Keep in the loop with all the best updates from Woocommerce.
If you made it here, we are guessing you probably know a thing or two about the best eCommerce platforms. If you don’t, we should really get you up to speed quickly. Woocommerce is an open-source eCommerce plug-in for WordPress websites. The platform allows businesses to turn their site into an online store and is one of the most popular eCommerce options in the world.
At Create8, we are a specialist team of marketers, designers and web designers with tonnes of experience in building online stores and helping businesses create that much-needed revenue. In our blog, we share handy information that we think will benefit our readers. So that’s exactly what we are going to do!
In this blog, we are talking about all the latest WooCommerce news and helping you understand how any changes may benefit your website.
We know how the thick and fast pace of the digital world can cause information overload! So, let’s get into this and start with some of the best updates on the platform this month.
AutomateWoo and how it can help you
One recent piece of news in the WooCommerce world that set tongues wagging was AutomateWoo 5.3.
If you are running a business that relies on bookings and reservations, you’ll know the importance of keeping your customers in the loop. Since Covid-19 changed how we interact with businesses, booking-based companies have had to sharpen their tools regarding the potential lost revenue from a no-show.
Knowing whether one of your clients is showing up and ensuring they arrive at the correct time are two of the most significant issues in the sector. Well, with AutomateWoo, you can stop your worrying!
AutomateWoo works alongside WooCommerce Bookings to help your business stay in touch with your customers, manage cancellations and even upsell after a booking has been made.
AutomateWoo allows you to customise your mailing post-booking. For example, if someone books a table at your restaurant for two people, you can send a different email to someone who books for four people. The plug-in also helps you to collect valuable post-booking information and feedback.
You can customise your mailing to reach out to your customers at the best possible time to get a response. This also allows you to promote a future visit at a discounted rate or to re-engage the relationship between the consumer and your business.
AutomateWoo allows users to gather this information and to respond to changes in a booking status with a new trigger called ‘Booking Status Changed’. When a booking is amended, it alerts the website and lets you follow-up with an email about the booking change.
Pretty clever, huh? The beauty of AutomateWoo is that it saves your business not only the valued hours organising and managing your customer bookings but also keeps you from missing out on any cancellations that may occur. So it’s a win/win!
WooCommerce at Create8
At Create8, our team of eCommerce web designers make sure that they stay ahead of the curve when it comes to the most used platforms. We pride ourselves on creating innovative and thought-provoking designs and helping our customers to grow their businesses online.
Some of our clients are businesses making the giant Neil Armstrong-style leap online for the first time. No matter your experience, we can help you, and your company drive conversions and sales online by building a website that your clients remember.
You don’t just have to take our word for it! Have a look at some of our most recent projects. If anything catches your eye, let us know. We can’t wait to hear from you.
The WooExpert programme is returning, which can mean many opportunities if you run an agency looking for work. If you are a web designer who creates beautiful, effective websites, it might be time to connect you to an online store.
What is WooExperts?
WooExperts is a programme that allows online stores to be matched with an agent/agency with the reputation of providing the highest standards.
The programme itself is in four tiers; verified, silver, gold and platinum, and the agencies involved have the opportunity to climb the tiers by completing certifications. The higher up you are, the more rewards come to your agency for the help you provide alongside WooCommerce.
How can it help an agency?
The beauty of the programme is that WooCommerce vets all the agencies involved; if you receive a verification, your work has a seal of approval immediately. However, this isn’t the only perk, as agencies that are ranked as; silver, gold or platinum are listed within the WooCommerce marketplace. This is where businesses go to look for an expert to help them out, therefore creating opportunities for additional work.
WooCommerce also gives their experts their own discount codes, to be redeemed against their products. The platform also suggests that if the code isn’t of use to your agency, you can gift it to a client as an added bonus for using you.
One of the greatest benefits of being involved in the WooExperts programme is that gold and platinum members receive pre-qualified leads directly from WooCommerce. This means no more weeding through all the leads that aren’t of use for the ones that aren’t relevant toy you.
They even make it simple to know where you are up to and how your rank is progressing, by providing access to the WooCommerce Experts portal. So, if you’re a web design agency, what are you waiting for?
How do you become a WooExpert?
Obviously, becoming a WooExpert isn’t for everyone. As it’s vetted, you’ll have to pass a three-stage process whilst WooCommerce themselves go over your work. The first step, however, is simple, and you need to provide information regarding your business, including the size of the business, your WooCommerce experience and the reputation of your company.
The second phase involves providing the WooCommerce team with some examples of your work so that they can assess the code quality and your suitability for WooExperts.
The third and final step includes a far more comprehensive look at your work. The WooCommerce team looks through your use of themes and extensions, site stability, security, responsiveness, etc. If you’re successful, you will be made aware and onboarded into the programme.
DHL and WooCommerce
Did you know that WooCommerce and DHL have an internal partnership that means all US-based businesses can benefit from a whole host of increased delivery options? Well, if you didn’t, you do now!
Some of the benefits of the partnership include discounted delivery prices of up to 70%, DHL dedicated free pickup, end-to-end shipping tracking and automated customs forms creation.
We know that this doesn’t apply to our UK-based readers, it’s a great example to highlight the direction WooCommerce is moving in. Their platform is all about the entire transactional process. They care about each vendor, and they also care about the customers who shop with them.
It’s hard to look beyond WooCommerce as the platform continues to put its users first and build on its already fantastic product offering. Putting your online store in the hands of WooCommerce is a safe move, and it’s one that could really help it flourish.
However, if you have little to no web development experience, you aren’t going to be able to simply pick up WooCommerce and start making sales. You’ll need an agency of web designers to support your plight in the world of eCommerce.
At Create8, we pride ourselves on creating mould-breaking websites that elevate the online presence of each of our clients and position them for eCommerce success.
What’s truly important when you choose to use Create8 for your eCommerce website is the relationship we build with your business and your project. As a web design agency, we walk our clients through their entire journey, from initially scoping the project and doing all of the necessary sector research all the way to the launch of the site itself. We also offer maintenance packages, meaning we continue to stand by your side after the project is completed.
Our work spans many sectors, and we are always looking for new and innovative ways to improve our offering. We want to help you get ahead and stay in front of the competition. So, if you’re going to take a look at our work or get in touch with us.
Thanks for reading.