Top 10 Free Shopify Apps In 2016
Of more than 500+ apps on Shopify App store, there are super awesome and efficient apps that are, well, totally free. Shopify store owners love the free apps because they can generate revenue at no cost.
You may be able to search many list of Top free Shopify apps in 2014 and 2015, but the game changes over time. Let’s see what are the best free apps in 2016 that you, if being a Shopify entrepreneur, should definitely pay attention to.
Standing as the No.1 Free app in Marketing categories for a long while with nearly 1,000 reviews, Better Coupon Box is being used by more than 30,000 Shopify stores.
The idea is simple: to offer site visitors a discount coupon if they follow social accounts or subscribe emails for newsletter. Stores installing this app with a view to rocketing followers for their Facebook / Twitter accounts and growing email list to sell much better with email marketing.
If you are frustrated by the limited amount of 3 customizations on each product page, then this free app is definitely for you. To give you customers more product choices and increase the chance of selling successfully, this app helps you add unlimited personalizations to any product for any reason, thus create unlimited product options for customers to choose from.
In e-Commerce, it’s important to be able to track shipping process of all orders efficiently and precisely. This must-have free app helps you keep track of all shipping activities by:
- Auto track all your shipments — UPS, USPS, Fedex & 335+ couriers
- Display tracking results at your store
- Notify customers when in transit, out for delivery, delivered and exceptions
Aftership supports 335+ Couriers Worldwide.
Find it time-consuming to be online all the time to chat live with customers on store? Or frustrated about dealing with offline messages flooding your email box? Not like that with Quick Facebook Live Chat app, which allows your customers to send messages to your Facebook page inbox right on store. Then, you can chat with them via inbox as Facebook friends and turn them into your paying customers. Your conversation history with customers are forever saved with Facebook messenger. No more emails exchange for customer support, because social networks now take reign of real-time customer support.
#5 Alt Text
ALT TEXT is one of the most important attributes that optimize the search engine (SEO) for your product images in Google. Search engines can detect keyword spamming in alternative text and drop your site in the rankings. With ALT Text, you don’t have to worry about writing the alternative text yourself. It does most of the work for you.
Having nearly 1,000 reviews, Persistent Cart is really worth you try if you’re looking for ways to get back lost revenue by recovering abandoned carts.
So what exactly does this app do for your store? It saves all items in the cart when your customer is logged in. When they switch to a different computer or logout & login, it adds back the previous items to their cart. That’s all. Sound simple huh? Try it and you’ll know how effectively it can turn your abandoning visitors into paying customers.
A made-by-Shopify app, Bulk Discounts is a must-have app that helps you generate thousands of unique discount codes in a few clicks.
With Bulk Discounts app, you can:
- Create single use, limited use or unlimited use codes that expire after a certain date
- Give each discount set a custom prefix
- Keep track of how many discounts have been used
- Easily calculate conversion rate of discount sets
- Delete discount sets
- Export discount sets as plain text
Note: Stores on Shopify’s ‘Starter’ plan don’t have access to Discounts and won’t be able to use the Shopify Bulk Discounts app.
If asked, I would said SEO is the most scary part in running an online website, but it’s one of the best ways to drive traffic to your site — having your store show up on the first page of Google. SEO Meta Manager is thus made to help you Improve your shop’s search engine ranking in Google, Yahoo, and Bing. It has over 20 powerful and unparalleled features simultaneously allowing you enhanced control over your site’s SEO.
#9 Happy Email
Not a full email marketing solution, this super simple but awesome app helps you send customers welcome email after the first purchase order of signing-up. What’s special is, the emails are sent out from the Founder’s email (or anybody’s email you’d like to set up), automatically after 30 minutes.
Here’s how an example email looks like:
Receiptful is an automated marketing platform that enables you to supercharge all of your customer interactions in a way that maximises your Customer Lifetime Value.
Here’s how the app can help you:
- Send beautiful and engaging e-mail receipts that become a marketing opportunity.
- Include targeted upsells and product recommendations that re-engages your customers immediately after purchase.
- Modify your receipts without having to touch any code.
These may not be the best apps to help you sell with Shopify. But considering tight budget, especially for newly established stores, these free apps are really sweet offers. Take your time to experience each one, and let other Shopify entrepreneurs know how these apps work for your business!
Originally published at blog.beeketing.com on March 3, 2016.