There’s a plethora of great Shopify tools floating on the virtual waves these days. The question is, which ones are worth exploring? Well, we’ve done the hard work for you by finding the most useful and rewarding contraptions on offer.
With the explosion of e-commerce came a massive influx of online tools at the disposal of the small manufacturer.
Back in the day it would have been an ordeal trying to sort something out as basic as a new business card.
Now you can do it in the literal click of a few buttons. Madness, we know.
Thankfully, this sweeping online eruption brought loads of Shopify tools with it too.
They can help you boost your store, get it up and running or even just make your business operations that little bit smoother.
You can run your online store without them of course, but with them on your side you can really step up your business game.
Don’t underestimate what impact a brand-new logo, easy pay stub printing and SKU generation can have for you.
Which is why we have trawled through the Shopify tools on offer to cherry pick the contraptions that do the most for you with the least required input.
So, with that said, let’s dive right into it…
1. Shopify SKU Generator
SKUs are codes which uniquely identify each of your products. It’s a vital piece of the puzzle when it comes to making sure your inventory is managed properly.
By making your codes consistent and clear, it means that anyone in your business (and even customers) can tell exactly which product they’re dealing with on a glance. Your stock rooms will be flowing much easier when every product can be identified on sight.
This Shopify SKU generator made by Katana is simple but effective. It lets you enter in your variants and product name, and in return gives you an SKU you can start using straight away!
2. Google Analytics
Yeah, you can’t really skip over Google Analytics.
Analytics gives you the tools with which to understand where your store’s online visitors are spending most of their time. This means that you can focus on boosting the products you’re doing well with and shaving off the bits that are falling by the wayside.
Once it’s set up you can dive straight into working on your marketing strategy and making sure that you’re making the most of your online traffic. You’ve spent all this energy getting people there in the first place, so why not make it count?
Set up goals to see how you’re doing, and the program will let you know every time you hit them. Could be anything from clicking on a product page or signing up to your newsletter.
Cool thing is that you can turn Google analytics on for your store directly from your preferences section. No apps needed whatsoever.
There’s good reason that the best Shopify stores make full use of Google analytics to stay ahead of the competition.
And as long as your store does not go over five million impressions a month then it’s going to be free to use too.
3. Hatchful Logo Maker
We went for a creative, fashion brand logo for an online store called “Fashionista” and this is what the Shopify tool gave us. Okay to be fair the name we came up with might not be so original but the logos certainly are!
A professional looking logo can make all the difference in making a strong first impression that keeps visitors on your website. If the logo doesn’t match the quality of your products, then people can be put off quickly.
Here are some examples of bad logos from the biggest names we know…the point should become clear pretty quickly.
But anyway how do we solve this?
Well, hiring a graphic designer can be an expensive affair, and unless you got the know how yourself then there aren’t too many places to turn.
Thankfully though Shopify has come up with its own logo maker, which is free and super easy to use – Hatchful.
You simply enter the name of your business, slogan and then choose where you would be using the logo.
The maker then comes up with a whole selection of logos for you right on the dot.
Even if you don’t find one that suits you to the tee, you can still use them as templates or ideas to step up your branding game.
4. Image Resizer
Playing around with images and graphics can be a real time-consuming pain in the whatsit if you don’t have the suitable software and skills.
Image resizer is there to simplify the process of adjusting your image sizes to three easy to understand sizes and resolutions:
-Compact (1024 px x 1024 px)
-Medium (2048 px x 2048 px)
-Large (4472 px x 4472 px)
They’re ideal for using with your Shopify store, social media or even your monthly newsletter.
Only limitation is that you can only process up to 6 images at a time, so if you have large batches of images to go through it could take a while.