Top 10 FREE Shopify Apps for Boutiques & Online Shops
It's no secret that I am totally, 100% smitten with Shopify. I share with everyone who's interested how on-point their customer service is and how easy their platform is for a user to learn. However, one thing I think I'm never vocal enough about is how incredible and extensive their list of FREE apps is.
The coolest thing to me is that for those who aren't familiar with SEO, ALT tags, and more, there's an app to assist you with the process should it be a little too overwhelming for you. So, I wanted to share my favorite top 10 FREE Shopify apps you may want to consider for YOUR boutique or online shop.
Not only are these apps free, they're two of the most power-packing apps there are. Basically, you can upload your own graphic within this app and create a unique selection of tees & tanks, onesies, coffee mugs, throw pillows, canvas, phone covers, & more! You only pay for the item once a customer purchases it and you never have to hold onto an item physically. They ship directly to the customer from their warehouse within 2-3 business days. The difference between the two: not much. However, the prices can vary by $1-2 with their t-shirts, depending on the quality. PS: Their tees and tanks are out of this world incredible & don't shrink. The designs are pure ink and won't peel or fade. If you're ballin' on a budget, I highly suggest this. You can roll out a "new arrival" daily if you wanted which gives you more room for product turnover. Just see the image below for yourself - the cutest tee ever designed by me & dropshipped through Printify. No stubborn minimums or buy-ins.
Aside from ALT tags, keywords, & blog posts, reviews are one of the best things you can do to boost your search engine optimization. By offering Shopify Reviews in your product section, you are able to show your customers immediately what others thought of that item. If you're having trouble enticing those who purchased to leave a review, send a follow up email asking for a review in exchange for 10% off. You can also share on social media that those who leave a review are entered into a monthly giveaway!
3: ALT Text
Another way to boost your search engine optimization is to ensure you add ALT text to every image possible in your online shop. ALT Text does two things: it shows the customer what the item is should the image not show up AND tells Google what the image is. Google's little spiders can't read images, so it's the best way to tell them and help boost your SEO. This beautiful little FREE app scours your site and adds ALT text to your product images. Now, make sure your titles are descriptive in some way beforehand so the ALT Text can do the best job possible. If you're site isn't optimized with descriptive text, I like to start from scratch & reword the titles so that when I add the ALT app to help you out, your alt texts are perfect.
It's no joke that pop-ups are a surefire way to boost your sales and conversion rate. Plus, if you're struggling to get people to sign up for your email list, pop-ups that entice with a 10-15% off code can seriously boost your list. Privy is great because, even at the free mark, you can still completely design your entire pop-up. It doesn't take any coding or any special skills - just know what you want and go for it! I like to offer 10% off for those signing up for the email list. Make sure that discount code is in your "discounts" first though.
If you've ever used a Shopify order invoice, you know that printing from there isn't the easiest thing and isn't the prettiest invoice. Shopify's Order Printer app allows you to edit the invoice more simply and print a much more user friendly invoice for your customers.
Missing a customer can be the worst, so let's make sure that doesn't happen ok? No one wants to take the extra time to shoot you an email when they could easily chat with you right on the screen of their computer or iPhone. PureChat is free, at the basic level, and allows you to answer your customers questions in REAL TIME. No waiting, no gimmicks, no forgotten emails or spam filtered nonsense. You can also change the way the screen looks for your customers once they visit the site. LOVE THIS APP!
7: Happy Email
Nothing says it better than a simple THANK YOU from the owner of your favorite online shop! Happy Email is 100% free and sends out customized emails a few days after delivery to let your customers know you appreciate them. This would be a GREAT way to ask for a review in exchange for 10% off, but still be genuine and personable in the email.
Better Coupon Box is fantastic! Instead of enticing customers to sign up for emails to receive a discount, they can also like any of your social media accounts. If you're looking for a way to build those accounts and need a little help, this app is a must-have. Personalize it to your liking without any experience or coding.
Looking to sell a digital product but aren't sure of how to automate the process? No worries! Shopify's Digital Downloads app allows you to automate the entire process. All you have to do is design the product!
Nothing entices customers to keep coming back quite like rewards points! With this app, you'll be able to offer incentives for those who spend over a certain dollar amount or a certain quantity. You can even get customers to sign up for newsletters to gain points! The point system is entirely, 100%, your choice and can be customized to your liking.
So, what's your FAVORITE can't live without app on Shopify? I'd love to hear in the comments!