If you have a Shopify store, you know exactly how much time you have to invest to run the entire operation successfully and smoothly. Don’t get me wrong: Shopify is a brilliant platform that makes it very easy for people to start selling online, to be sure.
In spite of that, there are still too many associated tasks that you have to deal with when you sell online. There’s answering emails, running ads, manually sending newsletters, tracking orders, attending to customer service, ensuring that your products are in stock, etc.
That's why we created SmartrMail – the email marketing solution for busy store owners. Each detail and feature is designed to make email marketing easy and automated, regardless of your skill level.
Sure, we automate your email marketing for you, but that's only one piece of the puzzle. There’s still a slew of killer Shopify apps that are readily available to help you manage your store more efficiently without having to invest as much time.
Here, in no particular order, are the best Shopify automation apps for 2018.
Isn’t it the most annoying occurrence when your store’s out of the exact product your customers want? If they can’t find it in your store, they’re bound to go elsewhere...unless...of course, you give them the option of signing up for a back-in-stock email alert!
This app does just that, featuring an easy installation process that will allow your customers to immediately be notified when products they want to buy are back in stock. Thanks to Back in Stock, as soon as a product is available again, this app sends them an alert complete with a juicy “Buy” button!
Increase your sales, and don’t lose out on customers.
Some call it biased, we call it proud. After years of frustration with clunky email providers that made it impossible for e-commerce store owners to get targeted and timely emails out, we had enough and created SmartrMail.
With our automated product recommendation emails, you no longer have to come up with a selection of products every week that may or may not interest the majority of your customers. Our advanced recommendation engine sends each of your customers a personalized selection of products they’re most likely to buy – based on their past purchase history, browsing behaviour, and email clicks.
Prisync is a competitor price tracking & dynamic pricing software for any size of Shopify store. It automates the collection of price and stock availability data to assist Shopify merchants in e-commerce, retail, and marketing decisions with updated data. The dynamic pricing engine takes this to another level by keeping stores at the "sweet spot" where profit margins grow while keeping highly competitive pricing in the market.
Prisync is the most reviewed pricing software around the world with very satisfied users from over 50+ countries. Start your free 14-day trial from the website today to get ahead of pricing wars before it's too late.
What could be worse than losing all of your vital Shopify store data? Not much comes to mind since your operations will be gravely affected if not all-out torpedoed if your store data disappears through a hack or glitch. Thankfully, Rewind is a simple, Shopify app solution that lets you back up your entire store data.
Here’s how it works. This app performs automated, secure backups of every bit of info that’s necessary to running a successful online store. This includes backups of:
- Your products
- Product images
- Customer reviews
- Themes/theme files
- Customer orders
- Customer data
Don’t lose sleep again with this automated, backup solution.
Running a Shopify store is time-consuming, so it pays to have an app that helps you automate everyday business tasks. Meet Hextom. This app lets you automate tasks such as:
- Order-to-vendor notification
- Inventory management
- Customer segmentation
Essentially, it takes the hassle out of doing what you need to do to make your Shopify store grow and be successful. The beauty of this app is how you don’t need to bother with a developer to install these solutions yourself—there’s one app, and then you’re done.
Market your Shopify store more easily than ever with Kit, the app that automates both your Facebook and Instagram advertising. Say goodbye to the days of doing it all yourself: Kit acts like your personal employee in your very own marketing department, handling Facebook retargeting and running Instagram ads for your store to drive up profits.
But there’s more: Kit also handles email marketing and social-media posting, making it the well-rounded, automated, marketing app of choice.
Take your pick of free and paid plans, with more depth and customization available with paid plans.
One of the biggest grips of online stores is the reality that most visitors to your stores will unfortunately not make a purchase—definitely not on the first visit. There should be a way to cope with these bounces, and, luckily, there is. It’s the Watchlyst Shopify app.
This automated solution shows price alerts to your visitors who aren’t yet ready to buy on the first browse. After you install this app, it does all the work, everything including:
- Positioning the price-drop alert button on your store
- Capturing leads
- Keeping track of product prices
- Sending customers email alerts
Thanks to the Watchlyst, more visitors to your online store will end up converting.
Now, you’re able to automate your order processing with ShipStation, the effective rules engine that simplifies the entire shipping procedure for Shopify store owners. Think of ShipStation as your go-to shipping-process solution.
It takes care of order processing, customer communications, and the production of shipping labels, all through an online platform that seamlessly integrates with major carriers.
Gone are the days of printing labels piecemeal. ShipStation lets you process and print hundreds of labels in just one batch. Print your pick lists, labels and packing slips to your personal printer or any printer on the planet.
As your Shopify store grows, keeping track of your shipping and inventory will get increasingly difficult. At least if you don’t find a way to automate keeping track of it. One of the best apps available on the Shopify app store to help your store achieve this is Veeqo.
With Veeqo your inventory levels are synced across all of your Shopify stores, sales channels, and marketplaces in realtime. What’s more, it also allows you to control and manage your entire shipping process directly within the app. This will save you considerable time as you can ship orders easily within the one platform. No need to deal with multiple platforms or exporting/importing CSV files.
Many Shopify store owners find it difficult to accurately predict their stock levels and either end up with large surpluses or running out of product. This is where FutureMargin steps in. FutureMargin utilizes AI to intelligently predict your future inventory levels and demand forecasts.
FutureMargin also has a simple user interface that lets you browse, sort, and filter predictions with ease allowing you to save time. This is a must have app if you want to avoid running out of product again or if you're looking to save time with your inventory management.
Start 2018 Off Right
If you have a Shopify store, then you’re already doing too much. From growing your business and ensuring that you’re never out of your most popular products to email marketing and everything in between, there just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to do everything!
Thankfully, this list of the most time-saving Shopify automation apps will ensure that you find an app that makes you more efficient than ever, sell more, and feel less stressed. After all, having a Shopify store should mean that you’re your own boss and feel more in control than ever, doing exactly what you want instead of being a slave to the clock.