Get Order Notifications when you’re on the move

With more and more people on the move and accessing their Spiffy Stores Toolbox from mobile devices, we’ve added a quick and simple way for you to get timely updates when your online store gets new orders.

Browse to your “Overview of your orders” page in your Spiffy Store Toolbox and you’ll now see an additional entry in the sidebar which includes a data feed link to all your most recent orders.

The new data feed link is encrypted and password protected so you can be sure that your online stores’ customers’ data is safe and secure.

There is more information available on this new feature in our Knowledge Base at

You can use this link on your mobile device to find out when new orders have been placed in your online store rather than having to monitor your email for the email notifications you normally receive.

New design for Hair Fairy Clips Store

We’ve just finished a re-design of the Hair Fairy Clips store using the new Georgia Theme.  If you’re interested in getting us to modify a theme for use in your Spiffy Store, it can generally be done in about 2 weeks and will cost you from $70 for a few changes up to $450.00 for a complete overhaul.

Contact us today to find out about our store design service.

Contact forms…. they’re built in!

I’m so used to the Spiffy Stores features, that I kind of take some of them as granted, and forget that some of our competitors seem to ignore basic customer needs.

Take for example the Contact Us form. Practically every online store needs one. Customers aren’t going to be very impressed if there’s no way to contact the store owners.

So with this in mind, Spiffy Stores includes a Contact Us form automatically. When you set up an online store with Spiffy Stores, we automatically create two pages called “Contact Us” and “Contact Us Thanks”.

If you’ve accidentally deleted your contact form, just create two pages called “Contact Us” (your contact from will automatically appear on the “Contact Us” page) and “Contact Us Thanks”. You then add the Contact Us page to a menu, and you’re done. You can add some customization and additional text and rename the pages, if you like (keeping the page handles the same).

Another great way to add other forms to your site is by using Wufoo. The folks over at Wufoo have built a fantastic form builder that integrates with a load of other systems. To get a Wufoo form to work in your Spiffy Store, you just create the form and copy and paste the code from Wufoo into a page. Wufoo allows you to create a form in just a few minutes!

25 Tips for improving conversion rates in your online store

If you’ve already set up your own online store, or you’re just starting an online business, there are many things you’ll need to do to ensure the success of your new online business.

This article is the second in a series of articles designed to help you get the most out of your online store. In my last post, I covered ways to increase traffic to your online store.  If you follow our tips to increase your traffic, then more orders should start coming in.

If you follow the tips below to increase your conversion rate, then you could effectively reduce your advertising costs, whilst converting more of your visitors to buyers.

In e-commerce marketing, a conversion rate is the percentage of unique visitors to your online store who actually buy something.

Generally, if your store is laid out well, and you have good product descriptions and images and your products are reasonably priced, you should achieve at least a 1% to 2% conversion rate.

That can be easily increased to 3% if you follow the tips below.  If you go further than what we suggest, you can increase your conversion rate even further. Continue reading

Marketing your new online store

Increasing traffic to your online storeThis may come as a shock to people starting a new online store, but the days of “If you build it, they will come” are well and truly over.  Just creating an online store doesn’t mean that you’re suddenly going to become an overnight

To be successful selling online, you will need to market your online store. If you don’t… you’re really wasting your time.  Seriously.

Over the next couple of weeks starting today, I’ll be publishing tips on how to increase traffic to your online store, how to improve conversion rates in your online store, and going into further detail about our proven methods for doing so.

At the end of the day, you can take our recommendations with a grain of salt, but be warned… if you don’t do any of the things that we recommend, your store just isn’t going to succeed!

So here’s the first instalment for you…  20 sure-fire ways to increase traffic to your online store. Continue reading

Sneak peek: New toolbox changes

Just thought we should let you know that we’re making a few changes to your Toolbox tomorrow afternoon, and over the coming weeks.

The first thing you’ll notice is that we have a new, fresher colour scheme.  We’re streamlining the design to make things a lot clearer and easier to find.

The second thing you may notice is that we’ve added a new “Getting started” section to the dashboard to make it easier for new store owners to get their store up and running.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be adding in new enhancements to help make managing your store a lot easier, so stay tuned!