Here is a sneak peak at the changes coming to shopify’s product page. This video will help you get orientated with the new location of features.
*** Update: This only works in Firefox or Chrome. Safari doesn’t show a formated XML sheet which makes it almost impossible to find the variant id
[00:0:00] – Finding the Variant ID
I’m going to walk you through on how to find the variant ID of a product. This comes up in a couple of different situations, mostly when we want to generate a link that will take you directly to the checkout page for a client. This happens quite often when we want to say, “Okay. This is a product you want to buy, I’m going to put a link right here in your email. When you click on it, it will take you to the checkout page.”
To find that variant ID, what we want to do is we want to go to “Products”, and then we want to pick a products on and pick our “5 Hour Bucket” here.
This is our product that’s listed on our website. You can go through and buy it. But I want to create a buy now link specifically for one specific customer. When I get to a product, what I can do is I can put a .xml on the end of this product ID and what it will do is it will give us a XML sheet. This is all of the details that is put into a high arcal type of appearance so that you can see all the different pieces in a more cleaner form. When looking for a variant ID, what you want to do is you want to come down here to variants, because there you can see, this is where the variants are left in.
If you have multiple ones, there’s going to be multiple variant boxes here. If this say had different size T-shirts or there were different colors or whatever, each one is going to be a seperate variant, so the id’s will differ depending on which one you’re on. What I’m going to do now is I’m going to go grab this ID integer here. This is the variant ID. I’m actually going to copy that, put that in my clipboard. Now I’m going to show you how to compose an email on how we would actually create this buy button for the reason and why we would need this variant ID.
[00:02:00] – Sending the Email
I’m going to go over to my email. I’m going to login and I’m going to create a new email here. I’m just going to send this to myself so we can see how it all works. This is variant ID test. You need here is the link to the bucket you will need for your website. Then I go 5 hour bucket and I go buy now. Now I want to create this link. I needed that variant ID in order to do that. What I’m going to do is I’m going to select this and I’m going to go to link. Then I’m going to put in my stored URL so http://www.sunbowl.ca/cart/variantid:1
If I wanted to do multiple variant ID, so say I wanted to actually put two products into the shopping cart for them, I could to a “,” and I can do it again. I could put this one and another one and it would add.
But for right now, we’re just going to do a single one. I’m going to hit “Okay” and then I’m going to hit “Thanks”, and then I’m going to send the email.
[00:03:00] – Result
Then when the email comes in, I can check it out and then, okay, I’m ready to buy this bucket. I hit “Buy” and it takes me straight to the checkout page and you can see there is the order. Then all the has more has to do is fill in there information and a way they go.
How to add SEO descriptions and keywords to products, collections and pages within shopify. I walk you through all the different areas on how to update your SEO in the new shopify control panel.
Today shopify rolled out a minor update to the administration dashboard. This video will show you how to navigate the new design. There are no new features, just a minor redesign but it looks cleaner and improves the visibility of what matters.
How to redirect old pages that no longer exist. Typically when you move from one platform to another the URL format changes. The best way to fix this problem is by using a 301 redirect. This type of redirect will notify google that the location has changed and the change is permanent. I will show you how to setup the 301 redirects through the shopfy dashboard.
This video was posted today and its creating quite a stir when it comes to Facebook advertising. I highly suggest you take a look and make your own decision, but from my point of view here is what I see.
The big question, is Facebook advertising a waste of money ?
The short answer is No, its not. The issue isn’t the ads, its the audience. This has been the issue with paid advertising since the beginning of time. Paid growth is always lower quality than organic. I like to compare it to being in school. If you pay people to be your friends, sure they will take your money and stand by you for a bit, but if the going gets tough. Say goodbye to those guys cause they will jump to the highest bidder. Although; if you work hard, build friendship, stand up for other people, take a few punches every now and again. Those friends will stick by you through thick and thin. Facebook likes are similar in this respect. You put yourself out there as a company and do a good job and your people will be knocking down the doors to associate with you. IE: Like your page. (Shameless plug)
So how does this relate to Facebook ads.
So if we stick to the premise that the audience is the issue then we can start doing some very creative targeting when it comes to our growth and using Facebook ads to do it. This is a similar issue that happens with google adwords. You could spend $10 per click on a very generic keyword which would result in a very low ROI and even lower bank balance; Or you could do your research, figure out your audience and buy the cheap keywords that will only result in 1 or 2 clicks but have a substantially higher result. Example: Shopify Expert. ( expensive ) vs Shopify website designer in vancouver. ( cheap )
So how do you do it.
Don’t make the mistake of buying a bunch of likes right off the bat with a generic ad campaign. The number of likes you have on your page does not value you as a business. Also it won’t help, and you probably won’t get you any new clients.
Instead stay focused, pick you keywords and audience. The graph on the side of Facebook audience that says you aren’t reaching enough people, you want it just high enough for them to run it, typically anywhere from 1000 – 10,000 people. The graphic is just a visual guide, it doesn’t do anything. read the numbers and don’t through good money after bad. Try small and see your result, if it works. Refine and grow slowly. Alternatively, you can also use the upload a contact list module that will select you an audience based on your previous customer base, this is super powerful and accurate. It will allow you to connect directly with like minded clients.
The grain of salt.
I know the virtual cat page seemed like it was specific, but there is a lot of cat lovers out there. Based on what he said, I ran the same campaign and my audience was 24,000,000 people. In 24 million people, you are going to grab a few wildcards. ( 0.00015% ). Not that I’m disregarding his point, because it was a good example. However as an efficient online marketer, you would want to pick a more targeted audience.
I think in closing, I would like to share something that has served me pretty well.
Work on getting 100 amazing customers, not 1,000,000 shitty ones.
This morning I received an amazing resource from Shopify. This free ebook has dozens and dozens of great pieces of advice to help you get your store going. So good infact, I couldn’t just keep it for myself. Check it out Free Ebook
This is a brief overview explaining the difference between all the tags in Shopify. The idea is to explain what each on is used for and interesting things you can do with tags in products, collections and blogs.
This video shows you how to add shopify to your facebook so you community that you have built up can purchase and browse your store directly through facebook. This free app is easy to install and great for coverting your social customers to your website.
This one comes up from time to time. Products that have multiple variances but don’t effect the price. In this example I show how you can add multiple options to your products without having to add 100′s of options in the dashboard. Although from an inventory point of view I suggest adding all the products in, but if you are doing 1 of custom orders this is the perfect solution and you will see its quite easy to do.