Remember way back when BigCommerce first introduced their enhanced API? This paved the way for tons of widgets and applications to be developed and integrated within ones BigCommerce store. Currently the BigCommerce App Store features tons of apps ranging from email marketing, live chat, accounting, and much more. Earlier last week BigCommerce announced 4 new apps which were just added to the BigCommerce App Store.
Probably my favorite of the new apps is Spearmint, a marketing application which allows you to more effectively use your marketing spend by assigning values to each of your customers. By taking customer spending and social influence metrics into account, it makes marketing recommendations so you can specifically target segments that will provide the best ROI. Spearmint features an easy-to-use dashboard, shared accounts and a quick setup with your Bigcommerce store. To boot – it’s completely free.
Apptive is another great addition to the BigCommerce App Store – allowing you to use Apptive’s simple drag-and-drop process to build a mobile app version of your Bigcommerce store. The beautiful iPhone and Android app is built from your existing content and images without any coding required. When someone clicks Buy on a product, they’ll be transferred to your mobile store for checkout. Unlike Spearmint though the Apptive application starts off at $29.99/mo
If that seems a bit pricey for you, there is an alternative. PicknTell allows you to create a mobile storefront app supported on iPhone and Android. Users can browse your product catalog, share your products on their social networks, add items to a wish list and be redirected to your website for purchase. It includes a loyalty program to encourage return visits, plus supports coupons, gift cards, promotional events and barcode scanning — perfect for both online sellers and physical locations. Pickn Tell starts off at just $19/mo.
Finally there is Teledini, a live chat app. This allows shoppers to contact you through a variety of channels at the click of a button. Just configure your users and place a snippet of button code on your site, then any customer who clicks it will be connected to one of your users, who can answer the call on a mobile phone, tablet, traditional phone or computer. The call is routed based on rules like the product they’re viewing, the referring site, and rich database information that’s automatically pulled for each call. There’s no monthly service fee — you only pay when your team talks to a customer, and the cost is a mere $0.10/minute.
Combine these great apps, with the dozens more listed within the BigCommerce App Store, and all of the great features included within BigCommerce – and it’s clear to see why so many online merchants choose them for their eCommerce store. BigCommerce stores start off at $24.99/mo for a 100 product store, and you receive up to $100 in Google AdWords credit with the purchase of any BigCommerce plan.