10 BigCommerce Add-Ons Too Profitable to Ignore
Posted July 7, 2014 by Ryan Ours in eCommerce Website
BigCommerce currently integrates seamlessly with over 100 industry-leading business applications. Each of these applications can be found in the BigCommerce App Marketplace, and can be installed with a single click to your own BigCommerce storefront. Most of these add-on apps even have a try-before-you-buy trial period so you can test them out live before signing up for a paid plan.
BigCommerce Add-On Apps can do many things for your own storefront; from integrating with inventory and accounting software to email marketing, these are the 10 add-ons that we’ve identified as being crucial tools in our BigCommerce toolbox for our e-commerce partnerships:
When you’re on the go, whether out of the office or busy stocking your warehouse with new inventory, you will likely want to continue monitoring your BigCommerce Storefront’s sales. With the BigCommerce iPhone & Android App, you’ll have access to a concise mobile-optimized version of your Admin Dashboard. From here, you can see the details of each order, process orders, update product details and even contact customers on the go! If you’re using the iPhone version of the app, you can even enable Apple Push Notifications to get new order notices sent straight to your iPhone!
If you’re using MailChimp, Constant Contact, iContact or ActiveCampaign to manage your email marketing campaigns, you can easily integrate your email marketing lists with BigCommerce. From your Admin Dashboard, you can even set up specific rules to send new subscribers to certain lists, depending on what specific product category they ordered from, or which specific product was ordered!
ShipStation is shipping software simplified. Not only is the ShipStation user-interface easy to use and understand, ShipStation can help your business drastically cut your shipping costs! Using Endicia and Express1 for USPS shipping, you will be able to receive Volume Pricing Discounts on your USPS shipments! ShipStation also integrates with UPS, FedEx and DHL. Plus, if you fulfill your orders through Amazon Fulfillment, ShipStation integrates with Amazon as well. ShipStation automatically imports your orders and products from your BigCommerce Storefront, and allows you to set up some very powerful, money-saving shipping rules. Shipping rules can be set up based on the shipping service that your customer selected during checkout, or even based on the weight and/or size of the product(s) ordered.
Want to interact with your BigCommerce Storefront’s visitors in real-time? Look no further than Olark Live Chat! With Olark, you can see which page/product each visitor is viewing. With this real-time information at your fingertips, you can offer upsells and special offers based on what they’re buying, or answer specific product questions to alleviate buying concerns and keep customers in the buying cycle.
S Loyalty allows you to set up your very own customized rewards/loyalty program for your BigCommerce Storefront. Start building loyalty by rewarding your customers for certain actions, such as; purchases, sharing and referrals, Facebook and Twitter follows and more! S Loyalty also offers an administrative console with an easy-to-use interface for managing and measuring the success of your loyalty program’s performance.
With Omnistar, you can set up your very own affiliate program to track visits from other website owners who are helping to promote your BigCommerce Store. Then you can pay them a commission after each successful sale they’ve sent you.
Looking for a way to create an iOS or Android App for your business, but don’t want to hire an app developer? Apptive allows you to create your own customized iOS and Android Apps for your BigCommerce Storefront, using simple drag-and-drop interface with no coding or technical knowledge required! These native apps can then be downloaded from the Apple AppStore and Google Play. Each Apptive account also includes an App Management console for updating your app’s content or sending out real-time push notifications for your latest deal!
eCC Cloud allows you to sync your BigCommerce store data with QuickBooks. eCC Cloud is Intuit Certified and uses the QuickBooks API to connect to your BigCommerce store seamlessly and securely. Each order from your store can be imported into QuickBooks as a sales receipt or invoice, including taxes or discounts on each transaction. You can also sync BigCommerce product data with QuickBooks. If you also sell on Amazon, eBay and/or Etsy, you can integrate with QuickBooks using eCC Cloud for each of these services as well.
One BigCommerce feature that we’re asked about a lot is the ability to notify your customers when a product is back in stock. Unfortunately, this is not a built-in feature for BigCommerce. That’s why InStockNotify was created! With InStockNotify, you can now automatically notify your customers via email when a product that they wanted is back in stock. InStockNotify adds an email subscribe form to each out-of-stock product in your store at the product-level, allowing customers to sign up to receive a notification once the product is back in stock. Then, once you update your stock levels in BigCommerce, a notification is automatically sent to the customer with a link to the product they chose to be notified about.
Once you have your BigCommerce store up and running with a great-looking new design and orders start flowing in, you’ll probably soon realize that what happens after a customer orders is just as important as getting your store up and running! Brightpearl is cloud-based software that integrates orders, inventory and customer data into one cohesive system. This eliminates the need for complicated, cobbled-together spreadsheets and manual processes. Brightpearl can help your business save time and money while providing a solid foundation upon which to grow.