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In this final episode of series one, Stephen doesn’t interview any guests, instead he uses the time to reflect on past episodes, share what he loves about Craft Commerce, what he believes the future of CraftCMS will be and why e-commerce vendors should embrace email marketing.
The great things about Craft Commerce for developers
How CraftCMS compares to Shopify
Why Craft should promote its agencies beyond the Craft partners’ page
The importance of email marketing for ecommerce vendors
Josh Angell is a self-employed Craft CMS developer and consultant. Today he shares his journey from music graduate to building websites and all that transition entailed.
How Josh went from being a music graduate to building websites
What he learned working at Supercool
How having a child affected Josh’s mental health and fast forwarded his career aspirations
How Marketplace for Craft rivals Etsy
Why shipping isn’t a cut and paste feature
Lee Goldberg is President at Happy Cog, an award-winning, full-service digital agency which he runs with his childhood friend, Matt Weinberg. Lee shares some golden nuggets about conversion rate optimization.
At its core, conversion rate optimization is about removing doubt at every stage
How to compete against the big players
Content is still king and one of the best ways to reach users at the top of the funnel
Start by fixing the leak at the bottom of the funnel and work your way up
Mark Dunbavan is a detail-oriented developer passionate about his builds and taking care of his clients.
How having a child has affected Mark's approach to work and problem-solving
As long as a team works together effectively, the other details don’t matter
Mark’s client Viaduct has an interesting business model and unique set of needs
Shipping, tax, and variants were the most complex problems to solve for this site
The importance of keeping sites updated
Our guest Roger Glenn is working on a Craft Commerce build for a furniture store, and we lay the groundwork for the most flexible, efficient, and future-proof way to set up the site.
How to deal with multiple large catalogues from separate manufacturers
Planning: have a discussion with the client, create a spreadsheet
Looking at competitors and how people shop
How to treat SKUs, dimensions, variations, attributes, and how to use channels
What’s easiest and logical for administrators?
Tune in to learn about the challenges of multi currency as Seb walks us through the setup, technical aspects, and customer experience flow of his solution.
Seb’s solution is straightforward for users
The backend setup is simple with a few minor workarounds
A plugin currently exists to provide a similar solution
Once this feature is baked into Craft Commerce, it will put them ahead of the pack
The success of Commerce will be determined by how merchants start talking about it
Tune in as today's guest, Dave Ritter, talks about choosing the right CMS and why Craft Commerce works for his clients.
Craft gives you the ability to relate content with commerce
Craft Commerce is great for clients who want software and technology to follow their business logic
Most clients aren’t designers, but design really matters
Clients are quick to pick up and learn the backend with Craft’s intuitive UI
Ecommerce essentials and best practices--Dave offers some advice
Today’s guest, Matt Stein, is a developer with a design background, who has recently developed the Snipcart plugin for Craft CMS.
Why he chose to settle in Seattle rather than Boston after university
How Snipcart differs to Commerce Pro and Commerce Lite
Why he only made Snipcart public recently
How he determined the cost of the plugin ($179)
He’s a perpetual learner who just loves learning new things
What makes Columbus, Ohio so great
Ryan Masuga has more than a decade of experience growing and running his business. In that time he has learned (sometimes the hard way) what it takes to be profitable.
Tune in for an insightful conversation about running your business finances, grading your clients, the three questions you should always ask when making decisions.
Take the Profit First model of business development
Manage client expectations
Understand your expenses to decide what to cut
Fred Carlsen is one of the most prolific Craft CMS plugin developers in the business. Since the release of Craft3 he’s come out with more than 25 plugins, with more on the way. Fred joined Stephen to talk about the business and personal side of plugin development: creativity, time management, setting priorities, and focusing efforts.
Balancing time and energy as a creator
Pricing your plugins in a way that values your efforts
Refactoring a plugin to support multiple providers
Tune in to learn how Concierge Commerce is set to become the ultimate matchmaker for vendors and ecommerce sites. Founders Tae FitzSimons and Doug Hollinger have created a space for retailers to find and connect with the right technology or service partners for their business.
The questions to ask before shopping for a new product
Finding solutions for your business requirements
Identifying your strengths to better articulate your offerings
What to consider if you're thinking about going headless
Tune in to learn why Craft Commerce was the right choice for Rochester’s site build, what it means to look at sales and digital marketing from a technical perspective, and what to watch out for when building or rebuilding a site.
Craft gave them a better build at an affordable cost
They have the highest number of SKUs of any Craft site
Rochester Electronics has a fascinating business model
A technical approach to sales and digital marketing
Valuable advice from Eric &amp; Tracey
Luke Holder discusses the differences between Craft Commerce Pro and Lite as well as some of the use cases and additional features now available in both versions.
Craft CMS has three big announcements: Craft 3.1, Commerce 2, and the new Craft plugin store
Commerce 2 has been released with a Pro and Lite version
What’s on the horizon? More plugins and features in the works
Craft is looking to hire another Commerce developer
DotAll is in Montreal this year in September
How does brand identity inform your ecommerce approach?
Listen to learn how Field Notes’ brand identity creates a clear sense of who they are and what they’re willing to do (and not do), and how they reconcile those boundaries with growth and sales.
The original audience for Field Notes were other design nerds
Field Notes wanted something specific for their site, so they chose Craft Commerce
Field Notes puts brand first
One Design Company also built the Craft site
What are the unique challenges of creating a social enterprise with a subscription box model on an ecommerce platform?
CAUSEBOX co-founders Brett and Matt have been creating businesses together since college
Selling a subscription service comes with a different set of challenges
One of their major focuses is delivering great products that give back
On the tech side of things, the goal is creating the best product experience
Down in the Southern Hemisphere, there’s a web developer with a penchant for plugins and a keen eye for design. Josh Crawford reflects on his past and future work at Verbb.
Josh is the owner and lead developer at Verbb creating incredible plugins
A design background has influenced Josh’s plugin style and UX focus
Pixel &amp; Tonic have set a high standard in care, quality and attention to detail with Craft
Work-life balance can be a struggle
Jason Mayo joins Stephen to chat about Commerce 2’s new subscription feature, the implications of plugins that come out of projects, and the importance of prioritizing physical activity for health.
Cycling is Jason’s way of staying physically fit and boosting mentality
Jason and co-founder Andy have been working together at Shape 8 years
The Commerce Widgets plugin tracks stats and conversions
There’s a learning curve with Commerce 2’s new subscription feature
What’s the deal with GDPR? Craft Commerce developer Pete Eveleigh, technical director of Moresoda, shares some valuable insights on the topic.
Craft Commerce ticks all of the boxes for Pete and Moresoda because it’s flexible, intuitive, and simple, yet incredibly powerful
Working with Craft Commerce is a great experience for both developers and clients
GDPR compliance and abandoned cart emails don’t have to be super complicated if you’re honest and upfront with your customers
Is Craft Commerce the right solution for your ecommerce platform?
As Pixel &amp; Tonic’s Chief Customer Officer, Leslie is the primary connection between all parties who use Craft
How can self-awareness help you sell more genuinely?
Pixel &amp; Tonic is ensuring Verified Craft Partners bring value to their clients so the Craft ecosystem remains trustworthy
Leslie offers insight on how to determine if Craft and Commerce will provide a valuable solution for your ecommerce needs
Vijay of Wipertech gives some excellent advice on taking care of customers in the digital age, and find out why he made the decision to move the Wipertech site to Craft Commerce 2.
Vijay saw an opportunity to sell wiper blades online to customers in an accessible way
Two main challenges: the technical aspects of selling online and customer acquisition
Making the switch to Craft Commerce is right for Wipertech because of the flexibility
Customer care in the digital age is shifting
Is it possible to survive in the world of ecommerce with competitors like Amazon? Jeremy Daalder believes the key to future success is in expertise-based commerce: knowing your niche.
Jeremy started an “accidental business,” and over 15 years later he’s still running the company.
Craft Commerce is the perfect system for taking content and commerce and intertwining them seamlessly
Jeremy has built his website as a reflection of his business
The future is expertise-based commerce
He’s one of the best Craft developers out there, a prolific blogger, and a podcast host, but how did Andrew Welch get to where he is today?
Before he was a web developer, Andrew designed fonts, owned a software company, and went to school for photojournalism.
Andrew discovered early on the value of teaching: you have to become well-versed in the subject first.
Don’t be intimidated by Composer for Craft 3, because there’s a big payoff in using it.
Craft Commerce expert Jonathan Melville discusses the impact his personal life has on his solo business career goals and his work on the Barefoot Contessa site.
Jonathan's personal hardships have shaped the way he structures his solo business.
Choose goals based on a lifestyle rather than a number.
The Barefoot Contessa site uses ShipStation as its shipping solution.
The key to ecommerce shipping is not surprising your customers.
Why choosing your clients wisely is essential.
Custom ecommerce newcomer Craft Commerce is pushing the envelope with powerful authoring and developer capabilities unseen in other platforms.
Craft CMS 3 and Craft Commerce 2 will allow the team to focus on rapid iteration, so developers won’t have to worry about a looming Craft CMS update.
The goal of Commerce Lite is to reach a wider audience.
Improved APIs and a plugin store encourage community contributions.
This year’s Dot All conference will “turn it up to eleven.
For more, visit http://fostercommerce.com/