipping with conditions can be your most successful marketing tool.

When determining your free shipping threshold it is important to know your average order value, if you set your threshold too low you risk lowering your average order value. If you set your threshold too high you risk increasing your shopping cart abandonment rate. The best way to set your free shipping threshold is by adding the price of one item to your average order value. For example: if your average order value is $50 and your average product price is $25 you should enable free shipping over $70. By using this strategy NuFace increased their orders  by 90% and increased their average order value by 7.32%! That’s a massive boost in sales! And we are just getting started!  

2. Offer expedited shipping as well as free shipping

Now that you have conditional free shipping setup you can move to our second tweak! Many online retailers are giving their customers more options at checkout, by only offering free shipping you can be excluding a large portion of customers. Sometimes people prefer to spend a little on shipping in order to get their items faster and sometimes it’s a necessity, you never know when a customer might really need your product before the weekend! By offering expedited shipping methods on top of your free shipping method you can be sure that you are covering all the bases and not losing customers to another retailer that can get your customer their product faster. This tweak might not increase your sales as much as offering free shipping but it is an easy tweak and the improvement to the customer experience is priceless!

3. Give your customers the most accurate rates possible. Do not overcharge / undercharge

When a customer’s cart does not qualify for free shipping it’s important to charge your customers the correct price for shipping. Getting this right can be tricky! The best way to calculate shipping without over or undercharging is by pulling the shipping cost directly from the courier in real time. This is called courier calculated shipping. Make sure these rates are accurate by comparing your prices being displayed at checkout with the prices you are being charged by your courier this will ensure that you are not losing money on shipping or losing a customer due to high shipping costs.

4. Show shipping options before checkout

With shipping it’s important to clearly set the expectations before the customer checks out, even with free shipping customers want to know when to expect their product in the mail and the sooner they see these dates in the checkout process the better. By not posting your expected delivery dates you may end up losing customers that are used to the current speedy shipping standards that are so prevalent in online retail stores. Sometimes customers will be browsing for a product that they need for a certain date, displaying the expected delivery date before the final checkout step will help build confidence and trust and help you secure those high priority orders!

5. Put extra thought and care in the packaging of your items

One of the biggest complaints that affect future sales and return orders is caused by lack of packaging: Products damaged in shipping. This is a relatively easy fix! Be sure to package delicate products properly with bubble wrap / packing peanuts. No matter how good your products are nobody wants a damaged product! This is also a great opportunity to strengthen your branding and company image, when someone receives a shipment from you it is the first physical impression they receive, put some nice touches on it and you will be sure to leave a lasting impression on all your customers!

How Advanced Shipping Manager helps online retailers manage their shipping methods

Advanced Shipping Manager is an app that integrates with 3dcart seamlessly allowing total control over your shipping rates. Advanced Shipping Manager makes setting up conditional free shipping a breeze (with or without excluding items), and also allows you to display accurate shipping rates and delivery estimates for all your shipping options!  No matter how complicated your shipping rules are Advanced Shipping Manager can handle them all!  Using our app, you can easily quote real-time rates from parcel and freight couriers, support dimensional weight calculations, and much more!

Speak with our customer support to see how we can help handle your shipping methods any time!

This guest blog post was written by Ryan Stango, Marketing Director of KingWebmaster.

Streamline Business Operations with Multiple Store Inventory Sync

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For thousands of online merchants, expanding business operations is an exciting, defining moment in a company’s life.

Every day, 3dcart store owners are taking the plunge into new territory, growing across not only physical borders, but digital ones, too. The launch of a new online store is a tremendous milestone for a company, marking a new era of growth, possibilities, and great adventure.

Whether you’re just now mapping out your business’s future or you’re already managing multiple stores, you’ve likely put a lot of thought into how you can streamline operations for improved efficiency. Because the hard truth of the matter is that although multiple stores can mean astronomical growth, it also translates to an increased workload. Or does it?

With 3dcart’s Multiple Store Inventory Sync plugin, managing inventory across multiple 3dcart stores is simple, fast, and painless.

How does it work?

With the Multiple Store Inventory Sync plugin, you’ll be able to choose which of your stores will serve as the Master Store with its centralized inventory. Additional stores will serve as child stores, and will subscribe to the inventory in the main store. Any changes applied to the stock of your products in the master store will propagate automatically to all child stores, and as orders are received on any of the child stores, a real-time update will notify the master store to deduct the corresponding inventory.

Whether you’re managing multiple locales, sister websites, or an operation unique to your business, the Multiple Store Inventory Sync is everything you need to reduce your workload, eliminate user errors, and increase efficiency.

You can start keeping real-time inventory across all of your stores with the Multiple Store Inventory Sync plugin by visiting the 3dcart App Store.

Raven Crystals Gets Responsive with 3dcart

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Ecommerce is evolving and 3dcart is at the forefront of the revolution, helping businesses of every size and industry elevate their websites to the next level.

When a client approaches us to re-do their site, we point them toward Custom Responsive Design: jaw-droppingly beautiful, brand-centered designs, engineered to work flawlessly on any device or screen size. We tackle design projects with enthusiasm, dedication, and meticulous attention to detail. For every project, our team of design experts painstakingly researches and analyzes industry, demographics, company goals, analytics, content and current website to ensure flawless results that exceed our clients’ expectations.

Case Study: Raven Crystals

Since 2011, Raven Crystals has been selling top-quality crystals and mineral specimens to customers around the world. Praised for their physical and metaphysical properties that aid in physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing, crystals and mineral specimens are growing rapidly to become one of today’s most popular and trusted holistic medicine techniques, used in spas, clinics, and homes across the globe.

And consumer interest in crystals and mineral specimens isn’t the only thing that’s growing swiftly. The eCommerce market is experiencing explosive growth, fueled by the world’s growing number of mobile shoppers. Research from Forrester Research Inc. predicts online sales will reach $523 billion in the next five years, with an average annual growth rate of 9.32%, as bigger smartphones and faster wireless networks make it easier for consumers to shop on their phones. By the end of 2020, an additional 26 million customers are projected to browse and buy from retail sites, reaching a startling 270 million consumers.

The growth of the crystal and mineral specimens industry in conjunction with Google’s push toward a more mobile-friendly internet sent Raven Crystals in pursuit of a responsive solution: “My old website basically became obsolete with the new parameters set by Google and with the increase of customers using new devices such as smartphones, iPads, etc. My old website disappeared off the internet – I was invisible.”

Sporting a new, gorgeous responsive design, Raven Crystals’ conversion rate is steadily increasing every month. “I am so pleased with the design services and support 3dcart offers. My design team was very helpful and patient,” said Leah. “I really feel the website represents and gives shoppers a sense of what Raven Crystals has to offer in such a beautiful way.”

Why Responsive Matters

3dcart and Raven Crystals aren’t the only ones recommending businesses adopt a responsive design; your customers are, too.

  • A Google survey found that 64% of visitors were less likely to return to a site that wasn’t mobile-friendly, while 74% were likely to return to mobile-friendly sites.
  • More than 58% of American adults own a smartphone and almost 60% of all website traffic is from mobile devices.
  • 80% of consumers regularly user their smartphones to shop online.
  • 61% of customers have a better opinion of a brand when they offer a positive mobile experience.

Google now uses mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal in search results, which means if your website isn’t mobile-friendly, you’re losing sales.

Ready to get responsive? 3dcart wants to elevate your business to the next level.

View 3dcart’s Design Packages to get started.