Dropshippers often go to Shopify to house their dropshipping store.
Not only is the platform reliable and easy to manage, but it has countless plugins that ecommerce store owners can use to further improve their stores’ functionality.
It’s worth pointing out, however, that not all plugins are created equal.
There are certain plugins that work better than others.
The more you learn about how the dropshipping business model works, the more you’ll realize that there are plugins that are (almost) non-negotiable for your business — that is, if you want to succeed.
In this guide, I’ve put together four crucial dropshipping plugins that you can use for your ecommerce business.
If you’re unsure about which plugin to install into your dropshipping site, then this guide is for you.
One of the best plugins you can ever add to your Shopify store is Oberlo.
Among other things, Oberlo was created by its developers to help connect Shopify users with product providers who accept dropshipping orders from businesses (just like yours).
The product selection is absolutely massive.
A quick search for Men’s Clothing and Accessories gave us over 458,000 unique items ready for import into our store.
That’s just for Men’s Clothing and Accessories, by the way.
You can find products in other categories, including:
Women’s Clothing and Accessories
Toys and Hobbies
Beauty and Health
Jewelry and Accessories
Home and Garden
Mother and Kids
Sports and Entertainment
Of course, that’s not all of the categories you can find in Oberlo.
All in all, there are 20+ product categories that you can search through and import into your own eCommerce store through the platform.
Plus, Oberlo will handle other research metrics for you, such as product popularity, trending products, hot sellers, etc.
They’ll even monitor the product providers too. In fact, they have an “Oberlo Supplier” badge and an “Oberlo Verified Supplier” badge.
Providers with these badges are generally safer to work with and more reliable.
For dropshippers, Oberlo is without a doubt one of the first plugins they should install into their website. Not only can it help them with their product integration tasks, but it can save them hours upon hours of manpower hours through the tool’s automation features.
So, you’ve imported your product from Oberlo into your eCommerce site, but you’re only making a few sales …
Chances are, you aren’t capitalizing on your customer’s interest properly.
So what can you do to get them to click on your “Add to Cart” button?
Quit showing them just ONE product!
If you give them a few other options, maybe one of those will pique their interest a little more — which ultimately leads them to making a purchase.
That’s where Recommendify comes in.
Recommendify is another plugin that dropshippers trust to increase sales conversions.
Research has shown that 31% of a store’s revenue can be linked to personalized product recommendations.
(Recommendify showing the items your visitors recently viewed. Image Source.)
If you aren’t recommending other products to your customers, you could be leaving almost 1/3 (see 31% metric above) of your profits on the table (or in the store).
Recommendify can show your visitors products that are related to what they searched for, as well as make recommendations for items already added to their cart.
If you want to increase your ecommerce sales, then you need Recommendify — in fact, people that receive personalized recommendations are 5.5x more likely to buy from you.
Nothing says DON’T WAIT UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE like a countdown timer.
Sometimes, it takes a little extra nudging to get your customers to take out their wallets and part with their hard-earned money.
Which is why you also need the Hurrify - Countdown Timer plugin.
Hurrify can add the element of scarcity into your product pages — taking the “wait and see” mindset from your would-be customers.
There are times when a customer will wait until later to buy a product. If they leave, there’s a good chance they’ll never be back.
To help you close the sale, show them that they only have 1 hour and 2 minutes left before they lose access to your product.
Or you can show them that your stocks are going fast with only 27 left in stock.
(Sample layout of Hurrify’s countdown timer. Image Source.)
When they see this, it puts them in an emotional state where they start to feel the FOMO (fear of missing out).
FOMO is a great way to drive sales, and the Hurrify plugin is perfect for using this to your advantage.
Remember, any customer that leaves is almost always a lost customer.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to get the sale - get it now!
(Product Reviews’ easy-to-understand backend. Image Source.)
In most cases, showing your prospective customers what your existing customers think about your products can compel them to make a purchase.
That is why good comments or positive product reviews can do wonders for you when it comes to helping you get more sales.
And it’s precisely because of this why you need to install the Product Reviews plugin.
It’s free! And it can help you convert more sales and be more profitable.
You can customize the plugin so it matches your website’s branding.
You can change any of the settings to look a certain way (i.e. layout options, text color, and style).
Plus, it will work with Google search results, showing the actual score in the SERP pages whenever your product is displayed.
You Need These Plugins Too
Since you’re already sold on the dropshipping business model, you need to use the same plugins that other seasoned or successful dropshippers are using.
Each of these plugins is designed to help optimize how you’re running your dropshipping store, all for the purpose of helping you get more sales or better conversions.
While using the Shopify webstore building platform is a great start, you need more than just Shopify’s out of the box features.
You need the help of these plugins to improve your business operations and gain an unfair advantage over your competitors.
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