As you are reading this article you are most probably already familiar with the dropshipping ecommerce model.
The best thing about dropshipping is that you can start without a huge capital as you don’t need to stock products. But the biggest loophole is also the same, you don’t own the products. This is a great threat to the sustainability of your business. But what if you have a number. of reliable sources of your products and you can automate the whole process of listing the products on your store to shipping the same to your customers?
Shopify is not only most popular ecommerce platforms at this moment but also the best choice for dropshippers. Shopify is also actively promoting dropshipping.
Here are some Shopify apps which help to build a successful dropshipping business with Shopify.
Apps for sourcing products to your store
Oberlo is the most popular Shopify app for dropshipping. With million of products and hundreds of categories to choose from, Aliexpress is the biggest source of products for dropshippers. Oberlo virtually connects Shopify store with Aliexpress.
How Oberlo automates the dropshipping from Aliexpress:
i) You can search products inside its dashboard or with its browser plugin you can directly import products from Aliexpress to your import list.
ii) You can set how much profit margin you wish to keep and the prices will be automatically updated in your import list.
iii) Once you are ready with your import list, you can fetch all the important product details such as product images, description, price or stock quantity to your Shopify store.
iv) Once you have made a sale, the app will sync your orders with Aliexpress.
Printful is another great app to consider for dropshippers. With Printful you can sell your own designs on various stuff like t-shirts, pillows, hats or coffee mugs but without any hassle of printing and shipping.
Here’s how it works:
Here Printify is also another similar app to look for.
Apps for promoting your dropshipping store:
Why have you opted for drop shipping rather than conventional e-commerce? Because you don’t have a lot of money to invest and you want a business which can run automatically while you fulfil your travel goals.
With the proper automation in place it’s possible to automate your store’s tasks. Here we have listed some of the best apps which helps to automate shopify dropshipping store.
Apps for Facebook advertising:
Facebook advertising is the goldmine for Shopify sellers. It’s easiest and most efficient way to get quality traffic.
Here are two apps which help you to create a better audience and targeting for your Shopify store.
Pixel Bay is a very useful app for
i) Creating audience segmentation depending upon purchase behaviour.
ii) Automating dynamic retargeting ads.
iii) Creating custom audience for running targeted ads to boost the conversion rate.
Retargeting ads are proven to have higher conversion rate than normal audience based ads on Facebook. Shoelace helps you to create intelligent retargeting campaigns.
Sholace works better than any other automated services as it’s not 100% automated but assigns an expert for your store. The expert staff manually plans and optimizes the campaigns for your Shopify store.
Email automation apps for Shopify
For email list building
Email marketing is one of the most cost-effective marketing channels. A study by the DMA has found that email has an ROI of 3800% , which is the highest among all the marketing channels. This is the reason you should start building emails list on your Shopify store from the day one.
Justuno is made for list building on Shopify and the best thing about is all the features are 100% free up to 5000 monthly visitors. So you don’t need to pay anything until your store kicks in.
Major features of this app:
i) You can create various kinds of opt-in forms like exit intent offers, cart abandonment offers, contests, opt-in bars etc. It can be integrated with almost all the major email services so you can integrate with your favourite one.
ii) You have a range of targeting option to decide when to trigger the opt-in forms. The drag and drop design feature make it very easy to design captivating form.
iii) You have full analytics of how your forms are performing. You have the option of A/B testing to optimize the conversion rate.
Shopify provides you with all the necessary transactional emails but with very limited options for customization.
With Conversio, not only you can customize your transactional emails but also you can automate marketing campaigns like abandoned cart emails, follow-up emails, newsletter etc
Conversio also offers some other interesting features like widgets for product recommendation, product review and search function.
Klaviyo is an advanced email marketing app for Shopify store.
Klaviyo helps you to use the data to segment your email list and laser target with various email campaigns. Utilizing the data you can design personalized campaigns which are way better than to generic campaigns in terms of conversion rate.
Social media marketing automation app
While paid ads or email marketing bring brings you sales, being active on social media help you create brand awareness and a sense of trust among your target audience.
The biggest challenge of being active on social media is the time it takes. Around.io connect with your store and helps you to schedule social media posts from your products with just few clicks.
Some major Around.io to help you stay active on social media:
i) With the Week/Day Planner create week/day full of social media posts and schedule with just a few clicks.
ii) Upload and edit images to manage all your social media images in one place. Pick any image to share or schedule. You can even create collages to share on your social media.
iii) Its social media calendar helps you to keep track of your social media posts.
iv) With content/GIF search, find interesting content to share with your audience.
Apps to Boost sales on your dropshipping store:
Getting traffic to your store is one thing but converting the traffic into sales is one heck of a challenge.
Here are some Shopify apps which help to boost conversion on Shopify store.
Beeketing offers a no. of great apps which helps to optimize your store to boost conversion. Here are some of the apps you may like to try.
Personalized Recommendation unleashes product discovery on your store to open more chances for sales, upsell & cross sell. This top-notch tool uses machine learning and creates intelligent product suggestions like Amazon for your store.
10) Sales Pop
Built with the concept of social proof, the app shows real-time notification popups to display purchase activities on your store. When customers see that other people are also buying on your store, it creates a sense of trust and motivates them to buy.
11) Countdown Cart
Visitors tend to surf through the product pages but delay before adding the products into the cart. Countdown Cart creates a strong sense of urgency to persuade customers that the time to buy is now before it’s too late.
One of the most-known features of Amazon is the intelligent product recommendations named ‘Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought’.
The Also Bought app brings the same feature into Shopify in the most convenient way: you can have similar intelligent recommendations in your store just like Amazon. It increases the chance of selling as well as makes your store more professional looking.
This app allows you to add visually attractive labels to product images and display them in both product and collection page. For example, you can add appealing icons & call-to-action texts such as “SALE”, “New”, “Save 10%”, …It is a simple yet effective solution for every store to grab their customers’ attention to their products.
This app helps you to generate more sales by offering volume discounts to your customers. You can set up different price tier for bulk purchases to motivate your customers to buy more.
Shopify apps for providing Customer support
The success of any brand depends on how well they are at providing customer services. For your Shopify dropshipping business too, to be sustainable you need to provide excellent customer experience.
Here are some Shopify apps to help you serve your customers better.
With this app, you can create branded tracking page to let your customers track shipments. You can send Email and SMS notifications too to update customers about the delivery. This reduces hassle of delivery tracking drastically for both you and your customers.
Having a live chat option on your Shopify store makes your store more human to your visitors.
There are many live chat apps for Shopify but I will strongly suggest this Facebook live chat option. With Facebook live chat option, your visitors need not to leave their email id to get the reply and you have a lot more info than only the email id of your customers while replying them.
What’s your favourite Shopify apps for your dropshipping store? Let us know in the comment section below and we will love to include them in this list.