Say Goodbye to Busywork with Zapier

zapierRunning a business may not always entail backbreaking work, but it is often comprised of daily, time-consuming tasks. Whether you’re running a small bakery or a large electronics shop, odds are there are facets of your business that you’d be happier not handling.

But what if there was a way to simplify business operations? A way to cut out all of the tedious work that eats into your valuable time, and give you the freedom to get back to the work that matters most to the success of your business.

Zapier, a web automaton service, can help you do just that. With Zapier, you can build “Zaps” which can automate varied parts of your business.

So what’s a Zap, exactly? It’s a blueprint for a task you’d like to do over and over again, made up of two parts: a trigger and an action. An example might be “When I get a new entry from a Wufoo form, create a new lead in Salesforce.” Once you’ve created a zap, you’re all set – Zapier will continue to run it automatically without any guidance or additional effort on your part.

Zapier supports hundreds of apps. You can mix and match nearly any combination of triggers and actions to automate just about anything and everything. Quickly and easily eliminate repetitive, tedious tasks without having to rely on expensive freelance developers to build you a custom solution.

Ready to start effortlessly moving data between web applications? Visit the 3dcart Knowledgebase to get started.

Google to Penalize Mobile Sites with Intrusive Popup Ads Starting January 2017


Google has announced a major upcoming update in its continued effort to move toward a more mobile-friendly internet. Starting January 2017, Google will begin cracking down on intrusive mobile popups and interstitials.

The new policy is intended to combat the frustrating and jarring experiences users encounter when they’re unable to easily navigate to the content they were expecting. In a blog announcement, Google states that websites that have popup ads that cover an entire page or interfere with a site’s main content will be ranked lower in Google’s search results.

“Pages that show intrusive interstitials provide a poorer experience to users than other pages where content is immediately accessible. This can be problematic on mobile devices where screens are often smaller,” said Google Product Manager Doantam Phan in the blog post. “To improve the mobile search experience, after January 10, 2017, pages where content is not easily accessible to a user on the transition from the mobile search results may not rank as highly.”

Examples of intrusive interstitials to be penalized include: Instrusiveads

Optimize your website before 2017 with 3dboost

To help prepare for Google’s upcoming update, 3dcart store owners are urged to optimize their websites for mobile-friendliness. With the help of a dynamic tool like 3dboost, you can create ads that won’t be penalized by Google.

3dboost allows you to create beautiful, time-sensitive offers in various formats, including “sliding bars.” Offers can be customized to require multiple page views before an ad will display.

3dboost offers unparalleled customization, with the ability to control every facet of your offer’s design, including:

  • Images
  • Text
  • Colors
  • Style
  • Dimensions
  • Background overlay effect (10+ transitional effects)
  • Buy Button (optional)

Unlike traditional modal popups, which 3dboost additionally supports, 3dboost’s customizable sliding bars will allow you to attract and appeal to shoppers on every device without fear of your website being penalized by Google.

To learn more about 3dboost, visit the 3dcart App Store.

Spice Up Your Marketing Campaigns with Professionally Designed Banners


The attractiveness of your advertisement banners plays a critical role in the success of your marketing efforts. Today’s demanding shoppers care about more than just a price tag. They’re looking for businesses that share their philosophy and passion – brands that present a unique proposition in an increasingly humdrum eCommerce sea of clones.

Shoppers are hard to sway these days in large part to the ubiquitous presence of online advertisements, unconsciously accepted as an unavoidable aspect of the online experience. To capture a click and draw a customer into the sales process, your ad needs to be visually appealing and capable of eliciting strong emotions. Anything less than amazing will result in nothing more than a cursory glance, and more importantly, countless lost sales for your online store.

To help merchants generate more traffic and maximize profits, 3dcart is launching a new Banner Design service. Launching with two packages, the Banner Design service is for store owners looking to advertise through AdWords or Facebook.

Banner Design package details:

AdWords Display Banner Design

  • 1 professionally designed banner
  • Preset layouts optimized for Google AdWords
  • $200/per banner set

Facebook Banners Design

  • 6 unique, professionally designed banners
  • 1 dimension per banner optimized for Facebook
  • $200/per banner set

Ready to let a team of illustrious designers elevate your marketing efforts to the next level? Learn more about AdWords and Facebook banners at the 3dcart App Store.


Delight Your Customers with New Payment Solution Pay with Amazon


Amazon is one of today’s most trusted eCommerce companies across the globe. As the leading e-retailer in the United States with more than 107 billion U.S. dollars in 2015 net sales, Amazon is an internationally trusted provider of consumer goods, digital content, and local services.

Customers everywhere can’t get enough of the Amazon brand, recognizing its logo as an unspoken symbol of trustworthiness, security, and integrity.

With 3dcart’s newly added payment gateway Pay with Amazon, your online store can benefit from Amazon’s immense popularity and trusted brand. Pay with Amazon makes it easy for Amazon’s 285 million customers to quickly and securely checkout from your store on any device, including desktop, tablet, and mobile.

Instead of having to go through the hassle of creating yet another account, Amazon’s shoppers can conveniently check out at your store using their existing Amazon credentials.

How does it work? Customers simply select “Login with Amazon” during the checkout process, enter their existing Amazon credentials, and voila! All of their shipping and payment methods linked to their account will appear.

With the help of Amazon’s trusted name, your business can put to bed lingering doubts about the security of your website and start reducing cart abandonment.

To get started using Pay with Amazon with your online store, visit Pay with Amazon.

*Special Launch Offer from Amazon
Sign up for Amazon Payments between 9/15/2016 – 10/15/2016 and receive free processing in November.

*For existing Amazon Payments merchants, Pay with Amazon will replace Checkout by Amazon, set to be discontinued in 2017. Amazon Payments support will be available to help 3dcart store owners make the transition.

Increase Your Business’s Visibility with Automatic Google Shopping Feed

Google Merchant CenterBillions of people use the internet everyday to research and buy products, yet a large percentage of online businesses aren’t doing everything they can to capitalize on this shopping trend.

Harnessing the power of online marketing is one of the most crucial facets of running a successful online store, and few online marketing channels are as powerful as Google Shopping. By putting your products in front of Google users, you can easily advertise your products to a global audience, increasing traffic and sales for your online store.

But creating, submitting, and updating a Google Shopping feed isn’t always a fast or simple task, especially for merchants that lack the interest, time or energy for marketing.

3dcart’s Automatic Google Shopping Feed Service makes it easy to capitalize on Google’s dominion over the web. Merchants can get their products in front of eager shoppers without to waste time setting up, reviewing, and updating their feed.

The Automatic Google Shopping Feed Service includes:

  • Setup of Google Shopping Feed
  • Automation of Google Shopping Feed to submit to Google once per day.
  • Monthly review of Feed to make sure everything is submitting properly.
  • Google Merchant Center setup for product feeds.

To learn more about how you can automate your Google Shopping feed, visit the 3dcart App Store.

Deliver Superior Customer Service with 3dcart’s New CRM File Upload Feature


With eCommerce evolving into an increasingly competitive market, more businesses are feeling the pressure to deliver consistently memorable, great customer service around-the-clock.

Your customers’ experience is the most important factor to affect your business’s reputation. Today’s customers expect an entirely effortless checkout process, from finding a product to accessing multiple touchpoints for customer service. Low prices just won’t cut it these days. Success hinges upon your customers, and whether you’re able to deliver a rich, rewarding online experience.

3dcart’s built-in Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) feature makes it easy for you to quickly and easily communicate with customers. With the 3dcart’s CRM feature, you can answer questions about products, orders, and help customers receive the best experience possible at your store.

To help you elevate your business’s customer service to the next level, 3dcart’s CRM feature has been to now support file uploads.

Now, when customers create a CRM ticket, they’ll be able to upload image and document files, allowing you to help customers faster and more efficiently than ever before. As part of the update, you’ll also be able to upload files of your own to customers.

Supported file types include:

  • .gif
  • .jpg
  • .png
  • .tif
  • .tga
  • .pdf
  • .doc
  • .txt
  • .zip

For instructions on how to upload a file to a CRM ticket and retrieve an uploaded image, visit the 3dcart Knowledgebase.

Click-through sales tax nexus guide for small businesses

Nexus Map

When it comes to sales taxes, “click-through” nexus is a term that small businesses increasingly need to know. As cash-strapped states look for new sources of revenue, more of them are using click-through nexus laws to tax online sales to out-of-state businesses. Small businesses need to know where and how these laws can create an obligation to collect sales taxes. Read more.

Grab Your Customers’ Attention and Maximize Sales with Intelligent Popups


Popups have earned themselves a bad reputation over the years, often regarded as intrusive and annoying. But when used correctly, popups can have a major impact on your bottom line. Designed to demand visitor attention, a gorgeous, intelligently timed popup can generate surprisingly positive results for online stores, particularly when used in response to an exit-intent action.

And merchants aren’t the only ones that benefit from popups. The best, most effective popups attract attention with exciting, enticing offers that don’t get in the way of a customer’s navigation, and can actually serve to improve your website’s user experience.

Popups can be used on your website to:

  • Promote a special offer
  • Capture newsletter subscribers
  • Capture social media followers
  • Highlight a new product
  • Recommend a best-selling product
  • Provide category or product-specific information
  • Inform customers of company or website news

3dcart’s 3dboost is the easy solution to creating gorgeous, time-sensitive offers that perfectly match the look and feel of your website. With 3dboost, anyone can create professional looking, eye-catching popups.

Fully customizable and responsive, 3dboost offers:

  • Full control over the design of your popups
  • 3 formats to choose from (iframe, image upload, and text)
  • Customize image, text, colors, style, and dimensions
  • Choose a background overlay from a selection of 10+ transitional effects
  • Add a Buy Button
  • Easy-to-use; requires neither Photoshop nor any HTML knowledge
  • Usable of product and category pages, or any template of your choosing
  • Fully responsive: target shoppers on desktop, mobile, and tablet

Running short on time or energy and not interested in creating your own popup ads? Let 3dcart’s experts design you a beautiful and engaging banner that matches your site’s design.

3dboost Banner Design Service:

  • Professionally designed banner
  • Unique, customized design to match your website
  • Optimized for popup display method
  • $199.99/per banner

Ready to have us add a gorgeous popup to your website? Visit the 3dcart App Store to get started.

Save on Shipping Costs with the Multiple Distributor App

Multiple Distributors

The eCommerce landscape is changing, not just in terms of how and where customers are purchasing products, but how they receive those products, too.

Fast, reliable delivery, more than ever before, is critical to the long-term success of online businesses. Cutting-edge technology has become the backbone of order fulfillment, allowing merchants to more easily meet the growing expectations of today’s demanding shoppers. By expanding operations to include multiple fulfillment centers, businesses can reach customers with unmatched speed, ensuring a great shopping experience all the way to delivery.

But while multiple distribution centers throughout a region or country can help businesses improve customer satisfaction and even save on transportation costs, it’d be a lie to say the fulfillment model doesn’t present its own complexities and challenges.

Efficient order management is key to running a successful business, and with multiple distribution centers, managing incoming orders can be tricky without the right tools. How do you ensure orders are shipped from the correct distributor, not only so that your customers receive their order as quickly as possible, but to keep your shipping fees down, too?

3dcart’s Multiple Distributors app is the simple solution, allowing businesses to save time, money, and improve the overall efficiency of their fulfillment operations. Using Multiple Distributors, merchants can specify which regions a distributor will ship to, with orders assigned a distributor based on the shipping destination’s proximity to the distributor.

Key features of Multiple Distributor include:

  • Set up your product’s multiple distribution centers – including which areas each distributor will ship to. (EXAMPLE: Distributor A will handle West Coast destinations while Distributor B will handle East Coast)
  • Your clients place the order on your 3dcart store
  • Order will be shipped using the applicable distributor

To start saving money and boosting customer satisfaction with Multiple Distributor app, visit the 3dcart App Store.

5 Awesome Benefits of Google Shopping ads

GoogleShoppingVRGoogle Shopping ads are on fire, and businesses small and large are taking notice.

Growing in popularity since its launch in 2010, Google Shopping ads have evolved into a profitable marketing channel for many businesses. Although used somewhat sparingly in previous years, Google’s recent updates dramatically altered the paid marketing landscape and transformed Google Shopping from an optional sales tactic into a must-have ad format for eCommerce businesses worldwide.

In addition to doubling the size of Google Shopping units – which occupies prime above-the-fold real estate on most mobile phones – 2015 also saw Google increase the frequency in which they appear on mobile search result pages, and even began showing the ads in image searches.

Bottom line: Google Shopping ads means big growth, and for many merchants, is the (not so) secret key to driving brand awareness and outperforming competitors. If you’re on the fence about whether Google Shopping ads are right for your business, check out the following five benefits that may persuade you.

  1. Put your products and brand in the spotlight.

Whether you’re a small business just starting out or an established name, appearing at the top of search engine result pages (SERPS) help drive consumers to purchase your products, even if they’re not familiar with your business or brand. Since Google Shopping ads ensure your products will appear above organic search results, you’ll be able to easily and effectively expand your brand’s online visibility.

  1. Your Google Shopping ads will perform better than your text-based ads.

There’s a reason more and more retailers are allocating more of their marketing budget toward Google Shopping ads over text ads. Since a consumer who purchases your image-featured Google Shopping ad is showing a high purchase intent, it’s no surprise the ads have a higher conversion rate. Studies show that Google Shopping ads generate 26% higher conversion rates and have a 23% lower cost-per-click than text ads.

  1. Get better qualified leads.

By providing relevant product information, Google Shopping ads help you increase the quality of your leads. Shoppers are looking to make an informed purchasing decision, and through visually revealing, information rich ads, visitors land on your product page with a high intent to purchase. It’s also because of this fact that Google Shopping ads often garner double or triple the clickthrough rate of text ads.

  1. Google Shopping is a lot easier to manage.

Text ads require advertisers to select and bid on the keywords they want to target. Google Shopping ads are much simpler and eliminate the keyword process entirely. Instead of bidding on keywords, Google decides what keywords are relevant based on your product data feed (which you can strategically craft for better results).

  1. Benefit from broader reach.

With Google Shopping campaigns, your ads have the potential to appear more than once for a single query. For example, if someone searched for “Burt’s Bees Shampoo”, three of your products may appear: “Burt’s Bees Baob Shampoo, 10 Fl Oz”, “Burt’s Bees Baby Shampoo and Wash, 12 Fl Oz”, and “Burt’s Bees Very Volumizing Shampoo, 10 Fl Oz”.


The savviest minds and the biggest businesses are allocating more their marketing budgets toward Google Shopping ads. If you’re looking to stay on trend with your competitors, it may be time to revamp your marketing efforts in favor of today’s paid marketing trend.

Not up to running your own Google Shopping ads? Let 3dcart’s experts handle all the work for you. Visit 3dcart for more information.