Mailchimp Users: Update you integration to v3 API

Mailchimp are sunsetting their v2 API at the end of THIS MONTH.

As of December 31, 2016 all previous versions of the MailChimp API will no longer be supported, but will continue to be operational. Documentation and support for the older APIs will no longer be available. As such, we can no longer guarantee the availability of these older endpoints after that date. Any integrations built on these APIs will continue to function, but we’re strongly encouraging all developers to move off of the older APIs before the end of 2016.

What this means, in English:

At some point in 2017, your v2 integration will simply stop working.

Suggestion:

Update your Mailchimp integration ASAP.

Using Mailchimp at your shop?

For those shopowners who have my Mailchimp integration, get in touch [ oscshops at gmail dot com ] for the v3 version. It uses totally different code and takes about 15 to 20 minutes to remove the old and replace with the new. This can be done yourself or by me if you do not feel confident to do this yourself.

Getting Reviews is easy…when you make it easy

TL;DR – make it easy for customer to give you reviews.

Just to give you an idea, these are REAL REVIEWS of this Key System, from REAL SHOPOWNERS;

Since started using it I have about 20 new reviews in just over a week which I think you will agree is a great outcome.

A year later I thought it would be good to share that the shop now has wait for it trumpets playing…. 1047 reviews. All because I have an easy way to ask for them click click send.

I sent out requests on about 50 and I got 8 positive reviews in a couple hours.

Reviews gives you credibility
Given the same product at the same price, would you buy from a shop that has 100 reviews of it, or from a shop that has no reviews of it?

Reviews can be used to revamp your store/products
Finding that a product is getting negative reviews? Fix that product up, or remove it, or place less emphasis on it at your shop. Replace it with a new, better, product… the possibilities here are endless.

Customer Reviews is Manna for SEO
Every customer review is new content for your shop. We all know that Google loves content.

Does your shop have Reviews?

Are you asking your buyers for reviews? If not, why not? If you are and it just isn’t happening, what barriers have you put in place stopping buyers from helping you? Let’s look at a couple;

Barrier #1: Guest Checkout
You have no way for the buyer to login and write a review.

Barrier #2: Having to login
Your buyer needs to remember his/her password that he last used 3 weeks ago. What a pain.

NOW SOLVED, with the all-new KEY System

– shopowner attaches a randomised Key to each order
– shopowner can send emails to 1 customer or multiple customers asking them to click a link to make reviews
– customer makes review without logging in

Admin Side gets a whole new page for setting up keys and sending emails:

key_admin

As you can see, keys are easy to set up, emails go out with just one press of a button.

Shop side gets a whole new Modular Page for allowing customer to make review(s):

key_shop

As you can see, multiple products exist in a tabbed layout, making it super simple for buyers to leave reviews. Once a review is left, it looks like this:

key_review_1

At this point, the usual system of reviews is used where shopowner sets status of a new review to live after having had a look at it…

This new (reviews) Key System is available now. The cost is £20, which covers my time of development and future development of the system. I have more ideas for this system which are being coded as you read this.

Want it?

GOOD FOR: Responsive (Community Edition) osCommerce Gold or Edge.

Make a donation of £20 at this link, the donation can be anonymous and goes via Paypal – please let me know (in the Paypal Comment Box) that the donation is for “Key System” – thanks.

By making a donation, you are helping to support the future of the Responsive osCommerce project. Within 24 hours of your donation, I’ll get the zip to you. THANK YOU.

Content Module: Manufacturers Sliding Carousel

The next module on offer is my Manufacturers Sliding Carousel which is Content Module for your homepage. This module takes your manufacturer icons and links them to each manufacturers page.

They are displayed in a sliding carousel, which is set up appropriately for you on initial install – but can be manually changed very easily. The Slider has nav-arrows (if you want them), nav-dots (if you want them), see below:

manfacturer_crawl

There are NO CORE CHANGES – simply upload, go into admin, turn on.

This is a nice way to show manufacturers without taking up too much real estate.

Want it?

GOOD FOR: Responsive (Community Edition) osCommerce Gold or Edge.

Make a donation of just £4 at this link, the donation can be anonymous and goes via Paypal – please let me know (in the Paypal Comment Box) that the donation is for “manufacturer carousel” – thanks.

By making a donation, you are helping to support the future of the Responsive osCommerce project. Within 24 hours of your donation, I’ll get the zip to you. THANK YOU.